Media & Fundraising Lead
Dinah grew up on a small ranch in a Grande Canyon, in the hills of Piru California. Formative years spent roaming the mountains on horseback, with her siblings and a gaggle of rescue dogs, instilled her with a deep sense of kinship for the natural world that is still at the core of everything she does. Her first job was working the kennels for her families animal training business, Studio Animals Services, and occasionally assisting on set – where she once had the privilege of falling at the heels of the one and only Dolly Parton. She spent several years working at the Yosemite Stables, leading horse and mule rides through the High Sierras and educating folks from all over the world about stewardship of our wild places.
Moving to the Olympic Peninsula in 2012, she married her wife at the Paradise Theatre School in Chimicum Valley. They blissfully reside in a little cabin in the woods with their three rescue dogs and a bountiful medicinal plant garden.
Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Lauren has lived all over… Hawaii, Texas, Costa Rica, and even South Korea! She and her dog, Lucky, recently decided there’s no place like home and made the decision to move back to Washington. A dancer since her toddler years, Lauren earned her BFA at the University of Montana and was on the path to becoming a college dance professor, but her interest in animal welfare grew into a passion when she switched to a plant-based diet in 2018, and Lauren decided to switch career paths.
Over the past few years, Lauren has volunteered with animals, organized Korean dog rescue missions, and most recently completed a summer internship at an animal sanctuary in Southern Oregon. She joined the team at Center Valley Animal Rescue in September 2020 and is thrilled to be part of such a dedicated and inspiring group of staff and volunteers – it’s definitely been her highlight of 2020!
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 sophomore 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.
Dr. Joel Cuthbert
Dr. Robert Nathan