The MCPAW Team

The Board of Directors sets policies and direction for MCPAW and is responsible for all actions with respect to standards, policies, procedures, campaigns and initiatives as are necessary to carry out the mission of MCPAW.

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Chris Shaughness

Executive Director

Chris comes to MCPAW with over 16 years’ experience working and volunteering for animal welfare organizations, most recently in marketing, communications, and development for open admission animal shelters. After working in several management positions in the telecommunications industry, Chris decided she wanted to work with animals and pursued certifications in pet massage, dog training, and behavior. She combined her knowledge of management and animals to write and publish Leadership in Animal Welfare Organizations: Using Positive Dog Training Philosophies to be Better Leaders. Her first book, Puppy Mill Dogs SPEAK! Happy Stories and Helpful Advice, was endorsed by Dr. Temple Grandin, noted animal behavior expert. Chris also co-produced Uncaged: Second Chances for Puppy Mill Dogs, a documentary that traces the lives of several dogs who had been kept as breeders through their rescue and adoption and metamorphosis to happy pets. She also is a Volunteer District Leader for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Chris has a Master’s degree from the University of Maryland.

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Donald Hoffman


Donald Hoffman founded EXCEL Services Corporation in 1985 to provide specialized professional services to nuclear utilities in licensing and regulatory support. For more than three decades, EXCEL has become recognized as a premier worldwide supplier of enforcing operations and technical regulatory support services. Mr. Hoffman is the very proud owner of four rescued pit bulls - Katie, Leia, Michael, and Nicholas. Mr. Hoffman's newest rescue is Nicholas who was brought to the 1st Annual MCPAW Party in October 2017 as a very young puppy. Whenever possible, Mr. Hoffman provides funding for surgeries for dogs in need in and around Montgomery County. Mr. Hoffman is devoted to animal welfare and hopes that by working with MCPAW he is able to ensure the homeless animals in Montgomery County have all the love and support they need and deserve.

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Mike August

Board Member

Mike is the founder and CEO of August, Lang & Husak, a Bethesda based advertising agency, which will be celebrating its 25th year in business next fall. He is also that rarity – a DC area native.

Mike started his advertising career in the newspaper business working for the Montgomery County based Sentinel chain of suburban newspapers, and began his ad agency career in the DC office of DDB Needham Worldwide. After spending three years there working on the McDonald’s and AMTRAK business, he joined Weitzman Advertising in Bethesda where he spent 14 incredibly happy and rewarding years, eventually becoming Senior Vice President and Director of Client Services.

In 1992 he founded August, Lang & Husak. The agency began as a traditional full-service ad agency, but over the years has evolved into a more specific niche. The agency has consistently connected with clients who have a mission to improve the human condition, create positive social change, preserve our planet, or simply to be a business that does things the right way. Agency clients include, WETA, NPR, The PBS NewsHour, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, The American College of Emergency Physicians, HMS Host, Keany Produce & Gourmet, and The Washington DC Auto Show. Pro Bono clients include MCPAW, Hope and a Home, Junior Achievement, and Jumpstart. Throughout its history the agency has been recognized for its creative excellence, having won hundreds of awards in international, national, and local competition.

Mike has been, and is currently involved in several outside organizations. He was a charter board member of the Anacostia Watershed Society, an environmental group dedicated to cleanup and restoration of the Anacostia River.

Mike served for over 13 years as board member for the American Advertising Federation’s DC chapter, and is currently serving as the Chairman of the Ad Club Foundation, the educational, charitable, and public outreach arm of the DC Ad Club. Mike has also been awarded the AAF DC’s Silver Medal Award, and the District 2 Crystal Prism Award.

Mike is a graduate of American University, and resides in Chevy Chase with his wife and two West Highland White Terriers sisters, who came to them via Annapolis Westie Rescue. Additionally, he is a rabid Washington Nationals baseball fan.


Allan Cohen

Board Member Emeritus

Allan is a founding member of MCPAW. For his involvement, love and concern for the well-being of animals, Allan received the Humanitarian Award for his work in Montgomery County, as well as in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina. A Harvard graduate with both Masters and Doctorate of Education, Allan has served as a State Education official in Massachusetts and Illinois and was an education lobbyist on Capitol Hill. He currently serves as a consultant in community, business and real estate endeavors. He was also a founding member of the Potomac Community Centers and was honored twice as Potomac Citizen of the Year. Through the over 30 years Allan has lived in Montgomery County, he has served as Chairman of the Animal Matters Hearing Board as well as numerous other Boards. Allan and his wife of over 40 years, Ellen, have three children, four grandchildren and two grand-dogs.

