Officers

Kitty Block, President and Chief Executive Officer
Erin Frackleton, Chief Operating Officer
William H. Hall, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer
Katherine L. Karl, General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer
Nicole Paquette, Chief Programs and Policy Officer
Johanie V. Parra, Secretary

Directors

Susan Atherton (San Francisco, California)
Georgina Bloomberg (New York, New York)
J. Elizabeth Bradham (Charleston, South Carolina)
Neil B. Fang, Esq., CPA (Hewlett Neck, New York)
Caren M. Fleit (New York, New York)
Robert A. Greenspon (Darien, Connecticut)
Brad Jakeman (Bridgehampton, New York)
Cathy Kangas (New Canaan, Connecticut)
Sylvia T. Kaser, Esq. (Washington D.C.)
Adi Kumar (Washington D.C.)
Charles A. Laue (Leawood, Kansas)
Kathleen M. Linehan, Esq. (Washington, D.C.)
The Honorable C. Thomas McMillen (Washington, D.C.)
David S. Niekerk (Bothell, Washington)
Sharon Lee Patrick (New York, New York)
Marsha R. Perelman (Wynnewood, Pennsylvania)
Thomas J. Sabatino Jr. (Greenwich, Connecticut)
Steven G. White (Santa Monica, California)

Susan Atherton (San Francisco, California) | 2018-

Co-Chair, HSUS Board of Directors; Chair, HSUS Board Philanthropy Committee; member, HSUS Board Executive Committee; chair, Board of Directors, Humane Society International; Board of Directors, Humane Society Legislative Fund; Board of Directors, San Francisco SPCA; Board of Trustees, University of California, Riverside; University of California, Office of the President; Fiat-Luxe Alliance member.

Georgina Bloomberg (New York, New York) | 2017-

Member; HSUS Board Philanthropy and Nominating Committee; chair, HSUS Humane Generation New York committee; competitive show jumper; co-author of four young adult novels about the equestrian show circuit; EQUUStar for the EQUUS Foundation; board member of the Hampton Classic Horse Show, the Lake Placid Horse Show, the Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Foundation and the Bloomberg Family Foundation; member of the Board of Trustees of the United States Equestrian Team; Vice President of Animal Aid USA. In 2006, she founded The Riders Closet, a program that collects used riding clothes and donates them to intercollegiate riding programs and other riders in need. She resides in New York and South Florida with her son, Jasper, and their four-legged family.

J. Elizabeth Bradham (Charleston, South Carolina) | 2018-

Chair, HSUS Board Finance Committee; Board of Directors, Project Chimps; Board of Directors, Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary; former Vice Chair, ASPCA; former President, Gibbes Museum; former President, Preservation Society of Charleston; former President, Charleston Animal Society; former President, Social Venture Partners Charleston; former partner, Rothschild, Inc.

Neil B. Fang, Esq., CPA (Hewlett Neck, New York) | 2005-

Member, HSUS Board Audit Committee; former Chair, HSUS Board Audit Committee; former member, HSUS Board Executive Committee; Partner, Schwartz & Fang, P.C.; Chair, The Fund for Animals Board of Directors. Fang provides pro bono legal services to various local animal shelters and rescue groups on Long Island and is active in a trap/neuter/release program for feral cat colonies in his community.

Caren M. Fleit (New York, New York) | 2018- 

Chair, HSUS Board Human Resource Committee; Member, HSUS Board Executive and Philanthropy Committees; Managing Director, Korn Ferry; former Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Revlon Inc.; former head of marketing for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc.’s Guerlain and Parfums Christian Dior Businesses; former Business Director and other marketing leadership roles for Nestlé in the U.S. and France; founding member, HSUS New York State Council; Director, Animal Care Centers of NYC, on the Executive, Marketing and Development Committees; Director, Catskill Animal Sanctuary, on the Finance and Development Committees.

Robert A. Greenspon (Darien, Connecticut) | 2019-

Chair, HSUS Board Audit Committee; Member, HSUS Board Executive and Finance Committees; former Senior Partner and head of aircraft and equipment finance practice, Latham & Watkins LLP (New York); former General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Leasing Division GPA Group plc (Guinness Peat Aviation), (Stamford, New York and Shannon, Ireland); former Partner Robinson & Cole (Hartford and Stamford); former board member and Chair Emeritus of Nantucket Atheneum (public library); former member of board of Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum; member of various boards of Westmoor Club (Nantucket) and Santa Lucia Preserve (Carmel, CA); former Vice Chairman of American Bar Association's International Law Section's committee on Aviation and Aerospace.

