FREEDOM FARM FOR VETS OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Lisa Macarra- Executive Director- She is a highly trained professional working most of her twenty-five year career in project management in logistics operation. Lisa is avid about supporting our military members, both active and veterans, and their families, in our communities. Being a board member allows her to fund and drive growth for this wonderful support system. Lisa grew up in Waukegan, Il and holds a BA in Psychology from Illinois State University. She is an active supporter of the Kenosha chapter VFW 1865, as well as other animal, mental health, and special needs support organizations. She lives in Kenosha with her husband of over twenty years and many, many fur babies.
Amber Hirsch-Secretary-Born and raise in the heat of Arizona, my family and I relocated to the Midwest to get out of the big city life and in to the country. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology, as well as half of a Master’s Degree in Special Education under my belt. I am an ESL teacher to preschool and kindergarten children overseas. I’m at my happiest when I’m on the farm hanging out with my horses or digging around in the gardens. I am married and have 3 boys and my dog lady.
Doug Wilson-Board Member-has a strong belief in supporting our military members, and their families both active and veterans. He found the Freedom Farm to be a supportive, quiet environment that provides support to those at their own pace. Being a Board member allows him the ability to help a local organization grow while it provides a support system to our military and their families. Doug Wilson and his wife of over 30 years are both life residents of Lake County. Doug has over 30 years working in the automotive and insurance industry. He is an active supporter of the local stage actors and the theater in Kenosha, as well as animal rescue organizations. Doug’s dog Yogi is a rescue dog. He and his wife have provided a safe place for rescue dogs until they find their new home.
Suzanne Willett-Board Member- Suzanne received her undergraduate degree from UW Madison. She then went on to graduate from NIU law school in 1990 and began her career at the Lake County State’s Attorney Office where she progressed through all divisions of the office and in 2000 became supervisor. She was supervisor of Drug Prosecutions and Asset forfeiture division and is currently the supervisor of the Specialty Courts Program. She has prosecuted all types of cases and is currently the program leader for Court House dogs as well as the certified handler for facility dog, Hitch who is a fully trained service dog. Aside from being a Freedom Farm for Vets board member, she is also a board member for Arden Shore, a member of National Police facility dog association, and a volunteer for k9s4u dog rescue. She is married with 3 children and lives in Beach Park.
Sara Laws – Board Member – Sara’s father is a retired armed forces service member who dedicated thirty-one years to the United States Navy. Due to his career, Sara grew up moving with her family every 1.5-3.5 years around the United States and abroad living the life of a military child and a third culture kid. Sara attended Ripon College in Wisconsin earning a B.S. in Psychobiology while exploring different career opportunities working with animals. These experiences included various volunteer, internships, and jobs working alongside dogs, cats, horses, wolves, dolphins, seals and sea lions.While living in the Florida Keys, Sara realized that she not only had a passion for working with animals but working with individuals who may need more than the typical form of motivation to achieve monumental goals, while working toward their best lives.Sara attended the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and earned a M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and is a Bored Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).The Freedom Farm for Vets is Sara’s happy place and she is excited to share the beauty of the farm with all those that visit.