Board of Directors

Angela Cerci, 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.

Christel Pretorius, Grant Writer and Secretary

Christel moved to the North Fork with her husband and teenage daughter in 2005 from Southern California where she was an assistant principal at an elementary school. She is a member of various non-profit animal associations, such as PETA and WWF. Since  living in Paonia, she volunteered at the library, Blue Sage and Barkin’ Bargains. All the family pets are from shelters. Simba, a fluffy red male cat was adopted from the Delta County Shelter. He loves all the attention he gets from the family and the family dog, Wallie. Wallie enjoys coming to Barkin’ Bargains to greet shoppers and is also a wonderful companion dog to Christel’s eldery mother, Marga.

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.

Erica Howard, Bookkeeper
Dawn Gilkerson, Shelter Director 

Dawn moved to the Delta with her husband in the summer of 2015 when she accepted the position as the Human Resources Director for the Center for Mental Health. Prior to moving to this area, she was the HR Specialist for 13 years at Aspen Valley Hospital in Aspen. She has worked with CAWS over the last year assisting with animal adoption events & fundraisers.  She has a special place in her heart for cats, with their family currently including 3: Willow, a fluffy (not fat) female adopted from a shelter in Ft. Morgan, Wally, a gentle giant Maine Coon adopted from a shelter in Colorado Springs, and Baxter, an all black dominant male who showed up at their house 2 years ago & never left.

Erin Flanders, Web and Marketing Director

Erin is an elementary school teacher with a passion for animals, nature and adventure.  Erin moved to the North Fork Valley the summer of 2016 with her husband Jeremy and two rescue pups in search of a tight-knit community and a beautiful landscape.  She is very passionate about helping animals and knew joining CAWS was a no-brainer for her.  Her two dogs Jack and Nola are the center of Jeremy and her world and hope to bring cats and dogs in need to other families so they may experience the same joy!

Lynn Wetherell

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.