Brad Jakeman (Bridgehampton, New York) | 2019-

Member; HSUS Board Nominating and Philanthropy Committee; Co-Founder and Managing Partner Rethink Food LLC; Co-Chairman of the Board, LGBT Center; Board Member, Reporters Without Borders; Advisory Board Member, MatchaBar; Advisory Board Member, Vast Ventures LLC; Founder and Managing Partner, Rethink Food, a social impact venture fund with the mission of providing accessibility to more nutritious food and beverages to more people by investing in innovative business models in agriculture, technology, processing and consumer packaged goods; Senior Advisor, The Boston Consulting Group; former president, Global Beverages, PepsiCo, Inc., led global category strategy, brand building, design, advertising, marketing, innovation, productivity and branded content for PepsiCo’s global portfolio of beverages; former Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Activision/Blizzard Inc.; former Executive Vice President of Marketing, Macy’s Inc.; former Managing Director, Global Advertising, Citigroup, Inc.; former board and executive committee member, The AdCouncil; former board member, Association of National Advertisers; former board and executive committee member, The Advertising Club. Jakeman was born in Australia, has lived and worked in Sydney, London, Los Angeles and New York and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Psychology from Macquarie University, Sydney. He currently resides in Bridgehampton, N.Y. 

Cathy Kangas (New Canaan, Connecticut) | 2012-

Member, HSUS Board Nominating and Philanthropy Committee; Founder and CEO, PRAI Beauty Group, Inc., a global skincare company; former member, HSUS National Council; ambassador, Nowzad Dogs (UK); founder of the Cathy Kangas Foundation for Animals, which receives a percentage of PRAI Beauty’s profits to help animal welfare organizations around the world. Recipient of the HSUS "Compassion in Action" award. 

Sylvia T. Kaser, Esq (Washington D.C.) | 2019-

Member, HSUS Board Governance, Philanthropy and Finance Committee; former Senior Counsel for Counterterrorism Policy, National Security Division, U.S. Department of Justice; former Legal Counsel, High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group; former member, Task Force on Detention and Interrogation Policy; former attorney-advisor in the Office of Law and Policy and prosecutor in the Counterterrorism Section, National Security Division, U.S. Department of Justice; former Senior Counsel, Federal Programs Branch, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice; former Counsel for Appellate Litigation, Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor; supporter of local and national animal protection groups. She lives with her husband and two dogs in Washington, D.C.

Adi Kumar (Washington, D.C.) | 2020-

Member, HSUS Board Governance and Human Resource Committee; Partner, McKinsey and a leader in the firm’s Healthcare and Public Sector practices. Kumar advises CEOs, governors and other senior public and private sector leaders on a range of issues including strategy, operations, technology enablement and organizational effectiveness. He also is a deep expert in the area of designing and implementing innovative healthcare value-based payment models. At the firm, Kumar leads McKinsey’s North America Public Sector COVID-19 Response, as well as leads the firm’s work on healthcare payment, care delivery and network innovation. In addition, he founded and co-leads McKinsey’s Government Transitions Initiative. He has worked on or advised two U.S. Presidential transition teams and a number of U.S. governor transition teams. Kumar joined McKinsey in 2003, leaving the firm to study for an MBA at Stanford University, which he earned in 2007. He later served in the White House, where he oversaw the implementation of the $800 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the 2009 stimulus bill) and served as an advisor to the President, Vice President and White House Chief of Staff, prior to returning to McKinsey. He is also an Adjunct Faculty at Georgetown University. 

Charles A. Laue (Leawood, Kansas) | 2013-

Member, HSUS Board Executive and Audit Committee; former Vice Chair, HSUS Board of Directors; former Chair, HSUS Board Risk Management Committee; Chair, Board of Directors, Humane Society Legislative Fund; Vice Chair, Asurion; Board of Directors, BlueNalu and Gathered Foods Corporation; Chair, Great Plains SPCA; President, Stray Dog Institute, The Quinn Foundation and Ringo’s Fund; Chair, Stray Dog Capital, LLC; Managing Partner, Quinn Capital, LLC; Executive Chair, Companion Protect, LLC; Chair, Stray Dog Policy.