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Raymond Coyle

Board Member

Ray brings the experience of a lifelong animal lover to the MCPAW Board. He is a volunteer at MCASAC and can often be seen walking dogs or greeting visitors to the Adoption Center. In the past he has volunteered as an adoption counselor, dog walker and an animal foster parent – including two litters of puppies – with Lucky Ones Rescue in Southern Maryland. He is excited to be working towards improving the well-being of Montgomery County’s animals. Ray and his family, which includes Mowgli, a rescued Plott Hound mix, live in Kensington.

Steve Landsman


Steven is the Founder and President of Abaris Realty, Inc., a property management firm based in Rockville, MD and specializing in the management of condominiums and homeowner associations. Steven has been an active member of the community ever since helping to found the Club Friday youth program at the Potomac Community Center over 20 years ago. The Club Friday program has expanded to almost all Montgomery County Recreation Centers and has earned Mr. Landsman the Rotary Club of Potomac’s Annual Community Service Award (1996) and the Potomac Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year Award (2008). Steven’s areas of interest with MCPAW include his love for animals and his desire to ensure that all pets have a safe, sanitary, and friendly environment in our local homes and businesses. Abaris Realty is a pet friendly business, which provides a daily home for Bilouxie, a Hurricane Katrina rescue dog, who serves as the office’s unofficial mascot and improves employee morale. He wants to ensure that other helpless animals receive the same second chance that Bilouxie has.

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David M. Nellis is an award-winning strategic marketing communications professional with more than 35 years' experience and success as a retailer and consultant. David currently is principal and executive creative director of Return On Investment, Inc. (ROI; Founded in 1996, ROI is one of the 20 leading, strategic marketing communications agencies headquartered in the Greater Washington marketplace, according to the Washington Business Journal's Book of Lists. ROI serves a broad spectrum of local, regional, national and international clients in industry arenas, such as retail, defense, wireless, commercial real estate and automotive, with a full range of in-house strategic brand marketing, creative, media planning/ negotiating/placement and PR services for all traditional and online media.

Across his career, David has helped numerous companies and organizations with strategic brand positioning, brand marketing presentations and to roll out signature, multimedia marketing and sales programs, including, but not limited to: SAIC, Booz Allen Hamilton, SOSi, Exovera (defense contractors); the cities of Rockville, MD; Greensboro, NC; Miami, FLA and Philadelphia, PA; Danaher Corporation; Fortive Corporation; AARP (Washington, D.C.);The Ritz-Carlton Hotels of the Northeast; The J. E. Robert Companies (Global real estate investment; McLean, Virginia) and telecom companies Nextel, Sprint and Ting Mobile.

Previously, David was served as president of two, top 10, DC area marketing agencies: AbramsonEhrlichManes and Goldberg Marchesano Partners. Prior to that, he spent many years as a senior retail marketing and sales promotion executive, first with Hecht's as vice president, public relations and public affairs and then with the Raleigh's/Garfinckel's specialty retail chain as vice president, sales promotion and PR.

David also is a published historian, cohost (with his wife, Nycci Nellis) of the DC area's top-rated, hospitality industry radio and TV variety show, Foodie and the Beast, now in its 11th year and broadcasting live each week on 1500 AM, and cohost (with Nycci) of Industry Night with Foodie and the Beast, a live-to-podcast, one-hour show broadcasting Mondays from 5 – 6 p.m. from the glassed-in radio station in the lobby of DC's Line Hotel.

Arman Patala


Arman is a dedicated volunteer ambassador at MCASAC focusing primarily on the dogs. As a volunteer, Arman assists in taking dogs out for walks, cleaning kennels, and providing much needed TLC. Additionally, he takes some of the more stressed dogs on regular outings to give them a break from the shelter environment, and give them more exposure to potential adopters. Arman has two years of banking experience with Suntrust and M&T Bank, and is currently pursuing a career in property management. Arman is also pursuing a BBA in accounting, expecting to transfer-graduate from the University of Maryland at College Park. Between juggling school, work, and volunteerism, Arman enjoys going on hiking adventures with his dog, Autumn. Animal welfare can be overwhelming yet compelling, which is why Arman recognizes the importance of community involvement. It is one of his projects to get people, young and old, more involved in volunteerism whichever their cause may be. Arman plans on joining the lobbying efforts focused on the fight against abuse, and discrimination, specifically BSL (Breed-Specific Legislation).

