Nicole Rogers – Executive Director
Nicole has led nonprofit organizations for the past 24 years. In collaboration with the Board of Directors, Nicole is excited about leading the growth of SFWS and achieving its compassionate and important mission to the fullest! Although this is her first animal sanctuary, Nicole finds herself serving a cause that is dear to her heart, animal welfare, joyously. Nicole has a Masters’ degree in International Public Health from Tulane University and has worked in Africa, Bangladesh, and the U.S. In her role as Executive Director for SFWS, Nicole is passionate about bringing her diverse nonprofit leadership knowledge and experience to SFWS.
Richard has lived most of his life with animals, which has naturally grown his interest in animal care. When attending school at Lone Star College, where he received his Associate’s degree in science, he decided to do what he loves best and began working with animals. Richard began his path at a wildlife Expo and biotech lab at college, but soon found his way to the Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary! During his time as a volunteer at SFWS, he expanded his understanding of wolves and wolf dogs. His hard work was recognized and he offered the position of Assistant Curator at SFWS, which he accepted and held for several months before becoming a Sanctuary Co-Curator. Richard has made it his personal goal to continue to learn more about these animals and to help those in our community better understand them as well.
Abigail Hixson – Sanctuary Co-Curator
Abigail started out her animal care career at the age of 18 interning at Big Cat Rescue and from there has improved both her skills and passion for working with animals. After leaving the wild cat sanctuary, Abigail went on to work with wolves, dingoes, new guinea singing dogs, and other canines as a caretaker. She then moved to Virginia and expanded her knowledge as a wildlife rehabilitation extern while working with many different species of wildlife. Soon after, Abigail found her way to Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary as an intern and quickly feel in love with not only the animals, but the people around her. Her hard work and strong bonds with the animals helped create a permanent place for her. Abigail is passionate about ensuring the well being of any animal in her care, and is both excited and committed to doing whatever she can to improve the lives of the wolves and wolfdogs that call the Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary home!