Staff, Board and Scientific Committee
The staff, board of directors, and Scientific Committee of Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) bring extensive experience in the natural foods industry, animal science, veterinary care, and animal welfare to their work on the Certified Humane Raised & Handled® program.
Adele Douglass, Chief Executive Officer, founded HFAC in 2003. Ms. Douglass now directs all programs and activities of Humane Farm Animal Care, including managing producer relationships and serving as media spokesperson. As a result of her years showing businesses how humane farm animal care can meet bottom-line business interests, she serves as an invited participant on numerous industry animal welfare committees including for the Food Marketing Institute, National Council of Chain Restaurants, and Burger King.
In 2003, Ms. Douglass was a keynote speaker at the Animal Welfare Conference of the American Meat Institute. She also serves on the Boards of The Center for Food Safety and the Center for Technology Assessment. In 2006, Ms. Douglass received the ASPCA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, Ms. Douglass was one of the 15 winners of the 2007 Purpose Prize. According to Civic Ventures, the San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that awards it, the Purpose Prize recognizes individuals age 60 and over who have “the passion and creativity to discover new opportunities, the experience to come up with practical solutions, and the determination to make lasting change.” In 2008, Ms. Douglass was chosen to be an Ashoka Fellow.
Prior to her position with Humane Farm Animal Care, Douglass initiated the Free Farmed Program for Farm Animal Services. Ms. Douglass was director of the American Humane Association’s Washington, D.C., office for 13 years. She advanced the organization’s legislative agenda to protect both children and animals, represented AHA at national conferences and developed tools to increase grassroots lobbying. Ms. Douglass gained her expertise on legislative matters as a staff member for former U.S. Representative Bill Green (R-NY).
Jonathan Boydston, Certification Program Coordinator, is a graduate of Oregon State University’s Fisheries and Wildlife Department. He served in the U.S. Peace Corps in the West African Nation of Togo where he specialized in Natural Resources Management and Food Security. While with the Peace Corps Mr. Boydston raised livestock and poultry for use in integrated aquaculture and agriculture systems, promoting increased productivity while conserving land. Mr. Boydston has also worked on farms with various species of animals in Europe. He also has extensive experience working with certification programs in addition to conservation and sustainability issues.
Emma Niewald, Communications Coordinator, graduated from Austin College with honors in International Relations and French. Ms. Niewald has experience in public relations and communications, which she developed as an independent consultant and working for a variety of non-profits and small businesses. Ms. Niewald wrote publicity and Social Media strategies for the Center for National Policy and acted as Director of Engagement at tech-startup Linktank, where she performed marketing duties and represented the company at events. As Communications Coordinator, Ms. Niewald handles press releases, online content, marketing, and communications amongst producers, retailers, and the general public.
Monica Cochran, Staff Associate, is responsible for supporting outreach efforts for Humane Farm Animal Care. Monica has a background in sales and marketing and has served on the board of non-profit organizations. Ms. Cochran has been involved with HFAC for eight years.
J.D. Bridges, Accounting Associate, has been with HFAC since 2011. Mr. Bridges is responsible for bookkeeping and assists in outreach activities. Mr. Bridges is an Economics and Philosophy major at George Mason University.
Marge Moran, Computer Services, is a professional with 18 years experience in many different areas of technology, including systems, databases, software, and graphics. Marge has worked in both the for-profit and non-profit arenas, and is now using her expertise to prepare HFAC communications, reports, and providing other Website services.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The HFAC Board of Directors includes members with experience and expertise in animal welfare, natural and organic foods, meat and poultry production and marketing, communications, public policy and financial management.
Karen Brown, was senior vice president of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) from 1994 until her retirement in January 2009. As Sr. VP, Ms. Brown had overall responsibility for FMI's internal and external communications, issue advocacy, information and internet services, food safety programs, international programs, membership and field services. Brown managed the activities of FMI's board-level task forces and committees and coordinated the work of FMI's animal welfare advisors and infectious disease experts. Brown was involved in the food industry since 1969. Prior to her appointment as senior vice president, she was vice president, communications (1981-1994), and vice president, consumer affairs (1978-1981), responsible for the development of FMI's consumer affairs program. Prior to the merger of the National Association of Food Chains and the Super Market Institute in January, 1977, and the formation of FMI, Brown was a member of the public affairs staff of the National Association of Food Chains.
Brown has participated on numerous government and industry advisory groups including the USDA's National Advisory Council on Maternal, Infant, and Fetal Nutrition and the Center for Disease Control and PRevention Business Response to AIDS; and the boards of Second Harvest and the National AIDS Fund. Brown majored in psychology and special education at Salve Regina College in Newport, Rhode Island.
