On Site Staff

Patricia Mikkelson: Co-founder and co-coordinator


As the coordinator, my job is to empower everyone to do what they do best, using their gifts and talents, and to help them do what they most enjoy. None of us are living in the community yet, and thus I  get to figure out how to maximize communication with people who live out of state, as well as away from the site. My goal is for us to maximize our productivity while still being lead by the spirit and working together harmoniously.

I chose to work on the Jesus Vegans Event Center in order to manifest my dream of both living in and building an intentional community as well as fulfill what I believe is my destiny of supporting the growing movement of people who are concerned about the welfare of animals.

I love working on this project because everyone is so enthusiastic about what we are doing, The amazing talents that each person brings to our cooperative effort enrich my life tremendously and helps us to effectively achieve our goals.

My skill set is organizing, writing, and communication. I love to encourage people and to see them grow on all levels. I love to share my love of Jesus with others and to support them in using spiritual practices that help them to deepen their relationship with Christ...

To find out more about me, click here.


Robert Kersbergen: Operations Manager 

Robert has 43 years of construction experience and has the ability to handle all kinds of projects. He is passionate about alternative energy and green building and wants to teach others. One of his projects is a makers space where work exchange workers will be able to tinker, create, and invent. Robert enjoys cooking, fixing problems, nurturing his cat, and studying the scriptures.  





Chris Mikkelson: Communication & Technology Consultant 

Chris_Bio_Pic.pngHi, I’m Chris, I enjoy hiking, swimming, playing volleyball, and kayaking. I am also excited about all things media.  I love working on this project because it allows me to get the best of both worlds.

I graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Masters degree in mass communication, and after working as a public speaking instructor I was invited to work for Jesus Vegans. My role on JV is to coordinate and set up their website, social media, organize online communication, and do random grunt work that needs to done (chainsawing, carpentry, etc.).

I am passionate about my walk with Jesus. I believe he is the Son of God and that having a personal relationship with Him is the only way to have lasting peace. Although not a Vegan, I believe it is very important to take care of God’s creation, including treating animals with the respect and dignity they deserve.  


Chase Jones: Permaculture Consultant & Videographer


Hi, I’m Chase, I practice permaculture design and videography. I also enjoy oil painting, climbing, and travel. I love learning about new things and applying new knowledge to goals and projects. Working for the Jesus Vegans Project has allowed me to engage in that practice.

I have been studying permaculture design for about 2 years and studying videography for about 9. My hope is to sustain myself by combining these two practices into a career. Through this type of work, I will be able to create a sustainable lifestyle and educate and empower others to do the same.

Permaculture is so powerful because it can help solve so many problems we face including feeding people, managing energy and using resources responsibly. Videography is so powerful because it helps get these ideas and solutions to people around the world.

 To find more about me, click here.


Täs Zinck: Permaculture Educator and Synergistic Landscape Designer

Hi, my name is Täs Zinck, I’ve grown up with a passion for plants. I pursued horticulture as a personal study in high school, but my experience gardening goes back as far as I can remember. My father is a solar technician and energy efficient builder, so my exposure to the concepts and ethics of sustainability came naturally. When I discovered permaculture I knew I had found a way to make my passion my trade. I pursued self-study and took any workshops and classes on sustainability skills I could.

I studied Ozark herbalism, built with various forms of alternative construction such as super-adobe and practiced designing and building garden all over Arkansas, including work through a non-profit I co-founded LEAFF, that promotes permaculture in NWA. Before ever getting my Permaculture Design certification I had a decade of experience, which I feel more than makes up for my young age in the field. I’ve taught workshops, led volunteers, and helped design and manage different orchards and food forest systems.

As a long time proponent of environmentalism and animal rights when I learned of Jesus Vegans mission to spread creation care and compassion to the Northwest Arkansas Christian communities and beyond I was a huge supporter. Having just co-founded a startup sustainable design and strategy consulting firm, Biodesic Strategies, with my permaculture partner Chase Jones JV was an ideal first client. The partnership we’ve formed has been incredibly mutually beneficial. Helping Jesus Vegans reach their visions is, in turn, helping Chase and I achieve our own.

 Brian Leffert: Master Carpenter.  Brian has been working hard on our building projects in our Jesus Vegans Community at Wellspring. His skills are so welcome!


Coordinating Circle  

 Barbara Hulley: Co-founder and Co-coordinator

Bei_Hugging_Tree.pngI am thrilled to be supporting Jesus Vegans by helping guide this project working with Trish Mikkelson to conceptualize and guide all aspects. For various reasons, I am still living in Berkeley, yet I still feel very much a part of this work since we have such great communication tools with modern technology.  Participating in a think tank of savvy, compassionate people with complementary talents seems like the logical way to solve all the problems of the world, starting with figuring how to help people wake up to the need for a new kind of abolitionist movement--that of abolishing cruelty to animals.

Ever since I discovered that my life’s purpose was to help the plight of so many suffering animals, I  believed that one way of reaching people was through churches. Therefore, working with Jesus Vegans helps me to fulfill that dream. I enjoy working on this project because we have so many talented, kind,  creative people working together cooperatively to achieve our goals.

I also love using my skills in editing and design to support our talented consultants in communicating who we are accurately and effectively. I have an intuitive ability to look at ideas and writings and fine tune them in such a way that they can really sparkle.  I have always valued cooperating, rather than competing, and thus I bring a harmonizing quality to our efforts that supports our beautiful collaboration...

To find out more about me, click here.


Cliff Mikkelson: Editor and Advisor


I have been a total vegetarian for the past 47 years, and actually about 98% vegan because the only animal products I ate were occasional yogurts. I very rarely ate cheese, butter, and eggs.  And with so many non-dairy yogurts available now, I’m really 99% vegan.

My main motivation for changing to a vegetarian diet came about when I was a young man faced with the dilemma of the Vietnam war. I was a conscientious objector to war, and as I examined myself, I realized I was complicit in the violence against animals, so I quit eating animals.

I have been a follower of Jesus since I had a mystical experience of Jesus when I was nine years old.  He gave me certain guidelines to live by, which I needed because none of my childhood friends at that time were very religious...

 To find more about me, click here.


 Scott “Sky” Masters:  Communitarian

Sky_Bio_Pic.jpgI am striving and have been building towards the vision of “Sacred Beloved Community” for many years. Working so closely with the animal kingdom and a plant-based diet as a foundation aligns with my heart and deepest values.

I believe in Community and it is a dream to build and support an Ecovillage!  My mission is to serve others offering my greatest gifts within a loving environment.

I love the energy and enthusiasm of the Jesus Vegans team and feel a deep love and commitment to serve others.

I am a pure animal lover and want to do what I can to protect these sacred vulnerable beings. I have worked in the area of healing relationships through Compassionate Communication, Self-  discovery and inner child work, Co-Dependency Recovery, meditation practices, Dyads, Wisdom  Circles, supporting creative expression through writing, sound, and music as an M.C...

 To find out more about me, click here

Virtual Volunteers 

We currently have no virtual volunteers. If you want to volunteer please contact us. We currently need people with some tech experience to help flush out our directory


Advisory Board

Kathy Dunn - Founder of Shepherding All Gods Creatures 

Daryl Booth - Founder of Sarx 


More advisors coming soon. 












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