BOARD MEMBERS

Mitchell Shafer

President

Mitch is employed at Greenstone Farm Credit Services at their Grand Rapids location, a major supporter of Critter Barn. He serves at the board president.

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Paul Pyle

Vice President

Paul is a sixth-generation dairy farmer who runs a 140 head dairy and maintains 265 acres in Zeeland. Paul serves as the board Vice-president.

Brian Terborg

Treasurer

Brian is the CFO of Zeeland Farm Services, a major supporter of Critter Barn. He has served on the board for over 8 years as Treasurer.

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Chris Machiela

Secretary

Chris is the board secretary, and has been a friend of Critter Barn through providing hay for many years.  He is a member of our new farm committee.

Brian Geerlings

Board Member

Brian is employed at Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch in Saranac, but finds time to serve on our board and assist with construction projects at Critter Barn.

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Di'Shun Melbert

Board Member

Di’Shun serves on our new farm committee and brings both his experience from Louisiana and his employment with NRCS to our board.

Patrick Mitchell

Board Member

Pat is employed at Johnson Controls and runs his own farm with Dexter cattle and Katahdin sheep. Pat served as former board president for 5 years.

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Jay Riggs

Board Member/Chairman Fund Dev. Committee  

Jay is the Co-Founder of Critter Barn's marketing company iWear Solutions, and  the CEO of Geared2Give.com. His experience and example make him a valuable asset to the Critter Barn board. With Jay's help we have raised the funds to break ground on our new farm and are growing better than ever.

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Wayne Sall

Board Member

Wayne enjoys traveling, golf, grandchildren and serving as an advocate for Critter Barn.  Wayne has served as vice-president and on our Fundraising team.

Doug Slenk

Board Member

Doug is the father of five children who are frequent visitors to Critter Barn.  Doug has served on the board for 7 years, and is employed at Sloan Industries in Holland.

Laurie Wright

Board Member

Laurie is the Program Director of Veterinary Technology at Baker College in Muskegon.  Baker’s Vet Tech students have participated in animal care and education at Critter Barn for 12 years. 

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Mary Rottschafer

Executive Director

Mary worked initially in music and elementary education after graduating from Hope College in 1974. Her passion for teaching and working with animals continues to grow because of the profound effect the whole farm experience has on children and youth.

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