Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors includes professionals with many backgrounds – each enriches our understanding of how we can contribute most effectively.

Linda Keast, Director / Chief S.T.A.R. Handler

Received April 22, 2013

Received April 22, 2013

  • MA,  Spanish and   MS, Computer Science
  • 45 hours Training in Domestic Violence Advocacy through the YWCA and Raphael House of Portland
  • 6 hours Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) training along with the staff of Raphael House
  • Animal-Assisted Play Therapy Level 1 Certification
  • TAGteach Primary Certification
  • Pet Partner® (formerly Delta Society) with Lili (Eli recently retired)
  • “Kids on the Block” Powerful Puppetry DoveLewis-certified handler in dog safety program, 3 years
  • “SMART” reader, five years
  • Licensed Doggone Safe “Be-a-Tree” Presenter
  • Licensed “I Speak Doggy” and “Dog Stars” Dog Safety Program Presenter
  • Association of Professional Dog Trainers - Dog Training ProfessionalsProfessional Member:  Assoc. of Professional Dog Trainers
  • Canine Sport Competitor:
    • AKC and UKC Obedience/Rally (Utility/Excellent)
    • AKC Agility (Excellent B level before Eli retired)
    • Flyball (Flyball Master level before Eli retired)
    • Canine Freestyle (Intermediate level)
    • K9 Nose Work®  (Nose Work 1 title – Lili)
    • Barn Hunt (RATN – Eli)
    • Do More With Your Dog “Trick Dog” (Eli and Lili at Expert level)

Tina Arth

  • BA, English
  • Retired Director of Physical Science Student Affairs, UC Irvine
  • Judge for 12 years in the Music and Arts Program. for Youth
  • Member, Board of Directors, Animal Aid, Inc.

Robert Robison

  • BA, Social Work and MA, Public Administration
  • Crime Victims Services Manager, Retired, Multnomah County Community Justice
  • Taught undergraduate criminology students about working with crime victims, Portland State University
  • Proud owner of Dylan the Wonder Dog, his fourth Golden Retriever

Lori Gamroth

  • Details to come.

Advisory Board

Giang Pham – Training Director

  • MFA, Theatre Arts at Harvard University & Moscow Art Theatre School
  • Association of Professional Dog Trainers - Dog Training ProfessionalsKPA-CTP Certified Dog Trainer
  • Owner of Lucky Pooch et Vous private dog training
  • 18 years of animal rescuing and fostering
  • Member of Columbia Agility Team
  • Professional Member of  Assoc. of Professional Dog Trainers 

Linda Hamilton

Kristin Lewallen

  • BA, Psychology and MA, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Clinical Specialist II at ProtoCall Services, Inc.
  • 9 years of experience working with at-risk youth
  • Trained in Trauma Informed Care and Nonviolent Crisis Intervention

Susie Waki (on medical leave)

Sally Simon (on medical leave)

  • MSW in Clinical Social Work
  • LCSW – Inactive (retired)
  • Past Children’s Program Coordinator in a domestic violence shelter in Houston
  • Over 30 years clinical and managerial experience in variety of inpatient and  outpatient treatment settings with children, adolescents and adults of all ages
  • Knowledge of mental health, chemical dependency and medical issues

Gillian Dyall (on professional leave)

  • MS Clinical Psychology
  • Licensed School Counselor (Oregon)
  • Marriage & Family Therapist (California, inactive)
  • Experience in both in-patient and out-patient mental health services
  • Elementary School Counselor in Beaverton School District
  • Currently counselor at Arts & Communication High School in Beaverton School District