Animal Haven Board of Directors
About the Board
The Animal Haven board offers governance and fiduciary oversite for the organization. The body meets a minimum of four times per year and each member is asked to join at least one committee. There is a yearly minimum financial commitment.
Meet the Trustees
Bob Flanagan, Chair
Retired since 2011, Bob has focused on non-profit work and community service in recent years. Since 2012, he has served as the Board Chair of Animal Haven. Bob also serves as an Emergency Medical Technician for the Summit (N.J.) Volunteer First Aid Squad. He is the Vice President of the Squad’s Board of Trustees.
From 1994 until 2011, Bob worked for First Investors Corporation (“FIC”), a privately-held broker-dealer and investment manager with its main office on Wall Street, and 50 sales offices across the country. Bob was President of FIC from 2001 until 2011, and a member of FIC’s Board of Directors. He was also a Director or Officer of several affiliated companies. Bob retired from business after FIC’s sale to Foresters was completed in 2011.
Prior to joining FIC, Bob worked for Boston-based HP Hood, Inc., the largest dairy company in New England. Before that, he worked for Electronics Corporation of America, now part of Rockwell Automation.
Bob resides in Summit, NJ with his wife Linda, and three adult children (Julie, Jeff, and Paul.) The Flanagans share their house with three cats and two dogs.
Amy Campbell, Vice Chair
Amy has served on the board for just under two years. She is a Senior Vice President at Viacom overseeing the creative team at MTV and VH1. She has over 20 years of experience in marketing and loves animals. She resides in the East Village with family that includes a few animals as well.
Craig Napoliello, Treasurer
Craig has served on the board for over seven years. He works in the field of finance and has recently launched his own start-up with fellow investors. He lives in Dumbo with his two dogs and spends the summers in East Hampton.
Beth Finkelstein, Secretary
Beth has served on the board for four years. She is retired from an extensive law career. She now lives on the Upper West Side with her family and dogs. She spends the summers in Nantucket.
Nikki Cole was taught the importance of giving back from a very young age as her great-grandparents setup the Bender Foundation, Inc. in Washington, DC where they support various local, national and international charities. In addition to serving as a member of the board of her family foundation, she is currently involved or volunteering with Jewish Women International (JWI), The Good Dog Foundation, Grand Street Settlement House Program-J.U.M.P., American Heart Association, and much more.
Nikki became connected to Animal Haven because of her miniature labradoodle, Minnie. She decided to throw a birthday party for Minnie and wanted to find a local organization that rescued animals right here in NYC so the party could serve as a fundraiser. Nikki came to meet Tiffany, toured the new space and she loved everything about Animal Haven. Minnie’s furry and human friends were all excited to support the cause so when Minnie’s social media account hit 10,000 followers, Nikki set out to raise $10,000 for Animal Haven (which she did!).
Nikki lives on the Upper East Side with her husband Jason, daughter Sloane and their dog, Minnie. She was raised in Bethesda, Maryland and then went to University of Wisconsin-Madison where she graduated with a B.A. degree in Political Science. She has spent the last 9 years working at fashion recruiting agency, JBCStyle, where she is the Vice President of Onsite Partnerships.
Tiffany A. Lacey
Tiffany is the Executive Director and President at Animal Haven. She joined the Animal Haven staff in 2005. Tiffany currently lives in NYC with her rescue dog Bernadette.
Aalek is a Co-Founder and Managing Director at Birch Swing Capital (BSC), an investment firm focused on privately owned consumer, manufacturing, and services businesses. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s The Wharton School and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar. He joined Animal Haven due to his love for all animals, but especially his dog Shadow.
Kevin has served on the board for six years. He coaches baseball at Haverford College in Pennsylvania and founded his own non-profit, Sports Challenge. Kevin splits his time between his home in Soho and his property in Pennsylvania with his dog, Addie.
R. Scott Ornstein
Scott has served on the board for over 15 years. He runs his own interior design company on the North Shore of Long Island and devotes much of his time to his pets.
Breanna is the newest member of the Board. She has over six years of entertainment marketing experience, working with companies such as the Seattle Seahawks, Warner Bros. and Edelman. However, it was her continued love for animals that drove her to pursue a Master’s degree in animal behavior and conservation. She obtained this degree while focusing on behavior rehabilitation research and work with canines who had been through severe trauma including puppy mills and hoarding. Breanna is also active philanthropically, serving on the National Council and on Humane Genreration as an executive committee member for the HSUS.
She is a co-founder of finn2finn Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides a platform for individuals to take action within animal welfare, conservation and other humane initiatives. Her goal with finn2finn Alliance is to apply her previous marketing and philanthropic experiences with her education to make a significant and meaningful difference within animal welfare. Her husband, Jordan Schultz, daughter Wren, and son Hayes all share a love for animals, having four pets themselves: cats Felix and Ruca, along with dogs Lexi and Zeppelin.
Andrew has been on the board for over 15 years. He lives on the Upper West Side with his family and dog. Andrew works in the tech industry and sits on the board of his family’s foundation The Elephant Rock Foundation.
Megan is a Director of Development with Robin Hood. In this role, Megan builds relationships with Robin Hood’s core supporters and customizes their experience to match the ways in which they are passionate about philanthropy. Megan also works on the operations side of events and major fundraising campaigns. From 2010 through 2015, Megan held various positions at Redbox across the digital strategy, operations program management and analytics, and core strategy and analytics functions. Megan began her career in investment banking at A.G. Edwards and then at M&A boutique Brown Gibbons Lang. She received her bachelor’s degree, with an emphasis in finance and banking, from the University of Missouri. Megan, her husband David, and daughter Sofia adore cats and dogs, especially their farm cat, Lucy!
Jane has served on the board for nearly two years. She has an extensive career as a designer and just recently launched her own line. Jane resides in the West Village with her husband, daughters and two dogs. She spends her summer in Amagansett enjoying the beach.
Capitalizing on her extensive knowledge and relationships in the gallery, auction house and artist communities, founder Candace Worth established Worth Art Advisory in 2001 to bridge the gap between new art collectors and the art world establishment. In the last seventeen years, Worth Art Advisory has developed into a leading, internationally-recognized contemporary art advisory service representing a diverse group of art collectors.
Prior to establishing Worth Art Advisory, Worth worked in the Contemporary Art Department at Christie’s auction house, followed by positions at a blue-chip gallery in New York City and an internet-based art consultancy. She has participated in panel discussions and lectures related to the contemporary art market at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Drawing Center, Art Dealers Association of America and TEDxChelsea.
Worth is an executive member of the Association of Professional Art Advisors and served for ten years on the board of the Drawing Center in New York City. In 2010, she created an artist residency program in upstate New York, offering artists a unique opportunity to work for extended periods in a rural environment. Worth received her bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992 and studied at the graduate school of Art History at Columbia University.
Archie Gottesman (Emeritus)
Archie has served on the board for over 15 years, previously serving as both the Vice Chair and Chair. She is the co-founder of JewBelong.com, a groundbreaking website focused on rebranding Judaism for anyone who is new to Judaism or has never quite felt comfortable with all its rules and regulations. Before JewBelong, Archie served as the Chief Branding Officer/EVP/Owner of Manhattan Mini Storage and Edison ParkFast. In addition to Animal Haven, she has sat on numerous boards including the Foundation for Jewish Camp, the JCC Association of North America, Kent Place School, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and ReBoot. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and lives in Summit, NJ with her husband, their three daughters and four shelter-no-more dogs.