Macfarlane Pheasants Inc. Meet the Staff

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Meet the MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc Staff

Since our farm was established in 1929 there have been several styles of management. The current form allows us to be able to produce a large amount of pheasants and other gamebirds with superior quality and consistency.

Each area is supervised closely by managers who are experts in their fields. Each of these areas works closely together to ensure a quality end product. The products are then sold by our friendly and helpful sales department. In our sales department there are specialists in each area; however, each representative is trained to help and assist our customers in all aspects of their order.

Below is a list of those who can help and assist you in your area of need. For staff contact information, please visit the staff directory page.

William MacFarlane Owner/President

William MacFarlane

Owner/President
bill@pheasant.com

I grew up working on our pheasant farm. After high school, I left Janesville to go to college at the University of Houston. After graduating in 1979 with a degree in Economics, I returned home to run the farm with my father, Don. I was born when my father was 51 years old, so when I returned from college, my dad was in his mid 70's. One of the first things my father did after I returned home was to incorporate the business. My father passed away in 1985, and I continued to manage the farm.

I enjoy the many opportunities that owning MacFarlane Pheasants provides me. My daily efforts at the farm are concentrated on long range planning, marketing, and keeping the farm profitable. I am an active member of organizations that focus on securing the future of our business, such as Bird Shippers of America (BSA), the North American Gamebird Association (NAGA), and the Wisconsin Game Preserve Association (WGPA). Outside of work, I participate in community volunteer projects such as United Way and Meals on Wheels. I also enjoy traveling, playing poker, and spending time with friends and family. 

Brad Lillie

Brad

COO

My name is Brad and I am the Chief Operating Officer at MacFarlane Pheasants. I joined MacFarlane Pheasants Inc. in February of 2004 as the Assistant Chick Propagation Coordinator. From there my interests spread over the last 16 years to the white breeding program, on to working to improve the Food Products division, then on to further improving our flight pheasant breeding programs. Now I focus on the overall "operation" of our organization - getting all our moving pieces working toward a common goal. 

I grew up and lived most of my life in upstate New York. In 1996, I graduated with a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Management from West Virginia University. After college, I joined a large primary poultry breeder in upstate New York as a research coordinator. During my 8 years there I was exposed to all things "Chicken", and I learned an awful lot. I also began working on my master's degree at night during that time, and in December 2002 graduated from Syracuse University with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Shortly after that, by some strange fate, I saw an ad on a website for a job in the hatchery at MacFarlane Pheasants.

Working at MacFarlane Pheasants has been very rewarding for me personally, as it was the perfect opportunity, blending my interests and acquired skills in a very entrepreneurial environment. Surrounded by very motivated and talented staff, I hope for continued growth and improvement within our organization despite the challenges we will face. There's never a dull moment on a pheasant farm!

Troy Cisewski

Troy

Production Manager

My name is Troy. I am currently one of the Production Managers at MacFarlane Pheasants. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls with a degree in Animal Science. I have been working at MacFarlane Pheasants since 2008 and oversee various aspects of bird production, including Farm Management, Process Crew, Milton Farm and Breeder Farms in both Janesville and Missouri locations.

My wife Linda, our son Noah and I currently live in Lindenhurst, Illinois with our two dogs Gator and Rubble. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, landscaping and home projects. 

Brian Klein

Brian

Production Manager

My name is Brian, I have been at MacFarlane Pheasants for over 16 years. I am a UW-Stevens Point Grad (1994) in Resource Management.

I have been married to my wife Claudia for 20 years, we have two daughters Emily & Ellie.  As a family we enjoy boating, skiing, and volleyball.  I guide on Lake Michigan for trout and salmon in the summer, I hunt in the fall, ice fish in the winter and chase turkeys in the spring.

Sarah Pope

Sarah

General Manager

Hi, my name is Sarah.  I am the General Manager and have led all sales function of the farm as well as the Human Resources department. I came to MacFarlane Pheasants in January of 2010.

I grew up in Clinton, Wisconsin, and come from an agricultural background.  I graduated in 2009 from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse with a B.S. in Political Science.  When I am not busy at work, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, trying new restaurants and boating.

Chris Theisen

Chris

Logistics Manager

My name is Chris and I am the Logistics Manager for MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. I have been working for the company since 1998, and have worked in all areas of the company. Currently, I coordinate many of the day to day operations as well as planning for the future. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point with a double major in Wildlife Management and Biology.

I enjoy spending quality time with my wife and love to get outdoors as much as possible. Hunting and fishing, like many others, sits atop my list of hobbies.

