BOARD of DIRECTORS
ZANNAH BREUNIG, MA
Zannah Breunig holds Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Religious Studies from UNC Charlotte and UNC Chapel Hill, respectively. Zannah also holds a graduate certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, which Zannah teaches at the college level. For the last three years, Zannah worked for an international education non-profit giving presentations about the impact of industrialized animal agriculture on human health, animals, and the environment. Zannah has extensive leadership and management experience in the field of plant-based advocacy. Currently, Zannah is training to become a licensed massage therapist.
TRACY TIMMINS, MS
Board Vice Chair
As a researcher and educator, Tracy Timmins brings a wide range of experiences to the Board. Tracy is employed as a full time environmental researcher, while also working to complete her PhD at York University, Toronto, on human relationships with wild animals in cities. She is interested in how we can improve our relationships with animals as well as build fair, sustainable, and healthy food systems. Tracy has worked with middle and high school students for the Educated Choices Program, taught university undergraduates, and helped to organize numerous outreach activities such as leafleting, documentary screenings, and plant-based cooking workshops. Tracy’s favorite plant-based foods are Mexican bean burritos with guacamole and vegan Caribbean food.
Josh Rose brings vast experience in youth development and nonprofit management to VSA. In his role as a manager for an AmeriCorps organization in Manchester, NH, he has a gift for bringing people together to form community and tackle today's toughest problems. Josh has been vegan for nine years and is thrilled to be sharing his leadership and program development skills with VSA. Josh feels that consuming a plant-based diet is a simple and profound way to live in harmony with the planet and all beings that inhabit it - "I look and feel healthy, I have a positive attitude toward my plate every meal, and I know that my decision to be vegan is the part I play in bringing balance back to the Earth." He currently lives in Manchester, NH. In his spare time, he enjoys playing board games with friends and reading wonderful books outside!
ASHLEY LAY, BS
Ashley has 5 years of experience working in the non-profit sector, where she dedicated herself to making a positive change in the world through education. She brings 15 years of management and business experience to VSA with a background in healthcare, business ownership, and education. She attended the University of South Florida where she received a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences, minoring in Public Health. After graduating, she founded and operated a medical scribe business, working in hospitals and doctor offices throughout the Tampa Bay area. It was after selling her company in 2015, she felt an overwhelming passion to help educate youth about the benefits of eating a plant-centered diet in order to take care of ourselves, the planet and all of Earth's inhabitants - and so her journey began in non-profit work. Ashley enjoys cooking delicious plant-based food and crocheting in her free time.
Michaela Phaneuf is an active advocate for social justice issues. She founded the inaugural chapter of GSA at her high school in Manchester, NH, going so far as to take legal action to ensure a safe space for LGBQT students. Michaela has experience in holistic wellness both as a massage therapist and a yoga instructor. Michaela is an avid learner and a proud mother of a veg kindergartner. Michaela has been a vegetarian for over twenty years and recently began exploring the health and environmental benefits of a completely plant-based diet. She loves eggplant dishes and is fluent in German. She brings a wealth of advocacy experience to VSA.
BOBBY KESSLING, MBA
Strategy and Outreach Advisor
Bobby Kessling believes in the power of young people to change the world and is a dedicated advocate for a plant-based lifestyle. He is thrilled to bring to VSA his extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, including program management and design, youth development, and nonprofit governance. He has held a progression of leadership roles at City Year, an education-focused service program. He has served in a governance role for several nonprofits and is currently the treasurer of Voices of Wildlife in New Hampshire.