About us

Max’s Helping Paws Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit named in honor of Maximillian Amadeus, beloved pet of Dyana Klein and Jonathan Fradkin. The mission of Max’s Helping Paws Foundation is to reduce economic euthanasia, surrender and suffering of severely ill or injured pets by providing pet owners facing financial hardship or crisis assistance with the costs of unexpected and necessary medical care. 

October 17, 2016 Monterey Herald story about the foundation.

Meet Max

Maximillian was 14 when he passed on May 27, 2016. I had the great luck to be chosen by him when he was 5 weeks old, as he left his litter to climb on my lap and fall asleep. He brought me to life with incredible joy, love, devotion and friendship. Max was incredibly intelligent, playful, loving, and we spent nearly every day together for those 14+ years. To share Maximillian with the world, and to honor his incredible devotion, personality, humor, spirit and gifts, we’ve built the Max’s Healing Hearts Community Facebook page to help those who have lost their pets, as well as this foundation in his name. The video below will help you get to know Max.

Executive Board

Dyana Klein
Dyana Klein is a Silicon Valley marketing consultant.  When not figuring out ways to promote her client software companies, Dyana is managing and growing Max’s Helping Paws Foundation as a labor of love. She was Max’s mom.  With a degree with Marketing, and a background owning a successful dog daycare and boarding facility in Sunnyvale, California, Dyana is no stranger to pet-related initiatives.

Dr. Jonathan Fradkin
Dr. Fradkin is a Board Certified Veterinary Internist at Pet Specialists of Monterey.  Dr. Fradkin grew up in New Mexico and trained at Colorado State and Texas A&M Universities and served in the Army Veterinary Corps for 15 years.  After the Army, Dr. Fradkin entered private specialty practice in Texas before moving to California and joining Pet Specialists of Monterey.   When not caring for pet patients, Dr. Fradkin’s favorite activity was quiet time with his wife and dogs Maximillian and Chestnut.  After losing Max, Dr. Fradkin continues to enjoy time with his family and building this foundation in Max’s honor.

Emma Sanchez
Ms. Sanchez is a native of the Monterey Bay area and trained at Cabrillo College and Colorado State University.  She is a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager at Pet Specialists of Monterey.   She enjoys the challenges of practice management as well as working with the clients, staff and veterinarians.   In her free time she enjoys time with her family and friends, watching football, cooking, swimming, and writing poetry.

Mary Arnold
Mary Arnold has been involved with animals since early childhood. An avid horseman, she competed in many equestrian events from stadium jumping to reining horses. She has bred and shown championship dogs, both Irish setters and Australian shepherds. Mary is also a licensed AllBreed judge with T.I.C.A. (The International Cat Association,) with teaching and training credentials. Mary has trained dogs for police work, as well as hunting, herding and therapy work.She and her Grand Champion Australian Shepherd Tanner have received many commendations from the several different Veterans Associations for their therapy work. As a professional groomer, Mary has never turned away a dog in need, and has donated her skills to many strays in the custody of Animal Services. She has chaired the Monterey County Animal Control Panel Advisory Board for several years working for the Monterey County Board of Supervisors on animal and shelter related issues. In addition to grooming she boards, trains, and offers daycare services to animals at her facility in Prunedale.

Dr. Michael Lesser
Dr. Lesser graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. He went on to complete an internship in small animal medicine and surgery; and a residency in veterinary cardiology at the Animal Medical Center in New York. In 1991, Dr. Lesser moved to Southern California. Shortly thereafter, he achieved Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Medicine (ACVIM) in the specialty of Cardiology and continued to grow his private cardiology referral practice. In 1998, Dr. Lesser and his wife Dr. Bonnie McGarr, also a veterinarian, established Advanced Veterinary Care Center (AVCC). Over the years, what began as a cardiology specialty practice developed into a full service, multi-specialty referral and emergency practice. Dr. Lesser served as AVCC’s medical director and head cardiologist from 1998 to 2015. Dr. Lesser moved to Carmel Valley, CA. in 2015 is currently practicing cardiology at The Pet Specialists of Monterey.

Advisory Board

Veterinary Adviser & Co-Founder
Dr. Greg Marsolais
Dr. Marsolais is a Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon and the founder of Pet Specialists of Monterey and Max’s Helping Paws Foundation.  He completed a Master of Science in Veterinary Clinical Sciences and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Iowa State University. In 2006, Dr. Marsolais concluded his residency and relocated to northern California where he helped found Veterinary Surgical Centers of the Delta. Dr. Marsolais became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (DACVS) upon successfully passing the ACVS examination in February 2007. His favorite activity is deep sea fishing on his boat.

