Corporate Information

As of November 26th, 2019 Piney Mountain Foster Care, Inc. is a Tennessee based non-profit corporation designated a 501(c)(3) Public Charity by the I.R.S.: EIN: 84-3593563.  As such we have a Board of Directors and requirements to make certain aspects of our operation and finances public.  We do that on this page.  Our mission statement and programs description are on the Home page.

Board of Directors Meetings

The 2020 meetings of PMFC’s Board of Directors will be:
9:00 AM on
March 7th, June 6th, Sept. 5th,  and Dec. 5th
in the conference room of Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice.
222 Heritage Blvd, Newport, TN 37821

Dec. 5th Agenda


Meet the Board

Marie Bittinger — President/Secretary
Marie is the payroll administrator at Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice in Newport TN.  Marie served on the Cocke Country Tourism Council for 14 years, sits on the Tanner Preservation Alliance Board of Directors, and is active in the Newport Chamber of Commerce, and the Cocke County Partnership.  Marie has always had a love of dogs and has been active in canine rescue since 2012 when she wanted to “give back” some of the love she’d gotten from her dogs after one of them was killed by a bear.  She wasn’t ready to adopt another, so she began fostering.

Pam Knudson — Treasurer
Pam is a banking professional at Newport Federal Bank in Newport TN.  She has always had a love of animals, she currently lives with a couple of cats, several goats and a flock of chickens.  She is also a maker of quilts.



Dr. Courtney Phillips DVM — Medical Advisor
Dr. Courtney Studied Veterinary Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University and is a veterinarian at Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital in Newport TN.  Dr. Courtney has 3 cats and 2 dogs of her own, and enjoys reading and other introverted activities.


Helen Duvall — Foster Home Coordinator

Helen is a retired Beauty salon owner of 42 years from Florida. Her parents raised and bred AKC German Shepherds, and she could hardly bear letting go of her puppies. Helen and her husband, Dave, have a seven year old shepherd but she is “daddy’s girl”. Helen loves to see happy, protected animals.


Dennis Dekker — Adoption Placement Coordinator

Dennis is a quality engineer at ARTAZN LLC in Greeneville TN, he has been an animal lover all his life, in 2016 his wife got him involved in animal rescue, fostering, and adoption.  He has made multiple trips to the north east states, transporting animals for rescues.  He is an active volunteer with the Friends Animal Shelter in Newport TN and is looking forward to helping more animals with Piney Mountain Foster Care.

Facility Manager

Doug Bittinger — Volunteer

Doug has worked with dogs all his life.  His prior experience included lots of business management experience, leading to a business of his own as custom furniture maker and writer.  But he’s retired now.  He got active in rescue in July of 2012.  He worked in a high quality shelter as a Kennel Technician in 2017, then decided to devote all his time to caring for and training PMFC residents.  He is known by many as a dog whisperer.


The links below lead to PDF copies of Piney Mountain Foster Care, Inc.’s required documents.

TN Name Registration

Tennessee Charter

Corporate Bylaws

501(c)(3) Determination Letter

Annual financial statement:
For 2019

Meeting minutes:

Oct 9, 2019 Incorporator’s Meeting

Oct 28, 2019 Board Meeting

Dec. 9, 2019 Board Meeting

March 7, 2020 Board Meeting

June 6, 2020 Board Meeting

Sept 5, 2020 Board Meeting (pending approval)

Grants Received:

The Binky Foundation



On Shore Foundation, Inc.

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