Board Members

Sara Penhallegon, LVT - Director

Director and founder of Center Valley Animal Rescue (CVAR). She had a passion for animals from a very young age and has carried that passion into her work here. She does hands on work with the animals and, as a licensed Veterinary Technician, is able to provide medical care for many of the residents. Sara obtained her wildlife rehabbers license in early 2012 and has rehabbed a variety of birds and mammals in the certified on-site wildlife area since that time. Sara has been in the veterinary field and with domestic animals since 1995, and 12 years with wildlife, and brings a rich and valuable base of knowledge and skills to CVAR. Before starting CVAR she had 5 years experience running a small business in Port Townsend. Sara and her husband Robert, have 2 dogs, 6 cats, a house rabbit, a parrot, two horses, a goat, an emu and 13 chickens; all rescues. Sara enjoys riding her motorcycle, horseback riding, training horses and hiking. She and her husband also live on site as CVAR’s care takers.

Connie Graham - Treasurer

Connie co-owns a computer programming business with her husband, Jeff, and has always been an animal lover. She joined the board in 2015 and has been helping navigate the ups and downs of running Center Valley ever since. She and her husband enjoy a very busy life with domestic and farm animals including donkeys, horses, llamas, goats, chickens and ducks on her small farm.

Claire Africa - Secretary

Claire Africa, extensively travelled, sensitive-to-animals character, moved to the area in 2015 from British Columbia. Home from crewing on research vessels involved with high latitude bird and sea mammal studies, Claire now enjoys growing grapes and making wine with her husband and grape herding collie dog, Bowen.

Dr. Jan Richards, DVM - Board member

Doctor Jan Richards, DVM helped Sara Penhallegon in horse rescues before Center Valley Animal Rescue was in existence. Since that time Dr. Jan has lent a helping hand and provided veterinary Services for most of the horses and farm animals taken in at CVAR. In addition she can be found neutering many feral and rescued cats through CVAR's Cat neuter program. Dr. Jan grew up surrounded by dogs and cats and riding her horses through the hills of Anderson, California. In FFA in high school she raised pigs, sheep and cattle and often found herself doing her homework curled up in the manger. She majored in Genetics at UC Davis and then worked for the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada. In 1991 she graduated from the Vet School at Washington State University. In 1993 she moved into Jefferson County where most farm veterinary practices were dissolving, leaving the perfect nitch for her to fill. She has been here since, enjoying her small "Love Heals Farm Animal Mobile Service" working with people and their farm animals thoughout Eastern Jefferson County and nearby Kitsap County. Other passions include riding her horses through the hills and recently, playing her octave mandolin, writing and singing original songs about life and the many Beings she's met along the way. She lives with her Partner Eldon Burrow, dogs, Gladiola and Poppy, Frank the Cat, Jazzy the African Grey and two "Bashkarabatang" Horses, Safire and Thunder Cloud.

Joanne Mackey - Board member

Joanne Mackey, Volunteer Coordinator began volunteering at Center Valley Animal Rescue in 2008. She came in once a week to clean the cat rooms and very quickly found herself committed to the shelter and its residents. She joined the board in 2010 and has been steering the volunteer efforts ever since. As Volunteer Coordinator she receives calls from new potential volunteers, and keeps the communication lines open for current volunteers with phone calls and email updates. Joanne lives in Port Townsend, with her husband, John, and their three sons Joel, Kyle and Connor. She enjoys triathlon, running and travel, and always makes time for her horses Valentine (a CVAR graduate) and Cisco, and her cats Odie (another CVAR graduate) and Domino.

Mary Olson - Board member

Mary Olson has been a volunteer with CVAR since 2009, working weekends cleaning cat, dog, and small animal rooms. She serves on the Board of Directors, assisting with volunteer coordination. Growing up on a fruit farm in Eastern Washington, she worked in agriculture, then spent several seasons working in the woods with the U.S. Forest Service. After marrying, and while raising 2 children, she obtained a degree in nursing and, is now a retired R.N. working part time as a care giver. Mary lives with her husband, 2 dogs and 2 cats. Oliver, a chihuahua, and Tipper, a black cat with half a tail, are both CVAR rescues. Her 2 grown children and 4 grandkids, live nearby and, granddaughter, Farryn, is also a CVAR volunteer.