Meet Our Team!
We are blessed to have a wonderful team of board members and staff members who always put our animals first!
The Wayward Ranch Board Members:
Courtney Farquhar - Founding Board Member, Treasurer, Volunteer
Courtney is one of the three founding board members of Wayward Ranch and has been a part of our organization since the day we began rescuing animals! She has a hand in our management decisions, veterinary decision, and has been a repeat foster, heading up our cat rescue singlehandedly since 2016!
"Animals have always been a part of my life. I grew up rescuing the “misfits” and the “throw aways”. I started working at a shelter when I was 18 years old and my passion for saving animals has kept growing. 10 years later, I work as a veterinary assistant at an animal hospital. I wanted to start a rescue to create a safe haven for all animals and especially those that are hard to place."
Adam Breaux - Founding Board Member, Secretary, Volunteer
Adam came to animal rescue after exploring many careers. He was a nurse, teacher, went to law school, but it wasn't until he briefly worked at the Central Park Zoo that he realized he was never happier than when animals were a part of his life. He began working for an animal rescue where he met Eleni (who he'd end up marrying a year later) and later Courtney. He realized that their dream of a sanctuary for the "underdogs" was exactly what he had been searching for, and has thrown himself full force into Wayward Ranch!
Adam is a very well known face around the farm, as he has a hand in every aspect of the work here. He assists with barn work, adoptions, but mainly dog care as a volunteer and is by far every animal's favorite. Let's be honest though, he bribes them!
Eleni Calomiris - Founding Board Member, President, Executive Director
Eleni has always been an animal lover. Growing up with three dogs and a horse ensured that animals would always be a part of her life. When home for the summer her first year in college, she began to volunteer at a local animal shelter, and her life was forever changed. When she returned to college in the fall she couldn't stop thinking about the dogs she had met, and the animal rescue world her eyes had been opened to. A year later she moved back to New York and adopted two dogs who carved out her path to fight for the underdog: the dogs no one else looked at twice.
Eleni is a certified professional dog trainer specializing in aggression rehabilitation and tough behavioral cases. She loves animals of all sizes and is involved in many aspects of our rescue, including photographing the animals, promoting animals for adoption, coordinating with fosters and volunteers, and managing our staff.
Kara Vilchek - Board Member, Volunteer
Kara became a board member in August of 2017 and has been a wonderful addition to the team! Kara has also always loved animals, and starting at the young age of eight, she began riding horses and continued to do so into her mid teens. She always felt a strong bond and connection to horses and other animals alike, even at times claiming that she preferred to be around animals rather than people!
As a massage therapist and energy healer, she truly has a passion to help both animals and people. After searching for a rescue dog for quite some time, she met Luna, a sad, abused, bred, and dumped bully breed at a local shelter. Though it has been a journey to navigate through Luna's emotional and behavioral issues, Kara has persevered and will continue to fight for Luna and other animals that don't have a voice!
Abbie Levitt - Board Member, Volunteer
Abbie Levitt hails from Westchester, NY where she lives with her (very) beloved rescue dog, Lilly. Abbie is an administrator at a Westchester-based non-profit and is extremely proud to join the Wayward Ranch board, bringing her professional experience and passion for animals to the team!
Abbie believes that the relationships we have with animals can be transformational - both for humans and animal friends. She truly has experienced that herself in her relationship with Lilly, a fearful and anxious dog who has molded Abbie's heart and life in the time they have been together. Having a dog that is afraid of every-day experiences is an eye opening experience and taking baby steps through Lilly's behavioral rehabilitation and socialization has strengthened their bond. It has also helped Abbie to gravitate to our most fearful or needy animals to give them some of the peace she has helped her own dog to find.