Our Team

Our Team

Pasado’s Safe Haven has a small, but mighty team of dedicated individuals who are working toward our mission of ending animal cruelty.  From caring for our sanctuary residents to supporting all our vital program work, our staff puts their knowledge, passion and experience to work every day for the animals.

Please check our job postings for current open positions.

Our Board of Directors is actively looking for new members who are the right fit to continue to expand the organization’s impact.  For more information, please review our Board Prospectus.

Sarah Ames
General Caregiver

Like all of her fellow staff members at Pasado’s Safe Haven, Sarah has always had a heart for animals. After researching ways to become involved in ending animal cruelty, she found Pasado’s Safe Haven and wanted nothing more than to be a part of the team. When Sarah isn’t spending her time with her animal friends at the sanctuary, you can find her snuggling with her persian cat Sterling, or exploring the beautiful Northwest with her husband Jake.

Why I Fight For Animals: I believe that Earth was created for all life, not just humans.

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Kimber Clark
Cat Lead Caregiver

Kimber has a degree in Political Science from the University of Utah but has spent most of her career in animal care. She has spent her whole life in the company of animals growing up in a family that would take in any animal that needed a home. After school, she spent 6 years in the zoological field as a Zoo Keeper working with a multitude of species including small and large mammals, reptiles, and birds. Kimber is excited to be working at Pasado’s Safe Haven where she can focus on her passion of helping animals in need and giving them a second chance at a happy life. Kimber currently shares her home with two rescue dogs, a mini Australian Shepard named Gwen and a highly energetic Sharpi/Beagle puppy named Patty – her furry children are her happiness.

Why I Fight for Animals: Animals have given me so much happiness I feels it is my responsibility and my purpose to give them a voice and fight for their rights to live in happiness and peace.

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Kamerae Dishman
General Caregiver

Kamerae is a certified veterinary assistant and has a range of experience caring for animals from boarding kennels to equine rescue operations and small animal hospitals. Kamerae has been a vegan since 2014 and is excited to be professionally caring directly for the animals she has spoken out for in her personal life.  Kamerae lives with an 8 year old torte cat named Chai.

Why I Fight for Animals: The things that are done to animals in this world are cruel and unnecessary. They ultimately hurt all of us and the planet we all live on.

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Elyse Engelhardt
General Caregiver

Elyse started as a volunteer at Pasado’s Safe Haven and quickly fell in love with the sanctuary and the mission.  She is thrilled to now be a full-time employee. Growing up, Elyse was always surrounded by animals and at a young age it became very apparent that animal care was her passion. Elyse loves getting to know all of the animals living at the sanctuary and helping them get their second chance at life. On her days off, she enjoys going to the dog park with her pup Olive and taking day trips with her boyfriend.

Favorite Place on the Sanctuary: In NARN Barn! I love being surrounded by all of the animals!

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Eve Firestone
Outreach & Events Manager

Eve has a B.A. in History and Anthropology from Loyola University Chicago and has always had a natural connection to both children and animals – while continuing her education she worked in childcare and as doggy daycare manager.  Eve’s professional background is heavily based in managing creative teams and event production for non-profits, corporate functions and private parties.  Eve is thrilled to be putting her strong creative background, management experience and passion for animals and children to work at Pasado’s Safe Haven educating our community about ways we can make a difference in the lives of animals.

Favorite Place On The Sanctuary: In the Pig Yards – grunting and snorting with my friends.

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Jenny Fraley
Director of Homelessness Prevention Initiatives

Jenny joined Pasado’s Safe Haven after 25 years in corporate retail where her business, financial, and leadership experience translated easily into the animal non-profit world. After holding a variety of staff positions, she has now settled in as the Director of Homelessness Prevention Initiatives. Jenny is passionate about spay/neuter and believes it plays a major role in working toward a “no-kill” future.  She currently directs three spay/neuter programs in Pierce, King, and Snohomish Counties as well as two Pet Food Bank programs. Jenny’s furry family consists of Cindy Lou (dog), Baylee, (dog), Pudgy (Dog), all Pasado’s rescues, as well as Mister Desi, a cat she’s had since he was 8 weeks old.

