Our team is made up of a diverse crew of animal loving professionals. We are working hard to make Long Island Farm Sanctuary’s mission a reality.
David, President and Executive Director
Founder of Long Island Farm Sanctuary. Dave has volunteered and been on multiple Boards of plant based and animal focused organizations. To provide a secure and compassionate environment to rescued farm animals who have been abused and exploited through the animal agriculture industry and building a community of individuals that have a deep concern for the environment were the starting points for LIFS. Dave has been a Senior executive for over 20 years for various organizations on Long Island and in NYC from startups to businesses with over 250 mill in revenue. Dave is the co-owner and investor of multiple plant-based businesses and founder of the largest plant-based LinkedIn group. Dave has a MBA (Magna Cum Laude) in Business and the proud parent of 2 children Emma & Reid and two rescued cats.
Tiffany, Chief Financial Officer
Originally from New Jersey, Tiffany and her husband moved to Long Island in 2014. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Accountancy. As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Tiffany has over ten years of experience in public accounting serving as an auditor to numerous nonprofit organizations. She also volunteers her time as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Long Island Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Tiffany has been on a mission to eliminate the use of products that are not cruelty-free. In her spare time, she enjoys couponing, gardening and spending time outside with her husband and two dogs.
Anica, Director of Animal Care
Anica began her career in veterinary care by earning an AAS degree in Veterinary Technology in 1999. Farm animal nursing courses for the degree program were held at the Cornell University Cooperative Extension at Suffolk County Farm in Yaphank, where she gained valuable hands-on experience with farm animals. As a practicing licensed veterinary technician, she continued her education with a focus on veterinary studies & graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Molloy College in 2003. She has since worked in a variety of animal care settings, including farms, ranches, emergency, and equine veterinary hospitals. Her primary interest is in large animal care. Anica has also been involved with animal rescues over the years, with an extensive volunteer history. She then received her nursing license in 2013 and is currently employed as a registered nurse at Stony Brook Medicine. However, her passion for animal welfare & advocacy remains the same. She is an active member of several animal charities & welfare organizations including the Humane Society, ASPCA, and the Humane Farming Association. In an ever-evolving world, she keeps up to date on current practices and information with continuing education. She has recently completed a certificate course in farm animal parasitology and is currently enrolled in a study program for certification in farm animal nutrition. Anica enjoys spending free time at the farm, with family, camping, and pet-sitting. Other interests include animal grooming, fundraising for rescues, playing cello, singing, writing, drawing, traveling, hiking nature trails. She also enjoys caring for her rescued Korthals Griffon puppy who has become her newest family member.
Charis (Mother Willow), Director of Animal Rescue
Charis is excited to be part of the animal care team at Long Island Farm Sanctuary. She brings with her three years of experience operating her own exotic and local wildlife rescue, Mother Willow Rescue. Her goal is to continue to build connections with the animals at the sanctuary based on trust and respect, and she also plans to use her experiences to create mutually beneficial relationships with other sanctuaries and rescues across the island.
Barbara, Volunteer Coordinator
By trade Barbara is a Special Education Teacher for Preschoolers. Barbara obtained a master certificate by the Main Street Vegan Academy as a Vegan Life Coach and Educator. She believes it will be through compassionate education that we can all save the animals, the planet and the future. Barbara hopes to be educating all ages at the Long Island Farm Sanctuary so they come to see it is up to us to make this planet a better place for ALL who inhabit it. You will see Barbara at all of our events as she consistently has worked our event tables and has been and inspiration to us all.
Russell, Social Media Coordinator
Hey, my name is Russell Taustine. I’m 17 years old and a senior at Massapequa High School. My favorite subjects are calculus and the sciences, especially physics. As the social media coordinator, I hope to encourage people to actively donate to the LIFS and to get involved with the care of rescued animals, and treat them the same as you would your own pets. Here, my own two adorable little rescue dogs!
Board of Directors
Michael Strahl, President of the Board
Michael is the co-owner of Sweet Soul Bakery, a vegan & gluten-free bakery on Long Island with a mission to make veganism an easier lifestyle to adopt and thus increase the number of people who successfully become and remain vegan. Michael is the inventor of a product named ClipFix that fixes network cables in seconds and president of the company of the same name. He is the proud father of two fantastic children. He is the companion to an adorable 4-year-old pug named Izzy.
Denise Bertolotti, Treasurer of the Board
Denise is a teacher, animal rescuer, animal Reiki practitioner and wellness advocate and speaker. Denise is the mother of 2 rabbits, Peanut and Tater Tot. She found her purpose in life through them and proudly volunteers with the Long Island Rabbit Rescue Group. As the group’s Community Relations Coordinator, Denise has expanded the breadth of the Long Island Rabbit Rescue’s work and has assembled an incredibly dedicated team to advocate for abandoned, neglected and abused domestic rabbits. Denise is honored and excited to align her care for all beings with the Long Island Farm Sanctuary and its wonderful mission.
Dr Lucie M. Kay, Board Member
Lucie is a clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst, hypnotherapist, and RN, with a practice in Massapequa Park, where she and her family live. She and her husband, Michael, are the proud parents of four kids, two wonderful and loving humans (Hannah and Russell) and two resilient and affectionate rescue pooches (Mo, a probable Bichon mix and Louie, a likely poodle). Her involvement with animal rights began with vegetarianism for many years, evolved into veganism in 2005, and further developed into involvement with AR organizations and rescue groups in recent years. She feels honored to be part of LIFS, and is absolutely thrilled to be involved with this passionate and dedicated team!
Harold A. Bollaci, Esq. Board Member
Harold has been practicing law in Nassau County and New York City for over fifteen years. He specializes in elder law, estate planning, estate administration and estate litigation. He has been quoted in CNBC Online, U.S. News and World Report: Money, and Newsday. He is a frequent lecturer on estate planning.
Harold is also the Chief Executive Officer of The Vegg New York, LLC, the world’s number one purveyor and distributor of 100% plant based egg substitutes.
In addition to his professional endeavors, Harold is a Member of the Union League Club of New York. He serves on the Advisory Boards of the Anglo-sphere Society and the Counter-terrorism Institute of New York. Harold was a Charter Member of the North Shore Rotary Club and is a member of St. John’s of Lattingtown where he serves as a Lector. He also does volunteer work for the American Humane Association and Pa’Lante Harlem.
Originally from Locust Valley, New York, Harold currently lives in Glen Cove, New York with his husband Evan Bollaci and their dog Bernie.