Staff

Meet our friendly PAWS staff!
 

Executive Director: Lynne Robinson

phone: x102; lrobinson@pawsforpeople.org

 

Executive Director and Founder of PAWS, Lynne has been actively involved with pet-assisted visitation since she rescued her 3rd 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.
 
 
   

Office Manager: Keri Collins-Mooney

phone: x101; kcollins-mooney@pawsforpeople.org

Keri joined PAWS for People as a member in January 2013 with her shepherd mix, Dudlee.  They visit Abbey Manor in Elkton, a CCHD Adolescent Drug and Alcohol support group, and Nemours/AI duPont (as of January 2014).  Keri and Dudlee also love to volunteer for community outreach opportunities and PAWS-sponsored events.
 
After joining as a member, Keri fell in love with PAWS for People and jumped at the opportunity to be part of the amazing staff.  As the PAWS for People Office Manager, Keri works with each staff member to ensure a smooth-running environment.  She handles calls and visits in the office, answers and directs e-mails and manages PAWS for People interns, among other things. 
In her free time, Keri tutors students of all ages, runs (a lot), reads (almost as much as running), and loves to make crafts.  She lives with her husband, her 2 therapy companions, Dudlee and Kenzee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Director of PAWS for Reading/Membership: Stephanie Barry

phone: x104; sbarry@pawsforpeople.org

Stephanie began her career at PAWS in September 2007 as the part-time Office Manager.  As PAWS quickly grew, in 2009 Stephanie was able to focus her energies onto her true passion in animal assisted therapy as the Director of the PAWS for Reading program, combining three of her loves:  books, kids and animals!  Stephanie also manages all aspects of the membership process, from prospective member intake calls through annual renewals of existing members, as the Director of Membership.  Most recently, she has added coordination of the PAWS Autism Initiative program to her task list and joined the PAWS staff full-time in August 2012. 

Stephanie reads at the Delaware Terry Center with her adorable pup, Goldilox, and accompanies her son, Max, with therapy visits to the residents of Millcroft Assisted Living.   She also owns four (non-therapy) cats:  Frannie, Zoey, Rosie & Izzy, one feisty hermit crab, and a fish named Herman.  Outside of the PAWS world, Stephanie can be seen frequently at swim meets, baseball games or musical gigs with her boys, Sam, Max and Nicky.

 

 

Director of Volunteer Development/Webmaster: Cassie Gonce

phone: x103; cgonce@pawsforpeople.org

Cassie began her time at PAWS in 2008 as a volunteer from the University of Delaware.  She continued to work with PAWS during her college career, completing an internship and special projects class for the organization.  After graduating from UD in 2009 with a B.S. in Human Services, Cassie was hired as Office Support for PAWS and transitioned into her current role – working with all therapy teams, coordinating volunteer schedules and facilitating partnerships with surrounding organizations.  While not working (either at PAWS or her part-time job at a winery in PA), Cassie enjoys running, eating, traveling and spending time with her rescue dog, Uno.

   

Program Support: Nicole Davis

phone: x107; ndavis@pawsforpeople.org

Nicole started at PAWS in June of 2013 as an intern from the University of Delaware. After graduating with a B.S. in English with a concentration in Professional Writing, she began full time work as Program Support with PAWS. She works with Cassie and Stephanie on many projects including volunteer and facility support.

Outside of the office, Nicole is an airbrush technician at Hollywood Tans, likes to visit her sister and nieces in Virginia, and spend time with her therapy companion and rescue dog, Bella.

   

 

 

 

Director of Development: Janet Luke

Phone: x106; jluke@pawsforpeople.org

As Director of Development, Janet is responsible for all aspects of fundraising at PAWS. This includes Board development, initiating and growing business and corporate partnerships, running the annual fund, encouraging individual support from the community and securing event sponsorship. Janet began her development career in the 1980’s in Washington, DC working at both the national office of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Fazio International. After moving to Delaware in 1990, she worked at Generations Home Care before breaking to raise a family.  Janet has been with PAWS since March 2011.

   

Volunteer Coordinator: Tai Meisel

Phone x110; tmeisel@pawsforpeople.org

Tai joined PAWS for People as a therapy team with her dog, Nyla Sue, in 2011. At the time, Tai worked as a therapist with at-risk adolescents. She was inspired by the philosophy of PAWS and the impact that her pet therapy visits had upon her clients. Tai began volunteering more frequently with PAWS in 2013, and officially joined the PAWS staff as the Volunteer Coordinator in early 2014.

You may hear from Tai regarding: new visitation opportunities, organizing or changing your schedule, and shadowing your team during one of your PAWS visits. She also provides general support and guidance to volunteers as needed!

          Tai has her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania and recently achieved her LCSW. She enjoys spending her free time with her family, doing yoga, and endeavoring in new artistic projects.

 


 

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