Karen Cunningham brings 25 years of experience in advertising and marketing strategy to Paws & Think’s board of directors. She has experience in consumer packaged goods marketing and brand management, restaurant marketing, creative development and execution, and project management. She obtained a BS in Business Administration from the University of Kansas and an MBA in Marketing from Indiana University. In addition to serving on the board, she is also part of Paws & Think’s Marketing & PR and Volunteer Engagement committees, where her extensive marketing background is a great asset to the organization.
Karen says she found out about Paws & Think after seeking out organizations online that provided pet therapy visits. She had benefited from visiting with a therapy dog during an extended hospital stay, and she wanted to volunteer her dog, Archie, to help others in the same way. “I have always loved the idea of sharing the love of dogs with others,” Karen says. She and Archie started volunteering with Paws & Think after she retired from her last full-time job in marketing.
Karen explains that she was drawn to join Paws & Think’s board because she wanted to do more for the organization: “I believe wholeheartedly in the mission and wanted to contribute my skills above and beyond being a therapy team with my dog.” When she is not providing support to the Paws & Think board and its committees, she and Archie are able to bring smiles to many. She describes him as a “happy-go-lucky dog” who is “very social and loves his human and animal friends and family.” Together they enjoy visiting Brooke’s Place and working in grade schools with the Joseph Maley Foundation.
In her spare time, Karen also volunteers with her church and several other community organizations. She enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and taking daily walks with Archie. She has been married to her husband, Bill, for 23 years, and they have two sons. Karen recently took a bucket list trip to Italy and says she can’t wait to go back and see more of such a beautiful country.