Leadership Team

PawsCo is a 100 percent volunteer run 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to animals in need. PawsCo operates with three areas of focus: spay/neuter outreach to prevent unwanted litters, a pet food drive in conjunction with the Food Bank of the Rockies to keep pets with their families, and adoptions of homeless animals.

Tiana Nelson, Co-founder, President & Chief Operating Officer

Tiana is a communications professional whose business background and compassion for animals collided when she began PawsCo’s adoptions division in July 2013. PawsCo follows her vision of utilizing a business structure for a non-profit mission, and creating an organization that is effective, customer-service driven, a resource to shelters needing assistance with animals in their care, and saves as many animals as possible. Tiana is focused on building the best team around and creating an organization that is collaborative, respectful, efficient and, of course, fun!

Pets: Dogs Tonka, Bow, Elliott and cat Oliver

KristinDes Marais-Bright, Co-founder, CEO

Kristin’s animal welfare experience ranges from “in the trenches” work as a volunteer to founding and managing PawsCo (formerly Four Paws Pet Center of Colorado, Inc.). A proven collaborator and relationship builder who has created, particularly in rural Colorado, animal networks among grassroots organization that continues to benefit and assist many animals throughout the State by education and low cost spay & neuter programs. Her vision is to have no more homeless pets in Colorado.

Pets: Munchkin & Gigi

Sarah Rumple, Editor

Sarah and Jack

Sarah Rumple has been a writer and editor in the animal health industry since 2011. She began her involvement with PawsCo in 2014 and has served as a bio writer, bio director, and editor. Sarah is passionate about animal welfare and giving back to the community, both of which she is able to work toward through her role with PawsCo. Sarah lives in Denver with her favorite boys in the world: her human son and her “first-born” miniature schnauzer, Jack.

Pet: Jack

Kimberly Warda, Communication and Marketing Director

ShermanKim is a University of Colorado Graduate (Go Buffs!) with a huge heart for animals. In her day job she is the Marketing Manager of an IT Security Company which translates well for her role as the Communication and Marketing Director for PawsCo. She supports all things PawsCo from fostering to transport but her true calling is  working with her amazing team to get animals adopted through all forms of communication.

Pets: Elizabeth Taylor the French Bulldog

Kara Schmiemann, Communications & Marketing Associate Director

Kara is originally from New York and moved to Denver a few years ago with the hopes of enjoying the great Colorado outdoors. Kara has been an animal welfare & rights advocate and rescue volunteer since childhood. She even became a vegetarian about 7 years ago. She volunteered with various local shelters in PA, ran a half-marathon for ASPCA and found a home in the animal rescue community of Denver by joining the Board of Directors at The Dumb Friends League and volunteering/fostering with PawsCo.

Beginning as a Foster, Kara has since joined the Bio Team, Transport Team, Events Team and Communications & Marketing Team as Associate Director. She is excited to work with an amazing, dedicated and professional team of volunteers to help grow and develop PawsCo into one of the top go-to places for adopting your newest furbaby.

By day, Kara works for a boutique crisis public relations firm. She’s lucky enough to work from home so she can spoil and cuddle her Maltese/Chihuahua mix, Sammy and her Miniature Dachshund, Charleigh, whenever she wants!

 

Pets: Sammy and Charleigh

Malissa Murphy Spero, TNR Director

MalissaPhotoMalissa grew up bringing home stray cats, and not much has changed!  She is thrilled to focus on growing and supporting PawsCo’s Cat Team.  Malissa is also interested in conservation and wildlife issues, so feline TNR projects are a natural fit.

Pets:  Cammy, Olivia, and Chubs

Madison Martin, Events Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madison grew up with a house full of animals (her own brothers and sister included), so it only made sense to create a home of furry children for her own! Madison has two rescue pups and three rescue cats, one of which she adopted through PawsCo. As a marketing professional with a background in non-profits and volunteering, Madison is excited to share her passion for animals with others in the community as the Events Director for PawsCo.

Pets: Dogs –  Breck (pictured) and Modus. Cats – Aviva, Zelda, and Rinoa.

