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 running the “business” side of Graze, Deb 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.

Kim Brooks, Vice President and Treasurer
English Teacher

Kim is Graze in Peace’s resident city mouse, but she is a Mainer at heart. She considers Graze a second home and visits as often as possible. An animal-lover and avid traveler and photographer, Kim spent summers in Spain and Italy working with sheep and goats on various farms and quickly learned of the pain, suffering, and challenges that farm life inevitably brings. Graze has given Kim the opportunity to connect with farm animals in a space that puts their lives, comfort, safety, and happiness first. Her favorite activity is sitting in the pasture at golden hour with the sheep, camera in tow. 

Kim has taught high school in the public school system for the past seventeen years. She holds a bachelor’s degree with concentrations in English and criminal justice, a master’s degree in secondary English education, and most recently, an additional masters degree in educational leadership and administration. In her free time, she moonlights as a trombonist and enjoys hiking, yoga, and cooking plant-based food. She lives with her two cats, Cadbury and Paprika, and a rotating cast of fosters from her local shelter in New York City.

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.