Meet The Team

KRISTINA PULSIPHER

President/Co-Founder

Kristina is a licensed social worker who has worked in the  Salt Lake valley for almost 20 years. She started her career as a case worker with the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) and has since worked for several organizations with

at-risk youth. She currently works in the criminal justice field with adults and she is an avid proponent of using a trauma informed approach. 

Her passion for working with animals began when she and her husband got their first Bulldog almost 9 years ago. She then began volunteering at The Humane Society of Utah, the Bulldog Club of Utah Rescue, and is one of the co-founders of Street Dawg Crew of Utah. Her love for working with underserved people and pets sparked the idea to form

Ruff Haven Crisis Sheltering. 

She currently resides in Draper with her husband, three smooshy rescue Bulldogs, and a perma-foster Bulldog. Her claim to fame is

being the mom to

Salt Lake County Animal Services' Canine Deputy Mayor, Hoss. 

MARISA HERNANDEZ

Vice President of Operations/

Co-Founder

As soon as she could walk, Marisa was walking the dog food aisle of the grocery store kissing the bags of dog food with pictures of puppies on them.  Ever since then Marisa has been advocating for animals in whatever aspect she could.

Marisa Hernandez has spent the majority of her professional life caring for others.
Early on she had random jobs like a Starbucks barista or retail sales associate or even baking bread at a local bakery. Marisa worked as an educator helping special needs students with developmental disorders.

After moving away from Minnesota to leave a troubled relationship, she and her three children moved back to Utah where she has a loving family and friends. She’s worked hard to raise her three children nearly alone. While doing so, she also cared for others by serving in an industry she has a passion for, with different positions in the airlines industry as gate agent and flight attendant. This gave her the ability to travel and show her children more of the world.

Several years ago, when a friend passed away unexpectedly, Marisa stepped in immediately to keep his small business open for his loyal clients. In 2016 Dogs R Us became Dogs All Day to carry on her friend’s legacy and continue to serve the needs of his customers and their animals providing daycare, grooming, boarding and love. This opportunity has enabled Marisa to foster out many animals to their furever homes.

Now Marisa is proud to be one of the founding members of nonprofit organization, Ruff Haven, offering animal care for those in need, dealing with crisis situations that without help might cost them the relationship with their cherished and beloved pets.

It’s just another step in her career making a difference and caring as much as she can.

KIMO POKINI

Vice President of Development/

Co-Founder

Kimo is a long-time advocate of nonprofit volunteer work and has actively participated in a number of worthy causes that support humanitarian and animal rescue efforts. Kimo was Vice President of the Legacy Initiative of Utah, as well as Vice President and co-founder of Street Dawg Crew of Utah.

Kimo’s enthusiasm for Ruff Haven Crisis Sheltering comes from his love of literally helping the underdog, believing that “when you help a pet, you help a person.” He has been an animal lover all his life, and has been a dog dad to several pups, including Kubo, a fairly recent addition to the family. Kimo is married to RHCS board member Stan Stensrud, and enjoys the company of his mom and father-in-law, who also live in their home.

DUSTIN CLARK

Treasurer

Dustin Clark is excited to be part of the Ruff Haven team. He developed a deep love of animals as a young boy, having grown up with three wonderful dogs, Penny, Molly, and Tosh. 

 

He has more than fifteen years of banking and finance expertise that he puts to use in making sure that all of the financial reporting for Ruff Haven is in tip top shape. 

 

Dustin lives in Davis County with his wife, two daughters, and their two dogs, Sammie and Tod. 

STAN STENSRUD

Board Member/

Co-Founder

Stan enjoyed a successful 30-year career in retail management before entering retirement a couple of years ago. As a volunteer, Stan was vice president for the Downtown Retail Merchants Association, and also served as the co-director of the Miss Salt Lake County pageant for seven years.

Stan has had many pets in his own life and understands the important role pets play in peoples’ lives. A Utah native, Stan actively participates in Spartan Races, charity bike rides, and other sporting events.

Stan lives in Murray with his husband Kimo, his dad, mother-in-law, and Kubo, their Belgian Malinois rescue.

Sam is thrilled to join the Ruff Haven team as the Foster Sitter Coordinator. She always knew she wanted to work with animals and their people. Sam believes that animal companionship is for everyone.

She currently works for Salt Lake County Animal Services as their IT Coordinator. Prior, she worked as an enforcement associate for the shelter. She is proud to be a part of organizations that strive to make responsible pet ownership possible for Utah residents.

Born and raised in Indiana, Sam graduated from DePauw University in 2014. In 2016, she moved to Utah to see what life was like on the other side of the Rockies. Sam and her husband Josh currently live in Taylorsville with their wonderful rescue pets

SAM SMINK

Foster Sitter Coordinator

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

GUINNEVERE SHUSTER

Board Chair

Guinnevere has a diverse background working with both people and animals. Before joining the animal welfare sector, she managed a group home and worked in an afterschool program with refugee children. Guinnevere has worked and volunteered with all sorts of animals, from dogs to horses, to giant African millipedes and even emus.

