About Us

People & Paws 4 Hope (PP4H) is a 501c (3) non-profit corporation serving the people and animals of Guilford County.Our mission is to create a safer, more humane community dedicated to the well-being of people and animals through compassion, education and legislation.Our vision is to create integrated programs that will offer youth from ages 5-18 years flexible and non-threatening alternatives to at-risk behaviors by stepping outside themselves through proven Animal Assisted Therapies (AAT) and Activities (AAA).  Given the opportunity for at-risk youth to enter into interactions with dogs when they are at a personal crossroads has been proven to spark profound individual motivation that changes the course of their lives.PP4H’s Board of Directors and Advisory Board is comprised of state legislators, local government officials, prominent attorneys, CPAs, the PAI Coordinator with Legal Aid, the founder of One Step Further, Officer DCWG and community stakeholders, who will collectively mentor and lead our organization to fulfill our mission of service to the community.All of the wonderful individuals whose lives are intertwined with People & Paws 4 Hope do so much to progress the  mission of our organization.  They work tirelessly and without their willingness to do most of what they do on a completely volunteer basis, PP4H would not exist.

Board Members

Frankie Heath (President) a retired Critical Care nurse is a lifelong resident of Guilford County who has worked for 30 years in animal rescue, served on the Board of Directors of the SPCA of the Triad for 10 years, was Program Director of “A New Leash on Life” (a NC Department of Correction prison dog program) for 3 ½ years, is a licensed NC Wildlife Rehabilitator active in wildlife protection issues, served on two Animal Control Advisory Boards (2006-2008, 2010–current), and has been a responsible participant in  the Greensboro business community for over 25 years.

91Donna Heath, M.S. (Vice President) is an Associate Vice Chancellor of Information Technology Services at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her experiences in executive management include her tenure as CEO of Dan Services, CIO of Diver’s Alert Network, and National IT Director for The Todd Organization.  She was also the Information Systems Manager at the Duke University Wetland Center, and GIS Market Research Manager at FirstCitizen’s Bank.  She has been involved in animal rescue work for 20 years.

Ashley Heath-Johnson (Secretary) has been teaching in Guilford County Schools for three years. Her secretary experience came before teaching while she worked for the United States Attorney's Office in Greensboro NC. She has worked with animals and children for many years. This includes earning her Presidential Award in Volunteer work at the Natural Science Center of Greensboro. She has also been involved in animal rescue for many years alongside her family.

Barbara Stewart is a real estate and business law attorney, and founder of The Law Offices of Barbara Stewart, PLLC., which serves businesses and individuals throughout central North Carolina. She has a wealth of experience, including serving as in-house counsel at AT&T and Lucent Technologies, Inc., where she worked on complex contracts worldwide as part of her focus on commercial and business issues.  More recently, she worked for more than 10 years handling corporate and commercial cases as well as commercial and residential real estate cases at the Greensboro firm of Rossabi Black Slaughter, PA. Barbara has handled approximately 2,000 residential and commercial real estate closings, negotiated large, complex contracts, and helped many entrepreneurs determine the best business structure for their new companies. Her love of animals, compassion, and deep service commitment to her community have led her to dedicate countless hours to the success of PP4H programs.

9Former Guilford County Commissioner Kirk Perkins was elected to serve District 4 in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners in 2008. He and his wife Nancy live on their farm in McLeansville, where they raised their family.  Commissioner Perkins holds a B.A. in Administration of Criminal Justice and is owner of Perkins and Associates, a real estate appraisal, construction and brokerage firm. He is a NC State-Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser, a NC Real Estate Broker, and a licensed Contractor. Prior to starting his own business, he worked for the NC Department of Correction. He is a member of the Greensboro Builder’s Association, the Greater Greensboro Realtor’s Association, and liaison for the Board of Commissioners Agricultural Advisory Board. He serves on the Greensboro Transportation Advisory Committee, the Parks and Recreation Committee, and is a board member of SPCA. He is an elder at his church where he serves as Chairman of the Finance and Missions Committees.

