Key Staff

Brooke Nuckles Gentekos Executive Director
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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 Sansa Collins Animal Care Manager
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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.


brian-2-sanctuary-one-staffBrian Kiesse Operations Manager
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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.


Sanctuary One also relies on invaluable Assistant staff, Interns and Volunteers to run our day-to-day operations. Apply to become a volunteer or intern.

Board of Directors

Becky Owston 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.

Kristin Milligan Secretary
Kristin was raised in North Carolina and lived in southern California before making southern Oregon her home. Kristin is a graduate of California State University at Northridge and began her career in city planning. Currently she works for Pacific Retirement Services, Inc. as the Legal Projects Manager. Kristin volunteers with Sanctuary One and serves on the board of directors of United Way of Jackson County. Kristin enjoys spending time with her husband and their five furry four-legged children.

Joan Amaratti
Joan is originally from Ohio and spent several years in California before moving to Oregon in 2013. She is a graduate of the College of Wooster where she studied art and theater, and has worked for Planned Parenthood since 2007. She is also a dog training instructor, having studied under Trish King of the Marin Humane Society and other trainers and behaviorists. Raised in a household where responsible stewardship of the earth and respect and compassion for animals and people were deeply ingrained, Joan continues to embrace these values through her weekly volunteer shifts at the Sanctuary. She has a full house with a senior dog and two mischievous cats.

Kat von Cupcake
A native of San Francisco, Kat spent the bulk of her pre-retirement years working as a San Francisco police officer. It was during her 8 years in the K9 unit that Kat truly realized the extraordinary intelligence that animals possess. Kat’s appreciation for animals and her desire for the space to expand her understanding and love for other species landed her in southern Orgeon four years ago. Kat spends her days baking compassionate treats for humans, and tending to her very own herd of rescued critters.

Advisory Board

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, 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.

Stephanie Roland
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