Led by advocates. Powered by compassion.
Shauna Sherick, Founder & President
Shauna is a licensed veterinary technician with a background in wildlife rehabilitation, farm animal nursing care, and a love of nature. She has earned specialty certification in animal dentistry and pursued an interest in anesthesia and surgical procedures. In her work with farmed animals, she came to understand each of them as unique and intelligent beings, which led to a renewal of her childhood dream. As a girl, she spent summers and weekends playing on her grandparents’ farm, hiking the forest trails, saving baby birds, caring for the cows, and dreaming of one day starting her own sanctuary where all the plants, animals, and wild things lived in harmony. Today, she’s the third-generation steward of the land her grandparents once farmed, now home to more than 100 formerly farmed, often abused animals. She’s also working to restore and protect the property’s evergreen forests, native white oaks, wetlands, and protect the native creatures that call it home. It’s all part of her mission to educate the public about the interconnectedness of natural ecosystems, domesticated animals, farmed animals, and the impact of our daily choices on all of them.
Michelle Blake, Vice President
A writer and journalist who studied social change in graduate school, Michelle has always looked for ways to contribute her skills to animal causes. She currently works as director of policy for the global nonprofit Phoenix Zones Initiative and consults with several animal protection nonprofits on grant writing, development and campaigns. She previously served as board president of Willamette Humane Society, where she was instrumental in opening their low-cost spay/neuter clinic. As a board member of Fences For Fido, she established their fence-building crews in Salem and Marion County, freeing hundreds of formerly-chained dogs. She previously coordinated cougar protection efforts in 8 states on behalf of the Mountain Lion Foundation, served on the Oregon State Council of the Humane Society of the United States, and has worked to pass animal protection legislation in Oregon and beyond. At Wildwood, she loves to nerd out on the administrative end of nonprofit work, but also hauls her tools and trailer to the sanctuary for fence-building and light construction projects.
Max Seiler, Treasurer/Secretary
In his “day job” Max works as a program analyst in the social services field, and serves as Wildwood’s treasurer/secretary and Volunteer coordinator. He received a B.A. from Pacific University in Sociology and a minor in Peace and Social Justice. He has a strong background in volunteering for both animal and human related causes, particularly in advocating and supporting those that may not have a voice to speak up for themselves and ensuring their safety and wellbeing. You may see Max assisting with some of our Sunday Volunteer Work Parties to share the “Wildwood experience” with others and coordinating our weekday Animal Care Team volunteers. Max is also our website administrator.
Beatrice Shapiro, Board Member
Beatrice has done animal rescue work her entire life. Before moving to Oregon in 2007, she served as the Director of Animal Welfare for her neighborhood of 18,000+ in Los Angeles. In this volunteer role, she instituted a trap-neuter-release program for feral cats, fostered countless homeless pets, started a monthly adoption event at the local farmers market, and worked with stakeholders to improve the lives of their pets through unchaining, proper care and feeding, spaying/neutering, etc. In her spare time, Beatrice works in advertising as a writer/creative director. Over the years, she has done a lot of pro bono design and marketing work for Wildwood, as well as Wildcat Ridge Sanctuary, Sound Equine Options and other rescue groups.
Beth Lily Redwood, Photographer
Vegan since 2005, Beth Lily Redwood is a photographer, graphic designer, writer, animal rights artivist, and vegan advocate with a master’s degree in arts administration. In everything she creates, Beth’s intention is to share the vision of a vegan world where every animal is respected, protected and loved. Her work seeks to awaken a deep appreciation for the sacred soul, beauty and sentience of nonhuman animals. Her specialty is photographing rescued animals living in sanctuaries. Beth collaborated with her husband, singer/songwriter Daniel Redwood, to create the video “Wildwood Days,” to honor Wildwood Farm Sanctuary. Beth is an artist member of the Art of Compassion Project, an international collective of vegan artists who hold group exhibitions and donate the proceeds from sales to animal rights organizations. Her photography and/or graphic design has been featured by The Dodo, Melanie Joy’s Beyond Carnism, several magazines including People, UPC’s Poultry Press, and Vegan Health and Fitness, and exhibited at The Animal Museum, Anderson Chase Gallery, Percolator Artspace and more, and in a solo show at La Vida Veggie. Beth’s animal images can be seen at bethlilyredwood.com and on Instagram.
