About Us: Board of Directors

Meet the Board – Dedicated women and men who have an enormous love for companion pets; a great understanding of the needs in our southern Arizona community to decrease the population of unwanted animals; and who have access to resources and the savvy competence to network across business, the non-profit sector, and government to in order achieve AWASA’s goals.


Pat Hubbard - Vice President 

Pat Hubbard, who is currently member at large, has been on the Board since Awasa's inception in 2001. She served as the president for 10 years.

And if that didn't keep her busy enough Pat has been employed by the Humane Society of Southern Arizona since 1989 and currently has the title of Shelter Director. Through her vast network she has made her mark on animal cruelty legislation and for 20 years served on the Pima Animal Care Advisory Committee. Currently, she's also on the Board of the Animal Cruelty Task Force and the Great Dane Club of Tucson, filling the role of Great Dane Rescue. For more than 23 years, Pat has fostered several hundred dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and birds.

Pat lives with all rescued animals including an African Grey named Phebe, Great Dane named Blueberry, chihuahua mix called Shortcake and Roxie the German Shepherd.

Her own personal mission is to appreciate the gift of being able to make a difference in the lives of the animals in our community.

Tammi Barrick - President

President Tammi Barrick has been on the AWASA Board for six years. She began as a member-at-large, then filled the seat as secretary. Tammi also currently volunteers her time and talents for Pima Paws For Life (PPFL) both as a Board member and Medical Director. She has been a past president of FAIR. She sits on the Pima Animal Care Center Advisory Committee and Pima Alliance for Animal Welfare (PAAW).

Through her day to day work with PPFL, Tammi sees a great need for more public education about pet sterilization. She hopes that AWASA’s contract for PetFix may continue as well as to receive public and private funding and grants. In the coming year, she would like AWASA to be present at more events, disburse more educational materials, and provide structured seminars in order to gain a greater community presence.

Tammi lives with two dogs, one cat, and one bird. Breck is an 8-year-old Shiba Inu/Shepherd mix and the old man of the family. Oliver is a 5-year-old West Highland White Terrier, fondly called a terrorist; he’s fearless. She has gone from great danes to chihuahuas and currently owns two, Paco and Harley.    Lalani is a 15-year-old blue and gold Macaw who loves attention, has a vocabulary -- her favorite word being her Pop.

Tammi’s favorite quotation is: “Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.” ~ Anatole France


Bonnie Kay - Member At Large

Driven by a passion for social justice, Bonnie Kay has been on the Board for four years. Along with this passion, as Vice President she excels on special projects like the 2008 Animal Resource Directory, Casa Maria vaccination clinics in South Tucson, Pet Food projects, and the Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) educational seminar.

Locally, she has volunteered for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, Planned Parenthood, Primavera Foundation, Jewish Family & Children’s Services, TROT, and Sabino Canyon.

Bonnie lives with two fur angels –- Sophie, a 12-year-old female Tonkinese, whom she fondly refers to as her "soul sister" and Henry, a 10-year-old male Burmese who is the visitor greeter and snuggle-cat. Her 28-year-old horse, Quasimodo, died in 2011 which ended more than a 50 year personal relationship with horses.

Bonnie’s favorite quotation explains why she volunteers:

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” ~Aristotle


Vickie Reason - Treasurer

Before joining AWASA, Vickie served on the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters Board then decided that she wanted to get more involved within her local community.

As president and owner of Happy Tails Pet Services since 2001, Vickie is proud to announce that Happy Tails received the Super Service Award from Angie's List in 2010. Happy Tails has some 35 professional animal companions who serve 1,500 + pets (and their human companions) in Tucson metro area, plus Marana, Oro Valley, Vail, Saddlebrook, Green Valley, Catalina and beyond.

Vickie Lives with all rescued pets-- Kimba the cat is a 6 year old platinum/champagne Tonkinese, Jasmine is a 15 year old Tiger Point Siamese mix and Xara Xena is a 15 year old Weimaraner/red Doberman mix.

Vickies Favorite quotation: "Bottom line-it's all about the pets."


Heather Pasanti Garcia 

- Member at Large 

Bio to come



Jennifer Serling

Jennifer Serling - Member at Large

I have worked in the Veterinary Medical field since 1989. I have a BS in Veterinary Science from the University of Arizona and have been a Certified Veterinary Technician since 1992. While I have extensive small animal experience, my real passion is large animal medicine. I have owned horses and competed in show jumping since the age of 14. I have experience working with cattle, sheep, goats and pigs as well.

I started working at Pima Medical Institute in 2007 as an instructor for their Veterinary Assistant Program. I love working with students and teaching them about the career I am so passionate about. I am a huge supporter of vocational training and take pride in giving students an education and a career where there may not have been other options. I was promoted in 2011 to Veterinary Program Director when the company decided to start a Veterinary Technician Program in Tucson.

One of the things I try to instill in my students is contributing back to the community. I have volunteered at St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center since 2006. I also am currently serving on the board for Hoofs and Horns Large Animal Rescue. I look forward to working with AWASA as a board member as well.


Kristin Barney - PACC Representative 


Katie Foust




Katie Foust - Member at Large

Katie is a certified veterinary technician who graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science in 2008.  She has worked as a veterinary technician since 2001. 

Katie left working in veterinary practices to teach the Veterinary Assistant Program at Pima Medical Institute in 2011.  She became clinical director of the Veterinary Assistant & Technician Program in September of 2013.

The first six years of her veterinary career were spent working in animal shelters and low-cost spay and neuter clinics, where she assisted with over 10,000 spays and neuters. Many of those procedures were done with the help of non-profit organizations such as AWASA.  Even though she has moved on to work in other areas of the veterinary field, animal welfare and population control will always be her biggest passions.  It is for this reason she is honored to be a member AWASA’s board of directors.