HRC's Team

 


Following is the (mostly volunteer) team that makes HRC happen:

Che Green, Founder and Executive Director
Che Green is a former analyst, investment banker, and research manager with significant experience developing and implementing research projects of all kinds. In addition to his for-profit experience, Che has worked and volunteered for animal advocacy groups at both the local grassroots and national levels. As HRC's executive director and lead researcher, he brings a unique and informed perspective to the problems facing animal advocates. Che has a BA in business administration, with a concentration in finance; he founded HRC in 2000 to empower animal advocates through research.

Kathryn Asher, Research/Communications Coordinator
Kathryn Asher is a vegan and animal advocate with an enthusiasm for research and effective advocacy. Before coming to HRC she worked for a university-based poverty reduction initiative and as a researcher and evaluator for a social planning council. Kathryn holds a MES from York University—focused on effectiveness in animal advocacy—and is now a PhD student at the University of New Brunswick where she is exploring Human-Animal Studies through a sociological lens. For her doctoral research she plans to study vegan advocacy initiatives to assess the degree and longevity of dietary change.

Anthony Bellotti, Director/Secretary
Anthony is a co-founding Director of HRC and a Vice President at Campaign Solutions/ Connell Donatelli, where he specializes in online fundraising and advertising for public affairs campaigns, ballot initiatives, and non-profit organizations. Some of his animal protection clients include the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, the American Anti-Vivisection Society, and the Fund for Animals. He holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. from the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, with concentrations in corporate public affairs and campaign management.

Sharie Lesniak, Director
Sharie Lesniak is a recent defector from corporate advertising, having enticed consumers to buy everything from Gap clothes to Nissan cars to Absolut Vodka. But she eventually came to realize that her skills could also help animal advocates more effectively sell their message. Sharie is now the Creative Director at the Animal Protection Institute, where she focuses on creating materials that will convince consumers to think more humanely and engage in more animal-friendly behaviors. Sharie has a BBA from Western Michigan University.

Mandy Weeks, Director
Mandy Weeks is an attorney presently working with health care reform and regulation of insurance providers for the state of Washington. She has also served as a legal aid attorney, proving free legal services to low-income individuals and families and as a public defender. Mandy has volunteered for grassroots and national animal advocacy groups as well as providing direct care to animals through a wildlife rehabilitation center and to her companion cat, Ain. Mandy has a B.A. in political science and a Juris Doctor.

Morgan, Database/Website Manager
Morgan became an activist (and a vegetarian) at an early age, working on labor, high school student rights, and feminist issues while still in her teens, and later, on LGBT and fair housing issues, and AIDS education. From 2005-2007, she assisted ecofeminist Marti Kheel with the research for her book, Nature Ethics. For the past six years, she has worked with a private foundation dedicated to improving the lives of animals.

Caryn Ginsberg, Advisor
Caryn Ginsberg has over two decades of experience helping businesses and nonprofits get better results. Her firm Priority Ventures Group specializes in strategy for humane living and vegetarian organizations, campaigns and products. She also serves on the advisory board of the Institute for Humane Education. Caryn has taught marketing in the MBA program at Johns Hopkins University and for Humane Society University

Jennifer Fearing, Advisor
Jennifer Fearing is the Director of Economic Research for The Humane Society of the United States, where she provides economic arguments, strategy, research, data collection, analysis, and internal consultation. Prior to joining The HSUS, Jennifer worked for eight years as a Senior Consultant with Econ One Research, then served as President and CEO of United Animal Nations. Jennifer holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of California, Davis, and a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Ian Ross, PhD, Advisor
Ian Ross is a director at a leading media company where he focuses on product strategy and marketing analytics for interactive media. Previously, he was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company working in high tech, private equity, and tech-enabled marketing and sales. He has served as an advisor to HRC in the areas of strategic and organizational development, as well as linguistics associated with survey and question design. He has a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania, and an S.B. in mathematics and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Andrew Rowan, Advisor
Andrew Rowan is the former director of the Tufts University Center for Animals and Public Policy. He also chaired the Department of Environmental Studies at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. Andrew was the founding editor of the International Journal for the Study of Animal Problems, founding editor of Anthrozoos, and scientific administrator for the Fund for the Replacement for Animals in Medical Experiments. Andrew currently serves as president and CEO of Humane Society International, and serves as Chief International Officer and Chief Scientific Officer for The Humane Society of the United States.

Kathleen Savesky, Advisor
Kathleen Savesky is Executive Director of the Leonard X. Bosack & Bette M. Kruger Charitable Foundation and a veteran of more than 30 years in non-profit management, animal protection, and higher education fields. Kathleen is an Associate of the Center for Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, and she currently holds volunteer positions with Animal Grantmakers, the International Fund for Animals, and the UC Davis Shelter Medicine Program. Kathleen has a BS from the University of Missouri and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Connecticut College.

Kenneth Shapiro, PhD, ABPP, Advisor
Kenneth Shapiro is executive director of Animals and Society Institute; founder and editor of Society and Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies; cofounder and coeditor of Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science; and editor of Human-Animal Studies Book Series. Shapiro earned his BA from Harvard University and his PhD in clinical psychology from Duke University. He is the author of 3 books, most recently -- Animal Models of Human Psychology: Critique of Science, Ethics and Policy.