Our Staff

Here at Jessica’s Haven & Rescue, we are really more like family than co-workers. We all share a passion for people and animals, so it’s easy to love who we work with and along-side. Learn more about our JHR family below!

JHR Staff

Past Program Manager Kelly Gee, past teacher Lorrie Quam, with  Laura Hislop and Laura Cottingham

Laura Hislop

Laura Hislop, the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Jessica’s Haven and Rescue, is originally from Montgomery, Alabama and is a graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. Her daughter Jessica is the inspiration for creating a Haven for special people and special dogs. Along with the other Laura (her best friend), they welcome anyone who wants to enrich their lives to become a participant and be a supporter of this unique nonprofit. She lives in San Rafael with her husband Mike, and they have three grown children, a boxer dog named Chloe and a new rescue dog from Jessica’s Haven she adores named Pandy.

Laura C.

Laura Cottingham, Co-Founder and Program Director of Jessica’s Haven and Rescue, formed a deep love and affection for animals at a very young age.  She rescued her first sparrow at 10 years old and brought home many a stray throughout her adolescence.   Laura worked as an Oral Surgery Assistant and Office Manager for 17 years until she finally pursued her passion and became the sole proprietor of Bed and Biscuits Doggie Inn and Salon.  She started rescuing dogs pretty soon after opening B & B and from there, Laura and her best friend Laura (the mother of Jessica, our inspiration for Jessica’s Haven), created Jessica’s Haven. Laura currently lives in San Rafael with her 4 cats, 3 chihuahuas, along with other dogs and kittens she often fosters. It is her wish to provide a fun and safe environment for our participants and find loving homes for our rescue dogs.


Lorrie Quam is still a wonderful supporter of our program, and volunteers when she can from her home in Santa ROSA. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Dominican University and has been working for and with youth, many with special needs, since 2007. Lorrie loved working at JHR because it allowed her to work with her two passions- youth and dogs! She lives in Santa Rosa with her fiancé and their tiny rescue dog, Maci. In her spare time she likes to walk around Spring Lake, a local hang out for dogs and their owners.

JHR staff with rescues

Laura C with our treasured past employees Kelly and Lorrie, with Hyphy, and Azul, and Popcorn, three of our rescue dogs who have all been adopted at Jessica’s Haven & Rescue!

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4240 Redwood Highway
San Rafael, CA 94903
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501c3 Charity