MEET THE KENNEL TECHS

Sharon Chestnutt – Manager and Groomer

Sharon joined Inavale in 2008 as a groomer and has since become the manager as well. With a life-long passion for animals, Sharon graduated from UBC with a BSC in Animal Science and has many years of experience in animal care. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys walking her two dogs, Jess and Roo, and caring for her small herd of angora goats.

 

Sadie Blake – Lead Kennel Technician

Sadie joined the Inavale family in 2009 when she began volunteering to walk and bathe dogs. Over the years she has learned a lot about dogs and their behavior, and continues to learn with each new dog she meets. Sadie is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s in bio-health, and hopes to enroll in Pharmacy school at OSU in the next few years. In her spare time, Sadie loves to spend time with her two dogs and husband.

 

Alix Ferrero – Lead Kennel Technician


Alix has been a part of the Inavale team since March of 2015. This is her passion and hopes to one day open her own boarding kennel. During her time here she enjoys constantly learning about dogs and dog behavior to better take care of everyone she interacts with. In her down time she enjoys hiking with her husband and two dogs.

 

 

 

Tessa Blanshan – Kennel Technician and Groomer

Tessa joined the Inavale team in March of 2017. She recently moved to Oregon from North Carolina with her husband and 4 dogs. Yes 4! Tessa has years of experience working with dogs from running an all breed animal rescue and working previously as a self employed pet sitter. In her spare time she enjoys shooting at the range with her husband and camping with her 4 big dogs. She hopes to make Inavale Farm a full time career of caring for all of your wonderful pets. She is currently being trained to groom by Sharon and hopes to one day take over as the full time groomer

Kayden Purnell– Kennel Technician

Kayden was born in Pendleton, Oregon. He recently graduated from OSU with a B.S. in animal science and minor in chemistry. He plans on attending graduate school in the future to continue studying animals. In his free time, he enjoys being in the outdoors, hiking with his dog, going to the coast, and spending time with friends.

 

 

 

Shyann Harrington – Kennel Technician

Shyann has been working at Inavale since spring of 2017. She really enjoys hanging out with all the dogs, it always brightens her days. She is currently going to school to become a nurse and likes spending her free time outside as much as possible.

 

 

Reya Fairbanks – Kennel Technician

Reya began working at Inavale in 2016. During her spare time, Reya enjoys playing soccer, riding her horse and spending time with friends. While Reya finishes high school she plans to work at Inavale throughout the year. Her future plans involve attending veterinary school at OSU.

 

 

 

 

Erryn Smith  – Kennel Technician

Erryn has been working at Inavale since September 2018. She just graduated from OSU with a B.S. in Animal Science with an emphasis in Pre-veterinary medicine. In her spare time she loves going to the gym, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with her family, dogs, and friends. She hopes she will be attending vet school next year at OSU to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a vet!

 

 

Anastasya Hoffman – Kennel Technician

Anastasya has been working at Inavale since August 2018. She loves working and learning from all of the new dogs she is able to
interact with. She’s a Sociology major at OSU with a minor in Popular Music. Working towards becoming a social worker and specializing in animal and or music therapy. In her free time she loves jhanging out with her two pups,  singing, and playing the tuba in the OSU marching band.
Marisa Thoma – Kennel Technician
Marisa was born and raised in Alameda, CA and recently moved to Oregon after completing her BS in Biology at UCLA. She joined the Inavale team in August 2018 and loves meeting and working with all dogs. In her free time she enjoys archery, cross-stitch and taking care of the family dogs, cats and chickens. One day she hopes to pursue a career in veterinary medicine to continue working with as many animals as possible.