Prior to co-founding K9 Youth Alliance, Kelly’s life experience includes owning and operating a small business, providing milieu therapy and group counseling for youth from under-resourced communities in Los Angeles, grant proposal research and writing and political research, writing and strategy.
She holds a Masters in Research Psychology (CSU Long Beach) and a Bachelors in Psychology (SUNY Buffalo. She is a certified professional dog trainer (CCPDT-KA) and holds a certification in Drug Abuse Counseling and Studies from UCLA Extension College.
Kelly is inspired by the human-animal connection, and motivated by opportunities to promote growth, kindness and positive change through it. She envisions a community where all youth and all dogs have the chance to be similarly inspired and impacted.
SARA DU BOUCHET
Sara volunteered extensively with K9 Youth Alliance in 2018, joining the team professionally as its Program Director in 2019. She is a canine behavior consultant and Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Active in the animal care industry for over a decade, Sara began her career at the Glendale Humane Society working on canine behavior modification development and implementation. Sara co-owns Tully’s Training, a dog training business operating in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. She holds a BFA in musical theatre from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Sara volunteers as an early educator in the puppy nursery of Guide Dogs of America. She enjoys dancing, strength training, running, reading, cooking, and watching scary movies.
DOG TRAINING INSTRUCTOR
Originally from Phoenix, AZ, Krista’s love of animals and her drive to understand them on a deeper level was always central to her life. As a young adult, Krista adopted her first rescue dogs and her passion for canine behavior and motivation only grew. Inspired by this and a desire to help provide the kind of training and help she sought but failed to find for her own dogs’ behavioral challenges, she enrolled in the Animal Behavior College to become a Certified Dog Trainer with a focus on reactivity and problem behaviors. Her passion drove her to earn additional certification from the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers (CCPDT). As one of some 300 nation-wide, Krista is a CCPDT Certified Behavior Consultant and has helped countless pet dogs and their people find a happier relationship through training and understanding each other.
Krista initially volunteered with K9 Youth Alliance in one of its first-ever programs in 2016. Due to her dedication to the mission and keen understanding of canine behavior, she was quickly brought on in several capacities, from Canine Assistant to her current role as its lead Dog Training Instructor. In her free time, Krista and her wonder pup Duncan can be found back country hiking, white water kayaking, rock climbing and teaching each other some new tricks.
JAI ONI SLY
Jai Oni is an Los Angeles based educator, DEI consultant, and curriculum editor who values excellence, communication, and culture. Along with being a full-time teacher for 7 years, Jai Oni has been working in non-profit organizations whose mission targets working with youth, animals, and championing human rights. She is currently working on her second doctorate in Global Leadership and Change.
WENDY "EAVIE" EAV
Eavie identifies as an “Equal Opportunity Animal Lover.” She has 15 years+ of experience (most recently at Disney) with digital marketing, video strategy and brand and account management. Her passion, however, is improving the lives and well-being of animals. She is a first-generation Chinese-Cambodian-American and first-generation college graduate. Wendy has a B.A in Chinese Language and Culture from UCLA and is fur mom to Boxer Benny Boo.
Eavie volunteers at AHEAD With Horses, an equine therapy barn devoted to improving the quality of life of disabled, disadvantaged, and special needs children. She enjoys learning new languages, hiking, running, and listening to BTS.