Nicole Rogers – Executive Director: Nicole has led nonprofit organizations for the past 24 years. In collaboration with the Board of Directors, Nicole is grateful to be 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 leveraging her diverse nonprofit leadership background to grow the organization beyond its wildest dreams!
Kacie Swift, Special Projects Coordinator: Kacie’s love of animals began when she took her first trip to the Houston Zoo at age 3 and fell in love with creatures of all shapes and sizes. She soon began rescuing dogs, cats, and domestic birds, and even started her own pet sitting business at age 10. During high school, she volunteered at a local wildlife center and fell in love with the conservation and rehabilitation of native wildlife. Eventually, she went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University at Galveston. Throughout and after college, she has volunteered, interned, and worked in several wildlife husbandry roles with various animals such as birds, squirrels, opossums, raccoons, and ducks. Outside of working as the SFWS Special Projects Coordinator, Kacie enjoys reading, SCUBA diving, baking, and caring for her parakeet and many aquatic animals. She also travels as often as she can, especially to Disney World and Universal Studios.
Sabrina Chapin, Animal Keeper: From a young age Sabrina had the little girl fantasy about taking care of animals. At first, she wanted to be a veterinarian, but soon found that what she really wanted was to be active in the daily lives of the animals. While attending Delaware Valley University, Sabrina was able to fulfill some of that desire by interning at Elmwood Park Zoo with the animal care and education teams. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoo Science and a minor in mathematics, she went on to intern at Tigers for Tomorrow where she learned more about conservation and animal welfare. As a member of the SFWS team, Sabrina plans to continue bettering the lives and welfare of animals. In addition to her passion for animals, she likes to play chess, seek outdoor adventures, and travel around the world.
Ashley Garman: Animal Keeper: Ashley’s passion for wildlife started when she was just a little girl, which led her to major in Wildlife Biology with a concentration in wildlife rehabilitation at Lees-McRae College. After working with rehab animals, Ashley started her one year journey completing different, yet diverse, internships, at different AZA accredited animal facilities. She began at the Chattanooga zoo working in education and moved to the ambassador area. After which, Ashley moved to the Roosevelt Park Zoo in North Dakota before she concluded her yearlong internship as an advanced carnivore intern at the Topeka zoo. Ashley loves spreading awareness of animals to anyone who will listen and hopes to share her passion with others. When she’s not working, you can find Ashley playing with her two dogs, watching movies, or hanging out with friends.