Our Board of Directors

Rehana Mohammed-Smith, President and Co-founder

Rehana started Georgia's Place in 2019 with her husband Joe after moving to their dream home in Harvard. George Pea, in the photo to the left, (aka Georgia) is the reason behind her love for chickens, and Georgia's legacy is the sanctuary. Rehana teaches high school environmental science and biology in Wisconsin, and persistently advocates for the compassionate treatment of chickens and other farmed birds, as well as promoting a vegan lifestyle. Besides cuddling chickens, she enjoys spending time with Joe and their two dogs, Jack and Finn.

Joe Smith, Vice-President and Co-founder

Joe grew up in Ohio and is a CDL truck driver and music enthusiast. After meeting Rehana, they moved together into their dream home in Harvard. Joe has been an animal lover ever since he was young. It wasn't hard for him to fall in love with chickens and quail, and his instant attraction to them helped spearhead their dream of a sanctuary together. Joe enjoys spending time with Rehana and their dogs, going to music festivals and working on the farm. Joe is a nut. He will get you laughing after only spending a few minutes with him! 

Heather Feather, Secretary

Heather has always had a special connection with animals, but in 2015, she made the ultimate connection and became vegan. She has since been advocating for animal liberation through community outreach and educational campaigns, volunteering at farm animal sanctuaries, hosting fundraisers, and tabling at events. Heather enjoys mentoring new vegans and helping to build a strong community of animal rights activists. She loves exploring nature, spending time connecting with others, and of course, feathered people. 

Nancy Kemp, Treasurer

Nancy's compassionate living began in 1973 when she read Animal Liberation by Peter Singer. Joining the Georgia's Place board is the latest manifestation of that lifestyle. When the original Farm Sanctuary was founded in 1986, Nancy was an animal care volunteer there. She is very active in her community, serving on a variety of boards. She is employed at a free clinic as the Dispensary Coordinator. 

Sara M., Board Member

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Sara and her son Alex have volunteered at Georgia's Place since the summer of 2000. Sara has been a vegan for 25 years, and is dedicated to the birds here. Her compassion for animals shows through in all she does, including her involvement in animal rights protests, dedication to veganism and interest in the best care for all living creatures.