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
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
Malissa Murphy Spero, TNR Director
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.
Amanda Dittmer, Events Director
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
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.
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
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.
Melissa Stolt, Training Director
Katelyn Massey, Foster Director
Katie Marshall, Partnerships Director
Cliff Olin, Associate Bio Director
Andrea Vella, Associate Legal Director and Event Team Lead
Kelly Reitz, Associate Pet Food Drive Director
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
Aida Aguado, Associate Marketing Director
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