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Nikki Smith Board Member

Nikki Smith, Board Member

It’s high time we introduced you to Nikki Smith, who joined our Board of Directors this past summer as Chair of Outreach & Advocacy. In this role, Nikki is actively building a network of resources and partnerships both locally and across the Chicagoland area, helping us bring the love of animals to the people who […]

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Roemer Family, Founders

Paws for Patrick was created by the Roemer Family – Steve, Fronzie, Ben, and Magdelene – to honor the memory of their son and brother, Patrick Roemer. Paws for Patrick is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting young people with Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) and Therapy Dogs to aid them as they live with mental

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Todd Nahigian

Todd Nahigian, Board Member

Todd Nahigian volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors for Paws for Patrick as Chair of our Youth Programming Committee, working closely with our Junior Board. “I am proud to work with this wonderful foundation which supports young men and women who struggle with mental illness. Providing people in need with support animals

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Mags Roemer Board Member

Mags Roemer, Board Member

Magdelene Roemer, aka Mags, is Paws for Patrick’s Junior Board Chair. A Woodlands Academy sophomore, Mags is passionate about animals and the outdoors. She aspires to find an occupation that allows her to make a positive impact on other people’s lives. Some of Magdelene’s favorite sibling moments with Patrick are looking for sea turtles at

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Julie Shaw Board Member

Julie Shaw, Board Member

Paws for Patrick is proud to introduce you to Julie Cohen Shaw, who serves on the Board of Directors as Co-Chair of our Therapy Dog Team with her dogs Lucy and Benji. “Paws for Patrick encompasses everything I am passionate about…volunteering with my own therapy dogs in various settings such as schools and mental health

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