Pause 4 Paws Board
Jill Goldstein, Executive Director & Founder
Jill Goldstein founded Pause 4 Paws and became its Executive Director in 2011. Creating this organization was a continuation of Jill's lifelong commitment to fundraising and volunteerism, modeled on the extensive work of her parents. Jill is an astute networker and advocate in the animal welfare community, guiding the organization through nearly 7 years of financial growth and giving. She was inspired to found P4P after she adopted her dog and cats from Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue and Second Chance Animal Rescue, and learned about the prevalence of euthanasia, over-population and abuse and neglect of animals. In addition to her tireless volunteer efforts on behalf of Pause 4 Paws, Jill is the founder and owner of Goldstein Mediation, a divorce mediation firm located in Maple Grove, Minnesota. Jill has a B.A. in Criminal Justice and Psychology from the University of St. Thomas.
Jennifer Ryan, President
Jennifer Ryan joined the Pause 4 Paws board in August 2016 and has served as the President since January 2017. She returned to Minnesota in 2016 after more than 20 years in the Washington, DC area and is thrilled to have the opportunity to support an important organization like P4P. In her spare time, Jennifer serves as the Vice President at Harbage Consulting, a national health care policy consulting firm focused on promoting access to health insurance coverage, particularly for low-income populations. Previously, Jennifer served as the Director of Intergovernmental and External Affairs for the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), where she led the agency's stakeholder engagement work and developed the Medicaid.gov and InsureKidsNow.gov websites. Jennifer has a B.A. in Political Science and Communications from Gustavus Adolphus College. She lives in Medina with her husband, Mark Geibig, their two sons and their 6-year old rescue dog, a beagle-mix named Riley Petunia Ryan Geibig.
Falen Bonsett, Media Relations (Emeritus Board Member)
Falen is the co-host of the Dave Ryan in the Morning show on 101.3 KDWB radio. She grew up on a farm in a small town in Southern Indiana surrounded by cattle, farm cats and farm dogs. Falen attended the University of Southern Indiana, where she found her love for radio. Falen volunteers her time hosting various charitable events in the Twin Cities. After hosting the 2014 Pause 4 Paws fundraiser, Falen volunteered to get more involved and wanted to help in any way possible. In addition to continuing to work the annual fundraiser, A Tail Wagging Affair, Falen supports P4P by generating new partnerships and facilitating free media promotion opportunities for the organization. She currently lives in Minneapolis with her pleasantly plump kitty, Drew, her Pomeranian, Elliott.
David Goldstein, Corporate Fundraising
David is a seasoned fundraiser and has been actively involved with non-profit organizations since he was 21 years old, beginning with one of the world’s largest international service organizations, B-nai Brith. In 1973, David and his wife, Nancy, founded Homeward Bound, Inc. whose mission is to provide innovative, high quality services and supports to children and adults with disabilities and to help them lead fulfilling lives. Never officially retired, David remains actively involved in numerous non-profits and became active in the animal welfare community when he learned of the great need and horrific situations that existed in his own state of Minnesota. He works tirelessly to generate a strong pipeline of corporate sponsors and to generous contributors to support the work of Pause 4 Paws. An animal lover throughout his life, David has been owned by Penny, a bichon, and continues to open his home to his grand-dogs and grand-cats.
Nancy Goldstein, Corporate Fundraising
Nancy has over 40 years of fundraising experience, holding vital positions with Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure and establishing Homeward Bound, Inc. in order to provide an opportunity for her son and other children with special needs to live in their communities. For over 40 years, Homeward Bound has served hundreds of children and adults living with disabilities and has grown from 1 location to 18 homes around the State of Minnesota. Bottle feeding a litter of German Shepherds as a child generated Nancy’s commitment to the animal welfare cause. When her daughter, Jill, founded Pause 4 Paws, Nancy saw the great need to help defenseless animals who have been exposed to abuse, abandonment and torture, and to address what can be extensive medical needs. Nancy serves as a core member of the board and supports P4P through a wide range of volunteer activities.
Steffany Fleming, Event Planning
Steffany Fleming joined the Pause 4 Paws board in July of 2017 and plays a key role in planning events for the organization. Before becoming the Sales and Marketing Director with Clix Portrait Studios, Steffany was a stay at home mom for over 20 years while also volunteering and raising money for schools and local charities. She has been married to Tom for 28 years and has 3 grown children. They reside in Maple Grove, MN, but love to go to their cabin up north whenever they get the chance. When not working on her "projects" as she calls them or following her children's many activities, Steffany loves to pursue her hobbies of photography, travel and just hanging out with her dogs and beloved animals. She is also a 7 year breast cancer survivor. She mentions this last, so as to make it just a small piece of who she is.
Raquel Grad, Event Planning
Raquel first became interested in animal rescue after volunteering at Pause & Claws in grade school with her best friend Shail. Years later, Shail introduced Raquel to Jill Goldstein and Pause 4 Paws, and she joined the board in the fall of 2015. Raquel is a development professional and has worked in the nonprofit sector for almost all of her professional career. She currently works as a Development Officer for the Phillips Eye Institute Foundation, and previously served as an event planner for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota. Having planned fundraising events ranging from small house parties to 5K walks with over 4,500 participants, Raquel brings an expansive knowledge of the event planning, production and execution process. Raquel co-habitates with a 15 year old feline named Sugar, who has been her snuggle buddy since Raquel was 11 years old.
Stephen Tisch, Marketing
Stephen is the owner of Activate Writing, a digital marketing agency in the Minneapolis area. With nearly 10 years of marketing experience, Stephen is providing strategic marketing advice designed to expand the Pause 4 Paws network. Although he currently does not have any animals of his own, Stephen's love for pets is represented through his passion and commitment to P4P's mission; and demonstrated by the neighbor dogs who love him. Stephen is married to his best friend, Kelsey, and joined the Pause 4 Paws Board in September of 2016.
Mara Beugen - Secretary
Mara Beugen joined the Paws for Pause Board in August 2017. She is involved in all aspects of fundraising and event planning and execution for the organization.
Troy Beugen - Corporate Fundraising
Troy Beugen joined the Pause 4 Paws Board in August 2017. He is involved in all aspects of fundraising for the organization, including corporate sponsorships.