Gayle Hutchens – We thank you!
After founding Paws & Think in 2001 and serving as Executive Director for 10 years, Gayle Hutchens is retiring. The Board of Directors, both past and present, feel blessed to have worked with such a visionary. Lynn Wilson is serving as Interim Executive Director until a new Executive Director is named.
Gayle founded and incorporated the charitable organization in October 2001 as a result of her desire to reach out and help children, animals and healing. She developed the concept in part from learning about Dr. Bonnie Bergin’s organizations in Santa Rosa, California, which are based on assistance dog concepts.
The mission of Paws & Think is to match at-risk youths with at-risk canines to enhance the lives of adults and children with special needs while providing canines with the opportunity for additional training and socialization to increase their chances for adoption. Gayle has the unique ability to bring at-risk youth, at-risk canines, physically challenged people, children who are grieving and children in need of improved reading skills together with volunteers who share her passion for making a better life for all. Gayle’s tireless and enduring efforts to this organization have been recognized by many regional and national awards for her unwavering efforts to the betterment of her community.
Gayle has touched so many lives over the past 10 years, and we invite you to take this opportunity to leave a comment below for Gayle. Feel free to include a story or just thank her for any impact she has had on your life.