Farm Sanctuary Board of Directors
Chris Allieri, Board Chair, Communications Committee Chair, and Executive Committee Member
Chris Allieri is founder and principal of Mulberry & Astor, a New York-based public relations, public affairs and communications firm.
Chris has more than 20 years of diverse marketing and communications experience across multiple sectors. Prior to launching his own firm, Chris held senior roles at Accenture, Grayling, Edelman and Univision.
Chris is also a member of the board of directors of the Wild Bird Fund in New York City, as well as the University of Colorado Alumni Association. He is a shelter volunteer at NYC Animal Care Centers (ACC) in Brooklyn. He is on the advisory board for Voters for Animal Rights where he focuses on combatting cruelty in New York City’s storefront slaughterhouses.
Chris received his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and Latin American studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and his master’s degree in international affairs and economic and political development from Columbia University. Chris teaches marketing at the Parsons School of Design.
He lives in Brooklyn with rabbits Bean and Sydney, who he adopted from ACC. Both were found discarded in city parks, and are now dearly loved, happy, healthy and cage-free.
Cameron Icard, Board Vice Chair, Capital Campaign Committee Co-Chair, Executive Committee Member, and Development Committee Member
On October 4, 2009, Cameron Icard came upon some information at a Farm Sanctuary Walk for Animals booth in Sarasota, FL, that changed her life. It was there she grasped for the first time the cruelties of factory farming, and she vowed to never go a day without doing what she could to end the suffering of these victims of industrialized farming. Vegetarian since 1972, she became a vegan overnight.
Since that time, Cameron has lobbied state governments and members of Congress, participated in ballot initiative signature gathering, hosted Farm Sanctuary events, and even worked for a time with Farm Sanctuary’s amazing Development team. A Hilda Club member since 2009, she has been a recipient of Farm Sanctuary’s “Friend to Farm Animals Award” and has been a member of two Anniversary Gala committees.
Cameron has served on the Foundation Board of The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, the Healthy Start Coalition Board in Florida, and other various conservation and charitable organizations. She is currently on the Advisory Board of New York City’s Animal Care Centers.
Holding a B.A. in Economics from Rhodes College, Cameron’s professional work began with Delta Airlines in marketing automation. She also has experience in real estate and law practice management.
Jane Hoffman, Board Secretary, Audit Committee Chair, Executive Committee Member, and Governance Committee Member
Jane Hoffman has been president and chair of the board of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals since its inception in 2002. The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals acts as a liaison between the government of the City of New York and the New York City animal care community. It is a coalition of more than 150 animal rescue groups and shelters working to reduce the euthanasia of cats and dogs in New York City shelters.
Jane is a founding and current member of the Animal Law Committee of the NYC Bar Association, one of the first animal law committees in the country. She received the Annual Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award from the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) the first year it was awarded in 2007.
Prior to creating the Alliance, Jane served as an associate at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and vice president and senior consultant at Handy Associates.
Jane holds a J.D. degree from Brooklyn Law School, an M.L.S. degree from Long Island University, and a B.A. degree from Boston College.
Anthony Milazzo, Board Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair, Executive Committee Member, and Audit Committee Advisor
Anthony is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura Consulting and has extensive experience in auditing, corporate finance, and forensic accounting. At Ankura, Anthony is responsible for leading forensic accounting investigations and dispute matters. Throughout his forensic accounting career, he has worked on some well-publicized Ponzi scheme asset recovery matters and investigations. In addition, he provides dispute services including attorney consultation, research, preparation of expert reports and testimony as well as providing technical accounting advice including accounting restatements.
Anthony started his career with KPMG in their audit practice. He also worked in private industry as the corporate controller of a software company that created applications for the commercial real estate market and as the CFO of a start-up dot-com. Most recently, he was a Senior Managing Director with FTI Consulting, a firm that specialized in forensic accounting. Anthony and his wife, Lisa, are long-time vegans. They have two children, Jack and Lucia, who have been vegans from birth and are proud to say that animals are their friends.
Anthony received his B.S. in Accounting from Fordham University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in New York and a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Dorr Begnal, Capital Campaign Committee Co-Chair and Finance Committee Member
Dorr Begnal is a Managing Director at Park Street Capital L.L.C., an independent, employee-owned investment management firm dedicated exclusively to investing in private market asset classes. Prior to joining Park Street Capital, Dorr worked as a research consultant for Cambridge Associates and was responsible for due diligence and manager selection for non-marketable alternative assets.
