APPSA Board of Directors (BOD)

Michelle Sabia: President

Owner of Paws & Claws Pet Sitting Services LLC

Michelle moved to Scottsdale, Arizona with her family in 1999 then to Cave Creek shortly after that. She has lived in Cave Creek for 20 years. There is where she graduated from Cactus Shadows High School and spent time as a Teachers Aide for preschoolers. In addition to that she babysat regularly for families with babies and young kids. Often spending the night with these kids caring for them while their parents traveled for work. Her passion for caring for others moved into caring for pets. But it was her experience in babysitting that helped her be a better pet sitter. In 2016 she opened Paws & Claws Pet Sitting Services and quickly moved to doing it full time. In 2018 she hired her first pet sitter eventually building her team to 6 pet sitters and dog walkers. In 2018 she joined APPSA quickly becoming the Secretary then becoming President in 2021.

Contact Michelle

Phone: 480-840-7297


Kristine Barto: Vice President

Owner of PerPETual Love Pet Sitting

Kristine has had an adoration for animals from a young age, and has been blessed to turn her passion into a career. Growing up in a small rural town of West Michigan, most of her free time was spent on her family’s ranch with their many cats, dogs, horses, and even pigs and chickens. Kristine graduated from Michigan State University with a business degree, and moved to Arizona in 2012. After many years of pet sitting for family and friends, transitioning to full time to connect with her entire community was an easy decision. She currently is also a volunteer and foster parent at an amazing organization, Home Fur Good. She has enjoyed raising bottle-fed orphaned kittens, as young as 1 week old. The mission of this no kill dog/cat shelter is to reduce the euthanasia rates in the Phoenix area, and Kristine adores being a part of the adoption process for these deserving animals! Syx (16 years old) and Sevyn (8 years old) are Kristine’s two bengal furbabies. They both traveled with her from Michigan, and love the Arizona sunshine! They are very sweet boys and the best of friends. Syx is on daily medication and a special limited ingredient diet to help with his aging digestive system, but he is as sprite as ever! Her two most recent additions were foster babies that decided they wanted to stay forever! Born April 2017, Meatball Mozzarella and Lola are brother and sister, and each others favorite partner in crime. They are so funny and into everything! Kristine’s beloved angel Maeko, who passed in 2009 at age 15, lived with diabetes for many years requiring 2 insulin shots per day. Kristine understands the love and lengths pet parents will go to for the care of their pets, and can relate to requiring the most reliable, dependable, loving, and trustworthy care for your pets in your absence. Her priority is to provide you with that peace of mind.

Contact Kristine

Phone: 616-308-5164


Kara Jenkins: Web Master

Owner of TLC House & Pet Sitting Service

TLC Provides pet sitting in your home while you are away. We provide service in Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, and Paradise Valley, Arizona since 2001. We are bonded and insured.

TLC sitters provide:

  • Daily/ Vacation Pet Sitting
  • Daily Dog Walking
  • Overnight Pet Care
  • House Sitting (No pets)

Contact Kara

Phone: 480-588-1364


Cheryl Tannehil: Treasurer

Owner of Purrs & Paws, LLC.

Purrs & Paws is located in Sun City, Arizona. This organization primarily operates in the Animal Specialty Services business / industry within the Agricultural Services sector. This organization has been operating for approximately 12 years.

Contact Cheryl

Phone: 623-680-1533