Our Team

Nicole Simone

Nicole Simone

Founder & Executive Director

Nicole Simone started volunteering in 2006 as the only special needs rescue coordinator for a local municipal pound in Aurora, Ontario. In her time there, Simone was exposed to challenges facing homeless dogs and the people who rescue them. In her first two years, Simone visited the shelter almost every day and helped send 200 dogs to homes or rescue. Through “Unchain Ontario’s Dogs”, Simone advocated local towns to adopt anti-tethering bylaws and educated the community about local animal abuse.

In 2013, Simone started the critically acclaimed photo series Redemption Dogs. Simone met and photographed over 1000 people and rescue dogs from Toronto, Montreal, and New York City, interviewing them on the impact rescue dogs have on human life.

In August 2017, Simone unexpectedly found herself receiving distress calls from dog rescues in Houston, Texas. On September 1, 2017 Simone founded Redemption Paws.

Simone has a special interest in dogs living with medical or physical impairments, senior animals, as well as a special fondness for Australian Cattle Dogs.

Outside of Redemption Paws, Simone is an accomplished singer-songwriter performing under the name Late July. She holds her BA in Sociology and diploma in Liberal Arts.

Simone grew up between California and Ontario. She enjoys record collecting and old movies. She lives in Toronto with her two rescue dogs Indie and Irwin.

Jing Kao-Beserve

Jing Kao-Beserve

Director of Operations

Jing has been with Redemption Paws since it was founded in 2017. What started with just taking a few photos of the dogs has grown into coordinating anything from the intakes, fundraising events, and data management over the past two years. Now as Director of Operations, Jing oversees anything that moves the organization forward.

Jing has a varied resume as a photographer and business owner, and as a volunteer and fundraiser with many non-profit organizations including the University of Toronto, Girl Guides of Canada, COBA Collective of Black Artists, and her daughters’ co-op nursery school.

Jing lives in Toronto with her husband, two daughters, two cats (Mia and Darius), and two dogs (Six and Kash). All the pets, including their first dog Kafrey, were adopted from a shelter or rescue, and happen to be black and white in colouring.

Jordyn Pritchard

Jordyn Pritchard

Vetting Manager

Jordyn has had a special love for dogs ever since she can remember. In the summer of 2018, Jordyn felt it was important to open her home to dogs in need, and began fostering with Redemption Paws. 10 fosters later, she foster fiesta’d and adopted her own Redemption Paws dog, Ryder!

Feeling that there was more she could do to help, Jordyn stepped into a management role as the Vetting Manager. Jordyn is supported by an amazing team of vetting coordinators.

Jordyn lives in Toronto, with her two dogs, Tucker and Ryder, and is a Human Resources Professional. Outside of HR and RP, Jordyn loves cheering on the Toronto Maple Leafs and going to concerts.

Lindsay Resnick

Lindsay Resnick

Director of Foster Operations

Having always been a lover of animals big and small, Lindsay has been working with animals from horses to goats and everything in between since the age of fourteen. In June 2018, she started volunteering with Redemption Paws as a foster. After a successful first foster, she and her partner foster fiesta’ed their second foster Huey. Wanting to get more involved with the organization, Lindsay joined the foster team in September 2018 as a foster coordinator. She is now Director of Foster Operations and has enjoyed watching the organization grow since joining the management team. Lindsay is looking forward to petting many more doggos as this growth continues for years to come.

By day, Lindsay works as a French immersion teacher in the TDSB. She is also an avid horseback rider, passionate Toronto sports fan (Go Leafs Go) and an amateur baker. Lindsay lives in Toronto with her partner Nathan and RP alum Huey. Lindsay can usually be found at intake unloading the new Canadians or stopping Nathan from bringing 5 new doggos home.

Jacky Douglas-Faris

Jacky Douglas-Faris

Director of Adoptions

Jacky is a Torontonian, born and raised, she has had animals all her life and worked in the veterinary industry for about 10 years. She spends most of her time cuddling and hanging her pups and cats while working/chatting with the rescue team <3

Jacky started fostering with Redemption Paws in December 2018, went on her first transport January 2019 (yes, the infamous transport of 2019), fostered her second pup, joined the adoptions team shortly after and has continued to work hard for the rescue she cares so deeply about. When foster number 3 came around, she realized she couldn’t let this one go and simply “foster fiesta’d”, but misses fostering SO MUCH. She is now living happily with her boyfriend Ben (aka. a saint for living in a small zoo), their three dogs Luke, 10 y/o boxer mix, Obi, 7 y/o boxer mix, and Rosie, 1 y/o Texan mutt princess (RP Alumni!) PLUS two sweet cats (that she often volunteers for local fosters to cat-test with – sorry girls!).

