Volunteer and Fundraising Coordinator
Dinah grew up on a small ranch in a Grande Canyon, in the hills of Piru California. Formative years spent roaming the mountains on horseback, with her siblings and a gaggle of rescue dogs, instilled her with a deep sense of kinship for the natural world that is still at the core of everything she does. Her first job was working the kennels for her families animal training business, Studio Animals Services, and occasionally assisting on set – where she once had the privilege of falling at the heels of the one and only Dolly Parton. She spent several years working at the Yosemite Stables, leading horse and mule rides through the High Sierras and educating folks from all over the world about stewardship of our wild places.
Moving to the Olympic Peninsula in 2012, she married her wife at the Paradise Theatre School in Chimicum Valley. They blissfully reside in a little cabin in the woods with their three rescue dogs and a bountiful medicinal plant garden.
Animal Care Assistant
Alexx grew up in Cowlitz County WA and Westport OR, but was drawn to Quilcene in fall of 2019. He fostered a love for animals & the environment from a young age, and always dreamed of working with them. He spent half his childhood on a small farm, and some of his favorite memories involve catching frogs, rehabilitating an injured snake, and being there for the birth of an alpaca who became one of his childhood friends.
Alexx couldn’t tell you what his favorite animal is, but he sure could tell you his top 20! His favorite activities include cooking, reading at the marina, walking in nature, drawing and painting, and watching far too much netflix with his bearded dragon, Xerxes.
He’s thoroughly excited to work with the animals at CVAR, and hopes to have as big of a positive impact as he can.
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 sophomore 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.
Adoption Intake Specialist
Rosemary grew up in Port Townsend with her family. She has been in Pullman, pursuing a degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at Washington State University since 2017. Many incredible wildlife professionals have inspired her career so far. She first came to CVAR in 2018 as a volunteer, when Sara introduced her to the world of wildlife rehabilitation. Last summer she fell in love with field biology while working with a small research crew in the mountains of Okanogan County. Their team conducted a study to develop non-invasive techniques for estimating snowshoe hare populations, and to inform management decisions for reintroduction of the Canada lynx to parts of Washington. At college, she is a part of Raptor Club, Shark Conservation Club, the WSU Wildlife Society, and Wildlife Tracking Club, which she started herself. These experiences have made her certain that she will dedicate her career and life to improve the relationship between humans, wildlife, and the natural world that they share.
Rosemary fills her free time with motorcycle rides, birding, camping, stargazing, thrift shopping, and jamming out to 70’s music. She is bringing her energy, creativity, and love to the CVAR team this summer while working in the office, interning in wildlife rehabilitation, and living on the ranch.
Dr. Joel Cuthbert
Dr. Robert Nathan