Shelly Gattlieb

Evaluations Coordinator / Secretary, Board of Directors

Shelly Gattlieb serves on Paws & Think’s Board of Directors and is the Evaluations Coordinator for our Pet Therapy program. Her background is in marketing and consulting, and she currently works as a Business Psychologist for Damar Services, where she conducts assessments related to community psychology, and at Ivy Tech, where she is a Professor of Psychology. Shelly earned her BA in Psychology with an allied field of concentration in Mathematics from the University of Charleston, her MA in Psychology with an emphasis in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Marshall University, and her PhD in Business Psychology, Consulting Track, from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Shelly lived most of her life in West Virginia and moved to Carmel in 2016. In West Virginia, she was an active volunteer with several organizations, including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Covenant House food pantry, Trinity’s Table community outreach, and the American Cancer Society, where she served as the Community Health Advisor and on the Board of Community Network Partners. She is especially passionate about promoting education and awareness for organ and tissue donation. Shelly has 11 years of experience riding American Saddlebred horses and a background in conformation dog shows, having previously owned and shown champion Mastiffs with the American Kennel Club (AKC). She hopes to eventually become an AKC Working Group judge.

Shelly began volunteering with Paws & Think in 2017 as a registered therapy team with her Bulldog, Comet. Together they visited Eskenazi Health, the Carmel Clay Public Library, Irvington Community Elementary School, and Marian University. Shelly joined Paws & Think’s Board in December 2018. She mentions that “volunteering is a great way to feel more involved with my new home and give back to this area – I am meeting new friends who are like-minded and who share common interests and goals.” Shelly also fosters dogs through Hoosier Bulldog Rescue and serves on a board within Jewish Family Services that works with Holocaust survivors who live in the greater Indianapolis area.

Comet passed away in 2019, and Shelly adopted another Bulldog, Buddy, who was her fifth foster through Hoosier Bulldog Rescue and her first “foster fail.” Buddy is 10 and enjoys taking slow, slow walks. In her free time, Shelly enjoys reading, baking, shopping, and hiking, and she is a contributing writer for Current in Carmel and Current in Fishers.

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