About NEAVS

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Theodora Capaldo, EdD, is a Massachusetts-licensed psychologist. She has taught psychology at the college level, served as director of counseling at a liberal arts college, and has maintained a private psychotherapy practice for over 30 years. Dr. Capaldo is president and executive director of the New England Anti-Vivisection Society, its educational affiliate, the Ethical Science Education Coalition (ESEC), and spearheads NEAVS’ national campaign Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees…

Vice President

Gina Weishaupt is an Executive Consultant and Coach specializing in motivational training, goal setting, and facilitating positive change in the workplace. As a Sales and Marketing Consultant, she works with clients to develop innovative marketing strategies to drive positive results, and maximize the strengths of the organization. Gina brings over 20 years of media sales, marketing, and businesses development experience to NEAVS' Board. This includes serving as Director of Marketing…

Corporate Clerk & Interim Treasurer

Attorney Sarah Luick is administrative law judge in Massachusetts state government. She is a founding member and current chair of the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and has served as a Massachusetts Animal Coalition (MAC) board member and officer since 2001. She has served as MAC liaison to the PILOT task force a program that enables animal welfare organizations to work together to transfer dogs between organizations that are in…

Director

Karen Allen is Director of Development for the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF), a non-profit organization that designs and implements solar energy solutions for those living in remote, rural villages in the developing world. Her work at SELF brings her full circle to her early career when she spent time in the Central and South American bush.  There, she witnessed first-hand the consequences of energy poverty. Karen also brings over…

Director

Lorin Lindner, PhD, MPH, is a clinical psychologist and preventative health educator in California. She is also the Founder/Director of Serenity Park Sanctuary and Lockwood Animal Rescue Center which provide lifetime sanctuary for rescued birds (Serenity Park), horses, wolves, wolfdogs, and coyotes (Lockwood). Dr. Lindner has taught psychology from an environmental perspective in the Department of Psychology at Santa Monica College, has worked with Animals and Society (formerly Psychologists for the…

Director

Margaret B. Peppercorn, MD, FAAP, is a board-certified pediatrician who was in private practice for more than 30 years before joining NEAVS’ Medical Advisory Board and now Board of Directors. She is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Medical School and completed her pediatric training at Children's Hospital National Medical Center and Boston City Hospital. As a NEAVS’ Medical Advisory Board Member, Dr. Peppercorn co-authored NEAVS’ study, A Review…

Director

Betsy Swart, MSW, PhD is a licensed Social Worker and Sociologist who has worked in the animal protection movement since the 1980s, serving as program director for national and international animal protection organizations. Since 1999, she has been the Executive Director of the Amboseli Trust for Elephants, the longest running study of wild elephants in the world. The Trust works to protect 1,500 elephants in Amboseli National Park, Kenya. She completed…