Key Staff

Megan Flowers Executive Director
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Megan grew up on the California and Oregon coast, attending college in Portland. She spent ten years working for a civil rights non-profit in Texas and Washington, focused on programming and development, and is happy to return 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.

 

Scott LeQuieu Farm Manager
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Scott grew up on a ranch in the central valley of California where he learned to care for domestic animals of all kinds. He worked as a stunt performer for TV, films and commercials where he also worked directly with many species of exotic animals from birds to wolves and big cats. Scott’s well rounded ranching background of over thirty years makes him an ideal fit to oversee all of property needs and the operations at Sanctuary One.

 

Elva Manquera Program Coordinator
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Elva was born and raised in Riddle, OR on a small family farm. Elva earned her BS in zoology at Oregon State University. After a couple years doing field research, she decided to go back to school and venture into the education field. She earned her Master’s of Science in Environmental Education at Southern Oregon University. Following her love and passion for animals, Elva saw the opportunity to be apart of the Sanctuary One team. She is very excited to be here and run our volunteer, intern, school, and garden programs.

 

Christie Cook Office Manager & Adoption Coordinator
Christie was born and raised in Oregon, spending most of her life living in the Rogue Valley. Before joining our staff she spent a couple months at Sanctuary One as a volunteer. She has experience raising goats, training and volunteering with dogs and horses and has a Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor Career Diploma. Christie has always wanted a job where she would be able to work with and help animals. She has loved spending time with, learning about and caring for all kinds of animals since childhood and is thrilled to be a part of the staff here at Sanctuary One where she gets to do what she loves each day.

 

Michelle Morro Animal Care Assistant
Michelle grew up in Washington and California before moving to Oregon in the Spring of 2019. She’s worked as an intern for Mercy for Animals, volunteered for a small wildlife rehab, and is currently pursuing a Natural Resources degree from OSU. Michelle has loved animals her entire life and dreams of one day having her own vegan animal sanctuary. She’s excited to be part of the Sanctuary One team and make a difference in the lives of rescued animals.

 

Stuart Trivers Animal Care Assistant
Stuart grew up in southern Oregon, and has a long-standing love for the lush beauty and easy pace of the Rogue Valley.  He has spent many years learning to be a builder, carpenter, and more recently, a timber framer, but his passion has always been working and playing with animals.  His time caretaking for a small organic dairy farm helped him realize it was time to pursue that passion which brought him to join the crew at Sanctuary One.

 

Megan Vizzini Animal Care Assistant
Megan received her BA in sports medicine and used to compete in CrossFit and coached youth sports. She grew up on a ranch in Gold Hill, OR and her favorite memories were running through the tall grass fields, playing with the animals and helping herd cattle. She is happy to return to her roots working with the community and loving on plants and animals.

 

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

Harvey Potts President
Harvey grew up on a working ranch in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, raising a variety of crops and livestock animals, including rescued Percheron draft horses. Harvey received his undergraduate and masters degrees from Pacific Lutheran University and then spent the next 20 years working in the environmental nonprofit sector in Washington State. Harvey moved to the Rogue valley in 2016 when he accepted the role of Chief Development Officer with Dogs for Better Lives (formerly Dogs for the Deaf), a nonprofit training and placing Assistance Dogs nationally, many of which come from rescue shelters.

Paula Smith Vice President 
Paula is a Southern Oregon native, which ironically has a double meaning for her. She is also a registered Native American, and although her family was long removed from their tribal home, she is proud to say she grew up on a farm/ranch where she enjoyed working hard, caring for nature, animals, and her community. After receiving her degree from SOU in Business/Accounting, she made Southern Oregon her permanent home over 20 years ago. Currently, she lives on acreage in Eagle Point where she has taken care of a lot of critters including cattle, pigs, lambs, horses, chickens, dogs, cats, and other pets. Paula works in two different industries; the College Planning industry, as well as the Beer and Cider industries with a brewing equipment manufacturer. Her personal interests include spending time with her grown twin daughters, animals, studying psychology and personality characteristics, art, baking, and golf.

