Positions & transitions

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, January/February 2000:

Virologist Harold E. Varmus, 60, director of the National Institutes of Health since 1993, left at year’s end to head the Memorial SloanKettering Cancer Center i n New York City. Under Varmus, the NIH budget rose from $10.3 billion to $15.6 billion––but animal use in research continued a 20-year decline, the retirement of nonhuman primates from research use to sanctuaries became almost routine, and the propaganda wars waged against antivivisectionists by his predecessors markedly cooled.

Matt and Mary Kelly in December announced the sale of the Brodie Mountain Ski Resort in western Massachusetts, scene of many vegetarian and animal activist gatherings, to Brian Fairbanks, owner of the nearby Jiminy Peak ski area. “Fairbanks has committed to keep the veggie offerings throughout the food services at Brodie,” Matt Kelly wrote. Three vegetarian events booked for Brodie during 2000 will remain on the calendar.

Laura Brounsten, 31, a three-year volunteer for the Greenhill Humane Society in Eugene, Oregon, was named executive director in November 1999, succeeding Kimball Lewis, who left to head the Humane Society of Central Oregon in Bend.

Retired Coast Guard Vice Admiral Roger T. Rufe Jr. on November 18 was named new president of the Center for Marine Conservation.

Willie Labuschagne, director of the National Zoo in Pretoria, South Africa, was recently elected president of the World Zoo Association.

Mary Healy, 46, director 1991-1998 of the now closed Discovery Island Zoo at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, in December 1999 became director and CEO of the Sacramento Zoo, succeeding Maria Baker, who retired last August. Healy is not to be confused with Mary C. Healey, executive director of the Washington Humane Society in Washington D.C.

Carla Robinson, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society administrator since 1992, elected to remain in southern California when the Sea Shepherds relocated recently to Washington state. Also leaving the Sea Shepherds were office assistants Jennifer Villaryo and Sonya Spolsky. Coming aboard in Robinson’s place is D a n Spomer, assisted by Sue Miller and Wendy Harford. The new Sea Shepherd contact information: POB 2616, Friday Harbor, WA 98250; telephone 360-378- 5500; fax 360-378-5501.

EndTrap founder and president Iris Muggenthaler i n December 1999 introduced a new executive director, Blair Harrington, who continues the organization’s crusade to ban the leghold trap in Vermont.

“As of the start of the new millennium, we’re changing our name to Valley of the Kings Sanctuary and Retreat,” announced the November/ December newsletter of the refuge in Sharon, Wisconsin, formerly known as JES Exotics.

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