Our 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, 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!

Pet: Dogs Tonka, Bow, Elliott and cat Oliver

KristinDes Marais-Bright, 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: 3 dogs Maggie, Munchkin & Gigi

Taylor Vitale, Adoption Director

Taylor is honored to be a part of the PawsCo team and is so passionate about supporting animals in our community that need our help. She absolutely loves her role as Adoption Coordinator and often describes it as being a “matchmaker for dogs.”

Pets: Three dogs: Scout (also known as Bubba Scout), Lola and Lincoln

Sarah Rumple, Bio Director

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Sarah Rumple has been a writer and editor in the animal health industry since 2011. She began her involvement with PawsCo in 2014 as a bio writer, and in 2015 took over the role of bio director. 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 family, including her husband and son plus her four-legged companions: “first-born” Jack (her favorite…shhh, don’t tell anyone) and senior rescue cat Maggie.

Pets: Jack and Maggie

Kimberly Warda, Communication and Marketing Director

Kim 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: Whichever foster has worked their way into her home and heart.

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

Jacquelyn Pyun, Development Director


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

Amanda Dittmer, Events Director

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Amanda loves animals and being active in the community. She has volunteered for PawsCo since the beginning as a foster parent, at events, fundraising and organizing the PawsCo Run Club. She is excited to be the events director and find new ways to help animals find loving homes!

Pets: Amanda has two rescue dogs named Butters and Optimus Prime who love running and hiking and going to local (dog friendly) breweries.

Ashleigh Sealing, HR Director


Ashleigh is a seasoned HR professional who has an innate passion for those in need, especially our furry friends. Ashleigh grew up on the plains of North Dakota with a rescued boxer, who arguably, was the world’s best dog. A proud CSU grad, Ashleigh spent time on the East Coast post graduation, but was lured back to Denver by Chloe, the yellow lab that loves expensive shoes.
Pets (furbabies): Chloe, yellow lab, and Neko, kitty cat (Rescued from the wheel well of their car!)

Andy Frohardt, Legal Director

Andy has always had a soft spot for animals. He puts his legal and finance background to work so that PawsCo’s devoted volunteers can do what they do best – save lives.

Pet: Miss Kitty

Katie Meyer, Volunteer Director

Liz Fagen,Shelter Relations Director

Liz works as an project manager in the federal government, but her true passion is helping animals.  Liz grew up with lots of animals, cats sleeping in her crib and grew up riding horses.  Liz first started volunteering with the parent non-profit, 4 Paws and the original pet food drive gathering food for people and pets in need.  As the Shelter Relations director, she helps the animals in need on the front line.  Getting animals in need into foster homes.  Liz likes to spend time outdoors, camping, hiking, traveling with her trusty companions.

Pets: Dogs: Midas, George (PawsCo alum); Cats: Juno and Pookie (PawsCo alum).

Andrea Fogel, Pet Food Drive Director


I wanted to get involved with an animal rescue because I love animals and I love being around people who love animals just as much as me. I had heard about PawsCo through a coworker and decided to go to a volunteer information session. I liked the comprehensive approach of PawsCo and I loved that volunteers had the freedom and opportunity to try out many different types of volunteer positions until they found the one that fits them best. I have assisted at events and with transport and recently found my home with Pet Food Drive. My husband and I have two dogs, both girls and both rescues. Our youngest we adopted through PawsCo in November 2014.

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

Rachel Dembrun, Technology Director


Rachel has always been an animal lover and was looking to be more involved in Denver other than an 8-5 job. After fostering two loving, goofy dogs, she decided to put her specialties to work on a daily basis and began volunteering on the bio posting team. After a 6 month stint, she moved into the Technology Director role, where she manages the website and other nerdy action items. She lives with a not-so-furry huMAN and a goofy, loving, wiggle butt beagle basset hound.

Pet: Sonny

Melissa Stolt, Training Director

Katelyn Massey, Foster Director

Katelyn photoKatelyn leads the Foster Support Team and falls in love with every animal she meets. She’s passionate about providing the best experience for fosters and their foster animals. She has also been a foster for PawsCo since 2013 and her bull terrier enjoys hanging out with animals in need just as much as Katelyn does.
Pet: Loka

Katie Marshall, Partnerships Director

By day, Katie Marshall is a chemical engineer and currently an operations supervisor 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.  Now she is overseeing all partnerships and is excited to help this wonderful organization continue to grow for years to come because all animals deserve to be loved.
Pets: Mannix, Stella, and PawsCo alumni, Ricky.

Cliff Olin, Associate Bio Director

Cliff considers himself something of a renaissance man, but his true passion is for animals. Cliff’s involvement in PawsCo began after he adopted Beau (king of dogs) #540, the best decision of his life. Beau inspires Cliff every day, and now Cliff serves as Associate Bio Director. Cliff is incredibly proud to be part of PawsCo. He lives downtown with Beau and his girlfriend, Micaela. He loves them very much.

Andrea Vella, Associate Legal Director and Event Team Lead

A huge animal lover and a Colorado native, Andrea is thrilled to be working with such compassionate people to help find loving forever homes for so many animals in the community. A lawyer by day, she puts her legal experience to work by assisting the Legal Director behind the scenes so that the PawsCo team can continue saving lives. Andrea also helps the Events Team put on awesome events around town to further promote the extraordinary efforts of PawsCo.
Pets: Louie and Brody, who she gets to see whenever she visits her parents.

Kelly Reitz, Associate Pet Food Drive Director

Kelly is a huge animal lover (especially dogs!) and is passionate about helping families keep their beloved pets through times of hardship. She is proud to be a part of such an amazing team that has saved the lives of thousands of dogs and cats!

Megan Davan, Associate Transport 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, Associate Volunteer Director

Kaela  started out fostering in 2014 because she  wanted to save animals , and she quickly fell in love with the passion that PawsCo displayed for rescuing animals and knew she  wanted to be more involved.

As the associate volunteer director , Kaela loves to see new volunteers come though because they are so eager to help in anyway they can. A mazing volunteers are what keep PawsCo going.

Pets – Zoey, Max and Samson the cat.

Sarah Kubacki, CVT Associate Vet Care Director

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Sarah is a Certified Veterinary Technician with 13yrs experience, focusing on shelter medicine and HQHVSN for the past 9 years.
Sarah currently owns her own animal care business and works part-time a veterinary clinic in Castle Rock. In her 14 years experience of volunteering and working within animal welfare organizations, Sarah says, “PawsCo has been the most rewarding, professional yet down to earth organization I have ever been involved with. I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of something so amazing!
Rescue family:  River, Timmy Trap, Quintin, George, and K.T.

Aida Aguado, Associate Marketing Director


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

Nick Creadon, Associate Development Director


Nick grew up around many pets and has loved them for as long as he can remember. When he is not playing in the mountains, he is playing with data and spreadsheets at his work. He figured “why not put that work to a better cause?” And has since been working to ensure PawsCo’s financial sustainability. He looks forward to helping PawsCo grow!

Dependents: Bailey, an orange tabby
Uncle to Oskar, the goldendoodle

Victoria Francis, Associate Photography Director

Victoria a nonprofit professional and aspiring photographer born and raised in Colorado. She believes strongly in the work PawsCo does to help save and enhance the lives of dogs and cats in Colorado. In addition to serving as Associate Photography Director, Victoria is an active foster and member of the of the PawsCo Bio Team.
Victoria and her husband are the proud puppy parents to three amazing pups: Liam McPuppy, Maggie Mae and foster fail, Preston.