Pasado’s Safe Haven 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.

Brenna Anderst
Outreach Manager

Brenna comes from an extensive background in the nonprofit sector with experience in youth development, education, fundraising, program management, and volunteer recruitment. As the Outreach Manager at Pasado’s Safe Haven, Brenna is excited to be able to combine her love of animals with her professional skills. She became an ethical vegan when she returned to the U.S. after living in Morocco for two and a half years. During her time abroad, she was able to witness where all of her food was coming from, something that she hadn’t had the opportunity to do back home. This began her shift from being an animal lover to being an animal advocate. Helping animals has been a lifelong passion of hers and now she is thrilled to be able to spread a message of compassion and respect for all beings through the Pasado’s Safe Haven Outreach Program.

Why I Fight For Animals: Because it is our responsibility to be a voice for the voiceless, human or nonhuman.

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Kelly Celli
Development Manager

Kelly brings over 20 years of corporate and non-profit based event management, fundraising, and strategic planning to Pasado’s Safe Haven. She has worked with non-profits such as AmeriCorps and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center developing event based experiences to promote and raise funds for their causes. Kelly has personally rescued animals her entire life and looks forward to continuing that mission at PSH. She resides in Snohomish, WA with her husband, son, and two rescue dogs.

Favorite Place on the Sanctuary: The Healing Barn

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Kamerae Dishman
Clinic & Healing Barn Manager

Kamerae comes from a background in working with and caring for animals. Starting with Pasado’s Safe Haven as a caregiver before moving into her current position as the Sanctuary’s Clinic & Healing Barn Manager. She completed her Veterinary Assistant certification through PIMA medical and is currently in school working toward her LVT. Kamerae shares her home with several small critters: Eleanor Yamiston the guinea pig; Megatron the Mouse; Odo, Papa Smurf, Puffs, Jorah, Bucket, and Happy Wheels – the small herd of rats.

Favorite Moment on the Sanctuary: Pasado’s Safe Haven and the wonderful animal have given me so many great memories and experiences that its hard to choose one. The one that stands out in my mind right now was the time Whoopi sneezed right on my face when I swab her nose for a lab test.

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Jenny Fraley
Homeless Prevention Initiatives Director

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 solution to pet over-population.  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), all Pasado’s  Safe Haven rescues.

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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Allison Gillett
Lead Healing Barn Caregiver

Growing up, Allison was always around animals. She has always had cats and dogs in her life and started fostering kittens when she was quite young. She is excited to be able to make a career out of something she truly loves – caring for animals. Pasado’s Safe Haven is a place she have always heard about and respected, and she is very honored and grateful to be part of a team that makes such a difference in the lives of animals.

Favorite Place On The Sanctuary: Cuddling up with the pigs!

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Michele Graves
Lead Dog Caregiver

Coming from a background in health care and education, Michele started as a volunteer at Pasado’s Safe Haven. She previously grew her compassion as a hospice volunteer and received the Spirit of Volunteerism Award from Providence Hospice. Michele is an ethical vegan who volunteers with the Northwest Animal Rights Network (the “NARN” in “NARN Barn” for those familiar with the Pasado’s Safe Haven sanctuary) and ran her first marathon with Team Humane League. She has provided a forever home to several older dogs. To imagine a better future, she loves to read and write science fiction and recommends “Carmen Dog” by Carol Emshwiller. She’s influenced by the work of Carol J. Adams, Lauren Ornelas and Jo-Anne McArthur and her heroes are every one who makes a difference for animals.

Why I Fight for Animals: “Skill in living, awareness of belonging in the world, delight in being part of the world, always tends to involve knowing our kinship as animals with animals.” — Ursula K. Le Guin

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Brittany Hale
Animal Caregiver

Brittany started working at a greyhound rescue in 2014 and fell in love with animal rescue. In 2016 she joined the Pasado’s Safe Haven team where she found her place in the world – with farm animals. She left to gain experience as a veterinary assistant and with another sanctuary for farm animals but returned home to Pasado’s Safe Haven. She is currently in school where she intends to pursue animal law to protect animals in a new way feeling that our current protection system is severely lacking. Brittany had always felt connected to animals and went vegetarian when she was 10. When she was hired and met Blue the cow she understood why she needed to go vegan. In her free time she is normally being bossed around by Molly May or snuggled by Clara Belle – her two rescued hounds. They are often found hiking on the trails which is her and her girls’ happy place.

Favorite Moment with an Animal: Running and playing in the snow with Daisy cow or having Lorenzo llama rub his face on mine.

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Morgan Hall
Animal Caregiver

Growing up in a house with everything from cats and dogs, to fish and ferrets, Morgan gained an early love for animals. She went to horse camp as often as she could in her childhood summers, where she had the opportunity to work with foals as well as some abused horses that had found a new home there. She went to Colorado State and earned her degree in zoology, hoping to make a career out of working with animals. She moved to Washington for an adventure/fresh start after college and found Pasado’s Safe Haven to get her start in working with animals. She could never have imagined that she would find such a loving and caring community to join that also offered an amazing opportunity to work with rescued animals.

