Meet the Team
MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter Staff
Email Amber: AKostoff@mcpaws.org
Amber Kostoff began volunteering at MCPAWS in 2010. As a volunteer, Amber was able to fully appreciate the vital role that MCPAWS plays within the Valley County community. It was always especially satisfying for her to witness the many happy endings MCPAWS makes possible for animals in need. Amber made the transition from volunteer to staff in 2014, and served as the Shelter Manager. In 2017, Amber stepped into the role of Executive Director.
Amber is an avid outdoorsperson and supporter of wilderness and wild places. Before joining the MCPAWS team professionally, she was employed in Recreation and Wilderness Management on the Payette National Forest since 2001. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Utah State University in 2004 and her M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho in 2013. Amber lives in Lakefork, ID with her husband Patrick and their MCPAWS rescue dogs, Ramey, Warren and Tootsie.
Email Kattie: KKingsley@mcpaws.org
Kattie has been at MCPAWS since August 2013. She is originally from Santa Monica, CA. She received her Bachelor’s in Journalism from San Diego State University. She moved to Missoula, MT in 2010 and worked in development for the Clark Fork Coalition and the Montana Food Bank Network. Kattie moved to McCall in 2013 with her husband Jeff to enjoy full-time living in the mountains. Kattie loves hiking with the dogs, alpine skiing, traveling, and being outdoors during the beautiful McCall summers!
Kattie and her husband share their home with two rescue dogs, a few chickens, and one cat. She loves living in McCall and working with the incredible staff, volunteers, and animals at MCPAWS.
Email Christa: CBrown@mcpaws.org
Christa graduated from Boise State University in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She grew up in McCall and moved back a to be closer to the mountains and the lifestyle she grew up with. Christa started at MCPAWS in May 2014. She has dedicated her life to social services and has finally found her place caring for animals! Christa has a Lab named Crosby. Crosby came from Central California Lab Rescue and Christa has had him for 7 years.
Christa loves working at MCPAWS and feels very fortunate to be part of the MCPAWS team. In her spare time she quilts and spends time outside kayaking and hiking.
Shelter Assistant Manager
Email Megan: MNash@mcpaws.org
Megan began working at MCPAWS in May of 2016. She grew up in John Day, Oregon and graduated from The College of Idaho in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Megan moved to McCall shortly after graduating to get back to the small town lifestyle she grew up in and to continue to grow her passion for skiing. Megan grew up visiting McCall with her family and has been skiing at Brundage since she was a toddler.
In her spare time Megan enjoys skiing, reading, hiking, and spending time with her MCPAWS rescue dog, Bella. She has always loved animals and hopes to continue working in this field that she finds incredibly rewarding.
Shelter Medicine Program Manager
Email Alex: ALott@mcpaws.org
Alex began at MCPAWS in February 2020. She found a passion for learning shelter medicine and technique by working and volunteering at animal shelters in the area. Before coming to McCall, Alex studied Biology at Boise State University and is on her way to becoming a certified veterinary technician. She wants to work for animal shelters for as long as possible!
Steve & Nancy Basinger
Email Ellyn: email@example.com
Ellyn began at MCPAWS in March of 2019. She grew up in the Central Valley of California and attended Modesto Junior College. Ellyn has a grown daughter, and a granddaughter who attends Boise State University. Her work experience includes marketing, corporate training, fund development, event planning/management, and community relations.
Every year that Ellyn visited her sister during vacations in McCall, she grew to love the beauty of the local lakes and mountains. When she retired in late 2018, Ellyn decided to relocate to the McCall area to be near her sister and enjoy a slower pace of life and the friendly community. Because of her love for animals, retirement didn’t last long when she saw an opportunity to work for MCPAWS. She loves working with the kind and caring MCPAWS team, and of course, being around the animals at the shelter!
Ellyn shares her home with three rescue dogs – BJ, Max, and adopted Raven, a cocker spaniel/border collie mix from MCPAWS.
Katie Hutcheson, Natali Hutcheson & Rachel Murray
Animal Care Attendants
Board of Directors
Mike Fein was born in Paso Robles, California and graduated from Capital High School in 1969. He graduated from College of Idaho in 1973 with a Bachelor’s in Biology. Mike worked for Simplot Company for 15 years in sales and marketing. Mike and his wife Colleen moved to Valley County from Eagle in 2014. Mike is an avid fly fisherman, hunter, woodworker and fly tier. If he is not on the river with a fly rod or at his fly tying desk, he’ll most likely be in his woodshop. Mike has two daughters and five grandchildren living in Oregon. Mike and Colleen have a Cockapoo named Lucy who just turned 13!
“Keep the wind at your back and your lines tight.”
Duane was raised in Payette, Idaho where he grew up hunting, fishing, hiking and skiing in the McCall area. After graduating from Payette High School Duane entered the military but came back to Idaho to finish his Bachelors degree at Boise State University. Duane then reentered the military and spent the next 30 years serving as an Army Engineer Officer throughout the world.
Duane and his wife Beth decided to live in Idaho upon retirement and bought a home in New Meadows to realize that goal. Duane has always had his “4 legged kids” surrounding him. “I can’t imagine not having dogs and cats in your life”. Duane feels that MCPAWS provides an excellent opportunity to bring people and their 4 legged BFF together for the benefit of both and is excited about working again on the MCPAWS Board.
