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.
In 2014 a tabby and white stray showed up in the neighborhood. He roamed from neighbor to neighbor, being fed for several months. I went so far as to make him a wool bed during that winter freeze. He was not feral and had belonged to someone as he kept trying to come in the house. My neighbor told me about Paws Patrol, and she said they could probably help trap and neuter him. Patti brought a trap out and told me they could find him a good home or bring him back to me. I had fallen for him, a big male with a stub for a tail, so I took him back and named him Stubbi.
In February 2015 I started volunteering at Paws Patrol. I am a people person and having managed a Customer Service department I enjoy interacting with people who come in looking for their forever fur companion. In addition to being at the office on Wednesdays I foster, am the Volunteer/Staffing and Adoption Coordinator. I so enjoy being a part of Paws Patrol and finding homes for our kitties.
Joan has lived in Green Valley for four years and began volunteering for Paws Patrol very soon after her arrival. She is a native of Illinois and fostered for various pet rescues and shelters there for over 35 years. She helps with a variety of duties , fosters bottle baby kittens and has recently become the medical care coordinator for Paws Patrol. In Illinois, she served on two Boards and now hopes to bring her experience to the Paws Patrol Board.
Bio coming soon.