Meet Our Team
Drew started Close to home officially in 2008, but has been helping friends with their loved ones since 2000. His goal was to change the direct of his life and do what he loved. Since then he has encouraged others to join the team and pursue their dreams. His motto is "Livin the dream and designing my life." Contact Drew anytime at 206 650-2380.
Born and raised in Maine until moving to Seattle in 2007, John lives in West Seattle and is currently studying to become a Vet Tech. He has one dog and one cat and likes to paint in his spare time.
Crystal was born in Washington state and relocated to Kentucky at age 7, returning to Seattle at age 15. The time in Kentucky allowed her deep appreciation for animals and the outdoors to flourish, feeding the neighbors cows, biking local trails and rescuing the occasional turtle from the road. Since living in Seattle she has explored her artistic side and currently plays in local rock band Cabana.
Vanessa is a Seattle gal who grew up in Ballard. She loves working with Close to Home because it gives her the opportunity to combine her background in counseling with her love for animals. Vanessa hopes to work with therapy dogs soon. She enjoys adventuring in the woods, the arts, and cozying up with a good book.
Born and raised in Portland, OR, Alex has always called the NW home. Her connection with animals began at age 2 with her best friend, a Great Dane named Jonas. She‘s been walking and pet sitting for the last decade and enjoys finding creative ways to make animals feel relaxed and happy. When she’s not walking, she makes music and art, rollerskates, swims, and hangs out with her family pack.
Kaija is new to Seattle, having slowly worked her way up I-5 from the Bay Area. She has always felt a deep connection with animals, and at age five refused to eat meat for two months upon learning what it was. When she is not lavishing affection on other people’s pets, you can find her lavishing upon her own rescue dog and cat (Spagooter and Skwisgaar), hanging with her son and her partner, or pursuing her passion for art and activism.
Chaska is a full-time artist, part-time animal lover. When not creating, Chaska can be found hanging out with the pets at Close to Home and giving lots of love.