Board of Directors

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Chairman of the Board

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s reputation as a resolute defender of the environment stems from a litany of successful legal actions. Mr. Kennedy was named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for his success helping Riverkeeper lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. The group’s achievement helped spawn 300 Waterkeeper organizations across the globe.

Mr. Kennedy serves as Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and President of Waterkeeper Alliance. He is also a Clinical Professor and Supervising Attorney at Pace University School of Law’s Environmental Litigation Clinic and is of counsel to Morgan & Morgan, a nationwide personal injury practice. He is co-host of Ring of Fire on Air America Radio. Earlier in his career he served as Assistant District Attorney in New York City.

He has worked on environmental issues across the Americas and has assisted several indigenous tribes in Latin America and Canada in successfully negotiating treaties protecting traditional homelands. He is credited with leading the fight to protect New York City’s water supply. The New York City watershed agreement, which he negotiated on behalf of environmentalists and New York City watershed consumers, is regarded as an international model in stakeholder consensus negotiations and sustainable development.

Among Mr. Kennedy’s published books are the New York Times’ bestseller Crimes Against Nature (2004), The Riverkeepers (1997), and Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr: A Biography (1977) and two children’s books St Francis of Assisi (2005), American Heroes: Joshua Chamberlain and the American Civil War and Robert Smalls: The Boat Thief (2008). His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Nation, Outside Magazine, The Village Voice, and many other publications. His award-winning articles have been included in anthologies of America’s Best Crime Writing, Best Political Writing and Best Science Writing.

Mr. Kennedy is a graduate of Harvard University. He studied at the London School of Economics and received his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School. Following graduation he attended Pace University School of Law, where he was awarded a Masters Degree in Environmental Law.

He is a licensed master falconer, and as often as possible he pursues a life-long enthusiasm for white-water paddling. He has organized and led several expeditions in Canada and Latin America, including first descents on three little known rivers in Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela.


Terena Thyne Eisner

Director

Terena Thyne Eisner is a freelance journalist covering health, travel, and lifestyle feature articles for a variety of publications, including Angeleno, Harper’s Bazaar Singapore, Coast, Elle, Arena, Robb Report, The Sun, Variety, and others. She is a Co-Founder of the experiential travel website wandermelon.com. She was the Contributing Lifestyle Editor of Harper’s Bazaar Singapore, and Lifestyle Editor of the luxury lifestyle magazine CREAM distributed throughout S.E. Asia.

In addition to her writing, she is an active board member of the Eisner Foundation and 826LA, a writing and after school tutoring center in Los Angeles. She is also an advisory board member of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Department at the University of Denver.


JB Handley

J.B. Handley is the author of the best-selling book, How to End the Autism Epidemic. He is also the co-founder and chairman of Generation Rescue, a non-profit organization focused on helping children recover from autism that was inspired by the journey of his son, Jamison, who was diagnosed with autism in 2004. He is also the co-producer of the documentary film Autism Yesterday and the co-founder of the Age of Autism blog. Handley co-founded Swander Pace Capital, a middle-market private equity firm with more than $1.5 billion under management where he served as managing director for two decades. He is an honors graduate of Stanford University and lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Lisa, and their three children.


Mary Holland, J.D.

Mary Holland is Research Scholar and Director of the Graduate Lawyering Program at NYU School of Law. She has written several law review articles and blog posts on vaccine law and policy and is the co-author and co-editor of the book Vaccine Epidemic (Skyhorse Pub. 2012). She has testified to retain or expand vaccination exemptions in the California, West Virginia, Maine and Vermont legislatures. She has appeared in several documentaries and programs on vaccine issues. She is chair of the advisory board of Health Choice and a member of the advisory boards for the Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy, the Otto Specht School and Actionplay. Educated at Harvard and Columbia Universities, Holland has worked in international public and private law. Prior to joining NYU, Holland worked for six years at major U.S. law firms, with three years based in Moscow, Russia. She also worked at a U.S. human rights organization as Director of its European Program. After graduating law school, she clerked for a federal district court judge in the Southern District of New York. She has taught courses at Columbia Law School and has served as a consultant to the Aspen Institute Justice and Society Program.


Brian Hooker

Brian S. Hooker, PhD, PE, is an Associate Professor of Biology at Simpson University in Redding California where he specializes in microbiology and biotechnology. He also teaches chemistry at Shasta College.

