Our Team

Our team is made up of a diverse crew of animal loving professionals. We are working hard to make Long Island Farm Sanctuary’s mission a reality.

Officers

David Albrecht, 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.

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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. He is dedicated and passionate about helping animals, specifically those in jeopardy of abuse and neglect at the hands of the agricultural industry.

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Jessica Juliano, Vice President

Jessica Juliano is Long Island Farm Sanctuary (LIFS) Vice President. Jessica completed her education locally receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Master of Science Degree in Mental Health from Adelphi University. 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 fundraising efforts. Jessica 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 escaped or 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 they truly are, beautiful, intelligent and social beings who deserve a life full of love and sunshine.

 

Jaclyn Rosen, 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 also obtained 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. 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. She takes great pride in using her social media presence @msveganrose to inspire others. 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. She has traveled all over the world, collecting life experiences while bringing positivity and kindness wherever she goes.

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Keri Fico, Director of Corporate Fundraising

Keri Fico is Long Island Farm Sanctuary’s Director of Corporate Fundraising. Keri is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Keri graduated with a Master’s Degree from Stony Brook University’s School of Social Welfare and has been practicing in the field of Social Science for over ten years. Upon her dedication to the welfare of others, came the realization that animals also need advocacy, support and a voice. Keri has a history of successful fundraising for non-profits. She is committed to using her experience in the community as a social advocate to increase awareness of the importance of Veganism and is motivated to foster collaborative relationships with local agricultural businesses, hardware stores and farm and feed centers to support the mission of LIFS. Keri is the proud mother of her two rescue cats, Martin and Mercury.

 

Taylor Kelly, Director of Animal Welfare

Ms. Taylor Kelly is Long Island Farm Sanctuary’s Director of Animal Welfare. Taylor graduated from Quinnipiac University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and received her Masters in Animal Behavior and Conservation from CUNY Hunter College. During her time as a graduate student she studied bio-acoustics, and became a published author in the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. Taylor had the pleasure of completing her internship in professional elephant care at Riddle’s Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary where she cared for two female Asian elephants, as well as a variety of other farm life. Her passion for animal welfare has lead her to become a dedicated volunteer with Long Island Rabbit Rescue, the Riverhead Foundation at Long Island Aquarium, and a number of other rescues on the Island since 2013. She is the proud rescue mom of three rabbits, Mickey, Daisy and Cleo, as well as the Kelly family dog Jax. Taylor is excited to bring the skills and knowledge she has gained from all her experiences to LIFS, and continue her journey in the animal rescue world.

 


Board of Directors

Michael Strahl – President

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.

Kiki Adami – Vice President

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 square foot plant-based food hall and co-working space in NYC.

Denise Bertolotti – Treasurer

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.

Emma Bonn – Secretary

A 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.

Jon Stepanian – Board Member

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 tri-state 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.


Professionals

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 world’s 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 Anglo-sphere Society and the Counter-terrorism 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.

Tiffany Attardo

Tiffany Attardo is Long Island Farm Sanctuary’s Controller. Originally from New Jersey, Tiffany and her husband moved to Long Island in 2014. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Accountancy. As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Tiffany has over ten years of experience in public accounting serving as an auditor to numerous nonprofit organizations. She also volunteers her time as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Long Island Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. 

Tiffany has recently begun a transition into a vegan lifestyle and has been on a mission to eliminate the use of products that are not cruelty-free. In her spare time, she enjoys couponing, gardening and spending time outside with her husband and two dogs.

Patrice Bracken

Patrice Bracken is Long Island Farm Sanctuary’s Outside Certified Public Accountant. She has earned her reputation in the industry as a resolute, consummate professional. She has spent her 30 plus year career as both a senior staff CPA and as sole proprietor since graduating St. John’s University in 1987.

Patrice is a member of the New York State Society of CPAs. Her client experience encompasses a wide array of industries including nonprofits.  Patrice is currently the treasurer for her local food pantry and she is excited about using her knowledge and skills to help Long Island Farm Sanctuary.