Toni Schriver, RVT - Executive Director and Founder of PAWWS
I'm an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse. While struggling
with feelings of fear, anger and confusion the only true comfort
I found was with animals.
an adult I struggled with self-destructive tendencies. In 1988
I earned my degree as an Animal Health Technician allowing me
to give the gift of healing back to animals. Knowing animals had
played a huge part in my life successes, it felt only right to
take that life experience and develop programs that could be used
with animals in a structured way to assist therapists working
with children coping with abuse or physical disabilities.
Out of that experience, the concept of PAWWS To Heal was born.
With help from professional counselors, physical therapists and
my expertise, children will have a safe path in their journey
through life in a pawwsitive way.
Julie Ann David - Vice President
Julie has 25 + years experience as a successful business owner
in the Madison, WI area. She contributes strong ideas in public
relations, fundraising and business. She also serves as the organization's
Beverly Ferguson - Treasurer
Beverly is a natural at public relations and organizing fundraising
Barbara J. Schriver
Now retired, Barbara was a biologist for the state of Wisconsin
for over 35 years. She currently volunteers in the public school
system to teach mentally challenged children to read. She has
put together fundraising events and is strong in public relations.
She contributes ideas for fundraising, and special events for
PAWWS To Heal.
Michelle has 5 + years experience as a successful business owner
in the Madison area. Her expertise is in marketing, accounting,
fundraising and public relations.
Laura has 20+ years experience as a Certified Veterinary Technician
and is a certified childrens yoga instructor. She had a sucessful
business in computers for 10 years. She brings her business, marketing,
and public relations experience to PAWWS as well as her spritual
Genevieve Pell is a graduate from UW-Madison with a BS in Agricultural
Business Management. She currently works part-time as a dog trainer
for Dogs Best Friend Training in Madison, WI and has an
extensive history in dog and horse behavior/care/training. Working
with Toni, she helps in developing our animal assisted therapy
programs, works one-on-one with our children, and contributes
in our fundraising efforts. Genevieve is also the owner of one
of our therapy dogs, Winnie.