Meet the Board

Nancy Rose - President & Shelter Manager


Nancy has been our Shelter Manager and full time Kennel Manager, living on the property since 2006. Previously she worked for the Feral Cat Association in San Diego. Nancy has also been a volunteer with Stevens County Cat Care Clinic since 2006. CVAS was originally a "dog only" shelter. Because no other organization in the area was helping cats, and Stevens County has a huge cat abandonment problem, Nancy started the CVAS cat shelter, which is located in the basement of the house on the property.

Nancy works 24/7 watching over the Sanctuary and its charges. Many of her hours are spent feeding, cleaning and transporting the animals to veterinary appointments. She also handles many of the adoptions. Most recently, after realizing the need for an upgraded kennel building and the addition of a new cat facility, Nancy has been working passionately to meet those goals.

Susan Durnell - Vice President


Susan Durnell is a long-time volunteer. Retired after 35 years teaching primary grades, she now has time to pursue her next passion, being a crazy cat lady. She and her daughter clean up after the cats (and spoil them a bit) and help train dogs to become more adoptable. They also have fostered a number of dogs and kittens over the years, including Molly (pictured), who was fostered “for a week” 8 years ago and never left. Susan also serves on the board of, and volunteers at, the Kettle Falls Food Bank.


Linda Spurlin - Secretary


A homesteader’s daughter, born and raised in Alaska, Linda and her family moved to Washington State in the mid ‘90’s. A lifelong animal lover and advocate, she is also secretary to the Board, as well as Clinic Coordinator, for another local animal group- Stevens County Cat Care (a mobile low cost spay/neuter clinic for the cats of Stevens County low income residents).

Because of her Special Education background, (developed as the need arose after her and her husband’s first child was born with mental retardation, cerebral palsy, and seizures), Linda also advocates for animals with special needs. In addition to their other rescue pets, she and her husband have 2 blind cats and a deaf Great Dane. Linda has also fostered several deaf dogs for CVAS.

For the past nine years, Linda has driven to various towns to pick up dog food donations for us, transported neglected animals to our shelter, helped at booths at community events, and taken our dogs and cats to and from the veterinarians’ offices. She hopes to continue her service to our community’s pets further by being a Board member.


Lynda Wrigley - Treasurer


Lynda, being a native to the Northwest, does not know how to spell her name. She migrated to California for college and employment. After 30 years with GTE she took an early retirement after serving as the the National Engineering Budget Manager for GTE Telephone Operations in Dallas Texas. In 1999, after her husband retired, they were anxious to get out of the heat and humidity and returned to the Northwest.

While in Texas, she was quite a successful breeder of Peruvian Paso horses. Several of her horses were regional Champion of Champions and three were National Champions. For fun she went to work as a veterinary assistant to learn as much as possible about how to care for her own animals. In addition to 17 horses, she also had three goats, 5 chickens, 3 potbelly pigs, 12 cats and 3 dogs.

Always loving animals, she has volunteered for a number of animal related organizations, always with a focus on spay and neuter. Currently she volunteers with Stevens County Cat Care, in recovery, at their spay and neuter clinics. She became involved with CVAS about a year ago when she had to keep calling Nancy Rose for help while volunteering with another organization. So she left them and joined CVAS. She looks forward to working with this board, lots more fostering, and hopefully making a difference with the CVAS spay and neuter program.


Pat Lowe - General Board Member/Director


When Pat retired in May 2006, she and her husband Bobby moved from Colorado to Colville. They also brought with them their 9 llamas, 8 barn cats, 1 house cat & 2 dogs, one being a 201 lb. Great Pyrenees. Pat knew that she was not ready to hit the rocking chair so she started volunteering with CVAS in 2010 and has been kept busy ever since. Pat believes that keeping our minds and bodies active gives us a greater quality of life and what better way to do that than to help animals in need.


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