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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 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 Podiatric Medicine, an active member of both the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine as well as the American College of Foot and Ankle Pediatrics. Ethan is also certified in Plant Based Nutrition by The T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies through Cornell University. Together with his husband, Michael, Ethan 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, Ethan has been a New Yorker for over 30 years. He and Michael share their home in New York City with their two neurotic (but lovable) dogs, Charlie & Penny.

Jody Rasch (Treasurer) is an artist at Lamina Project, He was formerly the Managing Trustee at VegInvest. Prior to that he headed the Social Performance Group at Moody’s Corporation working on projects including microfinance and social investing. 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). Jody has presented on social and financial issues at conferences worldwide. He also worked at Moody’s Risk Management Services. Prior to joining Moody’s, Jody started Financial Directions, 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. Jody has a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Michigan and holds an MBA in Finance from New York University. He is on the Board of Directors of Battery Dance Company, VegFund, 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. Lita 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.

Monisha de Quadros is a seasoned finance executive with a broad range of corporate finance experience, spanning across both the public and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, she was the VP of Finance at Foundation Center, where she was instrumental in directing the financial due diligence of one of the largest mergers in the nonprofit industry.  Prior to that she was a Finance Executive at ADP and earned numerous distinctions for her performance and leadership. Monisha has also served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for Foundation Center and Better Future International. Being an avid outdoors person and an animal lover, she is passionate about protecting animal rights and the environment. In 2017 she became a vegan on the premise that humans, animals and this planet are all deeply interconnected and interdependent. She continues to volunteer at Woodstock and absolutely loves the residents. Monisha resides in New York City and has a B.A. in Psychology and an M.B.A in Corporate Finance from the University of Dallas.

 

Lesley Tse is a workers’ rights attorney at the law firm of Getman, Sweeney & Dunn, in Kingston, NY, where she represents workers in litigation for unpaid wages. Prior to that, she was a tenants’ rights attorney at Legal Services NYC in New York City, defending low income tenants from eviction. Lesley earned her bachelor’s degree from New York University and her law degree from Fordham University Law School. Lesley went vegan in 2018, having been a vegetarian for 20 years, after she started volunteering regularly at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary. She is a proud Filipinx and believes deeply in the need for intersectionality in justice movements. She is also an avid yoga practitioner, holding a 200-hour yoga teacher certification, and believes that the principle of ahimsa, or nonviolence, applies to all living beings. Lesley currently lives in Stone Ridge, NY, just down the road from Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, with her husband, two rescue dogs, and an ever-rotating cast of foster dogs.