Executive Director and Co-Founder
Kristina is a licensed social worker who has worked in the Salt Lake valley for almost 20 years. She started her career as a case worker with the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) and has since worked for several organizations with at-risk youth. She currently works in the criminal justice field with adults and she is an avid proponent of using a trauma informed approach.
Her passion for working with animals began when she and her husband got their first Bulldog almost 9 years ago. She then began volunteering at The Humane Society of Utah, the Bulldog Club of Utah Rescue, and is one of the co-founders of Street Dawg Crew of Utah. Her love for working with underserved people and pets sparked the idea to form Ruff Haven Crisis Sheltering.
She currently resides in Draper with her husband, three smooshy rescue Bulldogs, and a perma-foster Bulldog. Her claim to fame is being the mom to Salt Lake County Animal Services' Canine Deputy Mayor, Hoss, who sadly passed away a year into his term in October 2020 from a brain tumor.