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 Senior 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.

Trinitie Vance

Trinitie Vance

Office Manager

Trinitie started her career in mechanical engineering after earning a BS from Washington State University in 2012. She has worked primarily in the intellectual property field, becoming a registered patent agent, writing patents, and innovating for clients in diverse fields including robotics, eye-tracking, digital security, and nuclear decommissioning. She still works with a nuclear decommissioning client part-time.
Trinitie currently has two big rescue dogs, Cosmo and Nutmeg, who she found on the side of the road in 2014 when Nutmeg was already pregnant. Nutmeg had six puppies a few weeks later. Trinitie’s rescue dogs changed her life drastically and made her realize her real passion was animal welfare. To begin her intended career shift, she started pursuing her MBA and joined the CVAR board in 2018. In 2021, she completed her MBA at Washington State University with a certificate in finance.
Trinitie started working part-time in the office at CVAR in February 2022. She is excited to be a part of such a fantastic organization that really makes a difference in the lives of so many animals and hopes to help CVAR continue to prosper and grow.

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.

Francesca Hulick

Francesca Hulick

Volunteer Coordination

Francesca was born in Texas spending most of her childhood on her grandparents ranch in Paris among a myriad of animals which always included a pack of dogs. Since graduating from The University of Texas in Austin with a BFA in Studio Art, her life has been filled with traveling the world experiencing other cultures and enjoying a diverse  background of achievements.
On a whim in the midst of these adventures, she moved to the mountains of Montana and Colorado which had been in her heart all along. Volunteering seemed a natural path . . . the most memorable times were joining three Mountain Search & Rescue teams in Colorado and volunteering at a wolf refuge. Francesca is living a wonderful life with her husband Ken, their yellow lab Mr Normal, and parakeets Stanley & Livingston. Being a part of the CVAR family is a dream come true for her! 

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.

Rhiannon Archuleta

Rhiannon Archuleta

Animal Care Assistant

I was born and raised in Colorado spending summers from a young age working on my family’s remote horse, cattle and vacation ranch. I spent any free time possible around the horses and enjoyed the company of many ranch dogs. It instilled in me a great love of animals and nature. In 2003 I opened and operated a grooming business in Denver for 15 years while living about an hour away in the mountains. After many vacations out to the Pacific Northwest my husband and I decided to sell our home, quit our jobs and moved to the Olympic Peninsula in 2018. Since moving here I’ve worked in a vet clinic and opened a small grooming business from my home in Sequim that I share with my husband, two large dogs, a mini dog, a cat and several chickens. I love to garden, hike, kayak and explore this glorious area. I’m so grateful and honored to help out at CVAR and find much pleasure and satisfaction in caring for the various animals.

Mia Fitzpatrick

Mia Fitzpatrick

Animal Care Assistant

I was born and raised in California and moved to Washington 3 years ago. I’m 15 and a sophomore at Quilcene high school. I want to go to University of WA in Bothell and get a BA in education. I have two dogs. One is a rescue, Max, and the other is a golden retriever, Izzy.
I started volunteering at CVAR in early April 2022, and was hired a few weeks after. I love working here and look forward to all the great experiences to come.

Advisory Panel

Advisory Panel


Dr. Joel Cuthbert
John Mackey
Dr. Robert Nathan

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