Board & Staff

DIRECTORS

Michelle Carrera

Michelle Carrera (she/her) is a Puerto Rican vegan food justice activist. She founded Chilis on Wheels in 2014, making veganism accessible to communities in need; and the Casa Vegana de la Comunidad in Puerto Rico in 2018, which also hosts a microsanctuary. She was co-founder of Latinos for Animal Protection in 2009 which served animal protection organizations in Latin America, and organized a Vegan Latinos in NYC Meetup which fundraised for Latin American vegan organizations from 2005-2007. She is a professional translator and ghost-writer and currently lives in Puerto Rico with her human unschooled child, rescued dog, and chicken companions.

Mahika Gupta

Mahika Gupta (they/them) is a gender-fluid Indian American chef, artist and community organizer. For the past seven years, they have been a part of various human and non-human justice movements. Mahika currently lives in Philadelphia with their companion chicken Corrie, who was liberated from a slaughterhouse in June 2018. Together they attend protests, marches and community gatherings to advocate for both human and non-human liberation. Currently, they are working to bridge the food inequality gap in their neighborhood through a new planted based food business!

Kaden Maguire

Kaden Maguire (they/them) is an animal rescuer and humane educator who has been working with farmed animal sanctuaries since 2014. They have participated in numerous local rescue efforts and have fostered 100+ rats in recent years. Kaden views sanctuaries as powerful environments to allow other animals to more deeply develop their personalities and exert their agency. They live with their rat and cat companions in the Hudson Valley.

Rocky Schwartz

Rockwell “Rocky” Schwartz (she/her) is an NYC-based rescuer, activist, and microsanctuary operator. She has worked at large farm sanctuaries since 2012 and she has helped rescue nearly 4,000 animals throughout the United States over the past four years, specializing in chickens. She believes strongly in the power of sanctuaries to save lives, fight speciesism, and make activists better advocates for other animals. Her own microsanctuary life began when two rescued chickens came to live in her college dorm room. Today, she lives in Brooklyn with her human partner and rescued dog, chicken, and fish companions.

Roz Van Kleeck
Co-founder

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Roz Van Kleeck (they/them), a graduate of Columbia University, is a passionate vegan who has been rescuing and caring for non-human animals since 2009. They and Justin started Triangle Chicken Advocates in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 2014, where they are the head caregiver and photographer extraordinaire.

Gavin Wolf

Gavin Wolf (he/him or they/them) is an activist and longtime animal caretaker based in rural New Hampshire. In early 2017, after becoming aware of the increasing issue of rooster homelessness, Gavin founded Sun and Moon Microsanctuary to focus on the rescue, care, and advocacy for farmed birds. They currently share their home with an assortment of survivors from various industries, from small local farms to cockfighting. A strong believer in the value of caretaking and microsanctuaries as activism, Gavin is excited to contribute to the board and see the movement grow.

STAFF

Justin Van Kleeck
Co-founder & Programs Coordinator

Justin Van Kleeck (they/them) has a Ph.D. in English and is a freelance writer, educator, and community organizer. Justin spends most of their time working at the Triangle Chicken Advocates sanctuary, which they and Roz founded in 2014, and which inspired them to start The Microsanctuary Movement together later that year. Justin also founded and contributes to the radical vegan blog Striving with Systems. Justin currently serves as the Sanctuary & Microsanctuary Advisor for A Well-Fed World.

ADVISORY BOARD

Mary Britton Clouse

Mary Britton Clouse received her Master of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque. She served as President of Minnesota Animal Rights Coalition, founded the Minnesota Spay/Neuter Project, Legislative Efforts for Animal Protection, and most recently Chicken Run Rescue and Justice for Animals Arts Guild, both of which she jointly founded with her husband, Albert Clouse. Since 2001, nearly 1,000 chickens as well as other domestic fowl, pigs, goats and sheep impounded by city shelters have been provided with with love, shelter, vet care, and carefully screened adoptive homes. Their home/shelter is located in the inner city of North Minneapolis. It provides visitors and volunteers with the opportunity to meet birds in their own safe and familiar environment. Connecting real individual animals with people brings a personal understanding of the consequences of their food choices. Seeing first-hand experience and art as her most powerful tools for change, she has concentrated her activism and art on animals used in agriculture. Fate has placed chickens, the most exploited and abused of them, at her inner-city doorstep.

Ashley Capps

Ashley Capps received an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her first book of poems is Mistaking the Sea for Green Fields. The recipient of a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, she works as a writer, editor and researcher specializing in farmed animal welfare and vegan advocacy. Ashley has written for numerous animal rights organizations, and currently works full-time for Free from Harm and A Well-Fed World. She also teaches writing workshops. Learn more at her website.

PAST PARTICIPANTS

  • Carolyn Bartczak, Director
  • Maura Cummings, Director
  • Rachel Hipp, Director
  • Hana Low, Director/Executive Director
  • Quincy Markowitz, Director