Meet the PAWS Humane Team!
After living in a handful of cities across the U.S. ranging from the West Coast to the Midwest, Bobbi Yeo brought her passion for animal welfare to Paws Humane and settled in small town Opelika, Al. Her husband and two dogs enjoy hiking, trips to the park and occasional dog diving. Bobbi brings passion and innovation to Paws every day.
Director of Marketing
As a War Eagle graduate and event planning extraordinaire, Casey Smith started her career at a Country Club in Birmingham, Al. Once tying the knot with her college sweetheart, she decided to combine both of her passions, animals and all things events, and go to work at Paws Humane. Casey conveys bright enthusiasm each day at Paws Humane.
Director of Finance & Administration
Working at Goodwill for most of her adult life, Amy Watson found a love for serving the underserved. When it came time to advance her career, Amy found a place where she could do just that, and it just so happens that community outreach is a part of our mission. Amy is the newest member of the Paws team, but her driven personality and work ethic is contagious.
Animal Care and Facility Supervisor
As a proud Veteran of the United States Army, Tyree Brown came to work at PAWS Humane and brought his dedication and dependability along with him. Not only does Tyree ensure that all of our animals are properly cared for and our facility is in great shape, he also enhances the lives of our animals through dog training and enrichment games. His positive attitude is a reflection of who he is and he will even allow his artistic side to shine while he writes poetry about our orphans.
Volunteer/Community Outreach Coordinator
For the first ten years of Anitra Holley’s adult life, she was a touring Singer/Songwriter. Anitra then worked in big city Atlanta at Egleston Children’s Hospital in guest services and pet therapy. After deciding it was time to settle down with her soon to be husband, Anitra moved to Columbus and began working her magic in our volunteer and outreach department.
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Columbus native Holly Phillips is known at Paws for her honesty and kind heart. There’s not much this super lady can’t do after being with Paws for almost five years! When it comes to intaking animals and disease control in our building, she is on top of it, and ensures all of our pets are safe and sound at their temporary home.
Mother of rescue dog Peeta, Kati Morrell moved back to Columbus after spending 13 years working in Interior Design in Atlanta. She joined the Paws team recently and has used her creative mind and caring nature to ensure our orphans are in their forever homes. Her eagerness to handle adoptions and find foster homes is unmatched!
Vet Clinic Manager
For 12 years of Leanne Smith’s life, she thrived in the Peach City of Atlanta. Once she started having her two precious girls, she knew it was time to move back home to Columbus. Leanne has been with us for over three years, and she brings joy, laughter, and goofiness to not only her rocking Vet Clinic, but to all aspects of the shelter.
Roberta Wrighten, DVM
Lead Spay/Neuter Veterinarian
Proud Airforce daughter, Roberta Wrighten, grew up living all over the U.S. After graduating from the University of Alabama, she moved on to pursue her passion of caring for animals by becoming a Vet. Robbi has been with Paws for a year now, and is known for her jokes and hilarious personality as she cares for all animals coming into our shelter.
Newest member of the PAWS team, Darrin Bassett, is originally from Pennsylvania and has settled in Phenix City, Al. With his three dogs, Tank, Gidget and Oliver, and two cats, Etchy and Sketchy, it is easy to tell that Darrin has a passion for animal rescue and care. Julia Butterfly Hill, an American environmental activist, is his hero after she lived in a 1,500 year old California Redwood (Luna) for 738 consecutive days to prevent its clear cutting. Darrin considers himself a Ecological Agriculturist, and PAWS Humane is very lucky to have him on our team. He not only brightens the lives of our animals and staff, but also our wonderful foster parents.
Animal Care and Facility Supervisor
Columbus native Elijah Dixon recently began his work at PAWS Humane, and got off to a fast start – literally. Elijiah is known around the shelter for always going above and beyond. He gives 110% every day all day. Not only does he strive to better himself daily, he also betters the lives of our orphans through animal care, training and enrichment. His motivation and bright personality at PAWS inspires everyone around him.
Nicky Pettry, DVM
Dr. Nicky Pettry is a member of the Paws Humane Veterinarian team. Nicky was raised in Chester, Va., and then made her way to the South for Vet School. Promoting compassion for all animals is one of her strongest passions, and she found a place at Paws that fits right in with her ideas. Nicky’s love for animals extends all the way to her pack at home with six cats and one dog. Her new family at Paws is excited and eager to see this art loving, cake decorating, green thumb having Veterinarian change the lives of our shelter animals.