Meet the Team

MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter Staff

Ashley Colglazier

Shelter Manager

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Ashley joined the MCPAWS team in August of 2021 and moved into the shelter manager position in February of 2023. Ashley has a wide range of experience but has found her real passion is working and helping animals in her community. Ashley and her husband Brandon share their home in McCall with their three dogs (Duke, Mira, and Fred Bear) and two cats (Cat and Toast) with two being MCPAWS rescues.

In her free time, Ashley enjoys going into the woods shed hunting, foraging for morels and huckleberries, and hiking in the backcountry. She also loves to just snuggle up with her pets and read a good book or watch a movie.

Alex Lott

Shelter Assistant Manager

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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!

She moved to McCall because of the amazing trails and the simple life it brings. Alex spends her days reading, hiking, walking the dogs, and enjoying a burger for dinner. She plans to enjoy everyday with her partner and her dogs outside in the nice weather!  She is very grateful to have this opportunity at MCPAWS and is excited for a new adventure here!

Katharina Van Wyk

Shelter Medicine Program Coordinator

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Hello, I’m Katharina, and my journey into the world of animal wellfare began in October 2022. Initially, I started as a part-time team member at MCPAWS, where I quickly realized my passion for working with animals and making a positive impact on the community.

As spring 2023 rolled around, I embraced the opportunity to dive into this fulfilling career full-time. The transition allowed me to immerse myself in the world of animal care and deepen my commitment to the well-being of our furry friends.

My dedication and hard work didn’t go unnoticed, and in September 2023, I received a promotion to the role of Lead Animal Care Coordinator. This new role has allowed me to take on more responsibilities and make a greater difference in the lives of the animals we care for.

My background primarily lies in the retail industry, but my heart has always belonged to the world of animals. It’s a dream come true to be able to combine my professional experience with my passion for helping animals and giving back to the community.

In my personal life, I made the beautiful city of Cascade my home in 2019. My loyal companion, Yuki, has been by my side since she was just a puppy, joining my life in 2021. She’s not only my beloved pet but also my inspiration for pursuing a career in animal care.

In my free time, you can find me engrossed in a good book, constantly learning and expanding my knowledge. I also love spending quality moments teaching my dog new tricks, deepening our bond and enhancing her well-being. Of course, there’s always plenty of playtime involved to keep us both happy and active.

I’m thrilled to be on this incredible journey in the world of animal care and can’t wait to see where it takes me next.

Carolyn Walpole and Danette Drake 

Front Desk Ambassadors

Jessica Sylvia-Clarno, Ariana Ellcey, and Kaytii Brill. 

Animal Care Technicians

Administrative Team

Amber Kostoff

Executive Director

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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.

Kattie Kingsley

Development Director

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Kattie Kingsley served as the MCPAWS development director from 2013-2021 before leaving the role and working as a contractor for the organization for two years. She returned as the development director in November 2023, and is happy to be back on the team! Before her work began at MCPAWS, Kattie worked for several nonprofit organizations in varying fields from environmental protection to food banks. Kattie has always been passionate about animal welfare and loves the work MCPAWS does here in Idaho. Feel free to reach out to Kattie with any questions or concerns about fundraising or events!

Kattie enjoys gardening, water sports, skiing, and hanging out with her two dogs; Marley (from MCPAWS) and Ray (from Freedom Bound Hounds.) Kattie and her husband Jeff moved to McCall from Missoula, MT in 2013, and love the mountain life. They currently share their home with just two dogs and five chickens.

Kayme Backstrom

Development Coordinator

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Kayme joined the MCPAWS team in April 2022. She grew up in Fairfield, ID on a farm where her love for community and animals started and has continued through her whole life. Kayme received a Bachelor’s in Health Education and Promotion and a Nonprofit Management Minor from Boise State University. She has worked for various nonprofit organizations in bicycle and pedestrian safety as well as early childhood systems in Montana.

She always dreamed of living in McCall and this last year her husband and two dogs Annie and Jackie were able to make the dream come true! She is so excited to work for such a community focused organization, continue exploring the vast outdoor recreation opportunities around McCall, and try her hand at gardening in such a short growing season.

Tracy Wamsley

Accounting and Finance Manager

I love working for an organization that cares for animals!

Board of Directors

Chris Purslow, Co-Chair

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.

Jamie Parker, Co-Chair

I grew up in Hamilton, MT with my two older brothers on a small ranch where we always had at least two dogs, two cats, along with many horses and cows.  I also raised 4-H market beef steers. 

I started working for the Forest Service right out of high school and spent 38 years as a federal employee before retiring from the National Interagency Fire Center in 2018.  I got involved in incident management early on in my career on the administrative side and have traveled the country on incident assignments, including assignments for the Challenger Shuttle recovery effort, World Trade Center recovery after 9/11, and many, many fire assignments.  I worked on the Payette National Forest from 2009-2015 and loved the beauty of McCall.  When the pandemic hit, I realized I wanted to move back to be closer to family so I returned to McCall in 2020.

I’m an avid knitter and animal lover – especially senior dogs.  I adopted my dog Rhonda from Idaho Humane Society while I was living in Boise.  She’s now 13 and slowing down a bit, but still leading a great life.  

I’m excited to join the Board and be part of helping grow the organization!

Tammy Ota


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 Wissenbach


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. 

Denise Cobb

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.

Kerie Kushlan

I am so excited to be part of the MCPAWS team! I was born in Caldwell, Idaho and grew up in the small farming community of Homedale, Idaho. I spent much of my childhood and teenage years golfing, playing basketball, helping out on the farm, and driving around the Owyhees. I graduated from Homedale High School in 2004.

After high school, I attended the University of Idaho, and during my time there I had several opportunities to help serve my local and greater community. These opportunities included helping facilitate large community events, Hurricane Katrina relief, and constructing classrooms and teaching English in Cambodia. I graduated from the University of Idaho in 2010 with a degree in Physical Education. 

I currently live in Cascade, Idaho with my husband Isaac, and our three cats, Allie, Lola, and Jack. I came to Cascade to do my student teaching in 2010, and after falling in love with the community, I never left. I have been a Physical Education teacher at Cascade Schools since 2013, and currently teach K-8 PE and Health. I also coached volleyball and basketball, and I am the Varsity Golf Coach. My summers are spent mowing at Cascade Golf Course,  facilitating their Junior Golf Program, and tracking rafts and kayaks for photos as they come through Howard’s Plunge on weekends. During my free time, I enjoy golfing, being out in the sunshine, reading, crocheting, paddleboarding, and hanging out with my cats and other people’s pets.

Nancy Basinger

Rich Faw

Alex Flori


We are so excited to welcome these new members to our Board of Directors! Photo and Bio’s coming soon.

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MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter
831 S. 3rd St #1375
McCall, ID 83638

Shelter Hours:

Monday - Saturday:

11:30am to 5:00pm

Closed Sundays

 Dog introductions & adoptions by appointment.

Please call (208) 634-3647 to schedule an appointment!

MCPAWS Thrift Store

301 Lenora Street
McCall, ID 83638

Thrift Store Hours:

Monday - Saturday:

11:00am to 5:00pm


11:00am to 4:00pm

Donation Drop Off: Monday - Saturday 9:30am - 3:00pm

MCPAWS Veterinary Hospital
8 Coho Lane
McCall, ID 83638

Hospital Hours:

Monday - Friday:

8:00am to 5:00pm

Closed Saturday & Sunday

Please call (208) 325-4510 to schedule an appointment!


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