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Board of Directors

 

Dr. Ethan J. Ciment (President) is a podiatrist in private practice in New York City. He is the founder and medical director of The Chelsea Foot and 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, an active member of both the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine as well as the American College of Foot and Ankle Pediatrics. Dr. Ciment is also certified in Plant Based Nutrition by The T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies through Cornell University. Together with his husband, Michael, Dr. Ciment founded and runs the award-winning blog Vegan Mos. Their first cookbook, NYC Vegan: Iconic Recipes for a Taste of the Big Apple came out in May 2017 and is available for purchase everywhere. Originally from Silver Spring, Maryland, Dr. Ciment has been a New Yorker for nearly 30 years. He and Michael share their home in New York City with their two neurotic (but lovable) dogs, Riley & Charlie.

Dr. Jeannine Cicco Barker (Vice President) is a licensed psychologist and board certified art therapist at the University of Pennsylvania. She specializes in eating concerns, sexual assault, and trauma, acknowledging the impact of systemic oppression on mental health. Jeannine earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s in art therapy from Drexel University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Widener University. She is a member of the Physicians for Human Rights asylum network, and conducts psychological evaluations to assist immigrants and asylees seeking documentation. She is also a founding director of Therapists Rising, a professional organization for mental health providers who see social justice activism as an integral part of their professional identity. A passionate and dedicated nonhuman animal rights activist, she has been involved with fundraising efforts for farmed animal rights organizations for several years. Jeannine, a proud multicultural Xicana, is sensitive to the connections between human and nonhuman animal rights issues. She strongly believes in an inclusive animal rights movement and an intersectional approach to this work. She began volunteering at Woodstock in 2015 and immediately fell in love with the Sanctuary and its residents. At Woodstock, she is often found hanging out in the goat and sheep barn or cuddling with the turkeys in their coops. She is from Philadelphia and continues to call it home with her partner Sean and their three rescues.

Jody Rasch (Treasurer) manages VegInvest Trust, a private equity trust that specializes in companies that reduce animal use and promotes a vegan lifestyle. Prior to this he headed the Social Performance Group at Moody’s Corporation working on projects including microfinance and social investing.  He developed the Moody’s Social Performance Assessment (SPA) which provides a gap analysis of social practices for microfinance institutions.  He also served on various advisory boards including Women’s World Banking’s Gender Performance Initiative, the SMART Campaign’s Certification Task Force, Grameen Foundation’s Social Performance Advisory Committee and the Global Impact Investing Rating Service (GIIRS). Mr. Rasch has presented on social and financial issues at conferences worldwide, including Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America, Asia and the United States. Prior to this Mr. Rasch worked at Moody’s Risk Management Services as part of the training group heading up product training for derivatives and corporate finance and as project manager for RiskCalc a corporate risk modeling product. Prior to joining Moody’s in 2002 Mr. Rasch owned, for 15 years, a training company that conducted financial training programs for international commercial and investment banks. He also headed the New York derivatives sales desk of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and has worked in the corporate treasury departments of two Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Rasch has a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Michigan and holds an MBA in Finance from New York University. Mr. Rasch is on the Board of Directors of three not for profit organizations.  Battery Dance Company, which conducts cultural diplomacy in over 60 countries and the United States through its “Dancing to Connect” program; VegFund which supports grass roots activists in promoting a vegan lifestyle and Woodstock Farm Sanctuary.

Lita Dwight (Secretary) is the owner and founder of bryt life foods, an artisanal maker of vegan yogurt and cheese.  She is an avid animal rights advocate and activist in many other social justice movements. Lita was an investment management attorney for Sidley Austin Brown & Wood and also served as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society, representing victims of domestic violence. She served as an investment adviser for Merrill Lynch, specializing in non-profit organizations. She owned and operated a real estate development company, Acquis Development Corp, renovating historic properties in landmarked Brooklyn. She currently lives with her partner and two dogs, Lacey and Lou in the Navy Yards neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Lisa Dawn Angerame is a long time vegan and animal rights advocate. A former private banker on Wall Street, Lisa is currently the author of Lisa’s Project: Vegan, a vegan blog, as well as a vegan recipe developer. She lives in New York City with her vegan husband and vegan 8 1/2 year old son where she advocates for veganism in school.

David Cabrera 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.

Berto Calkins, resides in New York City. He holds a B.A. in Communications (Advertising/Public Relations) from City College of New York. It was while living in California that he decided to go vegan after reading an article that mentioned the karmic harm of eating animals. Berto has been vegan since April 2014. He advocates for animal rights through fitness and food via his social media accounts.

Stephanie Yazgi is an experienced organizer, political strategist, and coalition-builder. She is currently the Director of Capacity Building for the Center for Popular Democracy, and before that served as a Senior Advisor at the NYC Mayor’s Office. Stephanie has also worked as a consultant in the private and not-for-profit sectors and has a track record of winning issue and electoral campaigns with nearly 20 years of experience in the progressive movement. Throughout her career, she has authored and facilitated numerous trainings on community, political and electoral organizing, and is currently an adjunct professor in at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Stephanie has a B.A. from Boston University and a M.S. from Columbia University School of Social Work. She has studied and is trained in a variety of holistic healing modalities over the past 15 years. She has received training in health supportive cooking, traditional Chinese medicine and herbs, and shiatsu. She holds a culinary degree from Natural Gourmet Institute where she trained as a natural foods chef. Stephanie is proud to be able to use her experience and expertise to benefit Woodstock Farm Sanctuary and the animal rights movement.