Our Staff

Lynne Robinson: Executive Director

Executive Director and Founder of PAWS, Lynne has been actively involved with pet-assisted visitation since she rescued her third golden, Boo Radley, in 2003. She is proud and pleased to have been a part of growing PAWS to the respected and successful organization that it has become.  With her three golden retrievers, Sundance, Summer, and Calli, Lynne continues to pilot new programs and enjoys visiting, working with our volunteer teams, and overseeing PAWS as a whole.


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Stephanie Barry: Associate Director

Stephanie began her career at PAWS in September 2007 as the Office Manager. As PAWS quickly grew, in 2009 Stephanie moved toward program development, especially the PAWS for Reading program.  In the past few years, she has assisted in the creation of PAWS’ programs and specialized training including the Autism Initiative, PreK PAWS, Psychiatric Support PAWS, Courthouse Canines, and the Disabilities Program. Stephanie also coordinates the PAWS Nemours/AI duPont pet therapy program.

Stephanie shares her adorable pup, Goldie, on reading visits at the Terry Children’s Center and William Penn High school, and also visits with the kids at Nemours. She owns a fish named Herman and four (non-therapy) cats, Frannie, Zoe, Rosie, and Izzy. Outside of the PAWS world, she enjoys spending time with her sons, Sam, Max and Nicky; reading; gardening; and traveling. 

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Rosemarie “Ro” LeNoir: Development Director

Rosemarie joined the PAWS for People staff in October 2014 as the part-time Director of Development. She comes to us with over sixteen  years of income developement work experince for both large and small nonprofits, along with volunteer experiences. As a life-long dog lover, Ro always felt that PAWS would be the perfect combination of her passions – helping people and dogs. Ro is excited to join PAWS and help to ensure that the amazing work being done by PAWS staff and Volunteer Teams continues and grows!

Two yellow labs, Ellie and ‘grand-dog’ Julianna, keep Ro and her husband active and busy. Ro enjoys visiting family, walking with friends, gardening, and volunteering as a UD Cooperative Extension Master Food Educator.

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Clarice Ritchie: Community Engagement Coordinator

Clarice joined the PAWS staff in August of 2014. She comes to us from the American Cancer Society where she served as the Senior Manager for Relay For Life for the Delmarva Peninsula. As the Coordinator for Community Engagement at PAWS, Clarice is excited to be working to share the amazing work of PAWS and the impact that it is having in our local community. After many years of volunteering in programs with both animals and children and adults with special needs , Clarice is thrilled to have found a position where she can turn her passion into a profession. Outside of work, Clarice enjoys spending time walking, reading and traveling with friends and family.

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Racine Boyle: Volunteer Coordinator

raeraeRacine started at PAWS as an intern in June, 2014. After graduating from Wilmington University in 2014 with a B.S. in Psychology with a certificate in Child Advocacy, she was hired as Volunteer and Office Support for PAWS. 

In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and relaxing with her cat, Rufus. She and her family dog, Lilu, just completed the steps to become active visiting members of PAWS and look forward to getting started as a Therapy Team!

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Julie Haytas: Office Manager

Julie joined PAWS in May, 2015. She recently relocated to PA from the Jersey Shore. She brings with her professional experience in administrative support and volunteer experience with fundraising for several different organizations including the Monmouth County, NJ SPCA, Easter Seals, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and Cookies for Kids Cancer. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist and is interested in becoming certified in Canine massage. She and her 2 1/2 year-old son, Joey, love to go to the zoo, parks, and the beach.

Helping PAWS volunteers with their needs and hearing about their experiences is a highlight of my job. I am thrilled to be part of the PAWS for People organization!

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Laura Garver: Administrative Assistant


Laura started at PAWS in February 2016. She has over fifteen years of Customer Service experience in the manufacturing and printing industries. To Laura, being a supporting member of the PAWS office team and helping others pursue the shared vision and mission of PAWS for People is fulfilling in many ways.  Outside of PAWS, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, candle-making, gardening, and cooking up new healthy recipes.  Laura and her family also enjoy their two (non-therapy) rescue cats, Bodhi, a Siamese mix, and Ruby, a little gray tabby. 