Why I Fight for Animals: “Skill in living, awareness of belonging in the world, delight in being part of the world, always tends to involve knowing our kinship as animals with animals.” — Ursula K. Le Guin

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Lindsey Hamerly
Lead Bird Caregiver

Lindsey graduated from Western Washington University with a BS in Psychology and a BA in Human-Animal Interactions. From a young age, she felt drawn to caring for animals and luckily grew up in a family that supported that passion. Lindsey has been active in equestrian sports for many years and most recently has used that experience to rescue and rehabilitate horses in need. When not at Pasado’s Safe Haven, Lindsey enjoys exploring the Seattle area with friends or spending time with her animals, including Millie the pig, her dog Rio, cat Luna, and horses Daisy and Tater Tot.

Favorite Place on the Sanctuary: Snuggling with Splash the pig in her hay pile!

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Ellen Heard
Animal Caregiver

Ellen has been passionate about animals her whole life, and worked professionally with them for the last six years. She graduated from Washington State University with honors, and while at school developed her passion for both animals and technology. She is excited to continue her career at Pasado’s Safe Haven, furthering the cause against animal abuse and be part of the team helping to care for all kinds of animals. When not at the sanctuary, she spends lots of time with her husband and their three beloved rescues – boxer mix Raja and two DMH named Fili and Kili.

Favorite Moment with an Animal: Although hard to pick just one moment, nothing beats the satisfaction and honor of finally earning the trust of a sensitive animal. 

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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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Joan Hovis
Lead Cat Caregiver

Joan grew up in Alaska surrounded by animals, whether it was wildlife or domestic, her home always had an open door policy to all animals. Years ago, she started a pet sitting business where she was able to share her love and knowledge of caring for animals with her community. She has volunteered with various rescue groups, but her involvement with the Community Cat Coalition renewed her passion for animal welfare and sparked her desire to help animals on a day-to-day basis and to educate people on the importance of animal welfare. She believes that through education, we can help our society recognize that animals have value. She is excited to be part of such an extraordinary team and to help the animals heal from the hard lives they have had to live.

Why I Fight For Animals: All animals should live a life full of dignity where they are valued and protected.

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Sheila Lee
Finance & Administration Director

Sheila brings more than 30 years of experience managing Accounting Operations for companies large and small to the Pasado’s Safe Haven team.  She has a passion for animal welfare and is 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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Tabitha Mars
Digital Communications Manager

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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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.

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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Karen Parnall
Animal Caregiver

Karen started her adventure with animals as a young girl when she snuck a feral kitten into her basement. She then spent a few days convincing her parents what a great idea it would be to have a cat. Since then, Karen has had the pleasure of sharing her life with cats, dogs, gerbils, and a cold salt water aquarium. She worked as a biologist at The Seattle Aquarium and then became a licensed small animal massage practitioner. In conjunction with massage, she incorporated Applied Zoopharmacognosy into her sessions. She has spent time volunteering at Everett Animal Shelter and N.O.A.H. She says that being at Pasado’s Safe Haven is like a daily miracle for her. She couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this amazing organization and to participate in the common goal of doing what’s right for each animal in Pasado’s Safe Haven’s care.

Why I Fight For Animals: Animals are cohabitants with us on this earth, and play an important part in its health. It’s our responsibility to respect their animal nature and to treat each one with care and compassion. We must also protect them from the cruelty brought down on them by ignorant people and inhumane circumstances.

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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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Nicole Pitts
Adoption & Foster Manager

Nicole has four years of experience managing adoption and foster programs for animal shelters and rescues, as well as six years of experience being a foster parent herself. She got her professional start working for a high-intake county facility in Atlanta. There she fought to create a no-kill community through placement, education and outreach. Eventually, her love for the outdoors brought her to the Pacific Northwest, where she now shares a tiny house in the Cascade Mountains with her rescue mutt, Annabel. Nicole is excited to once again join a team of such positive animal advocates. Pro tip: If she’s not in her office, you can find her where the goats are!

Why I Fight for Animals: Because not a single creature on earth has more or less of a right to be here.

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Ashley Ramos
Finance & Administration Manager

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Ashley has had an interesting life thanks to her 17 years in hotels/restaurants and has lived in Hawaii, Arizona, Georgia, Virginia and now Washington working at some really beautiful and interesting places. She’s always been in a service-oriented environment, but wanted to make more of a difference in the world. After earning her MBA in accounting she knew the world of finance would be more open to her, and she’s happy to have found an organization she is passionate about that can use her skills while helping animals. It doesn’t hurt that the sanctuary is peaceful, beautiful, and just a happy place to be, far exceeding the beautiful resorts and cities she’s worked in previously!  In her downtime, she’s hanging out with her husband and two kitties, crafting, reading and sailing.

