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WFAS Board 2014

From left: Sue Lee Troutman, Elissa Katz, Doug Abel, Jenny Brown, Robin Flynn, Ann Parkin, David Cabrera

Sue Lee Troutman is a career development professional who has worked for a number of progressive causes in New York City since moving there from Los Angeles in 2002.  She is now Development Director of Caring Across Generations Campaign, a progressive labor organization.  A long time vegetarian, she finally saw the light and transitioned to veganism, thanks in great part to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.  After several years of volunteering for the Sanctuary – providing fundraising advice, distributing brochures and on occasion shoveling cow poop – she joined the board in June 2013.  She lives in Manhattan’s East Village with three rescue cats and a rescued senior dog.

Elissa Katz 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) Robin 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 3 rescued cats.

Ann Parkin is a Certified Instructor for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine’s (PCRM) Food for Life Program.  She teaches community-based Food for Life nutrition and cooking classes which educate participants about the potential of a low fat, plant-based diet to prevent and even reverse common chronic diseases.  Ann created the website, www.goodfoodproject.net, to share recipes, information and resources with those interested in exploring the health benefits of a whole food, vegan diet.  In 2008, she researched and helped design the business plan for the Wide Circle Vegan Investment Fund, a private equity vegan investment fund.  Ann lives in Westchester County, New York with her family which currently includes three rescued cats and five rescued rats.

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 Animal Sanctuary (WFAS) since 2011. He lives in New York City, and Germantown, NY with his partner.

Doug Abel is Co-Founder & and Board Chair (See Founders Page).

Jenny Brown is Co-Founder and Executive Director (See Founders Page).