Touching Lives, Warming Hearts

Through Human & Animal Interactions

KPETS Board of Directors

Bill Beyer – Board Chair

Retired attorney with 30 years’ practice experience, including 10 years as managing partner of a small general practice law firm in Lancaster. Instructor of Business Law at Penn State University, as well as teacher of an LSAT Prep Course at several colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Indiana. Served 20 years on the Bart Township Planning Commission. Community activities include serving on Board of Directors of Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Services, Inc., and active volunteering for Hospice and Community. Bill joined SCORE in 2013 and is Vice President for Education.

Erin Wolfe – Treasurer



Erin is a CPA and the Assistant Controller at Wayforth, LLC. Previously, she worked at RKL LLP as a Consultant in their Senior Living Services Consulting Group where she spent time working in numerous retirement communities. It was during this time when Erin saw firsthand the positive impact that pet therapy teams had on both the elderly population and their care providers.


Tom Burgum

Score Mentor

  • Retired after 43 years from Armstrong World Industries
  • Career in sales, marketing and training and development
  • SCORE Certified Mentor for 13 years
  • Owner of Golden Retriever rescues Kallie & Kacie


Lori Roscoe


Lori Roscoe has worked in communications, fundraising and volunteer management in the nonprofit world for more than 40 years. She first witnessed the impact of KPETS at the Schreiber Center for Pediatric Development, where KPETS dogs assist with physical, occupational and speech therapy. Current furry family members include 2 grand-dogs – Chevy, a German Shorthair Pointer and Apollo, a German Shepherd mix rescue.

Darlene Graham

Retired Educator/Volunteer

Darlene taught high school English at both Cocalico School District and Conestoga Valley School District for 37 years. Once she retired in 1999, she spent some time teaching at Linden Hall.  Not long after her first grand-daughter arrived, she officially opened a “granny’s day care” for her two grand-daughters.  In 2016, she joined KPETS as a volunteer with her Cavalier King Charles, Karina, and eventually added Petey. Since then she has volunteered as a presenter and as chair of the Tails of Comfort fundraiser.  She joined the KPETS board in the fall of 2019.

Christi Brown – Secretary

Senior Director, Volunteer Engagement

Christi Brown - Secretary

Christi Brown served as the Senior Director of Volunteer Engagement for a South-Central PA healthcare organization for 16 years. She was responsible for over 6,000 Volunteers and Interns, hospital gift shops, hospital guest Services, and auxiliaries within the health system. Christi earned her Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Drexel University and her B.S. in Business Administration from Elizabethtown College. She is currently serving in several volunteer leadership roles, such as Treasurer of the Association of Leaders of Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE), Treasurer of the Pennsylvania Association of Healthcare Volunteers Resources Professionals (PAHVRP), and a committee member of the Health Administration Advisory Council for Drexel University. Christi was recognized by several organizations for her passion, dedication, and community service, including the Evelyn Burston award from PAHVRP, the Volunteer of the Year from United Way of York County and the Alumni of the Year award from Leadership York. She enjoys working with Volunteers and understands the value and impact they have with organizations.

Erika Wilkinson

VP for Strategic Enrollment Management – PA College of Health Sciences

Erika has worked in higher education for over 25 years, as both an educator and an administrator.  She has lived in Lancaster County since 1995, with her husband Doug and their two kids: Sierra and Alex.  Erika learned of KPETS at work when the therapy animals came to support the College students.  From her first meeting with the therapy animals, she has wanted to be a KPET team.  Her passion for KPETS led her to serve on the board and help lead the organization.

Karen Gerth

KPETS Founder

Karen worked in IT for years but found her passion of sharing her dogs through pet therapy visits. Volunteering with national therapy dog organizations, she soon realized they could not keep up with the demand to screen and register new volunteer teams.  After being motivated by her pastor’s messages on Vision and doing quite a bit of research, KPETS was founded in 2003. KPETS was formed not only to register more volunteers, but to connect those volunteers and their pets with the needs in our communities. “I finally found out why God put me here.” Karen lives with her husband, three amazing Golden Retrievers, a horse and three goats.