Best Moment With An Animal: Bottle feeding Blue the cow when he came in as a cast-off from the dairy industry (his fate would have been to be used as veal).

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Dan Friske
Facilities Director

Dan was a volunteer at Pasado’s Safe Haven before officially joining the staff. Dan has worked in the construction field his whole life; he learned his trade from his dad, who owned his own plumbing and heating company.  Dan has many years’ experience in residential construction, sales and do-it-yourself retail management. Dan is a transplant from South Dakota who has two daughters, Bailey and Ryan.  When not helping maintain the 85 acres at Pasado’s, Dan enjoys working on projects at his own home that he shares with his fiance, Virginia.

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Yuri Goetze
General Caregiver

Yuri brings several years of volunteer experience at various rescue groups and sanctuaries to his role as Caregiver at Pasado’s Safe Haven. He earned his degree in Ecology and Evolution from the University of California, Santa Barbara where he also volunteered at the Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center. Later Yuri spent time working with New World Primates and other jungle animals at a sanctuary in Costa Rica. Currently Yuri spends his off days volunteering at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, hiking, running or at home cuddling with his dog Java.

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Pauline Griffith
General Caregiver

Pauline’s love of animals (and reading Animal Liberation) guided her to a career change from massage therapy to a zoological job – and a move  to Seattle from her hometown of Lake Tahoe, CA.  She worked in that capacity for nine years helping to care for many species with a focus on animal nutrition. Pauline has always felt animals were pure souls and not enough was being done to help them. After a lot of reflection she  decided to transition from a vegetarian to a vegan diet and pursue a line of work to reflect her beliefs, which led her to Pasado’s Safe Haven. In her free time Pauline enjoys roaming the local parks and Washington wilderness with her boyfriend Trevor and her rescue dog Chewie.

Why I Fight For Animals: I fight for animals because they are innocent, loving souls who need us to be a voice who speaks for their best interests. I want to be a part of that voice.

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Brittany Hale
General Caregiver

Brittany has loved animals since she was a young girl. She spent three years as a certified nursing assistant before switching to caring for animals. She couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of the Pasado’s Safe Haven team. When she isn’t working, she is often hiking with her dog, Molly May.

Why I Fight For Animals: Animals deserve love and respect as much as all other life, and sadly they often don’t receive it.

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Laura Henderson
Executive Director

Laura brings 25 years’ experience in the for-profit world to the cause of ending animal cruelty at Pasado’s Safe Haven. She has worked at both Fortune 100 companies and small start-ups, but the common thread was that she always had roles driving new initiatives and programs with diverse teams.  Laura has deep experience in marketing, branding, public affairs, strategic planning and communications. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Washington’s Honors Program with a B.A. in Political Science. She also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Washington’s Foster School. A vegan for several years, Laura is mom to Zandia (a misspelling of Sandia, which means “watermelon” in Spanish), a street dog she rescued while living in El Salvador.

Why I Fight For Animals: Animals – particularly the billions suffering in our food production system – desperately need our help.

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Becca Hines
Ruminant Lead

Becca has a BA in Anthropology with an emphasis in Primate Studies from Pacific Lutheran University. In 2013 she spent time in Tanzania East Africa at Mahale Mountains National Park where she fell in love with nature and all those who live in it. After realizing the realities of what takes place in our food production system, Becca became a vegan and decided to leave the retail world behind for a meaningful career in saving and protecting animals. When not at Pasado’s Safe haven you can find her at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest where she has been a volunteer chimpanzee caregiver since 2012. Becca and her husband live with 3 rescued fur babies; two cats, Jasper and Queen Butters, and one crazy dog, Raleigh.

