BOARD OF DIRECTORS
1st Vice President
I have been a P.A.W.S. of Tinley Park volunteer since December 2002. I am the assistant head of shift on Thursday nights. I have fostered for over 15 years. I regularly foster dogs that are scared, don’t do well in the shelter or have medical issues. As a part of the transfer team, I have built many relationships in the rescue community, making us a trusted partner to save adoptable animals from shelters that would often be euthanized. I organize one of our largest, annual fundraisers, Wags to Riches. This year the fundraiser brought in over $31,000 that will directly benefit the animals in our care. I also order most of the clothing items that we sell at the shelter and events which not only brings in regular revenue but also gives us free advertising. I care deeply about the shelter and will always do what is right for the animals and the shelter.
2nd Vice President
I’ve been a loyal volunteer to the shelter for well over 13 years- even met my husband here! I am active with both the cats and dogs at the shelter. I am part of the dog and cat medical teams, regularly performing routine care to keep our costs down and our animals healthy and ready for adoption! I have helped start playgroups and the doggy day out program to help enrich the lives of the dogs at the shelter. I am part of the transfer team. I regularly bring in family friendly animals so we at P.A.W.S. can find their fur-ever home! Many of the animals have never known the joy of a family, and it’s so rewarding to be able to give that to them. I am a foster coordinator for both cats and dogs, and I of course foster myself! I created the P.A.W.S. Tinley Park stray page to help reunite lost pets, and manage the P.A.W.S. Facebook page. I have assisted with Wags to riches fundraiser and headed the Valentine and Giving Tuesday fundraisers. P.A.W.S. is a big part of my life.
My time at P.A.W.S. of Tinley Park over the past 13 years has shown me that saving animals is truly my passion. During this time I have been head of shift on Monday afternoon for 11 years, assistant head of shift on Friday nights for 2 years, and I perform temperament testing that is required prior to adoption for 4 years. My most memorable experience helping P.A.W.S. of Tinley Park was after Hurricane Harvey when I rescued 18 dogs/cats from flooded shelters in Houston. We filled the van to capacity which included one dog sitting on our laps for the 16 hour drive home.
Not only do I have a business and medical background, with a BS in Nursing and in electrical engineering, but also 23 years of experience as an owner/operator of JB’s Ranch which is a horse boarding facility. I have fostered over 40 dogs, including several that required extra medical attention prior to adoption.
I’ve been a volunteer for 4 years, but my kids Hannah and Nolan have had me involved since Hannah started as a junior volunteer 8 years ago. When Hannah left for college, I began working the Saturday morning shift, since I’ve done multiple local and long distance transports and fostering. I’ve been involved in projects from putting up and taking down the sunscreen, laying gravel in the main dog runs, to adding the new exterior lights around the property. Most recently I reached out to get a donation of light fixtures valued at over $8,000 and have been installing the LED fixtures all at no cost to the shelter. These lights will last up to ten times and cost less to run than fluorescent lights. I will continue to work on improving the infrastructure of the shelter and will work to keep the animals FIRST in every aspect.
I’ve been coming to P.A.W.S. of Tinley Park for 4 1/2 years. Being involved with the animals and the shelter itself is a favorite hobby of mine, and I can only hope to pass along this interest to my little girls. I greatly enjoy all of the time I’m able to spend helping the shelter animals–whether in person or online. Being a part of the big picture consisting of spending time with & promoting our animals, decision making, event planning, transporting, and various other things is one of the best feelings in the world.
I started with P.A.W.S. of Tinley Park over 5 years ago when I signed up to foster. I welcomed many pregnant cats, kittens and medical cases into my home. Wanting to do more, I signed up to volunteer on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. I learned a lot about cats from fostering, and I join the medical team in 2020 and I gladly took on the extra role to help. This year I also joined the cat adoption team and am happy to find the right cat for each family. I continue to learn about everything shelter related including more about dogs, and dog medical. My background is in IT and would like to see the shelter keep up with technology. I have served on multiple committees for my daughters’ schools, school activities and sports and previously served as president and treasurer for a ladies’ social charitable organization with Prestwick Country Club.