Who We Are

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Board of Directors

Deborah Schwink Co-Founder and President
Executive Director, Graze in Peace (Durham, ME)

Deb first discovered her love of farm animals while growing up in northern Wisconsin and visiting the cows at her uncle’s dairy farm. Drawn in by their gentile nature and large brown eyes, she felt an inexplicable connection.

After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UW-Madison she went on to do graduate work in Counseling Psychology at JFK University, California. While working in the San Francisco Bay Area, she volunteered at animal shelters and a working demonstration farm, learning what she could about caring for farmed animals.

Deb and her husband, Carl, purchased a 13-acre farm in Wisconsin in 2005, and opened up their lives to their first rescued farm animals — a flock of 30 recently rescued sheep from Pennsylvania.

Outside of founding and serving as President of Graze in Peace, Deb has also served on the Boards of two other Maine non-profits.

Besides spending her days as the (volunteer) Executive Director of Graze, she is also a full-time mom to teen-age son (Ben), four rescue cats (Luigi-Bu, Perrick Butter Kisses, Nori, and Dan), and two rescue pooches (Buddy & Holly).

Thomas Carl Schwink Co-Founder, Vice President
Principal MTS,
The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory (Cambridge, MA)

In 2016, Carl worked with his wife, Deborah, to transform their private farm full of rescued farmed animals into the current Graze in Peace non-profit organization. Although his “day job” is currently located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Carl serves on the Board and Finance Committee at Graze, and is still occasionally called upon to help out with the more challenging farm tasks of trimming 800lb pig tusks and seasonal shearing of the sheep, goats and llamas. He also spends many Saturdays heading up our Barn and Grounds crew projects.

Carl’s business skills stem from running his own Electronic Design Services company from a base in Silicon Valley. Over the course of three decades he has worked for more than a dozen high-tech firms including Cisco, Sun, Cylink, and DE Shaw Research; fulfilling their chip design and verification needs.

Debbie Jordan, Vice President and Treasurer
Retired Educator

Debbie Jordan retired after a forty-year career in education and human services. She served in senior administrator positions at Boston University, the University of Southern Maine, and Maine College of Art, and in student services positions at Bowdoin College, Falmouth High School, and North Yarmouth Academy. She also held positions with the State Departments of Education in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Debbie has been a long-time supporter of Graze in Peace and has also volunteered at the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland and numerous other nonprofit organizations.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Williams College, a Master of Education degree from the University of New Hampshire, and a Master of Science in Counseling from the University of Southern Maine. She and her husband, Dave Stankowicz, and their two rescue dogs, Jade and Cody, live on Peaks Island, Maine.

 

Board of Advisors

Dr. Kelsey Hilton, DVM
Farm Animal Veterinarian and Advisor to Graze in Peace

Large Animal Veterinarian, Annabessacook Veterinary Clinic (Monmouth, ME)

Dr. Hilton grew up on a small farm in Starks, Maine, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She currently works as a large animal veterinarian in western Maine. Her professional interests include animal welfare, supporting Maine veterinary businesses, and promoting veterinary leadership involvement to young veterinarians. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, skiing, and riding her horse.

Kim Carpenter Bookkeeper
Finance Manager, Independence Association (Brunswick, ME)

Kim sits on our Finance Committee and manages all of our payroll, tax filing and bookeeping duties. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Southern Maine and started working for Independence Association in January 2011 as the General Ledger/Payroll Specialist. Within a couple of years, she advanced to Finance Assistant and a year later to her current role as Finance Manager. She has a son, Ian, and two rescue dogs, Jenny and Mabel.