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Board of Directors

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

Deb discovered her love of farm animals while growing up in northern Wisconsin and visiting her favorite uncle’s dairy farm. She volunteered for animal shelters and sanctuaries throughout her adult life and has served on the Board of two other non-profit organizations in Maine.

Prior to co-founding Graze in Peace, she worked in marketing as a production artist and graphic designer for software companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. She gained valuable business experience when she took her web skills and launched an online eco-friendly retail store in 1999. Its success allowed her to add a physical location just outside Seattle, Washington in 2003.

Thomas Carl Schwink Co-Founder, Vice President and Secretary
Senior ASIC Verification Engineer,
Amazon Project Kuiper (Austin, TX)

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 Austin, Texas, 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 farm tours or tackling farm maintenance and building projects.

Prior to the founding of Graze in Peace, Carl ran his own Electronic Design Services company from a base in Silicon Valley. Over the course of two decades he worked with more than a dozen high-tech firms including Cisco, Sun, Cylink and many others; fulfilling chip design needs ranging from three months to 5+ years.

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 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.