About Pug Squad

Scott McIntyre


Scott become involved in pug rescue thanks to his wife and fellow Pug Squad Co-Founder, Jodi. After adding a senior pug to their growing grumble, Jodi began volunteering for Curly Tail Pug Rescue. Her volunteer work spilled over onto Scott, who quickly became a “rescue husband.” Over time, he would assist in fostering and representing the rescue at events, such as the Milwaukee Pug Fest, assorted fund raisers, and various New York City meet-ups. All the while, he was making connections and forming friendships with the people who would eventually form Pug Squad. As a Co-Founder and Board President, Scott is looking forward to bringing his years of experience to provide guidance, leadership and strategic direction to Pug Squad.

Scott and Jodi have had nine pugs of their own, mostly rescues, with their current grumble holding steady at a healthy six: Alexis, Max, Anthony, Cosmo!, Dexter Riley, and, of course, Owen (Scott’s BFF and honorary “Also Prez” of the Squad). When he isn’t helping pugs, Scott is a grandfather of two, a Weight Watchers Leader, an actor, a writer, and devoted Star Trek fan.

Yeon-Mee Hong

Vice President

Born in South Korea and raised in NYC, Yeon-Mee’s love of pugs started 10 years ago when her first pug, Mochi, fell asleep on her lap. Since then, and two more pugs (Macho Jerome and Marshmallow) later, she has become a passionate pug lover and advocate.

A graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a BA in English, Yeon-Mee has worked at Hair Motion in the Account Management Department for the last 16 years.

She has been an integral volunteer with several pug rescue groups through transport, emergency fostering, online store management, and creating unique custom items for fundraising auctions through the business she started with her sister, Crafty Hong Sisters.

As a Co-Founder and one of the Online Fundraising Managers at Pug Squad, she is excited to be able to combine her love of pugs, rescue, and creativity to help raise awareness and funds for pugs in need.

Marianne Angelini


Raised in Brooklyn and now living in Staten Island, Marianne got bitten by the Pug Bug in 1994 when her first pug, a male named Bandit, made his way into her life and heart. Years later, a co-worker put her in touch with a local pug rescue, and she adopted her now 12-year-old pug, Tammy. Soon after, she began volunteering with the same rescue, playing a key role on the adoptions team by managing adoption inquiries, doing local home visits, and hosting adoptions.

Marianne has been an Executive Assistant at the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell for the last 38 years and also serves as a Board member in the capacity of secretary for the condominium association where she lives.

As one of Pug Squad’s Co-Founders, Volunteer Coordinator, and a member of the Board of Directors, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue working with this amazing and talented group of people.

Frank Massaro


Hailing from the town of Huntington, NY, pugs were never really a part of Frank’s suburban life. Most family pups were of the terrier or retriever form. While attending Fordham University in the Bronx, Frank met Mary, Pug Squad Co-Founder, and the pug world opened up to him. The next thing Frank knew, he was approaching random pugs on the street with a yearning to play with them.

Having just started a demanding job working in finance, Frank did not think he could have the time or dedication to care for a fur baby. That’s when Mary brought Emoji into his life. Suddenly Frank’s heart….and weekends…became full of pug love and pug activities. One volunteer event would change Frank’s life as he knew it. Frank caught the adoption bug. As soon as he saw Inky’s adoption page, he knew he immediately needed to bring him home.

Caring for Inky and Emoji as well as attending various other pug rescue volunteer events, made Frank want to join Pug Squad so he can help others provide the same level of care that Inky and Emoji receive. Frank is excited to serve as Pug Squad’s Treasurer, bringing his years of financial expertise and experience as Senior Financial Analyst at AIG to the role.

Nadine Gilden

Board Member

Nadine has had a pug in her life for the last 21 years. Her current pug, Pixel, is a constant source of love and amusement. Her love of pugs led her to volunteer with a pug rescue, and now to help form a new one with Pug Squad. She is also a member of the NYC Pug Meetup Group, which meets monthly in Manhattan, and loves connecting with her fellow pug lovers through social media. (You might have seen Pixel’s famous Michonne Pug Halloween photo shared on Twitter!)

Nadine has had her own web design and development company, Curious Light, since 1998, and has been involved in web design and development since 1994. A Pug Squad Co-Founder, Nadine built and maintains the Pug Squad website and contributes to the Squad’s marketing and communication efforts through branding, graphic design, and content development.

Mary Atwater-Kellman

Founding Member

Originally from Palo Alto, CA, Mary became a crazy pug lady at five years old when her family welcomed a runt named Meeko. After Meeko passed 16 years later, Mary began to educate herself about the harsh realities of puppy mills and breeders. She began volunteering as a foster home and transport volunteer for local rescues.

