Staff

Board of Directors

Danielle Lowy (President)

Danielle Lowy currently lives in New Zealand, where she founded Moove Studio, teaching yoga and the Gyrotonic Method. Her professional background includes 8 years practicing law in California as a District Attorney where she handled countless animal cruelty cases. An animal advocate and committed ethical vegan, Danielle has been involved in the animal rights world for many years working or volunteering in various capacities. Danielle has served on several non-profit boards, and is honored to sit as President of the Board for S4G, a cause she believes in whole heartedly.

Why I Support Switch4Good: I support S4G because their mission aligns with my personal ethics, and believe their approach to activism is effective and impactful. S4G is about making real change for the animals, the planet and people’s health – rather than the all to common self aggrandizing activism that we see in the animal rights world.

Kathy Freston

Kathy is a wellness activist, advocate for all animals, and a writer with a focus on healthy eating and conscious living. She is the author of eight books, four of them New York Times bestsellers; her works include The Lean, Veganist, and Clean Protein. A media favorite, Kathy has appeared frequently on national television including Ellen, Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, Extra and Oprah, and she has authored multiple articles for Huffpost. Her advocacy for a move toward a plant-based diet spans concern for human health as well as animal and environmental welfare.

Why I Support Switch4Good: I support S4G because who doesn’t want to look and feel like a kick-ass athlete?! Getting off of dairy is such a powerful move, and there’s no better messenger to deliver the facts and inspiration than this team!

Kristin Aakvik

Kristin Aakvik is an advocate residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is currently the People Operations Specialist of Clara Foods, a startup working on animal-free proteins, and has volunteered with various environmental and animal rights organizations. Kristin is passionate about combining animal advocacy with advanced technology to create healthy, cruelty-free and sustainable foods. She is a champion for diversity and inclusion and strives to see more LGBTQ, POC, and “womxn-identified” people in leadership and workforces. Kristin is thrilled to work alongside an extraordinary team of athletes and activists on a mission for a new dairy-free world.

Why I Support Switch4Good: I support S4G because its mission is closely aligned with my dream of a better world for animals, the planet, and global health. Part of that is focusing on eliminating dairy-products, advocating for the great alternatives we already have out there, and supporting the new food technologies that are being developed to take animals out of the food system-equation.

Staff

Executive Director

Dotsie Bausch

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Dotsie Bausch is an Olympic silver medalist, activist, speaker, and nonprofit founder. After recovering from a life-threatening eating disorder, she found her love and talent for cycling, which led to a 14-year professional career concluding with a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics. She stars in the 2018 film “The Game Changers,” is featured in the Netflix documentary “Personal Gold,” and gave a TEDx Talk. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Switch4Good, a health and performance focused nonprofit that encourages all to Live Better. Do More. Dairy-Free.

Why I Support Switch4Good: Switch4Good is revolutionizing the way people think about nutrition for athletes and everyday active folk. The long standing, dairy industry perpetuated belief that we need cow’s milk for strength, vitality and recovery is outdated and fueled only by the folks who stand to profit off of this belief. Switch4Good is here to tell the truth and embolden folks to take control of their health by eliminating all dairy from their diet.

Favorite dairy-free food: Miyoko’s Smoked English Farmhouse cheese with jam

How she stays active: Mountain biking in the Laguna wilderness park or power walking my 2 Chihuahuas

Operations Manager

Molly Arenson

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Molly graduated from the University of Michigan in 2014. Shortly after graduating she started fostering for a local animal shelter and began to make the connection between her values and the food that was on her plate. This realization blossomed into a passion for helping others recognize the beauty and freedom that comes with a plant-based and dairy-free lifestyle. She joined Switch4Good as the Program Manager in 2018 and has loved every minute. Originally from New York City, she now calls sunny San Diego her home with her husband and their dog and two cats. She plans to go to graduate school for behavioral and decision sciences and apply that to helping people change their minds and hearts.

Why I support Switch4Good: I support Switch4Good because the organization is trying to help people from all walks of life better themselves by leaving dairy off their plates. We are not only arming people with the scientific research and the anecdotal stories of how going dairy-free can benefit so many aspects of a person’s life, but we are also providing them with the tools of how to make this effective change and allowing them to share their stories with others.

