Board of Directors:
Jon Stryker – Board Chair
Jon Stryker is the founder and president of the Arcus Foundation, a private, global grant-making organization with offices in New York City, Kalamazoo, Mich., and Cambridge, U.K. The Arcus Foundation supports the advancement of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) human rights, and the conservation of the world’s great apes. In addition to Save the Chimps, Mr. Stryker is a founding board member of the Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya and Greenleaf Trust bank in Kalamazoo. In 2017, he joined the board of trustees of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City and was named a Patron of Nature by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. He also serves on the boards of his undergraduate alma mater Kalamazoo College and Friends of the High Line, a non-profit organization that funds the maintenance and operations of the High Line park in New York City. Mr. Stryker is a registered architect in the State of Michigan. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Kalamazoo College and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.
John Battista III
John Battista III is co-owner and executive of an international manufacturing company based in Michigan. John’s roles within his business focus on management of the company’s operations and international sales networks, as well as decision-making on company investments in mergers and strategic acquisitions. John also serves as President of the Ronald J. Woods Charitable Trust. The trust’s activities span throughout the United States and across the globe, with focuses on animal welfare, service K9’s, individuals with disabilities, social justice, and education. John lives in Michigan with his wife and two children and spends time travelling among the international operations of his firm. He is a graduate of Northeastern University’s School of Business.
Stephen Bennett is a founder and Principle with the Caravanserai Project which supports entrepreneurships which have social impact. He started his career as a Peace Corps/VISTA volunteer in South Central Los Angeles in the aftermath of the Watts riots. Mr. Bennett served as the CEO of AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) in the late 1980s to the mid-1990s; and his experience in the early years of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, developing a response, organizing support and building public understanding, greatly impacted his life and later work. He served as CEO of United Cerebral Palsy, an international network of disability advocacy organizations and providers of services for 13 years. He currently is on the Board of the Arcus Foundation where he serves as Treasurer and on the Board of The California Endowment. He has served on various boards, including ANGLE, Leadership 18, and the National Institute for the Severely Handicapped. He is a founding board member of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
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. Sarah and her three sisters own and operate Mount Wolfe Farm – a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) on their parents’ farmstead north of Toronto.
Tracey Lovitz, CFP®
Tracey is a Certified Financial Planner™ with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. and has been with the company since 1988. Tracey supports organizations with the mission of animal welfare, wildlife and habitat conservation as well as those that help secure housing for families in need. She has also been an active member and/or board member of organizations that benefit children by funding for 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.
Janet McCartney is the Founder and a Principal of PDW, Inc., one of the largest event production companies in North America situated in Vancouver, Canada where she crafted and led teams designed to produce and manage complex multi-level projects and internationally award-winning events for a diverse range of organizations. She served on the leadership team as a Director of TED Conferences and has directed the growth, design and development of over 50 annual TED Conference events since it changed ownership in 2002, and whose mission is to provide a platform for spreading ideas to everyone, free of charge. Janet started her career in tourism marketing where she managed the highly successful tourism marketing team for Expo 86, developed the brand marketing for Tourism Vancouver, and established Jasper and the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in international ski markets which solidified the viability of the resort into a year-round operation. Animal welfare, conservation and the environment have been her North Star and has led to parallel work to protect and improve the lives of all species and their natural habitats by driving change forward to elevate the conversation that recognizes human behavior and actions that affect the lives of other species, one of the most pressing issues of our time.
Jason North is Managing Director of Merchant Medicine, LLC a healthcare consulting firm providing thought leadership, strategic planning and operational engagements with health systems across the US. North has served on many not-for-profit boards such as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, American Cancer Society, Angels of Charity and the Professional and Business Forum. His committee involvements include; Human Rights Campaign, Hope & Help, Make a Wish Foundation and the March of Dimes.
Mark O’Donnell advises high net worth families on family office issues, including governance, family office operations and procedures, inter generational change; and trust and estates strategies.
A passionate environmentalist, Mark is Treasurer and a Founding Board Member of
the Amazon Biodiversity Center (Camp 41) Advisory Board. Camp 41 is a series of
research camps set up for the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments, a collaboration between the United States and Brazil founded in 1978 by Dr. Thomas Lovejoy. He is also a Board Member of Save the Chimps, a organization in Florida with a mission to provide sanctuary and exemplary care to chimpanzees in need.
Mark is also on the President’s Global Advisory Board at New York University.
Chip resides in San Diego, California and is an investor in commercial real estate throughout the US. Locally, he is active in a number of community based conservation projects, animal welfare organizations and a past board member of and officer of a redevelopment agency. He is also an active supporter of a number conservation projects in other parts of the world especially in Africa where he is a trustee of Ewaso Lions. Chip has an undergraduate degree in business and finance from Indiana University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver College of Law.
Jim Thomas is an accomplished Senior Executive with more than 25 years of demonstrated success spanning the food service and manufacturing industries. Leveraging extensive experience as an innovative industry leader. Jim is a skilled architect in the areas of executive and talent development, corporate and functional strategies, supply chain, sourcing, supply & demand management, and quality assurance. Throughout his career, Jim has held many leadership positions including Senior Vice President Supply Management & Purchasing with Darden, a company for which Jim played several key roles during his 15-year tenure. At Darden, Jim was challenged to build a scalable multi-brand restaurant supply chain unique in North American casual dining with a focus on a culture of achievement. Jim led the company to outperform industry peers in KPIs of safety, service, cost, quality, and growth. Jim also served a VP and Senior Director of Supply Management as well as Director of Restaurant Distribution Services for the company. Previously, Jim held the titles of Vice President with Oberweis Dairy, Logistics Performance Manager with McCain Foods, and Sales Operations Manager along with various logistics and distribution roles with the Frito Lay division of PepsiCo.
Tim resides in San Francisco and is Vice President of Philanthropy at the San Francisco Zoo.