A vegetarian for many years, Dorr decided to visit our Watkins Glen shelter, where he received a special tour from National Shelter Director Susie Coston. The experience opened his eyes to the cruelty of conventional farming practices, and he was inspired to go vegan shortly thereafter. He has since been a consistent supporter and revered friend to the animals across our three sanctuary locations.
Dorr lives in the Boston area and shares his life with his dogs and zebra finches. He loves introducing people to vegan food and sharing how fulfilling and accessible a vegan lifestyle can be.
Dorr holds a B.S. degree from Clarkson University, where he also served as a Trustee and is a Member of its Investment Committee.
Emily Deschanel, Education Committee Chair and Development Committee Member
Emily is an actress and television producer who is best known for her role as Dr. Temperance Brennan in the FOX police comedy-drama series Bones. A vegan since reading Diet for a New America in high school and member of Farm Sanctuary since 2006, Emily has served as Honorary Chair and Host of our black-tie Galas, National Spokesperson for the 2011 Walk for Farm Animals, and host of our Celebration for the Turkeys Thanksgiving event, and has also recorded educational videos for Farm Sanctuary.
Emily’s passion for animal rights has led her to produce and provide narration for animal welfare-related documentaries and to appear in PSAs encouraging veganism and compassion towards animals. A consistent voice for farm animals over the years, Emily has raised public awareness about the animal cruelty and environmental degradation perpetuated by factory farming, as well as the health benefits of adopting a vegan diet.
Emily holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater from Boston University.
Lyn Devon, Member of the Education and Communications Committees
A native New Yorker and graduate of Brown University, Lyn Devon has spent her career working in the fashion industry designing women’s ready-to-wear. Starting at Zac Posen from the launch of his very first collection, Lyn went on to design for Ralph Lauren and in 2005 launched her eponymous label. A member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and an award-winning womenswear designer, Lyn built a successful boutique business centered at her showroom on 66th and Madison and produced entirely in New York’s garment center. After designing American luxury sportswear for more than a decade, Lyn has taken a hiatus to raise her two young children and manage her husband’s pottery company, New York Stoneware.
Tamar Huberman, Member of the Governance, Development, and Education Committees
Tamar is a nonprofit consultant specializing in strategy, operations, and revenue generation for small and medium-sized nonprofit organizations. Tamar’s clients span the charitable sector: She has worked with arts, education, environmental, social entrepreneurship, and health organizations. Tamar provides expertise on corporate, government, and institutional fundraising; strategies for organizational development; and day-to-day operations. Tamar served on the development team at the Ontario College of Art & Design and the public affairs team at CHUM Television. She is also a founding member of the Park Slope Food Co-op’s Animal Welfare Committee.
Tamar earned an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, a master’s degree in art history and a certificate in curatorial studies from York University, and a B.A. in history from Queen’s University. She was born and raised in Vancouver, B.C., and she currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Kendra “Kera” Melrose, Board Member
A longtime, dedicated farm animal advocate, Kera brings years of nonprofit leadership experience to Farm Sanctuary’s board of directors. Most recently, she served as Farm Sanctuary’s Executive Director and CEO. Previously, she held the role of general counsel at Farm Sanctuary after serving as counsel at the PETA Foundation.
Before entering the nonprofit sector, Kera served as an associate at the firms of Brune & Richard LLP, where, as a litigator, she managed teams and complex projects, and Latham & Watkins LLP, where her practice included litigating pro bono cases on behalf of animal protection groups.
Kera holds an A.B. from Princeton University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she graduated a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. At Columbia Law, as a longtime vegetarian, Kera co-founded the school’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapter and led it as President for two years. She also completed a year-long externship with the Humane Society of the United States. However, it was an Animal Law course with guest lecturer (and Farm Sanctuary President and Co-founder) Gene Baur that inspired her to go vegan, visit Farm Sanctuary, and change the course of her career.
She lives in Manhattan with her family and visits Farm Sanctuary’s rescued farm animal residents as often as she can.
Tracey Stewart, Member of the Education and Communications Committees
Tracey Stewart is a passionate animal advocate and author. She graduated from Drexel University with B.S. in design. After volunteering at animal shelters she found her true calling was working with animals and returned to school to become a veterinary technician.
She is the author of Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live, and How We Can Make Their Lives Better. She is also the founder of the website Moomah, which provides parents and kids with fun, easy, and effective ways to contribute to varying kinds of nonprofits as well as family-friendly ideas for incorporating humane education into quality time spent together.
She volunteers as a design consultant to various nonprofits. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Jon Stewart; two kids; four dogs; four pigs; one hamster; three rabbits; two guinea pigs; one parrot; and two fish — all rescues except for the kids.