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.
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!
Fundraising & Marketing Coordinator
Marshall Gooch is CVAR’s new Fundraising & Marketing Coordinator. A lifelong writer, graphic designer, musician and music fan, his career was centered around marketing in the pro audio music industry. He has helmed marketing manager-level positions at Mackie Designs, TASCAM, ESP Guitars and Line 6 Amplification, and began making his way toward the non-profit sector late last decade when he was marketing director for a healthy foods vending machine company in San Diego. In early 2019 he moved to the Olympic Peninsula from Seattle.
“It’s gratifying to get to use the skills I’ve picked up in my career to help needy animals in our community,” he says. Marshall was an unabashed “dog person” his whole life – having rescued two basset hounds and a pair of chihuahuas over his adult life – until this past fall when he and his partner adopted two kittens, Kurt (a polydactyl, named after writer Kurt Vonnegut) and Francine (because it sounds good). Now Marshall finds his affinity split among cats, dogs, chickens and the multitude of animal friends he’s making at CVAR. He lives in Chimacum with his partner, Barbara, her 93-year old mom, three cats and five – make that eight! – chickens.
Animal Care Assistant
I was born and raised in Port Townsend and grew up sailing and spending as much time as I could around animals! I graduated from Jefferson Community School and went off to University of Redlands in California, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Art, Social Justice and Animal Ethics. I did two amazing animal care internships at Pasado’s Safe Haven and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. They gave me the great experience to later work at Helen Woodward Animal Center adopting out cats and dogs and at Jacksonville Humane Society caring for homeless pets and training volunteers.
My fiancé just got out of the US Navy where we were stationed in Florida. While there I had the privilege to work at K9s for Warriors, the Nation’s largest provider of service animals to Veterans in need where I worked in procurement and adoptions. I traveled to rural shelters finding amazing dogs to become service animals for deserving Veterans suffering from PTSD, MST and TBIs. I also adopted out all of the “career change” dogs that just wanted to be a family dog but weren’t cut out for service work!
I am excited to bring my experience, passion and empathy to the animals and team at CVAR! It’s great being back in the PNW with my fiancé and two pups, Eddie & Bambi, our two foster failures.
Anna Dickson is a native to the Peninsula, having been raised on a small farm in Forks, WA. With a history in medical admin – as well as experience in a veterinary setting – she makes quick work of paperwork and scheduling to give her more free time for what she loves: spending time with animals!
Anna currently resides in Blyn with her dog, Red, and a cat named Lola. When asked if she’s run out of space for another one, Anna says, “Don’t tell anyone, but there might be room for more…!” ;D
Dr. Joel Cuthbert
Dr. Robert Nathan