FOUNDERS AND BOARD MEMBERS

Carolyn Lardas, Founder / @Scooter_man61

  • President: Carolyn was born and raised in Los Angeles California, where she met her husband of 35 years and raise two beautiful daughters. She was very active in our church and my daughter's school for international Greek dancing and fundraisers for the school. Carolyn and her husband are owners/operators of McDonald's franchises for over 35 years
  • Carolyn has been very active with the Ronald McDonald Children Charity and the Ronald House of L.A. My education is hands on in business and marketing through McDonald's. She is very active with the entrepreneurship department of USC. I am a proud member of the Widney Society of the University of Southern California.  
  •  She became active on Instagram when I got my sweet little white miniature schnauzer his name is Scooter he is the love of my life. He travels everywhere with me and very attached to me and follows me everywhere.   
  • As a founder, Carolyn stated "I am very fortunate to be one of the founders of this very special nonprofit organization with six amazing ladies. We are one of the only nonprofit that is helping dogs and their family with Medical expensive. We were brought together by our Love of dogs to bring this amazing foundation together.  

“By the grace of God, a group of ladies are able to reach out and touch each and every one of them and help as much as we can.” Carolyn Lardas, President

Sharon G. Ortiz, Founder / @Dapper_Sherlock

  • Vice-President: Sharon resides in Albuquerque, NM with her family and two adorable mini schnauzers Sherlock and Watson.
  • Sharon is also the founder of  I/O Consulting Group and Dapper Sherlock ®, which is are the brand of dog attire. She loves to dress her dogs, and they always walk out the house looking "Dapper." www.dappersherlock.com. Sharon is the former President of New Mexico Mediation Association, is a  Commissioner of the State ADR Commission led by NM Supreme Court  Justice Judith Nakamura, former co-Chair for The New Mexico State Bar  ADR Committee. Sharon holds a BS in Information Technology, Master of Business Administration, Master’s degree in Mediation & Dispute Resolution, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
  •  As a founder, Sharon stated "When you have an opportunity to help families or individuals with resources that support their beloved dog it's a win/win situation. I had the chance to bring a dream alive with six fabulous ladies that I'm proud to call friends and partners of Paw Philanthropy. 


Laura Wagner, Founder / @Schnistergram_schnauzers

  • Secretary : Laura was born and raised in Akron, Ohio where she has raised her daughter and lives with her husband Richard. In her earlier life, she was an advisor for her local 4-H organization  for (7)seven years. She loves her horse Sugar of 21 years who is an Arabian Pinto mare and her two mini schnauzer babies name Rylie and Lacie. She received her Nursing at the University of Akron and now works at her local hospital. 
  • Laura became active on Instagram featuring her two mini Schnauzers Rylie and Lacie.   She has had the privilege to have dogs all her life; several have been rescues, all of my family pet members have left beautiful memories in my heart. 
  • As a founder, Laura stated "I joined six other motivated women and worked with them to develop Paw Philanthropy. Here we are building our dream to reach out to dog lovers on Facebook, Instagram, and the internet to help pet owners with medical bills through donations and fundraisers.

“Focusing  on our paw pals, Paw Philanthropy is dedicated to improving their  quality of health and wellness.  We hope to show caring attitudes  towards dogs that may need our help and to promote their quality of life  with their families by sharing love.”   Laura Wagner, Secretary

Joann V. Kling, Founder / @Jacob_II_mini_schnauzer

  • Treasurer: Joann V. Kling was born and raised in California. She currently resides in San Diego. At age 12, she went to France and has been a Francophile ever since.
  • She attended many colleges and universities including Cal Berkeley, Middlebury and Coe College. Her French schools include Poitiers, Besancon, and Strasbourg from which she has a Masters in Linguistics. She has a Masters and PhD in Seventeenth Century French Literature from Tulane University.
  • She spent nearly forty years in the Semiconductor industry working in supply chain management primarily in factories in Asia and Europe as well as Silicon Valley. 
  • In 2007 she lost her family home in a wildfire. Since then she has been an active member of Fired Up Sisters a nonprofit women’s’ support group for wildfire survivors. She serves as treasurer for the Fired Up Sisters, for the San Diego VOAD, as well as Paw Philanthropy. She is also a health coach for Optavia, paying it forward by helping people in a lifelong transformation, one healthy habit at a time. 
  • Joann and her family have two dogs, Jacob a silver salt and pepper mini schnauzer and Jolie a white mini schnauzer. 