Mekah Hall-Dominguez, Volunteer Coordinator
Mekah has been a long-time activist for social justice issues, sustainability, conservation, and caring for the planet. Her love for animals has been with her from the time she was a small child. Growing up with rescues naturally led to a lifelong passion for animal rights and their humane treatment. She has more than 20 years' experience in project management, safety training, and process improvement, the majority of which were spent in the renewable energy industry, including commercial wind farms. Her experience as an Authorized Outreach Trainer for OSHA makes her keenly aware of both improving processes and maintaining safety – especially important when working with animals and people! Mekah found Wildwood by attending a Sunday work party in 2019. It was the perfect opportunity to expand her knowledge and experience in caring for animals. In addition to her Volunteer Coordinator role, you can find her at the sanctuary multiple times a week as an Animal Care Team volunteer.
Scott Beckstead, Advisory Board Member
Before stepping into his current role as Director of Campaigns at Animal Wellness Action, Scott Beckstead held leadership roles with the Humane Society of the United States, owned and operated a law firm in the coastal town of Waldport, and served as Waldport’s mayor. In 2000, he and three coauthors published the first textbook on animal law. He has worked to pass a number of animal welfare bills in the Oregon legislature, including measures to regulate puppy mills and the tethering of dogs, shark finning, and the cruel practice of horse tripping. He also led successful statewide ballot measure campaigns to protect Oregon wildlife and ban the trafficking in endangered species. With a lifelong affinity for horses, he has worked extensively on protecting equines from cruelty and slaughter, working to pass the SAFE Act to ban the slaughter of American horses for human consumption. While successfully passing a number of animal welfare bills in the Oregon legislature, he has taught Animal Law, Wildlife Law, and Endangered Species Act classes at Willamette University College of Law since 2010. He lives in Sutherlin, Oregon with his wife, Jackie; they have four children, a grandson, and a colorful assortment of animals.
Courtney Dillard, Advisory Board Member
Courtney is the Social Change Researcher at Mercy For Animals where she works to support a wide variety of teams in the organization as they seek to influence decision makers to advance the interests of farmed animals. She also teaches an online grant writing capstone course at PSU. Previously, Courtney was a full-time instructor at Willamette University (Salem, OR) in the Civic Communication and Media Department, working there for more than 15 years. Her research and teaching focused on persuasion and social change, particularly as it pertains to the animal and environmental movements. During the past 15 years, Courtney has consulted on projects with a variety of national animal advocacy groups and served on boards/councils such as the HSUS’s OR State Council. In addition, she has worked with regional organizations such as the Animal Sheltering Alliance of Portland (ASAP), Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) and Fences for Fido (FFF). In her spare time she and her husband Matt organize a biennial spay and neuter clinic in Huanchaco, Peru.
Michelle Schwegmann, Advisory Board Member
Michelle and her husband, Josh, founded the Herbivore Clothing Company in 2002 in the spare bedroom of their SE Portland apartment. Building their following while working out of spare rooms around the city, loyal customers were soon able to flock to a tiny retail location to stock up on Herbivore’s popular mix of vegan messaging shirts and gear, cookbooks, and vegan belts and bags. Then, in 2007, they helped co-found Portland’s famed vegan mini-mall, teaming up with Scapegoat Tattoo, Food Fight! Vegan Grocery, and Sweetpea Vegan Bakery. With the new vegan haven at SE 12th & Stark Streets, Herbivore scored a larger storefront location and helped put Portland on the map of must-see vegan destinations. In 2015, Josh and Michelle published their popular cookbook, Eat Like You Give A Damn: Recipes for the New Ethical Vegan.
Seth Tibbott, Advisory Board Member
In 1980, Seth founded Turtle Island Foods, now “the Tofurky Company,” on $2,500 savings from his eight-year career as a teacher/naturalist. The company’s first product was a tasty fermented Indonesian soy product called Tempeh. In 1995, Seth introduced the first nationally marketed vegan holiday roast named “Tofurky.” The Tofurky brand now includes 43 different vegan products sold in 27,000 stores worldwide. Seth also works with vegan startups and serves on the boards of several nonprofits including the National Animal Rights Conference, The Raven Corps and Veganuary. Seth has a deep love for Wildwood’s approach that includes care and kindness towards both domesticated and wild animals. Seth is the author of In Search of the Wild Tofurky: How a Business Misfit Pioneered Plant-Based Foods Before They Were Cool.
Don Leffler, Farm Manager
Don was born and raised in Newberg, Oregon, and grew up living and breathing the farming lifestyle. His knowledge and expertise regarding the care of farm animals, as well as land management and preservation, makes Don an invaluable part of our sanctuary team. Don oversees the sanctuary’s structures, land development and growth. One of Don’s hobbies is restoring and showing vintage John Deere tractors, making him mighty handy with our tractors around the sanctuary. His green thumb makes him very popular with his family, friends and church, especially during the summer months.