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|Rand Kokernot, President – Rand moved to the North Fork Valley in 1994 and proceeded to build a straw-bale, passive solar house. His goal was to free himself from the bonds of a debt-based life and the long tentacles of the utility companies. He failed at both. He has had a dog around since infancy and loves to recount the story of his boxer “Lancer” who upon noticing that Rand, as a toddler, had crawled out into the road, promptly trotted over, picked him up by his cotton diaper (thank god it wasn’t today’s disposable) and brought him back onto the lawn of his house. It was a Kodak Moment. Rand has been heard in moments of lucidity saying “he sometimes prefers being with dogs more than people.” He counters any criticism by saying that the animals of this planet have suffered greatly at the hands of man and that his job is to counterbalance and help correct this injustice to our loyal animal brothers and sisters. CAWS COMMITTEE: CAWS ADOPTION CENTER MANAGEMENT TEAM|
|Jay Bagley, Treasurer – Retired from California State government as the Chief of the Medicaid Overpayments Section, I was responsible for leading a team of professional collectors pursuing Medicaid fraud. We recovered over 1/2 billion dollars per year with fraud prosecutions. Jay is currently employed as Operations Manager for an Alaskan salmon fishing/processing business providing strategic planning and operational support. In his spare time, Jay rides motorcycles which is where he first became aware of CAWS while visiting Paonia during the Annual BMW Rally. Jay and his wife, Catherine, love animals and became involved with CAWS after semi-retiring to Paonia. he supports spaying and neutering of all animals and believe it is our duty to help to provide homes and humane care for all animals. Jay is extremely excited about working in a leadership role with CAWS.|
|JoAnn Kalenak, Secretary — JoAnn started working with CAWS back in 2004 after the organization helped find her way-ward Beagle, Darcy (pictured here), after she’d run off in search of big game. JoAnn became a board member in 2007 and juggles her 35-year career in the print business — currently at HIGH COUNTRY NEWS — with fundraising events and as the volunteer director. JoAnn lives in Hotchkiss with her husband, Bob, two dogs, two cat, and various farm critters. CAWS COMMITTEE: CAWS ADOPTION CENTER MANAGEMENT TEAM CHAIR, FUND RAISING TEAM CHAIR|
|John Martindale, Director – John has been affiliated with CAWS for 12 years by fostering dogs, assisting with all events, fundraisers and setting up new foster homes. Through osmosis (Mary, his wife was a founder & former board member) John has been involved one way or another with CAWS. Their household has fostered over 75 dogs since the founding of CAWS. John’s shoes will attest to that. Two walks a day time’s number of dogs.John, a retired manager from a manufacturing company in Illinois, moved to Crawford with his wife and two dogs from Illinois in 2000. They have three grown children and three young grandchildren split between Chicago and Buffalo. Since his move he has worked part-time as a furniture salesman and ranch foreman. Currently he is retired and involved in the local library community along with CAWS.John’s knowledge of CAWS’ is invaluable and his experience is an asset to the Board of Directors. CAWS COMMITTEE: FOOD DONATION PROGRAM COORDINATOR|
|Kathy Reich, Director – Kathy is a native to Delta County and is glad to be back with family and friends after retiring as a computer software trainer in 2009. Kathy first became aware of CAWS when she visited her aunt in Paonia and saw a copy of Rescue Magazine. She fell in love with the organization and knew she’d be a part of it one day.Soon after moving back to the area, Kathy began working as a volunteer at Barkin’ Bargains and as a cat foster.Kathy is well acquainted with the animal rescue business after having spent 12 years as a volunteer for SPCA in Raleigh, North Carolina. She looks forward to a long and fruitful relationship with CAWS and is happy to work in its behalf as a board director. CAWS COMMITTEE: DATABASE MANAGER, SPAY & NEUTER COUPON PROGRAM COORDINATOR|
|Terry Morgan, Director — Terry retired in Delta after many years in the hospitality and restaurant management business. He now devotes his free-time to the care of his elderly mother and to CAWS and the CAWS Adoption Center. As an avid golfer, Terry plans to develop a CAWS Golf Tournament and grow the event into a major fund-raiser for the Center. Terry began working with CAWS when the organization took over the City of Delta’s animal shelter which had closed to the public in 2010. Terry has been instrumental in helping to build public awareness of CAWS and the shelter facility. CAWS COMMITTEE: CAWS ADOPTION CENTER MANAGEMENT TEAM, FUND RAISING TEAM|
|Pat Phelps, Director — As a former “people person” turned pet enthusiast, Pat retired from many years working with challenged individuals. Since retirement, Pat spends a good deal of time with her two dogs and participated in the first Annual CAWS Strut. This is where she became involved with CAWS and the CAWS Adoption Center. As a board member of the Delta Dog Park at Confluence Park, Pat’s community involvement with enhancing the lives of local animals continued to grow and she began volunteering at CAWS adoption events and helping out at the shelter. She become a board member for CAWS in January 2013 and hopes to further assist CAWS in the organization’s efforts to build a county-wide shelter. CAWS COMMITTEE: FUND RAISING TEAM