Steph K.Finance Manager
Steph is the Finance and Donations Manager at PAALS, Inc. -- joining the team in the summer of 2018! She currently resides in the greater Philadelphia area working in the world of sustainable biotechnology as a marketing specialist, but she was fortunate enough to meet many of the wonderful humans involved with the organization through other volunteer activities during her eight years studying and working in Boston. She is thrilled to be able to work with them again to support the amazing PAALS, Inc. mission.
Steph has extensive experience working with non-profits and she is excited to bring that knowledge and her passion for animals to the team. She has been active in the animal welfare space for the last 14+ years through various organizations as a general volunteer, research assistant, manager, and foster mom. In her free time, Steph's best friend is her 5-year-old goober rescue-pup Finn.
Rachael S.Executive Director
I’m Rachael, she her hers. I’m a high school math teacher and high school softball coach in Walpole, MA. I currently live in Foxboro and grew up in Duxbury.
Stacey told me all about PAALS, Inc. and asked if I wanted to be involved. I can’t say no to her! I had recently taken a break from volunteer work and was ready to get back into it - I love the PAALS, Inc. mission and feel like it’ll be a great way to spread the love and help all different animal welfare organizations.
For about 2.5 years, I was the Volunteer Coordinator for an all-volunteer animal rescue which was my first experience with a non-profit. I got involved because my mom was fostering for them and I wanted to be a part of helping dogs in need. So I started volunteering doing application processing, home visits, transport, events, etc. and soon after filled the open coordinator position. My own dog is a rescue but I didn’t know much about it at all and my time there really taught me a lot!
My favorite animal is dogs! My girl Biko is a boxer/collie mix. I rescued her at 9 weeks old and she’s 8 years old now. She is the weirdest, sweetest, cutest babe in the whole world and she also happens to be a medical miracle! At 5, I was told she wouldn’t make it another year and here we are 3 years later. She been fighting a lot of issues for a long time (most serious is her heart) but she’s still very happy and loves life! Her favorite places are the beach, hiking in the mountains, the softball field, grandma’s house, and the couch. I probably spend more money on her medication, food, and appointments each month than I do in a year on groceries for myself but she’s worth it!!! Oh and we’ve been going on a mother/daughter camping trip just the two of us every summer since she got sick to celebrate her life!
One factoid: I drive/fly around the country to see my favorite band, Dirty Heads, play.
John CResearch and Organization Liaison
An animal lover his entire life, John became involved in animal welfare in 2006 when he adopted Enzo, a street dog originally from Puerto Rico. Learning about the horrendous fate of street dogs, known as “satos” on the American island territory, deeply impacted him. Interacting with local sato rescuers and rescue organizations, he was inspired to volunteer at a local animal shelter in MA that adopts out satos.
John was honored and humbled to be asked to join the PAALs, Inc., Management Team, a unit consisting of such committed, passionate, and energetic animal welfare folks. In his current role, he serves as the principle point of contact with the many outstanding organizations that PAALs, Inc. supports through their grants.
John’s professional history includes project management, operations, and HR roles in healthcare and publishing. He also has experience in communications and public relations.
In addition to 15-year-old Enzo, John is DogDad to Tony, a 12-year-old Shepard mix rescued from South Carolina.
John is a big Boston University hockey fan (the Terriers, of course!) and enjoys running, reading, and probably watches too much Nordic crime drama and classic TV on various streaming services.
Stacey B.Social Media Manager
Stacey B. lives in the woods of Western Massachusetts with a houseful of furry and not-so-furry kids. Animals have always played a big part in her life starting with her early years growing up on a dairy farm and showing her favorite cow, Irene, in local 4-H shows. Stacey has lived in different parts of the US, including Texas, where she went to college (Go Frogs!) and Los Angeles, where she spent 15 years as a producer for television and commercials. She now works as a digital media consultant and volunteers her time to non-profits that focus on animals, arts and education.
Most weekends you can find her ringside at a horse show watching her daughter compete. For fun, she loves vegetable gardening and running with her dog Diego along the beautiful wooded trails that surround her area. She also spends an inordinate amount of time shuttling her teenagers from one activity to the next and thus is looking forward to the oldest getting his drivers license soon.
Leandro L.Graphic Design Specialist
Kayla P.Executive Director
Originally from Norwell, MA, Kayla Prange currently resides in Natick, and she has been volunteering in various ways with animal rescues for several years. As a result of her work in the animal rescue world, she was asked to come on board with PAALS, Inc.! Feeling stressed and burnt out, but still wanting to help, she found that PAALS, Inc. was a great fit for the time and effort she had to give to a volunteering endeavor.
Her favorite animals are dogs and horses, and while she doesn’t have horses (yet?), she has two rescue dogs. Sam is a 3 year old Boxer/Lab mix, and Winnie is a 6 month old Husky/Lab mix. Kayla admits she doesn’t have many hidden talents (and if she does, they are doing a good job staying hidden), but she speaks two languages!
Hannah R.Community Outreach Coordinator
Hannah got involved with PAALS, Inc. when a previous animal rescue connection reached out to ask if she would be interested! The timing was right for her, who had been looking for a new volunteering opportunity. To Hannah, this is a whole new approach to helping animals from what she’s used to, but she believes it covers an area related to animal welfare that is in great need, and has the potential to make a huge, positive impact for so many animals.
