Board of Directors

Erica Howard, President

Jacque Koehler, Vice President and Spay & Neuter Director 

Jacque is an animal lover who lives with her husband Paul, and two adorable cats in Paonia.  She has volunteered for many years at CAWS’ retail store, Barkin’ Bargains, in Paonia. Jacque also served on many non-profit boards, and is still an active Friends of the Library member. She also finds time to housesit and take care of animals in her spare time.  Jacque is also in charge of CAWS’ spay and neuter program.

Robbi Cox, Treasurer

Robbi lives with her husband Wayne on a farm in Paonia. They have a shelter dog, Jackson, and cat LB, who travel with them to and from Denver to Paonia. Robbi comes with 35 years of experience in bookkeeping and auditing. She served on various non-profit boards and was also treasurer of her husband’s firm in San Diego. Robbi is a firm believer in transparency when it comes fiscal matters of any organization

Karen Goodwin, Secretary, Barkin’ Bargains Manager – Karen moved to Paonia with her husband, Bob Bockholt, in 2014 after retiring from Littleton Public Schools where she worked as the Director of Alternative Education, and has been volunteering at the Barkin’ Bargains thrift store.  She has always worked in the nonprofit sector beginning with the Brewster Center for Domestic Violence where she was employed as the Residential Director running 3 women’s shelters located in Tucson, AZ to her most recent employment  with the public school system where she worked as a special education teacher, a school principal, and as a director. She has always worked for a board and is looking forward to serving on a board.  Her dog, Roxie, comes with Karen to “work” at Barkin’ Bargains and loves her job as a greeter for the store.  Karen has 2 cats, Sox and Boots, one which came with the house they purchased on Lamborn Mesa and the other adopted from CAWS.

Suzie Normandin, Grants Coordinator

Suzie has spent her life with animals.  She ran a hunter/jumper show stable for many years, training and showing horses while always having a houseful of companion animals.  She was a bookkeeper for 17 years and, more recently, contract specialist and business manager for a Colorado-based federal contractor.  Recently retired, she is enjoying volunteering for CAWS and serving at Barkin’ Bargains.  She lives in Paonia with her husband, Jim, two dogs, one cat, and two horses.

Lynn Wetherell, Fostering

Lynn is very active with the CAWS kitten adoption program, fostering several babies at a time and bringing them to the CAWS thrift store in Paonia called Barkin’ Bargains. There, the kittens are displayed to the delight of shoppers. Lynn is able to find forever homes for her charges this way. As a local massage therapist, Lynn is in contact with many residents and often uses her connections to help find forever homes for dogs and cats in need in Delta County.