Susie Coston, Farm Sanctuary’s national shelter director, joined us in March 2000, following six years working for a veterinarian and at a sanctuary in West Virginia. Susie has been a mentor to many of her peers (some of whom have started their own sanctuaries throughout the United States) and is known for bringing the animals’ stories of love, loss, and life to the public. She ensures that the hundreds of farm animals sheltered at Farm Sanctuary each year receive the best possible care at every stage of their lives. Susie holds a master’s degree in special education and has worked with children with disabilities.
Michelle Waffner serves as Farm Sanctuary’s director of visitor experience, overseeing the visitor program staff at each of the organizations’ three shelters. As director of visitor experience, Michelle also manages the visitor program and on site shelter events, furthering Farm Sanctuary’s mission of inspiring change in the way society views and treats farm animals. Michelle got her start at Farm Sanctuary as an intern in 2000 and has held numerous positions during her 14-year career with the organization. Her long-term experience in education and outreach is an excellent asset in spreading Farm Sanctuary’s message of compassion to visitors on and off the sanctuary grounds. Michelle holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Binghamton University.
Sylvia Moskovitz joined our team in 2014 and serves as Director of Development and Communications. Prior to assuming her role at Farm Sanctuary, she served as director of development for the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation. Sylvia creates and implements innovative philanthropic development programs to support and further Farm Sanctuary’s mission as well as leading marketing and communications initiatives that support Farm Sanctuary’s strategic goals. Over the course of her 20-plus years in the nonprofit world, Sylvia has worked in organizational management, marketing, and communications as well as all aspects of development.
Holly McNulty has been with Farm Sanctuary for more than 20 years, working in an array of positions within the growing organization. After starting as an intern in 1992, she subsequently worked as a shelter caregiver, education coordinator, administrative director and director of human resources. In addition, Holly also served on the board of directors from 1993 to 2006. During her tenure, Holly has managed an extensive range of responsibilities including volunteers, visitor programs, financial management, IT, human resources, corporate filings, donor database, member relations, event coordination, mailings, and merchandise programs. For the majority of her employment, she served as administrative director, supporting the growth of the organization from an annual budget of $850,000 to $5.8 million and from one sanctuary with less than ten employees to three sanctuaries and telecommuting positions nationwide. In her current role as director of human resources & volunteer programs, Holly manages and executes all human resource functions for over 75 employees and leads a team of staff in managing and growing our volunteer program opportunities.
Tara Hess, senior shelter manager at our New York shelter, got her start at Farm Sanctuary in 2008 as a shelter intern. Shortly after her internship, she joined our caregiver staff and became our New York shelter Manager by 2010. Tara also spent two years as our Shelter Director in Orland, CA. She is currently with us in New York and is excited to share her years of experience. Tara holds a Master’s degree in Inclusive Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education. Tara resides in the area with her husband and many furry little friends.
Jill Tedeschi joined Farm Sanctuary in September of 2011 and is today serves as our Shelter Manager. An Emerson College graduate with a degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Jill came to Farm Sanctuary in 2011 as a shelter intern in hopes of starting her own sanctuary. Shortly after arriving, she fell in love with the farm-animal residents and decided that she did now want to leave. Through her time here, she has gained plenty of knowledge on the health care aspect for farm animals. She is very excited to share this with everyone! When she isn’t working on the farm, she is spending time with her two very fluffy, long-haired cats.