Our Board of Directors

We are thankful for the, experienced, dedicated and all volunteer
Board of Directors who help insure the success of our organization.

Sr. Pauline Quinn OP


(in perpetuity)


Sr. Pauline has spent her life helping others, through the various programs she has started, The Prison Dog program, Victims of Trauma, Hope for the Children & various programs helping the disenfranchised. 

Although she has suffered through unspeakable pain and trauma herself, she has found the best healing comes from helping others heal.

Her Prison Dog Program has grown to thousands of programs across the US and abroad.  These programs help teach society’s castaways (prison inmates) to be other centered. responsible & kind, giving them a new heart and vocation so that when they are returned to society they will be better citizens.


"Forgiveness, second chances helps to build positive and productive lives.  Building programs that give people opportunities to change helps people start to heal from their own brokenness.  


We all need to find hope in the darkness of our life then go out and pass it on so others can benefit from the fruits of our efforts to promote good." -Sr. Pauline Quinn


Sadly, Sister Pauline passed away from cancer in March 2020. Since she was diagnosed she spent what time she had left on this earth continuing her work, helping others and helping this world to be a better place.  We will do our best to continue her legacy.


Please visit our "About Us" page for more of Sr. Pauline's story.

Donna Shawver



Business Analyst

Certified Service Dog Trainer

Behavior Specialist

AKC Canine Good Citizen  -Trainer/Evaluator


Donna worked with Sr. Pauline for 19 years, assisting with business needs, web site development & the Prison Dog Program & the Font School. Her roll with Sr. Pauline Quinn and Pathways To Hope has made her one of the key resources in the United States for starting and maintaining prison dog programs.


In 2001 her life was changed after viewing an episode of “Cell Dogs” on
Animal Planet, which featured a group of dogs that were being trained at a prison.
After contacting a local Non-Profit organization; Canine Support Teams in California, specializing in Service Dogs for the disabled, she began volunteering and subsequently working with their Prison Dog Program where she met and began working with Sr. Pauline.
After apprenticing for three years Donna became a Certified Service Dog Trainer, ultimately managing their Prison Dog Program.

In 2008, became the Training Director for PAL Humane Society in Apple Valley, CA, started and managed their Prison Dog Program  and served as the President of their Board of Directors for two years.

In 2011, served as the President and Operations Director of Pathways to Hope/Cell Dogs Training Program; a Non-Profit organization focused on helping others by building prison dog programs, and training shelter dogs to become Service Dogs for Autistic Children. 

In 2011, founded No More Bad Dog Training & Behavior Specialist (now part of Paws Of Love)

In 2012, founded the Paws Of Love Therapy dog program.


Currently, in addition to her responsibilities at Bridges and Pathways of Courage 

she is the Executive Director for Paws Of Love Therapy Dogs. She volunteers her "spare time" with Good Shepherd Services, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping small nonprofits, who specialize in animal welfare, with their business needs. 


"I can't imaging anything better than helping others.  Being a part of this life changing work is the most fulfiling thing I have ever and will ever do. 
Sister Pauline taught me so much about life, but mostly understanding that there is very little seperating one person from another.  Maybe one life choice or being born in a different place, having different opportunities for education or perhaps having a trauma in life that changed everything, even being born a race other than your own or having a different belief than you.  These things shouldn't be a reason to treat one person different from another.  Treat all beings with the love and respect that they deserve.

The difference Sister Pauline made in my life is immeasurable.  I am honered that she asked me to continue with her work at Bridges and Pathways of Courage.  I could never do what she did, but I'll do my best to continue the work she loved so much.” –Donna Shawver

Susan Nagelsen



Professor of English, Curry College-Retired


Until her retirement in June 2014, Susan Nagelsen was the director of the writing program at New England College in Henniker, NH. Unable to stay away from the classroom, she is now a professor at Curry College in Milton, MA and also teaches for Granite State College in Concord, NH. She is a senior consulting editor for BleakHouse Publishing, whose offices are in American University in Washington, DC.  She also finds room in her busy schedule to serve as the associate editor and frequent contributor for the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons, a peer-reviewed criminal-justice journal published by the University of Ottawa.


Her book, Exiled Voices: Portals of Discovery, is a collection of writings by women and men in prisons across the country, gathered during her research and fieldwork and is used in writing curricula in a number of colleges and universities.


Susan has also published short fiction (Tacenda Literary Magazine, New Plains Review BleakHouse Review, IdeaGems) and poetry (The Poet's Touchstone). Her essay on higher education was published in Thought & Action, the journal of the National Education Association. Her two great passions in life are writing and education, each inextricably bound to the other.

Charles Huckelbury



Senior consulting editor at BleakHouse Publishing

Associate editor of and a contributor to the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons, a peer-reviewed journal dealing with criminal justice issues published by the University of Ottawa.


He has taught English literature and writing for a community college and was a contributing writer for the Concord (NH) Monitor. He is the author of two books of poetry, Tales from the Purple Penguin and Distant Thunder, both published by BleakHouse.

He was also a founding member of the training cadre in Sister Pauline Quinn's service-dog training program at the New Hampshire State Prison in Concord, NH, an experience he says helped immensely in his successful reintegration into what he calls the "real world" by opening emotional doors that had long been closed. Joey, a remarkable Labrador retriever, was his first "student" and graduated with honors. After being assigned to a lucky family, Joey went on to save the life of his companion on two occasions, a testament to the worth of these programs designed and implemented by Sister Pauline.

Paul Umentum

Advisory (WI)




Ordained Deacon: Catholic Diocese of Green Bay (2000-Present)


 B.S. (Summa Cum Laude) Marquette University (1981) - Business Administration

J.D. (Cum Laude) University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison (1984)
Commission Ministry Degree, Silver Lake College / Diocese of Green Bay (1997-2000)

Professional Memberships
State of Wisconsin Bar Association
Member of Probate, Trust Law, Family, Corporate Law Divisions and Elder Law Sections
Brown County Bar Association
Bar Admission: Wisconsin (1984)
United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin (1984)
United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin (1984)
Officer and Member, Collaborative Professionals of Northeastern Wisconsin, Inc. (2001-Present)

Community Involvement

Ordained Deacon: Catholic Diocese of Green Bay (2000-Present)
Assistant Episcopal Master of Ceremonies to Bishop David L. Ricken, Diocese of Green Bay
Staff Member: St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church, Green Bay (2000-Present)
Board Member: Independent Review Board, Diocese of Green Bay (2002-Present)
Board Member: St. Thomas More Society, Green Bay (2009-Present)
Professed Third Order Franciscan and Vice Minister, St. Ann's Fraternity, Green Bay, Wisconsin (1997-Present)
Board Member: Brown County Jail Ministries, Inc, Brown County Wisconsin (2012-Present)
Board Member: Dominican Republic Mission-St. Therese, Appleton, Wisconsin (2008-Present)
Chaplain and Volunteer: St. John's Homeless Shelter, Green Bay, Wisconsin (2007-Present)
Past President and Current Board Member: Optimist Club of West Green Bay (1986-Present)
Former Board Member and Board Vice President: Notre Dame Academy (High School), Green Bay, Wisconsin (1998-2004)
Former Board Member and Board President: Catholic Charities, Diocese of Green Bay (2001-2011)
Former Board Member: McCormick Home, Diocese of Green Bay (2002-2011)
Former Board Member: Bellin College of Nursing
Former Board Member: UWGB Advisory Nursing Board
Former Board Member: Volunteer Center - Brown County


Paul has been happily married for 28 years and has three wonderful children. He has the ability to balance his family life with his professional life as well as find time to help out with his church where he is an ordained Deacon

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