Deb graduated from UW-Madison in 1988 with a BA in Sociology. A passionate animal lover and advocate since her earliest days, Deb was inspired at an animal rights conference in the early 1990s to go vegan and has always had the dream of finding a way to combine her love of farm animals with her career. Before starting a farm animal sanctuary in 2005, she spent several years working in marketing communications and started and ran an online and brick and mortar natural living store. Along with being the President of the Board, Deb also oversees the volunteer and humane education programs and all of the fundraising and day-to-day activities at the farm.
Carl has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from UW-Madison and works full time as a computer engineer in New York City. He has been a longtime vegetarian/vegan and animal advocate and oversees most of the farm animal care at Graze. He has taken sheep handling & shearing courses at the UW-Madison Extension and U-Maine Extension and attended the Farm Animal Care Conference at the Farm Sanctuary in 2017. Although most of his time these days is spent at his “day job”, Carl is still the one called on to do the tough stuff like trimming pig tusks and shearing all of the rescued sheep and llamas.
Formerly a professor of art, Jeannine holds a BFA and an MFA in Studio Art from the Colorado State University and a BS in Merchandising from Northern Illinois University. She continues her work as an artist from her studios in Maine and Michigan. She is also the Director of the Inidgo Barn, a private animal sanctuary started in 2001. Jeannine attended the Farm Animal Care Conference at Farm Sanctuary in 2016 and has obtained several certificates in animal behavior, and is an instructor in kind and respectful handling of alpacas and llamas. Jeannine is the first one called in any emergency situation and is always there to lend a helping hand.
Crystal has spent much of her life advocating for people as well as animals. She graduated from Cornerstone University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She became vegan in 2015 after having contact with rescued farm animals and began volunteering with a farm animal sanctuary in 2016. For the past 10 years she has worked in the field of social work with foster care children as well as adults and children with developmental disabilities. She continues her education in these areas as well as animal care and behavior. Crystal manages the care farm program and all of the therapeutic human activities at Graze. She is also our longest active volunteer.
Lisa is a full-time rescue bulldog mom who started volunteering at Graze in Peace in the Fall of 2017 posting as the voice of the animals on Facebook and growing our social media following. Farm animals have a keen instinct about who they can trust and even the shyest of our animals don’t hesitate to take a treat from her. When she isn’t helping Graze, you can find her running her own dog walking and health coach businesses as well as on the roller rink teaching roller derby fitness classes.