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 Kelsey Burton. In addition, the following individuals currently serve in leadership roles within the organization:


Kelsey Burton
Executive Director

Whitney Stevens-McBride
Volunteer Services and Resource Development Coordinator

Sandi Kammerer
Program Manager of Healthcare Services

Shannon Gaughan-Kelly
Program Coordinator of Youth Services

Jamie Lehman
Marketing and Development Coordinator

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

Jodi Van Slyke
Youth-Canine Temperament Tester

Kayla Pence
Youth-Canine Evening Care Coordinator


Lead Volunteers

Jerica Barlow
New Volunteer Liaison

Rhaya Shilts
Marketing Chair

Alison Frolik
Vaccination Records Coordinator

Lauren Colbert
Voicemail Coordinator

Cindy Cale
AAI Training Coordinator

Nina Esbin
AAI Manager of Classes and Evaluations

Cessa Andrews-McMullen
Volunteer Badge/ID Coordinator

Nickie Cornett, Wendy Lane, & Marsha Thomas
AAI Class Assistant Trainers

Board of Directors

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

Patrick Wanzer Treasurer
CPA, Edgewater CPA Group

Missy King Emeritus
Meeting Event Manager, BoVenture, LLC

Dr. Sarah Blair, DVM Emeritus
Veterinarian, Noah’s Animal Clinic

Dot Hitchins
Manager, Volunteer Services, Ascension St. Vincent

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

Tom Lehman
President, Mansfield-King

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

Whitney Riggs
Kroger, Gardis, & Regas LLP