Hope AACR Board of Directors

Karen-hathawayKaren Hathaway:  Director, President
Pacific Northwest Region
Karen Hathaway has been an active member of HOPE since 2006.  After only a year, she took on the role of Regional Director for the Pacific Northwest region.  And then in 2008 she was elected to the Board of Directors.  She has been on the Executive Committee ever since; filling roles of Secretary, Vice President and now President.  Her leadership and dedication to HOPE has helped the organization grow and thrive during her remarkable tenure.

Karen and her husband Bob live in Spokane, Washington.  Karen currently has three collies who are all involved in pet therapy.  Rio was certified with HOPE but is now retired.  Sonny is an active partner with HOPE and Karen hopes to get Cassidy certified in 2021.

Karen considers it a privilege to have been a part of HOPE for so many years.  She is grateful for the friendships and meaningful relationships she has enjoyed because of her involvement with such a caring organization.


constance-howellConstance Howell:  Director, Vice-President
Pacific Southwest Region

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Raquel-lackeyRaquel Lackey:  Director, Treasurer
Pacific Northwest Region

Raquel Lackey is a Certified Public Accountant with over 25 years of experience in both public accounting as well as having a career in private accounting as the Chief Financial Officer for many years of several family-owned, multi-national corporations.  She serves on multiple boards including Pacific NW Peer Association, Washington State Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response and Reading with Rover.

Raquel is passionate about educating and supporting the mental health of first responders and others who participate in disaster response. She is also a certified instructor with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation., Certified Field Traumatologist and Compassion Fatigue Educator with Green Cross Academy of Traumatology.

Raquel has been working with her dogs in both arenas of Animal-assisted Therapy and Animal-assisted Crisis Response since 2010.  She is currently an active member with HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response with her black lab, Pickles and chocolate lab, Bungee, consistently serving over 300 hours on an annual basis.


Jeanne JacksonJeanne Jackson:  Director, Secretary
Pacific Northwest Region

Jeanne Jackson is a Director of Clinical Project Management in the pharmaceutical industry with over 20 years of experience managing and directing people, projects and processes. Jeanne has been working with her Siberian Husky Areya Sunshine in both arenas of Animal-assisted Therapy and Animal-assisted Crisis Response since 2013.  She also has another Siberian Husky, Kalina, with whom she volunteers regularly at a local homeless shelter alongside Areya.

Jeanne has been formally trained in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). She has been an active member of the HOPE AACR board of directors since January 2018 and has served as Secretary for the duration. When not working or volunteering, you can usually find Jeanne, Areya and Kalina hiking the local trails of Washington State.


Steve-boothSteve Booth:  Director
Pacific Southwest Region
Steve Booth is a retired Sergeant with the Orange County Sheriffs Department.  Steve spent 35 years with the Sheriffs and retired 5 years ago.  Since retiring, he has worked with his Golden Retriever, Henry, as a volunteer in the pet therapy arena.  In October of 2016, Steve and Henry joined HOPE.  In 2017, Steve and Henry re-joined the Sheriffs Department and became a Peer Support Crisis Comfort team.  In 2018, Steve was elected as the Regional Director of the Pacific Southwest Region.  In 2020, Steve was elected to the HOPE Board of Directors.


heather-jerkins-brazellHeather Jenkins Brazell, DVM, CVA:  Director
Southeast Region

Heather is a veterinarian and certified veterinary acupuncturist.  Dr. Jenkins earned her doctorate at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. Dr. Jenkins obtained her certification in veterinary acupuncture from the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida

Dr. Jenkins owns Healing Springs Animal Hospital in Galax, Va. She practiced mixed-animal veterinary medicine for 13 years before transitioning to her current small animal and camelid focus. Dr. Jenkins is certified with the US Department of Agriculture as a wild life rehabilitator with a specialty in turtles.  Dr. Jenkins has been an avid dog trainer as part of her life-long mission to support the human-animal bond.

Dr. Jenkins has been a Pet Partners therapy dog volunteer and an evaluator.  To date she has had six certified therapy dogs. She began volunteering with HOPE AACR in 2009. She has had two dogs credentialed with HOPE AACR.

Heather volunteers in her community as the secretary of the Carroll Galax Grayson Local Emergency Preparedness Committee.  She has attended multiple conferences on housing and caring for animals during disasters.


constance-howellSusan Herman:  Director
Eastern Region

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Jeanne-hookeJeanne Hooke:  Director
Central Gulf Coast Region

Originally from Northern California, Jeanne was transferred to Houston by Shell Oil in 1971. She managed the maintenance of Shell’s fleet of 10,000 rail cars and was very involved with all the railroads and repair shops including the inspection of rail cars, the leasing companies and plants on a 24/7 schedule retiring after 37 years. In 2009 Jeanne became very active in a local therapy group and in 2013, She drove to Florida with her dog Rebel to be a HOPEful in the Southeast Region Workshop. Jeanne became an Area Coordinator in 2018 and was elected to the Board in December 2019.


constance-howellKeena Jones:  Director
Midwest Region

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constance-howellSandy Miller:  Director
Rocky Mountain Region

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