Staff

Vivianne Villanueva, CPLP – Owner

Certified Pet Loss Provider, Pet Loss and Grief Companioning Certified

Vivianne - OwnerVivianne is the proud owner of Peaceful Paws. Her experience working for a large veterinary reference laboratory taught her the importance of providing exceptional service and going the extra mile for clients. She attributes the success of Peaceful Paws to the strong relationships she built with veterinarians in the San Diego, Riverside and Palm Springs areas. Vivianne prides herself on hard work and has a passion for animals.

An only child, Vivianne often looked to her pets as "surrogate" brothers and sisters. She grew up with dogs, cats, horses, ducks, rabbits, sheep and a variety of other animals. By far, her favorite pet of all time is Bega, a black sheep that thought she was a dog. Vivianne knows and understands the pain the loss of a beloved pet can cause. She is the first to say that animals are not simply pets but members of a family.

Vivianne is married to a veterinarian and is the proud mom of a son, Kiran. Her pet family includes Olivia, a Brussels Griffon; and Little, a black cat. In her free time, Vivianne enjoys traveling, photography, movies, home improvement and spending time with her friends and family.

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Mike Galanos – Facility Manager

Certified Crematory Operator

Mike and Adrianna Galanos, ManagementMike is our Facility Manager and oversees all aspects of facility operations. A Certified Crematory Operator, Mike was our first employee. A proven leader, and a key member of the Peaceful Paws family, he is certified by Matthews Cremation, Inc. to operate our IEB-32, Power Pak II and IEB-50 machines. Mike’s wife, Adrianna, is our Office Manager. They are the proud parents of Melanie, Madden and Mia (fraternal twins) and Mathias. A native San Diegan, Mike is a passionate NASCAR fan and enjoys working on cars.

Adrianna Galanos – Office Manager

Pet Loss and Grief Companioning Certified

Adrianna is the ultimate animal lover. She is a native of Southern California and has spent her career working in veterinary hospitals. Adrianna can often be found rescuing stray animals and finding them their Forever Homes. Her experience in the veterinary field has been an invaluable tool in helping pet parents with their grief. Adrianna is the proud mom of four young children. Her large pet family includes a pony, goats, rabbits, dogs and cats. In her free time Adrianna enjoys scrap booking and spending time with her pets and family.

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Jennifer Lowrey – Customer Care Specialist

Jennifer - Customer Care SpecialistJennifer assists with all aspects of office operations and came to Peaceful Paws with a background in customer service. She is a "people person" and takes great pride in her role at Peaceful Paws. A native of Southern California, Jen was raised surrounded by animals. Her pet family includes Abby, a Pit Bull. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with friends and family and going to the movies.

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Melissa Raridon – Customer Care Specialist

Melissa - Facility OperationsMelissa assists in all aspects of our facility operations. She is a native Southern Californian and enjoys playing soccer, spending time with friends, listening to music and spoiling her nephew. Melissa’s pet family includes five dogs.

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Gary Sharp – Customer Care Specialist (Retired)

Gary - Customer Care SpecialistGary is our Delivery Driver. He was born and raised in Iowa and has been married to his wife, Glenda, for over 45 years. They split their time between Palm Springs and Sun City. They are the proud grandparents to seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. In his free time, Gary enjoys traveling, gardening, reading and spending time with his large family. Gary’s pet family includes several dogs and cats.

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Donovan Berg – Customer Care Specialist

Donovan Berg - Customer Care SpecialistDonovan spends his days making the rounds at veterinary hospitals throughout Southern California. The proud father of two small children, Donovan enjoys landscaping and cheering on the Los Angeles Kings. Donovan's pet family includes Abby, a Pit Bull; and Bruiser, a Chihuahua.

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Jordan Callihan – Customer Care Specialists

Jordan CallihanJordan is also a facility assistant who assists with all the day to day operations. He is a native of Southern California and enjoys playing video games, going to Church, and spending time with his family and friends. Jordan is the proud pet parent of a sweet kitty named Zorro.

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Shane Schweinfurth – Customer Care Specialists

Shane SchweinfurthShane splits his time assisting in the facility and driving. He was born and raised in Southern California. He enjoys helping out at his Church, reading, and spending time with his family. His pet family includes two friendly cats named Yahtzee and Goose.

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Lee Treleven – Honorary Lifetime Employee

Lee - Honorary Lifetime EmployeeLee was one of our original Drivers and was instrumental in helping start Peaceful Paws. Lee came to us from a large veterinary reference laboratory and was already a familiar face to many Peaceful Paws clients. Lee proudly served in the U.S. Marines and is a retired Sheriff’s Deputy. He retired from Peaceful Paws in February 2010 and relocated to his native Wisconsin. A “polar bear” at heart, Lee is enjoying his time ice fishing and spending time with family and friends.

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Tommy Frye - May 12, 1938 - April 10, 2014

Tommy - Customer Care SpecialistTommy oversaw deliveries to our clients. He came to Peaceful Paws from a large veterinary reference laboratory and brought a wealth of experience to Peaceful Paws. Tommy was a kind gentle soul and had a great love of animals. Tommy will always hold a special place in our hearts here at Peaceful Paws.

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