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Board & Staff

Board Members

  • Lisa Jonas
    Lisa Jonas

    Board Chair
    Graphic Designer

    Lisa joined the Pet Allies board after moving here from Colorado in 2018. 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.

    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. 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 with her husband Wayne their two rescue dogs Vinnie, former court case dog from Chicago and Betty, former Pet Allies resident plus six previously homeless, and now incredibly spoiled cats.

  • 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....

  • Mary Backes

    Photo to come

    Mary Backes has lived in the White Mountains for 36 years. She started working for Mainstreet Insurance in 1989 and stayed when Stickler Webb took over in 2016.
    She was recognized as Pinetop Lakeside Chamber businessperson of the year in 2008. Mary met her husband on the internet 23 years ago, he then came to visit from Oregon and they married 6 years later.

    Mary has been a long-time supporter of Pet Allies, and loves all things animals. Her Chihuahua Scarlett is her best friend.
    She has 2 sons, one who lives and works here in the White Mountains, the other in Chandler and one grandson, who is the light of her life. Mary enjoys adventuring with her husband, cooking, outdoors, friends and family.

  • Mary Jenkins
    Mary Jenkins

    Board Member

    Mary joined the Pet Allies board after moving here from Utah in August 2020. She worked as a volunteer for Best Friends Animal Society, the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals and builder of effective grant programs for animals entering shelters, for 9 years before moving to Arizona.

    Mary has over 33 years of experience in the property-casualty insurance industry, 13 of those she's underwritten Small Commercial business policies. She helps clients set up policies that cover expensive damage and lawsuits from accidents, natural disasters, professional errors, and workers' compensation claims. She lives her passion every day by helping her clients thru catastrophic situations from hurricanes, floods, and wildfires with personal and business continuity planning to protect their families, pets and businesses from harm. Her connection with animal advocacy continues to help her support over 1 million policyholders, not to mention strangers, family, and friends.

    Mary loves camping and hiking, as she grew up on the shores of Lake Lure, NC, which brought her to White Mountain Lake. She lives with her two rescue dogs Orejon, a former orphaned Monument Valley Rez dog, and Vinnie, a former Las Vegas pitbull (which is her passion breed).

  • Jennifer Rinaldi
    Jennifer Rinaldi

    Board Member

    Jennifer Rinaldi is an artist and her work is almost exclusively of equines. From an early age, she began to draw them; this infatuation has continued expressing itself through the equis subject matter. She thinks of each as a self-portrait. Media is no barrier, be it clay, wood, bronze, or paint, the need to tell a story is evident in her works.

    Along with her artistic endeavors Jen is an event planner and has always involved herself in volunteer community events. From Grass Ridge Horse Trials as lead jump judge and board member to the Fairgrounds in Sonoita which she managed for 5 years, animal events have been her specialty. From 500 to 5,000 people no group is too large and no non-profit too small. Her passion is helping in whatever capacity needed.

    Jen’s education has been broad and varied. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, and UW Milwaukee. She has worked as an artist in every job she has been hired to do. She worked at Oak Brook Esser Studios in WI, as a glass designer, and restoration specialist, moved to Arizona to continue in glass, and has gone on to graphic design and media. She recently retired from managing The Sonoita Fairgrounds, where she designed all of the print and graphic media for their events.

    Jen's work can be found at

  • Kathy Waldren

    Photo and Info to come

Board Member Job Description

Staff Members

  • RJ Owens
    RJ Owens

    Foster Chair
    Fundraising Chair

    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 Kennel 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.

  • Krysti Watters-Kopf
    Krysti Watters-Kopf

    Lead Shelter Animal Care Technician

  • Lacey Jones
    Lacey Jones

    Clinic Manager

    Originally from North Carolina, Lacey Jones has also lived in Oregon, Texas, and Tennessee before landing in Arizona. Lacey started her career in veterinary medicine as a veterinary technician in 2003. She also owned a horse breeding and training operation and worked as an assistant breeding manager for a world-famous reining horse farm in North Carolina. In addition to managing the Pet Allies Spay/Neuter Clinic, she owns a petsitting business in the White Mountains. Her hobbies include bass fishing, hiking, shed hunting, training horses, equine photography, and spending time with friends and her partner Shawn. Current pets include Mali, a rescued Malinois (who has her own Instagram account!), and two cats.

  • 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....

Jill Tinkel and OD - Advisory Board