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.
After working for more than seven years as Director of Development and Marketing for Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League in West Palm Beach, Fl., Joy has returned to Columbus and decided to bring her 25+ years of leadership experience to PAWS Humane. She is a Columbus native and lights up the room with her energy and enthusiasm for event planning, non-profit development, and public relations. When she’s not working, she loves to spend time with her family, friends, and 3 rescue pups!
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.
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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.
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.
Volunteer & Foster Care 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 foster department.
South Carolina native Carolina Rodriguez is known for her willingness to serve others. For that reason, she is the new Humane Education and Outreach Coordinator for PAWS Humane. After moving around the world as a military spouse, she decided to use her master’s degree in Urban Planning and her knowledge of various cultures to do community outreach in Columbus. She enjoys volunteering as a Master Gardener at the Boys and Girls Club. When she’s not volunteering or spending time with her family, she enjoys reading, cooking, and riding her bike.
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.
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.