Animal Aid Staff

Paige España

Paige España

Director of Operations

Furry sidekick: Echo the dog

In addition to animals, she is passionate about: Kindness, nature, stories, and learning.

When not at Animal Aid, she’s likely to be found: With her partner and their pup, heading into the great outdoors, a dog-friendly restaurant, or a good story together.

Her favorite thing about Animal Aid: Seeing animals who are in need of extra attention, patience, and love open their hearts to people again

director@animalaidpdx.org

Joe Martinez

Joe Martinez

Animal Care Manager

Furry sidekicks: Orin the cat and Trey the three-legged cat (an Animal Aid alum!)

In addition to animals, he is passionate about: Cinema, reading, science fiction, and nature.

When not at Animal Aid, he’s likely to be found: Hiking, playing video games, or eating at a vegan restaurant.

His favorite thing about Animal Aid: That the cats and dogs all find amazing homes and are well take care of without being in cages while they wait for a caring person to find them.

animalcare@animalaidpdx.org

Julie Rodriguez

Julie Rodriguez

Volunteer & Finance Manager

Furry sidekicks: Sugar the cat and Enzo the cat.

In addition to animals, she is passionate about: Music, the great outdoors, social justice, and vegan food!

When not at Animal Aid, she’s likely to be found: Listening to music at some hip venue, cooking delicious vegan food in her kitchen, on the trail in the woods or on her bicycle around town, or hanging out with her rad daughter, Jillian!

Her favorite thing about Animal Aid: When an animal comes into the shelter that is shy or has experienced some trauma and is transformed not only by the care they receive, but the affection and love showered on them by the dedicated volunteers and staff.

volunteer@animalaidpdx.org

Board of Directors

Beth Ernst

Beth Ernst

President

Furry sidekicks: Boe, Mogh, Rue and Vega (the cats) and Tyson (the dog)—all Animal Aid alumni!

In addition to animals, she is passionate about: Volunteer service! Beth spent four years in a volunteer service program working with kids.

When not at work or Animal Aid, she’s likely to be found: At home working on art and craft projects.

Her favorite thing about Animal Aid: All her fur babies, foster dogs, and furever kitties!

Cheryl Bolotin

Cheryl Bolotin

Vice President

Furry sidekick: Clyde the dog

In addition to animals, she is passionate about: Gardening, spending time with family and friends, and her furry sidekick.

When she’s not at work or Animal Aid, she’s likely to be found: In her garden.

Her favorite thing about Animal Aid: Everyone! From staff to volunteers to the board, their passion for the animals in unprecedented!

Tina Arth

Tina Arth

Secretary

Furry sidekicks: Opie the dog and Sheldon the dog, both Animal Aid foster failures!

In addition to animals, she is passionate about: The theater—not acting, directing, or producing, but reviewing! Her current beat is six community theaters and three professional theaters. Check out her writing at Westside Theatre Reviews.

When not at Animal Aid, she’s likely to be found: At home with her pups, watching a play, or hanging out with theater folk.

Her favorite thing about Animal Aid: The lifetime commitment to all of the animals in our care.

Julia Fitzgerald

Julia Fitzgerald

Treasurer

Furry sidekicks: Jackalope the big goofy dog, Olive the smarty pants dog, and Chester the kitty cat.

In addition to animals, she is passionate about: Photography, especially pet photography.

When she’s not at work or Animal Aid, she’s likely to be found: Mentoring a photographer to help them create a sustainable business or relaxing in her La-Z-Boy watching Netflix.

Her favorite thing about Animal Aid: The guarantee of a forever home: If the adoption does not work out, the animal comes back to Animal Aid for them to find a new home.

Janet Black

Janet Black

Board Member

Furry sidekicksHiggins the cat, Puff the cat (an Animal Aid alum!), and Dave the cat (another Animal Aid alum!).

In addition to animals, she is passionate aboutScotland and soccer.

When she’s not at work or Animal Aid, she’s likely to be foundAt the beautiful Oregon coast or scheming how to get there.

Her favorite thing about Animal AidThe sense of community that can be found when you share a common purpose, and the life long commitment Animal Aid makes to each animal that comes through our doors.

Molly christison

Molly christison

Board Member

Furry sidekicks: Joy, an Animal Aid alum and the best cat in the world!

In addition to animals, she is passionate about: Traveling, running, traveling for running, books, and (of course) food.

When she’s not at work or Animal Aid, she’s likely to be found: Running around Portland with her Rose City Track Club teammates.

Her favorite thing about Animal Aid: Watching humans find their furry soulmates. Animal Aid’s commitment to not only finding a home for our animals, but the right home, is something that’s been really special to participate in over the last several years.

Meagan Cuthill

Meagan Cuthill

Board Member

Furry sidekicks: Samir the cat and Ziggy the cat, both Animal Aid alums!

In addition to animals, she is passionate about: Current events, travel, food, books, and film.

When she’s not at work or Animal Aid, she’s likely to be found: Taking advantage of Portland’s food scene, seeing movies, playing games, hiking, or at home with her cats watching guilty pleasure TV.

Her favorite thing about Animal Aid: The lifelong dedication the organization provides its animals from intake to their final day, whether that be in the shelter or in a home.

Cathie Holmes

Cathie Holmes

Board Member

Furry sidekicks: Any Animal Aid kitties in need of intake fostering!

In addition to animals, she is passionate about: Lifelong learning

When not at Animal Aid, she’s likely to be found: Outside.

Her favorite thing about Animal Aid: The passion displayed by the staff and volunteers for animal welfare.

Melissa Young

Melissa Young

Board Member

Furry sidekicks: Boris the cat and Penny the cat

In addition to animals, she is passionate about: Kindness, laughter, and vegan food.

When she’s not at work or Animal Aid, she’s likely to be found: At yoga or the gym, or at home snuggling with Boris and Penny and binge-watching her favorite show of the moment with her significant other, Tim.

Her favorite thing about Animal Aid: Being part of a team of amazing people dedicated to serving the animals and furthering Animal Aid’s mission. I also really love interacting with the kitties at the shelter during my caregiving shifts!

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