Kathleen M. Linehan, Esq. (Washington, D.C.) | 2006-

Chair, HSUS Board Governance Committee; former Board Treasurer, HSUS Board of Directors; Member, HSUS Board Executive Committee; former executive, Altria Group, Inc., Washington, D.C. and Lausanne, Switzerland; former special assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Energy; former member of the Board of Governors, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (St. Michaels, Maryland); former member of the Board of Trustees, Academy Art Museum (Easton, Maryland); supporter of numerous local humane foundations.

The Honorable C. Thomas McMillen (Washington, D.C.) | 2013-

Member, HSUS Board Governance Committee; Board of Directors, Humane Society Legislative Fund; CEO and President, LEAD 1 Association; director, Nexstar Media Group; treasurer, National Fitness Foundation; former member, University of Maryland System Board of Regents; served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives (MD-4), 1987-1993; former chair, President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports; former NBA player, New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks and the Washington Bullets (now Washington Wizards); Olympian; Rhodes Scholar; supporter of numerous local humane foundations.

David S. Niekerk (Bothell, Washington) | 2019-

Member, HSUS Board Human Resources, Finance and Audit Committees; Board of Directors, JewishVeg.Org; Board of Directors, West Point Jewish Chapel Fund; Amazon; retired Vice President Human Resources and Culture and Employee Engagement Leader for World Wide Operations and Customer Service; former senior human resources leadership roles at Honeywell Aerospace, Mobil Oil and PepsiCo; U.S. Army veteran and graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with more than ten years of service in diverse domestic and international assignments, achieving the rank of major.

Sharon Lee Patrick (New York, New York) | 2008-

Member, HSUS Board Finance, Human Resources and Governance Committee; former Chair Strategy Committee 2008-13; Chair of Prop 2 Campaign Fundraising and Leadership Award (2008); Humane Hero Award (2019); President, Patrick Partner Inc.; former Co-Founder, President and CEO, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia; Creator of MSO’s Omnimedia strategic business model, coining the term and launching a new era in media operations and branding; former Principal, McKinsey and Company; Founder of the Firm’s Media and Entertainment Practice; former President and COO, Rainbow Media Holdings. Led development of cable networks: AMC, Bravo, sports channels, New 12 New York, Outdoor Life Network and ESPN; Vice Chair and former President American Ballet Theatre; Trustee Irish Arts Center and Nazareth High School; former Trustee; Cablevision Systems, CMP, Lincoln’s Cottage and World Monuments Fund.

Marsha R. Perelman (Wynnewood, Pennsylvania) | 2013-

Former Vice Chair, HSUS Board of Directors; Chair, HSUS Board Nominating Committee; Member, HSUS Board Executive Committee; Chair Emerita of the Board of Trustees, The Franklin Institute; member, Pennsylvania Dog Law Advisory Board; Vice Chair, The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia; President, Calder Philadelphia; former director, Penn Virginia Corp; former director, PVR Partners, LLP; former vice chair and President/CEO, The Philadelphia Zoo; former board chair, ASPCA; political advocate for animal protection legislation in Pennsylvania and active in local animal rescue.

Thomas J. (Tom) Sabatino, Jr. (Greenwich, Connecticut) | 2018-

Co-Chair, HSUS Board of Directors; Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Aetna Inc.; former Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, Hertz; former Executive Vice President, Global Legal and Chief Administrative Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance; former Senior Vice President and General Counsel, UAL Corporation and United Airlines; former Vice President and General Counsel, Schering-Plough Corporation; former General Counsel, Baxter International; former General Counsel, American Medical Treatment; serves on the Board of Overseers for the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Teligent Board of Directors.

Steven G. White (Santa Monica, California) | 2020-

Member; HSUS Board Audit Committee; Board Liaison, Humane Leadership Council. White is based in Angelo Gordon’s Los Angeles office and is co-portfolio manager of the firm’s U.S. real estate funds. Prior to joining Angelo Gordon in 2004, White worked in the real estate investment banking group at Goldman Sachs where he participated in the disposition and recapitalization of office, retail, hotel and multi-family properties. Previously, he was a partner and co-founder of a private real estate investment company in the Los Angeles area. He is on the Board of Directors for Humane Society International and also a former Chair of the National Council for the Humane Society of the United States. White holds an A.B. degree from Dartmouth College and an MBA degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.