Board of Directors:
Jason North – Board Chair
Jason North is the Chief Operating Officer of Team Health Urgent Care Centers, a division of TeamHealth, the Nation’s largest provider of hospital-based clinical outsourcing. As COO he has responsibility for the operations of 29 TeamHealth urgent care and occupational medicine centers. He is a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University, where he received a degree in Business Administration.
North founded JSN Consulting providing strategic planning and business development to hospitals and the medical industry. His credentials also include being featured in Executive Files, a national speaker on urgent care development and a contributing editor for Health Matters, as well as other healthcare related publications.
North has served on many not-for-profit boards such as; The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Chairman of Save the Chimps, American Cancer Society, Angels of Charity and the Professional and Business Forum. His committee involvements include the Human Rights Campaign, Hope and Help, Make a Wish Foundation and the March of Dimes.
Prior to joining TeamHealth in February of 2009, North was the Director of Operations for Concentra Medical Centers in Florida, the nation’s largest provider of occupational medicine and urgent care.
Jeff has been a board member of Save the Chimps since 2008. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, after which he moved to San Diego where he joined the international accounting, tax and consulting firm, Deloitte, and earned his CPA designation. Mr. Arnstein’s 35+ years of professional experience include working in both for profit and not-for-profit organizations including CFO/COO of the Arcus Foundation, Director of Finance for Friends of the High Line, public accounting, real estate investment, management, finance and private equity investment for high net-worth families. Mr. Arnstein’s passions include his husband of 22 years, Michael Field; progressive politics; and freedom of speech, thought and expression.
Linda Brent, Ph.D.
Dr. Brent is a behavioral primatologist specializing in chimpanzees. She initiated and directed the environmental enhancement program for all primates at the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research for 16 years. Dr. Brent also conducted behavioral research at the Gombe National Park in Tanzania on wild infant chimpanzee development. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Texas, and has published over 80 manuscripts in scientific journals. She is also the editor of The Care and Management of Captive Chimpanzees. Dr. Brent was a founder of Chimp Haven in 1995 and served as the President and Director of the sanctuary until 2012
Sarah is a retired registered nurse residing near Toronto in Ontario. She is co-founder of the Canadian Whale Institute and has been involved with several cetacean conservation groups since 1992. Sarah supports Salmon Coast Field Station in its efforts to save the wild Pacific salmon on Canada’s west coast.
Tracey Lovitz, CFP®
Tracey is a Certified Financial Planner™ with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. and has been with the company since 1988. Ms. Lovitz is a member of the Financial Planning Association. Ms. Lovitz is an active member and/or board member of organizations that benefit children, elementary through college age for causes such as: child abuse prevention; elementary education for brain safety; and scholarship houses that provide rent free housing for deserving young college students who lack financial resources, but demonstrate excellent academic merit and good character.
Chip resides in San Diego, California and is an investor in commercial real estate. Mr. Owen is an active supporter of animal conservation and environmental projects both in the United States and Africa. Mr. Owen has a degree in finance and serves on the board of several non-profit organizations.
Jon is the Founder and President of the Arcus Foundation, a private foundation with offices in New York City and Cambridge, UK that supports groups advancing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) human rights and groups working globally to promote great ape conservation. He is a founding Board Member of the Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya, Save the Chimps in Ft. Pierce, Florida and Greenleaf Trust, a trust bank in Kalamazoo. Mr. Stryker is also a registered architect in the State of Michigan.
Rachel Weiss began working for laboratory monkeys (squirrel monkeys and marmosets), rats, mice, rabbits and birds at Indiana University in 1993. After graduation from college, Rachel moved to Atlanta, Georgia to work at the Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center. She looked forward to caring for nonhuman primates at a prestigious lab, making a contribution to science and medicine, and learning more about human relationships with our closest relatives. Shortly after beginning to care for hundreds of HIV/SIV infected macaques, Rachel began to understand the tremendous suffering required of these research subjects. She started working for chimpanzees in the summer of 1995, and became the lead care-tech in the Yerkes Chimpanzee Infectious Disease building, home to Jerom Chimpanzee and twelve other HIV+ individuals. After promising Jerom that she’d work toward an end to biomedical research on chimpanzees, and a week after Jerom’s death, Rachel quit Yerkes to spend much of the next year habituating wild chimpanzees in Uganda. Soon after her return to the States, Rachel secured a job caring for former pet, laboratory, and zoo monkeys and chimpanzees at the Primate Rescue Center, Inc., in Kentucky, where she was employed until June of 2000. Later that year, she and a group of former primate laboratory workers started the Laboratory Primate Advocacy Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending biomedical research on chimpanzees and monkeys. She received her JD from the Northeastern University School of Law in 2004 and currently works for the Federal government.