Steve Jenkins, Board of Directors

Steve has been crazy for animals ever since he can remember - rescuing turtles in the road, squirrels who have fallen from trees, so it was no surprise when he answered the call from an acquaintance to bring a "mini-pig" into his and Derek's very small home in Georgetown.

Steve brings his incredible social media skills and love of all animals to Happily Ever Esther as the co-founder and member of the Board of Directors. He is a loud and proud speaker for animal welfare around the world.

Derek Walter, Director of Operations

The road to becoming the farm manager for Happily Ever Esther was not the straightest path. Spending years becoming an incredibly talented professional magician, Derek never thought he would quit the life in the spotlight to become the animal caretaker, but this couldn't have been a more perfect fit.

Derek spends most of his time in the barn (especially with his best buddy, Bear), making sure the HEEFS store runs smoothly, and directing all of the events at the farm.


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Krista Hiddema, Board of Directors

Krista sits on the Board of Directors for Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, and fulfills the roles of Secretary and Treasurer of the Board. Krista is the managing director of Mercy For Animals in Canada. She is passionate about farmed animals, and in helping people realize that farmed animals are just as deserving of love and respect as the cats and dogs we share our lives with.

Krista lives with her husband Nigel, where together they rescue Great Danes, cats, and all manner of fur-kids!

Susan Housel, Board of Directors

Susan splits her time between Naples, FL and Georgetown, ON and brings her tremendous project management skills to ensuring that Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary has clear and realistic goals both in the present, and for our many lofty goals for animals in the future.

Susan shares her life with her husband Ray, their two children, Jacqueline and James, their three canine family members, Baxter, Pluto and Rutabaga, and is a tireless advocate for those who have no voice.

Andrea White, Farm Sanctuary Coordinator

A life-long animal lover, Andrea has been involved in a variety of animal rights projects and organizations, including the completion of animal care internships at Animal Place, volunteering in wildlife rehabilitation, doing outreach with Farm Animal Rights Movements, and being involved with the Save Movement in Toronto.

At the sanctuary Andrea wears many hats, some of which include organizing events and work days, managing animal care, and assisting with administrative work. Andrea is continuing to develop a photography project highlighting individual animals rescued by farm sanctuaries across North America.

Kathy Fischer, Volunteer Coordinator

Kathy's commitment to animal advocacy started in her teens, and she now manages our amazing farm volunteers. From very skilled veterinary technicians who come weekly to folks who just want to help out from time to time, we couldn't do it alone.

Kathy brings her strong relationship-building and leadership skills to helping ensure that every animal at HEEFS is given the love and respect they so richly deserve. In her spare time, Kathy loves hanging out with Phineas and Maggie, her animal companions.

Kim Rushnell, Social Media Coordinator

Kim is a long time animal activist, whom after offering to bake a cake for Esther's 2nd birthday, was hooked on working for a pig. Kim manages Esther's various social media platforms and is passionate about spreading compassion for all farmed animals across the globe. Kim lives with her professional golfer husband and their many fur kids.  She is also Esther’s official babysitter.

Personal philosophy: we can change the world just through the simple act of showing kindness to all! Preach with your life, and when necessary use words.

Sheryl Greenspan, Editor-in-Chief

Ever since she first visited HEEFS as a workday volunteer, Sheryl knew that she wanted to become more involved in helping the Sanctuary reach out to people all over the world spreading its message of compassion for farmed animals everywhere.

Sheryl brings a lifelong love of animals and 25 years of professional copywriting and editing experience to her role at Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary.