Mackenzie has been an animal lover her entire life. She was surrounded with companion animals of all shapes and sizes at a young age and fell in love with farmed animals. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2018 where she studied Animal Science and Psychology. It was here where she met Ellie Mae, the beautiful cow who would change her entire life. Shortly after graduating she began working to develop Ellie Mae Farm Sanctuary. Mackenzie currently works as a Veterinary Assistant. She spends most of her time with her furry friends eating delicious vegan food and drinking iced coffee.
Billy has always loved animals and grew up surrounded by farm animals on his Mommom’s farm in PA. He is currently a student at Central Connecticut State University, working to obtain his bachelor’s in Management Information Systems. Billy has been involved in the administrative functions and managing the IT needs of the organization since its inception. He is knowledgeable in financial planning, programming, and fundraising. He has experience volunteering with local nonprofits as well as previous work with an emergency response team. He enjoys cooking delicious vegan food and is best friends with Zee.
Rich is an accomplished Lawyer and is Sr. Vice President, Claims and Chief Counsel at HCC Global. He received his B.A. from Boston College and J.D. from Villanova Law School. He has always had a strong love for all animals and has two companion dogs, Maggie and Ruby. Rich has been a board member from day one and his experience is extremely valued. He also happens to be married to Mackenzie’s beautiful mother!
Zee is Ellie Mae’s first and only calf. She was born on September 16, 2018 (the day before Mackenzie’s birthday), while Mackenzie was interning at a farm sanctuary. Mackenzie’s friends at the sanctuary gave her the nickname “Zee” so it felt like a fitting name for Ellie’s new baby after the experience she had there.
Baby Zee is the most outgoing and curious little girl. She has the biggest heart and is extremely playful. She is a picky eater and loves to cuddle with her best friend Billy.