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. Before that, she earned a master’s degree in special education and worked with kids with disabilities. As a farm animal caregiver for more than a decade, Coston 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.
Tara Hess, Master Caregiver 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 in 2009 and became our New York Shelter Manger 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’s favorite part of the job is watching the animals transform as they receive the love and care they deserve. Tara resides in the area with her husband and many furry little friends.
Jill Tedeschi joined Farm Sanctuary in September of 2011 and is currently serving as our Animal Care Manager. Jill graduated from Emerson College 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 has been with us since that time. Through her time here, she has gained plenty of knowledge on the health care of 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.
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 New York 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.