Brian dedicated over 15 years as a bioengineer and the team leader for the High Throughput Biology Team and Operations Manager of the DOE Genomics: Genomes to Life (GTL) Center for Molecular and Cellular Systems at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Dr. Hooker also managed applied plant and fungal molecular biology research projects at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where systems biology researchers are focused on understanding gene and protein networks involved in individual cell signaling, communication between cells in communities, and cellular metabolic pathways. Dr. Hooker also served as Research Director for the plant biotechnology company, PhytaGenics.

In 1985, Dr. Hooker earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering, from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California. He earned his Masters of Science degree in 1988 and his doctorate in 1990, both in biochemical engineering, from Washington State University, in Pullman, Washington.

Brian Hooker has many accomplishments to his credit including: co-inventor for five patents, recipient of the Battelle Entrepreneurial Award in 2001, and a Federal Laboratory Consortium Recognition Award in 1999, for his work on “Reactive Transport in 3-Dimensions.” The breadth of Hooker’s over 60 science and engineering papers have been published in internationally recognized, peer reviewed journals.

Dr. Hooker has been active in the autism community since 2001 and has a 19 year old son with autism. He currently serves on the board of trustees for Focus for Health. In 2013 and 2014, Dr. Hooker worked with the CDC Whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson, to expose fraud and corruption within vaccine safety research in the CDC which led to the release of over 10,000 pages of documents.


Jenni Weinman

Jenni Weinman began her career right out of USC in 1999 working for Bragman Nyman Cafarelli, which is now, which is now PMKBNC. After a short stint in the product placement department she made the move to the talent department handling personal PR for actors and actresses. In the summer of 2000 she joined Susan Patricola at her firm Patricola Public Relations where she was Senior VP until she opened her own firm.

At the time, Weinman specialized in male TV actors and had stars of shows on every network by having clients on CSI, 24, The West Wing, That 70’s Show, Law & Order, Malcolm in the Middle and Buffy the Vampire Slayer all at the same time. With an itch of wanting more she quickly sought to sign new and up and coming talent in the feature film world, launching the careers of Chris Evans, Justin Long and DJ Qualls. (Who later officiated her wedding) Having built a reputation for dealing with strong, creative personalities, she then found herself working with Farrah Fawcett Mo’Nique and Martin Lawrence. To this day the majority of her clients have been with her 15 years or longer.

Being a fan of music she found herself at various shows usually accompanying one of her clients. It was through Danny Masterson that she met DJ AM. They quickly became friends and was eventually doing PR for him. Soon she became one of the most sought after publicists in the electronic and dance music community launching both DJ AM and DJ Paul Okenfold into their Las Vegas residencies at the Palms Hotel. AM had risen in popularity and was soon working with other high profile musicians including famed drummer, Travis Barker. AM and Barker soon created a musical act, TRV$DJAM which led to her representing Barker as well. Weinman has also worked on many projects including famed DJ mix Master Mike as well as cult pop icon Dirt Nasty (aka Simon Rex.)

Her musical roster currently includes Travis Barker, Blink 182, Steve Aoki, DJ Ztrip the rock duo Black Pistol Fire, and Porter Robinson among others

Evolving with the business Weinman currently has her own company the Current Co., which she launched three years ago. The Current Co. is a full scale PR firm that offers PR, crisis management, consulting, marketing strategy, messaging, branding and cause PR.

As an avid environmentalist she sits on the board of the Environmental Media Association, specifically the parents board and works closely with them on all of their projects. She’s has also been on numerous host committees for events for EWG as well as 5Gyers and The Surfrider Foundation.

Weinman lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter and is expecting a son this December.


Katie Wright

Katie Wright graduated from Boston University with a BA in History. She received an EdM and an MA in Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. While a student at Columbia and after graduation, Katie worked as a therapist for the Archdiocese of New York’s free counseling service. From 1999 to 2004 Katie serviced as the Clinical Director of Stamford CT’s Sexual Assault Crisis Center.

In 2004 Katie’s typically 20-month-old son, Christian, regressed into severe autism. Soon afterwards, Katie had to quit her job in order to care for Christian full time. Katie’s parents founded Autism Speaks in 2004. When it became clear Autism Speaks was not going to fund environmental research or biomedical treatment Katie joined SafeMinds, the National Autism Association and Generation Rescue. Katie is currently an active board member of SafeMinds and Children’s Health Defense. She is married with two sons and lives in NYC.