Board of Directors

Daniella Tessier

Daniella has over twenty years experience working in the non-profit sector, specifically in animal sheltering, animal rights activism and social justice organizing. She brings with her an intimate understanding of animal behavior, animal care (including a special interest in veterinary medical care) and of the complex dynamics of the animal welfare and animal rights movements. She is currently working on completing an MSW with a focus on non-profit management.


Lauren Gallant

Lauren began as a volunteer for Peace Ridge Sanctuary back in 2012. She utilized over a decade of experience working and/or volunteering in animal rescue to assist with the dog program. In 2017 she was tapped to join the board as treasurer. With 5 years of experience as a director of finance for another nonprofit as well as a master’s degree in accountancy, she is well equipped for the task. Lauren enjoys spending time with her family and pets and is often seen making the rounds at Peace Ridge with her young son, Griffin. Although she loves all animals, her passion is pitbull-type dogs of which she has rescued several over the years. Of her current rescued pets, 3 were adopted from Peace Ridge: Dolly the pitbull and Lucy and George, a pair of sibling bunnies.


Larraine Brown

Larraine brings over forty years of experience in management, fundraising, development of nonprofits, and start-up businesses to the Peace Ridge Board. She began her career as a community organizer and activist in Toronto helping to establish a ‘people’s government’ in that city’s most crime ridden neighborhood with a focus on eradicating violence and improving educational access. Since then, Larraine founded and managed a successful urban-based publishing business and filled the first project manager position tasked with helping to bring the national Main Street initiative to Belfast. She served as NAMI Maine’s (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Development Director and as a Mental Health Education Specialist and then went on to lead the Restorative Justice Project of Maine as Executive Director. She is now the Director of The Belfast Creative Coalition. Throughout her career and life Larraine has had a passion for the welfare and rights of animals. She has rescued and re-homed several hundred dogs and cats in cities and towns throughout Canada, the UK and the US. She acquired her plot of Maine woodlands and fields with the intention of establishing an artists colony and home for rescued animals. Larraine discovered Peace Ridge Sanctuary several years ago. Now she delights in lending her support and expertise to the growth and sustainability of this wonderful haven for so many amazing souls.


Tooni Milici

Tooni has a myriad of hands-on animal experience, from living in Mexico helping to restore the endangered sea turtle population, to managing her own little sanctuary of cast away creatures of horses, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, sheep, & rabbits. For over ten years she was the owner and manager of a fine jewelry store & gift gallery in Newport, RI but the true jewels in her life were always the animals. A multi-medium artist, Tooni brings a unique creative approach to fundraising & merchandising for Peace Ridge.