Robert Casserly, Executive Director
To E-mail Robert: director@SanctuaryOne.org
Like his hero John Muir, Robert grew up on a farm in rural Wisconsin. Since moving to Oregon in 2001, Robert has dedicated himself to nonprofit work, with a special interest in promoting community volunteerism. Robert attended Southern Oregon University where he earned a B.S. in English and Writing, a Master in Management, and a Nonprofit Management Certificate. He has previously held management positions with Friends of the Animal Shelter and the Gordon Elwood Foundation.
Della Merrill, General Manager
To E-mail Della: manager@SanctuaryOne.org
Della has been teaching natural horsemanship and organic gardening skills to youth and adults for the last three years. She believes that people need to connect with animals and the earth in order to want to protect both. Della’s education includes a B.A. in Communications from UC San Diego and an M.A. in Teaching from Southern Oregon University. She is also certified as a therapeutic riding instructor and most recently as an Oregon State University Master Gardener. Her diverse career has included teaching in the public schools, nonprofit administration, development and public relations, educational film making and working as a loan officer in the mortgage industry.
Sansa Collins, Animal Care Manager
To E-mail Sansa: info@SanctuaryOne.org
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 Kiesse, Program Assistant
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 long-term 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. In addition to his work with Sanctuary One, Brian owns a small business in the Applegate Valley, where he and his wife reside on a property resplendent with lots of critters.
Jerry Henning, Sanctuary Caretaker
Jerry comes to us with over 50 years of animal care and farm experience. If it needs to be done, Jerry can do it! He has vast experience in skilled trades such as farm equipment repair and maintenance, carpentry, fence mending, welding, horse hoof care, irrigation, and a myriad of other skills. Jerry has volunteered with many organizations over the years, including the Josephine County Sheriff's Posse.