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Meet the Team |

Meet the PAWS Humane Team!

bobbi yeo
Bobbi Yeo, CEO
byeo@pawshumane.org
706-987-8370

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.
Joy Humphries
Joy Humphries,
Deputy Director
jhumphries@pawshumane.org
706-660-5933

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!
casey smith
Casey Smith,
Director of Marketing
csmith@pawshumane.org
706-987-8372

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.
amy watson
Amy Watson,
Director of Finance & Administration
awatson@pawshumane.org
706-987-8371

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.
holly phillips
Holly Phillips,
Animal Care and Facility Manager
hphillips@pawshumane.org
706-565-0035 ext. 212

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.
Courtney Peirce
Courtney Pierce, Adoptions Manager
cpierce@pawshumane.org
706-660-5930

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leanne smith
Leanne Smith,
Vet Clinic Manager
lsmith@pawshumane.org
706-987-8374

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.

Mary Yenter, Fund Development & Marketing Coordinator
myenter@pawshumane.org
706-660-5925

After graduating from LSU, Mary moved to Columbus to start her career. With extensive experience working in business, events, and marketing, Mary wanted to combine all of her past experience and her passion for animals in to one job and came to work for PAWS! In her free time, Mary enjoys spending time with her husband Jaime, and her furchild, Brewster.
anitra holley
Anitra Holley,
Volunteer & Foster Care Coordinator
aholley@pawshumane.org
706-987-8373

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, Anitra moved to Columbus and began working her magic in our volunteer and foster department.

Lindsay Ellis,
Outreach Coordinator
lellis@pawshumane.org
706-660-5932

Columbus native Lindsay Ellis is PAWS Humane’s Community Outreach Coordinator. Lindsay has always had a thing for helping animals and has 4 rescue dogs of her own. In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys hanging out with her husband and cheering on the Auburn Tigers. If there is one word that describes Lindsay, it’s empathetic; she feels what others feel and that goes a long way in community outreach. Lindsay brings passion and commitment to PAWS Humane and we are lucky to have her!
roberta wrighten
Roberta Wrighten, DVM
Lead Spay/Neuter Veterinarian
rwrighten@pawshumane.org

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.
nicole pettry
Nicky Pettry, DVM
Associate Veterinarian
npettry@pawshumane.org

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.