Our Staff

Maia Shwartz, Interim Executive Director

Maia joined PAW Team as a board member in early 2016 and took on the interim executive director position in late 2016.  Maia holds a Master's degree in Public Administration and B.S. in biology, both from Portland State University.  Maia has a deep passion for helping her community, especially vulnerable human populations and animals.  One of her favorite things about PAW Team is the endless dedication from staff and volunteers to help keep people and pets together, healthy, and safe.  When not dedicating her time to PAW Team, Maia loves playing outside - hiking, swimming, skiing, and everything the Pacific NW has to offer. Maia lives in SE Portland with her husband, Jake, her dog, Riley, and her cat, Juniper. 

Kristin "K" Anderson CVT, Medical Director

Kristin, who goes by K, is honored to be the Medical Director of the Portland Animal Welfare Team! She volunteered at PAW Team for two years helping with whatever needed attention and officially joined as our Medical Director in January 2014. K is a certified veterinary technician and brings a wealth of medical knowledge to the team. She believes everyone should have the gift of animal companionship regardless of financial circumstances and feels so fortunate to be part of an organization that helps to keep animals healthy and happy and with their people who love them more than anything. K also feels incredibly lucky to share her life with her husband and three adorable rescued sidekicks - Hector, Nadine, and Gus Gus.

Amy Kunz, Client Coordinator


Amy fell in love with PAW Team in early 2017 as our client coordinator intern. With the completion of her internship she graduated with her Associates of Applied Science Degree in Human Services. Her passion for helping others led her to a position that opened her eyes to the dire care needed for the companion animals of those in need. Amy is extremely dedicated to PAW Team and is very humbled and honored to be in this position. Amy has a true love for puppy drool, traveling, beautiful places, and her bloodhound, Thurston. 

Kara Klepinger, Client and Volunteer Coordinator


Kara Klepinger became our Client Coordinator in July 2017. Kara received her BA in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound in 2015. After graduating, she taught English to elementary schoolers in Southern France for 10 months. While she loved the experience, she discovered that she does not want to pursue teaching and is more interested in pursuing a career in social work. Because of her passion for animals and helping others, PAW Team is a perfect fit for Kara. She currently lives without an animal companion and is excited to get her pet fix while working at PAW Team.