Pet Crematory – Our Team

 

Christine6762RTP2-XL Christine Hunsaker, Owner and Founder
Christine Hunsaker is owner and founder of Paws, Whiskers & Wags, Your Pet Crematory. The company was built on a strong foundation for the love and commitment to animals, especially her personal pets. Christine is one of the nation’s leading cremationists, and continues to build, run and lead some of the world’s largest human cremation companies. It is her acute understanding of the honesty and integrity required to operate a sensitive cremation business that shelters and cares for the loved ones of others, that has built a business un-matched by others. Christine shares her home with her partner Kellie Rowker, a pet lover and a trauma nurse at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; a chocolate standard poodle, Mocha Java; a black lab, Myrtle; two wonderful cats, Billy and Tigger; and a horse, Phoenix.
Cindi Bio Photo Dr. Cindi Branch, Co-founder
Cindi Branch is a devoted pet lover and help found Paws, Whiskers and Wags – Pet Crematory, in 2005, following the death of her beloved poodle, Casey. She has twenty years of experience with the largest provider of funeral, cemetery and crematory services in the world. Her passion for service is evident and she works to help pet owners through the grief process. Cindi initiated the Company’s Grief Training program and helps maintain our strong relationship with the University of Georgia. An avid “Bulldawg,” Cindi makes her home at Lake Oconee and shares it with her two Poodle kids, Rudy and Lucky Girl. She enjoys the outdoors, boating, sports, movies and reading.
Brett M. Newbern, VP of Finance
Brett and his family, originally from Florida, moved to Atlanta in 1998. He is an accomplished Accounting professional with more than fifteen years of experience in the field. He is actively involved within the Tucker community and enjoys volunteering in his children’s school PTA and coaching sports activities. Brett and his family are animal lovers and share their home with Charlie, a hurricane Katrina rescue (pictured), three gerbils, two bunnies, and several fish.
Denise Joyce, VP of Technology
Denise spent her younger years among the beautiful Catskill mountains and the mighty Hudson river of New York. She is an avid lover of nature and all animals big and small. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Denise moved to Atlanta to be closer to her family and to pursue a career in software development. She has over 15 years of experience building and deploying proprietary customer service software for call centers. After losing her beloved dog, Caoimhe, and experiencing the warm kindness and care at Paws, Whiskers, and Wags – Pet Crematory, Denise knew she wanted to join the company to help others going through the same experience. She is very excited to be a part of the Paws, Whiskers, and Wags pet crematory family where she can combine all of her passions to implement technology that supports and promotes excellent customer service at a company that cherishes the love of animals. Denise and her partner Nancy share their home with Chuchi (pictured) and their two cats, Peanut and Whiskers.
Debra G. Hunsaker, Marketing Director
Debbie has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Public Relations from Weber State University and has over 18 years of experience in sales, public relations, marketing and journalism. She’s been a public relations director, managing editor and lead reporter for a community newspaper, and client relations/business development manager for a marketing company. Specialties include copywriting, script writing, social media and developing strategic marketing campaigns. Debbie and her husband Robert are originally from Utah and have three children. Her hobbies include spending time with her family, reading, boating, fishing, and volunteering in her community. They have a rescue cat named Grey Kitty and a rambunctious labradoodle named Bella.
Joey Eads, Facilities Maintenance Supervisor
Joey has 23 years of construction experience, 15 of which were gained when he ran his own remodeling business. He specializes in carpentry, plumbing, electrical, roofing, drywall and painting. He enjoys working with his hands and takes great pride in his work and the happiness it brings to other people. Joey has an 8-year-old daughter with which he spends all his free time. He also has a brother and two sisters.
Michael Brewer, Accounting Manager
Michael has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Auburn University. While he’s new to the aftercare industry, Michael has over 30 years of accounting experience with small, privately held companies. Over the years, he adopted several rescue animals, many of which were senior dogs. He knows the pain and heartache of losing a precious family member and is proud to do what he can to help others that are going through the same pain and loss. Michael enjoys spending time with his family and Emily, his fiancé. They have two rescued fur babies, Merrily and Indigo. Michael enjoys being involved with his church and attending antique car shows where he loves to show his grandmother’s restored 1970 Chevrolet Nova.
Nikki7049RTP-XL Nikki Hofland, General Manager
Nikki, has called Atlanta home since 2003. Nikki’s the daughter of a GI which has allowed her to live in many places throughout the world, which probably explains her love of travel, however her first love is spending time doting on her fur kids. Nikki’s extensive professional background as a Retail Operations Executive has prepared her for her role at Paws, Whiskers and Wags – Pet Crematory, which she finds most gratifying being able to assist fellow animal lovers in a time of need.
Michael6962RTP-XL Michael Harris, Supervisor
Michael relocated to Atlanta from Kentucky in 1991. With over 30 years of combined experience in the customer care and animal care fields, including, several years managing the Atlanta Humane Vet Center front office, as well being the former owner/operator of Piedmont Pawz, one of Atlanta’s most successful premier Canine Cardio & In-Home pet care providers for 16 years.  Michael joined the Paws, Whiskers and Wags pet crematory family in 2015 because he wanted to be a support to families and help them honor the memory of their beloved pets.   He is the loving parent of two very unique and special felines-Dude, a 16-year old Bombay mix and Jinx a 5-year old Tuxedo.
