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.


Larraine Brown

Larraine Brown brings to the Board over forty years of experience in management, fundraising, development of nonprofits, and start-up businesses. 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.


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.


Jami Harmon

Jami has been active in dog rescue in Southern Maine for many years with a focus on advocating for at-risk bully breeds and seniors. Jami and her family, including her two biggest inspirations, rescue dogs Indi and Pedro, can most often be found hiking the local ocean cliffs, as well as traveling to explore new spots near the lakes and mountains. She immediately became interested in getting more involved in farmed animal rescue upon her very first visit to Peace Ridge. She is a regular volunteer at PRS, ready to take on any task and always looking forward to a quick snuggle break between jobs! When the “work” is done if you’re looking for Jami, head to the cow barn! She is committed to the very important work being done at Peace Ridge. It is truly where her heart is!