Our People

PAALS Staff Members

PAALS staff members are dedicated to raising and training service dogs at our facility in Columbia, SC. Their passion, skill and knowledge enables our mission!

Jen Rogers

Jen Rogers

Executive Director and Founder

Phone: (803) 820-0741
Email: jrogers@paals.org

Maureen Leary

Maureen Leary

High School / College Senior Instructor

Phone: (803) 820-0384
Email: mleary@paals.org

Katie Baker

Katie Baker

Middle School Instructor

Phone: (803) 820-0385
Email: kbaker@paals.org

Elizabeth Barrett

Elizabeth Barrett

Primary School Instructor

Phone: (803) 820-0385
Email: ebarrett@paals.org

Lisa Powers

Lisa Powers

USC Work Study Program
Animal Care Apprentice

Email: lpowers@paals.org

Mary Efird

Mary Efird

Overnight Animal Caretaker

Email: mefrid@paals.org

Mitzie Renwick

Mitzie Renwick

Development Coordinator

Phone: (803) 500-9099
Email: mrenwick@paals.org

Jeannie Harry

Jeannie Harry

Office Manager

Phone: (803) 788-7063
Email: jharry@paals.org
(Photo courtesy of Rob Wilson Photography)

Jeannie Harry

Brandon Moody

USC Work Study
Administrative Assistant
Email: bmoody@paals.org

PAALS Volunteers

PAALS has over 400 registered volunteers who have put in thousands of hours of volunteer work. Volunteer areas include administration, fostering, pupsitting, events, animal care, transporting, facility maintenance, laundry just to name a few!

Each year PAALS recognizes volunteers for their commitment and dedication.

2017 Volunteer of the Year

Nominating Criteria

  • The person currently volunteers at PAALS.
  • The number of hours worked is not as important as a willingness to do-what-it-takes-to-get-the-job-done attitude” with a smile on their face!
  • Previous winners are ineligible.

Rose Walker

Rose has volunteered in so many roles: weekend foster, volunteer trainer, facility renovator, camp assistant, school PAALS assistant, PAALS Patriots assistant, and even worked as an admin asst. This past year Rose took the lead role in preparing PAALS for reaccreditation by organizing all the necessary manuals and related files, training staff on any changes made, and participating in the reaccreditation itself. Rose worked tirelessly to ensure that PAALS would pass inspections with flying colors. She is extremely local to our mission and is passionate about doing all that she can to help in whatever way she sees. We also believe Rose is one of the secrete elves who trims our overgrown bushes some weekends so no job is too little or too big for her. She does it all quietly and without any ask for recognition!

2017 Spirit Award

Nominating Criteria

  • The person currently volunteers at PAALS.
  • The Volunteer Spirit Award recognizes individuals or groups who voluntarily perform beyond the normal job expectations. They are motivated simply by the accomplishment of the task.
  • Previous winners are ineligible.

Kim Hudson

Kim is a volunteer client coordinator. In addition to creating agendas for client committee meetings, attending monthly client meetings, records and distributes meeting minutes, tracking all incoming applications Kim went above and beyond to prepare PAALS for ADI reaccreditation. Kim reorganized files, communicated with clients and made sure that PAALS put our best foot forward for ADI. Kim is always the calm in the storm, friendly to all she works with and committed to furthering PAALS mission. PAALS literally could not function the same without her endless dedication.

Previous Award Recipients

2016 Volunter of the Year: Sue Goetcheus
2016 Spirit Award: Heather Doviak
2015 Volunteer of the Year: Andrianna Aylard
2015 Spirit Award : Nancy Myer
2015 Special Recognitiion: Keith Frair

PAALS Board of Directors

President
Sandra Gaines
Orlando, FL

Vice President
Sheri Jordan
Columbia, SC

Treasurer
Cecil Bordages
Leesville, SC
Secretary
Bryan Tempio
Columbia, SC
Executive Director
Jen Rogers
Columbia, SC

Member
Candace Green
Greer, SC

Member
Erin Pruitt
Charleston, SC