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Board of Directors

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

A lifelong advocate for animals, Deb was intrigued by the European Care Farm model where vulnerable humans and rescued animals heal and learn to trust again from each other. After many years of working in marketing and small businesses (while volunteering at various animal rescues), Deb re-aligned her career with her passion and in 2016 co-founded Graze in Peace with her husband, Carl. Along with being President of the Board, Deb oversees much of the administrative, fundraising and day-to-day activities on the farm. A Wisconsin native, she has a BA in Sociology from UW-Madison and did post-graduate work in psychology at JFK University in California.

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

In 2016, Carl co-founded Graze with his wife, Deborah. As a full-time engineer working out of a downtown Manhattan office, he no longer is able to manage the day to day farm activities, but still keeps tabs on the organization as acting Vice President. He also occasionally still gets his hands dirty when it comes time to doing the tougher stuff like trimming pig tusks or shearing sheep and llamas. He also spends weekend time overseeing the maintenance and building projects with the Barn and Grounds crew of volunteers.

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 and Outreach/Humane Education Program Manager
Adoption Recruiter at Wendy’s Wonderful Kids (Westbrook, ME)

Crystal is a licensed social worker who has spent the last five of her 10 year career helping children and people with disabilities in Maine. She heads up our Humane Education program which includes a new Children’s Garden program, where elementary school-aged children will enjoy such activities as “Yoga with Sheep” and “Reading with Chickens”. Crystal is a dedicated farm animal advocate and is a favorite farm sitter of all the animals at Graze and other local farm sanctuaries. A 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 is the proud mom of “Jack”, an 11-yr old mastiff/pitbull who’s been stealing her heart (and lap!) since the day she rescued him as a 3-month old puppy while doing outreach on the streets of Detroit and encountering a homeless man trying to sell him for $20.

Team and Advisors

Makaela Field
Shelter Caregiver and Volunteer Coordinator

Makaela came to Graze in Peace in early Fall of 2019. Her superpower attention to detail, her passion for giving animals the best possible care at all times, and her wealth of knowledge and experience gained during her internship at Farm Sanctuary (New York), made her an easy choice to become our lead shelter caregiver. As a full-time resident employee, Makaela oversees all of the day-to-day animals’ health and well-being. She has an extensive background in small and large animal care and spends her free time caring for Ziggy, her special needs tabby cat as well as her special needs horse and other horses at a local horse sanctuary.

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.