VANESSA BARKER | Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Vanessa has been raising guide dogs since 2018 and has helped raise three dogs, one that is a scent detection dog for MSA, and another that is a working PTSD dog for America's Vet Dogs. Vanessa was also a volunteer leader for Terps Raising Pups at University of Maryland as an Area Coordinator. And as Head of Fundraising for Terps Raising Pups, and coordinated the sponsorship of a guide dog.
Vanessa co-founded Pawsible in March 2019 after being awarded a mini-grant from the
Do Good Institute to address increasingly evident financial need across her puppy raising group. She was the driving force behind two more grants from Do Good and was twice a fellow with their Accelerator, and as a fellow led Pawsible's shift into a national organization. Vanessa currently oversees Pawsible's financial, legal, marketing & communications, human resources, and DEI teams, focusing heavily on team efficiency and resources.
Vanessa is currently a 2020 Fellow for
Venture for America, and is a consultant founder with Zebra Startup Studio where she is co-founding a new for-profit venture as a budding social entrepeneur.
CATE LAW | Co-Founder, Chief Operations Officer
Cate has been puppy raising since 2017 and has raised three dogs, two of which are working guide dogs. Cate has been a volunteer leader for GDF since 2017 and helped grow
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 in March 2019 after being awarded a mini-grant from the
Do Good Institute to address increasingly evident financial need across her puppy raising group. Cate continues to lead Pawsible's growth and oversees our development, programs, outreach, DEI, and human resources teams. Cate also heads our market research that is helping to inform Pawsible's direction and future growth.
Cate currently works as a Canine Care and Enrichment Coordinator at
Warrior Canine Connection and seeks to build a career in the assitance dog industry.
KATIE CARR | 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 was 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.
DESTINY GOLDSMITH | Director of Programs, Director of Community
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 Chapters. She ensures all operations are running smoothly. She serves on the Assistance Council evaluating applications and distributing assistance. As Director of Community, Destiny is in charge of building Pawsible's virtual Puppy Raising Community.
EMILY LOWIEN | Director of Finance, Interim Director of Development
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. She also oversees the Development Team.
NICOLE MROZ | Director of Outreach, Interim Director of DEI
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 II (pictured), in 2019. She is now raising Noni V, also for CCI! 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 our organization's outreach and is focused on expanding Pawsible's reach to other regions. Nicole also oversees the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team. In addition to these roles, Nicole is a
Pennsylvania Chapter Representative.
ABBY QUEEN | Director of Marketing
Abby got involved with the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind during her freshman year at the University of Georgia in 2016. She raised two dogs for them, Shanley and Warren. She also served on the volunteer leadership team in
Athens, GA for two years. After graduating with a BA in Advertising with minors in Film Studies and Design & Media and a certificate in New Media Technology, Abby joined Pawsible as the Director of Marketing in July 2020.
As Director of Marketing, Abby serves Pawsible by co-leading the marketing and communications team and overseeing the brand's public facing content.
KAITLYN OBERHAUS | Development & Communications Coordinator
Kaitlyn started puppy raising in January 2020 with the Guide Dog Foundation. She co-raises Rudy (pictured) as part of Terps Raising Pups at University of Maryland. Rudy is the first puppy she has raised and is also the first dog she has ever had! She also currently serves as the Head of Fundraising for Terps Raising Pups. Kaitlyn is working towards her Bachelors of Science in Microbiology and a Bachelors of Art in Criminal Justice & Criminology. She joined Pawsible in April 2020.
CHRISTINE WOOD | Assistance Advisor
Christine is passionate about helping get finaincal assistance to those in need through her role on Pawsible's Assistance Council.
BRI SPITLER | Assistance Advisor, Community Coordinator
Bri is majoring in Nursing at Keiser University. She is raising her first puppy, Oscar IX, through Canine Companions for Independence.
Bri is passionate about helping get financial assistance to those in need through her role on Pawsible's Assistance Council. She also serves on the Community Team creating Pawsible's Virtual Puppy Raising Community.
JESSIE HARDIN | Assistance Advisor
Jessie is passionate about helping get finaincal assistance to those in need through her role on Pawsible's Assistance Council.
BROOKE KRAJEWSKI | Development Coordinator
Brooke started puppy raising with her family through The Seeing Eye (TSE) at two years old. Together they have raised over 20 dogs. She continually works with her TSE club in New Jersey even after moving to the Capitol Area.
JULIA MAZEL | Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Coordinator
Julia is passionate about diversifying the puppy raising community and building up Pawsible's internal DEI measures through her role on Pawsible's Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion team.
CAROLINE COX | Human Resources Coordinator
Caroline is passionate about conflict resolution and building up Pawsible's internal human resources measures through her role on Pawsible's Human Resources team.
CAMILLE WHISTON | Marketing Coordinator
Camille became involved with the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind during her freshman year at the University of Georgia in 2017. She is now a Senior, studying Marketing and Disability Studies. In her time at UGA so far, she has raised two dogs for GDF. Her first dog, Brooklyn (pictured), is now a working PTSD service dog through America's VetDogs. Her second, Bogey is in training to be a guide dog. She has also been a volunteer group leader for her GDF group, Dawgs Raising Dogs, since 2019. Camille joined Pawsible as Marketing Coordinator in July 2020.
RHIANNON ROE | Outreach Coordinator
Rhiannon is currently raising two puppies for Southeastern Guide Dogs, Sasha and Gracie (pictured). She is working to obtain her Bachelors Degree in Psychology with a minor in American Sign Language. After college she hopes to have a job with an Assistance Dog organization. She joined the Pawsible Team in August 2020.