Please upgrade your browser

  • Catherine Helgesen
    President

    Catherine works as a CPA in Wilmington.  She has been a volunteer at Paws Place since December 2015.  Her passion for dogs brought her to Paws Place and she delights in doing all she can to make the residents feel special.  Catherine is married and has a rescue pup – Roxy.  She enjoys yoga, reading, boating, and long walks with her family.

  • Tom Miller
    Vice President

    Tom is a retired Department of Defense Program Manager and Contracting Officer with thirty-three (33) years of Marine Corps and Army Acquisition program experience.  Tom and his wife, Elizabeth, moved to St. James in 2016.  They are both active in local charities.  Tom has volunteered at Paws Place for 4 years.  Elizabeth coordinates collection of pet food donations for the Southport Oak Island Inter-Church Food Pantry (SOIICF), which are delivered by Tom.  Tom and Elizabeth have two rescue dogs, two rescue cats, and two horses.

  • Tony Durso
    Treasurer

    Tony is an engineer and an MBA who has retired from ExxonMobil Chemical Company.  He has been a volunteer with Paws Place since 2011.

  • Shannon Eidsness
    Board Secretary

    Shannon works as a hospital pharmacist in Wilmington. She has been around dogs all her life and is eager to spend her spare time with the sweet dogs at Paws Place, where she found her rescue dog, Mickey, in 2020.

  • Peggy Durso
    Board Member

    Peggy has worked in administrative positions at a variety of industries in her career, including financial planning, education, health services, legal and manufacturing.  Peggy has been a volunteer with Paws Place since 2008.

  • Robin Arnaud
    Board Member

    Retired REALTOR who has had at least one dog almost her entire life. Robin worked in various fields while living all across the country and is now in the one which pays in puppy kisses!