Deb’s been pretty busy in her life with careers that include swimwear designer, restaurateur, and commercial pilot. After living in San Francisco for 22 years, Deborah gave up the city life, bought a house, and moved to Santa Rosa. The newly acquired acreage enabled her to have space for a few chickens and a couple of goats. One thing led to another – her love of farm animals grew, as did her furry and feathered family. After seeing a video about animal agriculture and feeling shocked and saddened, she became vegan overnight. She devoted herself to the belief that all beings deserve to be happy and live a life free of harm and fear. And then she started rescuing animals. Almost all animals at Goatlandia were destined for slaughter, unwanted, sick, or born with congenital disabilities. Instead, they have been rescued, healed, made to feel safe, and are very loved (and a little spoiled). Today, Goatlandia is home to a family of goats, pigs, sheep, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, horses, dogs, and two happy (and very busy) humans
When Jenni found out she was moving to Sonoma County in 2019 she looked up what animal sanctuaries were in the area. When she saw the name Goatlandia, she knew this is where she had to volunteer. After a few months of volunteering, Jenni became a part of the Goatlandia team, but still continues to volunteer on a regular basis. Jenni and her husband Scot (aka "The Catfather") have two cats Sketch (Siamese mix) and Poppy (Sphynx), three chickens, Becky, Lilith, and Arthur; as well as a snake, Nibbler (Ball Python).When she isn’t busy posting on social media or taking pictures, Jenni enjoys video/board gaming, reading, and hiking.
Marie loves to raise money for rescued animals! She's also a graphic designer and manages technical matters related to print, online, web, and digital needs. Starting in 2020, she’s been leading Goatlandia’s marketing and fundraising efforts. She is also a dedicated advocate for veganism and compassionate living.
In addition to her love and respect for farm animals, Marie has a special place in her heart for senior dogs, sloths, cats, bunnies, and guinea pigs, which is evident in the roster of organizations she has proudly served in the last 12 years.
Meagan is a nonprofit organization management professional specializing in animal welfare. She has worked for several animal welfare organizations including companion animal rescue, shelter operations, emergency disaster response, and low cost spay/neuter efforts.
At Goatlandia, Meagan is responsible for animal care and volunteer coordination. She is also involved with many other organizational aspects of the sanctuary. In addition to her professional work, Meagan is an active advocate for animals of all species and is vegan. Meagan and her partner live in Santa Rosa with their dog Maia, a rescued Lab mix, and 3 cats (also all rescued!), Snickers, Bean, and Poe. In her free time she enjoys exploring new hiking trails with Maia, gardening, swimming, and spending time with friends and family.
As the Lead Volunteer Coordinator for our Sebastopol "Cunningham" location, where we have two horses and several herds of sheep and goats, Lauren's role focuses on training, assisting and working with our volunteers.
Aside from her "official" role, everyone who knows Lauren can tell you how much she is focused on loving and caring for her goat friends. "I love all of them and I’m always making sure they are happy and healthy."
P.S. It is widely known that Lauren has a crush on one of our handsome goats named Turner.
Michele started as a volunteer, and after meeting the team and seeing the mission statement in action, she knew she wanted to work at Goatlandia. She has worked in animal rescue and spay/neuter efforts for the past 3 years. In her own words, Michele says that driving through the gate at Goatlandia literally brings her joy.
With her husband Todd, they have a dog, Zane, and 3 cats, Callie, Bailey and Wedge, all rescues. They also have many foster kittens during “kitten season”. They take the bottle babies and care for them until they are old enough for spay/neuter, and then it’s off to their fur-ever home.
In her spare time, Michele and Todd loves to hike, row and spend time at home with their fur family.
Uta first visited Goatlandia in November 2016, on a quest to visit animal sanctuaries in the Bay Area after she went vegan in October 2016. She has been involved and in love with Goatlandia and its animals ever since! She is Chair of the Board, and has been a part of numerous outreach events for the sanctuary. Uta works in development at a mathematical institute and enjoys telling her coworkers about the joys of goat selfies. She is inspired daily by studying herbalism, being in nature, walking her dog, and by the founder of Goatlandia, Deborah Blum.
Joseph was born and raised in San Francisco and owns and operates a boutique dog hotel in the mission with his partner. He hopes to give back to his community through public outreach, advocacy, and a meat-free lifestyle. Goatlandia aligns with his views of how we should be challenging the status quo of animals, and promoting and protecting them.
Sylvie found her passion for rescuing animals two decades ago after working in the fragrance industry, being a caterer, and raising 3 children. She was born in France but has lived in the USA for more than 30 years and moved to Northern California in 2018.
Her advocacy started with cats and dogs in New York suburbs, then when she moved to California she discovered Goatlandia. Currently Sylvie actively runs her business, Atelier Sylvie Fremont, a small gold and silver handmade jewelry studio. She's also an ordained minister and enjoys performing weddings and animal blessings.
Since 2001, Sylvie is also a Reiki master and teacher. Through her practice, she promotes shelter animals, healing and compassion through Kindness Reiki, her teaching platform for animals and their humans.
During her first visit to Goatlandia, Debra fell in love with two of their resident goats, Marla and Dot, who have since joined her mini herd of mini goats. Debra's professional background is in nonprofit management and she has worked for several years in the field of African wildlife conservation. Her current position is in fundraising and communications for a wildlife conservancy in Kenya. She is a huge fan of Goatlandia and is thrilled to support their mission as a board member!
Laurie, having grown up as the proverbial black sheep in her family, has always championed the underdog — sadly, somewhat silently for a good part of her existence. Recently, happily, advocating for those without a voice has begun to manifest itself in her actions with fewer apologies. Five years ago, she ditched dairy to become fully vegan. Preparing meals for her family daily during the confinement has become a joy, a meditation and a religion. Prior to this most recent revelation, Laurie grew up in Connecticut, went to college in North Carolina, married shortly thereafter to her husband of 37 years and has three children. And lots of animals. She has worked in advertising, art sales, film production and music education. Settling in to animal welfare is where she is meant to be and she is honored and grateful to have met and be welcomed into the Goatlandia community. With her husband she supports and has boots on the ground within a few other environmental and animal welfare organizations including World Wildlife Fund, E.O. Wilson’s Half Earth Project and Muttville.