Meet The Team
President and Executive Director
An accomplished and well respected senior executive. A long term track record of achieving excellent results in a fast paced deadline driven environment. Thorough experience as a team leader: managing multi-disciplinary teams, establishing direction and motivating members, able to create an atmosphere of trust, coach staff, and encourage improvement and innovation. An effective communicator with excellent written and verbal communication abilities, problem solving, and organizational abilities. Audit Committee Member of Northport-East Northport UFSD. Serving in an advisory capacity to the Northport-East Northport Board of Education. Co-Owner of multiple vegan businesses. Owner of the largest vegan LinkedIn group. MBA (Magna Cum Laude) & a proud parent of 2 children.
Christopher J. Muller
Senior Vice President
Christopher is a dedicated and ambitious professional event planner and fundraiser for nonprofits. This experience has given him the know how to promote events, seek out sponsorships and grants, and lead others to support important causes. In addition to his career, Christopher Co-Founded and executes the Long Island Vegan Extravaganza, an event based vegan group whose mission is bringing the community together, sharing it with others, and raising necessary funds for small nonprofits. Christopher is also a co-leader in the Long Island Plant Pure Pod, in-line with the teaching of T. Colin Campbell. Dedicated and passionate about helping animals, specifically those in jeopardy of abuse and neglect at the hands of the agricultural industry.
Vice President of Farm Operations
A certified and professional organic gardener, Alecia excels at sustainably working with nature and wildlife. With over 10 years experience in maintaining large Hampton estates and working for nurseries, she has brought unique approaches to gardening through veganic, native, and permaculture methods. As gardening turned from passion to career, her heart always put animals first. Vegetarian since age 8, Vegan for over 5 years, and the co-founder and social presence of The Hamptons Vegan, Alecia constantly made saving the lives of helpless animals her mission. Through animal activism, shelter volunteering, hosting vegan events, and fundraising for animal organizations, Alecia has utilized community outreach to unite compassionate Long Islanders together. Most days you will find Alecia applying all types of activism to her weekly routine, but on the rare chance she is not busy or traveling the globe, you will find her amongst the flowers and playing on the beach with her adopted best friend, PD Cesar Danger. Soon to be a second term Vegan Coach for The Vegan Living program in the Sustainability institute at Molly College, Alecia is prepared and focused on educating and spreading awareness to the Hamptons and East End of Long Island, NY. As Vice President of Farm Operations, she is ready to shine a light on sustainability and why a farm sanctuary on Long Island is so very much needed for the community and animals. Making connections and bringing likeminded people together is just one of her favorite things, so reach out and say Hi!
Jessica Juliano is Long Island Farm Sanctuary’s (LIFS) Vice President. As a lifelong resident of Long Island, Jessica completed her education receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Science Degree from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. Jessica’s degrees are in Psychology and Mental Health Counseling. She has worked extensively with people with developmental disabilities, overseeing and managing their psychological and behavioral care. However, Jessica’s lifelong love of animals has led her to a career change. Through her passion and compassion, she has followed a vegan lifestyle for many years and has actively pursued animal rights activism and speaking up for the voiceless. Jessica has volunteered at area shelters, several local animal rights organizations and has been instrumental in their fundrasing efforts. Jessica has brought Anonymous for the Voiceless, a worldwide animal rights organization to Long Island, NY. In addition, she organizes monthly “Cube of Truth” outreach to educate the public on the merits of switching to a vegan lifestyle . Jessica is committed to helping farmed animals that have been rescued to live out their lives in a beautiful and peaceful environment. She is dedicated to helping people make the connection, to see animals for who truly are, beautiful, intelligent and social beings. When Jessica is not advocating for animal rights and promoting a plant-based lifestyle, she is the busy mother of three children and two dogs. She will have a substantial impact on the daily operations of the sanctuary, ensuring that it achieve its’ goals.
Director of Public Relations and Education
Ms. Jaclyn Rosen is the Director of the Long Island Farm Sanctuary. As a native New Yorker, Jaclyn attended Hofstra University, completing her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, Speech Communications and Rhetorical Studies and a Master of Arts Degree in Math, Science and Technology in Elementary Education. She furthered her education by obtaining secondary science credentials for grades 7-12. Jaclyn taught 8th grade earth science for two years on Long Island, before moving to California, where she has been teaching 8th grade physical science for 10 years. She also uses her platform to educate her students about compassionate lifestyle choices with a focus on veganism. She has brought animal rights awareness clubs to her school, where they conduct fundraisers and awareness for animal rights organizations. Jaclyn has been vegetarian for 24 years and vegan for four years. She attended Main Street Vegan Academy in Harlem, NY, enabling her to become a Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator. Jaclyn helps her students, their families, colleagues and friends to transition into a vegan lifestyle with ease. She takes great pride in using her social media presence @msveganrose to inspire others with delicious vegan food and tips on how to “veganize” anything. Jaclyn is very involved in the animal rights and vegan communities in Los Angeles volunteering for Mercy for Animals and Prevent Cruelty California. She participates in Pig Vigils and Anonymous for the Voiceless public outreach. Jaclyn organizes the meet-up group, South Bay Vegans, as a way to bring likeminded people together for vegan food and animal activism. Jaclyn’s other interests include listening to audio books, cooking vegan food, lifting weights, boxing, camping and rock climbing. She has traveled all over the world, collecting life experiences while bringing positivity and kindness wherever she goes.