 “Schnauzer moms opening their hearts to pay it forward helping paws in need” Joann Kling, Treasurer  


Rebecca Ungerman, Founder / @Dempseysdailydrama

  • Rebecca Ungerman is a lifelong resident of Utah.  She loves all animals,  but miniature schnauzers occupy a special place in her heart. She  graduated from Weber State University with a degree in Respiratory  Therapy, and she is a Board Certified Neonatal and Pediatric  Specialist.  Rebecca works in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at the  University of  Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City. 
  • She currently has 2 wonderful rescues, mini schnauzers Dempsey and Huck. The three of them are proud ambassadors of the #badassclub and enjoy interacting with their large group of Instagram friends.
  • Rebecca feels very fortunate to be able to be a part of Paw  Philanthropy, and seeing her the lifelong dream of helping dogs turn  into a reality. It is a pleasure and a privilege for her to be a part of  this amazing group of women, who all have similar goals and aspirations  of helping pets in need..” Rebecca Ungerman, Founding Board Member


Katy Docter, Founder / Mr._Fritz_schnauzer

  • Katy  Docter has been a dog lover since her first days. She was lucky to grow up  with a miniature schnauzer, Gus, who totally stole her heart and was  her constant shadow. While in college she discovered her professional  passions lead to the field of psychology. During her first graduate  study program her family got another miniature schnauzer and named him  Rudy. Within no time the whole family was wrapped around Rudy’s paws. He  was diagnosed with a liver shunt before he was one, and her family  chose to try surgery to give him the best chance at a full life. Luckily  the surgery was a success and Rudy is celebrating twelve years with his  family. His recovery made it clear to 
  • Katy that helping animals was  important. Once she was finished with her second graduate degree in  Applied Behavioral Analysis she decided to add a dog to her home. Fritz  has been in her life for four years and has earned his Canine Good  Citizen from the AKC and is currently working on Trick Dog  certifications. Katy uses her professional expertise to help train Fritz  in the hopes that one day he might be a therapy dog.


“Using our mutual love of dogs to help the lives of others” Katy Docter, Founding Board Member

Chi Phan / Ambassador Board Member / @barkdale.and.mini.me

  • Chi resides in Maryland with her husband, a rambunctious goldendoodle, and a mini poodle. She graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. 
  • Chi became active on Instagram to show off her beautiful, playful, and sweet doodle to the world. Occasionally, she would use her pups’ Instagram account to help rally for pups with medical needs. 
  • Chi feels blessed to be able to provide for her pups and to give them best care they need. And since all creatures, regardless of if they are humans or not, are deserving of life free from fear and pain, Chi spends her life trying to help others who are less fortunate than her. 

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” - Dalai Lama

Dr. Ashley Koester / DVM Advisor for Paw Philanthropy

  • Dr. Koester is  blessed to have spent a lot of time at her father’s veterinary  hospital while growing up in small-town Indiana. 
  • According to Dr. Koester "When I was four years  old, I remember watching him perform surgery on Tuesdays so that my mom  could run errands.  On Christmas morning, my three siblings and I would  always walk the dogs that were staying at the hospital before opening  our gifts.  We were only allowed to enjoy the Christmas festivities  after the hospital chores were finished. Growing up with my dad’s  practice next door was a wonderful experience that gave me an  understanding of what it takes to be a terrific veterinarian. 
  • She attended college at Northwestern University where one of the  highlights was playing varsity lacrosse.  She was a captain of the 2005  team that went undefeated and won the NCAA Division I National  Championship.  After Northwestern University, She  received my veterinary  degree with distinction/honors from Purdue University.  
  • Dr. Koester practices in Manhattan Beach, CA at the Animal Medical & Dental Group. http://www.amgvets.com/

Maggie Tincher / Ambassador Board Member / @axel.rose.slash_theschnauzers

  • Maggie Tincher joined Paw Philanthropy as an Ambassador Board member in August 2018. Maggie is  originally from Ecuador, she moved to the USA in 1994 to finish her studies.  She holds a AS in Business Management and International Business and a  BS in Business Administration.
  • Maggie  and her husband are founders and co-owners of two CrossFit gyms in the  Northern VA area. She is also part of the CrossFit Seminar Staff and  travels during the weekends teaching and sharing her love for fitness.  Before becoming a full-time coach, Maggie was a firefighter for Fairfax  County for 9 years. 
  • Maggie  entered the corporate world after earning her Associates Degree, but  that journey only lasted a couple of years. “Seating behind a desk just  wasn’t for me. I wanted to help others, make a difference.” So she left  the corporate world and became a firefighter.
  • Maggie  discovered her love for fitness when she moved to the USA. Working as a  firefighter, she became a Fitness Trainer for the Fire Department and  was helping other firefighters get back in shape. It was at the Fire  Department that Maggie was introduced to her other passion, CrossFit.  When Maggie and her husband opened their second location, she decided to  focus on their business and made coaching and managing the gyms her  full-time job.
  • Maggie  grew up with lots of animals: dogs, cats, birds.. even monkeys! She got  her first dog when she was 3 years old, a German Sheppard named Pelusa.  When the family lost Pelusa, they rescued a stray dog… then another…  and another! In 2016, fed up with all the negativity in social media,  Maggie created an account for her Standard Schnauzer, Axel. One of the  best decisions she ever made. “The IG community is very supportive and  it’s a great place to hang out.”
  • Maggie  believes everyone should pursue their passion in life - that’s what  makes life worth living. “The purpose of life is a life with purpose”  and for Maggie that purpose has always been trying to make a difference.  “God has given a gift. Serving others, helping people get healthier and  fitter, and now helping pet owners through Paw Philanthropy, makes  getting up each day the most exciting thing in the world”
  • She resides in Virginia with her husband and 3 standard schnauzers: Axel, Rose & Slash (yep, Guns n’ Roses fan). 