Molly Armbrister, Content Director

Molly joined PawsCo in 2015 but started rescuing animals with her mom (also a PawsCo volunteer) as a teenager on Colorado’s eastern plains. She is a graduate of Colorado State University and lives in Denver with her rescue cat. By day, she’s a news editor, which translates well into her job at PawsCo managing a team of editors and writers who put together the awesome biographies that PawsCo uses to get the word out about all of its adoptable animals. Her team also works on newsletter articles, blog posts and marketing copy. You can also find her at PawsCo events, especially those that feature plenty of pups and a patio!
Pet: Cat, Walter Cronkite.

Jacquelyn Pyun, Dog Days of Summer Co-Chair

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Jacq is a communication and user experience professional at the Governor’s Office of Information Technology. She began fundraising for animals in sixth grade with her best friend Carrie, running an insanely successful lemonade stand for three years and donating 100 percent of the profits to the local animal shelter. She’s learned quite a bit since those days, but not as much as you might think. Jacq loves rats, recycling, training her dog, and tofu.

Pets: Zyla, Frankie and Ushuaia

Deanna Hurt, Photography Director

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Deanna believes visual connections are important and help motivate us to take action. Her job as a photographer is to present a great photograph of a dog up for adoption because it helps people visualize that particular dog being in their family.

Pet: Boo Radley

Melissa Stolt, Training Director

Melissa has always been fascinated with animal behavior, particularly dogs. When she moved from Chicago (where she fostered many dogs) to Denver, she wanted to have more experience with dog behavior and became involved with the PawsCo Training Team. While Melissa is not a dog trainer herself, she enjoys working with the team of professional trainers that volunteer with PawsCo, helping connect them with animals that need their help. She also organizes and initiates training opportunities, promotes education around positive reinforcement training and its benefits, and works to find solutions to pet relinquishments and behavioral issues.

Pet: Banjo (mastiff mix and master of puppy-dog-eyes and sloppy canine kisses)

Katelyn Massey, Senior Director, Animal Relations

Katelyn leads the Animal Relations Team as Senior Director where she works to make sure PawsCo teams are fully supported. Katelyn is passionate about problem-solving and strives to provide the best possible experience possible for volunteers and their foster animals. Katelyn and her bull terrier Loka welcome fosters into their own home with open arms and tail wags.

Pet: Loka (check her out on Instagram @LokaBullTerrier)

Katie Marshall, Senior Director, Operations

By day, Katie Marshall is an engineer and currently an operations advisor for a local energy company.  By night, Katie is an animal fanatic whose life revolves around her three amazing dogs… and PawsCo.  Katie got her start with PawsCo in October of 2014 when she joined the vet care team and helped connect fosters to our vet partners.  Her role then evolved into building new veterinary partnerships to keep up with the rapid growth of PawsCo.  Eventually she began overseeing all partnerships and now she is thrilled to grow her involvement to help all of our operations teams thrive.  

Pets: Dogs Mannix, Stella, and Ricky, and Barn Cats Anaheim and Stella II.

Tiffany Koptish, Foster Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tiffany is an avid animal enthusiast and has helped foster more than a dozen dogs. By day, Tiffany works in digital marketing. During her off time, she chases around her two young children, travels the world, enjoys the great outdoors, and covets ample snuggles with her two large fur babies.
Pets: Dudley and Bernie

Adrienne Lanz, Associate Foster Director

Adrienne moved to Colorado from Minnesota several years ago and was excited to get involved in the animal rescue community. She has always loved animals and went vegetarian at the age of 12. She began fostering with PawsCo in 2014 and was impressed by the passion and professionalism within the organization. She eventually became involved with the foster team and loves getting to talk through behaviors and provide support to foster families.

For her day job, Adrienne works with middle school students with emotional disabilities and on the autism spectrum. Adrienne does not yet have her own dog, but stay tuned–2017 is the year that this dream finally comes true!

Megan Davan, Associate Foster Director

Megan is a Colorado native who has always been an animal lover wanting to help animals since her childhood. She started fostering for PawsCo in 2013 and soon realized she had a passion for dog rescue.

Megan has two rescue pups of her own, Norri and Kahlua, and believes that every dog deserves a forever home, which is what motivates her to volunteer with PawsCo.

If she’s not at PawsCo, or doing her “day job” for a small marketing company in Denver, she spends most of her free time with her own pups at the park or any other dog friendly establishment.

