Patti was one of seven individuals who began Paws Patrol in Green Valley, AZ in 2006 after recognizing a need for an organization to begin Trap-Neuter-Return to handle a growing feral cat population. Having spent over 25 years in the corporations specializing in benefits administration, planning and communication, Patti brought her knowledge and background to the cat rescue environment. In 2015, Paws Patrol was proud to open its first brick and mortar location to better serve the felines in Southern Arizona and accomplish the organization’s mission.
Patti grew up an only child and her mother’s career required them to move a lot during her childhood. She remembers having cats back to her earliest days, and when the family would move, the cats always went with them. Patti says she was always bringing home some animal, be it a cat, dog, or bird. Today, Patti and her husband foster cats, in addition to their current feline family members. Patti holds a Master’s Degree in Adult Education and Human Resource Development from Fordham University at Lincoln Center in New York.
David has always been a cat lover since a child. He became familiar with Paws Patrol when searching for a local animal group him and his wife could volunteer at together. David brings a wide variety of technical abilities to the organization by helping redesign the website, taking cat photos, and helping streamline documentation and calendaring applications.
David has been in the IT industry for more than 10 years and has worked locally at University of Arizona, Raytheon and now works in Cyber Security. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Science and Technology from Missouri University of Science and Technology and a Master of Administration from Northern Arizona University.
Vicky spent her working life providing accounting and bookkeeping services for small businesses including operating her own business. She worked with small businesses in installing, setting up and training employees in using new accounting software and assisting owners with cash flow issues. She also worked closely with company CPAs to review their accounting processes. In 2009, Vicky sold her business and retired to Green Valley, AZ. After a term on the board at Green Valley Recreation and her term on the Fiscal Affairs Committee came to an end, she decided it was time to help another organization.
Vicky heard about Paws Patrol and decided that she would check it out. She quickly realized that she liked the organization’s programs and services. It was Paws Patrol’s mission that particularly spoke to Vicky and her husband since they were cat owners themselves. Vicky learned that the organization was seeking someone to take on their bookkeeping needs and she decided that this would be a good fit for her. After meeting and talking with the organization’s Founder, Patti Hogan, Vicky enthusiastically “came on board” and she is so glad that she did.
Jan spent her working life using her organizational skills as an Office Manager, Accounting Manager, and Operational Auditor. She has been involved in implementing software and training users in its use.
Jan and her husband Paul retired to Green Valley in 2011. In addition to her many years of volunteering, Jan is the Treasurer and Webmaster for her HOA and Webmaster of the GV Table Tennis Club. Jan looked for another organization that could use her organizational skills. Paws Patrol was just the right fit.
JoAnn spent many enjoyable years working in the accounting field before retiring in 2010. Born in Western Washington state, she always loved the sun and hot weather. A business trip to Tucson sealed the deal on where to go after retirement. Buying a second home in 2009 started the dream of spending time in a warmer, sunny climate away from the gray, wet months in Washington. Many retirement years were spent just being retired! Finally, it was time to include socializing kitties at Paws Patrol!
Socializing kitties led to a desire to help with many aspects of Paws Patrol management which has included working in the shelter and fostering kitties. A bonus has been to work with an amazing, giving group of people who all have the same desire to help these stray and feral kitties find a better life! Always a lifelong learner, JoAnn has embraced this new challenge.
Since Washington summers are something worth enjoying, JoAnn plans to spend at least some time there visiting with family and friends while doing administrative work remotely for Paws Patrol.
Karen Winters Schwartz
Karen was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio. Educated at The Ohio State University, both she and her husband have shared a career in optometry in Central New York’s Finger Lakes while raising two daughters. She retired from her career as an optometrist in December of 2019 after they decided to leave cold and cloudy New York and move to Green Valley to be close to their baby granddaughter. Having saved her first of many kittens from a horse barn in NY, Karen contacted Paws Patrol to offer to be a foster before embarking on the big move. Paws Patrol welcomed her with open paws; she had kittens before the moving truck arrived.
A long-time board member and past president of NAMI Syracuse (National Alliance on Mental Illness), over the last few years, Karen’s advocacy for mental illness awareness has shifted more toward those who truly can’t speak for themselves: kitties. She now spends her time writing novels, fostering cats, watching her granddaughter, and traveling the earth in search of the many creatures with whom she has the honor of sharing this world.
Alex loves all animals. She was searching to do something meaningful during her spare time and a friend introduced her to Paws Patrol. Alex uses her graphic design and marketing skills to help promote the mission of trap, neuter and return. She created a new logo for the organization as well as the print, web and social media designs and advertising. When she is not busy creating a cohesive brand for Paws Patrol, she enjoys kennel cleaning and visiting with all the shelter cats!
Alex has been in the graphic design field for more than 15 years. She started out as a newspaper production manager before moving to the creative department at one of Tucson’s largest companies. She is organized, motivated and enjoys bringing her positive attitude and sense of humor to the team. She graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Internet and Web Development.