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: [email protected]

Maureen Leary

Maureen Leary

Instructor

Phone: (803) 820-0384
Email: [email protected]

Elizabeth Barrett

Elizabeth Barrett

Animal Care Coordinator

Phone: (803) 820-0385
Email: [email protected]

Elizabeth Barrett

Juan Torres

Overnight Caretaker / Apprentice Animal Care Coordinator
Elizabeth Barrett

Lisa Powers

USC Work Study Program Apprentice Animal Care Coordinator
Mitzie Renwick

Mitzie Renwick

Development Coordinator

Phone: (803) 500-9099
Email: [email protected]

Jeannie Harry

Jeannie Harry

Administrative Assistant

Phone: (803) 788-7063
Email: [email protected]
(Photo courtesy of Rob Wilson Photography)

Jeannie Harry

Alexandra Acree

USC Work Study Program Administrative Assistant

Email: [email protected]
(Photo courtesy of Rob Wilson Photography)

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.

2016 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.

Sue Goetcheus

Sue has been a long-time volunteer at PAALS. Sue has used her graphic artist and computer design expertise on innumerable projects for PAALS. She is the keeper of the PAALS brand image. She has updated/created logos for PAALS, PAALS Pack and Rob’s Best Friend Fund. She has created/updated more graphic images for use in flyers, brochures, event programs, post cards, letters, posters, banners and our website than we can even begin to count. She has done all of the graphics and layout work for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Annual Reports. She is quick to respond when the time line is tight, but the quality of her work never changes. It is always top notch!

2016 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.

Heather Doviak

Heather is always smiling, participates in numerous PAALS events, and gives her all!! She very quietly and calmly always has terrific spirit. She supports PAALS and has always believed in what PAALS does for people in the community.

Previous Award Recipients

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