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Board & Staff

Board Members

  • Barbara Christenson
    Barbara Christenson

    Board Chair

    Barbara has been an advocate for shelter animals for many years, having adopted many dogs, mostly Great Danes, but has also fostered for special needs dogs. Before serving on the Board, she helped with the lost and found program hoping to help reunite the lost animals with their owners. She is currently helping where she can with fundraising for the new shelter or by encouraging others to donate their time, money, food or supplies to the shelter. It is her desire to be an influential Board member that helps make Pet Allies be a shelter that is well known and respected by the community, thereby giving the animals the best chance for adoption into loving homes.
    She is an avid outdoor person and enjoys walking or hiking with her two dogs, traveling and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

  • Rebecca Bloomquist
    Rebecca Bloomquist

    Vice Chair
    Spay/Neuter Coordinator

    Rebecca has been a member of Pet Allies since 1999 and has been on the Board of Pet Allies since 2005. Rebecca's passion is helping pets live longer, healthier lives through spay/neuter. She acts as the Spay/Neuter Adviser for Pet Allies. Rebecca helps develop protocol for Pet Allies' high volume spay/neuter clinic and is also a Marketing volunteer.

    Rebecca advises Pet Allies in all avian matters and fosters feathered friends while they await their new forever home. Among the variety of pets Rebecca fosters she holds a special soft spot for rats and degus. She and her dog Sirius volunteered at Navapache Regional Medical Center as a Certified Therapy Team. Rebecca has been a small business owner for the past 34 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 a blue & gold macaws: George; and her little dog Three. Her husband, Dan, is her best friend....

  • Ashley Fenton
    Ashley Fenton

    Board Secretary

    Ashley and Todd retired in mid 2018 and moved from San Diego to their home in Taylor. They had been coming up to the White Mountains every vacation and long weekend for 6-7 years and finally decided it was time to make THE MOVE. Also making the move with them were their 5 dogs and large cat. It was not pretty but two vehicles and nine hours later, they were home.

    Ashley has always supported local rescues and humane societies so it was only natural to get involved with Pet Allies. They love the small town communities of Snowflake and Taylor.

    In her prior life/lives (!), Ashley was a psychiatric nurse, insurance defense attorney and risk manager for a very large school district.

  • Lisa Jonas
    Lisa Jonas

    Board Member
    Pet Food Pantry Coordinator

    Lisa has recently joined the Pet Allies board having moved here from Colorado in October of 2018. She serves as a board member, Pet Food Pantry Coordinator and shelter dog walker as well as assisting with updating the web site and providing graphic design, marketing or leadership expertise as needed. Lisa held the role of President for Grand County Pet Pals, an all-volunteer non-profit promoting responsible pet stewardship in Grand County, Colorado for 11 years before moving to Arizona. She earned her Animals and Human Health Certificate from the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver and hopes to apply that knowledge in developing educational programs in the White Mountains community in the near future.

    Jonas has over 30 years of experience in the design and production of visual communications, creative direction, brand management and leading teams for Fortune 500 companies as well as small businesses and non-profits. She most recently held the position of Executive Director for Grand Seniors, a Colorado non-profit and is currently a freelance graphic designer. Her greatest passion is animal advocacy and she endeavors to blend her creative and business expertise for the greater good of all animals and their welfare. She is consistently in awe of animals and their healing essence and strives to promote the importance of the human/animal bond and nurture that connection.

    Lisa lives on a small ranch in Vernon with her husband Wayne their two rescue dogs Vinnie, former court case dog from Chicago and Betty, former Pet Allies resident plus five previously homeless and now incredibly spoiled cats.

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Staff Members

  • RJ Owens
    RJ Owens

    Foster Chair
    Fundraising Chair
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    RJ is currently acting Director, of Pet Allies, after being Board President 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 positions include 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 acts as 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 dogs and cats from the shelter who are senior or medically or behaviorally challenged, making them less adoptable. RJ fosters dogs who receive love and guidance while awaiting their own forever loving homes.

  • Valerie Hunt
    Valerie Hunt

    Pet Allies' Shelter Manager

    Valerie brings over 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.

