Meet Our Board
Lorna, together with her sister-in-law, Debra Valdez, co-founded North Beach PAWS. She has been the Board President and Fundraising Chairman since. Lorna spearheaded raising money to purchase the property we have today, in 08/2006. She has worked hard along with many other animal lovers, to make the dream of having a No Kill animal shelter to serve the North Beach community into a reality. Lorna was raised in Seattle and moved to Ocean Shores with her husband, Mike, 38 years ago, They have been married for 43 years. Their daughter Karlie is an attorney in Kirkland, WA. Lorna graduated from UW with a degree in Textiles, Clothing and art, and she continues to paint in her home studio. She is retired from her career as a Real Estate Broker of 25 years.
Mike moved to Ocean Shores with his wife, Lorna, in June 1976 to open his new law practice. He worked with Lorna, and others, to form North Beach PAWS in 2002.
Mike enjoys working at the Garage Sale on Saturdays, helping to pick up donations. He also works at least one shift a week at the dog shelter, cleaning the kennels, feeding the dogs, providing fresh bedding, playing with and loving the dogs. Ask Mike about Daisy, his golden retriever puppy!
Mike's dream is to some day build a "state of the art" animal shelter at our current location.
Liaison w/ EPA and NOAH
Occupation: Civil Engineer
Gary Brugger is a Licensed Engineer and Consultant who is in slow transition from full time work at Exponent, Inc to retirement in Ocean Shores. Gary and wife Martha have been lifetime members of PAWS for nearly 10 years and proud parents of two PAWS cats (Lila and Sushi) who started their life at the home of Phyllis and Mel Willis who housed the cat shelter at that time. Gary has been working on addressing environmental problems that came with the purchase of the highway 109 Shelter Site. Gary was instrumental in connecting NB PAWS and NOAH. Gary works on Special projects at PAWS.
Sharon and her husband, John, moved to Ocean Shores in 2002 and soon became North Beach PAWS volunteers. Sharon has a soft heart for all animals, and dogs have been an important part of her life since she was three years old. As a child, dogs would gravitate to her and "follow" her home from school. As Fundraising Events Coordinator, she oversees our booth at local events and coordinates the auction side of our annual Dinner & Auction. Sharon also works part time at a local boutique and volunteers at the Ocean Shores Visitor Information Center. She and her husband have twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Co-Chair Annual Auction
Occupation: Retired Healthcare, IT and Distribution Director
Carol and her wife Cindy moved to Ocean Shores from Michigan in 2013. After a few months of volunteering at PAWS, they helped to renovate the cat shelter and generated new procedures to make the cat shelter a happy and healthy place for the cats and our volunteers. Carol enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, theater, painting, and walking on the beach.
Occupation: Retired Automotive Mechanical Engineer
Cindy and her wife Carol moved to Ocean Shores after retiring from her engineering work in the automotive industry. After a few months of volunteering at PAWS, Cindy used her engineering and project management expertise to renovate the cat shelter and generate new procedures to make the cat shelter a happy and healthy place for the cats and our volunteers. Cindy enjoys travel, theater, photography, and participating in various music groups in the Grays Harbor area.
Ocean Shores Animal Hospital
Animals have been the center of Stacy’s world her entire life. She grew up with pet birds, dogs and horses. So becoming a veterinarian was no surprise to her family and friends! She owned Ocean Shores Animal Hospital for ten years, providing general and emergency veterinary care for pets in the North Beach area and local rescue organizations. Stacy’s professional life has included working in many aspects of animal rescue and care: fostering (and sometimes “failing!”), working with pet rescue groups throughout Washington and internationally with the World Vets organization. Through North Beach PAWS, Stacy, her staff and many local volunteers provided spay/neuter services for low income families free of charge for ten years. These spay/neuter clinics were held four times each year with an average of 35-45 animals being sterilized at each clinic, so these animals could lead healthier lives and not contribute to pet overpopulation. Many vacations and holidays have been spent “paying to volunteer”, traveling to third world countries providing veterinary care and spay/neuter services to people and pets that do not have access to veterinary care. During these trips, along with performing surgery and providing medical care, the teams help train local veterinarians to do what we do, so they can continue similar care in their villages. It is a very rewarding way to travel and help people and pets around the world! Now that Stacy has retired, if she is in town, you can find her walking her dogs at the beach, on stage with the local community theater, gardening or reading a good book! If she is not in town, she is traveling on another World Vets trip or touring the USA with her dogs in their motorhome! Stacy is very honored to be a part of the board of North Beach PAWS and is looking forward to working with this wonderful organization from a different perspective!
Bonnie spent nearly 20 years as the executive assistant to a Board of County Commissioners in Oregon, and prior to that was a Realtor for over 20 years in Oregon and California. She also founded and operated an Oregon no-kill, all volunteer, nonprofit cat rescue and shelter for nine years. The organization cared for and placed over 10,000 cats during those years.
Bonnie knew that she wanted to remain active in retirement, and for over a year searched and visited cities throughout the west for the right community in which to do so; one with a well-run, no kill animal shelter that shared her views on helping forgotten companion animals. That is how, and a primary reason why, she ended up in Ocean Shores in 2018.
She has one daughter and two grandsons residing in California.
She started out and continues to help as a volunteer at NB PAWS doing everyday chores in the cat shelter. She is pleased to be able to share her knowledge of cat care, and how to enhance efficiency to make the most of the donations and grants that support the organization.
Cat Shelter Spokesperson
Cat Shelter Manager
Pamela and her husband, Tim, purchased their current home in Ocean Shores as their vacation/retirement home in 2006. By 2008, her job as Human Resources Manager for Weyerhaeuser Cosmopolis Pulp Mill brought them out to Ocean Shores full time. The downsizing of Weyerhaeuser led to an opportunity to add to her college education at Grays Harbor College and a couple of years working as a Support Specialist in Grays Harbor College’s Disability Support Services.
Pamela has been volunteering at the North Beach Paws Cat Shelter since 2019 and has found that working with such a dedicated group of volunteers has added to her life. She does the cleaning and caring for the cats, and has also trained new volunteers in the proper processes in order to keep the cats healthy and happy. Pamela added working with the Adoption Team to ensure the cats go to loving homes. Having an interest in all aspects of the Cat Shelter and wanting to ensure that it continues to operate successfully, Pamela agreed to take on the Cat Shelter Manager position.
Cindy, a lifelong city dweller, moved to Ocean Shores full-time with her husband and their dog, Deefer. When Covid closed their Seattle businesses, they decided to move to their ‘weekend’ beach house. They consider themselves lucky that they had the time and motivation to do all the things that a fixer-upper requires!
While working at a local bank, Cindy’s bank manager was invited to consider becoming Treasurer of PAWS. Her manager’s calendar was full, so Cindy volunteered. She had worked with the bookkeeping system that we use and was familiar with non-profits. The position of Treasurer was a good fit.
Her passions are: most animals, good books, good coffee and sensational shoes!
Dog Shelter Manager
Bio coming soon.