Gray Paws Sanctuary is evolving every day! We are looking for passionate, capable, dog lovers! Our Annual Board meeting is in January. We currently have NO open seats – but please ask us how you can be involved. If you would like to be considered for Board Directorship – please let us know and we will be in contact.

Founders

Darla L. Poole Brescia
Joseph A. Brescia

Chair

Dawn Lewis
Non-Profit Training Administrator and Facilitator with 20+ years of experience

“It’s such an honor to serve on the board of an organization with a mission I so strongly believe in. These dogs deserve the amazing love and care they receive at Gray Paws Sanctuary.”

Vice Chair

Mary Ann Slagle
Non-Profit Information Technology and Finance with 20+ years of experience

“I joined the Gray Paws Sanctuary Board because our faithful old companions deserve loving compassionate care in the autumn of their lives. Wouldn’t they give it to us?”

Treasurer

Renea A. Douglas Shine
Customer Executive and Fundraiser with 20+ years of experience

“I feel so blessed to be a part of this wonderful organization.  It’s truly a pleasure to be a part of such an unselfish and caring mission.  I have seen the suffering in the older dog’s eyes with my prior shelter experience and it does my heart good to know there are amazing people like Darla & Joe out there taking care of God’s older little ones with Gray Paws Sanctuary!”

Secretary

Carla Antinori-Prince
Shelter Volunteer with 15+ years of experience, Accounts Payable professional with 25 years of experience

“Through my many years volunteering in rescue, I’ve cared for hundreds of shelter dogs and I’ve loved each and every one. But the seniors hold a special place in my heart. I am honored to be part of this special organization that gives older dogs the support and comfort they deserve so that they can live out their golden years knowing they are loved.”

Director

Stephanie L. Walsh
Non-Profit Executive with 30+ years of experience in leadership

“It is so rewarding to be part of an organization that helps senior dogs. Their love is unconditional and they need us to step forward with our love and care.”

Director

Gayle Sarver-Volz
Accounting/Financial Management Professional with 30+ years of experience

“The passion the founders have for the Sanctuary is reciprocated by the love shown in the Senior Dogs eyes.  As a dog lover, it is an honor to see this and be involved in the mission of Gray Paws.”

Director

Sandi Hudson
Occupational Therapist for 20 years * Former Fundraising Committee Co-chair * Shelter volunteer/Animal Rescue

“I feel honored to be surrounded by the compassionate and gracious souls involved with Gray Paws Sanctuary. We all love our animals and we can all take comfort in knowing that the special dogs at Gray Paws, who at one time may not have been so fortunate, will complete their time on earth in the most loving and safe environment possible. Darla & Joe’s commitment to these dear dogs is both admirable and inspiring.”

Director

Thomas Garris
Retired Corporate Business Partner

“It is an honor to be a Board of Directors member in the Gray Paws Sanctuary. As a Dog lover, I am happy to contribute my efforts in supporting the caring mission for Senior Dogs. We are heart broken when our loved dogs pass away. It’s really great to know there is an organization that helps in easing the “Passing” for many senior Dogs. Our house would not be a complete home without a Dog as our family friend.”

Director

Ginny Merchant
Shelter volunteer with 17+ years of experience “Fundraiser” – Passionate advocate for Senior Dogs

“I am honored to be an advocate for this wonderful organization. As a Mom to 6 senior dogs and a foster parent to many more, there is a special place in my heart for this cause. I am excited to work with the other wonderful members of the board and Gray Paws’ loving founders to help bring more awareness to this loving population of dogs we all love.”

Director

Joanne Feldmeier
Over 30 years experience in sales/marketing administration. 10+ years experience of animal shelter and rescue fundraising and publicity.

“It is a privilege to work with such dedicated leaders providing niche services so truly needed. I have seen younger dogs getting second chances and feel the seniors deserve them. They have earned their right to be loved and coddled to the end – and the Brescias have the compassion and courage to do just that. I look forward to future – as can many senior dogs, thanks to Gray Paws Sanctuary.”

Director

Jim Lyons
Shop Foreman with 23 years of managerial and customer service experience.  Shelter Volunteer  3 years and counting.

“After meeting Darla and Joe at a few of their events I knew that I wanted to become involved with Gray Paws and their mission to help senior dogs. The organization is so well run and their passion, commitment, and determination is inspiring. I am looking forward to getting to know the pack and the humans as well.”

Director

Karen Matel
Accountant with 25 years’ experience with 15 years in a non-profit environment. Held positions from Staff Accountant up through CFO.

“I am honored to be a part of The Gray Paws organization. I’m a true dog lover and am so grateful to serve on the Board of Directors.”