Our Team

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Vanessa Barker

Chief Executive Officer &
Co-Founder

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Vanessa has been raising guide dogs since 2018 and has helped raise three dogs. The first dog she helped with, Chick, is a scent detection dog for MSA. Her second, Spike (pictured), is a working PTSD dog through America's Vet Dogs. Vanessa was also a volunteer leader for GDF at UMD as an Area Coordinator and is now a sitter after raising her third dog, Carlo. She previously was a Group Leader and Head of Fundraising for Terps Raising Pups, and coordinated the $6,000 sponsorship of a guide dog, Terp.

 

Vanessa co-founded Pawsible Inc. in March 2019 after being awarded a mini-grant from the Do Good Institute. She applied for and attended the 2019 Do Good Challenge and helped Pawsible win the Showcase Award grant. Vanessa also got Pawsible another mini-grant from Do Good and was a Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Do Good Fellow. That fall she worked on the expansion of Pawsible to prepare for applying for 501(c)3 non-profit status, which Vanessa currently leads the further efforts in. That Spring she created Pawsible's chapter model and moved the organization into expansion efforts.

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Cate Law

Chief Operations Officer & Co-Founder

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Cate has been puppy raising since 2017 and has raised three dogs. Two of which graduated as guide dogs. Cate has been a volunteer leader for GDF since 2017 and helped found Terps Raising Pups, the GDF chapter at University of Maryland. She is currently raising her third dog, Sage, through America's Vet Dogs.

 

Cate co-founded Pawsible Inc. in March 2019 after being awarded a mini-grant from the Do Good Institute. She applied for and attended the 2019 Do Good Challenge and helped Pawsible win the Showcase Award grant. Cate continues to lead the growth of Pawsible and is helping to expand Pawsible's chapter model and build partnerships with puppy raisers and more assistance dog organizations. Cate also heads our market research that is informing all of Pawsible's goals.

Destiny Goldsmith

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Director of Programs

Destiny has been puppy raising since 2018. She has raised three assistance dogs, Arc, Bob (pictured), and Charm. Bob and Charm are currently in training with America's Vet Dogs. Destiny is also a volunteer leader for GDF at UMD as an Area Coordinator, and was previously a Group Leader that managed new puppy raising applicants for Terps Raising Pups. She joined the Pawsible team in April 2019. 

As Director of Programs, Destiny is an advocate for puppy raisers and oversees all existing Pawsible Regions and Chapters. She ensures all operations are running smoothly. She serves on the Assistance Council evaluating applications and distributing assistance. 

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Nicole Mroz

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Director of Outreach 

Nicole started puppy raising through Guiding Eyes for the Blind with her family in New York. She found a puppy raising club at University of Pittsburgh and began raising her first Canine Companions for Independence puppy, Kaptain (pictured), in 2019. Nicole serves as president of the University of Pittsburgh Puppy Raising Club, STEP @ Pitt. She joined the Pawsible team in April 2020. 

As Director of Outreach, Nicole promotes Pawsible's growth through expansion efforts. She oversees Regional and Chapter level outreach and is focused on expanding Pawsible's reach to other regions. In addition to this role, Nicole is a Pennsylvania Chapter Representative. 

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Kaitlyn Oberhaus 

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Development & Communications Coordinator

Kaitlyn started puppy raising in 2020 for Guide Dog Foundation at UMD with Rudy (pictured). Soon after she became the Head of Fundraising for Terps Raising Pups. 


Emily Lowien

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Director of Finance

Emily began puppy raising her first dog, Cheri (pictured), for Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind at University of Maryland in 2019. Emily is working towards her Bachelor's degrees in Accounting and Operations Management & Business Analytics. She joined the Pawsible team in April 2020. 

As Director of Finance, Emily is an advocate for financial management and also promotes donations to our Puppy Pantry and Assistance Fund. She serves on the Assistance Council evaluating applications and distributing assistance. 

Amira El Sawi

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Director of Legal Affairs

Amira started raising Lilo (pictured) in 2018 as an undergrad student at the University of Pittsburgh. Soon she will start raising a diabetic alert dog, Rooney, through MD Dogs as the organization's very first volunteer puppy raiser. In the fall, Amira will start studying at Pitt Law. In addition to puppy raising, she has also been a dedicated volunteer for AmeriCorps' Summer Jumpstart program. She joined the Pawsible team in April 2020.

 

As Director of Legal Affairs, Amira focuses on legal management and acts as a legal expert and resource for our leaders at the Regional and Chapter levels. She will be assisting the CEO and others in applying for 501(c)3 status.

Katie Carr

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Director of Communications

Katie is a Stamps Scholar majoring in Public and Professional Writing and minoring in Studio Arts at the University of Pittsburgh. She has been volunteering with Pitt's puppy raising club, STEP @ Pitt, since her Freshman year and is currently the secondary raiser of Kaptain II (pictured), a Canine Companions for Independence puppy. She has also been volunteering for Hope on Horseback, a therapeutic riding equestrian center, for the past eight years. 

 

Katie joined Pawsible in April 2020. As Director of Communications, she serves Pawsible by leading public relations and overseeing social media and campaigns. 

Brooke Krajewski

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Development Coordinator

Brooke started puppy raising with her family through The Seeing Eye at two years old. Together they have raised over 20 dogs. She continually works with her TSE club in New Jersey despite moving to the Capitol Area.

 

Chapter Representatives

Scott has been puppy raising since 2018 and has raised two future guide dogs, Charlie (pictured) and Carlo. He is currently raising his first PTSD Service Dog, Toby, with America's Vet Dogs. Scott is also in the volunteer leadership for GDF at UMD as an Area Coordinator, and was previously Head of Fundraising for Terps Raising Pups.

Jess is a puppy raiser for Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and is currently raising Eleanor (pictured). She started raising her first pup, Tiller, in 2018. He went on to graduate as guide dog through GDF. Jess was the first GDF raiser at Penn State and is in the process of building up the program. 

Hallie has raised a total of three future guide dogs for Southeastern Guide Dogs: Quirt, Buddy, and is currently raising her third, Clarke, who she sponsored. Within Savannah Puppy Raisers, Hallie serves as a group leader. She is also employed full-time as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).

Hannah is a puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence and is currently raising Lara IV. Hannah is also President of Tulane University's club, TUSTEP.

Scott Howarth

Jess Hendricks

Hallie Worthington

Hannah Hubbard

Georgia Chapter ​

Pennsylvania Chapter ​

Capitol Chapter
 

Louisiana Chapter

Jillian is a puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence and is currently raising Villa. Jillian is also an Events Team Member of the Colorado State University club, Collar Scholars at CSU.

Alexis is a puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence and is currently raising Cayenne III. Alexis is also President of the University of Central Arkansas' club, UCA Living Unleashed.

Viktoria is a puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence and is currently raising Lionel IV. Viktoria is also the Student Organization Representative of Texas Tech University's club, Yellow Caped Raiders.

Nicole is a puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence and is currently raising Kaptain II. Nicole is also President of University of Pittsburgh's club, STEP @ Pitt.

Jillian Seeman

Alexis Johnson

Viktoria Haynes

Nicole Mroz

Texas Chapter 

Arkansas Chapter 

Colorado Chapter
 

Pennsylvania Chapter