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

Association of Professional Dog Trainers

  • Professional 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

  • BS in Elementary Education, MS in Curriculum and Instruction, Spec. in Early Childhood
  • 30+ years of teaching and working with children and families in a variety of formal and informal settings
  • Former Child Development Instructor with NW Nannies
  • Former CASA for Yamhill County
  • Community Trainer for Oregon Registry for Childhood Care and Education
  • Positive Discipline Parent Educator
  • Taught conflict resolution for adults through the Oregon State Extension

Advisory Board

Giang Pham – Training Director

Association of Professional Dog Trainers

  • MFA, Theatre Arts at Harvard University & Moscow Art Theatre School
  • KPA-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 

Samantha Balmes

  • JD from Vermont Law School with certification in International Comparative Legal Systems and emphasis on Environmental Lay (licensed in Vermont and Washington)
  • BAA in International Business from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, with second emphasis on French and a Paralegal certification
  • 5 years as pro bono counsel for animal nonprofits
  • 15 years experience in event coordination and fundraising, event coordination, and volunteer management
  • 4 years experience as a Girl Scout leader

Linda Hamilton

Association of Professional Dog Trainers

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

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