Susan Armstrong-Magidson, President
Susan and her late husband, Richard, began their pig career with Bromley & Blossom in 1990.
By 1991 Susan founded the Delaware Valley PBP Association with a Rescue Committee, served as a Board Member then became President of North American Potbellied Pig Association and co-chaired the NAPPA Ethics Committee. In 1992, Susan became President of Ross Mill Farm, Inc to serve the pet pig industry, manufacturing pet pig products and providing services. In 1998 she co-founded Pig Placement Network.
Today, Susan continues to serve the pet pig by giving lectures, consultations and managing Ross Mill Farm and Pig Placement Network.
Julie Pochron, Vice President
In 1998, picked out of a birdcage hung in a pet store window in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Emmett was carried on a plane and brought to his new home in NYC. He was a “teacup mini pig” promised to be 10 pounds when full grown. Julie and Emmett met Susan Magidson at Ross Rill Farm soon after and Susan broke the news that Emmett, when full grown, he would be about 130 pounds. By the time Emmett was an adult he tipped the scales a 135 pounds just as Susan predicted. After learning about “teacup mini pigs” the hard way Julie and Emmett became advocates in promoting truth and education about mini pigs. In 2013 Emmett got an adopted brother named Pygmy from PPN. Emmett was a true companion full of life and devotion for over 19 years.
Professionally; Julie is a photographer, a professor, and owns a photographic printing studio in Brooklyn, New York. Julie and her husband Murphy live and work in Brooklyn with their pig Pygmy, dog Fugu, and cat Noodles.
Julie was elected to the PPN board in the beginning 2014 and works with the sponsorship of pet pigs waiting for permanent homes. In 2019 Julie was elected Vice President of the PPN board.
Jenny Hughes, Secretary
Jenny joined the PPN board earlier in 2019. She has always loved pigs and began volunteering at Ross Mill several years ago. Jenny would not have been able to adopt her 2 Yucatán (mini) pigs, Saoirse and Harriet without the help of Susan Magidson and PPN in March of 2018.
Jenny’s love for animals began when she was very young and has continued into her adult life. She was a vegetarian for 30 years before going vegan in 2017. Jenny has worked as a veterinary technician for over 25 years and is also a certified Reiki Master, specializing in animals. Other interests include Irish dance, essential oils, music and travelling- especially to Ireland and Jamaica.
Jenny lives on a farm in Ottsville, PA. Aside from her 2 pigs, Saoirse and Harriet, she has 2 other rescues- a sweet pitbull, Zuzu; and an affectionate ginger kitty, Rua. Jenny has also ‘foster failed’ twice before with a senior hospice Cane Corso, Eva and a Treeing Walker Coonhound, Gráinne and her passion to rescue continues…who knows who will be next to join the pack.
Jenny’s roles in PPN include acting Secretary, helping with volunteers and following up with adopted pigs.
Patti Platia, Board Member
In 2007, Patti was blessed with an opportunity to take early retirement from “Corporate America” which afforded her the opportunity to work in animal welfare. In January 2008 she arrived in Kanab Utah and began working at Best Friends’ Animal Sanctuary. It is there that she was first exposed to the amazing potbellied pigs of Piggy Paradise. Having always been an animal lover….she knew what wonderful creatures they were…but had no idea how they would wrap themselves around her heart and become such an integral part of her life.
When she returned to Pennsylvania to be closer to her family, she really missed her piggy pals. She was fortunate enough to be introduced to Susan Magidson at Ross Mill Farm. After the first day of volunteering, she was driving home (1 ½ hours away) thinking what a wonderful experience it had been and was determined to become a part of the Ross Mill Farm and Pig Placement Network family. That was in September 2012.
Patti has been the adoption coordinator (and fill in “wherever” person) since then. In February 2018 she joined the board and became Secretary from November 2018 - September 2019. She continues to sit on the board of directors as a Board Member. She is excited to work with the wonderful people who dedicate themselves to improving the lives of these amazing souls.
