Rachel joined the PVS family in the spring of 2008. She is a 2007 graduate of the University of Maine’s School of Social Work with a Masters Degree in Social Work. Her previous work involved human health promotion and substance abuse prevention. Her love for prevention and health promotion has traveled with her to PVS for sure!

Rachel and her husband, Eric, share their home with 4 cats – BoSox, Lucy, Nutmeg & Hugo James. We consider Rachel our “crazy cat lady”. She has completely taken feline indoor enrichment to heart and, with lots of Eric’s help, “catified” their home. Their cats enjoy a couple of cat trees, a climbing wall, feeding puzzles, Feliway diffusers, lots of litterboxes, along with many shelves and beds along the walls for the cats to explore. Cats are near and dear to Rachel’s heart and she has a soft spot for dilute calicos and scaredy cats.

Rachel also shares her home with two canine companions, Jade, a lab/hound mix, and Cameo, a standard poodle. Both dogs were adopted from the Bangor Humane Society. When Jade and Cameo were younger pups, they attended many training classes. Now senior pets, they still enjoy an occasional run around their backyard agility course, but mostly they spend their time living the good life, sleeping on the couch and snuggling with their best friend, Nutmeg.

Rachel has 2 Standardbred horses – Billie & Jessa. The horses are also UMaine graduates! As young mares, they were part of the University of Maine Standardbred retraining program. Somehow they ended up coming home with Rachel and Eric. Spending most of their time now as pasture ponies, Billie and Jessa love to go for a light ride to stretch their legs and kick up their heels!

Last but not least, Rachel and Eric are soon expecting their first 2 legged child. Due the end of December 2015, they are thrilled to be adding a human child to their family and hope to pass on a love for running, music, art, and for all creatures, great and small!

“You rarely have time for everything you want in this life, so you need to make choices. And hopefully your choices can come from a deep sense of who you are”. ~ Fred Rogers