Key Staff

 

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.

 

Brooke MBrooke Mueller Program Coordinator
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Brooke grew up in Wisconsin spending most of her time outside hiking and camping with her family. She pursued her love of the outdoors and received her undergraduate degree in Ecology and Environmental Biology from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. After interning for environmental education facilities in Massachusetts and Minnesota, Brooke realized her passion for educating others about the environment and moved to Oregon to earn her Master’s degree in Science and Environmental Education from Southern Oregon University.

 

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

Kristin Milligan President
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.

Kat von Cupcake Vice-President
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.

Dana Feagin Secretary
Dana is originally from Ohio, although she has lived in North Carolina, Texas, Illinois, Florida, California, and Oregon. She graduated from Miami University with a degree in microbiology and retired from a 20-year career in clinical research management in 2006. Dana now spends her time focused on animal art, donating 10% of her gross sales, and some artwork, to animal charities and rescue groups. She is FOTAS dog walker volunteer, and a member of the Ashland Gallery Association, Art & Soul Gallery, Rogue Women Artists, and HeARTS Speak, an international group of artists whose mission is to give animals a unified voice through art. When not painting or volunteering, Dana enjoys spending time with her husband, four former shelter dogs, and three rescued bunnies.

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.

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.


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 talentequine@hughes.net, 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 info@wicklundveterinary.com.