Corporate Information

On November 26th, 2019 Piney Mountain Foster Care, Inc. became 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 2022 meetings of PMFC’s Board of Directors will be:
9:00 AM on Jan 8th, April 2nd, July 2nd and Oct 1st

Location for meetings: Historic Tanner School

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.

Jennifer Jennings — Treasurer

Jennifer is an accountant for a major corporation. She wanted to apply her financial planning talents to helping make a difference for abused and neglected 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 has been an active volunteer with the Friends Animal Shelter in Newport TN and is now helping more animals with Piney Mountain Foster Care.

Helen Duvall — Foster Home Coordinator

Helen is a semi-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 loves to see happy, protected animals.

Pam Knudson

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 Clinton Animal Hospital in Knoxville TN. Dr. Courtney has 3 cats and 2 dogs of her own, and enjoys reading and other introverted activities.

Facility Manager

Doug Bittinger

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.


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

DocumentationMeeting minutes (past 12 months)Grants Received (past 12 months)
TN Name Registration
Tennessee Charter
Corporate Bylaws
501(c)(3) Determination Letter
Annual financial statement
For: 2019 | 2020 | 2021
Mar. 6 2021 Board Meeting
June 5, 2021 Board Meeting
Sept 4, 2021 Board Meeting
Dec. 4, 2021 Board Meeting
Fidelity Charitable Fund
PayPal Giving Fund
Signore Family Giving Fund
The Binky Foundation
The Guinness Dunn Foundation
The Kong Toy Company

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