Sarah Baker

Sarah

Office Manager/Mature Sales Coordinator

Hi, my name is Sarah, better know as Bake. I have been with MacFarlane Pheasants since 2013. I started out raising the Hungarians, French and Whites and later moved on to the Dressed Department. I am now the Mature Sales Coordinator and also oversee the Office when the General Manager is out. I grew up in Albany, WI and graduated from Carroll University with a BS degree in Biology with an emphasis in Animal Behavior along with two minors in Physiology and Small Business Management. I currently live in Milton with my husband and two daughters. I enjoy gardening, camping and spending time with friends and family.

Brian

Farm Management Manager

Hello, my name is Brian. I have been with MacFarlane Pheasants since 1998 where i started out feeding the birds. Since then, i have worked in all aspects of the farm which includes; Brooder Manager, Assistant Hatchery Manager, Breeder Flock Manager, Flight Bird Manager and I am currently the Farm Management Manager.

I graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a BS in Wildlife Management. I spent 3 years surveying wetlands for the United States Geological Survey before starting at MacFarlane Pheasants.

When i'm not on the farm, i enjoy many of Wisconsins outdoor wonders and visiting family and friends throughout the state.

Brian Davis

Brian

Milton Farm Manager

Hi, I’m Brian. I joined the MacFarlane staff in the spring of 2012 working with the “Pen Crew.” Currently, I am the Milton Farm Manager, where I oversee the farm.

I grew up in Williams Bay, WI and attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduating with a degree in Fisheries Management. I currently live in Edgerton with my wife, who is a third grade teacher and two children Brooklyn and Asher. In my free time I like to fish, hunt, wood carve, and spend time with my Family.

Trudy DeRemer

Trudy

Research Manager

My name is Trudy and I grew up in Sandusky, MI; where my family still resides. I moved to Janesville, WI in January 2004 after accepting the Assistant Brooder Manager position here at MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. I am now acting as the Research Manager and have also helped out in the Hungarian and French Redleg Partridge areas along with the hatchery. I have a BS degree in Animal Science from Michigan State University and a Certificate in Poultry from UW Madison/Midwest Poultry Consortium Center of Excellence.

I met my husband, Tim, in June 2007 and we were married in September 2011. We have two dogs that we treat as our children and both own and ride Harley Davidson motorcycles.

In my spare time I enjoy teaching fitness classes at the YMCA in Janesville & Milton along with selling merchandise for the Beloit Bombshells Roller Derby Team. I also enjoy reading, learning, spending time with my family in MI, taking tropical vacations where I enjoy scuba diving, and of course spending time with my husband and dogs.

Ryan George

Ryan

Food Products Production Manager

Hi my name is Ryan, I started at MacFarlane Pheasants in the Fall of 2008 working in the maintenance department. I work with all aspects of meat bird production from hatching to processing, which includes overseeing our white bird farm in Jefferson, WI. I also handle the crop production and special projects at MacFarlane Pheasants.

My family consists of Amy and our children Kaela and Samuel. We live on and operate our 130 acre farm where we have a registered Angus herd. I am also a director on the Rock County Fair Board and volunteer as an auctioneer for many charity events across the Midwest.

Shayne Noller

Shayne

Food Products Manager

Hello! My name is Shayne. I am currently the Food Products Manager here at MacFarlane Pheasants. I have been with the company since June of 2006. I was originally hired as a flight pen manager where I spent the better part of a decade caring for and shipping mature hunt birds.

I was born in Ft. Myers Florida and grew up in Caledonia Wisconsin which is a rural community in Racine county. I spent a lot of my time as a youth at my family farm on the shores of Lake Michigan. I attended J.I. Case High School in Racine and am a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where I studied various subjects including industrial hygiene and safety protocol.

I now live in Elkhorn, Wi and in my spare time I enjoy hanging out with my wife Jessica who is a high school teacher in Lake Geneva, my son Cole, and my daughter Isla. I also like camping, riding my fat bike, and gardening. I also hold the title of best ice fisherman at MacFarlane Pheasants and spend most of the winter on the lakes.

Kate

Research Manager

Hi, my name is Kate! I work in the white pheasant breeding program here at MacFarlane Pheasants. In addition to executing parts of our research program, we hatch and raise our white pheasants to advance our pedigree breeding stock and meet the growing needs of our Food Products division.

I grew up in Whitewater, WI, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2015 with a degree in Biology and a certificate in Geographic Information Systems. After graduation, I was hired on to work with the white pheasants, and have been here ever since!

Outside of work, I enjoy camping, skiing, hunting and fishing, road trips and spending time with my husband Trevor and our dog Tonka.

