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STAFF

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Mary R.

Executive Director, Founder

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.

Wally R.

Full-Time Volunteer

Wally volunteers alongside his wife at the farm. As one who multi-tasks around the farm, Wally says he has the best of all jobs. Whether doing small repairs, milking goats or taking guests around, he enjoys it all.

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Makayla M.

Program Coordinator

Makayla is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a degree in Public and Nonprofit Administration. Her position at Critter Barn combines her passions for animal care, youth education, and nonprofit work. In her spare time, she enjoys the beach and time with her two kittens.

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Megan M.

Farm Staff

Megan has been a part of the Critter Barn family since she began volunteering at 7 yrs old. Now she is a graduate of the Michigan State Animal Science Program and is currently attending Baker College to get her Vet Tech license. When not at work or school, Megan enjoys spending time with her dog Jersey and horse Maizee. 

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Breanna B.

Farm Staff

Breanna recently graduated from Unity Chrisitan High School. Working at Critter Barn is a great fit for her because she loves animals, kids, and being outside! Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her dog and chickens, gardening, going on hikes, and being with her friends and family!

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Lisa W.

Barnyard Crew Coordinator

Lisa is the coordinator for our Barnyard Crew! When she was young, her family has a small hobby farm with sheep and horses which has driven her love of animals. Her background is in nursing, and she has worked in healthcare for the last 13 years but joined Critter Barn to pursue her passion. When not at work Lisa enjoys the beach, hiking, and arts & crafts.

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Alisa C.

Office Staff

Alisa works at the Critter Barn in fundraising, grant writing and educational programming. She has trained in Europe in traditional milling and became the first Dutch-certified miller in the Americas. When not working and being a mom, you might find her up north, sailing, baking or cutting & stacking firewood for her antique wood-burning cookstove. 

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Shakira S.

Farm Staff

Shakira is from Central Iowa and graduated from Iowa State (GO Cyclones!) with a degree in Animal Ecology. She has a background working at the Zoo working with various animals. When she’s not at the Farm, she enjoys being outdoors, exploring local restaurants and being creative. 

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Tori W.

Farm Staff

Bio Coming Soon!

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Shannon B.

Farm Staff

Bio Coming Soon!

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Kelsey R.

Farm Staff

In the past, Kelsey has worked at a Horse Ranch and did Landscaping. Her favorite part of working at Critter Barn is getting to spend time with and take care of Petunia, the potbelly pig. When not at work, Kelsey enjoys spending time with her dogs and boyfriend. 

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Ben N.

Farm Staff

Bio Coming Soon!

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Sara R.

Barn Staff

Bio coming soon!

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Katie W.

Teaching Staff

Katie is a Junior at MSU, studying zoology. She has a passion for working with animals and children alike, and enjoys every second spent outdoors. In her free time, she spends time horseback riding and hanging out with her many pets.

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Morgan B.

Teaching Staff

Morgan is a student at Grand Valley State University pursuing a degree in special education. She has a passion for animals and working with kids. In her spare time she enjoys playing waterpolo for GVSU and hanging out with some of her own farm animals, including her goat Ruby-Sue and her sheep Daffodil. 

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Sue B.

Financial Secretary

Bio Coming Soon!

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Matt M.

Farm Staff

Originally from West Virginia, Matt moved to Michigan to attend GVSU. He graduated with a degree in Natural Resourse Management and Biology. He enjoys working alongside the Critter Crew as well as keeping the farm's grounds running. His free time is spent building electronics or spending time outdoors.

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Kayleigh B.

Farm Staff

Bio Coming Soon!

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