Meet our Board of Directors:

Amy Vignaroli, Co-Chair

Bio coming soon!

Klaus Baer, Vice President

Bio coming soon!

Lori Bantekas, Co-Chair/Treasurer

Lori moved to the valley in 1991 as a CPA. While she is an accounting enthusiast, her passion is in helping and caring for animals. Lori first got involved with PAWS as a volunteer at adoption and fundraising events. Nicknamed, “the puppy pusher” Lori feels strongly that everyone should experience the love of a furry friend and that a home is not complete without at least one four-legged member. Today Lori shares her life with her partner of 9-years, Chris Lundberg and two dogs, both adopted from the Animal Adoption Center: Sophie, an 85-pound wiener dog and Bertie a Black Mouth Cur/Pittie mix.

Christine Swain, Secretary

Christine is a native of Nebraska but her love for the outdoors pushed her out West. Upon viewing the Teton mountain range she knew she would call this valley home. She is an avid mountain and road biker and loves to hike and ski. Christine splits her time between being a real estate professional with Christie’s International Real Estate and running Gather, Jackson’s best new restaurant which she co-owns with husband, Graeme. She’s got two young children at home along with “Dog”, the Chihuahua mix she adopted from the Animal Adoption Center and a cat, Al she adopted from the Animal Humane Association of Star Valley. Christine has always felt a deep connection to animals and is thrilled to be engaged in an organization whose values so closely align with her own.

Richard Beck

Richard P. (Dick) Beck is presently retired and a private investor. He was senior vice president and chief financial officer of Advanced Energy Industries Inc. from 1992 to 2001 and a member of the board of directors from 1995 to 2015, non-executive chairman of the board from 2014 to 2015, chairman of its nominating and corporate governance committee, and a member of its audit and finance committee. He has served as a member of the board of directors of seven publicly held technology companies, chaired nominating and governance and audit committees, and was non-executive chairman of two of those companies. Since 1999 he has served as a member of the board of directors and treasurer of Polar Bears International, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of and education about polar bears. Since 2016 Dick has been a member of the Board of Trustees of The National Museum of Wildlife Art. Dick and his wife, Val, have lived full time in Jackson since 2003 and have two young and energetic English Springer Spaniels, Abbey and Windsor.
He has a B.S. degree in accounting and finance as well as an MBA in finance from Babson College.

Kristie Grigg

Bio coming soon!
PAWS Executive Director Amy Romaine

Meet Our Executive Director:

Amy Romaine

Amy moved to Jackson in 2004 from Boston, Massachusetts where she spent 13 years working in financial services marketing. Her corporate experience includes work at Fidelity Investments, IXIS Asset Manangement, Eaton Vance and Fleet Financial Group. Amy and her husband, Chris have two four-legged friends: Milo a Terrier/Cattle dog mix and Derby, a Schnauzer-collie, both adopted locally. Amy has been Executive Director at PAWS since 2006 and is actively engaged in growing our non-profit and finding innovative methods of advancing animal welfare causes and providing support services to members of our communities.

PAWS Program Director Bobbie Whalen

Meet our Program Director:

Bobbie Whalen

Bobbie comes to us from the “dog eat dog” world of banking. She had worked in the banking industry the first twenty years since moving to Jackson from southern California in December, 1989. While her banking career was very successful (she rose to the level of Vice President in the real estate lending department at (then) The Jackson State Bank and Trust). Her passion has always been in animal advocacy and she is thrilled to be doing something to help our four legged friends. Bobbie sees herself as an integral cog in the PAWS mission and absolutely loves being a part of the PAWS team.