Current Officers

President/Executive Director: Karlei Horne


Karlei is a ten year corporate trainer who is also a passionate, avid animal advocate. 

Karlei's past volunteerism includes several years with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) where she has represented the best interests of abused and neglected children in the NC court system. 

Karlei lives in Wesley Chapel, NC with her husband and their eight fur babies: Ridge, Rogue, Finn, Tundra, Cinder, Lincoln, Riggs & Pete  (all dogs). She hopes to open an animal sanctuary within the next few years. At the sanctuary, she intends to rescue mainly dogs and horses… and the occasional cat, chicken, pig, turtle, snake, rat, and/or you name it 🙂 

In her spare time, Karlei likes to spend time on her motorcycles. 

Animal rescue is Karlei’s biggest passion in life. She strongly believes in protecting those souls that cannot defend themselves. 

If you want to reach Karlei you can email to

Vice President: Jeannie Hoppenjans


Jeannie has been a long-time animal advocate and is always rallying for the underdog. 

Jeannie has been a fostering and saving animals for over 30 years and has volunteered for several organizations before landing at PEAR. She has a strong business background in finance and banking for 20+ years and bring s a wealth of knowledge to PEAR.

Jeannie lives in Mint Hill, NC with her 7 dogs: Sarge, Mickie, Sam, Luke, Dupie, Bumper, Mia,  2 cats & 2 rabbits. 

When she is not rescuing animals or volunteering her time to further PEAR's initiative she can be found gardening, a favorite pastime of hers. 

  If you want to reach Jeannie to discuss marketing you can email to 

Secretary: Tina Helms


Tina is the backbone of our crew by keeping us organized by updating us regularly with everything going on. With the numerous committees we have; fundraising, events, marketing, social media & business meetings to name a few we stay quite busy with saving animals and helping families through our Project ReUnite program.

Tina lives in Indian Trail, NC with her 3 dogs & 2 cats and stays busy keeping us on task and working full time with her day job. 

In her free time she likes spending time with her family. 

 If you want to reach Tina you can email to