Kate Goldberg, Associate Adoptions Director

When Kate was born, her mom brought her home and introduced her to her 4 dog siblings, (and 2 cats!) and Kate’s love for animals began. Her role at PawsCo allows her to match up loving families with amazing rescued animals, and there is no better feeling for her than watching a PawsCo pup go to their forever home.

Pets: Three dogs: Jackson (Kate’s first love), Harper (Cuteness levels matched only by her naughtiness) and Gemma (PawsCo Alum with a heart of gold)

Kaela Basse, Volunteer Director and DDS Co-Chair

Kaela started out volunteering in 2014 because she wanted to foster, but she ​then ​quickly fell in love with the passion that PawsCo displayed for rescuing animals and knew she wanted to be more involved. As the Volunteer Director, Kaela enjoys connecting with new volunteers and introducing them

​ to the wonderful world of PawsCo and animal rescue. Seeing the new volunteers ensures we’re able to keep on saving lives and supporting our community, they are the reason we are operating as well as we do.

Pets: Zoey – Shepard/terrier, Samson – orange tabby

Aida Aguado, Senior Director, Brand Management

Aida is passionate about making a difference in her community – and what better way than to help animals in need find their forever humans? Her day job is in marketing in the skin care industry (for a company that is proud to be cruelty free certified!) – and she’s happy to put her skills towards getting pets adopted!

Pet: Bruno the dog

Brooke Bronson, Associate Events Director

Brooke has always loved animals and giving back to her community.  Since joining PawsCo in 2015, she has been a foster parent, events volunteer, and Dog Days of Summer assistant.  Originally hailing from Minnesota, Brooke enjoys the outdoors in Colorado and hiking with her family.

Pets: Maggie, Goldendoodle and Minnie, Schnoodle

Amanda Halliday, Associate Technology Director

Amanda has always had a love for animals and technology. She’s fostered for various groups for the past 10 years and works as a software consultant so merging those two loves together seemed like a no brainer and she joined the board as Associate Technology Director. She manages Salesforce for the group and loves to see how automation and software can help the group run more efficiently and save more lives. In her free time Amanda loves to go to movies, play video games, camp, hike and is an avid photographer.

Pets: Huxley, Terrier Mix and Tyrion, Orange Tabby

Shelly Gale, Director of Spay/Neuter Operations

Shelly has always been passionate about animals. She became vegetarian at age 12 and started volunteering at her local animal shelter at age 15. Shelly previously co-founded a TNR non-profit where she developed her passion for spay/neuter. She is now thrilled to bring that knowledge and passion to PawsCo.

Pets: Beau, Gus, and Jamie (all kitties), plus the chickens!

Chase Eackles, Technology Director

Chase caught the rescue bug after she adopted her first cat (Maxx) and dog (Wembley) – first with neighborhood animals that would randomly show up on her front porch, then to a more formal foster role with an organization.

She is an Operations Manager at KPMG – she loves efficiency and getting things done! She also loves wrenching and riding vintage scooters with her husband and two furbabies, as well as playing in a nationally-ranked skeeball team.

Pets: two rescue terriers, Wembley and Piper (Instagram: WembleyDembley)

Kella Manfredi, Associate Adoptions Director

Kella is thrilled to be back on the Advisory Board after a two year hiatus. Kella has been a part of the PawsCo team since the beginning, as a foster, education coordinator, and now an adoptions team member. She believes that there is a human out there for every animal, and is excited to make some great matches. She has a soft spot for chihuahuas and pit bulls, two misunderstood breeds that make her life feel complete.

Pets: Rudy and Uncle Rico Niko Pico de Gallo, Chihuahuas

Stephanie Davis, Associate Technology Director (Web)

Stephanie can’t walk past a dog without stopping to say hi (with permission from their people, of course). Her love of animals plus her love of all things digital led her to volunteer on the web team for PawsCo. Outside of volunteering, Stephanie spends as much time as possible working on her 130-year-old house or frolicking in the great outdoors.  

Pets: Fermi (Cat) & Moo (Dog)

Ashley Metcalfe, Shelter Relations Director

Ashley loves nothing more than to make the perfect match between a PawsCo foster and a needy shelter animal. In her “free” time, she is a third year student in Colorado State University’s Veterinary School. She believes strongly in providing high quality, low cost spay and neuter efforts underserved areas. Although she’s been in the ‘rescue world’ for many years with a Southern Colorado shelter, this is her third year with the PawsCo team. Her hobbies include craft beer, hiking, and, of course, dogs. Thankfully, all of these things can be easily combined in beautiful Colorado.

