Secretary, Board of Directors
Shelly Gattlieb serves on Paws & Think’s Board of Directors and served in the past as 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 and for Graphic World Inc. and teaches Psychology at Ivy Tech. 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 is a member of the Carmel Citizens Academy Alumni Association.
Comet passed away in 2019, and Shelly has since adopted two other Bulldogs, Buddy and Kingston, both “foster fails” from Hoosier Bulldog Rescue. Buddy is 10 and enjoys taking slow, slow walks, and Kingston is hoping to become a Paws & Think therapy dog someday. 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.