EcoHealth Alliance Announces Three New Elections to Board of Directors

NEW YORK – July 23, 2012

EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit organization that focuses on local conservation and global health issues, announced the election of three new members to its Board of Directors.  Over 40 years of innovative science has built the foundation of EcoHealth Alliance’s rigorous, science-based approach, focused at the intersection of the environment, health, and capacity building.  EcoHealth Alliance continues to attract top-level directors to its diverse Board with the addition of Dr. Amy Attas, Jeffrey Hines and Dr. James M. Hughes.  EcoHealth Alliance’s Board of Directors approve the strategic direction of the organization as well as ensure its financial health and sustainability.

Dr. Amy Attas, is a veterinarian and founder of City Pets – a veterinarian house call practice in New York City.  Dr. Attas established City Pets over a decade ago with a goal to provide top-tier veterinarian care and the convenience of house calls to a diverse clientele.  Since its inception, City Pets has provided care to more than 10,000 New York City pets.  Dr. Attas continues to serve as an executive board member for the Veterinary Medical Association of the City of New York where she chaired its Animal Health Committee and acted as a liaison to government agencies and other veterinarian organizations.  “We are so pleased to have Dr. Attas on board, her dedication and expertise in the field of veterinary medicine is unsurpassed.  She will play a vital role in providing strategic advice when it comes to all of our programs,” remarked Dr. William Karesh, Executive Vice President for Health and Policy at EcoHealth Alliance.  A graduate of Barnard College and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Attas was also recently appointed to the Board of Overseers at the school.

Jeffrey Hines comes to the organization with 20 years experience as an executive in the financial services industry.  Mr. Hines founded and served as president of N. Moore Capital, LTD – an investment management firm focused on telecommunications and technology industries.  Prior to founding N. Moore Capital, LTD, Mr. Hines worked as a Managing Director of North America Telecommunications Research at Deutsche Bank in New York.  In this capacity Mr. Hines supervised senior telecommunications research analysts and led the effort of integrating North American’s telecommunications research with European and Asian based departments.  “Mr. Hines’ vast experience in the financial services industry provides EcoHealth Alliance with incomparable expertise and we are pleased to have his talent and commitment to our mission to serve on our diverse Board of Directors,” said Dr. Peter Daszak, President of EcoHealth Alliance. Mr. Hines received his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle and went on to complete his MBA in Finance and Statistics at the university.

Dr. James M. Hughes is a Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to joining Emory University in June 2005, Dr. Hughes worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), serving as Director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases and as a Rear Admiral and an Assistant Surgeon General in the U.S. Public Health Service.  Dr. Hughes is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies and the International Board of the American Society for Microbiology and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy of Microbiology, American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).  He is currently serving as immediate past president of IDSA and as Vice Chair of the IOM Forum on Microbial Threats.  “Dr. Hughes is an inspiration to all of us with his lifetime achievement and exemplary leadership and service in the field of public health,” said Daszak.  “Dr. Hughes’s interest in emerging infectious diseases aligns perfectly with EcoHealth Alliance’s mission.” Dr. Hughes received his BA and MD degrees from Stanford University and completed his postgraduate training and board certification in internal medicine, infectious diseases, and preventive medicine.

About EcoHealth Alliance
Building on over 40 years of groundbreaking science, EcoHealth Alliance is a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting wildlife and safeguarding human health from the emergence of disease. The organization develops ways to combat the effects of damaged ecosystems on human and wildlife health.  Using environmental and health data covering the past 60 years, EcoHealth Alliance scientists created the first-ever, global disease hotspots map that identified at-risk regions, to help predict and prevent the next pandemic crisis. That work is the foundation of EcoHealth Alliance’s rigorous, science-based approach, focused at the intersection of the environment, health, and capacity building.  Working in the U.S. and more than 20 countries worldwide, EcoHealth Alliance’s strength is founded on innovations in research, training, global partnerships, and policy initiatives.  For more information, please visit


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