Our Farm Team

Cate Principati

Farm Manager

Cate is one of the most dedicated volunteers anyone could ask for. Not only is the Farm Manager and Animal Caregiver, she is also a dear friend to everyone at the farm. Care assists in all areas of the farm from animal care and grooming to housekeeping and grounds maintenance. Cate has a incredibly special bond with each animal and takes care to work with them individually so their specific needs are met. Jake the Donkey (pictured with Cate) hold a special place in Cate’s heart and one of her favorite furry babies to spend time with.

Richard LaDez

Grounds & Facilities

Richard got involved with Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary and Eco-Retreat (BMASER) when he came her to drop off some rescued pigs (Chloe and Wilbur). He fell in love with the farm and has been with us ever since. An long time animal advocate, Richard works for the Humane Society of the Untied States. He has brought s plethora of knowledge, compassion and good old fashion elbow grease to Burleigh. He is an incredible asset to the team and we don’t know what we would do with out him.

Elvira McCullough

Website Coordinator 

Elvira McCullough is a mother of three wonderful kids, who loves animals, cooking, gardening, tennis and traveling. She has her own Marketing Solutions company, as well as a Spanish Translating and Interpreting business. She visited the farm last summer and she fell in love with it. She knew then that she needed to use some of her “spare” time to help Burleigh Manor in some way. Soon enough the opportunity came through and she became the Website Developer. 

Lindsay Cribbs

Social & Farm Coordinator 

Lindsay has been volunteering at BMASER since the summer of 2015. The moment she learned that there was a farm sanctuary near by; she just knew she had to become a volunteer. She helps coordinate and conduct farm tours, events and field trips. She also helps to run the social media accounts for BMASER and loves photographing all of Burleigh Manors animal residents. 

Lise McKinnon

Animal Rescue Specialist

Lise has known Lisa Davis since their daughters were together in elementary school, and became friends. Since the farm opened in 2012, Lise has volunteered whenever she was able. More recently she has become a regular at the farm, feeding the animals and assisting with medications and grooming. Lise has a PhD in Molecular Pharmacology. Her brains around the farm come in handy!

Nathaniel Corn

Creative Director and Vegan Outreach

Being the creative director at a farm isn’t the same job you’d find in corporate America. While Nathaniel certainly has many artistic duties, such as doing the farm’s photography and some promotional and design work, he also is known for creative problem solving. Since starting his volunteer work at Burleigh in early 2013, he has been involved with projects that varied from tee shirts to installing heaters to making quince jelly. Nathaniel also heads up the community garden project on the farm, growing food in all four seasons for the animals, volunteers and public to enjoy. When he isn’t at Burleigh, Nathaniel co-owns Balance Photography with his wife Rissa, where he is the primary photographer.

Rissa Miller

Tour Guide/Vegan Outreach

Rissa started volunteering at Burleigh in spring of 2013. It was her love of goats that first attracted her to the farm; but it was falling in love with all the animals that has sealed the deal! She took over as tour guide in early 2014 and has led the majority of public and private tours on the grounds since. As part of her duties, Rissa helps coordinate all the public farm days and events, as well as acting as a liaison for private events at the farm. In addition to events and tours, she also assists in fund-raising, grant research, grooming, photography, promotions/PR and other chores around the farm. In life outside Burleigh, Rissa co-owns Balance Photography with her husband Nathaniel, which is a commercial studio that has operating in the Baltimore DC corridor for 15 years.

Libby McGuire

Farm Care Lead

Libby is a student and soccer player at Mount de Sales Academy. She has been living on the farm since it opened its doors and has helped out in every capacity from bringing animals into this world to seeing them out and everything in between. Her hobby is photography and many of the featured pictures are her shots.


Our Siberian Husky, Bruno, otherwise known as Handsome, is a familiar face at the farm. We originally got him from the Delaware Valley Siberian Husky rescue in 2009. Bruno has a seizure disorder and takes medication daily. His meds have probably helped foster his laid back style which makes him the perfect mother figure to nurture our farm animals. Bruno has served as ‘Mommy’ to both Mabel the pig and Honey the lamb.

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