Kara Breci Founder, Executive Director
Kara is a vegan, idealist, lover of life, animals, people, the planet. Kara has had a deep love for all animals since birth. Former student at MN State, Mankato, St Thomas grad student, 14 year retired police officer. She taught criminal justice courses at Metro State and Hennepin Tech, and is a Big Sister with BBBS since 2000. Stepmom to a beautiful 15 year old named Noelle.
In 2015, 3 sheep, Frederick, George, and Oliver, changed Kara’s life forever. SoulSpace came to fruition because of those 3 sweet, selfless souls. Their stories needed to be told.
Kara loves meeting the hundreds of people that visit SoulSpace every season and takes great satisfaction in engaging them where they are in their journey to a more compassionate lifestyle. Kara is deeply grateful for the life she has designed and the army of beautiful people that have joined her in making SoulSpace a reality. ❣️
SoulSpace provides rescue, refuge, and a forever home for 40+ farm animals, enabling visitors to connect with the Residents as emotional, intelligent individuals. These Residents stand as ambassadors for the billions in factory farms who have no way out. Kara has dedicated her life to advocating on their behalf.
Kara truly believes compassion has the power to change everything.
Beth Berhow Program Manager, Board of Directors
Beth joined the SoulSpace Board of Directors in late 2016, and as the sanctuary began to grow, she jumped in with both feet to help. She brings over 10 years of management experience in both corporate and small business environments to her position as Program Manager, where she assists with donor management, fundraising, sanctuary tours, and event planning.
Beth lives in River Falls, WI with her feline companions and works as a Claims Specialist for Progressive Insurance. In her free time, she enjoys snuggling with Wally, biking, reading, and meeting new people.
Beth has been a vegan since 2012. She believes that all animals’ lives are their own and they have the right to live in peace just as we wish to. She is passionate about connecting with people and helping them remove the barriers to compassionate living in their own lives, and she believes the Residents’ beautiful personalities and moving stories serve as incredibly powerful vehicles for change.
TJ LONG Health & Wellness Director, Board of Directors
TJ is a certified personal trainer, natural health coach, raw vegan chef, and activist in the Twin Cities area. He became interested in health and fitness a few years after college, initially intrigued by plant-based nutrition as well as orthopedic exercise and recovery. Seeking ways to advance physical recovery methods, he later opened up to exploring yoga, calisthenics and plyometrics, as well as natural hygiene.
TJ stays busy researching principles of natural health, also working with special needs students at a St Paul charter high school, coaching youth ice hockey athletes on and off ice, attending outreach and community events with local animal rights organizations, and creating fruit-based vegan meals in the kitchen. He lives at SoulSpace Sanctuary with his best friend, a rescued companion-dog named Brooks who came into his care in 2012.
Always having a strong connection to animals, TJ first acknowledged the impacts of industrial farming practices as a teenager, and later made the steps toward a morally-focused vegan lifestyle near the end of college. He believes that rescue, sanctuary, outreach and education makes a positive impact for everyone in our community, human and non-human individuals alike. TJ's involvement with SoulSpace Sanctuary is in honor of the rescued residents, and all animals everywhere.
Crystal Rose Volunteer Coordinator, Humane Education
Hi, I’m Crystal Rose Balsimo. I’m currently living in Lakeland, Minnesota with two awesome kitties (2005 & 2006). I am a childcare provider full time and I volunteer at SoulSpace Farm Sanctuary. I started volunteering on a regular weekly basis in January 2017. I love every moment of it. Helping with tours during the summer was so much fun. I’m the Volunteer Coordinator. I really enjoy the position and working with the animals and volunteers. I’m also a part of the Humane Education team. We offer one day classes and week long courses in the summer. I look forward to continuing my involvement with SoulSpace Farm Sanctuary.