Our Staff

Diana George, Executive Director

Diana comes to PAWS from Tacoma Musical Playhouse as their Development Director for eight years. While there, she completed a $1.2 million capital campaign to remodel their old movie theater into a state of the art live musical theater stage and auditorium as well as refurbished the vintage marquee. Pre Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Diana was the Executive Director of CAPRI Heart and Lung Institute in Kitsap County.

Diana has a BS in Molecular Biology/Genetics as well as her Fundraising Management certificate from the University of Washington. She has been in development for over 15 years and has worked with non-profits or not-for-profits all her life.

In her other life, Diana lives with her leading man and 2 very spoiled Welsh Pembroke Corgis. She has three grown daughters who are incredible people and periodically visit. When she has time she still graces the local Puget Sound stages; you never know who you might see her playing!

As the Executive Director of PAWS, it will be Diana’s pleasure to meet all the wonderful people who support this community treasure as well as those, both human and animal, who benefit from PAWS’ many community outreach programs. She would love to hear from you anytime.

Marylou Zimmerman, Program Director

After graduating from Northeastern University, Marylou Zimmerman became involved with Animal Umbrella, a trap-neuter-release feral cat program in and around Boston, learning trapping procedures and feral kitten socialization. She joined PAWS as a foster home with feral kittens in 1997, becoming Adoption Program Coordinator in 1999.

During Marylou’s tenure the Adoption program has grown from a small group of foster homes to a network of more than 20 foster homes, the adult foster center at The Cattery, and a stand-alone Adoption Center. Adoptions have increased from about 100 per year to an average of 350.

With Judy Hartstone’s retirement in 2008, Marylou took on the role of Program Director, and now coordinates Adoption, Spay/Neuter, Veterinary Financial Assistance, PALS, Feral Cats and the Lost & Found programs.

In her spare time, Marylou breeds and shows Newfoundland Dogs and has been active for many years with the Newfoundland Club of America and the Newfoundland Club of Seattle. She lives in Poulsbo with her husband Dan, a son and daughter, and a menagerie of dogs, cats, and farm animals.

Melissa Byrd, Adoption Program Manager

Joining PAWS in 2011, Melissa is no newcomer to animal welfare in Kitsap County. Before joining PAWS, Melissa served as Animal Care Manager for Rescue Every Dog (RED) in Poulsbo. In that position, she was responsible for adoptions, as well as health and welfare of animals in the adoption program.

Prior to her tenure with RED, Melissa worked for 10 years at the Kitsap Humane Society, in a variety of increasingly responsible positions including Rescue Coordinator, Mobile Adoption Outreach Coordinator, Adoption Outreach Manager, and Animal Control Dispatcher.

As Manager of Adoption Programs at PAWS, Melissa provides hands-on animal care, interacts with potential adopters and adoption volunteers, coordinates foster homes and focuses on adoption outreach and interagency coordination. In addition Melissa coordinates the Right Dog – Right Home Matchmaking program and the new PALS dog placement program.

Melissa took courses at Iowa State University and lives with her husband Mike, 2 kids, 2 dogs and 3 cats in Seabeck.

Donna Walker, Adoption Program Manager

Donna has been a reliable and wonderful member of the PAWS team since 2003. She served as a Cat Care Technician and Adoption Counselor from 2003 until early 2011, providing every aspect of animal care and interaction with the public, veterinary clinic staff, and volunteers. Donna was instrumental in initiating our adoption outreach at PetCo in Poulsbo, and has worked many extra volunteer hours as a founding member of the Kitsap Spay/Neuter Council.

In addition to her duties with the cats in the adoption program, Donna trains adoption counselors, manages Adoption Center scheduling, and coordinates our feral cat trap-neuter-release program.

Prior to working for PAWS, Donna worked as a veterinary assistant at Poulsbo Marina Veterinary Clinic, and for 15 years as a computer operator, programmer, and computer specialist for the Internal Revenue Service in Seattle.

Donna graduated from the ITT Peterson School of Business and has taken courses at Olympic Community College. Donna lives in Kingston in the Eglon community.