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.

Linda Johnson
Administrative Assistant

Was born and grew up in Southern California. For most of her career she was involved in environmental health both as a consultant and regulator. She retired in Feb 2018 and moved to Port Ludlow in April 2018 with her husband, "only" 7 cats and a dog. She has been involved in a variety of volunteer positions including the Los Angeles Zoo, the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific and CVAR among others. In LA she was involved in trap-neuter-release programs for cats and fostered a number of kittens from bottle babies to older kittens. Her hobbies include reading, swimming, pickleball, snow skiing and scuba diving/underwater photography. Linda was a happy volunteer in the kitty/small animal rooms at CVAR and now is excited to be a part of the team in the office!!

Dana Kovac
Wildlife Care Assistant

Dana is proud to serve Sara and the CVAR organization as a part-time seasonal wildlife assistant. Although a pharmacist by profession, working with animals has been has been her lifelong passion. After years of volunteering for various animal and nature related organizations, she is now honored to be part of the CVAR family. Dana lives with her partner, Pam and their dog Teegan in Port Townsend.

Advisory Panel

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