Art Schumacher

Art

Transportation/Maintenance Manager

My name is Art and I manage the maintenance and transportation departments at MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. I have been with MacFarlane Pheasants for 10 years.

I was born and raised in Janesville, WI and have enjoyed this wonderful community. My wife Pam is a retired school social worker. We have four children and 6 grand children. I love to fish and golf.

Dillon

Process Crew Manager

Hi, my name is Dillon. I started at the farm in October of 2014. I currently manage the Process Crew. My responsibilities in the fall and winter include organizing and executing the catching of our mature bird shipments. And in the spring and summer months, I change gears and move out and peep our young birds.

I am originally from Newport, North Carolina and moved to Wisconsin in 2013. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking and spending time with friends.

Heidi

Brooder Crew Manager

Hello! My name is Heidi. I am currently the Brooder Crew Manager here at MacFarlane Pheasant Farm. I have been with the company since April 2014. I have diversified myself by taking the time to learn and work in different areas around the farm throughout the years i've been here.

I grew up here in Janesville, WI on a hobby farm. I attended one year at UW-Platteville for International Animal Science before deciding I was ready to go to work and gain some job experience. I started a pet sitting and grooming business in 2008 which has been a huge passion of mine.

In my free time, I love traveling, photography, spending time with my daughter Emma, hanging out with friends, fishing, and many more.

Jim

Outside Sales Consultant

Hi, My name is Jim. I currently hold the position of Outside Sales-Hunt Division/Consultant. I grew up on the game bird industry. I bought my parents game farm and hunting preserve (established 1941), Blonhaven in 1978.

For the following 34 years, I grew the farm from raising 5,000 pheasants annually to 100,000 by retirement. I also operated Wisconsin's oldest hunt club until the sale in 2006. During this time I developed a close working relationship with MacFarlane Pheasants including purchasing all of my day old chicks.

In 2011, I decided to sell out and work for the MacFarlane enterprise as a liaison, troubleshooter and mentor on site in Wisconsin. After a year, I decided to hang up my spikes for good and head west.

 After some urging by Bill, I decided to return in 2013. This is when the sales and consultant positions were added to my duties. The company sends me out to different areas of the country or to a particular client as the needs arise, as well as working in the companies several locations. In this capacity, I can lend my decades of experience for the betterment of the company.

Each fall since 2015, for about 3 months out of the year, I have developed and now oversee the Alberta Canada distribution of pheasants for their public hunting grounds. I work closely with the ACA in this capacity.

I served as president of NAGA, president of the Wisconsin Game Preserve Association as well as several years on the board of directors of both organizations. In addition, I have spoke at many conferences and seminars relating to all aspects of the game bird industry.

Rachel Atherton

Rachel

Global Marketing Director

Hey!!!! I’m Rachel and I am the Global Marketing Director here at MacFarlane Pheasants! I started July 2013 and I’m here to answer any pheasant food questions you may have and hopefully sell you some of our delicious pheasant. I also help with our ‘IT’ needs so we can keep all our systems running correctly.

I’m originally from Clinton, Iowa. I graduated from Monmouth College with a degree in International Business with an emphasis in Marketing. I studied/lived in Paris for a semester! After college, I moved to Durango, Colorado to live the dream and ski/snowboard my heart out. I now live in Madison, Wisconsin and enjoy it very much.

I love to ski, snowboard, play hockey, hike, bike and travel the world! I have two cats; Genevieve and Telluride…someday soon I'll have an Alaskan Malamute! I love spending time with family and friends and obviously enjoying the outdoors!

April  

Chick and Egg Sales Coordinator 

 

Hi, My name is April and I am the Chick & Egg Sales Coordinator at MacFarlane Pheasants. I have been with MacFarlane Pheasants since December 2015. We hatch about 2.7 million chicks a year and collect well over 3 million eggs a season. We ship Internationally and all over the United States.

I grew up in Orfordville, WI on a small steer farm. I moved to Janesville in 2008 to be closer to work. I graduated from Blackhawk Technical College in 2009 with a degree in Criminal Justice & Dental Assisting. I enjoy taking road trips every year with my husband and two kids along with hunting, fishing and watching sports.

Karina

Office Administrative Assistant

Hello, my name is Karina. I joined MacFarlane Pheasants in October 2016 as the office Administrative Assistant. Prior to joining MacFarlane Pheasants, I worked as a Retail Marketing Manager. After graduating High School in 2007, I attended a few semesters of college before moving into the work world. I am bilingual and read, write and speak fluently in Spanish.

I am originally from Southern California but moved to Wisconsin in the fall of 2015. When I'm not at work, I enjoy reading, hiking and traveling.