Board of Directors
Michael is originally from Iowa. He has a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Iowa. After 9 years of biomedical research he decided a change was in order and attended law school at Lewis and Clark in Portland, Oregon. During his time in law school he was a member of the Animal Law Review, the first such publication in the country. He is currently a criminal defense attorney in Jackson County, Oregon working with Southern Oregon Public Defenders. He enjoys his garden and loves creating dishes from the produce.
Chad graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.A. in History and Business Law. His early knack for computers launched him into a 20-year career as a systems consultant for financial institutions and software companies, which gave him the opportunity to live in such diverse cities as Boston, Washington D.C., Chicago, and San Francisco. In 2000, Chad left the consulting industry for the new challenge of entrepreneurship, founding his own retail company, The Woolly Sheep Mountain Trading Co. The Woolly Sheep dedicates 10% of all proceeds to animal rescue charities. Chad and his employees also volunteer weekly at Sanctuary One.
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.
Paula relocated from the East Coast of the U.S. to Ashland, Oregon in 2001. She has a BS in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Arizona, and more recently, a BS in Interior Design from Bauder College in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In South Florida she became an ASID licensed designer and practiced interior design there in various capacities. Paula currently retains her design studio and her accessory business, The Selective Eye, while also venturing into the wine world as a producer in a charitable capacity. Her new company, Philanthropie Wine, LLC, donates 10% of profits to local animal charities.
Michele is originally from Virginia and grew up on a 70 acre farm with lots of cows, horses, dogs, cats and sheep. She moved to California to work as a nanny, and then attended San Jose State to earn a B.A. in Child Development and an Elementary Teaching Credential. She has worked in the social service field for many years helping the maternity and young child population of Jackson and Josephine Counties. Her family (husband David, son Sam and daughter Ella Rose) have volunteered at Sanctuary One for several years. They enjoy spending family time together doing farm chores and socializing with the animals.
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, Britt Festivals, and enjoys working in the garden she shares with her friends. Her love of animals has always played a large part in her life.
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.
Gene Griffith: engineering, permaculture
Gene was born in Augusta, Georgia and has spent much of his life in the southeastern region of the U.S., including the uphills of South Carolina and the mountains of Tennessee. He attended Tulane University in New Orleans and has a degree in Electromechanical Engineering Technology from Augusta Technical College. Before becoming a certified permaculture teacher, Gene worked for over 20 years as an automation professional specializing in controls, hydraulics, and pneumatics.
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.
Rob Landeros: graphic design
Rob co-founded Trilobyte, the maker of the wildly successful and classic CD-ROM products, The 7th Guest and The 11th Hour. Following his success with CD-ROM games, he went on to found Aftermath Media, where he produced two groundbreaking and critically acclaimed interactive DVD movies, Tender Loving Care and Point of View. He is currently focused on graphic design and marketing at Landeros Design as well as iPhone/iPad application development of Trilobyte's several games and intellectual properties.
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 is a small animal veterinarian at Best Friends Animal Hospital in Talent, 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 Best Friends Animal Hospital at 541.535.8187.