Board & Staff

DIRECTORS

Michelle Carrera

Michelle Carrera 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.

Hana Low
Executive Director

Hana Low is a queer mixed-race animal activist and community organizer based in Denver, CO. They consider nonviolence toward all beings to be a critical expression of their work as a nurse, and have dedicated their life to healing and protecting sick and injured people of all species. They believe that in the animal liberation movement, sanctuaries are critical both for providing the safe permanent refuge that animals deserve, and for telling the incredible stories of resilience and liberation that survivors of the animal exploitation industries carry their whole lives. Hana lives in a vegan collective house with other activists, dogs, and chickens.

Rocky Schwartz

Rockwell “Rocky” Schwartz 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.

Rosemary Van Kleeck
Co-founder & Secretary

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Rosemary, a graduate of Columbia University, is a passionate vegan who has been rescuing and caring for non-human animals since 2009. She and Justin started Triangle Chicken Advocates in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 2014, where she is the head caregiver and photographer extraordinaire.

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.

Justin Van Kleeck

Justin Van Kleeck has a Ph.D. in English and is a freelance writer, educator, and community organizer. Justin spends most of his time working at the Triangle Chicken Advocates sanctuary, which he and Rosemary founded in 2014, and which inspired them to start The Microsanctuary Movement together later that year. He 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.

PAST PARTICIPANTS

  • Carolyn Bartczak, Director
  • Maura Cummings, Director
  • Rachel Hipp, Director
  • Quincy Markowitz, Director