Staff and Advisory

Trinitie

Trinitie

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.

Robert

Robert

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.

Melissa

Melissa

Fundraising Coordinator

Melissa comes to CVAR with deep leadership and fundraising experience. Working as a teacher and educational leader for 30+ years, she has lead a myriad annual and capital campaigns, worked with volunteers and organizational leadership to set and achieve community and financial goals.

Melissa currently lives in Seattle with her husband Jason and their Yellow Lab Mochi (who is at the center of everything they do)! They have property in Brinnon and are in the process of building a house on that lot.

Hillary

Hillary

Volunteer Coordinator

Hillary was born in Seattle on Dxʷdəwʔabš (Duwamish) land. They recently moved to the Port Townsend area with their tiny house on wheels named “The Wildernest”. They love all the region has to offer – forests, mountains, rivers, and the beautiful Salish Sea. Hillary’s love for nature inspired them to study human rights, global studies, and ecology at Cascadia College and UW Bothell. When not at CVAR, Hillary loves gardening, beach combing, crafting, writing music, and spending time with her goats.

Jen

Jen

Adoptions Specialist and Office Assistant

Jen and her husband moved to the pacific northwest over 10 years ago when they decided it was time for a change of scenery. Looking for a way to work with animals and give back to the community after years of corporate life, Jen found CVAR. She now applies her years of management interviewing experience to screening adoption applications. She feels rewarded when she finds the perfect match and sees one of our animals go to its forever home.

Ashley

Ashley

Adoptions Specialist and Office Assistant

Ashley was born in Bremerton Washington and raised in Quilcene WA on her grandparents’ farm, which included many types of animals from chickens to cattle. She lives just outside of Quilcene with her 18 year old son and 16 year old daughter who is a volunteer at CVAR. Her family also includes many cats and a horse. When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with her children, gardening, and giving her cats attention. She has been working for CVAR since 2022 and absolutely loves it. It’s such a rewarding job! 

Jill

Jill

Adoptions Specialist and Office Assistant

Jill, Office Assistant, has an avid love for all animals, and a special place in her heart for cats and rabbits. She enjoys being able to help people find their new animal family members and being a team member of a unique rescue organization with a variety of different animals. She has spent most of her life working as a scuba diver, boat Captain, marine mammal naturalist, and nature tour kayak guide in Alaska and Hawaii. Sharing wildlife and nature with others has always been her passion. Jill lives on a sailboat and gets her animal time in at Center Valley Animal Rescue, but maybe one day she will end up having a goat on a boat.

Gerri

Gerri

Adoptions Specialist and Office Assistant

Gerri was born and raised on the Olympic Peninsula. She began volunteering at CVAR in 2022 and was hired as a wildlife care specialist shortly after, in the Spring of 2023. With a bachelor’s in nuclear engineering technology and master’s in business administration she now helps CVAR in various departments to improve the lives of both domestic animals and wildlife in our surrounding communities.
In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with the family and continuing her education. She is currently a member of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA), Washington Wildlife Rehabilitation Association (WWRA), and Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society (OPAS).

Rhiannon

Rhiannon

Volunteer Trainer

Rhiannon was born and raised in Colorado spending summers from a young age working on her family’s remote horse, cattle and vacation ranch. She spent any free time possible around the horses and enjoyed the company of many ranch dogs. It instilled in her a great love of animals and nature. In 2003 she opened a grooming business in Denver and operated it for 15 years while living about an hour away in the mountains. In 2018, after many vacations out to the Pacific Northwest she and her husband decided to sell their home, quit their jobs and move to the Olympic Peninsula. Rhiannon has worked in a vet clinic and opened a small grooming business from her home in Sequim. She lives with her husband, two large dogs, a mini dog, a cat and several chickens. She loves to garden, hike, kayak and explore this glorious area. She is so grateful and honored to help out at CVAR and finds much pleasure and satisfaction in caring for the various animals.

Ray

Ray

Maintenance

On a trip to the San Juan Islands one year Ray and his wife fell in love with the pacific northwest and decided they wanted to make it their home. It took a few years, but they ultimately relocated. When not helping us keep up the facilities, Ray enjoys hiking, playing disc golf and hanging out with his cat.

Natascha

Natascha

Animal Care

Natascha started her journey in animal care at CVAR in September 2023. She attended SVC and graduated with an AA in Biology. She lived in Jefferson County when she was younger and recently moved back in late 2022. In her earlier years, she grew up in eastern Washington and spent a lot of her time on friends’ farms, getting to experience being around pigs, goats, sheep, and horses. Her family raised chickens, pot bellies, and rabbits. She loves the great outdoors and animals. Currently, she and her fiancé have some amazing fur babies including a lovebird, a mini aussie, two cats, and three mice. She has always had her heart set on building a career focused on animals and has always known s wanted to help animals and be able to work hands-on with them in any way possible. She is so happy to have found a place like CVAR and be part of such a wonderful organization! She can’t wait to see what the future holds!

Cidney

Cidney

Animal Care

Advisory Panel

Advisory Panel


Dr. Joel Cuthbert
John Mackey
Dr. Robert Nathan

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