Adele Douglass, CEO, HFAC – see above
Jim Emerman is executive vice president of Civic Ventures, where he developed and directs The Purpose Prize and the Encore Leadership Network. The Purpose Prize is a $17 million program designed to recognize and invest in social entrepreneurs who are working after the age of 60 to solve important problems in their communities, the country and the world. He is also the staff director of the Encore Leadership Network, a group of nationally known leaders from the nonprofit, corporate, and public sectors, including academic institutions and think tanks and the philanthropic sector, who are helping establish "encore careers" as a new stage of work of personal and social significance in the second half of life. Prior to joining Civic Ventures, Mr. Emerman was the chief operating officer of the American Society on Aging, managing a 53-year-old organization which focuses on developing leadership and disseminating knowledge and skills to professionals who are facing the challenges of a diverse aging society.
Patricia A. Forkan, Senior Envoy/Executive Branch, Humane Society of the United StatesMs. Forkan’s efforts include coordinating The HSUS' 100-point "Change Agenda for Animals." Forkan is a member of the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee, working closely with the U.S. Trade Representative and the Environmental Protection Agency advising them on the environmental provisions of free trade agreement and World Trade Organization negotiations.
One of Forkan's specific areas of expertise is the protection of marine mammals, particularly whales and dolphins. Under her leadership, The HSUS and other organizations achieved a moratorium on commercial whaling and the creation of the dolphin-safe tuna label. She represents HSI and The HSUS at the annual International Whaling Commission meetings and has also served as a member of the U.S. delegation to the IWC. Forkan has also been instrumental in the passage of many laws affecting animals in the U.S., including the Humane Slaughter Act, the Wild Horse and Burro Act, and amendments to the Animal Welfare Act.
Ms. Forkan has 27 years of experience in management, marketing, and international trade. While at the HSUS, Forkan has developed and overseen many programs and departments, including video, public relations, government affairs, disaster and state legislation. She served as an executive vice president for 12 years and served as senior vice president for External Affairs, International and president of Humane Society International. In that capacity, Forkan focused on international policy affecting animals, especially marine mammals, farm animals, and animal fighting.
Forkan received a bachelor's degree in political science from Pennsylvania State University in 1966. She has done graduate work at American University in political science and attended a special course for executives in non-profit management at Harvard University. She has been listed in Who's Who in American Women and Who's Who in America.
Carol Jenkins is founding president of The Women's Media Center and a founding member of the board of directors. An Emmy-award–winning former news anchor and correspondent who covered presidential politics as well as international issues, Ms. Jenkins leads WMC's online publication and its advocacy initiatives. As media and political analyst she has appeared as a guest and in debates on MSNBC, among other outlets. Her commentary, which she writes for the WMC Web site at www.womensmediacenter.com, has appeared in The Nation.com, Television Week, and other print and online sources.
Ms. Jenkins enjoyed a 30-year, award-winning tenure with several New York City news departments, including 23 years at WNBC-TV, where she co-anchored the pivotal 6 p.m. newscast. She was most identified with her reporting of national political stories, including from the floor of Democratic and Republican national conventions that yielded Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. From South Africa she reported on the release of Nelson Mandela from 27 years in prison, and anchored and co-produced an Emmy-nominated prime time special on apartheid. She hosted her own daily talk show, Carol Jenkins Live, on WNYW-TV.
Carol Jenkins is the author, with her daughter Elizabeth Gardner Hines, of Black Titan, A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire. The life story of Ms. Jenkins' uncle, the book was selected by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association as one of the best nonfiction books of 2004. She is an executive producer of the PBS documentary, What I Want My Words to Do to You, which won The Freedom of Expression Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2003.
Barbara Rady Kazdan, Founder/Principal, Achieving Change Together, offering solutions-oriented individualized consulting to social entrepreneurs. Coaching, consulting and connecting boald innovators to enhance their impact on society's most pressing problems. Advising and attracting investors who are committed to the success of these innovators. Kazdan was a former director of Creative Initiatives for Generations of Hope Development Corporation (GHDC) and a former director of Ashoka-US, the US community of the global organization that selected leading social entrepreneurs solving longstanding critical societal needs. Prior to Ashoka-US, as a social entrepreneur, Kazdan founded inFOCUS, an international primary eye care developmental program, which helped medically underserved children and adults access affordable eye care in their own communities. Kazdan founded the Houston READ Commission, which forged public-private partnerships to pioneer instructional strategies and transformed adult literacy services at 12 technology-assisted learning centers. Ms. Kazdan helped shape federal policy on literacy issues and was appointed to various state and local literacy task forces. Ms. Kazdan has a BA from the University of Michigan and attended the Jones Graduate School of Administration at Rice University. In addition to being a board member of HFAC, she is a board member of the Media and Policy Center Foundation.
Andrew Kimbrell is a public interest attorney, activist, and author. He has been involved in public interest legal activity in numerous areas of technology, human health, and the environment. After working for eight years as the policy director at the Foundation for Economic Trends, Mr. Kimbrell established the International Center for Technology Assessment (CTA) in 1994 and the Center for Food Safety (CFS) in 1997. Mr. Kimbrell has written several books and given numerous public lectures on a variety of issues. He has been featured on radio and television programs across the country, including The Today Show, the CBS Morning Show, Crossfire, Headlines on Trial, and Good Morning America. He has also lectured at dozens of universities throughout the country and has testified before congressional and regulatory hearings.