Lori Worosschuk, "Riley Warrior Cancer Fund" /@riley_rescuedog

  • Lori Woroschuk is the founder for   “The Riley Warrior Cancer fund.” The Riley Warrior Cancer fund is for helping and raising funds for dogs who are battling cancer. The vision behind the Riley Warrior Cancer fund is to have a special fund to help those in need of financial support to help their pup's cancer fight.  Lori believes it's the highest tribute she can give to her Riley angel and a legacy that genuinely represents Riley's love for others.
  • The Riley Warrior Cancer Fund is dedicated to Riley Warrior and all the brave cancer warriors out there fighting for every day!  We hope that you will share Riley's story and support our mission to help our cancer warrior friends in need. This will truly be a community effort, and hopefully one day we can end canine cancer. Until then, we need to fight this battle together. 
  • Lori's rescue schnauzer Riley charmed the world with her long lashes, sweet soul, and message to all that kindness matters. Riley earned her angel wings after a brave battle with an aggressive lung cancer called a histiocytic sarcoma.  Riley's battle was not the first cancer fight for Lori's pups. Just eight years earlier Lori lost her first schnauzer Gracie to the same lung cancer, then two years ago lost Riley's rescue chow/lab brother Charlie to brain cancer. During Riley's fight, Lori shared Riley warrior's ups and downs. Riley's cheerleaders soon earned a name of their own, Riley's Warriors.  Cancer fights take a community of support.  The battles can be emotionally draining and can carry financial pressures that often determine if treatment is an option for 4-legged family members.  It was Riley and her amazing Riley's Warriors that made it clear to Lori that she needed to take action to help other families that needed help with their fur baby's cancer fight!
  • Lori is currently the Marketing and Communications Director of Sonus Hearing Care Professionals in Southern California and has worked in the healthcare sector for over eight years. She worked for over a dozen years as a TV News producer for several news organizations including WSB-TV Atlanta, The Weather Channel, NBC Sports, and 7 Network Australia. She has a B.SC with a major in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Marketing as well as a Business Degree from NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology).

"Together we truly can do more and kindness does matter."

Jenny Melendez / Ambassador Board Member / @snowhite.furriest.one.of.all

  • Jenny  was Born in Nicaragua and raised in Miami, Florida where She resides  with her Family. She's a Proud Schnauzer Mom to Mini Schnauzers Dopey  and Grumpy named in Honor of Her First Schnauzer Love and Baby:  Snowhite.
  • Jenny is a Schnauzer Lover, Disney Connoisseur and a 2x Leukemia Cancer Survivor."I  am so Very Thankful God gave Me a Second Chance at Life. As a Cancer  Survivor, I Know that Everyday is a New Blessing, a Gift and I Always  Try to Make the BEST out of Each Day. Life Fails to be Perfect but it  Never Fails to be Beautiful"
  • Jenny  became Involved with Instagram to Share Snowhite's Cancer Journey. In  Nov. 2016 Snowhite was Diagnosed with Terminal Cancer of Soft Tissue  Sarcoma and given Only 3 Months to Live. But Through a Long, Hard Cancer  Fight, She lived 11 Months, Defying All Odds and Earning Her Wings in  Late Oct. 2017. Snowhite Captivated Instagram with Her Extraordinary  Strength, Fighting Spirit & Fabulous Lady Beard. Through the  #SnowhiteStrong She keeps Inspiring and Encouraging Others With Her  Message of NEVER GIVE UP: that with Love &
  • Perseverance We Can Beat  Even the Most Unfavorable Odds, that No Matter how Hopeless and  Challenging Our Life Can Get, We Must Always Give the Best of Us and  NEVER GIVE UP. 
    "By  Sharing Snowhite's Story I Want to Give and Spread Hope. She is the  Inspiration of Wanting to Help Pups in Need and the Reason Behind My  Passion to Make a Difference. I Know First Hand how Hard it is to Pay  for Medical Vet Expenses: Her Cancer Surgeries and Treatments took a  toll on our Finances. I Am So Very  Grateful that Through Paw Philanthropy I Now Have the Opportunity to  Help Furbabies and their Family in Need. I Feel Truly Blessed and I Am  Extremely Happy to Be a Part of This Beautiful and Amazing Organization."

.

.