About Camp K-9 of Marin

Yasemin Binay

Lead Greeter & Camp Counselor

Certified Pet CPR & First Aid

Yasemin is a native San Franciscan Turk who moved to Marin when she was 11 years old; impatiently spent a few years in SF, a winter season in Truckee and went to SB to become an EMT. Although, for some reason, she just couldn’t keep away from the Bay Area, and has been here since 2014. She has ridden horses her whole 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, from snacks to people, with her loveable goofy pit bull Mila. On Yasemin’s days off you can find the two of them either napping together, knitting, snacking or watch Yasemin chase after Mila as she beelines for any body of water. 

Sarah Tracy

Camp Greeter

Sarah was born in Western New York, but also lived in Florida before moving to Marin County. Of all the places she's lived, Sarah likes Marin County, California the best. She has always had animals in her life, be it cats, dogs, rabbits, hamsters, or horses. She is planning on adopting some more in the future. In her free time, Sarah is working towards achieving a BA in English Literature and is an avid lover of all things Fantasy and Sci-Fi.

Patti Catinella

Camp Greeter

Patti was born and raised in Marin County where she grew up taking care of all kinds of animals ranging from rabbits, cats, to a dachshund named Ginger-Blossom and a poodle named Gidget. She attended Sonoma State University where she received a degree in Criminal Justice Administration and sociology. Upon graduation, she went into the hospitality industry. Growing up as a middle child, she’s always loved helping others, especially her community. She is involved with community service efforts such as making lunches for the homeless. Developing genuine relationships with both clients and coworkers is always a priority. Over her career she’s built long lasting relationships with her coworkers and is happy to turn her skills in hospitality to her canine friends.

 

Camp Trainers

Allyson Stoops

Camp Trainer

Ally Stoops has been the Camp Trainer at Camp K-9 of Marin for 14 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 has created Puppy Training Programs that provide relief to her clients while ensuring puppies get the most effective training all while having the most fun!

Ally’s Group Training Classes have been developed with the same concepts in mind; family friendly, fun for pups and producing real life results.  Her enthusiasm and dedication to her clients (both dog and human) for the past 25 years have made her one of the most sought-after trainers in Marin for puppies and adolescent dogs. Ally lives and trains in her Mill Valley home where she has raised three children (two in college and one at Tam High) is constantly supported by her VERY patient husband and is amused daily by the antics of her own dogs and two cats.

 

 

Camp Counselors

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.

Brittany Tuck

Lead Counselor

Certified Pet CPR & First Aid

Brittany was born and raised in Sonoma County, then lived in San Francisco for over 10 years and now calls Marin County her home. She studied Child Development at CCSF and has worked with ‘at risk’ kids. She loves taking long drives and exploring the beauty of the Bay Area. Brittany has worked with dogs for 10 years and has her own four legged Chihuahua friend named Cheech. Outside of working at Camp and with children, Brittany loves to spend her time in nature riding dirt bikes, hiking and floating down the Russian River!

Audrey Marasigan

Lead Counselor

Veterinary Assistant Certified, 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!

Jonah Mendoza

Camp Counselor

Jonah lived in Rocklin, California with his mother and little brother for the first 12 years of his life. It was there that his family got their first dog, a miniature long-haired dachshund, and Jonah couldn't get enough of his new friend and family member. Shortly after, his family moved around to a few places in the bay until they settled in Marin, where Jonah and his pup have called it home ever since.

Rachel Ralske

Camp Counselor

Certified Pet CPR & First Aid

Rachel grew up and has been in the Bay Area her entire life. She currently lives with her Staffordshire Boxer mix, Jasper, and spends most of her free time hiking with him. Rachel’s animal career started at a young age, and she has been volunteering and working with animals for over 8 years. She started working with animals while in middle school, volunteering for rescue organizations and a wildlife museum. She then went on to work at a few different boarding and daycare facilities and then at Canine Companions for Independence. She has worked with many different types of animals (exotic and domestic) and has even trained dogs for a few years.  Rachel now enjoys working for Camp K-9 of Marin as a full-time Camp Counselor! 

 

Katie Borel

Camp Counselor

Katie Borel has spent most of her life in and around Seattle, Washington and has always had dogs in her life. Her first 14 years of life were spent growing up with Alex, an angelic yellow lab (as she remembers her) and without a dog in the family, is eager to satisfy her love for dogs by doting on the ones she has the pleasure of meeting. From a young age, she started volunteering at humane societies and has since worked with dogs in a daycare environment as well as dog walking and pet sitting. In her spare time, she loves to read, explore the local towns, and walk scenic trails.

Adrian Walker

Camp Counselor

My name is Adrian and I am a friend to ALL animals, especially so to DOGS! ! ! Dogs are my favorite kind of people, and it makes my soul happy to be able to be of service to your pooches! It is my heart's desire to dote on them, and be their friend! My mission is to ensure your pup is well cared for, and constantly loved!

Prior to following my passion to work with animals I was following my other passion - cycling - and living out my lifelong dreams of being a sponsored cyclist. I spent 7 years in the cycling industry managing Mike's bikes online fulfillment, and am one of the original founding members of team Mike's bikes cyclocross team, racing officially for 4 seasons. I love everything nature, adventure, and outdoors!!

Ty Wood

Camp Counselor

Ty was born in San Francisco and has lived in Marin for the last 16 years. Together with her mom through the Milo Foundation, they love to foster all dogs and don’t have any plans of stopping any time soon! Ty currently has 2 dogs, Princess and Panda, as well as a few reptiles, fish and arachnids. Besides loving dogs, you can catch her happily collecting worms and bugs for her scaly friends, breeding Betta fish, watching anime and perfecting her body art skills.  

Bijan Bakhtiari

Camp Counselor

Bijan is a born and raised Marinite!  He attended COM and studied Government & Business and comes from a big family with 2 boys & 3 girls.  Bijan has had big dogs (Rottweilers & Labs) all his life and currently owns a Great Pyrenees named Gus.  He loves to play football, baseball, basketball, soccer and mixed martial arts.  Prior to coming to Camp, Bijan was a waiter for several years, and now enjoys working with the dogs.

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!