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Kalman Stein

Board Member

Kalman Stein has worked with dozens of non-profit organizations as a manager, consultant and board member since 1981. He first started working with non-profit organizations of all sizes in the San Francisco Bay Area working on issues such as the environment and conservation, food scarcity, and affordable housing. and then moved to the Washington, DC area to become the President and CEO of EarthShare.

During that time Mr. Stein persuaded dozens of major corporations and government employers to support EarthShare, and under his leadership the organization raised over $300 million in donations, built 16 affiliates and chapters, and represented more than 600 national local charities, enabling more than 8 million employees nationwide to easily contribute to environmental and conservation causes. He also developed the EarthShare name and brand and obtained over $650 million in donated media support for EarthShare's public service advertising campaigns.

Under Mr. Stein’s guidance EarthShare won contracts to manage numerous large workplace charity campaigns, including the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) of the National Capital Area, the world’s largest with more than $62 million in annual pledges. Mr. Stein was also the first appointee to the federal CFC50 Commission that made recommendations to the federal government for modernizing the CFC, and he was the founder of the CFC Foundation, which he chaired for many years.

Mr. Stein was also the founder of the Charities@Work coalition that represents more than 2,000 health and human service, international development, and environmental charities. The coalition developed and manages the annual Summit on Employee Engagement and Corporate Citizenship that is in its 17th years and is attended by companies such as Accenture, Microsoft, and JP Morgan Chase.

He is the also the founder and Chair of the Benevity Non-Profit Community Council. Benevity is a Canadian-based B Corp. that manages and processes workplace giving programs for the world’s largest corporations, including companies like Apple, Google and United Health Group. Benevity annually processes more than $500 million in donations in 16 languages and 6 currencies, and it maintains a database of more than 2 million approved charities worldwide. The Non-profit Council is composed of non-profit thought leaders that collaborate and share valuable ideas and insights with Benevity leadership and other stakeholders.

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Victoria Thomas

Vice Chair

Vicki Thomas has extensive experience with animal welfare organizations and nonprofits. She has volunteered at Montgomery County's animal shelters since 2004 - when it was first run by the Montgomery County Humane Society (MCHS) and she was part of the first group of volunteers trained when the new Monthgomery County Animal Services & Adoption Center (MCASAC) opened. In 2012, she was named Volunteer of the Year by MCHS. She is also a long-time volunteer for the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County. In her career, she has worked for various nonprofits including Freedom House, The Albert Shanker Institute, and the Foundation for a Democratic Education.She is currently owned by seven rescued cats and a rescued dog. She holds a B.A. in Government from the College of William and Mary and a Master's in Public Administration from George Washington University.


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Deb is the founder and CEO of Webb Property Services, a Rockville-based property and project management advisory company. After 25+ years working for commercial real estate companies in the DC metro area, she started her company in 2016. Her company serves the commercial real estate industry, as well as academic, senior living, and government sectors. She especially enjoys working on projects that improve energy efficiency and improve the well-being of occupants. Deb is a LEED AP and Fitwell Ambassador as well as a graduate of the University of Baltimore. She resides in Rockville with her husband, son, dog (Nala), and cat (Kittyboy).

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Zsuzsi Zetlin

Board Member

Zsuzsi Zetlin is a personal fitness trainer throughout the Washington Metro region, a devoted fundraiser for animal organizations, and a strong advocate for the well-being of all animals. Zsuzsi received the President's Volunteer Service Award in 1998 for establishing and volunteering at the Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge in Taylor, Texas. Presently, Zsuzsi is a volunteer at MCASAC, a place she refers to as "the most extraordinary place I have ever worked.” Zsuzsi is married to Mark, and has 2 daughters, Sherri and Julie (a former 2012 US Olympian). Zsuzsi’s daughters have followed in her footsteps in rescuing animals. Today, the Zetlin family includes Sobe, a 10 years young furry bundle of joy Pomeranian rescued from Miami; Lola and Remy, 2 years young bonded luvbugs rescued from Los Angeles; and Potyi, a newly rescued cat brought from Hungary. Zsuzsi became involved with MCPAW in October of 2015. Zsuzsi wants to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the animals residing at MCASAC and help facilitate their adoption.


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