Our Team

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. 

Our Board

Kristie Perry, President

Kristie has lived most of her life in the company of canines. She was a high school student when she took on her first volunteer gig cleaning kennels at the local animal shelter in Bergen County, NJ. Upon moving to Oregon in 1996, she began volunteering for a number of environmental and animal welfare organizations, including the Sierra Club of Oregon and Golden Bond Golden Retriever Rescue. She has spent the last 20 years raising money for non-profit organizations, political candidates, and ballot measure campaigns. By day, Kristie is the Director of Donor Relations for Central City Concern, a nonprofit agency serving single adults and families in the Portland metro area who are impacted by homelessness, poverty and addictions. When not working to make the world a more fair, just, and healthy place for people and their pets, you will most likely find Kristie on some mountain chasing after her husband, Tom, and golden retriever, Duncan.

Julia Doty, Secretary

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Julia Doty has been volunteering with PAW Team since 2012.  She joined the board of directors in 2014 and has served as the board secretary since 2015.  After earning a Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2008 from Northeastern University, Julia completed two years of service with Americorps.  She is passionate about helping people in poverty access the resources they need.  Her favorite thing about volunteering at PAW Team is being able to witness the fierce connection between people and their pets.  For her day job, Julia is the Director of Resident Services for Northwest Housing Alternatives, a non profit affordable housing developer based in Milwaukie, OR.

Megan DiPierro, Treasurer 

Megan graduated with a degree in finance from the University of Nevada, Reno. Throughout her career she has pursued her passion for animal health care. In the past decade, she has worked as a Volunteer Manager at the Greenhill Humane Society and a Business Analyst at VetSource, a veterinary pharmacy.  After earning her MBA from Portland State University, Megan began working at Banfield Pet Hospital as a Pricing Analyst.  

Megan first volunteered with the PAW Team in late 2016.  After realizing the positive impact they had on the community she felt honored to become a part of that team.  In her time off Megan enjoys taking her dog Matilda to the park and updating her mid-century home.

Robin Smith

Robin began volunteering for PAW Team in March 2009 after reading an article about it in the Oregonian, and has been volunteering at clinics ever since. She says she's completely hooked and loving it! Robin is a licensed teacher whose classroom was always referred to as “Smith Zoo” due to the corn snake, iguana, rat, cockatiels, tortoises, and toad that shared the space with her students. After moving to Oregon in 2006, Robin began volunteering at the Oregon Zoo as a zoo guide.  PAW Team is a perfect fit for Robin: she enjoys helping others and loves caring for all the pets that come to our clinics.  It brings her great joy to know we’re making a difference for those who need it most, the homeless and their much loved companions. She is grateful for this opportunity to be of service.

In her free time she can be found hiking, kayaking or just admiring all of Oregon’s beauty.  She lives in West Linn with her husband, David, a dog, two cats, and a rat.

Dr. Andrea Sanchez, DVM


Dr. Andrea Sanchez has been a small animal veterinarian since graduating from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007.  Since that time she has worked at Banfield Pet Hospital in a variety of roles, including clinician, chief-of-staff, medical director, hospital openings manager, and senior manager of operations support. 

In her spare time, Dr. Sanchez enjoys volunteering as a clinician for Portland area Veterans Stand Down events, volunteering at Central City Concern's Free Clinics, and giving talks to school-age children and educational groups.  She has coordinated and given talks about empathy for animals and responsible pet ownership to over 1000 school-age children.  Every year she co-hosts and directs Mars Ambassador Project, a program that brings a full week of free preventive care clinics and educational programs to underserved communities all over the world.  In 2016, the program took place in New Orleans, Louisiana.  She also sits on the committee of the Banfield Better Together Fund, a fund that provides support to associates of Banfield Pet Hospital after natural disasters.  Most importantly, she is adoptive mother to four rescued fur-children, Danny, Frankie, Felix, and Pablo Escobar. 

Steven Ault, DVM

Dr. Steven Ault began volunteering for PAW Team when he moved back to Portland in 2014.  Since getting started with PAW Team, he has been involved with the clinics and find the diverse pets and people that come through the doors to be exciting and challenging.  He loves meeting all the people, hearing their stories, and seeing what furry friends they have in their life.  Helping people with their pets' health is an empowering experience.

When not taking care of animals, Steve enjoys being outdoors and doing activities such as running, biking, hiking, and generally exploring the Pacific Northwest with his wife, Whitney and new son, Aiden.  Steve also shares his life with two dogs and one cat.

Barbara Spears

Barbara Spears’ life revolves around two very diverse interests - animals and business.  She began her participation in animal rights issues over three decades ago by working to ban wildlife trapping, bear baiting, and cougar hunting.  From those initial efforts, she continued her activism, working on the full range of local and national animal protection causes.

Barbara was co-founder and co-owner of Kaboom and LUX Lighting in Northwest Portland, which consumed much of her time and energy until LUX was sold in 2005.  Since that time, she has invested her time in issues involving homeless companion animals, particularly those that end up in publicly funded animal control agencies.  She campaigned for improved performance at Multnomah County Animal Services and is pleased to see increasing save rates.

Barbara is proud to be a PAW Team board member and believes whole heartedly in its mission to alleviate suffering by providing free veterinary medical care to the animals of those less fortunate.  Especially important to her is preventing animal abandonment and pet overpopulation - the keys to keeping animals alive, well and out of shelters.  She is happy to have two rescued dogs, Topper and Millie, in her life.

Mark Dunn

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Mark began serving on the Board of Directors in early 2016. He was drawn to PAW team by its commitment to keeping families healthy and together. A lifelong dog-parent, working with PAW team has been a great opportunity for Mark to combine his passion for being of service to others with his love for animals. During the day, Mark works for Providence Health and Services as a Regional Director of Hospitality. His role affords him the occasion to work with hundreds of service staff in the Portland Metro area, as they provide for the basic needs of patients, guests, and caregivers. In his free time, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife Carly, his sons Henry, Thomas, and Nicholas, and his dog Tinka (aka The Big Girl).

Lisa Williams, DVM

As a Portland, Oregon native who never strayed too far away from home, Lisa loves the NW community, the outdoors, the mountains, and the ocean. After almost 10 years as a practicing veterinarian, as well as 12 years as a finance professional, Lisa believes in authenticity, accountability, compassion, commitment to personal growth and connection with people and their animals. Lisa has a natural ease in talking with people and genuinely enjoys meeting new clients and listening to the challenges they face in the care of their pets. Veterinary medicine brings together all kinds of people, including coworkers, clients, other for profit industry people and those who work in the not–for-profit sector.  In order for our veterinary community to be successful, we all must work well together. Lisa believes the key to this requires treating all with dignity and respect even while working out differences and maintaining high ethical standards for personal and professional interaction. Lisa has been active in the Portland Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) and has volunteered at a not-for-profit clinic in Rarotonga (Cook Islands), for the Humane Society of the US (HSUS) in Mississippi post hurricane Katrina, and for the Perros Project in Huanchaco, Peru. When not stopping to pet every dog on every street corner, and when not caring for those that make it to her clinic, you can most often find Lisa with a latte and working in the yard or enjoying walks, runs or bike rides through our wonderful neighborhoods.