Founder / Chair
Erin is the owner of Highland Canine Training, LLC, an industry-leading dog training and canine education business. After graduating in 2001 from Appalachian State University with a BS in Criminal Justice and a minor in sociology, Erin became a sworn law enforcement officer in North Carolina the following year. While serving in the Reidsville Police Department, she was presented with an Award of Merit for rescuing a disabled individual from their burning home. Erin’s wealth of expertise has helped train Police K9s and service dogs across the nation, in addition to time spent working with local rescue groups through Highland Canine’s Second Chance Program. She now brings her enthusiasm and experience in leading Highland Canine Connect’s efforts to improve the community through canine connections.
Born and raised in Iredell County, Kim graduated from Statesville High School as well as Liberty University with a Master’s in Business, and has worked in the healthcare industry for over two decades. Kim has been married to her husband for 25 years and they have two sons, as well a black Lab named Shadow (who grins every morning for a biscuit) and a chocolate Lab named Maddie (a rescue, who just wants to be loved). Kim loves to spend quality time with her family, whether it is going out on the lake, going camping, or just getting together. She has a passion for helping others and giving back to the community.
A native of North Carolina, Lori grew up in Concord. She graduated from Catawba College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Birth-Kindergarten Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. She has worked extensively in the education field as a teacher, early childhood executive director, and preschool owner. She continues to follow her passion as an early education trainer and works to advocate for children and families.
Lori enjoys spending her free time with her husband, their two sons, daughter in law and nephew. They have a Shihpoo, Labradoodle, sphynx cat, rabbit and 20+ chickens.
As the Executive Director of Highland Canine Connect, Lori is able to give to her passion and love of support dogs in the community. As a special need parent and advocate, she has seen the positive effect animals can have on a person’s social and emotional well-being. Bringing together her experiences in the special needs community, education, and love of animals, Lori is excited to be a part of Highland Canine Connect.
Susie moved to Statesville in 1997, having previously lived in a canyon in southern California. This move to North Carolina sparked the beginning of a Southern adventure for Susie, Tom and Bailey Wiberg. Having retired from career entanglements, Susie is now able to spend more time volunteering in the community. “Dogs are the best people ever – Highland does fabulous work and I am thrilled to be involved,” explains Susie. “Mostly, however, I’m doing this because I get to play with their dogs!”
An Iredell County native, Susan is heavily invested in the local community and seeks every opportunity to serve it. For six years, she ran a successful private practice, and currently is the Attorney Advocate for the Guardian ad Litem program in Iredell and Rowan counties, allowing her to represent abused and neglected children. Susan has always had a heart for animals and is passionate about advocating for the undeserved. She has joined Highland Canine Connect because she believes passionately in the mission of the organization, with her strong desire to assist with education efforts and implementation of creative plans that will allow canines to help those in need.
Kim moved to Statesville in 1989 from Newport, TN. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice shortly after moving here from Gardner Webb University. Kim met her husband, Buddy, shortly after she moved, and they have been married for 30 years. They have one son, a daughter in love, three grandsons, and seven god sons. Kim and Buddy currently have three dogs – Diesel, Wiggles, and Precious. All three are rescues. Diesel is what started Kim’s ‘obsession’ with rescuing, according to Buddy. She spends her free time with her grandson, transporting rescue animals to a better future, and helping Highland Canine Connect. Kim loves being a part of HCC – she loves what the organization stands for and the goals they strive to achieve.
Program Director, Florida
Nancy was born in Kingston, NY, and currently lives in the Tampa, FL area. She received an Associate Degree in Business Management from the University of South Carolina. She has been married to her husband, Everett for 21 years – they have a daughter, Brittany Mojica, who works for Highland Canine Training as their trainer in the Tampa area. Having provided pet therapy with her own dogs for over a decade, Nancy has seen first-hand how pet therapy changes lives. Now that she has retired, she is excited to use her non-profit experience and love for pet therapy to start a branch of Highland Canine Connect in Florida.