Board of Directors
Founder and President of Rosie's Farm Sanctuary. Michele is a licensed psychotherapist focusing on trauma and relationship issues. Michele graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science in Conservation and Resource Studies, hence her love of nature and ecology. She received a Master's in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integrated Studies in San Francisco and a Master's in Latin American Studies with a focus in International Marketing from UCLA. Michele also trained with Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). Michele was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and spent her childhood in Australia. She has worked and lived in 40 countries around the world.
Michele is deeply involved with animal activism and animal rights. She was first made aware of the suffering of animals in the food industry by PETA when she was a student at UC Berkeley. She became a vegetarian right away and became vegan later in life – after learning about the atrocities of the dairy and egg industries. Michele started her journey in animal activism by volunteering at animal sanctuaries in California and helping to rescue calves from the dairy industry. It was her lifelong dream to open an animal sanctuary.
Michele opened Rosies in 2022. She is working three jobs: a practicing psychotherapist, President of Rosie’s Farm Sanctuary, and a mother of 2 teenage boys.
DJ Rosenthal is a Member of the Board of Directors at Rosie’s Farm Sanctuary and serves as Executive Director at ProShares in Bethesda. DJ is committed to raising awareness of the plight of farm animals raised for meat, as well as the devastating environmental impacts of industrial agriculture. DJ believes that most people care about the well-being of animals and would adopt a plant-based lifestyle if they “make the connection” between the food they eat and the suffering of innocent animals that it required. He believes in Rosie’s and its mission of raising this type of awareness.