Brooke Nuckles Gentekos Executive Director
Brooke Nuckles Gentekos brings over a decade of nonprofit management experience—along with a love of nature and passion for helping people thrive—to Sanctuary One. Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, Brooke spent her weekends hiking and camping in the Appalachian mountains. She has worked for many nonprofits in Vermont, Northern California and Oregon, specializing in establishing community partners. Brooke is deeply committed to helping underserved populations including youth, families, and now animals. She lives in the Applegate with her husband and son and considers all of the animals at Sanctuary One to be part of her family.
Sansa Collins Animal Care Manager
Sansa grew up on a macadamia nut farm on the Big Island of Hawaii with her five brothers and sisters. She attended college at Southern Oregon University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in English and Writing. She’s always found a way to surround herself with animals and took her first dog training classes at age ten. Growing up, she cared for a variety of animals including cats, dogs, birds, chickens, rabbits, cattle, and a hedgehog. The Collins Family has fostered animals in their home for many years, resulting in the rehabilitation and re-homing of over 50 animals.
Kyler Grandkoski Program Coordinator
Kyler Grandkoski brings a rich variety of agricultural and educational experience to his role at Sanctuary One. He has been a farm hand, an orchard care person, a Farms Next Intern at Rogue Farm Corps, and an intern instructor at The Herb Pharm’s Herbaculture Intern program. He was a summer camp counselor and a wilderness and river tour guide for adventurers of all ages. He has also been a production manager in business and a kitchen manager for the Yummy Tummy Cafe, where he also taught classes about whole food nutrition and plant-based diets.
Brian Kiesse Operations Manager
Brian grew up in rural Montana surrounded by animals and the great outdoors. He attended college in Montana and on the East Coast before settling into a position in IT management in the healthcare field. Brian has a long history of community service, and volunteered for Sanctuary One before becoming employed here. Brian and his wife live in the Applegate Valley on a property with lots of critters.
Board of Directors
Westi Haughey President
A native of California, Westi relocated to Southern Oregon in 2011. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Radio-TV-Film from San Jose State University and has spent her career in marketing both for and non-profits. Currently, she operates her own marketing consulting business, Westi Haughey Consulting LLC, that focuses on helping local and small businesses build their brands. Westi started volunteering at Sanctuary One in 2012 to expand her knowledge of care farming and get involved in the local community—the experience has enriched her life in spades. She is actively developing her own farm alongside her husband and children and learning the crafts of wine and cheese making.
Becky Owston Vice President
As an Oregonian who grew up exploring the woods, digging in the garden and caring for myriad creatures, from goats to garter snakes, Becky feels a profound connection to the mission of Sanctuary One. She holds an art degree from the University of Oregon, was a bicycling coach for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training, and has worked in marketing for Backroads, an active travel company, since 1991. She is also a Jackson County Master Recycler and a weekly volunteer at Sanctuary One. When not working or volunteering, Becky can often be found hiking local trails with her husband and their “pack” of dogs.
Lisa Shapiro Treasurer
Lisa has lived in Oregon since 1978 after having previously lived in New York and Southern California. Since 1985 she has been co-owner of a food distribution business. She has been a member of the City of Talent Planning Commission, the Talent Urban Renewal Agency, and President of the Talent City Council. She currently volunteers at Sanctuary One and enjoys working in the garden she shares with her friends. Her love of animals has always played a large part in her life.
Jill Townsley Secretary
Jill, a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has lived in many places on both coasts before landing here in Southern Oregon in November 2011. Her professional career has also been diverse with earned degrees in veterinary technology, theatre, and a clinical doctorate in physical therapy. She currently works at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in the acute care and inpatient rehabilitation departments. She actively participates as a volunteer at the Sanctuary, including as a guide for the public tours of the farm. She absolutely loves living in the Rogue Valley; and she and her husband enjoy reaping the benefits of this area when hiking, kayaking, wine tasting, or dining out.
Michael Brown is a Professional Chef with over thirty years of experience in the foodservice industry. Bringing a combination of culinary arts, leadership and business skills to well know industry leaders such as Hilton and Wyndham Hotels. Mike served as Chef on the Motor Yacht Micheala Rose, sailing the Mediterranean and Black seas, and hosting President Gerald and Betty Ford, Lord and Lady Callahan and Ukrainian dignitaries when berthed in Kiev. Mike is currently a dining services manager in Medford where he resides with his two dogs. Mike is also involved with local ukulele groups and builds guitars and ukuleles as a hobby.
Sanctuary One’s advisory board members support our staff and board of directors by providing free expert advice as needed.
Dan Cochren DVM Veterinary Care
Dan runs Talent Equine, a mobile veterinary practice dedicated to the honest and compassionate care of animals including horses, goats, llamas, cows and more. Dan generously donates his time and expertise to advise Sanctuary staff on animal care, often coming out to look at the animals and talk over strategies for making sure they all get the very best care possible. Dan and Talent Equine can be reached by calling 541.826.6752, by e-mailing email@example.com, or on Facebook.
Lloyd Matthew Haines Attorney-at-Law, Property Development
Lloyd moved to Ashland, Oregon in 1983, and after a brief stint running a restaurant, began developing and redeveloping property in southern Oregon. Prior to that, he practiced law in Livermore, California with Haines & Walker after receiving his law degree from Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. A New York City native, Lloyd’s interest in restoring historic structures and beautifying Ashland by creating interesting and art-filled spaces has included ventures such as the Bluebird Park, the Shasta Building, the Ashland Creek Building, condominiums, and various public arts projects, including the “We are Here” sculpture (2006), and the Ashland Creek Art Walk (2007). Lloyd’s current passion is the development of the Sanctuary. Lloyd is the “father” of two dogs and two cats, and “godfather” to all of the Sanctuary’s animals.
Originally from the Eugene area, Stephanie moved to southern Oregon in 1997, and earned BS degrees in Psychology & Business Administration from Southern Oregon University. She is currently a Development Associate with Ashland Community Hospital Foundation. Stephanie is a member of Rogue Valley Development Professionals and the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy. She’s an active volunteer with the Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS) and serves as Secretary to the Ashland Gallery Association.
Richard Seidman Nonprofit Management
Richard has been assisting educational institutions and nonprofit organizations in Oregon since 1981. In 1989, he founded Friends of Trees, an award-winning urban forestry organization in Portland, Oregon. Recently he has helped Sanctuary One with strategic planing and grant writing. Richard currently serves as Annual Giving Officer for the Mederi Foundation.
Jennifer Wicklund, DVM Veterinary Care
Jennifer Wicklund is a small animal veterinarian who runs Wicklund Veterinary Care in Medford, Oregon. She has a special interest in veterinary preventive care, geriatrics, and internal medicine. Jennifer has been involved with fundraising and event planning for the Sanctuary. As an Advisory Board member, Jennifer generously volunteers her time, knowledge, and enthusiasm to routinely visit the Sanctuary dogs and cats, providing advice and treatment as necessary to ensure the dogs’ and cats’ time at the Sanctuary is spent in health and comfort. To reach Jennifer, please contact Wicklund Veterinary Care by calling 541.414.8008 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.