Harold A. Bollaci, Esq
Harold A. Bollaci has been practicing law in Nassau County and New York City for over fifteen years. He specializes in elder law, estate planning, estate administration and estate litigation. He has been quoted in CNBC Online, U.S. News and World Report: Money, and Newsday. He is a frequent lecturer on estate planning.
Harold is also the Chief Executive Officer of The Vegg New York, LLC, the worlds number one purveyor and distributor of 100% plant based egg substitutes.
In addition to his professional endeavors, Harold is a Member of the Union League Club of New York. He serves on the Advisory Boards of the Anglosphere Society and the Counterterrorism Institute of New York. Harold was a Charter Member of the North Shore Rotary Club and is a member of St. John’s of Lattingtown where he serves as a Lector. He also does volunteer work for the American Humane Association and Pa’Lante Harlem.
Originally from Locust Valley, New York, Harold currently lives in Glen Cove, New York with his husband Evan Bollaci and their dog Bernie.
Board of Directors
Jon is the President & CEO of Community Solidarity the largest vegetarian hunger relief program in the United States. Sharing millions of pounds of vegetarian groceries, hot vegan meals and clothing with tens of thousands each month is only part of Jon’s job description. The other part is creating long-term solutions to end poverty; namely by developing community inter-dependence, promoting a balanced nutritious diet and fighting for social justice.
Jon is also the Co-founder of Long Island Food Not Bombs, the community that gave birth to Community Solidarity and notably the largest Food Not Bombs chapter in the world! He has worked in advisory positions at the United Nations and the New York Civil Liberties Union. His commentary on issues of US Poverty can be found in publications like the Times Tribune, Change.org, CNN.com and the Huffington Post. It can also be heard at symposiums and forums across the tristate area where he advocates for grassroots problem solving over the mainstream nonprofit hierarchical models.
Recently, The Long Island Press has rank Jon as one of the 50 most influential people on Long Island. He was named one of News 12’s “12 Making a Difference” for 2015, he received the “Deed Before Creed” award by the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island and was awarded the 2013 Kairos Award by The Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives.
Kiki Adami is a programming and event management professional in the plant-based movement. Coming from 5 years of Cruise Directing where she managed a 2,500 person operation. She was responsible for all onboard operations, guest satisfaction experience and programming. In 2013, she retired from Maritime Hospitality to join the restaurant industry, where she managed to make a sinking restaurant profitable in under a year through rigorous FOH training and marketing shifts. In 2016 she launched a full service consulting company, Veganizer, which has successfully launched in 2 cities outside NYC and has worked with 45 restaurants world wide. She was the first person to host a vegan dinner with the esteemed James Beard Foundation and has been a key consultant on brand launches like Bareburger and Jajaja. She’s been featured in Eater, NY Post, VegNews and half a dozen more. She is also the first person to convert an entire food chain to 100% plant-based. She’s earned a strong following throughout the Plantbased community and is currently opening a 10,000 SF Plantbased food hall and co-working space in NYC.
Denise is a teacher, animal rescuer, animal Reiki practitioner and wellness advocate and speaker. Denise is the mother of 2 rabbits, Peanut and Tater Tot. She found her purpose in life through them and proudly volunteers with the Long Island Rabbit Rescue Group. As the group’s Community Relations Coordinator, Denise has expanded the breadth of the Long Island Rabbit Rescue’s work and has assembled an incredibly dedicated team to advocate for abandoned, neglected and abused domestic rabbits. Denise is honored and excited to align her care for all beings with the Long Island Farm Sanctuary and its wonderful mission.
Board MemberA dedicated animal advocate and volunteer, Emma has devoted her life to helping animals in need. She knew her calling from childhood and will be attending Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine starting in August of 2018. Emma graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cornell University, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science and Pre-Veterinary Studies. The many sheep and horses upstate promptly stole her heart. Born and raised on Long Island, she is passionate about our communities and performing trap-neuter-return in an effort to lessen the amount of homeless kittens born each year. Volunteering time as a veterinary assistant during low-cost wellness and spay/neuter clinics is central to her work week. Emma is a certified practitioner of level one reiki healing for animals. She believes in the principle of One Health, embracing the connection between human, animal, and environmental health. Between volunteering at local shelters, Emma bottle feeds orphaned kittens, works with feline leukemia positive cats, and local horse sanctuaries. Emma believes in compassionate action for all animals large and small.
Michael Strahl is a resident of Commack, NY. He became vegan in 2016 just prior to going through the Vegan Living Program, a collaboration between Open the Cages and Molloy College where he now volunteers as a coach to help new vegans acclimate to being a vegan in a not-yet vegan world. Michael is the co-owner of Sweet Soul Bakery, a vegan/gluten-free bakery on Long Island with a mission to make veganism an easier lifestyle to adopt and thus increase the number of people who successfully become and remain vegan. Michael is the inventor of a product named ClipFix that fixes network cables in seconds and president of the company of the same name. He is the proud father of an 11 year old vegan daughter and an 8 year old son who is a vegan work in progress. He is the companion to an adorable 4 year old pug named Izzy.