PAWS announces new development director, board members

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – PAWS of Jackson Hole announced this week the addition of David Watson as their new Development Director, and two new board members—Michael Coles and Paul Mower.

Watson moved to Jackson in 1999 to fulfill a lifelong dream of living out West. Over the past 20 years he has become a successful fundraiser, leader, and permanent fixture in the nonprofit community.

Watson spent 15 years at Teton Science Schools and more than four years at Teton Raptor Center. He said he is very excited to bring his fundraising skills to PAWS and to combine his love for animals, people, and the community into his new role.

Watson continues to volunteer for Boy Scouts of America (he is now in his 14th year doing so). Hew also coordinates the Blair Community Garden and is an accomplished artist.

David and his wife Rhonda have two sons, a daughter, and a son-in-law, who all live in Jackson.

Michael Coles is a transformational leader, accomplished entrepreneur, author, education advocate, and motivational speaker. He co-founded the Great American Cookie Company and was Chairman, CEO and President of Caribou Coffee Company.

In addition to boasting an extensive background in the business world, Coles is actively engaged on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards. He’s also passionate about pets and community.

Paul Mower’s caring for animals started at a young age dairy farming in the UK. He initially pursued a career in livestock husbandry with responsibility for quality assurance and animal welfare standards. A change of career path moved Mower into a role in private wealth management.

Following time working at financial institutions in the Channel Island, Switzerland and New York, Mower eventually moved to Jackson Hole to set up and run a multi-family office.

Paul, with his wife Amy, three children and dog Penny have called the valley home for the past three years.

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