  • Danielle Trepanier Shouse
    Danielle Trepanier Shouse

    Barkin' Basement Manager
    My name is Danielle Trepanier Shouse, I was born in Phoenix, the youngest child of 6, I became a Vet Tech in 2005 . I am proud to be the wife of Leslie Allen Shouse. .My favorite saying comes from BATMAN: It doesnt matter what you have done or what has been done to you, Its what you do with it that defines you...My hobbies are my animals, helping the less fortunate and doing anything to help support EVERY DAY AMERICAN HEROES...

  • Krysti Watters-Kopf
    Krysti Watters-Kopf

    Lead Shelter Animal Care Technician

  • Karen Beebe
    Karen Beebe

    Lead Recovery Veterinary Technician

    Karen started her veterinary medicine journey in her senior year of high school, at a practice in Minnesota as a kennel tech after school and on weekends. Karen is a native of Arizona, and has been in our lovely White Mountain area for 30 years now. She has been working in local veterinary practices for 16 of those years. Karen started working with Pet Allies in 2011 in their front office. A true believer in the spay/neuter cause, and the feral cat "eartip". She has 3 barncats of her own, and they all sport the beautiful mark of S/N. Always having an interest in the surgery side veterinary medicine, RJ offered her an opportunity to work as their surgery recovery technician. It was a good fit, and Karen says "she's livin' the dream".

    Karen is married to Ed, and they have two adult children, Chris and Melissa. Chris serves in our Army as a Staff Sergeant. Melissa is a vampire (phlebotomist), in a local doctor's office. Karen is a proud grandmother of 2 (so far). Karen has furry kids, too, with 3 ferals, 2 house cats, 2 horses, and a dog. Oh, she's also is a chicken rancher

  • Kathy Grabow
    Kathy Grabow

    Lead Surgery Veterinary Technician
    Dental Technician

    Kathy grew up on a farm in a small town in Nebraska where she developed her love for animals large and small. In her younger years she rode hunter jumpers which is where her love of the Jack Russell began and started her name at Pet Allies " Jack Russell of all trades". Currently Kathy has 4 Jack Russell's,1 Golden Retriever, 2 Horses and 3 Feral Cats. In 2005 she and her husband bought property in the White Mountains where they enjoy riding their horses and exploring wildlife in the forest. Kathy has been associated with Pet Allies for 7 years in which she started volunteering at the clinic recovering animals after surgery and was then hired as a Recovery Technician. After a short time she was placed in the position of Surgery Technician and Dental Technician which is her current duties at Pet Allies. Pet Allies is fulfilling her passion for working with animals.

  • 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....

  • Shannon Nix
    Shannon Nix

    Animal Care Technician and Transporter

    Shannon started volunteering with Pet Allies with her daughter in 2010 helping to socialize the kitties housed at the Barkin' Basement thrift store. In 2013 she was hired as a part-time animal care tech and beastly chauffeur (transportation of shelter animals). Since then she has become a person of many roles, able to step up when needed to help keep the busy flow moving. She enjoys learning new things that help her both with the organization and at home.

    Shannon originated from Savannah, GA, moving to Arizona during her high school years. She lives with her husband Bill, 2 boys Jonah & Jack, 3 dogs, 4 cats, and one bearded dragon. Shannon's daughter Samantha currently attends the University of Arizona in Tucson.

  • Jenni Jarrell
    Jenni Jarrell

    Spay/Neuter Clinic Front Desk Wizard

    Jenni moved to Show Low, AZ in the 4th grade, moved away in her 20's to San Diego, CA and moved back to AZ 10 years ago to raise her son. Jenni started volunteering at the shelter approx 2011-2012 while also taking care of her Grandmother until she passed a few years ago and this job came available soon after. She has been working for the clinic approx 3 years and feels this role is what she was meant to do in this life. Her lifelong love for animals and the feeling we are all making a difference here makes her heart feel good. Jenni has two crazy dogs and a cat. She has worked for a brokerage firm in CA, a bagel company, was an office manager for a retail store and also at a pet supply company in CA. She has "done it all" and feels that by far this is the best job she has ever had. It doesn't feel like a job, it feels like family according to Jenni. Her son Archer volunteers and enjoys it just as much as she does. Jenni loves to garden in her spare time.

Jill Tinkel and OD - Advisory Board