Favorite Place on the Sanctuary: Sitting in the sun with Norman cow while Bessie cow snores.

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Darcy Jones
Mobile Spay/Neuter Manager

Darcy brings 10 years of animal care and rescue experience to her role of overseeing Pasado’s Safe Haven Spay/Neuter clinics. She has a soft spot for rabbits and normally has one or two foster bunnies hopping around her home. She also has two dogs, three cats, and  wonderful human family that puts up with her animal rescuing obsession.

Why I Fight For Animals:  Because it’s the right thing to do; I feel it’s my calling. Helping people spay/neuter helps decrease the animals coming into shelters and being euthanized unnecessarily.

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Mollie Keenan
Healing Barn Caregiver

Mollie has always had a passion for working with animals. Whether doing agility training with her rescue puppy, helping her sister at a local horse barn, or cuddling with her kitty Mollie always managed to find a way to spend her time around animals. As she grew up, she learned much of what she knows about animals’ rights from her father who was on the board at PAWS. As she learned more about how unkindly and unfair many people treat animals, it became clear that she must dedicate her time to helping those animals.  Mollie learned about Pasado’s Safe Haven through family members and knew this was exactly the type of place she had been looking for and where she belonged. Now when Mollie is not working with her animal friends at Pasado’s Safe Haven, she enjoys playing with her 3 dogs, going hiking or cuddling up on the couch for a lazy day.

Why I Fight For Animals:  “Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.” ― A.A. Milne

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Sheila Lee
Finance & Administration Manager

We are thrilled to have Sheila Lee be a part of the Pasado’s Safe Haven team. She brings more than 30 years of experience managing Accounting Operations for companies large and small and has a passion for animal welfare. Mom to two of her own rescues, Harley dog and Bama kitty, Sheila believes that all animals have the right to live happy and well-cared for lives.

Why I Fight For Animals:  Animals deserve to live their lives free from suffering and exploitation

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Kendra Madison
Clinical Care and Healing Barn Manager

Kendra brings a decade of clinical and medical experience to her position at Pasado’s Safe Haven. Prior to becoming a full-time employee, Kendra served as Transport Coordinator and Veterinary Assistant for Pasado’s Safe Haven’s Snohomish County Spay and Neuter Program for a year.  Kendra is passionate about getting to know each of the animal residents as individual beings and assuring that their special needs are met during their time at the sanctuary, regardless of how long that may be. When not working, Kendra can be found exploring the mountains and catering to the (frequently unreasonable) demands of her two orange tabbies, Nugget and Lilo.

Best Moment With An Animal: A tie between sharing a box of doughnuts with Austin llama and spending 10 hours in the back of a van full of rescued baby goats… TWICE!

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Director of Investigations & Rescue Operations

Our Director of Investigations & Rescue Operations is a certified animal cruelty investigator through the University of Missouri Law Enforcement Training Institute.  Graduating from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Ethology and a minor in Zoology, she went on to do graduate work with chimpanzees and later completed a year at Ross School of Veterinary Medicine.  Her passion for animals has taken her into many fields of study, working with a wide variety of species including dogs, cats, farmed animals, cetaceans, shark, birds, and primates.  She has worked in the fields of veterinary medicine, cruelty investigation, disaster relief and rescue, field research and wildlife rehabilitation.

Best Moment With An Animal: Each time I pass through our sanctuary gates with an incoming animal; I promise him/her that they will never again be hurt, afraid, disrespected or abandoned.

Stacey Mansfield
Sanctuary Administrator

Stacey has over 16 years  of office management experience. As Sanctuary Administrator Stacey manages the office and interacts with donors on a daily basis. If you are a supporter, chances are good that you have either spoken to Stacey, or will in the future! At home she is “mom” to one human son, Mason and three fur baby dogs (Dexter, Slinky and Alice Copper) who run her life and have turned her into a short order cook, catering to various allergies and dietary restrictions…a groomer, catering to both hair and fur…and an armchair doctor/vet fixing owies and medicating everything from ear infections to glaucoma.