Erin Paulukaitis, Supervisor
Erin was born and raised in Atlanta. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from Brigham Young University and has worked in the customer service industry for over 11 year, and as a kennel tech in a veterinary practice. Erin has always loved animals and loves working with and around people that love them as much as she does. Working in community theatre and volunteering as a foster mom for local dog rescues are some of her hobbies. She has one dog names Moxie and a guinea pig named Hufflepuff.
Kellee Williams, Sales Manager
Kellee Williams has a BBA in Marketing from the University of Georgia and over 12 years of experience in the veterinary industry as a pharmaceutical sales manager. From the moment she joined the veterinary industry, Kellee knew she had found her calling. Her passion includes working with animals and making lives easier for health workers in the clinic setting. She finds that helping families through a difficult time in their lives is incredibly rewarding. Kellee has a son named Elijah who is in the second grade, while her four-legged baby is a 2-year-old pin Chihuahua mix named Summer. Some of her other interests include baking, drawing/painting and crocheting.
Christy Simpson Bio Photo Christy R. Simpson, Pet Loss Counselor
Christy R. Simpson, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, professionally trained at the nationally renowned University of Michigan School of Social Work, with over 20 years of experience in providing Mental Health services. She specializes in Grief and Loss issues and is certified by the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB) as a Pet Loss Counselor. She approaches pet bereavement therapy with the same clinical focus as any other acute grief reaction and utilizes proven interventions in supportive counseling sessions to assist the bereaved with processing the loss by normalizing the various stages of grief as they move toward resolution. Survivors are empowered to find meaning in the profound bonds they experienced with their beloved companion animals and encouraged to move forward in a meaningful manner.
Anthony Gregory, Fleet / Operations
Anthony has experience in transportation and a CDL-A license. He enjoys the service he provides to our families and likes to establish relationships with the veterinary clinics that the company serves. He enjoys spending time with his family and participating in sports, fishing and watching sports.
Ashton Salazar, Customer Service / Operations
Ashton is a senior a Reinhardt University studying psychology. She previously worked at a pet supply company but wanted a job where she could work more one-one-one with families. Her passions include helping people and caring for animals. As a former client of Paws, Whiskers & Wags, she wants to share her experience and make sure that other’s loved ones are also cared for with respect and dignity. Ashton’s hobbies include drawing, painting, music and video games. She lives with her partner, Tristan, and their two “fur kids” – a husky named Eezo and a Shih Tzu named Cook who are both rescue animals.
Brooke Jolley, Customer Service / Fleet  / Operations 
Brooke has an Associate’s Degree in Health Science and is a self-proclaimed “huge” animal lover. She appreciates the opportunity to assist families that have recently lost their pets. Brooke is the mother of three boys and spends much of her time on various soccer fields supporting them. She also enjoys family time at home and being outdoors.
Carol Bishop, Customer Service / Fleet  / Operations 
Carol studied Education at Georgia State University on an athletic scholarship. She then spent over eight years in retail management before moving to logistics for 20 years. She is also a licensed Georgia agent for Life, Accident, and Health Sickness insurance. A devoted animal lover who had recently lost a dog and a cat, Carol heard about Paws, Whiskers & Wags and wanted to reach out to others in the same situation. She enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with family and friends – including two dogs and three cats.
Carter Shadden, Operations
Carter has a Bachelor of Science in Community Health, a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and is a certified butterfly educator as of 2012. Previous work experience includes working for non-profit organizations, colleges and as a delivery driver. Carter loves all animals and enjoys working with Paws, Whiskers & Wags because the company truly helps people through the grief process. Her hobbies include mushroom identification, origami, trivia, watching movies, running, drawing and learning about the world around her. Carter has two cats and five crested geckos.
Chris Pinson, Operations
Chris is a former Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps and has been with the company for three years. Pet medicine and care are a family passion and occupation. He and his wife have four daughters and two sons. Chris enjoys sports and outdoor activities.
Kelsey Rose Allen, Customer Service
Kelsey is currently attending Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Services. Compassion and empathy are her #1 priority as she helps people during their darkest days. Her hobbies include sewing, writing and playing video games. She has three “fur kids” of her own: Pippa, a tuxedo/Siamese mix cat; Stitches, a diluted calico; and Cheeseburger, a “fluffy princess.” Her parents also own two boxers that she calls her “fur sisters.”
Levi Woody, Fleet
Levi Woody, who is pictured here with his cat, Spock, was born and raised in the Atlanta area. A lifelong animal lover, Levi used to breed crested eye lash geckos when he was a kid. He loves working at Paws, Whiskers & Wags because he has a passion for animals, and his role here allows him to honor the lives of their loved ones.
Mallory Meek, Customer Service
Mallory went to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where she studied child development. She has previously been a manager in retail/customer service settings. Mallory grew up on a farm in Arkansas, so she has been surrounded by animals her entire life – from ferrets to cows! On the farm, she learned to love and care for many kinds of animals. Having experienced the loss of animals throughout her life, she strives to make others’ hard times a bit easier. Her dream is to someday bring animals into a hospital setting to visit children and help make their stay go faster.
Rob Hoff, Customer Service / Fleet
Rob has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ball State University. While he’s new to the pet care industry, he has been blessed by loving animals his entire life. He says that if anything has made him a better person, it’s been the special kinship he’s shared with “such wonderful creatures.” Rob enjoys the great outdoors and enjoys helping others to make their “world glow a little brighter.”