In 1999, David Watson realized a lifelong dream of living out West as he and his family moved to Jackson. Over the last 21 years he has become a successful fundraiser, leader, and permanent fixture in the nonprofit community. He spent 15 years at Teton Science Schools and over 4 years at Teton Raptor Center. His love for animals, people, and this amazing community make him a great match to be PAWS Development Director. David and his wife Rhonda have two sons, a daughter, and a son-in-law. They all enjoy giving back to the community through numerous service organizations and projects! David continues to volunteer for Boy Scouts of America (15th year), coordinate the Blair Community Garden, and is an accomplished artist (www.cabinfeverartcreations.weebly.com). He also enjoys spending time in the outdoors, camping, fishing, kayaking, hiking, canoeing, and swimming. David’s favorite activity is spending time with his family and traveling to far off places. In the last few years he has traveled with his family to United Arab Emirates, Mexico and Costa Rica … and he’s looking forward to the days when everyone can travel safely. Hot on his travel list is Belize, Spain and Morocco.
Nancy joins the PAWS team with many years of experience in animal care and welfare. Passionate about animal welfare and advocacy, Nancy has dedicated her life to helping animals in need. She formerly worked for Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, UT, as a caregiver and an Adoption Specialist for dogs. Upon moving to Teton Valley 3 years ago, Nancy worked as the Assistant Manager of Teton Valley Community Animal Shelter and continues to help out with events and projects. She also volunteered with the animal rescue efforts after Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey. Nancy shares her home with her husband, 2 dogs and 2 cats.
Jess Farr, our Program Director, brings loads of energy and passion for animals to PAWS. Prior, Jess worked for the Animal Adoption Center, as an Adoption Counselor, caring for animals and helping them find their forever homes. On a trip to Nicaragua, her travel companion asked what she would do if income was not an issue. Jess responded that she would champion spay and neuter for all the animals to reduce suffering and unwanted pets. Seven years later, the companion, Dave, is now her husband and she’s doing work to realize a better, kinder world for pets. She translates her experience in rescue to impactful projects here and in our surrounding communities. Jess is the mama to a young spaniel, Revvy, and a cat named Lil Dave. Both Revvy and Lil Dave are local rescues who share a common interest in the art of butterfly chasing.
Amy moved to Jackson in 2004 from Boston, MA where she spent 13 years in corporate marketing. She joined PAWS of Jackson Hole as Executive Director in 2006 because of her passion for animals and her desire to make a positive impact on animal welfare issues facing our communities. Since joining the organization, she has forged strong relationships with federal, municipal and non-profit organizations across the valley to broaden program offerings and expand PAWS’ reach to neighboring communities. She shares her home with two adopted furry friends, Derby and Milo. Amy continues to be 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.