EcoHealth Alliance Announces Election to Board of Directors

NEW YORK – August 3, 2017 – EcoHealth Alliance, a non-profit organization working at the intersection of animal, environmental and human health on a global scale, announced the elections of Ms. Holly Hegener to its Board of Directors. Ms. Hegener is currently Chief of Operations at Trewstar Corporate Board Services. For over 45 years, EcoHealth Alliance continues to lead scientific research needed to save ecosystems and predict and prevent pandemic outbreaks. EcoHealth Alliance is guided by a diverse Board of Directors that provide cross-disciplinary expertise and strategic direction for the organization.

Holly Hegener

Ms. Hegener has traveled extensively throughout Africa and lived in Johannesburg, South Africa for 8 years. During her residence abroad, Ms. Hegener worked with an ANC parliamentarian on submissions to The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The TRC was set up by the Government of National Unity to help deal with the conflict, violence, and human rights abuses that resulted under apartheid. Ms. Hegener also worked for the Bureau of Justice Assistance on a Car-Hijacking Task Force, aimed at increasing dialogue between police and prosecutors to improve conviction rates. During this time, Ms. Hegener was a Board member of Welgevonden Wildland Private Game Reserve in Limpopo Province.

Ms. Hegener received her BA from Yale University and her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. Ms Hegener has recently joined Trewstar Corporate Board Services, a search firm that focuses on placing women on corporate boards. While the focus is on Fortune 500 boards, Trewstar has also placed women on the boards of small, madcap and pre-IPO companies. Previously, Ms. Hegener was the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility with e-commerce fashion start-up, Project Gravitas. Ms. Hegener has also served on several boards including the Open Space Institute, the Pingry School Board, the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, and the Harding Land Trust.

About EcoHealth Alliance

Building on over 45 years of groundbreaking science, EcoHealth Alliance is a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting wildlife, environmental and public health from the emergence of disease. Approximately 60 percent of emerging infectious diseases like Ebola, HIV, Zika, SARS, MERS, and West Nile virus have all originated in animals before spilling over to human populations. 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 determine where research and field work are needed to help predict and prevent the next pandemic crisis. That work is the foundation of EcoHealth Alliance’s rigorous, science-based approach working in more than 30 countries worldwide. EcoHealth Alliance’s strength is founded on innovations in research, training, global partnerships, capacity building and policy initiatives.

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