Summer vacation in McCall has been a tradition for over 50 years for Tammy Ota and her family. Her mom and dad spent their honeymoon in McCall and eventually purchased a second home here. She retired from Patterson Dental Supply in 2018. As a territory manager, she sold dental equipment and supplies to dentists in Salt Lake City for over 17 years. Prior to that she was a Dental Hygienist for 20 years. Tammy is a graduate of the University of Hawaii where she majored in Dental Hygiene. She is married to Mel Ota and together they own a townhouse on #1 Birch on the McCall golf course. Their Jack Russell Terrier, Cali, was born in McCall and loves long walks along the lake.
Tammy has been a volunteer since 2016 and enjoys walking the dogs and playing with the cats at MCPAWS. Now that she is retired, she is excited to be a part of the McCall community and to spend more time volunteering at the shelter providing loving care for abandoned, surrendered, and lost dogs and cats. Raising funds for the shelter is an important priority. Tammy is also looking forward to utilizing her sales and marketing skills in assisting the MCPAWS Thrift Store.
Becoming a MCPAWS board member has been a goal for several years. “It is important for the area around Valley County to have a clean, up to date, and efficient animal shelter. MCPAWS needs to have a strong board of directors to ensure the shelter provides a safe temporary home for dogs and cats far into the future.” Tammy looks forward to working with other board members to make sure MCPAWS has what it needs.
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, Diamond, 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.
Born into a military family in Tacoma Washington as one of a pair of twins, Bobi Cleveland began her travels as a six week old. After her early years of moving with the Army the family settled in Boise to be close to the grandparents in Weiser. She graduated from Capital High School and later received a business degree from BSU. McCall has always been Bobi’s “happy place” where she and her twin sister would spend a portion of summer vacations with their Grandparents in the Payette National Campgrounds in and around McCall. McCall reminds her of many of the little Bavarian and Swiss towns she adored as a child.
After a three year stint in Breckenridge Colorado, where her daughters were born, Bobi moved her family back to Idaho and went to work for Idaho Power at the Corporate Headquarters located in Boise as a Financial Accountant. After retiring from Idaho Power as a Financial Analyst, Bobi and her husband Bruce made the move from Boise to their cabin in McCall, enjoying the many seasons and beauty of the area.
The Cleveland family heard the story of the origination of MCPAWS and became supporters of the no-kill shelter many years before their move to McCall. Willow, their Miniature Schnauzer, has loved to take part in the opportunities offered through MCPAWS. Bobi is also a member of The Friends of the Library and spends time volunteering at the Pump House. She also spends time at the MCPAWS Thrift Store where she has made many amazing purchases.
Bobi looks forward to working with the board of directors of MCPAWS and appreciates the opportunity to be a part of such an awesome organization.
I’ve been an animal lover since as long as I can remember. I grew up on a small farm in Northern California, the youngest of 5 kids, raising sheep and rabbits for my 4-H projects. The barn cats were my best friends. I went to Humboldt State University where I got a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management. I took that degree and moved to southern Nevada with my future husband where I had some of the best jobs I’ve ever had. I worked for Nevada Division of Wildlife, The Smithsonian Institution, and the National Park Service at Lake Mead National Recreation Area where I worked mostly with Desert Tortoises. My husband hated the desert so we moved to Idaho in 2001 when we both got jobs with the Payette National Forest.
I spend a lot of time hanging out with our two cats Smudge and Reba and our dog Teton. I love the outdoors and enjoy walking, hiking, snowshoeing and traveling in our camper van.
I started volunteering at MCPAWS in 2008 and have seen how this organization has grown and continues to get better and better. I love being a part of this shelter and doing what I can to further its Mission and Vision.
Tara Reeder was born in Boise Idaho and graduated from Capital High school in 1996. She then attended Boise State University graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Tara grew up coming to McCall and enjoying the mountains of Idaho and became a full time resident of McCall in 2006. Tara was the lead designer for a real estate based graphics firm in Boise for 9 years before moving to McCall. At which point she started McCall Weddings taking her love of photography and design and becoming an events coordinator. After being picked up by Whitetail Club as their private events Coordinator Tara sold McCall Weddings which is still locally owned and operated. Tara then moved on from event coordination and obtained her real estate license in 2014. She currently works for Crawford Olson Real Estate in McCall as an active agent and the Brokers Assistant.
Over the years Tara has volunteered for many local organizations including Little Ski Hill and regularly volunteers at Barbara Morgan Elementary where her two boys attend and has helped with many other fundraising and athletic events in town.
Tara’s love for animals has always been very strong and she has adopted many rescue pets. Currently, Tara would love to share her love for rescuing animals which has led her to the MCPAWS board. Tara feels that there could be nothing better than helping individuals find the perfect pet and watching the bonds that are created between our four legged friends and an individual. Seeing animals that have never received the love they deserved and watching them blossom into a whole new animal once they find their person is absolutely amazing!
Chris was born and raised in Wichita, KS, is a graduate of Baylor University and was a pharmaceutical sales representative with Sanofi for 20 years. Chris began volunteering at MCPAWS when she and her husband Tobin moved to McCall in September of 2019. The three years preceding were spent in Waco, TX where Chris volunteered with the Weimaraner Rescue of Texas; transporting numerous Weims along the I35 corridor and fostering 17 Weims in need over the three years. Prior to Texas, Chris and Tobin lived in Flagstaff, AZ for 12 years and it is in Flagstaff where she fell in love with mountains. When a position at St. Luke’s for Tobin presented itself in 2019 there was no question they were heading to McCall.
Chris and Tobin have two rescue Weims of their own-Pearl (found as a stray in Phoenix) and Ramsey (found as a stray in Ft. Worth). Chris currently works part-time at HomeTown Sports and spends free time hiking, paddle boarding, and skiing. She is looking forward to being apart of the amazing MCPAWS Organization.
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