About Camp K-9 of Marin

Molly Balla

Camp Director

Certified Pet Care Technician

Molly is Marin’s finest animal entrepreneur and Boss Dog Goddess.

She radiates compassion and enthusiasm in working with pets.  Molly fervently believes: when people and pets take great care of each another, all involved live happier, healthier, more rewarding lives.  

Her mission is wholehearted commitment to enhancing quality of life for these beloved animals and, ultimately, their loyal human companions.

Molly embodies a Silicon Valley savvy and people smart perspective distinctively refreshing to the pet care profession.  With her decade plus business background in technology sales and client services, she led the launch of Camp K-9 of Marin in 2003.

She has enriched the Bay Area for over 25 years.  Before that she earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio).

As Camp Director, Molly is responsible for business management, customer service, and community outreach programs.  Our “Boss Lady” also oversees daily operations.

Her steadfast passion for pets of all kinds has led to active participation in several of the Bay Area's leading animal organizations, including Pets Unlimited and the San Francisco SPCA.

Molly lives in Corte Madera with her branding man husband, their effervescent daughter and a curiously dog-like, one-eyed cat named Fred.

Lisa Nicholson

Front Office Manager

As Front Office Manager Lisa brings with her 14 years experience as a Project Manager in the IT industry, and 5 years experience as an Office Manager.  She is a Southern California native and prefers Northern California!  Animals have been a part of Lisa’s life as far back as she can remember.  Growing up she had a German Shepherd named Scooter, a bird name Herbie, cats Crumpet & Tilly and several bunnies.  Now as a wife and mother of 5 children and a grandmother to a beautiful granddaughter, she has a Flat Coat Retriever named Cooper, a Newfiedoodle name Dug, a rescue mutt named Kiley, and a variety of foster dogs from a non-profit dog rescue that she volunteers with, cats Echo & Indy, a bird name Louie and a Beta named Bruce!  Throughout her adult life she has had dogs, cats, horses, goats, cows, chickens, ducks, geese, rats, hamsters & guinea pigs.  She spends most weekends hiking the trails with Cooper, Dug & Kiley or attending one of her kid’s many sports games (usually with Cooper).  

Trisha Barnes

Operations Manager

Certified Advanced Pet Technician

Growing up, Trisha spent countless hours in 4-H and volunteering with animals, including a 15 year stint at the Marin County Fair Agricultural tent. She's a skilled animal handler that has grown up around, lived with and learned much from dogs, cats, rabbits and a plethora of critters since she was "knee-high to a Pug".

Trisha graduated from Sir Francis Drake High School in 2004 and currently lives in Marin with her boyfriend and 3 dogs (Gidget, Pico, and Lucero). Trisha started at Camp in 2005 and her breadth of experience with our Campers is extraordinary. Not only does she provide world-class care for all of our Campers, but is also the informal Camp historian.  AND she's the unlimited talent behind our almost famous, totally amazing Instagram account.