Board of Directors

Jordan Ross • Executive Director, Founder & President
Jordan has loved building and connecting with allies. He earned a BA from Cornell in Economics and attended MIT Sloan’s Entrepreneurial Development Program. His background is in fundraising, real estate development, education, digital marketing, and athletics. He volunteers in equine assisted therapy, spends time with his yellow lab Kariya, and reads for fun.

Bill Ferguson

Bill is a current MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a leader in the Sloan Christian Fellowship. He  previously worked in investment banking and private equity. Bill also founded the Boston Chapter of the National Canine Cancer Foundation in 2014 after his beloved golden retriever Ailsa succumbed to cancer after 13 years. He holds a B.A. in Economics as well as a B.S. in Finance from Boston College.

Professor Mike Caslin

Mike is the founder and CEO of GCESN Foundation. He is a respected entrepreneur practitioner as well as a Social Entrepreneurship thought leader through his work at Babson College, Investor’s Circle, SJF Institute, STRIVE, and CUNY-Baruch College-Zicklin Business School.

He has also led and served on internal leadership teams with well-respected organizations ranging from Babson College, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, C-Quest Capital, Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Rising Tide Capital, The Fund for American Studies and Urgent VC, LLC.  He is experienced in all stages of venture development- ranging from Pre-Revenue R&D, Start-Up, Early Growth, Rapid Growth and Scale to Corporate Turnaround, Renewal, M&A and Harvest. He also serves on numerous for and nonprofit boards.

Jim Bouderau

Jim Bouderau is the Executive Director of the SPCA of Tompkins County. The SPCA of Tompkins County is known for becoming the first open admission no-kill shelter in the country (2001) and the first LEED certified Animal Shelter in the United States (2004). Jim has a background in Hotel Management and prior to the SPCA, opened the Hilton Garden Inn Ithaca in 2005.  Jim is past president of the Kitchen Theatre Company and also sits on the boards of the IACUC of Ithaca College and Ithaca Free Concerts.


Eric Chavez

Eric Chavez is a current first year MBA student at Harvard Business School. Prior to business school, Eric worked in the technology industry at Dell Inc. in his hometown of Austin, Texas serving manufacturing, engineering and product marketing roles. After business school, Eric aims to pivot his professional career towards a social enterprise and social responsibility function where he can promote and influence more pro-social consumer buying behavior in either the technology or retail sectors. Eric has always been devoted to animal welfare and is passionate about his hometown’s no-kill movement in their local shelters. He is excited to bring this passion to Pets Empower and expand its mission and capabilities.

Kelly Rincon

Kelly is a first-year MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to Sloan, Kelly worked in international political consulting, advising heads of state and political parties across the globe. She also worked for the advisory firm CEB, consulting for Chief Human Resources Officers on best practices in talent management. Kelly holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Northwestern University. After business school, Kelly hopes to bring more sustainable practices to the field of supply chain management, especially in the retail sector.

Lauren Bronec

Lauren is a first-year MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to Sloan, Lauren worked in strategy consulting, advising global retail and apparel companies on e-commerce and product management innovation. Outside of work, she enjoys volunteering in animal shelters and has fostered animals for the past 14 years. Lauren holds a B.A. in Psychology from Duke University. After business school, she hopes to do work with sustainability innovation for supply chain and product development for a global apparel company.  

Nikki Livesley

Nikki Livesley is a current MBA candidate at Harvard University. She previously worked in private equity and investment banking. Nikki holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons I) and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney.

Board of Advisors

Chris Mannion • Advisor

Chris Mannion is a former Navy engineering officer, co-founder and CTO of Hive Maritime, and Senior Operations Manager at  He has an MBA from MIT Sloan, where he completed the Entrepreneurship and Innovation track, receiving prizes in all three rounds of the MIT 100k Competition and the MIT Technology Conference Startup Showcase, as well as participating in the finals of both MIT’s Global Founders Skills Accelerator and MassChallenge.  He lives in Boston with his wife, Nora, and their Patterdale Terrier Ruby, a rescue dog from the UK.

Lindsay Young • Advisor

Lindsay Young is a Washington-DC based attorney and girls and women’s empowerment advocate. She began her law practice at Alston & Bird in banking regulation and most recently served as the Executive Director of the Literacy Empowerment Action Project, a literacy and education sustainability non-profit working in Ghana.  She has a passion for working in the social impact space and is StartingBloc fellow, facilitator for LeadIn, and an advisor for InnovatorsBox. She has a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and a BA from Spelman College. 

Schuyler Gaillard • Advisor

Schuyler is a senior at MIT who is majoring in brain and cognitive sciences and minoring in Japanese. She loves animals and has owned dogs since the day she was born. She is studying to become a doctor but is also interested in veterinary medicine. Her passions include mental health awareness, animals, therapy dogs, and dad jokes. 