Favorite dairy-free food: Hippeas Cheddar Flavor

How she stays active: Boxing. It is a great high-intensity workout, keeps my mind sharp learning new techniques and skills and requires attention to every little detail

Content Manager

Tanya Flink

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Tanya attended Emerson College as a Theater and Political Communications double major with the goal of directing the next great Broadway musical—or becoming President if that dream failed. After a few years working in regional politics, she made a hard pivot and dove into a career in plant-based media. She served as the Senior Editor of North America for LIVEKINDLY before accepting her current role at Switch4Good. She has written for Organic Authority, EcoSalon, and HappyCow, co-wrote a children’s book, and also works as a Digital Editor at VegNews. When not writing, she enjoys running, bouncing on her trampoline, and traversing Southern California for the best dairy-free eats.

Why I support Switch4Good: Due to clever marketing and strong lobbyist efforts, many people are unaware of the detrimental factors associated with the dairy industry. I was one of those people up until 7 years ago. Switch4Good is effectively shedding light on the physical, environmental, and ethical issues of dairy, and I am proud to support this intelligent and much needed cause.

Favorite dairy-free food: Almond milk latte

How she stays active: Running

Mobilization & Recruitment

Andrew Arrieta

Andrew Arrieta is a social change and organizing consultant who has worked in support of labor rights, environmental causes, and progressive political candidates for 10 years. He has coalition building, event coordination, and program management experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. His work includes managing logistics for a 7-week labor strike at the Boathouse restaurant in Central Park, New York; helping manage a campaign to elect the first Asian American elected to Congress from New York, Grace Meng; and recruiting over 40 musicians including Jack Johnson and My Morning Jacket to proclaim they are still in the Paris Climate Agreement for We Are Still In.

Why I support Switch4Good: I love how S4G’s mission has the potential to dramatically transform the health of people and their understanding of our food systems with just a simple ask – switch from cow’s milk to plant-based fuel. Once you make this change and notice how your health improves, you become emboldened to start making better decisions that improve your health and those around you. By understanding why you’ve always believed cow’s milk is healthy, you better understand the systemic injustices underpinning our food systems in the U.S.

Favorite dairy-free food: Always changing but currently fermented nut cheeses.

How he stays active: Using my bicycle as my primary vehicle of transportation.

Development Director

Warren Egersheim

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Warren graduated from Suffolk University with a Master’s in Public Administration. Since then, he’s been a fundraiser for a number of different international nonprofits, including extensively within the animal rights world. He even spent a year living on an animal sanctuary in Southern California tending to cows, chickens, and goats. These days, you’ll find him exploring the mountains of Vermont when he’s not at work. Always passionate about dismantling the systems that allow for animal abuse, Switch4Good is the perfect home for him to help change hearts, minds, and power structures to benefit the planet.

Why I support Switch4Good:

Because the planet needs a change. Dairy is taking an incredible toll on human health, the environment, and the animals forced through the factory farming system. Plant-based lifestyles are healthier for you and the planet, and I’m proud to support an organization that is making lasting change.

Favorite dairy-free food: Any flavor of cashew-based ice cream.

How I stay active: Camping! (the real kind, not the kind where you pitch a tent 10 feet from your car).

Senior Director of Operations

Manon Bayard

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Manon graduated with a degree in Journalism and minored in Fine Arts. After college, she went on to become a certified professional coach and additionally earned certificates in emotional intelligence and plant-based nutrition. Spending the better part of a decade at an organization that implemented a self-organized structure, she’s now bringing her expertise in personnel and culture to the organization she most believes in. A vegan and a mother, Manon now wants to focus her professional energies on fighting for the rights of mama cows everywhere to retain the natural rights that she enjoys every day: a life spent alongside and caring for her baby.

Why I support Switch4Good:
This organization is capable of literally changing the world as we know it. With messaging that reaches people where they are and at the perfect intersection of science, inspiration, and ethics, ditching dairy is the gateway to the kind of world all its inhabitants deserve. 

Favorite dairy-free food: Homemade “parmesan” cheese. I sprinkle it on everything from kale salad to popcorn—we call this “magic dust” in our house. Just a simple blend of ground-up raw cashews, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and salt. Perfection!

How I stay active: Chasing a highly-energetic vegan three-year-old around and going on family bike rides.

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