Board of Directors

All of our Board Members bring amazing ideas, integrity, organizational skills, & creativity, which are an asset to the mission at Farm of the Free & we are so fortunate to have all of them on our board!

Greg Pope, Co-Founder / Board Member

Greg was born in Atlanta, GA and grew up in Marietta, GA.  He served 6 years in the United States Air Force and has an Associate's Degree in Applied Science, Criminal Justice from Community College of the Air Force.  After serving in the military, Greg earned his BSBA from Columbia Southern University and became a Technical / Executive Recruiter.  Greg went vegan in 2012 after watching documentaries and seeking the truth about factory farming and the meat and dairy industries.  He has a passion for saving animals and providing them a forever home.

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Victor Valentin – Board Treasurer

Victor has 10+ years of professional accounting experience.  He was born in Hartford, CT, but has lived in Georgia since 1981.  He and his partner have rescued several dogs, reptiles, water fowl, birds, aquarium fish and insects and he is very passionate about creating a kinder, more compassionate world for animals. 

He has been vegan since 2007! 

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Michel Khoury – Vice President

Michel Khoury is a neurologist and faculty member at the Emory School of Medicine. He is also a member of Physicians for Human Rights.  He became a vegan once he fully acknowledged that one's own freedom cannot be complete until the freedom of others are attained. 

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Jadia Branch – Board President

Jadia grew up in Virginia and she has since moved to Atlanta to attend Georgia State University where she will graduate with a BIS in Human Learning and Development. GSU and Atlanta have both offered Jadia experience in gaining a further understanding in the care of humans and animals alike and how they thrive together. One of the most meaningful lessons she's learned so far is that of a vegan lifestyle!

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Jessica Scott, Board Member

Jessica has always been a true friend to animals. Growing up with cats & dogs, she has a long time love & respect for animals.  She has been a veterinary assistant since 2003, a pet sitter since 2008, & has also volunteered with many small animal rescue organizations & farm sanctuaries.  Jessica went vegetarian in college after writing a paper on factory farming.  She has been vegan since 2016 & won't stop there!  It's very important to her to keep helping those without a voice. She's very excited, proud, & happy to be a part of this movement that means so much to her! 

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Josh Wayne – Board Member

Josh has been vegetarian since 2011, vegan since 2014, and whole food plant based since 2016.  He has a bachelors in psychology and will graduate with a Masters of Social Work and Masters of Public Health in December 2019.  Josh enjoys connecting with all beings in a meaningful way that serves life. Through clear and compassionate communication, he enjoys inter species happiness on a regular basis! Through a whole food, plant-based diet, he has reversed his IBS and found a new pinnacle of health. Find Josh practicing acroyoga or hiking in the woods exploring the flora, fauna, and fungi of the area.

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Jennifer Cochran, Board Secretary 

Jennifer has worked in wildlife conservation including research, animal husbandry & rearing & education for 20+ years. After years of working with live animals in presentations for educational purposes she had a change of heart after seeing what the animals went through & set out to develop an education programming that did not require live animals as the primary focus. She taught these programs for 10 years to thousands across Florida, before relocating to Georgia. She has had the chance to work with everything from farm animals, exotics, marine life & fish, large mammals, backyard wildlife & much more. She is a certified aquarist, master naturalist & wildlife educator. Jennifer, her husband, & daughter have been vegetarian and vegan since this year & have several rescues at home to include 2 dogs, 2 cats & 2 sulcata tortoises.

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Employees

Thank you to our amazing employee(s) who dedicate their lives serving the animals here at the sanctuary! 

Carmen Pope - Co-Founder / Operations Manager

Carmen was born in Duluth, GA and grew up in Marietta, GA.  She studied at Kennesaw State University and Penn Foster College.  She grew up playing soccer, making lasting friendships and of course loving animals. She has been a vet assistant and pet sitter for 15+ years.  Carmen became a vegetarian her junior year of high school after writing a research paper on animal rights.  She transitioned into veganism in 2012 after realizing the horrors of the egg and dairy industries.  Carmen is extremely grateful to be working for FOTF.  It is a dream come true.  She is excited to be a apart of the growth of FOTF in raising awareness for animals, but also equally excited to help FOTF become a sanctuary for humans to come grow, heal, and feel empowered so they in turn can make better decisions that benefit themselves and the planet as a whole.

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 Ryan Bulzan - Community Relations Coordinator 

Ryan hails from Ohio and resides in Kennesaw, GA. He has a soft spot for farm animals and he became vegan in 2013 after visiting a sanctuary in Marysville, Ohio. Ryan is also an experienced animal rights activist and a community organizer for an international animal protection organization. Ryan's other passions include home cooking, hiking, camping, and aviation. As the Community Relations Coordinator, Ryan expands and maintains a thriving social media, assists with fundraising, and provides administrative assistance to the Operations Manager.

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Jessica Eleazer - Animal Caregiver 

Jessica is a senior at Georgia College in Milledgeville, GA studying psychology with a minor in environmental science and a sustainability certificate. She was our 2020 summer intern and has officially started as our part time animal caregiver. We are so happy she is a part of the FOTF team! Jessica discovered the vegan lifestyle shortly before finding FOTF! She enjoys treating all beings with the respect they deserve and is looking forward to connecting with all beings at FOTF!

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Farm of the Free Animal Sanctuary is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (tax ID number 81-3223308)