Meet Our Team

Alex Tonner

Founder

Alex adopted a baby pitbull in 2009. She named him "Ziggy" because his tail zig-zagged; it was bent out of shape as the result of the abuse and neglect he had endured in a backyard before being rescued.

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Dr. Zoe Ramagnano

Medical Director

Dr. Zoe was born in Trinidad, Colorado and spent her childhood in New Mexico and Pennsylvania. She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Animal Bioscience and an honors degree in Veterinary Science in 2000. She received her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005.

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Victoria Crunkilton

Operations Manager

My entrance into the animal rescue world is a bit unconventional. As a former public accountant, I knew from early on in my career that I was destined for a different journey. I rescued my first fur baby in 2017, a bunny named Phoebe who quickly became the center of my whole world.

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Marcus

Training Facility Manager

Marcus is a Facility Manager at the People and Pet Innovation Center. Marcus' role as manager is to oversee the group training classes, dog socialization groups and maintain a healthy work environment. Marcus spent nearly 7 years in the dog program while incarcerated, eventually becoming one of the co-leaders of the program.

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Tommy

Dog Trainer, Playgroup Facilitator, Kennel Support Team

Tommy is a dog trainer and playgroup facilitator. He is proud to say that he has dedicated his life to helping others. While incarcerated, Tommy spent 15 years helping at-risk-youth to help give them guidance to have a better life.

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Todd

Dog Trainer, Playgroup Facilitator, Kennel Support Team

Todd is a professional dog trainer with more than 5 years' experience working with Paws For Life K9 Rescue. At the People and Pet Innovation Center, Todd applies an array of skills in Dog Socialization, Behavioral Modification, Basic Obedience, and Animal Health and Welfare,...

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Jon Grobman

Director

In 2005, I was sentenced to a total of 190 years-to-life for nonviolent theft crimes. As someone who is formerly incarcerated, Paws For Life provided an extraordinary path to my own transformation.

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Diana Mota

Lead RVT and Medical Operations Manager

I graduated from Platt College in 2015 with an Associates of Science degree in Veterinary Technology. I then received my RVT license in 2017. My passion for horses drove me to work in the veterinary field. Through school I completed externships in equine medicine, small animal medicine, and spay/neuter surgery. I quickly learned that I really enjoyed...

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Jessica Krell Gilman

Director of Development

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jessica possesses a passion for helping others and promoting humanitarian changes within her community. Growing up surrounded by dogs, her love for animals runs deep but it is the synergy between dogs and people that Paws For Life offers that drew Jessica in...

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Shari Summers

Program Support

After a 45-year career in corporate I am excited to be working at such an amazing place. Having the opportunity to work with and help these wonderful dogs find their forever home is priceless. As an added bonus, the people I work with are all helpful, friendly and truly love the dogs, they have already taught me so much!

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Jensen

Facility Manager and Lead Trainer

Jensen is the Facility Manager at the People and Pet Innovation Center. As manager, he oversees the daily operations and teaches group and individual training classes to the community. In Jensen's 7 years of dog training experience,...

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Albert

Apprentice Dog Trainer, Playgroup Facilitator, Kennel Support Team

Albert is an apprentice dog trainer and playgroup facilitator. He has been with Paws For Life K9 Rescue for over 1 year and continues to amass experience in all facets of animal care...

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