Holly Torres, Board Member
Holly adopted her first pig Kirby in 2005 and was immediately smitten. Once she realized how many pigs needed homes she knew she wanted to be involved in helping them. She got involved with PPN in 2010 attending a pig seminar. The following year she helped organize the seminar and began attending events to promote PPN and advance education about pet pigs. She began sitting on the board in 2013.
Holly is the owner of Swine Knot in Goochland, VA where she boards pigs at her farm. Addressing needs of pig owners in her area she regularly holds hoof and tusk trim clinics at Swine Knot and organizes local spay and neuter clinics with a veterinarian who specializes in pigs. Swine Knot is also a micro-sanctuary for her 10 rescued pigs as well as 9 other species. Her heart is helping animals but the pigs are her passion.
Professionally Holly works in property management. She and her husband Alfonso spend most of their free time caring for their animals but they also enjoy traveling, Sunday drives through the countryside, and exploring antique stores.
Holly's pigs are Faye, Elsa, Jellybean, Olivia, Willie Bear, Bella, Baby, Juliet, Penelope, and Paisley. Always in her heart are Kirby, Willis, and Walter who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
Sheryl Rotondi, Board Member
Special Event Coordinator
Sheryl’s love of swine started the day PC (Pork Chop, aka Prince Charming) came into her life during the summer of 2004. She shared PC’s swineness, companionship and talents by taking him to fairs and festivals throughout the Lehigh Valley.
Sheryl began volunteering for Pig Placement in 2009 assisting Richard Magidson at events. Sheryl and PC, the dynamic duo, were perfect for PPN’s special events to educate the public about pet pigs and to raise funding to support the rescue mission. Sheryl knew she had found her calling. Completely inspired by the pig species and their needs to find forever homes.
Sheryl has sat on the PPN Board since August of 2013 as the Special Events Coordinator.
Today, Freddie, Pee Wee, and Penelope, all rescues, found their forever home with Sheryl. Her pigs, Harley, PC, and Foster have crossed the Rainbow Bridge, but their inspiration lives on through Sheryl’s unending dedication to pigs as pets.
As a tribute to Richard Magidson, Sheryl’s favorite quote has become “Is there a pig in your future”?
Sharon Dillon, Board Member
Sharon has been a friend of PPN for many years and she has a deep love for all animals. She is an equestrian and works in humane law enforcement in Montgomery County. As a music lover, she looks forward to the production of our annual Piggypalooza Benefit Concert at the farm. Sharon and her husband reside in Bucks County with their five cats and two horses.
Dan Richman, Board Member
Dan, father of the famous Popo, put his 25 years of I.T. experience to use for several animal rescue groups, including Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue. In 2014, he adopted his first pig (via PPN) and just a few short years later, joined our board. Dan is a 1995 graduate of Dartmouth College and now lives a few miles from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) with his wife, pigs, dogs, cat, bearded dragon, and tree frogs.
Liz Bailey & Mike Cassel, Board Members
New Bloomfield, PA
In 2009, Liz and Mike found an ad in the newspaper for a free pig and they ended up bringing home their first piglet, Piggie Smalls. A year later, they added Zongo. Through their adventures with 2 piglets in the house, they ran across Pig Placement Network and Ross Mill Farm, and the need for homes for unwanted pigs and all-around help in the pig community. Liz and Mike rescued a handful of pigs through 2016. During that time, they befriended Susan and Patti and began to discuss all things rescue related. Then in 2018, PPN posted about a pig neglect/hoarding situation happening nearby, and between their love of animals and Mike's 20+ years of experience growing up on a small family farm, it lit a fire for them to take on the hoarding case and begin their own formal rescue. Now their sanctuary is home to a total of 25 pigs (some are permanent residents, some are fosters, and some are available for adoption), and one 3-legged turtle. Pig Placement Network has provided them with support over the years, and joining the Board Of Directors at the end of 2020 is their way of trying to help in return.