Why I Fight For Animals: Animals can’t defend their own rights, they need us to give them a voice.

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Don Murray
General Counsel

Don attended University of Washington and Willamette College of Law.   Roles in his professional background include: founder and managing partner of Bullivant, Houser and Bailey Seattle; CEO of Elf Technologies;  and President & Chairman of Serengeti Law, a financial transaction legal software company. He is the co-founder of Harry’s Hounds, a Murray family foundation supporting dog rescue organizations.

Best Moment With An Animal: Feeding the baby goats!

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Dan Nutt
Pet Food Bank Coordinator

Dan joined Pasado’s Safe Haven as the Pierce County Pet Food Bank Coordinator. He comes to Pasado’s with eight years of combined experience in non-profit work and pet retail. He has a BA in English Writing from Pacific Lutheran University and has loved cats for as long as he can remember. For Dan, being able to support his local community and positively impact the lives of animals in his day to day work is a dream come true. At home, he and his partner Kathy enjoy Science Fiction of all stripes, board games, and time snuggling with their four cats, Tango, Cash, Vala, and Badger.

Why I Fight for Animals: Animals deserve respect, love, and meaningful lives just as much as any human, if not more so, and I just want to do my part to contribute to them.

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Wendy Ogunsemore
Communications Director

Wendy brings over 15 years’ experience as a senior level communications specialist and brand strategist, with clients ranging from global corporations to prominent professionals in sports and entertainment, including their community outreach and non-profit partnerships. Her career launched in New York City, where she worked under PR legend, Howard Rubenstein, and built strong relationships with media and influencers. Originally a crop farmer’s daughter from Skagit Valley and University of Washington graduate, she found her way back on the West Coast, where she ran her own marketing and celebrity-branding agency for over six years. Pasado’s Safe Haven became her home after becoming inspired by the opportunity to create real change for animals.

Why I Fight For Animals: After starting a family of my own, I had a paradigm shift and strong sense of urgency to do more to protect the animals and our environment for future generations.

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Stephanie Perciful
Sanctuary Director

Stephanie brings over 20 years’ professional experience managing teams to the organization. After a long career in apparel design and creative team management, she decided to follow her heart, leave the creative industry behind and put her extensive animal shelter volunteer experience to work for Pasado’s Safe Haven.   Stephanie is still also an active Volunteer Caregiver at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest.  She has found  a renewed joy at Pasado’s Safe Haven, and loves improving the lives of the sanctuary’s many deserving animals. When not working, Stephanie shares her life with her husband (who is also involved in animal rescue) and their three cats, Voodoo, Karma, and Benedict (a rescue cat she adopted from Pasado’s Safe Haven).

Favorite Place On The Sanctuary: Snuggling with pigs in the pig barn on a cold rainy day.

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Tabitha Phillips
Communications Coordinator

Tabitha attended the University of Georgia where she took interest in animal rights by joining the animal rights group “Speak out for Species”. After graduating with a journalism degree, Tabitha spent three months with Compassion Over Killing’s Los Angeles office as a full-time volunteer to spread awareness of a vegan diet through local outreach and national campaigns. She then spent three months as an education intern with Farm Sanctuary where she had the benefit of working directly with farmed animals. After joining the team, it took her less than 6 months to find herself adopting a Pasado’s Safe Haven cat.  When not working, she enjoys watching Netflix and playing video games with her dog, Sookie and her  cat, Calcifer.

Best Moment With An Animal: Every moment that I get to hear Bentley pig “squee!”

