Founder/Executive Director 

Driven to help vulnerable and “unwanted” populations of animals, Ashlynn founded Paws and Claws in 2020. She wakes up every day excited to face the challenges of directing an organization that so perfectly focuses on the one thing in life she cares about most. A wearer of many hats, Ashlynn is often spotted viciously cleaning with her head in a cat carrier or in the driver's seat of a van packed with screaming cats and dogs--constantly doing whatever she can to improve the lives of the animals in our care while they wait to be matched with their forever homes,  She believes strongly in community and strives to push Paws and Claws to grow while maintaining the close knit feel of a small supportive organization.



President of Rescue Relations

An animal lover at heart, Catherine has always been interested in the healing power of the human animal bond.  Too scared to be a veterinarian, but enthralled by her relationship with her canine best friend, Nikki, Catherine knew from a young age that she wanted to help animals and people live their best lives together. Catherine is Executive Director of Evanston Counseling, a clinic that offers counseling and pet therapy. She is delighted to also be the co-founder of Paws and Claws, finally combining her passion for helping both people and animals. 



Director of Development 

A relationship facilitator at his core, Eric is driven by a strong belief that when philanthropy is more personal, it becomes more impactful - and animal rescue has been a very personal cause for him since adopting his dog Piper 7 years ago. By helping to drive revenue and develop partnerships, Eric works to ensure that Paws and Claws has the resources required to save even more animals and bring joy to even more families



Community Outreach/Marketing Communications

Paws and Claws Chicago Rescue volunteer, student of Marketing/Management at Truman College and Web Developer in training.


When not in front of her computer learning something new, you can find Lidiane trying to get her cat’s attention, or on the couch watching movies. Just like her cat Bobby, English is her second language! 



Animal Care Lead

Cats and dogs have always been a big part of Jane’s family. Having raised her children on a farm with 9 dogs and a few barn cats, saving animals has always been a passion of hers. She is overjoyed to be helping Paws and Claws in a variety of hands-on roles with animals. Jane believes animals are the best therapy out there