Ed Sayres, president and CEO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, has 30 years of experience in both local and national nonprofit management, animal protection, and nonprofit boards. Mr. Sayres was the president of St. Hubert's Humane Society Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey, the director of the Animal Protection Division of the American Humane Association, director of PETsMART Charities, and president of the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Mr. Sayres is on the board of the Delta Society and the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators.
Helene York, Since 2005, served as the director of the Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to educate chefs and consumers about how their food choices affect the global environment and to catalyze supply chain changes. This position allows her to blend her passions for great food, resource conservation, and scientific integrity, deploying them on a national scale through implementation of Bon Appétit’s various sustainability initiatives. In April 2007, Helene launched the Bon Appétit’s Low Carbon Diet program, whose purpose is to raise awareness of the connection between the food system and climate change. The goal of the initiative is to reduce emissions associated with Bon Appétit’s food service operations by 25% over five years. As of spring 2009, the program achieved reductions by approximately four million pounds of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions each month. Helene was also the driving force behind building the business case for serving sustainable seafood for Compass Group NA, Bon Appétit’s parent company. As a result, in February 2006, Compass announced a major policy to shift the company's purchases away from threatened fish species and toward sustainably sourced supplies. The new policy impacts approximately one million pounds of fish purchased annually by Compass Group. Helene has served in a number of non-profit and technical advisory capacities: as a member of the Pew Charitable Trust’s Global Aquaculture Project Initiative and the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops, two technical advisory boards working to develop standards to improve the way food is grown. Helene is also a founding board member of the nonprofit, FishChoice, which provides an online resource for chefs to locate sustainable seafood supplies. Helene is a regular contributor to The Atlantic Monthly’s Food Channel and a frequent guest lecturer at universities across the country on the subject of the food system’s relationship to climate change. She has also spoken at the national conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in the United States. Helene earned an undergraduate degree at Harvard and a master’s degree at Yale.
- Ken Anderson, PhD, Extension Specialist, North Carolina State University
- Michael Appleby, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, World Society for the Protection of Animals, London, UK
- Brittany Bock, PhD, Associate Professor, Fort Hays State University
- Brenda Coe, PhD, Adjunct Asst. Professor, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
- Hans Coetzee, PhD, Iowa State University
- Anne Fanatico, PhD, Assistant Professor, Sustainable Development, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
- Trent Gilbery, MS, Facilities Manager, Beef Research Complex, North Dakota State University
- Temple Grandin, PhD, Professor, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
- Thomas Hartsock, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus, Dept. Animal and Avian Sciences, University of Maryland
- Patricia Hester, PhD, Professor, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN
- Pam Hullinger, DVM, MPVM, Associate Clinical Professor, University of California, Davis
- Joy Mench, PhD, Professor, University of California, Davis
- Suzanne Millman, PhD, Associate Professor of Animal Welfare, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine
- Ruth Newberry, PhD, Associate Professor, Washington State University
- Ed Pajor, PhD, Professor of Animal Welfare, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary, Canada
- Jose Peralta, PhD, DVM, Associate Professor, Animal Welfare and Veterinary Ethics, College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences.
- Rosangela Poletto, PhD, DVM, Researcher, Federal University of Santa Catarina - LETA, Santa Catarina, Brazil
- Martin Potter, PhD, Consultant in Animal Welfare, Member of FAWC, UK and Advising Member of EIG
- Mohan Raj, PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Bristol University, UK
- J.K. Shearer, DVM, MS, Professor and Extension Veterinarian, Iowa State University
- Carolyn Stull, PhD, Chairman, Scientific Committee and Extension Specialist, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
- Janice Swanson, PhD, Professor and Director of Animal Welfare, Michigan State University
- William VanDresser, DVM, Retired Extension Veterinarian
- Julia Wrathall, PhD, Director, Farm Animals Division, RSPCA, West Sussex, UK
- Adroaldo Zanella, PhD, Professor & Chair of Animal Health and Welfare, Scottish Agricultural College
Evan HauptLinden, New Jersey
Jack and Ann SparksConifer, Colorado
Martha ArmstrongKnoxville, Tennessee
Joanne Irving, PhDBethesda, Maryland
Jane QuilterReston, Virginia
Victoria FoulidesBelleville, New Jersey
Linda KonstanDenver, Colorado
Cathy WallachNew York, New York
Mary GeraghtyAlexandria, Virginia
Maureen K. RobinsonBethesda, Maryland
Caryn GinsbergPriority Ventures Group
Helen PilkingtonBrookeville, New York
Paula BarrettPresque Isle, Maine