Before PAALS, Inc., Hannah was involved with volunteering for a variety of animal rescues, starting with the local shelter in high school. A few years ago, she became more involved with several local animal rescues, and has been an Adoption Coordinator, Foster Coordinator, Foster Mom, and Event Volunteer! She also volunteers with a local group that helps families find their dogs after they’ve gotten lost. Animal rescue and welfare are her passions. Between dedicating so much time to animals in need, she also has her own rescued fur children, who are her family and best friends. Charlie is a Catahoula/Corgi mix, Monkey is a calico cat, Salem is a black cat, and Kit Kat is a Shiba Inu! Besides animals, Hannah is obsessed with donuts, and will travel anywhere in search of a good donut. Both of her dogs have donut-themed collars, leashes and bandanas, and half of her own clothing and home furnishings are donut-themed.
PAALS, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization focusing on the health, safety and psychological wellness of all animals.
Sherryl B.Pibbles Kibbles Liaison
Adopting Howie 13 years ago was my first intro to rescue.I just recently lost him at 13, and it’s so lonely without him… We were inseparable.I still have one 11 year old dog named Bonnie and just adopted a 13 year old cat (named TJ) about 6 weeks ago. My daughter's two cats live with us too.
Over the years my need to help grew stronger. My whole family is involved: Two daughters have fostered, transported, or just volunteered alongside me. Even my husband pitches in.
I try to pitch in wherever the need is, but my goal is getting back to dog fostering.
Fostering has been my proudest achievement. Seeing shy, mistreated dogs come back to life is something everyone should experience.
Mary L.Inventory Specialist
Kristin O.Pibbles Kibbles Department Head
Kristin got involved with PAALS, Inc. to make her dream of starting a pet food pantry a reality. Animals have always been a huge part of her heart. Pitties especially hit her right in the feels. She's fostered and volunteered with local rescues and shelters in the past and more recently volunteered with an area pet food pantry. Kristin saw that this pet food pantry was helping keep pets and families together by preventing people from having to surrender their pets during times of hardship. She realized that she wanted to help reach even more families by creating her own pet food pantry. PAALS, Inc. was thinking about opening one up so they joined forces and Pibble's Kibbles was born!
When Kristin isn't elbows deep in kibble she's a scientist at an area biotech company. When she's not science-ing or pet food peddling she's crafting/sewing/painting/home reno-ing. She lives in an old farmhouse in North Central MA with her husband and two house hippo pitties- Thunder and Ramona.
Joe O.Grants Manager
Joe is a Massachusetts native with interests in both animal welfare and grant writing. He began working with cats and dogs as a pet sitter in middle school and ever since he has been fascinated with all types of animals. As part of his undergraduate studies, Joe underwent coursework in arts administration and grant writing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In order to apply the skills he had gained to the real world, Joe reached out to PAALS and offered to serve as a volunteer grant writer.
While Joe is not a dog owner himself, his sister's Golden Doodle, Finn, makes regular appearances at Joe's home and has become a beloved member of the family. Seeing the joy that Finn brings to the lives of the people he meets serves as a reminder of the important role that animals play in the lives of humans and inspires Joe to put in the work needed to keep these animals safe, healthy and happy.
Alex C.Executive Director
Alex Cheng is a longtime animal lover, and as such is unable to pick a favorite animal. She frequently travels all over the world to see animals in the wild – she’s seen wild penguins in 3 different countries, spanning 2 continents (Galapagos penguins, Magellanic penguins, and African penguins). In the real world, Alex is a software engineering manager for a company that’s grown from a relatively small, unknown start-up(ish), to a large publicly-traded industry leader in the time she’s been there.
Alex has been active in the animal welfare nonprofit world for several years, specifically with a couple different animal rescues. In addition to PAALS, Inc. she currently volunteers with a local rescue in Adoptions and Fundraising. With her professional and volunteer history, she has run the gamut of experiences, and is excited to bring that experience to supercharging PAALS, Inc.’s growth. In her other free time (what other free time?), Alex attempts to cuddle her big-headed, sassy dog Kooza, participates in all kinds of circus activities, plays ice hockey, and dabbles in pottery.
Stacey L.Founder, Board Chair, Executive Director
Stacey grew up in Sudbury, Massachusetts where her love for animals began at an early age. Although she now prefers the company of “dogpals”, at one time her favorite animal was rabbits — as was evidenced by the ten page report she wrote in the hopes of acquiring a beloved “rabbitpal”.
In addition to Stacey’s love of animals, she also exhibited a love of and interest in helping other humans from a very young age. Whether she was voluntarily helping other kids on and off of her school bus each day, assisting her Mom in Thanksgiving grocery shopping for families in need, supporting her classmates with Library help or reading to children while volunteering at a local shelter for mothers with children, Stacey’s care for the world around her always came naturally and has continued on into adulthood.
In high school Stacey co-founded a local S.A.D.D. chapter, captained sports teams and volunteered at numerous Special Olympics events. During her college years the passion for helping others pressed on and led to Stacey receiving her degree in Education and Psychology. After college Stacey worked locally as a teacher’s aide and as a small group teacher for special needs students before her passion took one more turn, and she realized (while teaching English in Switzerland) that her true interest was in teaching animals.
Stacey now owns a local pet care company and has numerous years of animal rescue experience under her belt, having worked as a staple volunteer with two different rescue groups before shifting into different management roles within the latter group. Stacey is an Aunt to an unbelievably precocious three year old, a back-up dogmom to a slew of local dogpals, and is a Full-Time DogMom to her own three beautiful, wonderful and goobery dogpals — Oscar Enzo & Kora.