Pets: Slim Shady (Elusive, cat-like, mill dog standard poodle), Archie (corky, bratty mill dog English Bulldog), and Gracie (recently adopted, cuddly Boxer)

Stacey Triplett, Associate Intake Director

After adopting her first rescue pup, Stacey was inspired to volunteer with an organization that would help other animals find their own forever homes. She joined PawsCo and volunteered with various functions before joining the board in 2016 as Associate Intake Director. In her free time, Stacey enjoys spending time outdoors (or anywhere!) with her sweet, silly dogs and her boyfriend.

Pets: Pepper and Oliver, two rescue labs

Taylor Johnson, Adoptions Director

Taylor has been passionate about animal welfare and rescue for as long as she can remember and her time as a rescue volunteer truly fills her soul. She loves the adoption process and finds such joy in matching PawsCo animals with their ideal forever family match! When Taylor isn’t volunteering with PawsCo, she works in nonprofit management at a human services organization in Denver. She is a Colorado native and she and her husband Aaron just adore their own three rescue dogs: Scout, Lola, and Lincoln (a PawsCo alumni!)

David Le, Director of Development

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Le is the lead analyst at a Colorado-based real estate investment firm, where he is integrally involved in the acquisition of real estate assets. He brings his skill set to the Partnerships Team to assist in the development of new partnerships and implementation of partner-related projects. David was raised around pets, having grown up with his parent’s Pomeranian and fostering a husky during college. David joins the PawsCo team with the goal of having a substantial impact in the reduction of pet overpopulation and bringing loving pets home to loving families. David graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and a minor in business entrepreneurship.

Lori Whittle, Partnerships Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lori started volunteering with PawsCo in 2016. She quickly became an active member of the Partnerships team focusing on B2B, establishing relationships with Day Cares, Boarding Partners and Grooming Partners. She is passionate about sharing PawsCo’s mission and values with others, as she is so proud to be a part of such a great team doing such amazing work. Lori has been bit by the fostering bug and is so happy to be able to give back and help the animals she loves so much.  Originally from New York, Lori has enjoyed the Colorado lifestyle since 2000. She enjoys traveling, hiking, breweries and music with her fur-babies and husband, Ben.

Pets: Dog: a girl named Gumbo and Cat: Kitty Goodman (she kept her last name when Lori got married)

Danielle Marsiglia, Associate Volunteer Director

When Danielle first moved to Denver in 2014 she knew she had to find some like-minded, animal loving people and that her management background could be put to good use at an organization like PawsCo. As the associate volunteer director, Danielle loves being the first contact new volunteers have with the organization, teaching them about all things PawsCo in orientation, and finding creative ways to help them utilize their talents for the benefit of animals in Colorado.

Pets: Miko (tabby cat), Ryno (yellow lab) and Payton (shepherd mix)

Kacey Lacerte, Associate Shelter Relations Director

Kacey has been in love with animals for as long as she can remember, and always wanted at least one dog in her home or it felt empty. Her time on the shelter relations team fills her soul knowing she is helping save animals. She feels true joy when animals get tagged and placed into loving, forever homes. For her day job she is a mortgage loan officer in Denver. Her and her husband Mike are obsessed with their adorable and silly pup Carlos, who they rescued when he was a puppy.

Pet: Carlos (dog)

Karen Rosen, Pet Food Drive Director

Karen helps direct the pet food drive with PawsCo and she and her husband have been volunteers since 2015.  During the day Karen works with Project C.U.R.E. planning fundraising events.  She loves to work in our community getting pet food donations to help those who are struggling keep the four-legged babies fed and with them.  

Pet: Trina (cat) and on the lookout for her next rescue pup!

Dicia Kemp, Intake Director

A Colorado native, Dicia currently is a Social Worker in a homeless prevention program at a non-profit human service agency and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management. She is an active social and animal welfare advocate. She volunteers her time with Project Angel Heart and PawsCo. She enjoys the outdoors and spending time with loved ones. She lives in Denver with her dog Cleo and cat Birdie, both rescues.