Staff and Advisory


Susan Cartmel-Taylor
Administrative Assistant

Susan is a Port Townsend native. She grew up camping and fishing in the PNW. She has a true love of the NW and all it has to offer in the way of outdoor activities and wildlife.
She enjoys gardening, cooking, spending time with her family and cat “Hudson”.
She is excited to be a part of the Center Valley Animal Rescue team and to give back to the community she grew up in and loves.

Chance Horton
Animal Care and Project Assistant

Chance grew up in rural Texas spending much of his youth working in hayfields with sheep, goats, cows, and dogs. After spending his college and young adult years in busy Austin, his desire to return to a rural lifestyle led him to the Olympic Peninsula. Placing an emphasis on respect and appreciation of nature and all animals made volunteering at Center Valley Animal Rescue a natural fit. Chance is excited to offer any beneficial sweat or insight into an important and needed community service.
When not at the ranch Chance is rarely separate from his rescue dog and partner, Shade. He also works seasonally as a tour guide with Kayak Brinnon, doing bio-ecological kayak tours on the Hood Canal, as well as the Duckabush Mushrooms farm in Brinnon.

Advisory Panel

Dr. Joel Cuthbert, John Mackey, Dr. Robert Nathan, Marty Penhallegon