MEET THE TEAM!
JOHN D. HALAMKA MD, MS
Co-Founder & Board President
John D. Halamka is the President of the Mayo Clinic Platform, leading a portfolio of new digital platform businesses focused on transforming health by leveraging artificial intelligence, the internet of things, and an ecosystem of partners for Mayo Clinic. He is a practicing emergency physician and has a certificate in Organic and Sustainable Agriculture from the University of Massachusetts. He enjoys the hands-on side of being Facilities Manager. You can often find him out on a walk with one of the Sanctuary dogs. John writes the Geekdoctor Blog
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Kathy Halamka, BA, MFA, Secretary of the Board, brings business, visual arts and arts educator training to her many roles here at the sanctuary, including Volunteer Director, Events Manager, Social Media, Humane Education Coordinator, Fundraiser and Public Relations. You will often find her spending time with Handsome Paul the Turkey and her other Feathered Friends, talking new photos for the "Updates from Unity", or checking on her beloved ponies. She is lead blogwriter at UFS as well
Micki Tripathy National Coordinator for Health IT (Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, United States).
Elizabeth Villamia Slattery Global Real Estate Advisor (Gibson Sothby's International Realty)
James Loscocco ESQ attorney and partner (Lewis and Loscocco)
Lara Heilbrun BA Sociology (Tufts University), visual artist and designer
David Wirbal retired (Fidelity Investments) Owner of Dudley Brewing
Our board insures our fiscal responsibility and guides UFS toward a meaningful future
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Tyla accepted the vital role of Farm Manager of the Sanctuary in 2018, bringing with her a decade of experience with farm animals and an innate sensitivity to their needs. A 2017 graduate of Norfolk County Agricultural High School, she majored in Equine Science and Farm Management. At UFS, she oversees all animal care and sanctuary staff, and is often assisted in her duties by her beloved dog, Mae. In her free time, she runs her own farm (Highland Gypsy Farm), and serves the town of Holliston as a firefighter and Nationally Certified EMT. Tyla is also training to be a Medic.
KIERSTEN BAZDANES BS
Barn Staff (Vet Tech Training)
Kiersten has been at UFS since 2019 and brings with her a deep love for farm animals. Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology from UMass Amherst at Mt. Ida Campus, Kiersten finds a sense of purpose and fulfillment in caring for animals. She takes care of her own beloved equine, Dexter, a 20 year old Morgan, when not at Unity. In her spare time, Kiersten likes spending time with her girlfriend, Ally, exploring long distance bike trails, and driving the backroads.
Tyler Greenberg is a sophomore at Holliston High School and joined us in 2020. An avid and talented football player, he is also a Fire Explorer with the Holliston Fire Department, keeping the emergency alert audio band handy to stay up to date. Tyler brings prior experience for working with the practical equipment we use onsite (gator/plow, tractor, groundskeeping tools and more) and he has enjoyed getting to know a great deal about all the animals here at the Sanctuary.
Josh has been with Unity since Summer 2019. He is currently a rising sophomore at UNH, where he studies mechanical engineering and is a bonafide member of the Lumberjack/Woodsmen team. He brings his great stamina and strength to his work at Unity, as well as a love for working with animals. Although he can't choose a favorite resident, his shortlist includes George, Winston, and Dudley. On his days off, Josh enjoys doing projects at home, mountain biking, spending time with his girlfriend, and being entertained by his cats, Tux and Peanut.
WELLINGTON DASILVA RIBEIRO
Currently a rising senior at Framingham High School, Wellington has been at UFS since 2019 and especially loves working with the cows and goats. He brings his might--a combination of brains, strength, and determination--to Unity. His years of experience working with animals in his native Brazil under the tutelage of his grandfather give him an innate edge when interacting with our beloved residents. When not working at UFS, Wellington likes to learn carpentry, and cheer on his favorite soccer team.
Paul lives just a few minutes away from the sanctuary and joined the UFS team in Fall 2018. He is responsible for managing the orchard, sanctuary trails, and landscape maintenance. He has always had a great love for the outdoors, wildlife, and nature and brings that passion to his work here. He has worked at Wellesley College as a turf specialist for the past three years. In his free time, he loves spending time with his yellow lab, Maisy, and going to the Cape. His not-so-secret favorite animal at the sanctuary is Star the Donkey.