December 2023

Staff Announcement: NEW Director of Operations!

Please join us in congratulating Katie Mothersele on her promotion to Director of Operations for DAWS! Katie initially joined the team as Shelter Director in September 2022. Since then, she has also played a pivotal role on the renovation team, preparing for our grand reopening. Katie has been working alongside staff members to ensure a seamless transition.

Katie with her rescue dog, Who!

As Operations Director, Katie’s responsibilities will include overseeing strategic and daily operations for our foster program, intake of animals, volunteer care, shelter compliance, and animal adoptions. She will also ensure operating efficiency and logistics of proper staffing, volunteer management, and inventory controls to manage resources and the capacity-to-care ratio effectively.

Katie comes to us with more than 13 years of experience. She has animal behavior, team management, animal facility care, and veterinary clinic management expertise. Katie adds, “Entering DAWS at such a crucial time has been a wonderful experience.  I have met amazing people; volunteers, employees, and supporters alike.  The DAWS community is incredible.  I am excited to lead the team into the future.  Being a part of saving and improving animal lives is extraordinary and I am so grateful to share that experience with you.”

Scott Fay, President of the Board of Directors states, “The board and I are thrilled for DAWS’ next chapter under the leadership of Katie Mothersele, Director of Operations, and Alice Meenan, Director of Marketing and Development. Katie has done an excellent job as Shelter Director over the past year, and we expect her to excel as our new Director of Operations. Couple Katie and Alice’s leadership with our imminent renovation completion and return to our new and improved home; we have a LOT to look forward to.”

If you have any questions for Katie, please contact her at