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Board of Directors

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

Along with being President of the Board, Deb currently acts as the Executive Director of Graze, overseeing much of the organizational operation and development.

A Wisconsin native, Deb has a BA from UW-Madison and did post-graduate work in psychology at JFK University in California. Prior to co-founding Graze in Peace, she worked in marketing communications for software companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and launched her own natural fabric and clothing retail store in Seattle.

Thomas Carl Schwink Vice President, Co-Founder and Treasurer
Consulting Engineer, DE Shaw Research (New York, NY)

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 downtown Manhattan, Carl is still called on to help out with the tougher tasks of trimming pig tusks and shearing the sheep, goats and llamas. He also spends most Saturdays heading up our volunteer Barn and Grounds crew which tackles most of our farm maintenance and building activities.

Sarah Conroy Director
HR Business Consultant at CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen) in the Washington D.C. Metro Area

An ex-pat Mainer from Lewiston, Sarah currently lives in the DC area where she’s an HR consultant, animal lover and advocate. Along with being on the Board of Graze, Sarah finds common cause and shares time with ThriveBaltimore, Vegan SoulFest, and DC’s Veg Society. She also serves as President of the Maine State Society Foundation of DC, a nonprofit awarding scholarships to Mainers to attend Maine colleges.

As a Mainer, Sarah served on the board of the Maine Animal Coalition and founded VegME!, a 501c3 nonprofit, and the Maine Vegan Meetup to help create a community in Maine which taught plant-based eating and living. In addition, she cofounded a wellness consortium in Midcoast ME and served as the Maine State Government Affairs Director for the Society for HR Management as well as to pen the HR blog for the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. Sarah adores her two canine-american rescues, Tosh and Sadie, from whom she learns daily and delights in her dog-mom status.

Crystal King, LSW Secretary
Assistant Director, A Joyful Noise Daycare & Learning Center (Windham, ME)

Crystal is a licensed social worker who has spent many years helping children and people with disabilities in Maine. A dedicated farm animal advocate and Michigan native, Crystal holds a BA in Social Work from Cornerstone University.

When not hanging out with her best sheep bud “Coal” you can find Crystal heading up our outreach table at local events or volunteering for the local food bank. She’s also the proud mom of “Jack”, a 12-yr old mastiff/pitbull she rescued as a 3-month old pup while doing outreach on the streets of Detroit and encountering a homeless man trying to sell him for $20.

Team

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.