DSC_0318Leslie Heffernan was born in Cincinnati, Ohio but spent most of her life in Tennessee. In 1998, she came to North Carolina. From 2000 to 2007, Leslie worked with juvenile violent offenders within a court ordered juvenile justice probation program to aid these students in obtaining their high school diplomas. From 2007 to 2011, she worked with adult males in the North Carolina Department of Correction as a Correctional Case Manager/Counselor at Forsyth Correctional, Guilford Correctional, and Dan River Prison Work Farm. Leslie coordinated and/or worked on the following N.C. Department of Correction Programs: A New Leash on Life Program, Mutual Agreement Parole Program, Home Leave Program, Project Outreach, GED instruction, Library, Recreation, and Work Release. Leslie graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Burlington College, Burlington Vermont and earned a M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. She is married with 4 grown children, 2 dogs and numerous cats.

donjrDon Heath, Jr., Ph.D. is a life lifelong resident of Guilford County and is married with 2 children. Don worked as a software development manager and analyst from 1988 to 1992 for Wynn Oil Company, a company based in Los Angeles, California. He worked as Operations Manager for Don Heath’s Auto Haus, Inc. in Greensboro from 1992 to 2005. He earned a B.S. in Computer Information Systems at Guilford College in 2007, graduating with high honors. In 2009, he earned his M.S. in Information Technology Management at UNC Greensboro, graduating Summa Cum Laude and earning the Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence. He is currently teaching at Wake Forest University. He is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honors Society, a Bryan Fellow in 2011 and 2012, and a Wachovia Scholar in 2012. Don currently reviews for the following academic conferences: International Conference for Information Systems and European Journal for Information Systems.

board3Rahul Singh, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Information Systems, Bryan School of Business and Economics, of North Carolina at Greensboro, earned a B.E. at Birla Institute of Technology in India in 1992, and a Ph.D. at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1999. From 1999 to 2001, Dr. Singh was faculty at the Department of Information Systems, School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University, working previously as an Assistant Professor of Information Systems at the School of Business Administration at the University of San Diego. In 2001, Dr. Singh joined the faculty as Assistant Professor of Information Systems, Bryan School of Business and Economics at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Singh is a member of the board for the International Journal on Sematic Web and Information Systems, International Journal of Intelligent Information Technologies, and the Journal of Information, Theory, Technology and Application. He frequently reviews manuscripts for publication in academic conferences and publications.

Event and Volunteer Coordinator

Our event and volunteer coordinator, Lisa Terio-Heath, owns and operates Bone Jour Grooming Salon, a dog grooming business based in Greensboro.  Lisa has been a professional groomer for more than 25 years.  She is a Certified Master Groomer, and graduate of the New York School of Dog Grooming.  After nearly 20 years of operating a successful mobile grooming business in New York City, Lisa relocated to Greensboro in 2005.  She has dedicated her life to the care and well-being of animals, and has been active in animal rescue for most of her life.


Our Trainer, Beth Alexander, has worked for 23 years as a trainer with the Carolina Dog Training Club and expertly leads all of the training sessions for a Second Chance Program.

Social Media Content Editor

CSC_0155Maria Wooten, graduated from UNCG with a dual degree in Media Studies and Art.  Prior to joining PP4H, she worked as a news intern with FOX8-WGHP, and in Media Relations for UNCG Spartan Athletics.   In addition to photographically capturing the activities of the Second Chance Program, Maria manages the PP4H Facebook page.

 Advisory Board

  • Senator Don Vaughan – N.C. Senate 27th District
  • State Representative Maggie Jeffus – N.C. House of Representatives 59th District
  • Ms. Kay Cashion – Guilford County Commissioner, District 6; Member of Guilford County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council
  • Ms. Yvonne Johnson – One Step Further since 1982; Mayor of Greensboro 2007-2009
  • Ms. Linda Shaw - Guilford County Commissioner 3rd District; N.C. Republican National Committeewoman
  • Ms. Nancy Perkins – Democratic Women of Guilford County Officer and Executive Committee 2010-2011
  • Ms. Renee Gabriel-Alford – Guilford County Legal Aid
  • Ms. Michelle Lee – Attorney at Law
  • Sheriff B. J. Barnes – Guilford County Sheriff
  • Wayne Hutchins – CPA (consultant)

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