Ava Amos

Ava Amos

Adoption Intake Specialist


Ava lives on a small piece of property in Quilcene with her parents, sister, 3 dogs, a cat, a hamster, chickens, and her two horses. She is currently attending Chimacum High School and is in her junior year. After she graduates she plans to become a large animal veterinarian and wants to study at Washington State University. From a very young age she has been drawn to animals and has always loved being around them. Ava was a volunteer at CVAR for 10 years and then was offered the office job/animal care giver position. She loves it, and thinks that it is a great opportunity to be around animals and do administrative work all at the same time!
In her free time, Ava loves riding her horses, playing with her dog, watching movies, playing basketball and soccer, being with her family and friends, and camping! She is so honored to be a part of the CVAR team and to be able to spend all of her time helping animals in need.

Robert Heck

Robert Heck

Project Manager


Robert was born in Bremerton, WA and lived throughout the United States and overseas; being a military brat and then joining the Navy after High School. He just retired from the Quilcene School district as the operation manager. His hobbies are riding and building Harley Davidson motorcycles, and is married to a wonderful woman, that happens to run CVAR. Robert has been involved with CVAR from almost the beginning.

Keegan Butterfield

Keegan Butterfield

Assistant Project Manager and Assistant Animal Care

Keegan is an Olympic Peninsula and Center Valley native, his family has been running a Ranch across the street from CVAR for the last 40 years. With that experience comes a love for all animals. Keegan is a true believer in the physical, mental and spiritual healing that takes place when working with animals.
At CVAR, Keegan is part of maintenance and animal care and whatever else he can lend a hand with.

Jennifer Simons

Jennifer Simons

Office Coordinator

Jennifer Simons is a recent East Coast transplant. She and her husband made the cross country trek from Coastal Virginia to Kitsap County two years ago. Travelling with them, by car, were 4 dogs and 6 cats; who were thankfully total angels and did NOT sing the songs of their people all 2,990 miles.

With her work background equally split between veterinary medicine and human medicine, she is looking forward to being back with the animals. However, she will use all her willpower not to adopt any more pets.

In her spare time, Jennifer likes to hunt for unique treasures of any sort: beach rocks, thrift store bargains, fossils, all kinds of artwork and garden plants. She dreams of one day adding chickens and goats to her house. Her husband may not have the same dream.

Jason Descombaz

Jason Descombaz

Animal Care Assistant

Jason grew up in Kitsap County and has lived in Western Washington his entire life. He graduated from Western Washington University in 2018 with a Bachelors of Science with a focus on ecology and evolutionary biology, as well as minoring in geology. He grew up with a lot of pets of all different kinds and has a huge appreciation for all animals, although his work experience is with wildlife; Jason holds a Washington State Wildlife Rehabilitation permit, with over three years of experience in the field of Wildlife Rehabilitation. He is looking forward to the opportunity to work more with domestic animals while continuing to also do wildlife rehabilitation work.
In his free time, Jason enjoys spending time outside in nature observing plants animals and fungi, is an amateur forager and PNW native plant lover. He is so excited be a part of the mission of Center Valley Animal Rescue to help animals in need.

Elizabeth Gonzalez

Elizabeth Gonzalez

Administrative Assistant

Elizabeth lives in Chimacum near the school with her school teacher husband Al of twenty-six years, a rescue Pittie named Lotus and two cats, Diamond and Noodle. They also have a daughter in her first year at the University of Washington studying Neuroscience and planning a career in Psychiatry.
Elizabeth worked previously for 14 years in Port Townsend as an Administrator and Manager of a retail store. In her free time, she plays the Flute, sings,and enjoys recording. She also loves to garden and see plants thrive. She is very passionate and empathetic towards animals and rescue of animals in need.
Elizabeth is very excited and honored to get to work with such great people in a place that does so much for the community and all the animals in their care.

Advisory Panel

Advisory Panel


Dr. Joel Cuthbert
John Mackey
Dr. Robert Nathan

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