Maple Farm Animal Sanctuary - Mendon MASS
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Board of Directors

Marlene Calvao, President

Marlene has a professional background in business management and has worked for the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, school systems ranging from the primary to higher education levels, and the biotechnology sector. She has been an animal advocate and rescuer since she was young and has taken on just about every volunteer role at MFS, including being a barn volunteer and serving as the sanctuary’s Tour Director for the past three years. Marlene also leverages her business experience to network with other sanctuaries to help animals in need and connect MFS with like-minded corporations.


Chrissy Toti

Chrissy has been a Private Investigator for the last 20 years. Her job not only enables her to be out in the field but also gives her the flexibility to volunteer regularly at MFS. Since September 2016, Chrissy has taken on various volunteer roles, including doing hands-on barn cleaning, supervising other barn volunteers, and helping with animal care, events, and fundraising. She is also very active in the local vegan community and founded and serves as President of the Rhode Island Vegan Lady Gang, a social, activism, and volunteering group made up of vegan women who work in a variety of ways to make the world better for animals and each other.