Officers & Board of Directors
Kristin received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music,
violin performance. As a musician she has performed as part of
orchestra and chamber ensembles throughout Montana, in New York
City, Boston, Seattle, and in and around the Sacramento region. She
is currently working on a project involving a string quartet with
the intention of playing public performances in the near future. For
her primary income, she has held positions as a veterinary
technician, an administrative assistant for an environmental
engineering firm, an office manager for an architecture firm, and is
currently a consultant for an information technology firm.
Kristin currently resides with her ‘multi-creatural’
family, comprised of three mixed-breed dogs and two cats, all
rescues. In addition to her involvement with SacDOG, Kristin is
fascinated with dog and animal behavior and interaction, and has a
deep concern for pet abandonment and over-population. She was a Spay
Day volunteer for four years and also volunteered at 4Paws
University as an assistant to the trainers.
Sandy is a lifelong Californian and dog-owner who
lives in River Park. Since 1995, his best friend and camping, hiking,
swimming and snowshoeing companion has been his lab-golden retriever mix,
Rip, adopted from the Sacramento SPCA. He also skis, rafts, and scuba
Sandy is a free-lance writer and communications
consultant in Sacramento. He has written articles on government and
politics for the California Journal and Political Pulse, and on pet
ownership for the Sacramento Pet Gazette. He has helped write and edit
books for the Center for California Studies at California State
University, Sacramento, advises several Sacramento public relations
firms, and has served as an expert witness for the State of California,
defending the requirement that campaign finance reports be made public.
He has previously served as Communications Director and
Press Secretary for the State Controller's Office, the state Department
of Finance, and the president pro tem of the state Senate.
Sandy was a reporter and Capitol Bureau Chief for the
Los Angeles Daily News; editor and co-publisher of the Sierra Daily News
in Bishop, California, and has held various other positions in print and
broadcast news. He has a degree in political science from UCLA.
Jackie is from Marin County where she worked for
over a decade in the IT department at Birkenstock Footprint Sandals, Inc. She
moved to Sacramento in 1989 to get married and the Kuhwarths now live in the
River Park area of Sacramento with their three rescued basenjis QB, Cooper
In 1996 Jackie helped found and build a Web site for
Basenji Rescue and Transport and still serves as a board member and as
their Webmaster. Her most satisfying volunteer effort, however, has been
working as a Delta Society Pet Partner with Jake (January 11, 1990 -
June 15, 2005). For six years, she and Jake were an animal-assisted
therapy team for a wide range of populations at Shriners Hospital for
Children, Mercy Rehab, Sutter Hospital, and numerous senior facilities.
Jackie founded Sacramento Dog Owners Group in May 2000.
Janel grew up in San Francisco, CA and graduated
from San Francisco State University (BA in Political Science). Her
professional interests have been varied and have included working as a
Manager in the membership offices of UC Berkeley's Athletics Department to
starting and managing a Safety and Ergonomics program for a large dot com
business. Currently Janel is in the process of starting her own business
servicing Sacramento and the Bay Area doing Resale Staging and Interior
In 2001, Janel and her husband relocated to Sacramento and decided to
get their very first dog together. They adopted Stewart at 7 weeks of
age from the Sacramento County Animal Shelter. He is now a beautiful, 85
lb., special needs mutt (genetic bilateral elbow dysphasia) whose breed
is anyone's guess and who is the love of Janel's life (ssh! don't tell
her husband!). Unfortunately, Janel quickly discovered that off-leash
recreational opportunities for her 4 legged friend were far and few
between which is how she found and joined the Board of SacDOG.
Along with her efforts at SacDOG, Janel has actively volunteered her
services with many different animal organizations including Pets
Unlimited in San Francisco, the San Francisco SPCA, Spay Day (2003 &
2004) in Sacramento and 4Paws University (private) in Sacramento.