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Board of Directors

Elissa Katz (Secretary) is a partner in the law firm of Meranze, Katz, Gaudioso and Newlin, P.C., a Philadelphia, PA law firm concentrating in the practice of labor law. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Animal Law Committee. In addition to serving on the Board of WFAS, she is on the Board of The Humane League, a farm animal/vegan advocacy organization with offices in Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, and New York. Elissa is also the president of Humane PA, a non-partisan political action committee working to end cruelty to animals in Pennsylvania. She is a regular volunteer with the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) performing cat care on a weekly basis and processing adoptions.

Robin Flynn (Treasurer) earned her B.S. from Boston College and began her career in management consulting and currently manages Technology and Communications for a brokerage firm. A long time vegan and avid animal rights advocate, she previously sat on the board of a farm animal sanctuary and has worked on and or managed several animal rights, environmental, and hunger and homeless campaigns. Robin originates from Wisconsin farm country, and now resides in Boston, MA with her partner Miki and 3 rescued cats.

David Cabrera (President/Board Chair) is Principal and Co-Founder of the contemporary art gallery Alexander Gray Associates in New York, where he oversees the management of the Gallery, including financial, personnel, and operations. Cabrera has been an activist and volunteer with numerous issues rooted in compassion going back into the 90’s. He was a member of ACT-Up (The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), Gay Men’s Health Crisis, and more recently he has been a hospice volunteer counselor, providing vigil sitting through Visiting Nurses Services of New York and speaking on the subject.  In the field of animal awareness and veganism, he and his partner, Alexander Gray, have been sponsors of the media projects Our Hen House and Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s Food for Thought podcasts. Cabrera has volunteered at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary since 2011. He lives in New York City, and Germantown, NY with his partner.

Dr. Ethan J. Ciment is a podiatrist in private practice in New York City. He is the founder and director of The Chelsea Foot & Ankle Center where he treats the entire spectrum of foot and ankle medicine and surgery. He is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine, and he is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Pediatrics. Ethan and his husband Michael blog at Vegan Mos where they share their own original vegan recipes, thought pieces about veganism and animal rights, and explore the intersection of animal rights and gay rights. Originally from Silver Spring, Maryland, Ethan has been a New Yorker for 25 years. He and Michael currently reside in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with their two vegan dogs, Riley and Charlie.

Doug Abel is Co-Founder (See Founders Page).