New Officers Elected by EcoHealth Alliance Board of Directors; Committee Chairs Selected

NEW YORK – July 1, 2012

Leaders from Diverse Professional Fields Are Tapped for Key Roles 

EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit organization that focuses on local conservation and global health issues, announces the election of new officers and committee chairs. New officers of the Board of Directors of EcoHealth Alliance, selected from diverse professional fields including finance, law, management consulting, public relations, public health and philanthropy, today began their two-year terms.

The members elected Ellen Shedlarz as chair and Oliver Engert as vice chair. Ms. Shedlarz currently consults in the area of talent management and organizational design. Previously, she was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Ziff Brothers Investments, a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and a Partner at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Engert is a Director and Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he is a co-leader of the firm’s Merger Management Practice in the Americas and a senior leader in the Global Pharmaceutical and Medical Products Practice.

In addition the members elected Mark O’Donnell as treasurer and Isabel Rodriguez as secretary.  Ms. Shedlarz remarked, “This new team of executive leaders is deeply committed to the mission of EcoHealth Alliance, bringing the necessary experience to guide the organization’s strategic growth and the networks to expand its impact in the world of ecohealth science.”

Ms. Shedlarz also made the following committee chair selections: MaryLee Sachs for Development; Carol Colman Timmis for Finance; Isabel Rodriguez for Nomination/Governance; and Samuel Stebbins for Programs.

Dr. Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance, noted his excitement about working with these leaders saying, “this is an outstanding group of officers and committee chairs, and we’re off to a great start in working together effectively. That’s of critical importance as EcoHealth Alliance works to respond to emerging threats at the intersection of health and the environment.”

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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