VegFund is glad to welcome three new members to its board of directors: Allison Corbett, Dr. Chetana Mirle, and Dr. Scott Stoll. Their combined experiences advocating for animal welfare, the environment, and plant-based health are remarkable.
Leslie Barcus, executive director of VegFund, says, “We are excited to channel the talents, energy, and guidance of these leaders to further VegFund’s mission in partnership with our dedicated board members, Stephanie Redcross West, Miguel Danielson, Jody Rasch, and Dave Norris.” Learn more about the new board members below.
Allison Corbett, MEd
Allison is a vegan activist and co-founder of VegLegMaryland, an advocacy group promoting legislation in the Maryland General Assembly to reduce Maryland’s greenhouse gas emissions from food purchases by shifting to more carbon-friendly (plant-based) options. Previously, she served as a major gifts officer at the University of Maryland, connecting those who want to change the world with those who can. Allison has a BA in Applied History from Carnegie Mellon University and holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Maryland, as well as a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from Cornell University.
Chetana Mirle, PhD
Chetana is an advocate for all animals and the environment. She is currently the program director for Life of Riley, the animal welfare program of Spring Point Partners LLC — a social impact venture based in Philadelphia. She was previously a vice-president at Humane Society International, where she led efforts to build and catalyze farm animal protection campaigns in Asia, Africa, and Latin America by hiring and empowering local activists, building the capacity of existing civil society groups, and engaging diverse stakeholders in governments, the finance sector, and the food industry. Chetana holds a PhD from the Freidman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, where her dissertation explored the link between donor-funded agricultural programs and household food consumption in South Asia. She is also a trustee of the Awesome Vegan Foundation, and advocates on behalf of children in foster care as a volunteer for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Philadelphia.
Scott Stoll, M.D.
Dr. Stoll is a visionary with a passion for transforming healthcare through the power of a whole-food, plant-based plate and lifestyle medicine and creating a unified solution through the integration of regenerative agriculture and healthcare. He is the co-founder and chairman of The Plantrician Project, The International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference, The International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention, and the Regenerative Health Institute — a unique collaborative project with The Rodale Institute that integrates a regenerative vision for human health, agriculture, and the environment.
Every year, Dr. Stoll hosts a popular one-week health immersion in association with Whole Foods, Dr. Stoll’s Total Health Immersion in Naples, Florida. This unique event helps attendees restore and optimize their health, suspend and reverse common lifestyle diseases, and develop a sustainable, regenerative lifestyle. In addition to authoring several books, including Your Next Bite, Alive!, and numerous scientific articles, Dr. Stoll has appeared on national shows, including The Dr. Oz Show, hosted a 2018 PBS special “Food As Medicine” and numerous documentaries including Eating You Alive, Wait Till It’s Free, and The Game Changers. Dr. Stoll was a member of the 1994 Olympic bobsled team and continues to work with Olympic and professional athletes around the world.
The addition of these leaders to the board will deepen VegFund’s reach to vegan advocate networks across the world and sharpen the organization’s strategy and vision to further the adoption of plant-based eating living globally.