Executive Director and Co-founder
Carie co-founded POMDR with Monica Rua in 2009. Upon its inception, she worked full-time running POMDR as Board President, and in 2010 Carie won the American Red Cross Animal Rescue Hero Award for her role in starting POMDR. In 2012, she was hired as Executive Director, POMDR's first paid staff person. Carie was one of the top ten chosen as a CNN Hero in 2022 for her impactful work serving senior people and senior dogs.
Prior to co-founding POMDR, Carie was one of the first volunteers for AFRP in Pacific Grove. She joined the AFRP board in 1999, and served for 12 years as Treasurer and unsalaried Executive Director.
Carie and her husband Scott are the publishers of Coastal Canine magazine. Carie's other career achievements include working as a bookkeeper and accountant for several businesses. She also worked as the Client Services Director for the Monterey County AIDS Project, where her work earned her the 1994 Monterey County Outstanding Woman of the Year award.
Carie graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, minoring in Business Economics with a concentration in Accounting.