Founder and Director
Kathy Stevens, Founder and Director of CAS, spent her childhood on a Virginia horse farm. Kathy moved to Boston for graduate school, and after a decade of teaching high school English, she was asked to head a charter school. Instead, one year later, she opened Catskill Animal Sanctuary, one of the country's leading havens for farm animals and a center for raising public awareness of their sentience and their suffering. She is the author of two critically and popularly-acclaimed books, Where the Blind Horse Sings and Animal Camp, a blogger on farm animal issues for the Huffington Post, and a frequent contributor to books and articles on farm animals, vegan living, and related issues. Kathy is an avid reader, loves to hike, swim, and bike, and spends rare quiet time with her close friends.
Senior Director, Communications and Outreach & Vegan Culinary Instructor
Linda originally came to CAS to fill the role of vegan chef and culinary instructor for our Compassionate Cuisine program. She graduated from Manhattan's Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts where she studied health-supportive cooking and whole food dietary theory. As the owner of a vegan cafe, she had been cooking and teaching professionally in order to inspire people to explore veganism as a way to improve their overall wellness and support a more compassionate world. While working as our chef/instructor, Linda was asked to draw upon her other professional background, non-profit management, to help guide and support the efforts of the Outreach and Communications team. In her dual role, she hopes to increase the impact of our mission. Chef Linda lives in Connecticut with her husband, 11-year-old son, two pugs and cat.
Julie was born and raised in Ulster County, New York, and holds degrees in Mathematics, Interactive Multi-Media Technology, and Nutrition. Her formal training serves her well, as she runs the main office and handles everything from database administration, online and printed communications, financial book keeping, the volunteer program, and animal intake and adoptions. When she's not on the farm, Julie can be found hitting the heavy bag at the local muay thai kickboxing gym, studying aromatherapy, expanding her private practice as a holistic health counselor, and taking long walks with her beautiful dog, Gabriella.
Born and raised in New York City, Michelle joined the staff in 2009, after volunteering for over a year. Her responsibilities include recruiting new supporters, overseeing CAS's fundraising efforts, increasing public awareness of CAS, and planning special events. Prior to CAS, Michelle spent over a decade as a public interest lawyer, with a focus on environmental justice litigation and policy initiatives. When she's not at the farm, Michelle can be found in New York City with her partner and their four rescued cats, where she obsessively practices samurai sword fighting and kickboxing. She also enjoys off-road mountain biking and white water rafting.
Programs & Communications Director
Elana grew up in Rhode Island and has always felt a deep kinship with all living beings. She was a young teen when she began to connect her daily choices to the suffering of animals and started her journey toward cruelty free living. As a long time vegan, Elana served as the co-founder and president of RIVA (Rhode Island Vegan Awareness) and ran a small, private rabbit sanctuary for ten years before relocating to New York. She has an extensive background in teaching, program development, and volunteer management. Elana believes passionately in the power of education to inspire lasting social change, has studied with the Institute for Humane Education and taught humane education programs to youth about living compassionately towards all beings and the earth. She is mom to three beautiful felines, loves to be out in nature kayaking, hiking, and swimming, and relishes vegan cuisine in all its many colors and flavors.
Jennifer grew up traveling between the rural desert ranches of New Mexico and the neat tree-lined streets of Connecticut, rarely seen without a dog, cat, pony, steer or gerbil and sometimes an inter-species combo. After high school, she chose the urban jungle of NYC for college and stayed there for 20 years, mostly in Brooklyn. For more than a decade, Jennifer worked in the children's publishing and on her weekends, she volunteered as an animal educator for kids, bringing snakes and ferrets to those whose only exposure to nature were trees planted in sidewalks. Jennifer finally made the move Upstate to her natural ecosystem in 2012 where she now lives with her two very mod black and white rescue cats. When she isn't at the Sanctuary, Jennifer likes to read and dance and get lost in the online world of cute animal videos.
A small business owner/manager for many years, Kathy joined the CAS crew part-time in 2006. She has served in many different volunteer and staff roles since then, and we are thrilled to have her join us full-time! As Farm Manager, Kathy oversees the daily care of all of our animals and manages barn staff and volunteers. Kathy lives in Catskill with her beloved dogs, ducks, and cats. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, watching movies, gardening, and talking to her favorite person: her 22 year old daughter.
Animal Care Coordinator
Born and raised between Woodstock and Saugerties, Jenn loves the Hudson Valley. She has a background in veterinary tech and is responsible for the healthcare of all the animals at CAS. Jenn has a horse farm in Saugerties where she does boarding, training, and lessons. She lives happily with her wonderful son William, husband Russ, and lots of furry friends. Jenn loves spending time with her family, her wonderful horse Beauty, and her potbelly pig Ceasar.
Animal Care Staff
Born and raised in New Paltz, Russ managed retail stores before discovering his true love: animals. He now lives surrounded by many of them on his farm in Saugerties where his family includes his wife, step son, horses, goats, pigs, dogs, cats, and amphibians. Russ is responsible for animal feed routes, cleaning shelter areas, and assisting with animal health care. In his spare time he can be found on the golf course or in the bowling alley.
Animal Care Staff
Originally from Fishkill, Erin migrated to Ulster County where she earned her M.S. in Elementary Education. Erin is responsible for animal feed routes, cleaning shelters, and animal care at CAS. She resides in Kingston with her husband Tim, dog, cats, bearded dragon, and ball python. In her spare time, Erin enjoys taking trail rides with her equine soulmate, Honey, gardening, practicing archery, crafting, and reading.
Sara grew up in the suburbs of Boston and the Sugarbush Valley of Vermont. She always dreamed of living on a farm, and since joining the staff in September 2012, this is the closest she has gotten to date! She has spent the past 25 years providing accounting and finance management to creative companies in NYC, and now serves as CAS's bookkeeper. Saraâ€™s other skills and interests are swimming, hiking, and exploring the great restaurants of the Hudson Valley. Her greatest joy at CAS is hanging with the goats!