Our Staff

The Current Cast of Characters



Marit has a Master's Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling with a specialty in working with clients who are deaf. She worked in the field for nearly 30 years.

She is now "retired" and is working full time as the farm manager at Las Flores del Altiplano. 

She is a card carrying member of the farm's Union of Manure Movers.



Patrick has a Master's Degree in Management from the Wharton School of Business. He still takes on selected projects, mainly working with Native American individuals and tribes, to develop economic opportunities.

He is a member of the Union of Manure Movers on the farm, halter trainer of crias, is our show ring handler and is the best alpaca midwife on the West Coast, maybe in the whole US of A!

A glider pilot for many years, Patrick is currently working on his fixed wing license. He would eventually like to own a plane and shuttle rescue animals.  Seems like the best of two worlds!



Named for the Archangel, Raphael, patron saint of travelers.  His deep voice and vigilance, encourages predators to "travel on"

"Raffie" is the nephew of our original guardian, Michael.  Born in January 2010, we drove to California to pick Raffie up from Lost Armadillo Anatolians, a breeder in California when he was 12 weeks old.  He is from a long line of working guardian dogs and is AKC registered. 

He weighs 130#, is lithe and sinewy.

"Raffie" is now 11 years old.  He's still energetic and continues to work.      



Rosemary  is a half sister of our original guardian, Michael. 

Born in 2016, she's our younger guardian. 

She is simply a beautiful animal, and took to her duties immediately.  She's a natural.

She came to us from Kathy Gerlach's renown breeding program in Napa, CA.

We're so lucky to have her! 

Updated January 24, 2021