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!

Pets: 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, Editor

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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 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

Sarah Kubacki, Associate Vet Care Director

Sarah is a Certified Veterinary Technician who has focused her life around shelter medicine and high volume spay/neuter clinics for over a decade. Sarah currently owns her own animal care business, All EnTails and works as a relief CVT at non-profits in need. In her years of volunteering with animal welfare organizations, Sarah says, “PawsCo has been the most rewarding, professional, down to earth organization I have ever been involved with. I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of something so amazing!

Family:  River, Timmy Trap, Quintin, George, K.T. and Dave (the human).

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

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, Senior Director, Operations

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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

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 finding new ways to help animals find loving homes! She love yoga, hiking, traveling and going to local (dog friendly) breweries.

Pets: Amanda has two rescue dogs named Butters and Optimus Prime.

Ashleigh Sealing, HR Director

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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

By day, Katie functions as a human resources professional and is thrilled to have the opportunity to utilize her people management skills as PawsCo’s volunteer director. Katie’s animal rescue mission began when she was 18 years old, when her sister took in Samson, the chow mix stray, who quickly became the family favorite. Since then, she has worked with several rescue organizations, from DC, to Chicago, to Denver. PawsCo stuck for a reason – the passion of the leaders, the enthusiasm of the incredible volunteers, and the beauty of the animals’ stories.

Resident pet: McLean (PawsCo alumn)

Liz Fagen, Senior Director of Animal Relations

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).

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, Foster Director

After fostering and serving as Transport Director for 2+ years, Katelyn now leads the Foster Support Team as Foster Director where she works to make sure each PawsCo foster is fully supported while caring for their foster dogs and cats. 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, 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.

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 Adoption 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 foster animals, 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 enjoys connecting with new volunteers and introducing them to the world of PawsCo. Seeing new faces in the organization is very motivating.

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

Aida Aguado, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications

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 and Uncle to Oskar, the goldendoodle

Victoria Francis, Intake 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.

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!

Amanda Crocker, Associate Events Director

Amanda only got her first dog 11 years ago. Never growing up with pets (other than fish and one snowflake eel) she made up for lost time and now has three dogs! Amanda has supported PawsCo for years through various outlets. In 2015 she joined the board and is excited to bring her event planning experience and connections to the organization. Amanda has lived in the Denver area for over 25 years and attended Colorado State University. In the winter you can find her skiing!

Pets: Sawyer, Silky Terrier; Scarlet, Cairn Terrier; and Sahara, Yorkshire Terrier

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, Adoption Team Associate 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

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 second year student at Colorado State University’s Veterinary School. She believes strongly in high quality, low cost spay and neuter efforts. Although she’s been in the rescue world for many years with a Southern Colorado shelter, this is her second year with the wonderful PawsCo team. Her hobbies include beer, hiking, and dogs. Thankfully, all of these things can be easily combined.

Pets: Sasha (Senior, snarky standard poodle), Slim Shady (Elusive, cat-like, mill dog standard poodle), and Archie (Cooky, bratty mill dog English Bulldog)

Jessica Lucnik, Director of Transportation

When Jessica isn’t helping animals transfer from the shelter to a PawsCo Foster, she’s working as a Digital Marketing Strategist and helping people best use the internet. At the age of 14, she talked her family Veterinarian into letting her work as a team member with the staff and she oversaw the care of the hospital’s live-in animals as well as any animals who were staying at the hospital short term. Jessica started fostering with PawsCo in 2013 and was excited to take on the Director of Transportation role and use more of her time internally as well. If you ever see her out in public, you can find her hanging out with all the animals!

Pets: Two energetic dogs named Louis and MurphDog, who love to camp and hike and she also has two cats named Duey and Pam, who are littermates.

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

Kate Wessels, Senior Director, Brand Management

Kate is a communications professional in the nonprofit animal health industry. She started fostering with PawsCo in May 2014 and quickly came to realize the power of foster-based rescue in rescuing animals and saving lives. Kate is passionate about positioning PawsCo as a leader in foster-based animal rescue in Colorado and helping bring awareness to important animal welfare issues.

Pets: Fez (a rescued cat who thinks he’s a dog), Reux (a rescued dog who thinks he’s a human), Dex (a rescued cat who knows he’s a cat), and Indy (a PawsCo alum).

Taylor Johnson, Adoption 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!)