MEET THE MCPAWS BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Denise Cobb, Board President
Denise grew up loving animals. Raised on a small farm in northern California, she showed rabbits and sheep at the local fairs while in 4-H. Not allowed animals in the house, she used to tame the feral barn cats. Denise went to Humboldt State University and received a BS in Wildlife Management. That took her to southern Nevada where she worked as a Desert Tortoise Biologist for 11 years. Most of that time was with the National Park Service. Her husband hated the desert so he moved them to Idaho in 2001 where they both work for the Payette National Forest.
Denise started volunteering with the cats at MCPAWS in 2008 and helping out with events. "I’m the weird cat lady," Denise says. She loves all animals but has always had a passion for cats. She and her husband Steve live with two cats – Reba and Smudge (a MCPAWS alum), and one dog – Roxy. "They all have us wrapped around their paws," said Denise.
Duane Coffey, Vice President
A Payette Idaho native, Duane is finally returning back to the area he loves. While stationed in Washington, Duane introduced his wife Beth, a Missouri native, to Idaho via Shore Lodge, skiing on Brundage Mountain and rafting Idaho waters. Beth fell in love with Idaho and worked hard to find a retirement home in the McCall area.
Finally after serving in the military for over 40 years Colonel Coffey hung up his uniforms last fall and traded them for the tranquil beauty and local friendliness of the McCall area. Duane and Beth are now transitioning from Washington to New Meadows with Toby their chocolate lab and Monty a Pit/Bassett mix rescued from the Puyallup Humane Shelter.
Duane has worked with and held offices in many private organizations. Duane has conducted numerous fund raising events to include being the auctioneer for military events and several breast cancer fund raising events. Duane’s passions are soldier welfare, breast cancer awareness and the humane treatment of every animal that shares our world. Duane grew up with dogs and cats as family members and cannot envision life without their unselfish love and affection.
“We owe it to our four legged friends to make sure that every dog and cat has a chance to know the love and affection of a caring family and show every family that they can be enriched by the love of a dog, a cat or multiples of each,” said Coffey.
Coffey looks forward to adding his energy and experience to the MCPAWS board and to assist the staff in finding a safe and caring home for every one of our four legged friends.
Pam Wissenbach, Treasurer
Pam has been coming to McCall for many years to ski Brundage and
spend time at her parents’ cabin. Her husband, Mike, had his dream come true to live in the Idaho mountains; Mike and Pam moved to McCall full time in 2013. Pam is lucky to be self-employed so that she can take advantage of all the great spots to take a walk with their dog Maggie. Pam and Mike have two daughters that are avid skiers and try to keep their parents in line! Their animal family consists of a rescue dog, Maggie, and a cat that adopted the Wissenbach’s, Wrangler.
Growing up on a ranch, Pam has a love of all animals. She has adopted several rescue dogs, each has been a special family member. Because of her passion of encouraging people to adopt pets, she began to volunteer by walking dogs at MCPAWS. The Waggin’ Tails loop has been a great place to spend time with the dogs. She feels that MCPAWS is a great shelter because of its policies and all the attention the shelter animals receive. She is very excited to support all the services MCPAWS provides for the animals in this area.
Bonnie Thompson, Secretary
Bonnie is a McCall native and has resided here most of her life. She and her husband Todd enjoy boating, fishing, camping, hiking and skiing. Bonnie attended the University of Idaho and Northwest Nazarene University where she obtained teaching and administrative degrees.
After 25 years, she is recently retired from the education sector. She feels that MCPAWS provides an excellent opportunity to pair people and animals together for the benefit of both and is excited about working with MCPAWS.
Jim and his wife, Maddy, married in McCall in July 2009 and after sending four daughters to college, were finally able to establish their "dream home in the mountains". Jim had a successful career in Southern California as a litigator and trial attorney, and now leverages those skills as an Idaho realtor in the local real estate market.
Active in the community as a Rotarian and a member of the West Central Mountains Leadership Academy, he felt involvement in MCPAWS was a natural fit based on his love of four furry friends: Bentley, a beautiful white German Shepard they rescued in January 2010; Henry and Honey, a bonded pair of Golden Retrievers, adopted a little over two years ago; and the newest family member, Carly Mae, a feline and former MCPAWS resident.
Jim and Maddy share a long range goal of establishing an organization that trains and dispatches Comfort Animals. In the meantime, Jim enjoys time fishing the wide range of fisheries in Central Idaho, and spending time in conversation with good friends over fine food and wine.
Julie Conrad is an Idaho Native who grew up spending much of her childhood and early adulthood in McCall at her family's cabin, and now calls McCall her permanent year-round home. Julie has always enjoyed finding ways to help promote local small businesses and events, and formed her own marketing and public relations business in McCall in 2012, “McCall Marketing Solutions.”
In addition to volunteering her time to help several local businesses and non-profit organizations with their marketing and promotional efforts, Julie also serves on the Board of the Kit Worthington Foundation for the Arts (The GIG), and continues to be instrumental in the organization's several annual fundraisers to raise scholarship funds and further local student interests in music and the arts.
She holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Willamette University as well as an undergraduate degree in Speech Communications and Psychology also from Willamette. In her spare time, Julie enjoys the four seasons in McCall hiking, biking, skiing, paddle boarding and golfing with friends, and loves to record the local beauty with her photography. She resides in McCall with her two "local celebrity" cats, Junior and Elvis, as well as a myriad of forest animals who visit her home daily.
Kim March was raised in Houston, Texas. She studied graphic design at the Art Institute of Houston then later graduated from Bauder College in Miami with a degree in Business Management. She spent many years in retail management. She comes from a fine arts oriented family, in which her father, a well known graphic designer/photographer introduced her to modeling at the age of six in which she continued to model while working until she was thirty-six. She has done everything from runway for Saks 5th Ave, commercials for several businesses, to print work for many companies including a piece for Vogue magazine introducing new and upcoming fashion designers back in the mid 1980's.
Kim has always had a great passion for animals, growing up with dogs and many other small animals. Her complete love and compassion for animals has lead her into her cause for animal rights/welfare activism worldwide. She is a member of many animal rights organizations including Wildlife SOS, HSUS, ASPCA, and Defenders of Wildlife. She spends many hours signing petitions, contacting congressmen, senators, many different country officials including our President in efforts to change and make new laws to protect our wildlife, domestic animals, and to prosecute animal abusers.
Kim is married to Wayne March and they have one son, Josh who resides in Austin. Kim and her family lived in Austin for many years and have just recently made Idaho their permanent home after coming up to McCall for many years on vacation.
She is passionate about seeing MCPAWS thrive for decades to come. She is very excited to see and be part of MCPAWS growth. Kim and Wayne have three dogs: Meghan Grace a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Mickey a rescue Cardigan Welsh Corgi, and little Domino a Chihuahua mix who she recently fostered then adopted from MCPAWS!