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broken. As part of the philanthropic community for over 25 years, Barbara has served on various boards including The  Gathering Place, The Geauga Humane Society/Rescue Village and Cornerstone of Hope to name a few as well as served on various fund raising committees. She also currently serves on the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Leadership Council and co-chairs an event raising money for Pediatric Plastic Surgery. In addition to her duties as Marketing & Public Relations Director at Dworken & Bernstein, she oversees an initiative at the firm called Ohio Lawyers Give Back whereby unclaimed class action funds are distributed to worthy charities throughout the state. To date, over $32 Million has been distributed. Barbara and her husband Tim have 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren. In addition, they adopted a little 5-year old girl from Iraq named Teeba who is now 15 years old. She too shares her mother’s love of animals and has had her own fund raisers to benefit Dogs Unlimited Rescue. The real head of the household is a 15 pound mixed breed rescue named Becca. Becca is extremely affectionate and sweet and seems to show her appreciation for having a “furever” home on a daily basis. She is ecstatic about little stuffed hedge hogs that squeak and has to get a new one every couple of weeks!

received his Certified Commercial Investment Manager (CCIM) designation during this time. Today, his real estate consulting clients are many internationally well-known publicly traded companies as well as locally owned and operated businesses. His personal portfolio has exceeded over $150 Million in various properties and real estate companies.

Pat has been involved as a principal in over $1 billion dollars in real estate transactions. In 1999, he was chosen as one of Crain’s Cleveland Business magazines’ 40 under 40. He was selected to be a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2004. Pat has been Chairman of the Cleveland Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and a member of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization (YEO). He was named the NAIOP 2000 Developer of the Year and served as its president in 2004.  Pat is currently the Chairman of the board for North Coast Community Homes a non-profit housing organization serving approximately 1000 developmentally disabled residents. He serves on the Cuyahoga County Library Foundation Board. Morgan Foundation, a $150 million grant-making foundation focusing on entrepreneurial education has recently elected him as one of its seven trustees.

Pat is an active airplane and helicopter pilot, scuba diver, snow and water skier, cyclist, snowboarder, boater, mountain hiker, exercise enthusiast and martial artist. Pat is Married to Gina Marie and has Two adult children: Chase, 21 attending Ohio State University, Logan 19 attending Ohio Wesleyan University. He and his family reside in Bentleyville, Ohio.

Pat is Mmarried to Gina Marie and has Ttwo adult children: Chase, 22 is attending Ohio State University and Logan 19, is attending Ohio Wesleyan University. He and his family reside in Bentleyville, Ohio.

Pat has been involved as a real estate entrepreneur for over 30 years, starting when he was working toward his undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Akron. Simultaneously, he became the youngest person at age 18 to ever obtain a Series Seven license from the Securities and Exchange Commission. This License enabled him to act as a stockbroker during his college years. Additionally, he obtained several student rental properties at the university starting what is now the Omni portfolio. After receiving his degree, Pat worked various finance and real estate related jobs while building Omni and partnering with fellow classmates to create Pride One, a residential and commercial real estate development business. He also

David is a past chair of the Cleveland Bar Association's (now the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association) Real Estate Law Section.  He has spoken at numerous seminars, including the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's annual Real Estate Law Institute, for which he served as the event's Co-Chairman in both 1997 and 1998.  David also served on the South Euclid, Ohio, Zoning Board of Appeals in 1996 and was a Ward Councilman from 1996 to 1999, serving as Chairman of its Legislative Committee and Member of its Planning and Zoning Committee. He is a member of the American and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Associations and a member of the National Association of the Industrial and Office Properties.  David has been named a "Leading Lawyer" by Northeast Ohio's Inside Business Magazine and Ohio Business Magazine from 2002 - 2014.  He is also a former member of the board of trustees of the Cleveland Hebrew Schools.  

David is married to the incredible Lisa Fromson-Waxman and is the proud parent of Matthew, 25, Allison, 22, Sophie, 5, and Madison, 3.  While Sophie and Madison are not human, they believe and act as if they are.  Both Sophie (a 6 lb. Yorkiepoo) and Madison (a 55 lb. Standard Poodle) are rescues (Sophie was a puppy-mill dog and Madison was rescued from a hoarder's home from which over 60 dogs of various breeds were, thankfully, saved), Sophie and Madison are the second and third rescues who have become Waxman family members.  Like David, Lisa, Matthew and Allison, Sophie and Madison are also pet lovers and enjoy fostering rescued pups whenever they can. 

For nearly 30 years, David has acted as real estate counsel for individuals, closely-held businesses, educational institutions, public libraries and Fortune 100 companies on matters pertaining to real estate, acquisition, development, re-development, construction, financing and leasing, environmental compliance and insurance, construction, intellectual property and business acquisitions and divestitures.   In 2001, together with Michael Blumenthal, David formed Waxman Blumenthal LLC as a boutique real estate, construction and environmental practice. 

