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PAWS Officers and Directors
Effective as of May 11, 2013
In memory of Pat Derby
"Pat Derby: Celebrating A Remarkable Life"
PAT DERBY, THE EARLY YEARS
After graduating from the University of Tennessee’s College of Communications, Ed Stewart worked in marketing and advertising until he met Pat Derby in 1976 when he managed the Auto Show in Cleveland,Ohio. Pat Derby was the national representative for Lincoln Mercury and trainer of the live cougars used in the car commercials. Ed joined Pat as a representative for Lincoln Mercury at national auto shows and later became book promotions coordinator for the national book tour of The Lady and Her Tiger.
In 1978 he and Ms. Derby opened and operated the Howling Wolf Lodge and Wild Animal Sanctuary in Leggett, California. Ed soon became involved with captive wildlife management and quickly developed his skills in design and construction of large-animal enclosures. He also became a tireless advocate for animal welfare at the California State Legislature and the Department of Fish and Game — working to ensure better care for exotic animals for entertainment.
In 1984 Mr. Stewart and Ms. Derby founded the Performing Animal Welfare Society — PAWS. As leaders of PAWS, they introduced legislation to set higher standards for the care and handling of captive wildlife. The bill was signed into law in 1985. More»
Carol has been volunteering for PAWS for nearly two decades, and has served on the board of directors since 2003.
Debbie Morrow has been part of the PAWS family for more than 13 years, first as a volunteer, and later as an employee trained to work as an elephant keeper. As a PAWS volunteer she has worked on building projects, repaired fences, participated in fundraising events, handled security, organized landscaping projects and worked as a docent at the Amanda Blake museum.
In 2007, after 25 years of service, Debbie retired from the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. After her retirement she accepted a position working at ARK 2000, where she was trained as an elephant keeper — still volunteering for PAWS in her spare time. She resigned from her keeping job a year later to care for her elderly parents, but continued her volunteer work. She was elected to PAWS' board on May 11, 2013.
Debbie has a therapy dog named Winston. The two of them regularly volunteer their time at Hospice of San Joaquin, Stanislaus Special Olympics and several assisted living facilities.
Steven Pape was a staff accountant with CalPERS Investments before his retirement in 2013. He was responsible for ensuring that all investment income was received and that all security transactions were properly recorded and settled for several billion dollars worth of investments.
Steven previously worked for the State of California in other, mostly audit-oriented positions, beginning with the Office of the Auditor General where he obtained his C.P.A. certification. That was followed by positions as an internal auditor at CalTrans, and the Department of Consumer Affairs, before joining CalPERS in 1998. He holds a B.A. in Physics from Franklin and Marshall College and an M.B.A. from the University of Arizona.
Steven’s involvement with PAWS began in 1992 when he met Pat Derby at Miss Kitty’s Attic in Sacramento. He immediately began volunteering on a regular basis at the PAWS facility in Galt and has helped with many of the fundraising events that have been held during the last 20 years. Steven received the PAWS “Volunteer of the Year” award in 1993.
*Compensated board member
**Independent voting rights
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