Carrie Thomas • Advisor

Carrie Thomas, founder of Carrie Them Home Animal Foundation, advocates, sponsors, and supports the animal rescue community by assisting with rescued animals adoption programs, animal care education, and animal transport, and is now working to help  create a network of temporary foster homes for

Dylan Anderson-Berens  Advisor

Dylan is set to receive his MS from the Agriculture, Food and Environment program at the Tufts Friedman School with a specialization in Sustainable Business. He currently works at CIC Boston in the Branchfood area for the sustainable livestock company, BovControl. He has spent 6 years of his life working in Latin America, most of them with medium-sized NGOs and the United Nations on food systems initiatives. He is honored to train his analytical skills and heart towards PetsEmpower’s noble cause.



Todd Randolph • Advisor

Todd is a self-described “marketing-focused career eclectic.” He has helped solve communications challenges for corporations, startups & nonprofits. Todd has 20 years of experience in building awareness and engagement online. A lifetime dog person, he now shares a home in Waltham with a super-mellow feline named Willow.


Jenny Coffey • Advisor

Jenny Coffey is a social worker addressing the link between human welfare and animal welfare in NYC.  She currently serves as a consultant to the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals and oversees the Helping Pets and People in Crisis program that aims to assist pets and their owners facing domestic violence, illness, and housing difficulties.  In addition to this work, she trains front-line human service workers on ways to integrate animal welfare in their work and directs them to local animal welfare resources. Ms. Coffey received her MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work and her Bachelor of Science from American University.  

David Cohen • Advisor

David Cohen, CEO, Doc Wayne Youth Services – David is managing and overseeing the Doc Wayne operation while exploring ways to broaden the organizations reach to more youth on a national and global scale. In his career of over 20 years in the business and non-profit sectors, he has specialized in developing new business, building partner relationships, while sharpening organizational outreach.  David is a former college soccer player that has been deeply involved in sports-based youth development since 2008. Under David’s leadership, Doc Wayne was named the 2015 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award winner as an Influential Leader and Model For Others Making Communities Healthier Through Sport and in 2014, he was selected as a Social Innovator by Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum in the category of Breaking Down Barriers To Effective Mental Health Services.  

Jonathan Shadmon  Advisor

Jonathan Shadmon grew up in Brookline MA &  attended Cornell University in Ithaca NY.  He has since worked at Shepley Bulfinch in Boston and Caliper Corporation in Newton MA and is currently Business Manager at SGA Architects in Boston. His other roles have included positions with the BSA, Common Boston, the Cornell Club of Boston and since 2016, PetsEmpower. He currently lives in Newton MA.

Mark Pezza • Advisor

Mark, a graduate of Rhode Island College, recently earned his CPA certification.  He has over 25 years of private business experience as well as 4 years of public accounting.  Recently he has been promoted to Senior Accountant at DiSanto Priest as well as assumed the additional opportunity of providing small & midsize organizations with advisory services.  He lives in North Smithfield with his beautiful wife and enjoys working in the yard as well as renovating their small house.

Bruce Hoppe • Advisor

Bruce Hoppe, PhD, founder and president of Connective Associates LLC, has helped organizations large and small to improve productivity, innovation, and leadership with a network perspective. Dr. Hoppe is also an experienced community leader and sought-after public speaker. Many of Dr. Hoppe’s most notable projects involve catalyzing collective awareness and action. His clients include a multi-billion dollar healthcare company, numerous foundations, high-tech startups, and grass-roots non-profits. Dr. Hoppe co-authored with Claire Reinelt the 2010 paper “Social Network Analysis and the Evaluation of Leadership Networks,” which was published by Leadership Quarterly and subsequently recognized as a significant contribution to the last 25 years of leadership research.


Mahtab Motazedian

Mattie Motazedian is a second year MS Candidate at Wheelock College in the Non-Profit Leadership department, and an alumni of Boston University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a specialization in Religious and Middle Eastern Studies. She carries over 5 years of professional experience in the not-for-profit industry, including two years specialized in a national movement to combat sex trafficking through the re-framing of the issue on buyers. Recently, she has taken a consultancy position for local non-profits, helping them build effective systems and establish long term strategic plans. Mattie is originally from Southern California, but has lived in Boston now for 6 years. She loves the cold weather, and cuddling up during winter with her cats. She recently adopted a baby tuxedo cat named Chad, who is full of energy.


Rebecca Dorn

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Rebecca Dorn is a first year MS candidate at Wheelock College, and her area of focus is Non-Profit Leadership. She currently works at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and holds a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwuakee. She has been working in the healthcare industry for the past six years and plans to continue in the field of healthcare policy upon graduation. Her goal for the future is to advocate for policy change in the areas of women’s health and Medicare, but for now is excited to advocate for a change in the way the Boston metro area views animals and their many contributions to health and wellness.