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Staff and Board of Directors

Annette Florez, YAPS Executive Director 

Ginger Bryk, YAPS Operations Manager


Laurie Hiers, YAPS Office/Pet Care Liason


Wendy Gonzalez, YAPS Pet Care Team Manager

Cortney Kingsley, YAPS Community Engagement Specialist

Val Casanova, YAPS Cattery Specialist/Pet Care Team Lead

 Lilianna Rodriguez, YAPS Pet Care Team

JeanneMarie Van Zeyl, YAPS Accounting 


 Lindy Bletsch, YAPS Pet Care Team









Denise Work 


Denise Work is one of the newer members of the YAPS family.  She began working as a volunteer, assisting with fundraising in 2010 and became a Board Member in 2011.  Denise has a professional background in Marketing and Management and a volunteer resume which includes serving 6 years on the Yucaipa Trails and Open Space Committee and 11 years on the Yucaipa Planning Commission.  She also serves on the County of San Bernardino Flood Control Advisory Committee and was recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the 63rd Assembly District in 2007.  Denise’s love for animals has been life long and is definitely a family affair.  


Cyndee Pelton

Voting Member 

A pediatric hematology/oncology RN at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital for over 26 years, it is a profession that has turned into a true passion.  Volunteering her time for agencies like the Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern California, as well as many other child oncology causes throughout California and the United States, her love of pets is rival to that of the kids she serves.  Growing up with dogs and cats, Cyndee is a true advocate for the voiceless. Having the ability to capture the essence of a pet’s personality through her photography, Cyndee uses that and wide array of other talents to help her furry friends at YAPS.




Carl Arend

YAPS President

Carl attended Poly High Schol in Riverside where he was an FFA member. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the army and served in the Veterinary Service. He met and married Joyce in 1956. After his years of military servitude, he enrolled in Cal Poly University in Pomona and graduated in 1963 with a degree in Animal Science. He worked in various fields of Agriculture, and in 1970 finally accepted a position as an agricultural instructor and FFA adviser at Yucaipa High School from which he retied in 1999. Since the conception of YAPS, Carl has been connected in some way. 2010 is the year that he started serving his second term as a board member.


Joyce Arend


Joyce attended Saint Mary's Catholic High School in grand Island, Nebraska from which she graduated in 1953. After her graduation, she moved to California where she met and married Carl in 1956. She has worked in several secretarial positions since graduation, and retired from her position at Yucaipa High School as Registrar. She has been involved with YAPS for many years and became a board member in 2012 and is now serving as secretary.


Dr. Ward Thompson

Vice President

Allan Hart

Voting Member

Dee Garrett

Voting Member

Tom Shalhoub

Voting Member

Dennis Carlson

Voting Member



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