Patrick T. Finley
Managing Partner, Omni Property Companies - A Conglomerate of Commercial Real Estate Companies and Strategic Partnerships

Carla Longano

For Patsy, family and food have become intertwined. At age 13, she began working with her father and after college came back to help her family business grow. She credits her commitment to quality and customer service to her father and her strong work ethic to her maternal and paternal grandparents who emigrated from Greece to the United States.


We have between 30-40 volunteers at any given time and
NO ONE is paid!

​Every penny raised goes DIRECTLY to the care (medical,
​emotional) of our rescues!!

Average vetting cost is $250 for a normal dog. Severe cases and special needs’ costs raise significantly!

​All dogs are cared for by generous foster families! We do NOT
have a shelter and are ALWAYS in need of quality foster homes.

In four years, we have rescued over 500 dogs! MANY with special needs and extreme cases no one else would touch.

​If there is a need, we do not hesitate to put our rescues through Puppy Kindergarten, Household Obedience 1 & Household Obedience 2 classes.

Our bully breeds receive their CGC (Canine Good Citizen) & TDI (Therapy Dog International) certifications.

​Behavior issues are addressed by professional trainers prior to adoption!

Dogs Unlimited Rescue Facts

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

The daughter of Founder and Chairman John Payiavlas, Patsy mirrors her father’s confidence, ardent leadership, extraordinary command of management principles and expectation of efficiency, productivity and excellence. Patsy brings nearly 40 years of experience in all aspects of AVI to her leadership role. She has achieved what few are ever able to accomplish: leading a company like a major corporation while maintaining the appealing characteristics and atmosphere of a family-owned business. Meticulous in her approach, she is an acute problem solver and in-depth thinker who, like her father and brother, places the interests of others first … customers, clients, team members, enterprise partners and the community.


has been involved in festivities surrounding the Canton Hall of Fame. For several years Stefani has sung the National Anthem at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game and performed the opening and closing songs for the Hall of Fame Enshrinement ceremonies in Canton. Besides hosting the Fashion Show and other festivities, Stefani hosted the Hall of Fame Parade national broadcast with Dan Dierdorf.While attending Mount Union College, Stefani was an All-American Scholar and a national Collegiate Academic Honoree. She graduated one semester early with a degree in communications and journalism. Stefani is an Alliance native and a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas in Louisville and Mount Union College. Stefani was on the cover of Cleveland Magazine's Millennium issue featuring "Cleveland's Most Interesting People of 2000" and again on the cover for "Celebrity Working Mothers".

If you ask her, Stefani will tell you that her greatest accomplishment is being a wife to Roger and mom to children Race and Sienna - the loves of her life! They share a home with several furry members – Gunner 2, Lily, Chuck, Blaster, The Donald, Runt, and recently adopted twin kittens! "We have a house full and we love every minute of it!" Stefani has always loved animals and has been rescuing them with her family since she was a little girl. She continues to be passionate and involved in animal rescue efforts. Dogs Unlimited Rescue Founder and Executive Director, Gina Lutes, and Stefani met on a common mission to raise money for the construction of Rescue Village in Geauga County. For ten years Stefani and Gina have shared in many large projects and efforts to save and improve the lives of the many voiceless animals in desperate need. Their collective and collaborative success in animal rescue will continue together as long as there is a need.


Barbara Marlowe is the Director of Marketing & Public Relations for Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A. Her passion and love of animals was magnified when she brought home a little Maltese puppy named Phantom. Phantom sustained serious injuries when he was 2 years old when their garage door springs broke causing the door to come crashing down on his front legs. With outstanding medical care and an abundance of love and attention, Phantom fully recovered and lived to be 17 years old. But it was not without an extraordinary amount of prayer and a promise to God…. a promise to help all animals receive the necessities to live in good health and in safe, loving and caring homes. That promise has not and will not be

​Carla was born into a large family in Northeast Ohio and has loved animals since she was a little girl. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Education and Physiology from Kent State University and is a licensed Massage Therapist. She has worked as an Exercise Physiologist at the W.O. Walker Center and at several group homes with young adults who have Prader Willi Syndrome. Carla currently coaches the girls golf team at Lake Catholic High School and is very involved with her church.

For the past 20 years, Carla has been a passionate advocate for the humane treatment of animals. She has served on several fundraising committees for the Geauga County Humane Society as well as local animal rescue organizations. One of her proudest accomplishments to date is her work with Dogs Unlimited Rescuewhere she has played a direct role in the rehabilitation of abandoned and abused animals. Most importantly, Carla is thrilled that her son Nicholas is as passionate about animal rights as she is!


Board of Directors

"We differentiate ourselves by providing animals in our rescue with ONLY quality care and even though it may be costly, these animals deserve nothing less and that is why donations are so vitally important. Our vetting is very costly along the with other related expenses (rehabilitation, training, etc.) of the animals in our rescue."