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Pat Walp: Train the Trainer Mentor & Community Development

Pat joined PAWS for People in June, 2015  to help develop the TTT (Train the Trainer) Program and increase our ability to reach more new therapy teams by finding new places to train in the outer regions of our geographical footprint (pawprint!)  Pat is the founder and Executive Director of UCount, a non-profit re-entry reunification program for fathers who have been separated from their children and also is part of Child, Inc. in Kent and Sussex Counties. Along with a long list of other interests and talents, Pat is an Equine Assisted Counselor and a Yoga Instructor.

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Rysa Bell: Office Support

Rysa started at PAWS as an intern in September 2015. She is currently in her last semester at University of Delaware and will graduate with a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She was hired part time in January 2016 as Office Support for PAWS.

Outside of PAWS, Rysa enjoys spending time with her family and friends, swimming, and volunteering in the community.

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Wendy Lewis: Webmaster

wendyWendy has been with PAWS in a variety of capacities since it was founded in 2005. She currently serves as our Webmaster and registration coordinator. When not doing something PAWS related, Wendy is Speech-Language Pathologizing; loving on her dog Jonah, and two cats, Quinn & Remi; or making up new words.

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Susan Greenholt: Dog Trainer

Susan has been training dogs for 27 years and teaching others how to train their dogs for 22. Over the years, in partnership with her 7 GSDs, she has earned over 58 agility and obedience titles. Notably among these, she completed the Agility Dog Champion & Tournament Master titles with her beloved Ika, Master Agility Dog title with Vista, and qualified for USDAA Nationals 3 times. In 2013 Susan and Hedda earned the Highest Scoring Dog in Agility at the German Shepherd Dog Club of America’s 100th Anniversary National Specialty. In addition to competing with her dogs, Susan is involved with therapy work. Ika & Vista both became well-loved therapy dogs with PAWS for People participating in both the PAWS for Reading & Autism programs. Xarya, “the baby,” just became certified at the advanced level with PAWS and has begun her therapy career at Concern.

Susan began her journey in positive reinforcement training when she attended the first annual conference of The Association of Pet Dog Trainers in Valley Forge, PA. As a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Susan is committed to keeping current on the most humane, force free and effective training techniques available. She and her dogs have attended numerous training camps including Say Yes! Training Camp, Kinetic Dog’s Agility Camp, Camp Gone to the Dogs as well as seminars on the subject of positive reinforcement given by noted trainers including Leslie Nelson, Jean Donaldson, Sheila Booth, Susan Garrett, and Pat Miller.

Susan so enjoyed teaching with Greenwood Dog Training School that she enrolled in the Educational Leadership program at Immaculata University. Her graduate education connected learning theory to all the work she has been doing over the years. In 2012, she completed her secondary and special education certifications through the state of Pennsylvania – helping her to enhance and enrich the learning experience of the human end of the leash.

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Michele Shockley: Dog Trainer

Michele has been involved in training and competing with her own dogs in obedience, herding, agility, and nose work for 23 years.  For most of that time she’s also been helping others develop a bond and a relationship with their dogs through training.  She is currently involved with competition obedience and herding with her dogs.  One of her border collies is also a therapy dog for PAWS for People and they greatly enjoy their visits to assisted living and occasional community events. Michele has attended, and continues to attend workshops and seminars in a variety of dogs sports to stay current on the latest fun ways to train.

Michele strives to train and teach in such a way that her dogs and those of her students develop a joy, a willingness and a love of their “work.”  She believes that training can be fun for owners and their dogs and wants everyone to know the amazing potential of their 4 legged friends!

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Karen Powell: Dog Trainer

Karen has been actively involved in training and competing with her dogs for 10 years.  She owns German shepherds and enjoys training in many dog sports including competitive obedience, rally, tracking, nose work ,and will be starting sheep herding with her new addition, Raiden. She has attended numerous seminars and workshops from some of the most well-respected authorities in dog training and will continue to do so in the future.  She loves to learn and stay current to expand her knowledge of the latest techniques in training.

Karen believes that it is very important for puppies and young dogs to get the proper socialization and training they need to become good companions and citizens that are a joy the be around.  Training can build a strong relationship and bond between dog and owner, and be positive and FUN!

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