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Board & Staff

  • RJ Owens
    RJ Owens

    President of the Board:
    Director, Foster Chair,
    Fundraising Chair
    e-mail link President@petalliesaz.org

    RJ has been privileged to be President, now Director, of Pet Allies for several years. She has been a dynamic member of Pet Allies since 2002 and has seen immense changes and expansion in the organization. As part of a hands-on working board, RJ's position is Foster Chair. RJ's passion is fostering dogs for Pet Allies. There is great joy seeing pets find new loving forever homes. Many more people contact Pet Allies for pet assistance than the organization is able to help and is the most challenging element of the position. RJ is a member of Association of Fundraising Professionals, and is active with that organization. As President of Pet Allies she takes the reins of Fundraising Chair. With many years of business experience RJ leads Pet Allies into the future making the group mission a reality. Prior to volunteering her time with Pet Allies RJ served as Treasurer and Foster Chair for the Silver Creek Regional Humane Society, as a foster for Arizona Humane Society, on the Board of Directors as Secretary for Westridge Lutheran Church, President of Women of Westridge, a volunteer for Maricopa County Legal Secretaries Association, and Treasurer of the East King County Legal Secretaries Association. In her spare time, RJ loves to garden, especially garlic. She is a Master Gardener and volunteers with the local County Extension as well as helps her friends and clients of the Barkin' Basement with their gardening questions. She also reads avidly, principally psychological thrillers. RJ shares her home with a yellow lab named Abby as well as many foster dogs who receive love and guidance while awaiting their own forever loving homes.

  • Rebecca Bloomquist
    Rebecca Bloomquist

    Vice-President

    Rebecca has been a member of Pet Allies since 1999 and has been Vice President of Pet Allies since 2005. Rebecca's passion is helping pets live longer, healthier lives through spay/neuter. She acts as the Spay/Neuter Coordinator for Pet Allies. Rebecca helps develop protocol for Pet Allies' high volume spay/neuter clinic and is also a Surgery Clinic volunteer. Foster pets who require major surgical procedures receive aftercare and recover in her home. Rebecca advises Pet Allies in all avian matters and fosters feathered friends while they await their new forever home. Amongst the variety of pets Rebecca fosters she holds a special soft spot for rats and degus. She and her dog Sirius have volunteered at Navapache Regional Medical Center as a Certified Therapy Team. Rebecca has been a small business owner for the past 24 years. She brings both business and marketing skills to Pet Allies assisting with design and implementation of marketing campaigns and staff training to help further the mission of the group and its programs. Rebecca shares her life with 2 blue & gold macaws: George & Scooter; 3 dogs: Brandy, Sirius & Kate; and an extraordinary brown tabby named Larry. Her husband, Dan, is her best friend....

  • Katie Lyons
    Katie Lyons

    Adoption Volunteer

    Katie Lyons acts as a Pet Allies adoption volunteer, over-seeing the adoption events and helping to match the appropriate pet with each person. She brings her considerable education, training, and talent as a trial litigator to good use in getting to the heart of prospective adopters' minds and circumstances. Additionally, Katie provides, on a pro bono basis, legal advice, opinions, and oversight regarding various aspects of Pet Allies' affairs.

    Katie is a native Arizonan, born and raised in Tucson. She attended college in Southern California, law school in Columbus, Ohio and is a licensed attorney in Arizona. She is owner and managing partner of The Lyons Law Firm, PLLC in Prescott Arizona.

    Katie's life is carefully planned for her by her beloved rescues: silver-patch tabby Moses, Husky/Wolf Hybrid canine comedian, Fargo, and the newest member to her family, the strong willed, fluffy rebel Samson.

    Katie's personal experience with adopting rescue animals and her people skills have allowed for many successful Pet Allies adoptions throughout the state of Arizona. Her ability to match pets to the right person has resulted in numerous smiles on the faces of many families. Through adoptions, Katie has not only given homeless animals a roof over their heads; she has also given both the animals and their new guardians a lifetime of companionship and years of happiness.

  • Debbie Collins-Rivera
    Debbie Collins-Rivera

    Lead Surgery Technician

    Debbie hails from the fast paced Urban Jungle of the Bronx and entered veterinary medicine as a licensed Veterinary Technician in 1994. She excels in the areas of nursing care and surgical assistance and has worked in several animal hospitals while in New York. Debbie applied her skills to become senior technician at a high volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic. In 2004 Debbie relocated, with her family, to the White Mountains of Arizona. From the Jungle to the Country was a drastic transition for a city girl used to all a large city has to offer. The animals of the White Mountains have greatly benefited from Debbie's amazing animal handling skills, calm demeanor and professional attention to detail. Debbie began working with Pet Allies in 2007 as lead technician of the surgical team at the spay/neuter clinic. Her experience as a licensed Veterinary Technician will benefit thousands of animals, helping them live longer, healthier lives. Debbie shares her life with husband David, son Emmett and 3 kitties: Grizzle, Dusty and The Cheese. Some of Debbie's other interests include tattoos, body piercing and her ever growing Tarot card and Oracle card collection. The cards are in her favor....

  • Valerie Hunt
    Valerie Hunt

    Valerie is Pet Allies' Shelter Manager. Valerie brings 10 years of shelter experience to her work with Pet Allies. She was initially hired as a part time Kennel Assistant. She then added animal photography, working with the local newspaper to spread the word of adoptable animals at the shelter. Eventually Valerie helped facilitate bringing Pet Allies on board to take over shelter management from Show Low Animal Control. In 2015 she became the Pet Allies Shelter Manager in Show Low. She brings a friendly competence to her work, from hands on animal care, to coordinating employee and volunteer efforts, keeping the office organized, and working with the public. She continues to pursue adoptions, and her animal photographs can be viewed at adoption web sites.

Jill Tinkel and OD - Advisory Board