short with glassesNicole 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.


Michael Maniscalo Jr. – Sanctuary Curator

Michael was born in Houston, Texas and has lived there his whole life. Starting at a young age he has had a profound love for all animals. He has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in science majoring in biology from Texas State University. During that time he assisted with graduate research and recorded data for the Texas Parks and Wildlife, by identifying, capturing, releasing and preserving different species. For over five years Michael has interned, worked or volunteered at the Houston Zoo and continues to volunteer as a keeper aide for the Natural Encounters department. Throughout his involvement with the Houston Zoo, he has worked as a lab technician at an emergency pet hospital. Before becoming the sanctuary curator, he completed an internship at Lubee Bat Conservancy.  When not working with animals Michael loves to watch films, read and spend time with his family and friends.


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Richard Biggs – Assistant Sanctuary Curator

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 and lead keeper at SFWS, he expanded his understanding of wolves and wolf dogs.  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.