Our Staff


Jackie Kelly, Founder of Dogs With A Purpose. For many years I trained, showed and bred horses, my dogs were working dogs on our horse farm.  After the farm I continued training dogs and over 8 years ago I started working with Therapy Dog teams. I have trained over 160 Therapy Dog teams in the triangle area. These bonded teams are well respected, compassionate and skilled to handle any situation.

Brody (friend) Katie my girl 

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Rebecca Bullock, Office manager, Rebecca is in charge of the Therapy Dog memberships, Therapy Dog health records, and making sure that all requests and questions are addressed.  Pictured left to right, are Paisley and Asher, Rebecca's certified Therapy Dogs. Rebecca graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelors in Animal Science. Rebecca fosters animals for the Wake County Animal Shelter. 

 Paisley, Rebecca, Asher 


Lynn, Asti, Merlo 

Lynn Williams, Lynn has been involved in dog training and competition obedience trails from an early age. She is our Event Manager for our Therapy Dog testing, workshops, and coordinates our volunteers.  She is an AKC evaluator, Lynn has earned AKC titles on both her dogs for Competition Obedience, Rally, and all the AKC Trick Dog titles, her dog Asti is a certified Therapy Dog. Lynn is a handler for two other dogs for the Competition/Rally dog trails, both dogs have earned their titles.

Dr. Maureen Hartford, our public relations liaison, member of our Planning Board Committee, and our evaluator for our Gold Therapy Dog certification. Maureen and her dog Clancy, a certified Therapy Dog, have been actively volunteering as a team for over 6 years.  Dr. Hartford is the retired President of Meredith College, were she was the first female President, prior to Meredith Dr. Hartford was vice president for student affairs at the University of Michigan. A native of Charlotte, N.C., she holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and a Master of Arts in College Teaching at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Her doctorate in higher education administration is from the University of Arkansas.


Kylee Sainsbury, is a consultant for Dogs With A Purpose.  Kylee has a Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS) in finance and information technology and a postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (DBA) from Massey University, New Zealand. She has over ten years of experience as a management consultant for Deloitte Consulting working around the globe on large corporate business transformation programs. She is the proud parent of Brody, an English Springer Spaniel who has three years experience (2015-2017) with Therapy Dogs International and who is now registered with Dogs With A Purpose.

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Deborah Poling, is a consultant and a member of our Planning Board Committee.  An interior designer by trade, she graduated from the School of Interior Architecture from University of Oregon.  Her love for dogs has always been a part of her life while living in the states and abroad in Germany.  Deborah’s dog, Wilbur, is a therapy and agility dog in training.