About Us

Who We Are

Leadership

Executive Director

As Executive Director of the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS), Nathan Herschler brings his long-standing commitment and expertise in animal protection, program design, and strategic planning to NEAVS.  Nathan received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2005 from Wheaton College and his Juris Doctorate in 2008 from the American University, Washington College of Law. He is also a 2013 graduate of the International Program for Development Evaluation Training. Nathan began…

Board of Directors

President

Independent Voting Member, 2018. Gina Weishaupt is an executive consultant and coach specializing in motivational training, goal setting, and facilitating positive change in the workplace. As a Sales & 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…

Director

Independent Voting Member, 2018. 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…

Director

Independent Voting Member, 2018. Karen Allen is Director of Development for the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF), a nonprofit 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.…

Director

Independent Voting Member, 2018. 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…

Treasurer

Independent Voting Member, 2018. Perry Steinberg is a graduate of New York University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a MBA. During the first 20 years of his career, his work focused on financial analysis, budgeting, and strategic planning while working at Arthur Anderson, CBS and American Express. For 30 years, along with his business partner, Perry owned The American Program Bureau (APB). APB operates as a global…

Corporate Clerk

Independent Voting Member, 2018. Angela Steadman received her Bachelor of Science degree from Pepperdine University and her Juris Doctor degree from Boston College. After graduating from law school and passing the Massachusetts bar, she practiced law at Ficksman & Conley in Boston for eleven years, becoming a partner in the firm. After her tenure at Ficksman & Conley, Angela established her own practice in North Andover, where she practiced for ten years,…

Staff

Director of Government Relations & Policy

Mike Ryan is NEAVS’ Director of Government Relations & Policy and is responsible for NEAVS’ federal and state campaigns, with a focus on phasing out primate vivisection. Before joining NEAVS, Mike worked with the world's largest animal rights organization from 2015-2018, where he advised their work to end chimpanzee research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an effort praised by The Hill as a “top lobbying victory of 2015.”…

Law Clerk

As a law clerk for NEAVS, Frances Chrzan is responsible for various research and data collection tasks pertaining to animal vivisection. In 2014, Frances received her B.A. from Indiana University.  She is currently a third-year law student at Lewis & Clark Law School, where she will earn her Animal Law Certificate and J.D. in May 2019. During law school, Frances has worked for multiple animal law organizations including the PETA…

Law Clerk

As a law clerk for NEAVS, Leila is responsible for various legal research and data collection duties pertaining to animal vivisection. In 2009, Leila received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor of Criminal Justice from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In 2018. Leila received her J.D. from Southern University Law Center (SULC) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. During her time in law school, Leilafounded SULC’s Student Animal Legal…

Development and Operations Officer

Christie Hendrickson is the Development and Operations Officer of NEAVS. Christie, who joined the organization in June 2018, helps the Development team with fundraising, graphic design, writing, events, and special projects. She also manages the office’s day-to-day operations. Christie, a lifelong Massachusetts resident, studied English Literature at Worcester State University and hopes to adopt “all the dogs” (or at least a handful of them) one day.

Director of Development

Ed Butler is the Director of Development at NEAVS. Ed joined NEAVS in January 2018 and is responsible for implementing a goal-driven fundraising strategy, which includes new donor acquisition, sustaining individual donors, implementing fundraising events, and managing an effective development department. Ed grew up in Massachusetts and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. To contact Ed, please email ebutler@neavs.org.

Development Coordinator

Christina Papianou is a Development Coordinator at NEAVS. Christina joined NEAVS in May 2015 and helps with member services, fundraising, event planning, and gift processing. Christina grew up in Massachusetts and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Environmental Studies from Northeastern University. To contact Christina, please email cpapianou@neavs.org.