It is with great excitement that we bring to you the newest additions to Our Hen House! In the past couple of weeks, we have been lucky enough to bring on board a new reviewer, a Publications Coordinator, and two new members of the Our Hen House Advisory Board. Please join the entire Our Hen House family as we welcome to the coop: advisory board members Gena Hamshaw and Brad Goldberg; reviewer Jennifer Molidor; and Publications Coordinator Elizabeth Laurel Dee. The respect we have for these true blue animal advocates is unsurpassed, our respect for each of their work runs deep, and needless to say, the entire Our Hen House team is honored to be in the company of such brilliant changemakers. Our Hen House expects to continue to expand in a few other directions as the year progresses, so please be sure to check back here with regular frequency, and also consider joining our flock (you’ll get access to exclusive content, giveaways, contests, videos, and other goodies)!
Read on to learn more about who these glorious people are, and the breadth of knowledge and insight they bring to our coop, and our mission to change the world for animals.
Brad Goldberg (Advisory Board) spent 35 years in the investment management business as Senior Vice President for Jennison Associates, a subsidiary of Prudential Financial, until his retirement in 2002. In 2001, he organized Animal Welfare Trust as a private operating foundation dedicated to animal protection and welfare issues and in 2003 founded Animal Welfare Advocacy, which is dedicated to promoting the well-being of animals through the legislative and political action process. In 2005, Brad became Chair of Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART) which is a public charity with a mission of teaching youth compassion and respect toward all living beings and the environment. He is also an officer of the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food, which was co-founded by Animal Welfare Trust.
Gena Hamshaw (Advisory Board) is a certified clinical nutritionist and the author of Choosing Raw, a blog devoted to vegan and raw recipes, positive body image, and a mindful approach to health and healing. Her work has been published in O Magazine, VegNews Magazine, Food52, and Whole Living Daily. In her old life, Gena was a book editor. In her current life, she is a pre-medical post-baccalaureate student, and plans to apply to medical schools this coming spring. Having spent many years of her life battling an eating disorder and a host of digestive problems, Gena is particularly interested the mind body connection and its role in the healing process. She hopes to bring a compassionate and intuitive, yet evidence-based approach to a career in health care.
Jennifer Molidor, Ph.D (Reviewer) is a writer, professor, animal lover, and a vegan. She especially enjoys reviewing animal rights focused books and films. Jennifer’s writing and research focus on sexualized violence in modern literature, women’s issues, and animal rights advocacy. Her work can be found in literary journals, peer-reviewed books, and popular online magazines. She has long been an animal advocate as well as a certified rape victim’s advocate at Sexual Offense Services, helping victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. She earned her doctorate in English and Irish Studies from the University of Notre Dame and has been a tenure-track English professor at Kansas State University for five years. She is currently the staff writer at the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
Elizabeth Laurel Dee (Publications Coordinator) is a fifth-generation candy maker with a vegan sweet tooth, and co-owner of Smarties Candy Company. She practices and advocates for compassion and freedom for all beings. A firm believer in Gandhi’s idea of being the change you wish to see in the world, Elizabeth is always looking for new ways to put her master’s degree in media, culture, and communication to good use through effective animal advocacy. She is fond of getting lost in a book, practicing yoga, and writing. Elizabeth celebrates life with a brave cat, a cuddly dog, and a kind man she bumped into one day on the corner of West 4th Street and Mercer.