Meet the Board Members

We are honored to present our three new Board members.  Here are their abbreviated biographies. 

Peter Fairweather, PhD.

Following faculty appointments at Northwestern University and the University of Texas, Peter became Chief Scientist at WICAT Systems where he developed software enabling subject matter experts unschooled in technology to create computer-based materials for teaching.  After 16 years at WICAT, Peter became Research Staff Member and Senior Manager of a new learning technologies department at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY.  Peter spent much of his time at Watson trying to adapt speech recognition to teach children to read. 

Joyce Friedman, MSW

A former clinical social worker, Joyce entered the animal rights field as Northeast Campaigns Coordinator and then Northeast Director for In Defense of Animals, where she worked on various animal protection campaigns. Currently Joyce manages the Community Pets Program at Animal Care Centers of NYC where she leads a team in providing free resources and support to pet owners in underserved communities. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Voters for Animal Rights. Joyce has rescued dozens of dogs and cats and lives with 4 rescued cats named Patrick, Lucy, Pickles, and Henshaw. 

Harold Hovel, PhD

Harold Hovel is a retired research scientist whose work focused mainly on solar energy physics and technology.  He has been involved in humane and animal welfare projects for 45 years and has delivered hundreds of humane education presentations.  Harry has written 4 books: on the connection between animal cruelty and human violence, on how helping animals benefits people, a fiction work on animals fighting pirates, and a textbook on solar energy.  He is currently Chairman of the Board of the New York State Humane Association and has served on the Boards of the Albert Schweitzer Animal Welfare Fund and the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs.