Staff

PAWS employs nearly 50 caring individuals with proven skills and tremendous commitment, many of whom previously worked or volunteered 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

Veterinarians
Kristin Budinich, VMD
Caroline Childs, VMD
Margeaux Firestine, VMD
Antionette Knox, DVM
Santhi Potireddy, DVM

Veterinary Technicians
Jill Sweeney (Manager)
Sabina Broberg
Sarah Frommer
Erin Houdeshell
Molly Lawton
Athena Patel
Tamara Smith
Robert Thompson
Ariel Waldeck
Margie Walker
Elizabeth Winston

Customer Service Staff
Luci Rafter-Vazquez (Manager)
Rachel Agosto
Christalina Cruz
Jeannine Desalme

Foster Care and Dog Adoption Manager
Sara Davidson

Kennel Staff
Rich Island (Kennel Manager and Dog Rescue Manager)
Angela Peterdi
Leon Silas Curtis
Jake Gordon

PAWS Adoption Center (Old City)
Ame Wiltzius (Manager)
Lauren Campagnini
Erica Henn
Cian O’Brien

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

Development
Janet Weyers (Director)
Allison Homer
Tatum Kendall
Sara Schoenleber

Administrative and Operations Assistant
Donna Bright

Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator
Allison Lamond