Key Staff

megan_cropMegan Flowers Executive Director
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Megan grew up on the California and Oregon coast, attending college in Portland. She spent the last ten years working for a civil rights non-profit in Texas and Washington, focused on programming and development, and is happy to be returning home to Oregon. Megan has also volunteered for horseback riding therapy organizations and Trap Neuter Release programs. At Sanctuary One, she is excited to blend her professional and volunteer passions together.
melissa_cropMelissa Hamre Animal Care Manager
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Melissa grew up in northern California, and also lived many years in western Montana where she received her degree in biology from The University of Montana. She has a vast and varied background in all aspects of animal care. She’s been a small animal veterinary technician for over a decade, and has also been heavily involved in equine, livestock, wildlife, and exotic animal care, rescue, and rehabilitation. On the weekends you’ll find her hiking out in the wilderness with her Border Collie, Birdie, or playing with her rescued Mustang cross, Kiya.
brian_cropBrian 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.

jamie_cropJamie Gatewood Program Coordinator
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Jamie grew up in California in the Bay Area and moved to Oregon in 2014. She has worked in the Early Childhood Education field as a preschool teacher and family advocate for the past 12 years. Working with farm animals has always been a dream of Jamie’s and she is very excited to be on the Sanctuary One team. Jamie runs our volunteer, intern, school, and garden programming. On her days off she enjoys reading, painting, hiking and spending time with her partner and her miniature dachshund, Latte.

Hannah_cropHannah Corella Animal Care Assistant
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Hannah grew up in northern and central California where she raised sheep, goats, cattle, and rode her beautiful horse, Lady. She’s worked as a small animal veterinary assistant, and she also studied organic farming in Ireland for 5 months, where she worked with pigs, cows, and goats. When she’s not pampering Sanctuary animals, she’s spending time with her pot belly pig, Truffles, or hiking with her two rescued pups, Douglas and Roscoe.

Sanctuary One also relies on invaluable 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.

Dana Feagin Vice President & 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 when she relocated to Oregon and became involved in the art community. Dana now uses her animal art to help raise money for animal charities. She is a member of the Ashland Gallery Association, Art & Soul Gallery, and HeARTs Speak, an international group of artists whose mission is to give animals a unified voice through art. Dana volunteers with Sanctuary One and Friends of the Animal Shelter, and In her free time enjoys spending time with her husband, four former shelter dogs, and three rescued bunnies.

Joan Amaratti Treasurer
Joan is originally from Ohio and is a graduate of the College of Wooster where she studied art and theater. She works in nonprofit development and is also a dog training instructor. Raised in a household where responsible stewardship of the earth and respect and compassion for animals and people were deeply ingrained, Joan embraced the opportunity to become involved at Sanctuary One as a volunteer in 2014 and continues to be committed to the organization, serving on the board remotely from California. Her furry family currently consists of a stately old dog and two mischievous cats.

Brigitte Nickel
Brigitte is originally from Hawaii, but considers the Pacific Northwest her home after over twenty years in the area. Brigitte earned her Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education from Portland State University and a MBA from Southern Oregon University. Currently, she works for ACA Compliance Group as the Marketing Manager for the performance services division. In grad school, Brigitte was the nineteenth intern at Sanctuary One and assisted the executive director with in-depth research on various projects. After graduating, she remained a proud advocate of the organization and reached back out in January 2017 to help with events and marketing. When not working or volunteering, Brigitte enjoys traveling, cooking, outdoor adventures, and encouraging others to get more involved in our community.

Advisory Board Members (listed alphabetically)

Sanctuary One’s advisory board members support our staff and board of directors by providing free or reduced-cost expert advice as needed.

Lynn Babbitt, VMD  Veterinary Care
Lynn is an associate veterinarian at Siskiyou Veterinary Hospital in Medford, Oregon, where her focus is small animal medicine and laser therapy. She also has a special interest in canine arthritis and hip dysplasia, and is the only Medford-area vet certified in PennHIP, a radiographic technique which gives the vet in-depth insight into hip issues in dogs. Although Lynn’s work is usually limited to dogs and cats, she gladly jumps in to evaluate Sanctuary One’s large animals, rabbits, and feathered friends when needed. Lynn can be reached by calling Siskiyou Veterinary Hospital at 541.773.1335 or by emailing

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.

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