An initiative of CFSA, Pima Alliance for Animal Welfare (PAAW) is a volunteer organization working to ensure that all Pima County companion animals have a loving home and humane care.

Join other animal welfare advocates at PAAW’s Biannual Community Meeting on Friday, October 4, 2019, at the Community Foundation Campus.  You’ll learn about animal storytelling, feline behavior, volunteerism in the animal welfare community, and more! RSVP here.

Friday, October 4, 2019 | 8:30 am – 11:30 am 
Community Foundation Campus
5049 E. Broadway Blvd
Tucson, Arizona 85711

Schedule of Events

8:30 – 9:00 – Breakfast & Networking
9:00 – 9:40 – Welcome & Introductions
9:45 – 10:15 – Session 1

  • Feline Behavior with Dr. Sarah Neuser, DVM
  • Helping People + Helping Pets: A Community Collaboration with Maddy Bynes, Lisa Reams, and Cody Allen

10:15 – 10:30 – Break
10:30 – 11:00 – Session 2

  • Pets Aren’t Memes: What Really Matters in Animal Shelter Storytelling with Vanessa “V” Ford
  • All in the Family: Volunteer Engagement with Stephanie Swift and Jessica O’Donnell

11:05 – 11:15 – PAAW Workgroup Updates

  • Adopt Love, Adopt Local
  • Human Animal Bond
  • Tucson Animal Resource Committee

11:15 – 11:30 – Announcements and Farewell

Click here to RSVP for the October 4th PAAW Biannual Community Meeting.


Pets Aren’t Memes: What Really Matters in Animal Shelter Storytelling with Vanessa “V” Ford

This presentation offers a guide to the things that really matter in animal shelter marketing, including how to tell authentic, effective stories with little to no budget.

Helping People + Helping Pets: A Community Collaboration with Maddy Bynes, Lisa Reams, and Cody Allen

This presentation will discuss the collaborative program between Pima Council on Aging, Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest, Mobile Meals of Southern Arizona, and Cody’s Friends to help deliver pet food to the homes of homebound older adults. Helping People + Helping Pets: A Community Collaboration won an Aging Achievement Award from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging in July 2019.

All in the Family with Stephanie Swift & Jessica O’Donnell

Stephanie Swift from Mobile Meals of Southern Arizona and Jessica O’Donnell from Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest have teamed-up to share volunteer management and engagement strategies that work for them.  Both organizations who rely heavily on volunteers to fulfill their missions, therefore effective volunteer recruitment and retention are critical.  They’ll share helpful hints and invite you to take a closer look at your own organization’s volunteer management strategies. How do your volunteers prefer to be recognized for the work they do? What motivates your volunteers to continue to give of themselves day in and day out?


Sarah Neuser, DVM
Dr. Neuser was raised in Minnesota and recently graduated from the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Her special interests include preventative care, dentistry, behavior, and cat-friendly practices. She is also interested in organized veterinary medicine and has spent considerable time advocating for the needs of veterinary students, veterinarians, and the animals that they serve. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her fiance, their pets, and exploring Tucson.

Vanessa “V” Ford, Chief Marketing Officer at Magnitude Management

You may recognize Vanessa, or “V” as she is known to most, from her years as the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. With a background in interactive narrative and cognitive studies, V knows the importance of connecting to an audience through the power of storytelling, and harnesses the technologies of today to help her clients tell their stories in engaging ways.

V holds a master’s degree from the University of Arizona, and has a unique understanding of what motivates people to have meaningful, engaging conversations within our community about the needs of our animals, and the best ways to prevent animal suffering. You can often find her hanging out in her backyard with her three dogs, Tango, Zoey, and Molly – all rescues, and all lovingly spoiled rotten.

Maddy Bynes, Public Policy & Advocacy Coordinator, Pima Council on Aging

Maddy has worked in local, state, and federal politics for the past 7 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with an emphasis in American politics and a Bachelor of Arts in History. In addition to her role at PCOA, Maddy is also the Statewide Coordinator for the Arizona Association of Area Agencies on Aging. Maddy has a passion for helping dogs and shares her home with her rescue, Walker Clinton Bynes.

Lisa Reams, VP of Programs and Services, Pima Council on Aging

Lisa has provided and overseen human services in Tucson for 28 years. She holds a Master’s degree in Human Services and currently serves as the co-chair for the Behavioral Health & Aging Council and on the Arizona Attorney General’s Office Taskforce Against Senior Abuse. In addition to her work with older adults, Lisa has volunteered with the local animal rescue community since 2010 and serves as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Handi-Dogs. She currently shares her home with 2 rescue dogs, Max and Hula.

Cody Allen, Founder, Cody’s Friends

Cody started Cody’s Friends as a 5th grader in 2010. Based on a report he did on President John F. Kennedy, he read his quote, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Cody wanted to help people and animals. For four years, he and his mom picked up pet food donations on front porches. In 2018, Cody’s Friends distributed over 1 million pounds of donated pet food to over 75 animal rescue groups and more than 40 human service organizations that serve people in need.

Cody is a freshman at the University of Arizona majoring in Veterinary Science.

Stephanie Swift, Mobile Meals of Southern Arizona

Stephanie has been with Mobile Meals since November of 2015. Originally from Kansas, Stephanie moved to Tucson 4 years ago and immediately discovered a passion for nonprofit work. Helping others has always been a high priority which is why she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing during her undergraduate studies at Emporia State University. Although nursing wasn’t quite the direction she wanted to go, Stephanie has been able to build on that healthcare knowledge base while at Mobile Meals. Her personal and professional growth, along with a deep passion for helping those in need has driven Stephanie to where she is now. The future looks bright, and she’s ready to tackle it head-on!

Jessica O’Donnell, Lutheran Social Services

Jessica starting working with LSS-SW February of 2019. She has always had a passion for non-profit work. Jessica is originally from Yuma, Arizona (where the best bean and cheese burritos live). After graduating from High School, Jessica moved to Flagstaff, Arizona where she attended NAU and received her Bachelor’s of Science in Public Relations and Photography.

After graduating Jessica served a year in the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Jessica is a talented, hard working woman who is making the world better every day. She loves her nieces and the Packers.

Join us for a closer look into how our organizations have managed to be successful for so many years. You won’t want to miss out!