PAWS employs 60 caring individuals with proven skills and tremendous commitment, many of whom began as volunteers or previously worked in the city’s high-volume animal control shelter. This unifying and unique perspective drives the entire team to approach our work with urgency and a constant focus on saving as many lives as possible. We also maximize our resources by engaging a large and dedicated volunteer base in every aspect of our work.

Executive Director
Melissa Levy

Director of Operations
Robin Ackerman

Kristin Budinich, VMD
Caroline Childs, VMD
Margeaux Firestine, VMD
Antionette Knox, DVM
Santhi Potireddy, DVM
Yee-Hwa Wan, DVM

Veterinary Technicians
Jill Sweeney (Manager)
Sabina Broberg
Ali Crider
Rooney Linson
Sarah Frommer
Loren Hall
Shayla Hetrick
Everard Kasinmanwuna
Molly Lawton
Amanda Leyden
Ann Marie Lind
Tabatha Lugo
Alicia Smith
Tamara Smith
Robert Thompson
Maggie Toyents
Ariel Waldeck
Margie Walker

Customer Service Staff
Luci Vazquez (Manager)
Rachel Agosto
Christalina Cruz
Jeannine Desalme
Bernadette Kolo
Jaime Muckinhaupt
Kat Pallan
Lauren Tramontina

Foster Care and Dog Adoptions
Sara Davidson (Manager)
Angela Peterdi

Kennel Staff
Rich Island (Dog Rescue Manager)
Jake Gordon (Kennel Manager)
Mark Holmes
Ryan Stanis

PAWS Adoption Center (Old City)
Ame Wiltzius (Manager)
Lauren Campagnini
Erica Henn
Tomas Santana
Rich Wilkinson

PAWS Adoption Center (Northeast)
Maria Decker (Manager)
Stephen Ciepiela
Ashley Matters
Kate Wysong

Allison Homer
Tatum Kendall
Dierdre McKee
Sara Schoenleber

Administrative and Operations Assistant
Donna Bright

Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator
Allison Lamond