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Ashley Pittman
Bird Lead Caregiver

Ashley has a degree in biology from the University of Washington and had spent several years working with various animals in zoological settings around the Seattle area. She is so happy to be part of the Pasado’s Safe Haven team and focus on rescuing animals in need, providing the best care and as much love as possible. Ashley and her husband share their home with their dog, a Newfoundland named Nala and spend their spare time hiking and enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Favorite Place on the Sanctuary: The lower pig yard, getting covered in mud by the three rescued “warrior” pigs!

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Jennifer Roers
Volunteer Coordinator

Jen joined Pasado’s Safe Haven as the Volunteer Coordinator after being a volunteer herself. A vegetarian and then vegan for most of her adult life, Jen has always had a passion for animals, including getting her Bachelor of Science degree in biology. After working for years in corporate America, Jen is excited to put her experience to work helping all animals. Jen and her husband, Dave (also a volunteer) live with their two cats Tango and Oreo and look forward to the day they can expand their little, furry family.

Favorite Place on the Sanctuary: Everywhere! I’ve told people for years that Pasado’s Safe Haven is my “happy place”!

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Blake Rosevear
Adoption Coordinator

After learning of the animal cruelty that exists within our food production system, Blake’s deep-rooted love of animals went from a hobby to her sole mission in life to help such animals that are trapped in misery. As a vegan for several years and a participant in the animal rights movement, she is very excited to dedicate her life to caring for the sweet, silly and deserving animals of Pasado’s Safe Haven. Blake studied Spanish at Central Washington University, has lived abroad twice in Spain and loves to travel. She has her own adopted coonhound named Catalina who also knows Spanish. She doesn’t know how to “sit” or “shake” but she knows how to “siéntate” and “pata!”

Favorite Place on the Sanctuary: Wherever the baby goats are, because it’s always a party!

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Jake Smith
Dog Lead Caregiver

Jake joined Pasado’s Safe Haven as a Farm Hand and also worked as General Caregiver before being promoted to Dog Lead.  He has a deep-rooted compassion for animals that comes from a childhood full of caring for and raising animals. That led him to volunteer his time with a variety of animal rescues over several years before joining the team at Pasado’s Safe Haven. While Jake loves animals, he doesn’t currently have any of his own…for now anyway!

Best Moment With an Animal: Meeting Cowboy dog for the first time.

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Ashley Wisdom
Animal Caregiver Supervisor

Ashley has owned and taken a special interest in equines her entire life. Her enthusiasm to work with all animals, especially those coming from difficult situations gives her the drive to do her best to show them the love and care that they each deserve. Ashley currently has three horses, a donkey, three dogs, and five cats. All of which are completely spoiled.

Why I Fight For Animals: I was taught from an early age that all animals should be treated as you would like to be treated and that it is our job to make sure that they are properly cared for.

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Snohomish County Spay/Neuter Transport Program

Leanna Goettel, Veterinary Technician

Leanna is dedicated to the Snohomish County Spay/Neuter Transport Program’s mission of preventing unwanted litters of puppies and kittens.  She brings unique skills and the gift of compassion to each animal she sees.

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Pierce County Spay Station

Suzanne Thomas, DVM – Veterinarian
Darcy Jones – Spay Station Manager
Kim AcKein – F/T Veterinary Assistant 
Heather Gascon – F/T Licensed Veterinary Technician
Stephanie Baltazor – P/T Veterinary Assistant

The Pasado’s Pierce County Spay Station staff is passionate about the life saving work they do.  This program has performed over 11,000 surgeries since it’s inception in 2011, preventing thousands of unnecessary euthanasia.

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South King County Spay Station

Veterinarian – Suzanne Thomas, DVM; Krystal Price, DVM; Jennifer Buchanan, DVM
Mariel Small – Licensed Veterinary Technician
Veterinary Assistant – Jennifer Munoz
Veterinary Assistant – Leah Lynch

This veterinary team is relentless in their pursuit of a “no kill Washington”.  Working with South County Cats and Regional Animals Services of King County, they tirelessly pursue reducing the number of animals entering the area shelters through spay and neuter.

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