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The International Foundation for Ethical Research is guided by a Board of Directors who volunteer their time and expertise to ensure that the resources of IFER are used in the most efficient, professional and effective ways possible. Working together, they bring decades of experience in nonprofit management, finance, and legal expertise to the Foundation.

Peggy Cunniff is honored to serve as President of the International Foundation for Ethical Research. She has been the Executive Director of the National Anti-Vivisection Society since 1987 and served on its Board of Directors when NAVS founded IFER and has continued to support the Foundation. Peggy has also served as President of the National Council for Animal Protection and worked with numerous coalitions of animal advocacy organizations. Prior to her work in animal advocacy, she was a City Planner in the city of Chicago’s Department of Development and Planning.

Sylvia O. Decker is an attorney whose professional career stands in testament to the contributions of women leaders within the legal community. She is currently a Vice President in the Personal Trust Administration of The Northern Trust Company who helps to advise her clients on their long-term financial plans and how to wisely invest for their future and their legacy. While she is lending her professional expertise to ensure that IFER is managed by the highest professional and ethical standards, she is ensuring that her own legacy reflects her commitment to advancing humane, ethical science.

Thomas Moore is a highly respected attorney who successfully represents his clients with skill, experience and passionate advocacy. He is also an advocate for the “under dog” and understands that animal protection is a logical extension of other respected social justice movements.

John Scheid is an attorney with extensive experience as a litigator and successful negotiator who wholeheartedly endorses the mission of IFER. He especially appreciates that it serves as an effective bridge between people who care passionately about animals and those who work in science. He believes that implementing new advancements in technology offers the greatest opportunity for ending the use of animals as research tools and for finding solutions to serious human health problems.

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