Anya Kuznechevskaya

Anya Kuznechevskaya

Adoptions Liaison

Since February 2019, Anya has the honor to bring her life-long love of animals to such an amazing organization as Redemption Paws that is saving lives every day. It started with working at events, to driving Texas transports, fostering and finally joining the management team in June.

Anya lives in Vaughan with her husband, their dog Max and RP alumni Linden. She works in an auto body shop as an appraiser and accountant. Outside of volunteering, she likes to bake, read and often travels to Montreal to visit her family.

Kalia Garcia-Rojas

Kalia Garcia-Rojas

Adoption Manager

Kalia started volunteering with Redemption Paws as a foster in January 2019. Shortly thereafter she began working with the adoption team as an Adoption Coordinator, while continuing to foster with her family. After a few successful fosters, Kalia and family foster fiesta’d with their third foster, Hardy (who now goes by Bean)! Bean’s been living his best life in Canada with his furbrother, Jack, and they both love playing in the winter snow.

In July of 2019, Kalia went on her first rescue mission to Texas to rescue 120 dogs, an experience she will never forget. She’s now the Adoption Manager for Redemption Paws, and working alongside an amazing team of coordinators to help find great homes for as many dogs as possible!

Outside of Redemption Paws, Kalia works in sports tv and enjoys cheering on Toronto sports teams.

Katie Edgerton

Katie Edgerton

Events Manager

Katie didn’t grow up with dogs and became involved with dog rescue for the first time in 2016, fostering through a different organization. She is the proud dog mom to Queso, a street dog from Mexico and Beatrix, an RP alumni from Texas!

After taking a break from fostering for a couple years, Katie joined Redemption Paws in November 2018 as a foster. She quickly became more involved as an Adoption Administrator shortly after her first foster was adopted. After a few months working with the adoptions team, Katie decided to take the lead on organizing events and fundraising initiatives.

Katie is very passionate about animals. She grew up with cats and has been vegan for 8 years.

By day, she is a Revenue Manager working in the hospitality industry. When she’s not hanging out with dogs, she likes to ride her bike and go to punk shows.

Ada Mok

Ada Mok

Supplies Manager

Ada started volunteering with RP in Sept 2018 first as a foster, then as an adoption coordinator, as well as helping out with events, intake and transport. She has fostered 7 dogs through RP and foster failed on her most recent foster, Gulliver!

Amanda Beattie

Amanda Beattie

Foster Manager

Amanda first met Nicole when she photographed her dog, Daisy, for the Redemption Dogs series. In Daisy’s honour, Amanda signed up to foster in June 2019 and joined the team as a Foster Coordinator soon after. After one successful full time foster, Amanda proved to be a better coordinator than foster when she adopted her temp foster, Peri, after two days in July 2019. In August, Amanda took over as behavioural lead to support our fosters in training followed by joining the management team in December.

Amanda is food motivated but tends to guard. Can be people selective, dog friendly, no cats and is happy to have found her forever home with her partner, Rob, and their two dogs Peri and Bruce. Her day job is in magazine publishing.

Rachel Zatzman

Rachel Zatzman

Content Manager

Rachel eagerly joined Redemption Paws in the summer of 2018 as a general volunteer and soon thereafter joined the management team to take over the website! Creating and updating profiles with cute pup pics and writing up bios was a solo gig until Fall 2019, when two amazing content coordinators joined the web team. Along with managing the profiles of adoptable dogs, Rachel is also very involved with intake, helping out with the behind the scenes administrative work that goes into bringing our new Canadians to Toronto, and can often be seen at intake night unloading the pups as well.

With a knack for remembering the details, Rachel is also known as “The Encyclopedia” and can recall the name of almost every pup that goes through our rescue! When she’s not logged on, Rachel is a full-time student who’s busy hitting the books. She looks forward to the summertime when she can open her home to foster some dogs!

Sasha Szlafarski

Sasha Szlafarski

Executive Administrative Assistant

Having grown up surrounded by rescued stray and abandoned pets and animals since infancy, Sasha developed a passionate love and sense of empathy towards animals, having rescued and cared for dogs, cats and various other wildlife himself.

When not working with Redemption Paws, Sasha can be found working as a music producer, film composer, music instructor, audio engineer and hanging out with his family in their little house in Hamilton.