The Officers and Staff implement the Institute’s Mission within the Ethos, facilitate the operating committees, implement and monitor the projects, and report to the Board of Trustees.
Timothy S. Midura, C.P.A., J.D., LL.M.
Trustee, Cofounder, President, Executive Director, and General Counsel The Brooks Institute
Directing Trustee Brooks McCormick Jr. Trust for Animal Rights Law and Policy
Timothy Midura is a licensed attorney and registered certified public accountant who brings more than 25 years of accounting and legal expertise to his role at the Brooks Institute.
He has served on a number of boards of non-profit organizations, on the estate and gift tax planning committee of the Illinois CPA Society, and as director of the Chicago Council on Planned Giving.
Prior to entering private law practice, Mr. Midura was a member of the tax department of a “big four” public accounting firm. His expertise in complex fiduciary (business entity, estate, and trust) planning and administration; charitable gift facilitation and related not-for-profit organizations; and private foundation matters uniquely qualifies him for his role as President, Executive Director, and General Counsel of the Brooks Institute for Animal Rights Law & Policy, Inc.
Mr. Midura has published numerous legal articles and was quoted in or contributed to Forbes, the Chicago Sun Times, The Journal of Gift Planning, Illinois CPA Society News, Illinois Bar Journal, and articles for the Illinois State Bar Association.
Director of Administration/Project Manager The Brooks Institute
As Director of Administration and Project Manager, Sarah oversees the planning, monitoring, and fulfillment of a roster of initiatives, projects, and events for the Brooks Institute. These include event planning, sentience and cognition study initiatives, advancing an interactive program of county animal services with the county jail and advancing animal services with low-income neighborhoods in her community.
Sarah graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Sarah knew she wanted to be a voice for the voiceless and have a career bettering the lives of others. It was through her rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming volunteer work with pit bull breed dogs, who she has a particular affinity for, that she realized those for which she wanted to advocate are non-human animals. A naturally inclined vegetarian, education through media and her own research lead her to match her behavior to her beliefs and adopt a vegan lifestyle. This was further compounded by the importance she and her family put on health and sustainability.
Prior to the Brooks Institute Sarah had extensive experience in administration at an institutional fixed income investment firm. They created unique financial instruments and educated community financial institutions through running their own bond math university and programs to teach strategic decision making in the implementation of financial products and tools. Sarah directly applies this experience to managing projects for the Brooks Institute.
Sarah has always had an affinity and heightened sensitivity towards non-human animals so the opportunity to combine her education, personal passion and professional experience at the Brooks Institute is true providence.
Sarah lives in the Chicago area with her family including her husband, three-year-old son, one-year-old daughter and 12-year-old feline. Outside of work and family, she enjoys fitness and opportunities to help animals ranging from domestic animals in her community, to exotic animal sanctuaries.
Director of Systems/Project Manager The Brooks Institute
Amanda Yancey is the Director of Systems and Project Manager for the Brooks Institute.
Her previous career was in the logistics industry, primarily involved in data analytics, training others on and implementing new worldwide operations systems, and assisting in principal stages of new global initiatives for business processes and system enhancements. When presented with the opportunity to align her professional experience with her personal passion for helping animals, she could not turn away.
Since joining the Brooks Institute in early 2018, Amanda manages the building and implementation of dynamic technology initiatives such as facilitating internal and committee communications, creating and administering the forums, overseeing the web design and development team, and collaborating on all special projects. Some current projects include event planning, sentience and cognition study initiatives, establishing an interactive program between local county animal services and the county jail, and advancing animal services with low-income neighborhoods in her community.
Amanda shares her home with her husband, sixteen-year-old stepson, eight-year-old cat, two – two-year-old rescue dogs, and one-year-old son. In her free time, she has volunteered for several years with her local animal shelter, fostered rescue dogs in her home, and has been an advisor and director on the board for the supporting nonprofit of her municipal open-admission animal shelter.
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