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Our Team

Rhonda Hamerslough-Koester


Rhonda Hamerslough-Koester | Founder

After working in many different areas of education and having a vast range of experiences I have landed in a place where I believe I can make a significant impact.

I am passionate about animals, humane education and the success of kids. I am committed to education and my great passion is to assist educational institutions in bringing social and emotional learning to their classroom. I help districts and schools create a culture that supports social emotional growth of their students through professional development, teacher SEL growth, outcomes and the Pawsitively Social Emotional Learning Curriculum.

I have had the privilege of being active in a wide range of professional experiences that include business, education, counseling, research, leadership, student assessment, curriculum writing, consulting, non-profits, dentistry, animal shelters and animal training. These experiences have afforded me the opportunity to help others in areas that I am passionate about.

I am a Southern California native and currently live in beautiful Missoula, MT with my amazing and supportive husband Douglas my shelter mutt Digger.

Melanie Pumphrey-Quave

Educational Consultant

Melanie Pumphrey-Quave | Educational Consultant

There is nothing Mel enjoys more than seeing that “aha” moment in a student’s face. Her approach includes employing every learning strategy and modality to get there. As an Instructional Coach, she is honored to support teachers in their classrooms to achieve that moment for their students. Mel’s educational path includes teaching grades 3-10 in various settings and systems. She served as an administrator in the elementary and middle school setting and found it was a challenge full of rewards.
 Mel obtained her bachelor’s in Psychology from Loma Linda University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of LaVerne. Currently, as the owner of “Let’s Teach Together”, she provides educational consulting to multiple Southern California districts to ensure effective instructional practices for all students. This includes assisting with writing and delivering customized professional development, writing curriculum and providing instructional coaching through teaching collaboratively in the classroom.

Ginny Kirsch

Graphic Designer

Ginny Kirsch | Graphic Designer

Ginny is a freelance graphic designer, data entry specialist, and proofreader, with a background in scientific illustration and a degree in fine arts. Ginny was instrumental in the editing and proofreading process for the Pawsitively SEL Curriculum. A native of upstate New York, she relocated to San Francisco two decades ago and in 2005 moved to Bonners Ferry, Idaho, where she now lives with her partner Jeff. A dog lover extraordinaire, Ginny is also the proud parent of a lovable bell-ringing, hoop-jumping basenji/lab mix rescue dog named Molly Brown.

June Moore

Strategic Marketing & Web Design Consultant

June Moore | Strategic Marketing & Web Design Consultant

Having worn many hats in her career, June is able to skillfully manage multidisciplinary projects and navigate complexity and ambiguity. She thrives on building community, creating strategic partnerships, and working with business owners to push the bounds of traditional product marketing. Bringing new ideas and products to life is what June lives for! Having her on team, June provides strategic sales and marketing solutions and web design consultation.

Robert C. Lukes

Attorney At Law

Robert C. Lukes | Attorney At Law

Bob’s practice focuses on trademark law, copyright law, trade secrets, intellectual property licensing, employment law, and commercial litigation. He also has worked extensively on complex and class action litigation. Bob is a member of The International Trademark Association (INTA) and is actively involved in international trademark registrations, with agents established throughout the world. He teaches both trademark and copyright law at the University of Montana School of Law, as an adjunct professor. Bob enjoys an “AV” rating in the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory and has been recognized by America’s Best Lawyers for his achievements and skill in the practice of intellectual property law in Montana. He has been recognized by America’s Best Lawyers for his achievements and skill in the practice of intellectual property law in Montana. Bob has been instrumental in assisting Pawsitively SEL in trademark/copyright law and legal council.

Ashley Dillon

Graphic Designer

Ashley Dillon | Web Developer/ Designer

Ashley Dillon is a website designer and digital marketer. She loves good design and working with code to create amazing websites. Ashley plays a key role in the creation and support of the Pawsitively SEL website. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and a mom to a wonderful and crazy toddler! In her spare time, she does yoga, hikes, and travels whenever possible!