EcoHealth Alliance Announces Election of New 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 and Mr. Kenneth Webster to its Board of Directors. Ms. Hegener is currently Chief of Operations at Trewstar Corporate Board Services and Mr. Webster is President and CEO of Parkland Financial Services, Inc. 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.

Kenneth Webster

Another addition to the EcoHealth Alliance Board is Mr. Kenneth Webster who currently serves as president and CEO of Parkland Financial Services. The firm provides a wide array of services to its clients ranging from startup consulting to executive, financial and operational management oversight, financial and operational outsourcing, full service accounting and fund administration, as well as project based and long-term consulting relationships.


Previously, Mr. Webster served as President and COO of John W. Henry & Company, Inc. in Boca Raton, Florida. Mr. Webster spent eighteen years with the international investment management organization. His responsibilities included managing firm wide operations with direct reports responsible for trading & research, sales & marketing, investment operations, legal & compliance, technology, finance, human resources and administration.


A graduate of Pace University with a degree in Public Accounting, Mr. Webster is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a Personal Financial Planning & Information Technology Member, AICPA. Mr. Webster is a dedicated wildlife conservationist and an accomplished wildlife photographer and has traveled extensively to capture some magnificent images of animals in their natural setting. Mr. Webster also serves as a Board Member and Coach for Parkland Buddy Sports – a non-profit organization that offers well-structured sports programs for special needs children and young adults. “Our Board of Directors provide the organization with top-level guidance in varied industries and we are thrilled to welcome both Holly Hegener and Kenneth Webster to the EcoHealth Alliance family,” said Dr. Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance.


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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