Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter

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Staff and Board

UPAWS Board of Directors

Kathy Leone – President

Dr. Scott Jandron – Vice President

Colleen Whitehead  – Secretary

Reva Laituri – Board Member

Dr. Karen Duquette – Board Member

Christian Verardi – Board Member

Bob Stephenson – Board Member

Amber Talo – Board Member

James Kinnunen – Board Member

Alex Petrin – Board Member

Join UPAWS Board members and staff for our monthly board meeting Board meetings are held the 4th Monday of every month at 6pm in the UPAWS Community Room. UPAWS Board meetings are open to the public.


Kori Tossava – Capital Campaign Manager

Ryan Poupore – Shelter Manager

Ann Brownell – Community Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator

Ashley Herman & Allissa Gahn & Kaitlyn Keto – Supervisors

Julie Mahan, Laura Rochefort, Adda Lamon Animal Care Givers

Contact Us

Phone: (906) 475-6661
Fax: (906) 475-6669
Email: info@upaws.org

Office Hours

Mon-Wed: 12pm to 4pm
Thursday: 12pm to 6:30pm
Friday-Sunday: 12pm-4pm


815 South State Highway M553
Gwinn, MI 49841
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