2821 South U.S. Hwy 51, Janesville, WI USA 53545
phone:  608.757.7881  toll free:  800.345.8348  fax:  608.757.7884

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/PresidentWilliam 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.

My wife Dori and I enjoy traveling and our children. She is a third grade teacher at Jackson Elementary School in Janesville . I have a daughter Dana and Dori has four children Sarah (with daughter Zella), Maria, Emma and Micah.

 


 

Sarah Pope

Human Resources & Office Manager
s.pope@pheasant.com

Hi, my name is Sarah Pope.  I am the Office Manager and also handle the Human Resources department with payroll, accounts payable & accounts receivable at MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc

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.

 

 

Char Debroux

Mature Bird Sales
chard@pheasant.com

Hi, my name is Char Debroux. I started back in June of '93 through a business co-op class in high school. In '98, I was placed as the mature sales coordinator. My duties include issuing price quotes, confirming orders for the season, scheduling the deliveries and any paperwork that goes along with it.

During the spring and summer months, the mature department slows down a bit which is when I assist the Chick Sales Coordinator. Regardless, I am always available for any questions regarding full grown birds.

 

Rachel Hillinger

Food Product Sales Coordinator
r.hillinger@pheasant.com

Hey!!!! I’m Rachel Hillinger and am the Food Product Sales Coordinator 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!

Pam Wallisch

Office Support Specialist
p.wallisch@pheasant.com

Hi my name is Pam Wallisch, and I grew up in McFarland, WI. I graduated from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2006 with a B.A. in Liberal Studies, and received my MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2011. I do a little bit of everything to help the office staff out. I contribute time to our chick sales, mature sales, and do what I can to help Sarah the office manager.

When I am not working, I spend as much time with my family as possible. My family includes my husband Kory, our 6 month old son Colton, our black Labrador Zena, and cat Pounce. We also enjoy our time with our extended family, camping, and pretty much anything outdoor.

Troy Cisewski

Brooder Manager
T.cisewski@pheasant.com

My name is Troy Cisewski.  I joined MacFarlane Pheasants Inc. in August of 2008 as the Brooder Manager.  From the fall of 2012 to present, I currently manage the Breeder Farm and River Road Farm.  My responsibilities include overseeing daily care of the breeder flock, egg collection process and coordinating staffing needs to insure all daily tasks are completed. 

In 1999 I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a major in Animal Science.

In the past year my wife and I were blessed with our first child Noah. 

 

Brad Lillie

Logistics
brad@pheasant.com

My name is Brad Lillie. I joined MacFarlane Pheasants Inc. in February of 2004 as the Assistant Chick Propagation Coordinator. In this role I act as the liaison between the sales staff and the hatchery to keep us all moving in the right direction. I also oversee the Food Products Division, and work with the genetic development of the white pheasants.

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 this time I began working on my master's degree at night, and in December 2002 graduated from Syracuse University with an MBA in marketing management.

I grew up and lived most of my life in upstate New York, so moving to Wisconsin was a big step for my wife and I. So far things have been great, and I've enjoyed the challenges for MacFarlane Pheasants.

 

Chris Theisen

Production Manager
chris@pheasant.com

My name is Chris Theisen and I am the Production Manager for MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. I have been working for the company since 1998. I oversee all aspects of bird production, including maintenance, transportation, and general farm operations.

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point with a double major in Wildlife Management and Biology.

In my spare time, I enjoy numerous outdoor activities, with hunting and fishing topping the list.

 

 

Ben Lawton

Hatchery Manager
b.lawton@pheasant.com

Hi, my name is Ben Lawton. I am a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a degree in Poultry Science with a Natural Resources emphasis.

I have been employed with MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. since 1986 as the hatchery manager/breeder selection coordinator.

 

Brian Check
briancheck@pheasant.com

Hello, I'm Brian Check. I currently am the Assistant Hatchery Manager, overseeing daily care of the flock as well as egg collection, sanitation and storage. I joined MacFarlane Pheasants in the fall of 1998 and have worked in the Pen department as well as the Brooding Supervisor in this time.

I earned a B.S in Wildlife Management and Biology in 1996 from UW-Stevens Point. After wards I spent 3 years as a field research biologist for the USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in Jamestown ND.

I currently volunteer as Chairman for the local chapter of The Wisconsin Waterfowl Association working on improving habitat for wildlife in Wisconsin. I enjoy the outdoors as well as spending time with my extended family and friends.