In December 2014, Mary fell madly in love with Emoji, a blind and deaf senior pug who was found wandering Brooklyn. In January, Emoji adopted Mary, and the rest is history. She also adopted a pug-mix named Inky in December 2015 with Frank, the Pug Squad Treasurer.

After graduating from Fordham University with a double major in Psychology and Sociology, she gained marketing and event experience with Red Bull, New York Red Bulls, and Strategic Group. Currently, Mary is the Communications Associate for Young Survival Coalition.

As a founding member of Pug Squad, Mary is excited to bring a passionate group of people together to help needy pugs. She will be putting her professional skills to good use on Pug Squad’s digital marketing and communications teams.

Yumee Hong

Founding Member

Passion, inquisitiveness and love has always been the guiding lights for Yumee Hong. These three core beliefs have led her to pugs, crafting and rescue.

With over 5 years volunteering in various roles in pug rescue; she managed the shipping logistics for a pug rescue online store, transporting, helping manage online auctions and crocheting pug items for donation with her business Crafty Hong Sisters.

The Account Manager and Shipping Logistic Manager at New Jigu Trading for over 20 years, she looks forward to helping the Pug Squad achieve their goals and help pugs as the Online Fundraising manager.

Jodi McIntyre

Founding Member

Jodi’s love of pugs started 13 years ago when her son brought home her first pug, Alexis. She quickly won Jodi and her husband, Scott, over. So much so that when her son told them he was moving out, Jodi’s first comment was “fine, but Alexis is staying.” Since then, their pug family has grown significantly, and they have been owned by nine pugs over the years! Today, their grumble consists of Alexis, Max, Anthony, Cosmo!, Owen, and Dexter.

Jodi started dabbling in volunteer work in 2007, shortly after they rescued their first pug, Mr. Neumacks. A few years later, Jodi and Scott began fostering, and Jodi became a regular pug rescue volunteer and official Crazy Pug Lady.

Over the years, Jodi has volunteered with several pug rescue groups, taking on diverse roles including transport, long-term and emergency fostering, fundraising, and shelter pulls. Most notably, Jodi served as Adoption Coordinator at Curly Tail Pug Rescue for three years, helping hundreds of pugs find loving forever homes! As a Co-Founder of Pug Squad, Jodi is excited about the next phase of her rescue adventure and looks forward to helping raise awareness and funds for pugs in need.

When she’s not volunteering, Jodi works as an IT professional and loves nothing more than imparting her love of pugs onto her two grandchildren, Gianna and Andrew.

Melissa Scholl

Founding Member

Melissa has worked in the non-profit sector for more than 12 years. Her professional experience includes project management, program development, fundraising, marketing, communications, and event planning. After starting her non-profit career in arts-related organizations, a passion for women’s health issues brought her to Young Survival Coalition in 2006, where she spent five years in the operations and program departments. Melissa then served as the Director of Programs and Community Engagement at Bright Pink, where she worked with young women at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. She is now back at YSC in the role of Senior Marketing Manager.

A mom to one rescue cat and two silly pugs, Melissa has enjoyed being a rescue volunteer since 2013. For two years, she served as one of the Adoption Coordinators at Curly Tail Pug Rescue, working to find loving forever homes for pugs in the tri-state area. As a Pug Squad Co-Founder, Melissa is excited to use her non-profit and marketing skills to continue to help pugs in need.

Candy Pilar Godoy

Founding Member

Candy Pilar Godoy is a native New Yorker who works in photography.

She has been involved in animal rescue since the young age of 10. She began by fostering cats from a local Hell’s Kitchen rescue, and has since fostered everything from German Shepherds to Dachshunds to over 10 pugs.

She’s excited to take on the running of Pug Squad’s social media platforms, as she firmly believes there can never be too many pugs on the internet.

She lives in NYC with her partner and their rescue pets – Boogie the pug, Marcelo the chihuahua, Kitty the Brazilian cat, and Gabriel the turtle.

Danielle Hay

A Hudson Valley native, Danielle has been a proud pug mama since 2006. Upon looking into volunteer opportunities she started volunteering with Curly Tail Pug Rescue in 2012, doing transports, home visits, reference checks and writing online fundraisers. Close friendships and connections blossomed from that rescue and after it’s untimely demise (and during the birth of Pug Squad), Danielle also started volunteering for S.N.O.R.T. Rescue, fostering, transporting and doing home visits.

Her passion for rescue work has only grown over the past several years, though as she says, ‘Rescue fills our hearts, not our wallets.’ So by day, she is a large scale Property Manager, specializing in HUD housing programs and LIHTC compliance.

Unable to part with her 2nd foster baby, a former mill stud, 11y.o. Bella got sweet and spunky little Frenchie brother named TaterTot.

As a founding member and the transport coordinator of Pug Squad, Danielle is super excited to continue to the work we are so passionate about, the cause that brought us all together and bonded us as family in the first place, helping pugs in need!