Solutions for People, Animals and Environment

About Us

WellBeing International® (WBI) was established at the end of 2018 to seek and implement solutions for people, animals and the environment (PAE) and has elected to deliver benefits to all three elements of the Triad.

Letter from the President, March 2019

In the last few months, a number of scientific papers have appeared that report declines—including some dramatic declines—in the number of wild animals sharing our planet. Most people familiar with this issue know about the finding that only 4 percent of mammalian terrestrial biomass consists of wild mammals that appeared in a 2018 report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The remaining 96% consists of humans (36%) and domestic mammals (60%) with bovids, pigs and equids accounting for most of the domestic mammal biomass. The lead author of that report, Professor Ron Milo of the Weizmann Institute in Israel, commented that he was “shocked to find there wasn’t already a comprehensive, holistic estimate of all the different components of biomass.”   

Board Members

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Andrew Rowan

President
Dr. Andrew Rowan has more than 40 years of experience in animal welfare science and in animal and environmental advocacy. For the past 20 years, he has served in various positions at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), including as CEO of Humane Society International and as Board Chair of the Wildlife Land Trust of the HSUS.
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S. Chinny Krishna

Vice President
Dr. Chinny Krishna is the founder and Managing Director of Aspick Engineering in Chennai, India. He is also one of the founders of the Blue Cross of India, an animal protection organization in Chennai that has been operating for more than fifty years.
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Kathleen Rowan

CEO, Secretary
Ms. Kathleen Rowan has extensive experience in international relief and development. She was the CFO of EnterpriseWorks/Vita, Relief International and Counterpart International and the CEO of UOSSM USA (a medical relief charity working in Syria).
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William Voorhees

Treasurer
William “Bill” Voorhees, CPA, was an Audit Partner at Calibre CPA Group with more than 40 years of experience in the accounting industry. He has spent his career focusing on the concerns and issues related primarily to non-profit entities including labor organizations, universities, government entities and animal and environmental organizations.

Partners

WellBeing International’s strategic approach to providing sustainable and interdisciplinary solutions includes a strong commitment to working collaboratively with committed partners. We will develop a reputation as a “go to” partner that provides reliable synergies to deliver exceptional impact!

Our initial partners include:  AHPPA (Costa Rica), CLLC (USA) and GFAS (South Africa).

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AHPPA

The Asociación Humanitaria para la Protección Animal (AHPPA) was formed in 1991 and is now the largest shelter in Costa Rica providing animal rescue, veterinary care and humane education to communities in the San Jose valley and extending to both coasts. WellBeing International will be working with AHPPA to improve the well-being of animals and people in Costa Rica.
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CLLC

The Center for Large Landscape Conservation (CLLC) works in partnership with local people, communities and NGOs to connect working lands, urban areas and wild lands into healthy and resilient landscapes that allows nature to flourish and sustain all life. WellBeing International will be partnering with the CLLC on land protection projects around the world.
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GFAS

Greyton Farm Animal Sanctuary (GFAS) has been established to provide a home for rescued farm animals but also to support and engage in land protection and humane and environmental education. WellBeing International will be supporting the humane and environmental education projects but also will engage in land protection as opportunities arise.

Global Ambassadors

WellBeing International is pleased to introduce our WBI Global Ambassadors.  These individuals will provide input and insight into our projects and mode of operations and will also provide outreach and contacts for WBI.

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Arnold Arluke

Dr. Arnold Arluke graduated with a PhD in anthropology/sociology from New York University in 1978 and then joined the faculty at Northeastern University in Boston where he focused on medical sociology. In the mid-1980s, he started looking at the use of animals in scientific research and produced landmark papers on the topic in the 1980s and 1990s as well as a book defining the field. He became a world authority on the sociology and anthropology of human-animal relations and has produced numerous books and papers coveringmany topics. He continues to conduct influential research in the field to this day.
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Andrea Gung

Andrea Gung founded (in 2013) and is the Executive Director of Duo Duo Project, an organization that champions animal welfare in China. Duo Duo started with a focus on ending the dog and cat meat trade in China as well as supporting the work of on-the-ground grass roots campaigns by Chinese activists. More recently, the organization is expanding its focus to promote in China a better understanding and appreciation for canine-human interdependencies, whether as pets, service animals, or search and rescue dogs. The organization continues to push for the passage of the Animal Welfare Protection Law in China, while sponsoring educational and community outreach to show the value and benefits of companion animals. Gung, Chinese American, born and raised in Taiwan, currently resides in California.
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John Hadidian

Dr. John Hadidian received his PhD in primatology from Penn State University in 1979. He joined the Center for Urban Ecology of the National Park Service in 1984 and rapidly developed into one of the few experts in urban wildlife in the United States. In 1995, he joined the Humane Society of the United States as Director of their Urban Wildlife programs. He retired in 2016 but continues to be active in the field of urban wildlife and wildlife protection, most recently through an adjunct position at the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability at Virginia Tech. He has also served on the Human-Dominated Systems Directorate for the Department of State’s Man and the Biosphere Program.
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Hemanata R. Mishra

Dr. Hemanta Mishra was a prominent member of the team which created a network of national parks and protected areas in Nepal. He is a recipient of the prestigious J. Paul Getty Conservation Prize for his pioneering works balancing nature and wildlife conservation with human needs in the Himalayas. He has worked for the Government of Nepal at the National Trust for Nature Conservation, at the World Bank, at the Asian Development Bank and at the Smithsonian Institution. He has been an Advisor (Consultant) for the Humane Society International, American Himalayan Foundation, World Wildlife Fund, American Himalayan Foundation and The Bridge Fund, and is an adjunct professor at George Mason University (Virginia), teaching Environmental Policy in Developing Countries.
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Jennifer A. Sullivan

She is currently a Special Adviser to the US-Korea Institute at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and a consultant for Japan Bank for International Cooperation, focusing primarily on projects in Myanmar and Indonesia. Prior to starting her consulting business, Ms. Sullivan was the General Counsel of International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Humane Rescue Alliance, the Washington DC animal organization, and is currently serving as an Ambassador for International Fund for Animal Welfare. She received her juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Brandeis University.
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Keiko Yamazaki

Ms Yamazaki has decades of experience in the human-animal bond and animal welfare fields. For example, she has served on the Board of the International Association of Human Animal Interaction Organizations and is Vice-Chair of the Boards of the Japanese Service Dog Resource Center and the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Hearing Dogs. She is an advisor to the Executive Board of the Japanese Animal Welfare Society. She is a member of several government bodies including the Japanese Ministry of the Environment’s Subcommittee on Animal Welfare, the Japan Center for the Validation of Alternative Methods and the Veterinary Medical Council. She is not only an expert on animal welfare in Japan but also has extensive contacts in North America and Western Europe.