Who We Are: Trainer Bios
Tricia Casper, Behavior & Training Technician
Tricia began her animal career as a zookeeper in St. Louis where she trained a large variety of animals, including bears, big cats, sea lions, arctic foxes, river otters and birds. After leaving the zoo, Tricia went on to manage her first cageless dog kennel. A seasoned pro in behavior observation and communication, Tricia moved to California to further her training and animal career. Tricia says, "There is nothing more rewarding than watching an owner light up when they finally understand why their dog is reacting the way they do, and watching a dog learn to listen to their owner." Her husband Jeremy and two dogs, Mattie and Sammy, would definitely agree.
Roberta MacPherson, Behavior & Training Technician
Roberta has loved animals all of her life. After retiring from the corporate world, she decided to pursue her longtime dream of working with and training dogs. Roberta attended Animal Behavior College and graduated with honors and is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. After an internship and many hours of volunteer work at the Pasadena Humane Society, Roberta was asked to join the Behavior and Training department team. Roberta believes that training and consistent leadership strengthens the bond between dogs and their owners. Roberta strives to make her classes both fun and informative. In her leisure time Roberta enjoys weight training, cycling, and hiking with her Cocker Spaniel, Mackenzie.
Jami LoVullo, Behavior & Training Technician
Jami has always had a job that involves animals. A graduate of Moorpark College’s Exotic Animal Training & Management program, she also holds a bachelor degree in psychology/animal behavior and is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). “Dogs are a unique species that have an innate (inborn) desire to please people, truly born and bred to be man’s best friend. That kind of trust should not be taken lightly and we must take care not to breach it as best we can.” She has trained dogs for more than 20 years and worked as a vet tech and groomer. At PHS, she loves to teach Tricks classes! In her spare time she likes to travel, play ice hockey and hang out with her horses, four dogs, and husband.
Kim Nestor, Cat Behavior Technician
Cats have always caught Kim’s fancy. She has worked with animals for 14 years and is currently training to become a certified animal behaviorist. Since joining PHS in 2005, Kim has had a strong desire to work with people to help keep cats in their forever homes. Kim says, “I love how complex cats are. There is no greater experience than gaining a cat's trust and building its confidence through socialization, enrichment and behavior modification.” In her leisure time, she enjoys cooking, yoga and hiking, and of course, spending quality time with her two Siamese cats, Audrey Hepburn and Lalo, who are PHS alumni.