It takes diversely talented and committed people to ensure that Paws & Think succeeds in its mission.

Founded by Gayle Hutchens who served as the Executive Director for 10 years, Paws & Think is now led by Executive Director Kelsey Burton. In addition, the following individuals currently serve in leadership roles within the organization:


Kelsey Burton
Executive Director

Kelly Hassman and Lynsey Smith
Volunteer Coordinators

Sandi Kammerer
Paws to Heal Program Coordinator

Jamie Lehman
Program Support Coordinator

Kimberly Trimpe
Lead Dog Trainer, Animal Behaviorist
Youth-Canine Program Leader

Jodi Van Slyke
Youth-Canine Temperament Tester

Nickie Cornett
Youth-Canine Program Assistant


Lead Volunteers

Jerica Barlow
New Volunteer Liaison

Alison Frolik
Vaccination Records Coordinator

Lauren Colbert
Voicemail Coordinator

Cindy Cale
AAA/AAT Training Coordinator

Nina Esbin
Evaluations Coordinator

Cessa Andrews-McMullen
Volunteer Badge/ID Coordinator


Board of Directors

Steven Barley President
COO & Deputy Director, Indiana Public Retirement System

Andy Schooler Treasurer
Assurance Manager, Ernst & Young, LLP

Shelly Gattlieb, PhD Secretary
Business Psychologist, Graphic World Inc. / Adjunct Professor, Ivy Tech

Nina Esbin Emeritus
Retired, Senior Vice President of HR, ITT Educational Services, Inc.

Dr. Sarah Blair, DVM
Veterinarian, Noah’s Animal Clinic

Patrick Herell
Indianapolis Public Schools

Dot Hitchins
Manager, Volunteer Services, Ascension St. Vincent

Lisa Jones
Broker/Real Estate Agent, F.C. Tucker

Missy King
Meeting Event Manager, BoVenture, LLC

Sarah Krisch
HR Director, Allegion

Tom Lehman
President, Mansfield-King

Brett Nelson
Partner, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun Attorneys at Law

Shafali Pillay
Eli Lilly and Co.

Patrick Wanzer
Manager, Alerding CPA Group

Whitney Riggs
Kroger, Gardis, & Regas LLP