 

Guinnevere joined the Humane Society of Utah in 2012. As the Social Media and Photography Manager, she has created a nationally recognized photography program promoting shelter animals in a positive light. Having her work featured online by the Huffington Post, Time, The Today Show, Oprah.com, and published in newspapers and magazines in the U.S., England, Germany, and Poland. Guinnevere has photographed shelter dogs in commercial and social media campaigns for Purina and Canon. In 2016 she was awarded Canon's Rebel with Cause winner. Guinnevere published her first book Shelter Dogs in a Photo Booth in 2016. She has assisted animal shelters and rescues across the country with setting up or improving their photography programs.

 

Guinnevere enjoys volunteering often assists local animal welfare groups or coaching Special Olympics. Guinnevere currently resides in Salt Lake City, UT, with her two rescue dogs, Petunia and Huxley, on Instagram @Tubs_and_Crew, her 38 Amazon parrot Sunshine and Turtle Evie.

RANDALL CARLISLE

Board Member

Randall Carlisle loves animals and has had pets for most of his life, although he prefers cats for their independence.

 

Randall had an illustrious 54 year career in broadcasting that began at the age of 14 when he won the Ohio State radio announcing contest and was offered a part time job at a small radio station in northeastern Ohio. He switched from radio to television where he spent the next 40 plus years as an anchor/reporter in Colorado Springs, Dayton, Minneapolis, Dallas and Salt Lake City, most recently for more than 20 years at ABC4. He won three Emmys, appeared on Good Morning America, has interviewed luminaries like Peter Jennings, President Jimmy Carter, Alice Cooper, was at Kent State during the national guard shootings and covered numerous national political conventions.

 

He retired from television in 2017 and is now working as a media and community relations specialist at Odyssey House of Utah, the largest and one of the oldest treatment centers in the state.

ANDREA BERRY

Board Secretary

Andrea was born and raised in Park City, Utah. She attended Snow College and Southern Utah University. She begged to be able to babysit at the age of 9 and finally had regular customers by the time she turned 11. Since then she has dabbled in many customer service positions, everything from bartending to x-ray technician. Eventually she landed back in Park City managing a small embroidery and print shop, ACME Threadware, where she has been happily decorating apparel since 2012.

 

Over the last 25 years she has been fortunate enough to have the companionship of a handful of dogs. It all started with Murphy Blackish-Brown in 1994. A beautiful mutt her family adopted at an event sponsored by the Big Dogs outlet store. Murphy was an exemplary 1st family dog who taught her humans many tricks and lived to be a grumpy 16 years-old, barking at all the kids to “get off her lawn”. Before she crossed the rainbow bridge, Murphy was introduced to the loves of Andrea’s life, Hennessey and Rukus. A sassy red nose American Pitbull Terrier and a goofy chocolate Labrador mix, Hennessey and Rukus taught Andrea true unconditional love and companionship. Even a 10 day vacation was hard to leave her babies in the capable hands of family members.  Looking back on good times that were hard to be without her furry companions led Andrea to jump at the chance to be part of such a great organization like Ruff Haven. She is hopeful and excited to be able to help those in not such good times to know their 4-legged companions will be well taken care of until they are reunited.

 

Andrea has lived in South Salt Lake for the last 3 months and is recently without a fur-baby. She looks forward to finding her next K9 soulmate soon.

MIKE TAMS

Board Member

Mike is a native Utahn and has lived in the Salt Lake County area for the last six years. He currently works in data security in Draper.

 

Mike is a two-time beagle owner, and admits that many people would say that getting a second beagle says that must say something about his mental state. But he says that he wouldn’t trade it for anything. He lost he first beagle seven years ago and after three years, came to the realization that his life was missing something. Enter Dexter, who has stolen his heart and keeps him busy supporting Dexter’s current term as the Salt Lake County Canine Mayor Dexter.

 

Mike is excited to be able to work with this amazing organization and wants to see every animal be able to have to life that Dexter has.

ANN WIGHAM

Board Member

Ann has experience in animal rescue and doing animal adoptions at Salt Lake County Animal Services. She has never been without a dog for more than 1-2 years. She could eat Mexican food daily, knows a lot of useless 80’s music trivia, loves spooky stuff, and believes that no one should lose their animals due to a temporary life inconvenience. She lives at home with her husband, daughter, and their rescue dog, Hal.

Ruff Haven

Crisis Sheltering

1370 South 400 West

Salt Lake City, UT 84115
(All intakes and visits are by appointment only.)

801-251-6765

info@ruffhaven.org

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