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Meet our Team

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MICHELLE DRANFIELD

Founder - Board of Directors

Michelle wants to live in a world where kindness is common, animals are valued as sentient beings, and good vegan chocolate is much cheaper!

Growing up surrounded by animals, and with a background in vet nursing, Michelle has the knowledge and experience to oversee the exceptional care of our residents. The face of Happily Heifer After Social Media, Michelle shares the heart-breaking, inspiring and beautiful stories of our animals with compassion, humour and the stark reality of what human intervention does to these exceptional creatures. 

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BRENTEN TAYLOR

Maintenance Manager &

Volunteer Co-Ordinator

Being a Mechanic by Trade since his early years, Brenten started Volunteering at Happily Heifer After in 2021. Here he formed such strong bonds with all animals that called it home.

Working during the week as a Mechanic, while improving infrastructure on weekends- Brenten sure is a busy guy!

 

 He really is a jack of all trades here at Happily Heifer After. From fixing and building fences to tending to plumbing issues, there is no task too big or too small for him. Whether he's welding a

broken gate or giving extra love and care to our furry friends, his hard work and passion shines through in everything he does.

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KERRITH McDERMOTT

Board of Directors 

Kerrith joined our volunteer team in 2021 and quickly cemented herself as one of our ‘go to people’ for getting things done. From organising tours, to maintenance, to fundraising and of course providing our animals exceptional care, Kerrith is always up for the challenge. 

 

Kerrith began her professional life as a school teacher, eventually transitioning to working with students with severe and multiple disabilities. Her career then took her to corrections, where she supervised program delivery to prisoners. She went on to manage a correctional centre before being appointed as the Deputy Commissioner of Corrections in Queensland. In recognition of her immense contributions to the industry, Kerrith was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM).

 

Kerrith’s skills and experience are a valued addition to our board. The animals and the humans are very lucky to have her working tirelessly for our mission.

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REBECCA WOLFE

Board of Directors 

Growing up an animal lover, Bec was always wondering how she could support and help those animals that needed her the most. From wanting to be a Vet in her early years to fostering kittens from animal rescues, Bec always wanted to surround her self with some kind of furry companion.

 

Bec joined our volunteer team back in 2021. Volunteering 

one day a week, Bec soon became the 'go to girl' on Saturday's, on all things happening at Happily Heifer After.

Working in Retail Management for over 15 years, Bec was looking for something that would really fuel her passion for animal welfare, so decided to join the Board in 2023. She loves to spend every second weekend at the property, helping with animal care and infrastructure improvements. 

Bec is so very passionate about all things Happily Heifer After and we are so lucky to have her putting her time, energy and love towards our cause.

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JANELLE DELAVAN

Board of Directors 

Janelle's Happily Heifer After story begun in mid 2023, when she arrived for two weeks of University placement, right in the middle of our big property move. By the end, her heart was stolen and it was clear that she would continue to have a vested interest in Happily Heifer After forever.

Currently in her 4th year of studying to be a Veterinarian, Janelle has spent her entire adult life working towards her goal, so that one day she can help animals in need.

Amongst the endless lectures, she has worked with various animal rescues and shelters, and is now employed as a vet nurse! Janelle loves to get hands on when she can, building coops, taking photographs or helping with our chicken rescues.

She cannot wait for the day that she gets to call the animals, not only her friends, but her patients! Janelle's passion runs deep and we are so thrilled she found us and never left!

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JENNAH WHELAN

Board of Directors 

Since going vegan back in 2020, Jennah had been searching for a way to give back. She decided to join the Happily Heifer After volunteer team in 2022, with it quickly becoming her happy place every week! Not only did it fill up her cup and soul, but she loved spending time with all the animals and formed such close bonds with them all.

Outside of Happily Heifer After, Jennah has been a town planner for the last 7 years. She has had the opportunity to work on a diverse range of projects across Australia, from urban renewal to sustainable development, which has been challenging but extremely fulfilling.

Jennah is extremely passionate about Happily Heifer After and we are so happy to have our on our Board!

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