Strategic Planning & Development Chair
Carlotta Mellon
Carlotta Herman Mellon’s career spans academia, government, and the private and non-profit sectors. She taught at California State University at Los Angeles, San Diego State University, and Pomona College from 1970 – 1974. She served as Appointments Secretary for Governor Jerry Brown from 1975-1981. From 1981-1985, she also served as Executive Director of the Public Affairs for Pacific Telesis Group. She left UCLA in 1995 to become Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Riverside. In 2002, Carlotta became Executive Director of the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts. In 2007, she was appointed Executive Director of the San Bernardino Symphony. Carlotta was a Member of the Board of Directors of the California Historical Society for eight years and served as President from 2009 – 2011. Carlotta also served 12 years on the Board of Directors of The Stevenson School in Pebble Beach. A lover of animals, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the SPCA for Monterey County. Currently Carlotta also is involved with Max’s Helping Paws Foundation and Golden Oldies, a senior cat rescue organization.

Committees

Veterinary Advisory & Review
A collection of respected Monterey County veterinarians with varying specialties have been asked to volunteer their time to review and approve grant requests.

Advocacy & Fundraising
Carlotta Mellon
Carlotta Herman Mellon’s career spans academia, government, and the private and non-profit sectors. She taught at California State University at Los Angeles, San Diego State University, and Pomona College from 1970 – 1974. She served as Appointments Secretary for Governor Jerry Brown from 1975-1981. From 1981-1985, she also served as Executive Director of the Public Affairs for Pacific Telesis Group. She left UCLA in 1995 to become Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Riverside. In 2002, Carlotta became Executive Director of the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts. In 2007, she was appointed Executive Director of the San Bernardino Symphony. Carlotta was a Member of the Board of Directors of the California Historical Society for eight years and served as President from 2009 – 2011. Carlotta also served 12 years on the Board of Directors of The Stevenson School in Pebble Beach. A lover of animals, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the SPCA for Monterey County. She was very active with the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center in Riverside and was named that organization’s Volunteer of the Year in 2007. Currently Carlotta also is involved with Max’s Helping Paws Foundation and Golden Oldies, a senior cat rescue organization.

Christine Hallas
With a Bachelors of Science in Social Work from the University of Missouri and a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University, Christine Hallas was a practicing psychotherapist specializing in alcohol and drug rehabilitation for more than a decade.Once Program Coordinator for the Central Coast’s Beacon House, Christine Hallas, a resident of Carmel Valley, has served for The Carmel Valley Women’s Club as a Board member and on the Committee, interviewing young Carmel Valley women seeking college scholarships. A devoted animal parent her entire life, Christine has spent years caring for a host of very loyal and beautiful dogs. With a great passion for the pet/parent bond, sensitivity to the resources it takes to keep them healthy, and a deep understanding of the emotional facets of this mission, Christine Hallas is a perfect addition to Max’s Helping Paws Foundation Advocacy and Fundraising Outreach committee. When not involved with community causes, Christine, her fiance and her 3 dogs, like long walks, traveling, long dog walks, reading, socializing with community friends and spending time enjoying children and grandchildren.

Connie Hong-Smith
Born in San Francisco, Connie graduated from San Francisco State University with a a BA in education specializing in food/nutrition along with a California Life Time Teaching Credential. After spending nearly a decade as a high school teacher in Hayward and Las Vegas, Connie changed careers in 1980 and became a Mortgage Broker.Connie has been the owner of The Mortgage Connection since 1986. Married to Dennis Smith, a retired banker for 27 years, they moved to Carmel Valley from the Blackhawk/Danville community in 1998.Connie is extremely active in the non-profit sector and enjoys volunteering. She has been a member of the Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley since 1989 and a member of the Carmel Women’s Club Foundation since 2011. She has served as a board member and a chair for the fund raising committee for both non-profits. Currently she is the co-chair of the C.V. Women’s Club Foundation’s scholarship committee and a board member. Connie has also volunteered as a hospitality representative on the Carmel International Film Festival Committee. Connie enjoys exercising, traveling, dining out and going to car shows where her husband participates. Connie currently has 4 rescued cats and recently rescued a dog from AFRP of Pacific Grove. Rocco, her Bichon Frise was a pet therapy dog for 10 years at Chomp’s Westland House visiting cancer and rehab patients.

Community


16406917_1239196056134559_8199251378467039676_nMax’s Helping Paws would like to be a resource to the community. This support doesn’t start of stop with the writing of a check.  The foundation also maintains a highly supportive Facebook community called Max’s Healing Hearts for those dealing with the difficulties, challenges and grieving associated with ill, suffering or deceased pets, https://www.facebook.com/maximilliantheminpin/.

 

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