Eric Westerberg Treasurer
Eric was born and raised in Ashland, OR and from a young age spent many weekends on his grandparents farm where he developed a love for open spaces and caring for animals.  He received a BS in Business/Accounting from Southern Oregon University.  When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, woodworking and gardening.  He has had many pets over the years of Dogs, Cats, Fish, Chickens and Rabbits.  He currently resides in Gold Hill, OR with his wife and two kids.

Alex Fenimore Secretary
Alex transplanted with her family to Jackson County in the 7th grade. Alex earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Southern Oregon University. Since graduation Alex has worked as a Case Manager that assists and advocates for at-risk populations. Alex developed a relationship with Sanctuary One during the Summer of 2017, when she chaperoned a group of homeless youth, whom she was volunteering with at the farm. When not working, Alex enjoys hanging out with her family and fur children while, hiking, camping and trying to keep her plants alive!

Riely Novello
Riely received her degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Public Accounting from Southern Oregon University. She currently works in public accounting and enjoys the financial side of nonprofit organizations and looks forward to propelling Sanctuary One’s mission forward. Attempting to find a place best suited for her she left her hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada to move to Washington, then down to Klamath Falls, Oregon and currently resides in Medford. Here she enjoys the best of Southern Oregon’s outdoors being and around animals.

Gregory W. Roush
Gregory was born and raised in Myrtle Point, OR. He received a BS in Business Management Southern Oregon University and then attended Post Graduate School Oregon State in Animal Science. He resides in La Pine, OR and is a Cattle Specialist/Sales Specialist for Purina Animal Nutrition. He enjoys camping, boating and anything that takes him to the outdoors.

Kenny Steahly
Kenny is from Portland, Oregon and moved to southern Oregon in high school. Kenny graduated with a  bachelors in Computer Science from Southern Oregon University and has enjoyed working in the Tech industry ever since. He loves animals, the outdoors, and spending time with his family. He currently lives in Ruch, Oregon with his wife and kids.

Roxanne Trusty
Roxanne is a multispecies nutritionist with a flare for public speaking and youth development in animal agriculture. Growing up in the Midwest, Roxanne was active in 4-H and volunteering in her community. At the University of Wisconsin-River Falls she graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science with a minor in Humanities. Roxanne continued to become certified through the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists and now works as a nutritionist for the Grange Cooperative. She enjoys exploring throughout the backwoods of the PNW and is happy to call the Rogue Valley her home.

Mark Tuai
Mark is a California native who made his way to Oregon to pursue a legal career in wildlife advocacy. Before practicing law, Mark created and ran the Golden State Environmental Stewardship. The Stewardship took kids away from computer screens and put them into community gardens. A staunch advocate for all animals, Mark looks forward to the opportunity to help Sanctuary One in its service to the community.

Dana Utroske
Dana grew up on a small cherry orchard in Hood River, OR, and developed a love for ecology and sustainable agriculture at an early age. She earned a BA in Sociology and a Social Studies teaching license from Grinnell College and an MS in Leadership for Sustainability Education from Portland State. She’s taught in classrooms, gardens and forests, and today supports the Jackson County 4-H program as the Education Assistant; and also provides sustainability education consulting through Educate Regenerate. Outside of work, Dana is an avid gardener and crafter, and spends weekends hiking with her partner, Tony, and deaf AmStaff, Wilbur (named after the pig in “Charlotte’s Web”).


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.

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.

Jeff Judkins, DVM Veterinary Care
Dr. Judkins owns and operates Animalkind Holistic Veterinary Clinic in Jacksonville, Oregon. His practice focuses on a blend of herbal and nutritional medicine with acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy and cold laser therapy to treat disease states from their energetic root causes. Dr. Judkins is also President of the Rogue Valley Veterinary Medical Association. As an Advisory Board member for Sanctuary One he often lends his expertise in holistic medicine and donates his time for our more difficult medical cases. Dr. Judkins can be reached by calling 541.702.2288 or by emailing drj@animalkindvet.com.

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. Dr. Wicklund has been involved with fundraising and event planning for the Sanctuary. As an Advisory Board member, Dr. Wicklund 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 Dr. Wicklund, please contact Wicklund Veterinary Care by calling 541.414.8008 or by emailing info@wicklundveterinary.com.