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!

Tusdi Vopat

After a 20+ year career as a successful and respected leader in the construction industry, Tusdi turned her focus to cyber security where she built multiple teams growing the company to a $1.5bn acquisition by Blackberry in 2018. While in construction, Tusdi earned both a LEED AP and CGBP because of her passion for the environment. In 2011, Tusdi was diagnosed with Lupus. She forwent traditional western medicine and adopted an integrative approach to prevention and symptom management. In 2014, she earned her holistic health practitioner certification with IIN. She is passionate about the power of food to hurt or heal quoting Hippocrates, “Let food be thy medicine and thy medicine be your food.”

Why I Support Switch4Good: I support S4G because of my passion for health and the environment. When we remove dairy from our daily diets, we subsequently improve our personal health, as well as reduce environmental impact.

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

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

Programs Manager

Molly Arenson

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

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

Strategic Council

Chris Chamberlin

Chris is a social change and communications consultant who has worked in support of environmental causes, climate campaigns and related issues for more than 20 years. His marketing, coalition building and reputation management work spans from Fortune 100 companies to issue-centric non-profits and covers a variety of sectors including, consumer goods, food, energy and transportation. Prior to joining EFFECT, Chris spent nearly a decade with Citizen Relations supporting clients like Procter & Gamble for whom he helped guide various global sustainability campaigns and advised on a number of environmental global supply chain policies. In 2015, Chris relocated to Hong Kong to lead Citizen’s expansion into Asia Pacific and worked extensively throughout the region for three years on behalf of P&G brands and other clients. Chris joined EFFECT in May 2017 to serve as the Sustainability Manager for U2’s The Joshua Tree Tour, and, in 2018, joined the firm full time as its General Manager.

Why I support Switch4Good: My career has always been focused on helping people make sense of their everyday environment and how they can improve their health and the health of the planet. Being a part of S4G from its inception and getting to grow a new community from the ground up has been one of the most inspiring efforts of my career and has literally helped transform my own life.

Favorite dairy-free food: Experimenting with and trying homemade plant-based cheeses has been a fantastic culinary adventure.

How he stays active: Getting to work with Olympians, bodybuilders and ultra-runners is enough to kick anyone in the ass.

Mobilization & Recruitment

Andrew

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.

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