Board of Directors

Katherine Kershaw, Promotions Coordinator

TCA Board member Katherine with Nestor.

Katherine is a happy vegan who enjoys sharing delicious vegan food with others to show that animal products do not need to be on the list of ingredients. She has been involved in rescue since 2006 and has fostered and found homes for dozens of cats and kittens. She has served as promotions coordinator and a mentor for the Triangle Vegan Pledge, raised money for animal rescue by baking for a number of vegan bake sales including the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale, and enjoys taking photographs that help animals find their forever homes. She lives in Carrboro, NC, with two tuxedo cats and one orange tabby.

Alan NelsonAlan Nelson

Alan Nelson, a fully committed vegan, has done volunteer work for several animal rescue organizations. He has for many years taught university courses and presented conference papers addressing animal ethics. Since moving to the Triangle area in 2006, he has been Professor of Philosophy and a Fellow of the Parr Center for Ethics at UNC Chapel Hill.

Linda Nelson, Vice President

linda nelson

Linda Nelson is a proud vegan and co-founder of The Purple Pig Project, a vegan outreach effort that aims to make it easier for people to be vegan and stay vegan by offering vegan cooking, baking, and lifestyle demonstrations while raising funds for farmed animals living at sanctuaries. The home she shares with her husband, Alan, and their eight cats is a popular meeting place for vegan activists in the Triangle, and she has mentored and offered vegan food demos for the Triangle Vegan Pledge. She works to help others find the joy and the solace that come from ending one’s complicity in animal exploitation, and she is always happy to hand someone a vegan cupcake. 

Rosemary Van Kleeck, Head Caretaker & Secretary


Rosemary, a graduate of Columbia University, is a passionate vegan who has been rescuing and caring for non-human animals for more than five years. She is a whiz at everything from giving medications to baking cupcakes. Rosemary is enjoying a life amongst the trees after returning to Chapel Hill in late 2013.

Justin Van Kleeck, President


Justin has a Ph.D. in English but left academia in part to work on veganism, the environment, and other social issues. He is a freelance writer and editor, who has written for Our Hen House, Vegan Publishers, and Project Intersect, among others. He has experience with education and community organizing. All of Justin’s work, as his life, centers on and starts with veganism and animal rights, and from there extends to environmentalism, sustainable and local food production, individual empowerment, education, and economic and social justice, to name a few. Despite all of that, Justin is an extreme and unapologetic introvert.

Past Board Members

  • Linda James