About Camp K-9 of Marin

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, cats Echo & Indy and ducks – Cici & Emmy!  Throughout her adult life she has had dogs, cats, horses, goats, cows, chicken, duck, geese, rats, hamsters & guinea pigs.  You can find her most weekends hiking the hills of Marin with Cooper, playing in her swimming pool with Cooper or at one of her kid’s many sports games (usually with Cooper).   

Christina Martin

Camp Greeter & Lead Camp Counselor

Born in Marin County, Christina has split her life between California and Washington, always being drawn back to Marin one way or another. There has never been a time where there wasn't an animal - be it dogs, cats, bunnies, even geckos - in her house. Currently located in Nicasio, she enjoys taking her roommates Blue Heeler out on walks through Marin open space. She's on the lookout for a puppy to add to her family of two cats. Fingers crossed, it'll be soon!

Yas Binay

Camp Greeter

Yasemin is a native San Franciscan Turk who moved to Marin when she was about 11 years old; impatiently spent a few years in SF, a winter season in Tahoe and a semester in SB; although for some reason, she just couldn't keep away from Marin County.  She has ridden horses for more than half her life and besides walking on her own two feet, feels the most comfortable riding a horse.  At the moment, she shares everything in her life, including peanut butter midnight snacks and boyfriend with her incredibly crazy spoiled demanding goofy pit bull Mila. On Yasemin's days off you can find them either two locations: napping together anywhere comfy or hiking all around Marin County/Bay Area.

Selena Jackson

Camp Greeter

Selena comes from a big military family. She moved with her parents, uncle and aunt, and younger brother from Puerto Rico at the age of 11. She lived with her family in Italy, Portugal, and Canada before moving in and around the United States. Her family finally settled into the Bay Area in 2013. Selena graduated from Island High School in Alameda in January 2017. She is an avid athlete who enjoys swimming and is also an accomplished softball and baseball player. She loves spending time with her 8 year old Cocker Spaniel mix Cheyenne and her 3 year old Chihuahua named Pacha.

 

Camp Trainers

Allyson Stoops

Camp Trainer

Ally is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and her training philosophy is simple but effective -- improve relationships between people and their dog based on trust and cooperation. Ally has been the Camp Trainer at Camp K-9 of Marin for nine years. She is also the owner of No Bones About It! Ally has a unique understanding of the demands that busy families and professionals face and builds customized plans that deliver real life results. As a former instructor and behavior counselor for the Humane Society, Ally is passionate about teaching her clients the most effective dog training techniques. The result is a fun, well-mannered dog that is a great companion in all aspects of your life. Ally "rests her dogs" locally in Milly Valley and loves spending her time actively training (and being trained by) three children, two dogs, two cats, and one very patient husband. 

Ally offers a variety of training classes at Camp K-9 of Marin. 

 

Camp Counselors

Trisha Barnes

Lead Counselor

Certified Advanced Pet Care 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 amazing care for all of our Campers, but is also the informal Camp historian.

Mela Santa-Cruz

Camp Counselor

Mela was born and raised in Marin County with all of her family and always with a loving pet (or 2) by her side.  She is a full time hairstylist who just couldn’t shake the need to be surrounded by more furry friends after having to say goodbye to her family’s 17 year old black lab last October. She is the proud parent of a 7 year old cat, Oli. And although it is not possible at the moment she is looking forward to a future surrounded by fur babies and many other precious little creatures!

Megan Graves

Lead Counselor & Pre-Camping Interview Coordinator

Certified Pet CPR and First Aid

Megan was born in the Bay Area and grew up in the mountains of Oregon.  She has spent about half of her life in each state, making her a true Calif-Oregonian.  Growing up, Megan always had animals around, but she had a special spot in her heart for all dogs.  She now has two big ol' coonhounds named Penny and Gus who are littermates.  Megan has done a little bit of everything- being a nanny, wildland firefighting, working as an EMT, managing a cafe, and instructing kayak and backpacking courses. Now residing in Marin, when not at camp, you can find her hiking the local trails with her pups, paddling on the bay, or working in her garden.

Elondrice Hodge

Lead Counselor

Elondrice is a college student in Napa County. She recently moved from Maryland to California with her family, and is looking forward to earning her degree in accounting and finance. She has always had a love for animals and been fascinated by nature. She does not currently have a dog, but has had the pleasure before and hopes to again in the future. Without a fuzzy friend at home she gets all the love she can at Camp K-9. 

Audrey Marasigan

Camp Counselor

Pet First Aid and CPR, Obedience Training Certificate

I was born and raised in the East Bay. I graduated from Cal State Hayward (East Bay) with a Mass Communication degree. Trying to find myself across the country, I finally found my happiness in working with dogs of all kinds, shapes, and sizes!  I am now residing in San Rafael. In addition to working here at Camp K-9 of Marin, I volunteer at Guide Dogs for the Blind and The Marin Humane Society.     I’m surrounded by dogs all day every day; you can never have too much dog!

Ut Huynh

Camp Counselor

Hi all! I work part-time here, so you’ll only see me on the weekends! When I’m not playing with your dogs at camp, I am growing native plants for restoration for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. I’ve been a dog handler for a few months now and love every moment of it. During my time off, I can be seen hiking or playing fetch with my vizsla pup  all around Marin/Bay Area.

Tiffany Francecisco

Camp Counselor

Tiffany grew up in and around Southern California before settling down here in Marin County. SHe comes from a military family and she loves photography, fitness and cooking. Tiffany loves to travel with her boyfriend, whether it's local or long distance. She also hopes to pursue a career in nursing. Tiffany's trust sidekick is Groot, a pure bred Great Dane that is always ready for an adventure!

Yolanda De Los Reyes

Overnight Supervisor

Yolanda moved from Texas at the age of 3 and as far as she can remember, she has always had a dog in her life!  She currently has 5 dogs of her own:  Zoey, (a terrier princess), Ravi, (a clown of a Doxie mix),  Dot (a hopping Basset/Doxi mix), and last but not least, Lola (a Pitbull that looks more like a little pink pig)!  It is obvious that Yolanda has a passion for dogs and she treats every camper like one of her own!

 

Shawna Renga

Overnight Supervisor

You'll rarely see Shawna Renga around Camp, as she works the Friday and Saturday overnight shift. Shawna is a paramedic, and works full time for the United States Coast Guard as an EMT instructor. Shawna is a dog lover, and worked as a trainer for Guide Dogs for the blind for ten years before becoming a paramedic. Shawna plans to take a trip to Africa next year, and her work at Camp Canine is helping to find that dream! She lives in Sausalito with her husband, two step sons, and two dogs; Rudy and Tater Tot.