Elizabeth Rice was born in West Texas and lived in different cities within Texas into her early twenties. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration-Accounting in the mid ’70’s from the University of Texas. For the next twenty-two years she completed brief stints in both government & public accounting, although the majority of those years was spent working for Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company in a variety of positions; i.e accounting, distribution/fulfillment and human resources to name a few plus holding a position on the Board of Directors until the Company was purchased in 2002.
Elizabeth also kept balance in her life by rearing a son and playing a variety of sports from rugby to golf. She is still actively involved in sports and is quite proud of the man her son has become.
For the last several years, Ms. Rice has focused on mentoring young men & women and sitting on various boards of non-profits and foundations in both Texas and Santa Fe. She believes passionately in creating community and making it stronger both locally and statewide.
Russell Lynde, MBA, Vice President/Secretary
Russell Lynde is a Financial Analyst with Park West Asset Management, a San Francisco based hedge fund. Prior to Park West, Russell was an Analyst at Copper River Management and Investor Relations manager at General Mills. He has an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA in English from Iowa State University. Russell lives in Oakland, CA with his wife, Renske, his two daughters, Myla and Ani, and his dog, Barley.
Hope Ferdowsian, MD, MPH, Treasurer
Hope Ferdowsian, MD, MPH, is a physician, author, and advocate. As a double-board certified fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Preventive Medicine, her expertise spans the fields of public health, medicine, human rights, animal protection, and ethics. Hope has cared for patients; evaluated and treated survivors of torture and sexual violence; taught undergraduate and graduate public health students, medical students, and residents; and led key research and policy initiatives. Internationally, she has worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda, and the Federated States of Micronesia, and has collaborated with the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Global Health on a United States Surgeon General’s global health call to action. Domestically, she has worked with non-profit organizations providing healthcare and advocacy for individuals who are homeless, documented and undocumented immigrants, or underinsured in urban and rural settings. Currently, she is an attending physician at the University of New Mexico Southwest Mesa Clinic in Albuquerque and an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.
Karen Herman, Ph.D., Co-Founder & Director
Karen has worked in academia and community and governmental organizations as an adjunct professor, clinician, researcher, and administrator to promote action on poverty, violence, animal and human rights, and for progressive social change. She has extensive experience in research, strategic planning, program development and evaluation, teaching, and fund development. Karen served as Director of Sexual Assault Services for the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc., for 10 years until November of 2018. She is the author of Art, Violence, & Social Change: Challenging Violence Against Women & Girls Through Entertainment Education, VDM Verlag Press, 2008. Karen brings a deep love of children, animals, and wilderness to the sanctuary.