Anita and her husband, Leon, retired to Sunset Beach, NC in 2003. Anita had enjoyed a thirty-year career in Human Resources with Campbell Soup and consulting for various other Fortune 500 companies. During that time she also volunteered in various capacities with the American Society of Training and Development and the Society for Human Resource Management. Anita has always shared her life with cats and dogs and other animals. She introduced her husband to “rescue” work when they rescued a young Boston Terrier from a house where he had been abandoned. After losing Spanky to dementia ten years later, they adopted another Boston Terrier from a rescue group in Charleston. In 2010 the Augusts joined Paws Ability, and Anita was elected to the serve on its Board of Directors in January 2015 and was elected President in 2020.
Mercy McCurdy retired from the Maryland Public School system in 2005, after teaching biology and other life sciences for 30 years. During her years in Maryland she volunteered as a guide for the Baltimore Zoo, and as a docent for the Baltimore Aquarium. In addition she volunteered for the local SPCA working with socializing dogs. Since retiring, Mercy has become a Certified Master Gardner under the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. Through the Service she volunteers as a 4-H leader with the Junior Master Gardener program at Supply Elementary School. She also volunteers at the Brunswick County Shelter to help to prepare dogs for their forever home. Mercy joined Paws Ability in 2010. She enjoys participating in fundraisers and representing Paws Ability at the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce. Mercy also volunteers at Grayce Winds Wild Horse farm, caring for horses and educating visitors about wild horses of the Eastern U.S.
Mary Beth Mount
After a career with the federal government, Mary Beth worked in several aspects of animal welfare and sheltering. In 2013, she and her husband, Jeff, relocated to Southport NC. They share their home with 5 rescue animals and regularly enjoy the addition of a foster. Mary Beth became a member of Paws-Ability in the fall of 2013 and a member of the Board of Directors in 2016. She was elected Vice President in 2020.
Sue’s early career was corporate finance and event planning. In 1987, she completed her degree in Early Childhood Education. After teaching for over 20 years, Sue was asked to be a part of the Before and After Child Care program (SACC) in Paramus, NJ. She quickly became Co-coordinator of the program, overseeing 7 schools, with a staff of 50 people, while continuing to teach part-time. In her spare time, Sue and a friend also started a gift basket and design home-based business.
After her move to Carolina Shores, Sue felt her work with small children was over, until she joined Paws-Ability. Sue’s interest in teaching children about compassion and kindness for animals caused her to found a Pet Education Program in another county. She brought the program to Paws-Ability’s Board of Directors in 2014 and the rest is history! Sue persuaded the new Principal at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School to give it a try, recruiting 15 former teachers to teach and assist with curriculum. The program has now grown to include 3 Brunswick County schools. In 2017, Sue wrote and received a grant from ATMC which helps to fund the program. Sue joined the Paws-Ability Board of Directors in 2017 and was elected Secretary in 2020.