 

 

Brian Klein

Production Manager
b.klein@pheasant.com

My name is Brian Klein, I have been at MacFarlane Pheasants for over 12 years.   Currently I am overseeing our Milton farm and the Janesville staff that broods the chicks; Hungarian partridge, French partridge and pheasants.  I am a UW-Stevens Point Grad (1994) in Resource Management. 

I have been married to my wife Claudia for 16 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.

 

 

Art Schumacher


Transportation/Maintenance Manager
maintenance@pheasant.com

My name is Art Schumacher and I manage the maintenance and transportation departments at MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. I have been with MacFarlane Pheasants for 2 years.


I brought with me 28 years of logistics experience from my previous employer.

I was born and raised in Janesville, WI and have enjoyed this wonderful community. My wife Pam is a school social worker. We have four children. Two kids have graduated from college and two are currently attending college. I love to fish, golf, bike and rollerblade.

 

Trudy DeRemer


Research Manager
t.deremer@pheasant.com


My name is Trudy DeRemer 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. I have a BS degree in Animal Science from Michigan State University and a Certificate in Poultry from UW Madison and the 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 various formats of Zumba, Super Sculpt, and R.I.P.P.E.D. fitness classes with FitPro Services, LLC. 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.

Sarah Baker

Food Products Manager
s.baker@pheasant.com

Hi, my name is Sarah Baker. I joined MacFarlane Pheasant Inc. in April 2013 as an Assistant Manager for the Hun and Hen barn. As of January 2014, I manage the Food Products Building. In food products we prepare whole birds and breast meat for restaurants and customers around the world.

I grew up in Albany, WI and currently live in Evansville WI. I went to Carroll University and received a BS degree in Biology with an emphasis in animal behavior and two Minors one in Physiology and Small Business Management. Most of my spare time is spent with my husband Nick and Daughter Gracelynn. I also enjoy gardening, camping and spending time with friends and family.

Brian Davis

Brooder Manager
b.davis@pheasant.com

Hi, I’m Brian Davis. I joined the MacFarlane staff in the spring of 2012 working with the “Pen Crew.”  Currently, I am the Brooder Manager, where I oversee the young birds in barns from day one until the birds go outside to the flight pens.

I grew up in Williams Bay, WI and attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduating with a degree in Fisheries Management.  After five years working in the fisheries field, I changed directions to give game birds a try.  I currently live in Edgerton with my wife, who is a 3rd grade teacher.  In my free time I like to fish, hunt, wood carve, and spend time with my English Cocker, “Kipling.”  I am also constantly searching to add to my antique hunting and fishing collection.

Zac Johnson


Construction Manager
z.johnson@pheasant.com


My name is Zac Johnson. I started doing building and repair work for MacFarlane Pheasants Inc. in 2011. With the farm growing and expanding; I was hired on full time in April 2014 as the Construction Manager. My job duties range from building barns, crates, cages, pens, fences and feeder to small side work needed for the farm to continue to run smoothly. This makes every day different for our crew which keeps us on our toes.

I’m from Elgin IL, and as a child I moved to the Milton/Janesville area. I have a wife Dana, a daughter Nyla, and a baby girl Remmie. We also have two dogs, Sherlock and Watson. In my spare time I enjoy doing side jobs and home improvements projects which seem to never end. We also like outdoor activities and traveling with friends and family.

Kristin Merriman


Hungarian Partridge Manager
k.merriman@pheasant.com


Kristin Merriman was hired by MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. in January 2013 as the Hungarian Partridge Manager. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a Bachelor’s of Science in Poultry Science and Environmental Studies in December 2012. Her focus was on poultry production and has interned at Organic Valley and Daybreak Foods, Inc. She currently lives in Janesville, WI but grew up in Wauwatosa a suburb of Milwaukee. Her interests include horseback riding, hunting, fishing, camping, participating in triathlons, and of course raising birds. She grew up in a family of seven and has an identical twin.

Ryan George


Food Products Business Manager
r.george@pheasant.com


Hi my name is Ryan George, I started at MacFarlane Pheasants in the Fall of 2008 working in the maintenance department.  I am currently the Food Products Business Manager.  I work with all aspects of meat bird production from hatching to sales, 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.

James Clark

Outside Sales Consultant
j.clark@pheasant.com

Hi, My name is James Clark. I currently hold the position of Hunt Division-Outside Sales. 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 chix.

Upon retirement I worked for the MacFarlane enterprise as a liaison, troubleshooter and mentor on site in Wisconsin. After my second retirement in 2013 I have come back to the company in much of the same capacity adding customer relations, sales and consultation to my duties. The company sends me out to different areas of the country or to a particular client as the needs arise.

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.

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