Meet Our Board

Dini Arrice Opsahl

Executive Director & Co-Founder

Dini is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota and has been involved in animal rescue and welfare advocacy for almost two decades. After educating herself on the treatment of farmed animals, she went vegan and decided to devote her life to creating a home where beings of all species can be safe from exploitation. With her husband, they created Anna Lake Animal Sanctuary.

Dini’s left her original career in business and finance to run the sanctuary full time and educate others on the importance of ethical veganism for the animals and the environment.

Dini works as a vegan activist and mentors along with running all aspects of the sanctuary. She is currently working on a vegan cookbook and how-to guide which will be in publication in 2023. Follow the Facebook page for updates.

F#$king Good Vegan Food: The Cookbook

400+ vegan recipes and how-to guide. Part of all profits go towards Anna Lake Animal Sanctuary.

Click to view the Facebook Page for the F#$king Good Vegan Food Cookbook

 

Mark Opsahl

Financial Director, Maintenance Director & Co-Founder

Mark is an Underwood, Minnesota native. With his wife Dini, they founded Anna Lake Animal Sanctuary only 5 minutes from where he grew up. He works on converting his family’s old dairy farm into an animal sanctuary with the help of his family.

Mark works full time as a maintenance director; a field he has been in for over 10 years. He uses that knowledge to help run everyday maintenance operations to support the sanctuary along with financial help to support the cause. Mark likes to spend his time with family, enjoying video games, and doing lake activities.

 

Rebecca Prochaska

Board Chair

Rebecca is a graduate of the University of St. Catherine’s and has worked in
technology sales for 10+ years. Rebecca became a vegetarian at an early age and is vegan for ethical and environmental reasons, among others. She has been working as the board chair of Anna Lake Animal Sanctuary since 2018.

Rebecca enjoys spending time in nature, traveling and advocating for the
protection of gray wolves.

 

Jessica Wanna

Board Member

Jessica was raised in Aberdeen, SD. She went vegetarian in 1995 when she started researching animal experimentation. She went completely vegan in 2016. She has always loved all creatures. She is currently involved in the Fargo Veg Fest committee along with working with ALAS to continue helping animals in need.

Jessica has Miakoda the cat; Buddy the plecostomus; two black moor goldfish’s Martha & Stewart; multiple Sals, Hals, and Eds snails; along with house plants. Jessica graduated from MSUM with a B.S. Geoscience and Minors in Biology & Botany.

 

Katie Michelle

Board Member

Katie’s main goals are helping to spread information about our sanctuary and specialize in fundraising. 
 
She lives just outside of Minneapolis and has been a volunteer with Animal Rights Coalition for about five years. She helps with advocating for vegan diets. She has a special place in her heart for farmed animals because her family ran a dairy farm and spent a lot of time there growing up. It was one of the reasons she became a vegetarian and then a vegan.
 
Katie is a busy working mama. She works for The Herbiverous Butcher, in Minneapolis, and has been vegan for nearly six years. Katie also has three human children, one partner, and two cats.  
 
 

Currently Hiring

We are currently looking to fill 2 board member positions. We are looking for a diverse group from different backgrounds to help us create the best life possible for our residents. If you think you would be a good fit, please
contact us.

annalakeanimalsanctuary@gmail.com