Board of Directors and Management Team

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Dianne Canafax


Dianne is a highly successful dog trainer with over 25 years of experience, which includes private and public classes, behavior modification consultations, service dog training, and therapy dog training. Dianne’s greatest passion is helping people to better understand their dogs in order to strengthen the relationship between dog and human. The focus in all her classes is on how dogs learn and the “why” behind their behaviors. Dianne uses positive, scientifically proven, non-forceful training methods to emphasize the relationship between dog and human.

Dianne has volunteered with local animal shelters for more than 15 years and has been involved in animal rescue for the past 12 years. She is the co-founder of Kitsap Animal Rescue & Education (KARE). Her professional certifications include Karen Pryor Academy Clicker Training Partner, Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, and Certified Therapy Dog Evaluator for Pet Partners. She updates her credentials with frequent continuing education courses in animal behavior and training. Do you need your pet evaluated/certified? Visit our Evaluations & Consultations page to learn more.

Cathy Hayes

Treasurer and Secretary

As the Secretary/Treasurer for KARE, Cathy Hayes has a Business Management Degree, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. She and her husband own and run an oyster farming business on the Hood Canal. She also owns her own tax accounting business, as well as manages rental properties.

She was adopted by two rescue dogs, Penny, who recently passed away after sharing her love with the family for 13 years, and Skippy, a rescue dog who is a Certified Karen Pryor Academy Training Dog and a Certified Pet Partners Therapy Dog that specializes in hospice. She also has a grand-dog name Cookie , two cats, and several fish.

As a longtime volunteer at the local shelter, she became a Reiki Master and learned T-Touch so that she could provide these additional services to shelter animals. She also serves as the Adoption Coordinator, teaches classes and does behavior consults on behalf of KARE.

She is a Certified Training Partner of Karen Pryor Academy and a graduate of the Canine Behavior Internship Program offered by KARE. Cathy has always loved and wanted to work with pets, so being a volunteer for KARE is wonderful and rewarding.

Vickie Josal


Vickie Josal is a trainer for our therapy dog practice class.  Vickie is a long time volunteer at the local shelter as a Lead Dog Walker, Transfer Greeter and an Animal Transporter. As a volunteer with KARE for several years, she assists with training classes, Doglish, event booths, transition consults and behavior modification.

Vickie is always on the lookout for educational opportunities on canine behavior and how she can make a difference in their lives. To date, Vickie has graduated from the first Canine Behavior Internship Program and completed weekend seminars by Sue Sternburg and Kelly Bollen, in addition to many other webinars and local classes. She adopted a shelter pup, Daphne, and went through extensive training to become a Pet Partners therapy team.

Positive reinforcement and reward-based training is her philosophy for both four- and two-legged students. Vickie lives with her husband, Todd, and their two dogs, Lincoln, the GSD rescue, and Daphne, her shelter rescue, a lab/whippet/Australian Koolie mix.

When Vickie is not doing “dog stuff” she enjoys spending time with her kids and grandkids, traveling and volunteering with the local charity haunted house as the volunteer coordinator.

Andrea Sullivan

Marketing Coordinator

Andrea started volunteering for KARE as a graphic designer in 2015, with very little (almost none!) experience in animal rescue/welfare/training. However, after spending a lot of time with KARE learning more about dog training/education, she has since taken on the roles of Marketing Coordinator, webmaster and social media manager.  In addition to her marketing/design duties, she assists with coordinating KARE community events, fundraisers, and has occasionally fostered for KARE.

When Andrea is not doing “KARE stuff”, she is employed full time as a graphic designer for Navy Region Northwest, and enjoys spending her free time with her furbaby/”foster failure” Duke (@theDukeSullivan).

Heidi Wakefield

Ethics and Finance Officer

Heidi joined the KARE Board of Directors in 2013, bringing with her over 34 years of financial and auditing experience. She audited accounting and financial records for KARE, also serving as an ethics advisor. Heidi grew up in an animal-loving family and has been a longtime volunteer and patron at the local animal shelter. Although employed full-time as an inspector, her passions are animal welfare, adoption promotion, and continuing education about dog behavior.

On Aug. 9, 2017, Heidi passed at Harborview after an unexpected incident while enjoying time with her beloved husband, family and dogs. She is survived by her husband and their three dogs, Kona, Mariah, and Rylie, and will forever be loved and missed by our KARE family.

Meredith Dunne

Adoption Coordinator

Meredith has over 20 years experience in being devoted to the pet industry and animal welfare and is always interested in connecting with fellow animal and checklist lovers! Not-for-profit Project Manager passionate about building buzz and participation for important causes.