About Dogs Unlimited Rescue


Her love for animals began when she was a child.  Her first volunteer effort to help those animals whom have been subject to a life they didn’t deserve, was with Canter of Ohio, a race-horse rescue.  She’s been hooked ever since!  She is very fortunate to have her loving tolerant husband, Kirk Maharg, a daughter Chelsea 22, and daughter Lily 12, all willing to help out with her efforts.  Her youngest truly shares her passion for helping animals and spends most of her time at the barn with their rescue pony.  Lily has also created a dog biscuit baking project to help raise funds for Project Hope homeless shelter, as well as Dogs Unlimited Rescue. Christine’s family has three dogs with which they share their home, two of which are rescue’s.   During a need for Foster homes due to a hoarding situation Christine decided to add another less fortunate dog to their family until it too found its forever home and its long deserved happy ending.

Christine Maharg

Christine has spent the past 20 years developing and executing financial solutions for a diverse client-base.  She found her niche in life in the financial world of non-profits.  She is currently working free-lance as a financial consultant to a variety of companies.  She has held the position of Finance Director at Andrews Osborne Academy, Downtown Cleveland Alliance, The Shaker Lakes Nature Center and the Ingenuity Cleveland Festival of Art & Technology.  Her background also includes years of event planning and she continues to put these skills to use while helping plan fundraising events for her clients.   She has served as a member of the Ohio Association for Independent Schools as well as the ISACS accreditation committee.

Patsy Kouvas
AVI Food Systems, Inc.

Director, Marketing and Public Relations
Dworken & Bernstein Co. L.P.A.

Barbara Marlowe

Stefani Schaefer

Managing Member, Waxman Blumenthal LLC

David Waxman

Dogs Unlimited Rescue, Inc. is an all-volunteer, non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that is dedicated to educating the public and saving abused and neglected animals from an uncertain fate. Our organization rescues animals from high kill shelters, hoarding situations, abuse or neglect cases, owner surrenders, and the breeding parents in Ohio puppy mills that would otherwise be inhumanely disposed of.

We improve their lives by providing quality care and placement into permanent loving homes.

We will continue to educate, rescue, rehabilitate and encourage the adoption of pets from shelters and rescue groups.

We do not maintain a physical shelter. All our rescues are in loving foster care.

We differentiate ourselves by providing animals in our rescue with ONLY quality care and even though it may be costly, these animals deserve nothing less and that is why donations are so vitally important. Our vetting is very costly along the with other related expenses (rehabilitation, training, etc.) of the animals in our rescue.


Patsy was born, raised and resides in Warren, Ohio. She is active in the Youngstown State University’s Partners for Workplace Diversity Organization; and a board member of Leadership 100, an organization dedicated to advancing Orthodoxy and Hellenism in America. A major focus of Patsy is a Warren-based non-profit outreach organization, Inspiring Minds, whose mission is to engage, inspire and empower youth to reach their full potential through education and exposure to life-changing experiences. She dedicates countless hours to mentoring, developing and encouraging the youth and adolescent students. She is also a member of the World President’s Organization (WPO). Being a part of WPO allows her to mentor young business professionals affiliated with Entrepreneurs’ Organization. Patsy provides them guidance in different aspects of their business including the sharing of stories, feedback and best practices. She plays an active role in her church community and her public school system. She is passionate about youth in our community and was a key member of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber’s Education, Cultural and Civic Foundation.

In 1998, Kodak selected AVI as its exclusive food and beverage provider. They then sponsored Patsy and AVI to achieve Women’s Business Enterprise status, certifi ed by WBENC as a Tier-1 Diverse Supplier. In 2007, Patsy was honored in the “Top 100 WBEs Impacting Supplier Diversity,” by Women’s Enterprise USA magazine. This distinguished list highlights key women’s business enterprises, which influence diversity practices in corporate America.

For Patsy, family and food have become intertwined. At age 13, she began working with her father and after college came back to help her family business grow. She credits her commitment to quality and customer service to her father and her strong work ethic to her maternal and paternal grandparents who emigrated from Greece to the United States. She has two daughters, Kristin and Kailen.

Stefani started at Fox 8 back in 1992, joining Fox 8 News in the Morning. She is a well-known television anchor and an avid supporter of animal rescue. For twelve years she taught voice and dance at her family's performing arts center in Alliance, Ohio. Stefani received the Ohio Governor's Choice Award in 1989, and was also awarded the Ohio's Junior Miss/Ohio's Young Woman of the Year in 1989. Stefani and her brother, Thommie, a Recording Artist in California, toured the country with the Bob Hope USO Troupe from 1979 to 1989. She and her brother had their own show at Geauga Lake Amusement Park in 1983 where they sang, danced, and played eight different instruments. They were the youngest seasonal performers at the theme park in the state of Ohio. The brother/sister duo was also the opening act for Barbara Mandell, Chubby Checker, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Alabama. Stefani is still passionate for music, and remains active today singing the National Anthem for Cleveland sports teams and the Ohio Derby. She has been very involved in festivities surrounding the Canton Hall of Fame. For several years Stefani