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)
Jerry Cesak (La Jolla, California) 
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; Former Vice Chair, the Humane Society Legislative Fund; Director, Humane Society International; Vice Chair, San Francisco SPCA; Chair of Board of Trustees, University of California Riverside; Former Chair, Board of Directors, American Red Cross Bay Area.

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

Chair of the Humane Generation New York committee; competitive show jumper and the co-author of four young adult novels about the equestrian show circuit; EQUUStar for the EQUUS Foundation and serves on the board 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-

Member, Board of Directors, Project Chimps; member, Board of Directors, Coastal Community Foundation; 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.

Jerry Cesak (La Jolla, California) | 2010-

Host of the television entertainment talk show, “San Diego Tonight”; former morning radio show personality, The Jeff & Jer Show, San Diego; director, Humane Society Legislative Fund; founder, The Unicorn Foundation, conducting fundraising activities on behalf of animal protection groups; writer and producer, Bless the Beasts, a multimedia theatrical production, and Nickels & Dimes, a stage play; presenter at the HSUS’s 2010 Taking Action for Animals conference; fundraiser and supporter of numerous animal protection causes, including California’s Prop 2 in 2008.

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

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

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

Managing Director, Korn Ferry; former Senior Vice President 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 Nestle in the US 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-

Member; HSUS Audit and Finance Committee; 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 Nominating & Philanthropy Committee; Co-Chairman of the Board, LGBT Center; Board Member, Reporters Without Borders; Advisory Board Member, MatchaBar; Advisory Board Member, Vast Ventures LLC; Founder & 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; 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 & Chief Marketing Officer, Activision/Blizzard Inc; former Executive Vice President of Marketing, Macy’s Inc. ; former Managing Director, Global Advertising, Citigroup, Inc.; former board & executive committee member, The AdCouncil; former board member, Association of National Advertisers; former board & 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 New York City.

Cathy Kangas (New Canaan, Connecticut) | 2012-

President and CEO, PRAI Beauty Group, Inc.; former member, HSUS National Council; ambassador, Nowzad Dogs (UK); honorary advisor, Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA) (UK); founder of Beauty with a Cause, which receives a percentage of PRAI Beauty’s profits to help animal welfare organizations around the world.

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

Member; HSUS Governance & 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-

Kumar is a Partner at McKinsey and a leader in the firm’s Healthcare and Public Sector practices. He 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, Kumar 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, the Vice President and the 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-

Former Vice Chair, HSUS Board of Directors; former Chair HSUS Board Risk Management Committee; member, HSUS Board Executive Committee; Chair, Humane Society Legislative Fund, Vice Chairman, Asurion; Chair, Great Plains SPCA; President, The Quinn Foundation and Ringo’s Fund, focused on charitable giving for animal and human causes; Chair, Stray Dog Capital, LLC; Managing Partner, Quinn Capital, LLC; Chair, Companion Protect, LLC; Chair, Humane Society Legislative Fund of Kansas.

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

Former HSUS Board treasurer; 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; member of the Board of Governors, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (St. Michaels, MD); member of the Board of Trustees, Academy Art Museum (Easton, Md.); supporter of numerous local humane foundations.

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

Member; HSUS Human Resource Committee; Member, Board of Directors, JewishVeg.Org; member Board of Directors, West Point Jewish Chapel Fund; Amazon; former Vice President Human Resources and Culture and Employee Engagement Leader for World Wide Operations and Customer Service; former Amazon Director of Human Resources, Director of Strategic Growth and Director of Employee Relations; 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 service in diverse domestic and international assignments, achieving the rank of major.

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

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 N.B.A. player, New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, and the Washington Bullets (now Washington Wizards); Olympian; Rhodes Scholar; supporter of numerous local humane foundations.

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

Member, Executive Committee; president, Patrick Partners, Inc.; co-founder and former CEO, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia; former president and COO, Rainbow Media Holdings; former principal, and founder Media Practice, McKinsey and Company; board president, American Ballet Theatre; trustee, Queen Rania's Jordan River Foundation and President Lincoln's Cottage, National Trust; creator, Outdoor Life Network; HSUS Leadership Award, Prop 2 and sponsor, HSUS Prairie Dog Coalition; strategic architect, Wolfgang Puck's humane animal treatment and organic food WELL programs; and advocate for animal protection legislation.

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

Former Vice Chair, HSUS Board of Directors; Chair, HSUS Board Development Committee; chair emerita of the Board of Trustees, The Franklin Institute; member, HSUS Board Executive Committee; member, Pennsylvania Dog Law Advisory Board; member, Board of Directors, Project Chimps; director, Penn Virginia Corporation; chair, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Philadelphia Community Advisory Committee; director, Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation; director, Bryn Mawr Film Institute; founder and former CEO, Woodforde Energy, Inc.; former vice chair and president/CEO, The Philadelphia Zoo; former board chair, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; 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; Former 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-

Steven G. 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, White was a partner and co-founder of a private real estate investment company in the Los Angeles area. White is on the Board of Directors for Humane Society International. He is also a former Chair of the National Council for the Humane Society of the United States. He holds an A.B. degree from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.