Board Members

Our non-profit board members are active members and have a deep responsibility to protecting animals. Each board member is directly looking after the governance of the organization and safeguarding our mission and goal. These individuals are driving positive change, protecting the values of our rescue and gathering community animal advocacy information and animal control data that will provide a baseline of information thereby furthering our goal. We will use this data to help expand our programs that will promote and advance our organization and mission.

These individuals believe in the cause and have a genuine interest in helping build a strong organization to support the non-profits cause mission.

Our humane organization creates a focal point for all our rescuing efforts that will in turn help animals and give each rescued animal the love, compassion and care they need to grow healthy and happy.

Many may not have experienced existed prior to our involvement. Our board executes a financial and strategic plan for the long-term health of the organization; they are each held accountable for every initiative and will be the governance of the rescue.

Our board is investing time and money in care taking, campaigns, governance and oversight. They are building fundraising events including managing related administrative tasks to achieve our goals which will, in turn, provide quality care to our animals.

Our combined talents will help grow our organization and strengthen our rescue, so we can continue to save more and more animals.

Our board will expand our knowledge by attending workshops and seminars in order to help our rescue be better-rounded individuals with a deeper perspective and insight.

We are continually helping drive a positive change in the community with care, commitment and attention and adding value to the operation.

Mixing all our skills, experience and knowledge service the rescue in the best interest. Every trustee is involved in attaining our goals through program development, sponsorship, and fund-raising events.

Linda Atteo

Founder / President

Linda is President and Chief Executive Officer of Perfectly Posh Paws and is responsible to the rescues and the operation of the organization. She has 20+ years in marketing, website development with a strong background in sales and content development. She hopes her career in corporate life will be an asset and help form her rescue by providing education and community outreach programs.

For many years Linda has volunteered for local rescues and has been involved in pet events for various local rescues. Her passion is beyond measure and her focus has always been on helping the most animals as she can. She is very well known in the rescue community and has formed many partnerships and friendships over the years. She prides herself on helping wherever she can by reaching out to local shelters in Chicago.

Many know her on Facebook for re-sharing desperate posts on animals needing rescue whether it’s here in Illinois or overseas. She has spent many years on social media trying to make a difference and giving her own money to numerous rescues for pledges on dogs and cats that need funds to transport in order to save a their life.

So many dogs go unnoticed for whatever reason and are never given a chance. They pay the biggest price by losing their life, due to space. I know that if I don’t try to help each and every animal, I won’t sleep at night knowing I could have helped. I just wish I did this work years ago and opened my own rescue.

There isn’t enough help and hours in a day to save all the ones that come your way, and it is beyond heartbreaking. Fostering, training, veterinary care, temperament and behavior testing is another reason why I opened my own rescue.

I know many people think rescue dogs are broken, or a problem but that is not entirely true. All dogs deserve a home and I want to spread the word on the advantaging of fostering and adopting a rescue dog. I want to change people’s perception on rescue dogs and cats in general and the cost involved in saving each one. Rescuing is hard work but the rewards you feel knowing you saved a life is impactful and gratifying. I want to share our team’s journey with the world and connect by sharing photos, videos and sending messages and updates.

We have trainers at our disposable and can reach out to rehabilitation centers to improve the lives the animals we take into our rescue. I will not give up on the community cats, shelter animals and the ones in high kill or at animal control. We will be here for the dogs and cats that have been left behind when their owner moves. The ones given up or have medical issues. We will be here for all of them today and always.

Alexa Chavez

Vice President

Alexa is an incredibly gifted dog trainer and a natural when it comes to rehabilitating dogs with behavior issues. She knows how to help their owner’s breakdown each problem they are facing with their pet, by providing a thorough examination. Many have even called her a dog whisperer, since she followed her heart and dreams by opening up her own dog training facility.

Growing up I was surrounded by dogs where from a very young age dogs became my passion.  Three years ago I rescued my first dog, pitbull mix named Cali.  I began training dogs because Cali was acting aggressively toward other dogs because of fear. Through training, Cali is now confident and is no longer aggressive.  I hope that by training dogs in the rescue I can help them find their forever home.

The President and Vice President oversee the strategic direction and long-term goals of the organization. Both run the day-to-day operations of the rescue, organize fundraisers and grow sponsorship and donations through community outreach. They participate in call out communications via social media in order to find more fosters, volunteers, home inspectors or drivers.

The President and Vice President support the volunteers, foster families and internal staff and find foster homes for the furry animals in our care. In addition, they transport animals to veterinarian appointments, participate in adoption events, lead community outreach activities that positively support the organization. This team is continually driving growth and expansion, including approving adoption contracts, authorizing individuals to sign documents on the behalf of the organization.

Natalie Ashmore

PR & Media Relations

Natalie has been a dog enthusiast since she can remember and her love and passion for caring for pups will be carried throughout her position at Perfectly Posh Paws. Two summers ago, Linda helped Natalie convince her parents to foster an adorable black lab. What her parents thought was going to be a two week experience, turned into a lifelong ownership of the dog, named Tux! Natalie’s ability to connect with dogs will always be a trait she finds special and she is thrilled to be a Board Member of this amazing organization!

Trustee develops educations services, building a strong community relations component, provides student volunteer program outreach efforts, communicates mission and organizes marketing.

Catherine Serbin

Chief Financial Officer

Brings in attorneys and legal expertise, financial management to the rescue and reviews financial statements and provides valuable financial input and development. Manages and monitors budget, establishing internal controls and preparation of financial and business expertise to the board members.

Catherine came from a family of pet lovers and when she was in high school came across someone selling pit bull puppies into the dark world of dog fighting. She never knew about this illegal business and being so close to home was unthinkable. This cruel underground blood sport sickened her and how these puppies were not being cared for properly and how they would potentially be used entertainment. She immediately wanted to help and fell in love with a pure snow white puppy that she named Haley. She immediately adopted Haley and since then, her family has adopted four more dogs over the years. Catherine’s creative approach to her work as a paralegal has been impressive. She has assisted various attorneys in performing substantive and procedural legal work, including preparing written reports to help lawyers with their cases has been truly remarkable. Her legal experience, knowledge and skills will be extremely helpful in assisting Perfectly Posh Paws. We are excited to have Cathy on board; she will be helping with pet events, marketing and will perform legal research and draft executive documents.

Caitlin Wallen

PR & Media Relations

Trustee develops educations services, building a strong community relations component, provides student volunteer program outreach efforts, communicates mission and organizes marketing.

Caitlin has always had a soft spot for senior dogs and four years ago her family adopted Mr. Puffs at the age 12, from a family member who was moving away and couldn’t care for him any longer. Caitlin enjoys hanging out and playing with Mr. Puffs at the ripe old age of 16. Puffs enjoys interesting adventures and sometimes he is wheeled around in his red wagon, so he can enjoy the sights and sounds of the neighborhood. Car rides and lots of belly rubs from family members are his favorite past time. Caitlin is excited about her new role at Perfectly Posh Paws and will bring a fresh new perspective to the team.