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.
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 English. Tara resides in the area with her husband, daughter, and many furry little friends.
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.
Lindsay Morris has since 2015 served Farm Sanctuary as Senior Marketing & Communications Manager. In this role, she oversees all text and visual content and has defined Farm Sanctuary’s social media and web strategies. She joined our team (and the non-profit sector) following a stint managing content marketing and development of strategies for corporate clients including Constellation Brands and Chase at publicly traded Demand Media. A Communications graduate of Marquette University, Lindsay began her career as a journalist, serving as an editor of national magazines including Shape and Folio.
Jill Tedeschi first joined the Farm Sanctuary team as a shelter intern at our New York shelter in 2011. An Emerson College graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Jill came to Farm Sanctuary with hopes of starting a sanctuary of her own. That dream quickly shifted once falling in love with the New York shelter and its nonhuman residents. After her internship, Jill immediately joined the caregiver staff and grew to become the Shelter Manager in 2013. Jill is excited to be sharing her years of farm animal care knowledge with everyone.
Michelle Waffner serves as Farm Sanctuary’s Director of Visitor Experience, overseeing the organization’s visitor program staff. 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 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.