NEWS RELEASE – Pam Anderson



Hopkins, MN (August 10, 2021) – For the past 17 years, Pam Anderson has held the Director of Development position for Helping Paws, taking the organization to new heights and building long-standing, impactful relationships with our donors, volunteers, graduates and staff.  We are all excited for Pam as she prepares for her next chapter, announcing today that she plans to retire from the organization in May 2022.


“How appropriate that our theme for 2021-22 is Journey to Service. And what a journey it has been. My professional career has been in the non-profit sector for 54 years, of which 17 have been at Helping Paws. What a grand finale of furthering the independence of individuals through the use of Assistance Dogs, fulfilling my passion for helping others and my love of dogs.  Many thanks and continue to make it happen!”

Pam has been a long-standing member of the Helping Paws community, having started her career with us in 2004.  She has partnered closely with Eileen Bohn, Co-Founder and Director of Programs, to co-lead Helping Paws and make us what we are today.  Under Pam’s leadership, revenue has grown by 400% and she has established numerous business relationships throughout Minnesota and across the country that have allowed us to live out our mission. From Eileen Bohn, “Helping Paws is so grateful to Pam for her dedication to our mission and for her leadership. She truly made a positive difference at Helping Paws!”

In the coming weeks, Helping Paws will begin the search for an Executive Director who will be tasked with leading the organization through our next phase of growth.  Our new Executive Director will work hand in hand with Eileen to ensure Helping Paws stays the same organization that you’ve come to know and love, one committed to providing quality assistance dogs. Pam will be instrumental in the transition process, ensuring relationships are maintained and that a seamless handoff occurs.

Congratulations Pam and thank you for everything you’ve done to make Helping Paws the organization that it is today.  We are so fortunate to have had your leadership over the years, and we look forward to seeing what the next chapter holds for you in retirement.

For any transition related questions, feel free to reach out directly to Pam or me at either or