Pause 4 Paws Board
Jill Goldstein, Executive Director & Founder
Jill Goldstein became the Founder and Executive Director of Pause 4 Paws in 2011. Creating this organization was a continuation of a 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 five 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. She also serves on the board of the Mission Animal Hospital, the only non-profit animal hospital in Minnesota.
Jennifer Ryan, President
Jennifer Ryan joined the Pause 4 Paws board in August 2016. She recently returned to Minnesota after more than 20 years in the Washington, DC area and is thrilled to have the opportunity to support an important organization like P4P. 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 5-year old rescue dog, a beagle-mix named Riley Petunia Ryan Geibig.
Amy Arellano, Vice President
Amy Arellano serves as Vice President of the Pause 4 Paws Board. Amy is the primary point of contact for our Beneficiary Organizations and works closely with them to highlight success stories and ensure that their needs are met. Amy served as President of the Board from 2015 until 2017. She has translated her experience as a Weight Watcher Leader in the Twin Cities area into her work with P4P. Amy volunteers her time picking up and delivering donations for the P4P Beneficiary Organizations, making new P4P connections, and fostering dogs and cats for several of our Beneficiary groups. Her house is always full of animals. Amy’s love for her own animals and for each foster animal comes through in every aspect of her work.
Aaron Goldstein, Treasurer
Aaron has served as the Treasurer of Pause 4 Paws since 2013. He is currently employed in commercial real estate and developing venture capital opportunities around the Twin Cities. Previously, Aaron served as the Chief Financial Officer of a Private Equity Fund managed by Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison and worked in Chicago as an auditor for McGladrey, LLP, a public accounting firm. Aaron has an MBA with concentrations in Finance and Strategy, Execution & Valuation from Chicago’s DePaul University and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Aaron also serves as the Treasurer of Jewish Housing and Programming and as the designated financial expert of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation’s Audit Committee. Aaron is passionate about saving and improving the lives of animals in need. He and his wife, Michelle rescued their dog, Weezy, from a shelter in Chicago. Weezy has become a treasured part of Aaron's family and everyday life.
Falen Lambert, Media Relations
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 husband, KFAN's Paul Lambert (Meatsauce), her pleasantly plump kitty, Drew, her Pomeranian, Elliott, and Muppet, a dog they recently adopted from P4P Beneficiary, Ruff Start Rescue.
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.
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.
Rachel Bates, Legal Counsel
Rachel Bates joined the Pause 4 Paws Board in November 2016 and provides legal counsel and advice for the organization.