Favorite Moment with an Animal: I have two rescue kitties and I’ll always have fond memories of the day they chose me. These two little flea ridden, skinny, scared kittens ran into my garage and refused to leave. I kept them over the weekend, cleaned and fed them, and when no one claimed them kept them to myself. I was lucky that I was in a place in my life to do that for them, but not every animal finds an opportunity like that. I’m happy to work at an organization that helps bring animals and people together in forever homes, and helps in homelessness prevention.

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Mike Ritter
Development Director

Mike brings over a decade of non-profit fundraising experience to Pasado’s Safe Haven. He has worked for a diverse set of organizations from environmental protection to youth services.  The common thread in all of Mike’s work is building deep relationships and connecting people to the organization’s mission. He is a Wisconsin native and graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and spent time working in politics in Wisconsin, Virginia and Montana before settling in Washington. He lives in Seattle with his wife (Susie), daughter (Ruby) and rescue dog (Layla).

Why I Fight for Animals: After my daughter was born, I felt an immense responsibility to create the world that we leave for her and part of that world is an end to animal cruelty.

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Jennifer Roers
Volunteer & Events Manager

Jen joined the Pasado’s Safe Haven team after first being a volunteer for the organization. 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 be putting her experience to work for the animals. Jen and her husband, Dave (a Pasado’s Safe Haven volunteer) live with their three cats, Tango, Oreo, and Rosie, 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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Ihlae Rosen
Senior Communications Manager

Ihlae comes to Pasado’s Safe Haven with eight years of experience in communications, marketing, digital media and event management. She graduated from the University of Washington with a master’s degree in communication, and has called the Pacific Northwest home her whole life. As the Senior Communications Manager, Ihlae is passionate about telling the important stories of Pasado’s Safe Haven’s animals and bringing awareness to our vital work. She is beyond thrilled at the opportunity to combine her love of animals with her professional skills. When not at our sanctuary, Ihlae spends time with her family, including her husband and their dog, Bella.

Why I Fight For Animals: Because all living creatures have an equal right to live freely on this earth.

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Corina Sherman
Administrative Assistant

Corina has always been devoted to animals rights, and made the decision to become meat-free at age 12. It was no secret that she was destined to do something related to animal well-being, and at age 15 her world opened up when visiting Pasado’s Safe Haven for the first time with a high school environmental club. She brings several years’ experience in customer service, administration and finance, event project management, and a wealth of personal experience with farmed and domestic animals to her new career at Pasado’s Safe Haven. She currently resides in Snohomish with her husband, three dogs, two cats, two birds, three frogs, a horse, and a constant rotation of foster dogs and cats.

Why I Fight For Animals: I fight for animals because they are an integral part of my life and have always been there for me when I needed someone to listen. I owe it to them to be their voice. I knew from a young age that I was meant to do something to benefit animals, and my dream quickly became to work for an animal sanctuary. So here I am.

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Rachel Stevenson
Animal Caregiver

Rachel grew up in South Carolina and traveled to Indiana to pursue a master’s degree after her decision to study Animal Behavior and Well-Being at Purdue University. Throughout her life, she has worked with a wide variety of animals on farms, veterinary and research clinics, animal shelters, and her local zoo. After observing many re-occurring problems and ethical concerns while working with animals, she found her passion in working to improve the lives of animals who were neglected and deserved a second chance. Rachel found Pasado’s Safe Haven shortly after moving to Washington and fell in love with the animals and the organization’s mission. Rachel currently lives with her cat, Simon, and snake, Toffee.

Why I Fight for Animals: Animals are unable to ask for help or escape situations of cruelty and neglect. Without those who choose to fight for what we believe is right, nothing will change.

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Cody Westfall
Animal Caregiver

Cody comes from a rural town in Ohio, where he grew up with cats, dogs, turtles, and fish. Growing up in a farming community, he was surrounded by animals who never had the chance to live their best and fullest lives. This factor helped him make the lifestyle switch to ethical vegan; one of the best decisions he’s ever made. Cody brings several years of dog and cat nutrition experience from both his undergraduate studies and pet shop background. Cody believes that through proper education and compassion, we can all be teachers of equality and equity among all living beings. He lives with his seven feline roommates: Reuben, Lucca, Maxwell, Crackers, Martin, Uriko, and Wheatley. He also lives with his beloved rescued beta fish “Crocodile.”

Why I Fight for Animals: “Knowing someone who belongs to another species can enlarge your soul in surprising ways.” ― Sy Montgomery

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Ashley Wisdom
Animal Caregiver Supervisor

Ashley has loved and cared for 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 is currently guardian for three horses, a donkey, three dogs, and five cats of her own. All of whom 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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Pierce County Spay Station

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

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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