Mara Beugen, Secretary

Mara Beugen joined the Pause 4 Paws Board in 2017 and plays several key roles in the organization, including Secretary for the Board of Directors, event planning and execution and fundraising. Born and raised in Golden Valley, MN, Mara is a graduate of Armstrong High School, The University of Wisconsin, Madison, and The University of St.Thomas. Mara earned her Master’s Degree In Early Childhood Special Education and has worked at Robbinsdale Schools, St. David’s School in Minnetonka, and currently works in Early Childhood Special Education at Wayzata Schools. Long time supporters of Pause 4 Paws, Mara and her husband Troy have been involved in bringing home/rescuing cats from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico as well local cats, dogs and puppies. On their second date in 1990, Troy and Mara came across a black lab running alone on Cedar Lake Road in St. Louis Park, MN. They quickly agreed that they needed to bring the dog home, loaded him in the car, and took him to the SLP Police Department where they located the very grateful owner. Troy and Mara now have two daughters, Samantha and Marissa, and a special guy, Max, the Shih Tzu Poodle. Mara and Troy have always had a special place in their hearts for not only “Paws”, but everything in need. They are very grateful for the opportunity that to represent P4P and to continue to make a difference and have a greater impact in the community.