Rachel (Waite) Hipp is a leader in the microsanctuary movement and founder of her own small-scale animal rescue. Rachel advocates that vegans support and provide sanctuary for farmed animals in need. Her passion is rescuing and caring for chickens and other animals and sharing their individual stories. Rachel is an animal rights activist who serves as the community organizer for Direct Action Everywhere Grand Rapids and as an admin for her favorite forum, Vegans with Chickens. Rachel holds two Master’s degrees, a Master’s of Public Administration with a Nonprofit Management concentration and a Master’s of Social Work with a public policy focus. Rachel resides in Lowell, MI with her vegan husband, Ryan, and their 35 microsanctuary residents.
Rosemary Van Kleeck
Co-founder & Treasurer
Rosemary, a graduate of Columbia University, is a passionate vegan who has been rescuing and caring for non-human animals since 2009. She and Justin started Triangle Chance for All in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 2014, where she is the head caregiver and photographer extraordinaire.
Justin Van Kleeck
Co-founder & Executive Director
Justin Van Kleeck has a Ph.D. in English but left academia in part to work on veganism, the environment, and other social issues. He is a freelance writer and editor, who has written for Our Hen House, Vegan Publishers, and Project Intersect, among others. He has experience with education and community organizing. Justin spends most of his time working at the Triangle Chance for All microsanctuary and engaging in farmed animal rescue.
Mary Britton Clouse
Mary Britton Clouse received her Master of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque. She served as President of Minnesota Animal Rights Coalition, founded the Minnesota Spay/Neuter Project, Legislative Efforts for Animal Protection, and most recently Chicken Run Rescue and Justice for Animals Arts Guild, both of which she jointly founded with her husband, Albert Clouse. Since 2001, nearly 1,000 chickens as well as other domestic fowl, pigs, goats and sheep impounded by city shelters have been provided with with love, shelter, vet care, and carefully screened adoptive homes. Their home/shelter is located in the inner city of North Minneapolis. It provides visitors and volunteers with the opportunity to meet birds in their own safe and familiar environment. Connecting real individual animals with people brings a personal understanding of the consequences of their food choices. Seeing first-hand experience and art as her most powerful tools for change, she has concentrated her activism and art on animals used in agriculture. Fate has placed chickens, the most exploited and abused of them, at her inner-city doorstep.
Ashley Capps received an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her first book of poems is Mistaking the Sea for Green Fields. The recipient of a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, she works as a writer, editor and researcher specializing in farmed animal welfare and vegan advocacy. Ashley has written for numerous animal rights organizations, and currently works full-time for Free from Harm and A Well-Fed World. She also teaches writing workshops. Learn more at her website.