Richard WooD, MDiv, DMin
Rich joined FACT as its Executive Director in 1995 to work with Founder Robert Brown to promote FACT’s vision of humane and healthy farms. His efforts include leading FACT’s Fund-a-Farmer Project grant review committee, and he previously helped organize and lead the Keep Antibiotics Working Coalition (KAW). Previously Rich led FACT’s Nest Eggs Project, demonstrating the success of marketing eggs from uncaged hens, and FACT’s research with large dairies in the southwest on calf and cow welfare. Representing consumer groups, Rich successfully negotiated an agreement with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the egg industry on Salmonella controls for all egg farms. He also served on FDA’s Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee, and received the Commissioner’s highest award for his informed consumer advocacy. Rich earned both Masters and Doctoral degrees from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, with a focus on public policy advocacy and community organizing.
Larissa McKenna, MS, MPH
humane Farming Program Director
Larissa has worked on humane farming issues at FACT since 2006 and previously served as the coordinator of the Keep Antibiotics Working campaign. She currently directs FACT’s Fund-a-Farmer Project. Larissa holds graduate degrees in public health, as well as Agriculture, Food and the Environment (AFE) from Tufts University.
Steven Roach, MA
Food Safety Program Director and senior analyst for keep antibiotics working
Since 2001 Steve has led our Food Safety Program while focusing on the human health impacts of animal agriculture including antimicrobial resistance, foodborne illness, and chemical contaminants of food. He is also a Senior Analyst for Keep Antibiotics Working, a coalition of health, consumer, and environmental advocacy organizations that have joined forces to combat the inappropriate use of antibiotics in food animals. He represents Consumers International at the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Food and was the Consumers International delegate at the Codex Ad hoc Task force on Antimicrobial Resistance. In July 2015, he was appointed to the World Health Organization Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance. He has an undergraduate degree in physics and philosophy, and a MA in anthropology.
Chelsea Párraga, MA
Program and Development Associate
Chelsea joined FACT in September 2016, bringing with her diverse development and outreach experience from health and public education nonprofits. She attained her MA in European History from the University of Arizona while researching women’s political expression during the Spanish Civil War. The year prior, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with her BA in Historyfrom the University of Arizona. In her free time she enjoys painting, hiking, and practicing piano.
Sidney Freitag-Fey, MA, CFRE
Director of Marketing and Development
Sid came to FACT in November 2015 with more than 13 years of cumulative nonprofit experience in fundraising, communications, and external relations. He has worked for several Chicago-area nonprofits in progressing development roles, and began his career as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia. He attained his MA in Social Justice from Loyola University Chicago and his BA in Communication/English from Saint Louis University. He is adjunct faculty at Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies, routinely presents workshops on fundraising for North Park University’s Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management as well as Forefront (previously known as Donors Forum), and is a member of the Chicago Area Peace Corps Association. He grew up in a small farming community in Central Illinois and is an avid gardener and animal lover.