It takes diversely talented and committed people to ensure that Paws & Think succeeds in its mission.

Founded by Gayle Hutchens who served as the Executive Director for 10 years, Paws & Think is now led by Executive Director Ashleigh Coster. In addition, the following individuals currently serve in leadership roles within the organization:


Ashleigh Coster
Executive Director

Whitney Stevens-McBride
Volunteer Services and Resource Development Coordinator

Shannon Gaughan-Kelly
Program Coordinator of Youth Services

Lisa Gupton
Program Coordinator for Paws to Heal

Kimberly Trimpe
Lead Dog Trainer, Animal Behaviorist
Youth-Canine Program Leader

Jodi Van Slyke
Youth-Canine Program Assistant

Kelsey Bishop
Youth-Canine Program Assistant

Tori Pugh
Youth-Canine Program Assistant

Lead Volunteers

Lynsey Smith
New Volunteer Liaison

Rhaya Shilts
Marketing Chair

Alison Frolik
Vaccination Records Coordinator

Cindy Cale
AAI Training Coordinator

Nina Esbin
AAI Manager of Classes and Evaluations

Cessa Andrews-McMullen
Volunteer Badge/ID Coordinator

Wendy Lane, & Marsha Thomas
AAI Class Assistant Trainers

Board of Directors

Shafali Pillay President
Director Project Management Research and Development, Eli Lilly and Co.

Whitney Riggs Vice-President 
Marketing Manager, Kroger Gardis & Regas, LLP

Kelcie Meier Secretary
Program Manager, IU Health

Melanie Claymon

Lauren Colbert

Dot Hitchins
Manager, Volunteer Services, Ascension St. Vincent

Lisa Jones
Broker/Real Estate Agent, F.C. Tucker

Brett Nelson
Partner, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun Attorneys at Law