The Founder

LaTonya Gates. Advocate for Kids. Social Justice Believer. Community Leader.


Her passion to see children and their parents empowered and equipped to live fulfilling lives led her to launch PAWKids in 2014. Supported by her adopted parents, Chuck and JoEyln Johnston, she has built holistic children, family, and neighborhood enrichment ministry with the help of so many friends and organizations that have believed in her and her ministry.


She has three children, Anthony (2015 Morehouse Graduate), Larenzia (2017 Mississippi Valley State University Graduate), and King (4 years old). 

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The Staff

Anthony Gates

Director of Operations

Mary Kay Payne

Development Assistant

Larenzia Lawrence

Director of Children's Enrichment and Community Outreach

Susie Judge

PEP Program Coordinator

Lauren Smith

Director Community Co-op

Megan Nellen

Learning Specialist

Dana Ponder

Chief Financial Officer


Board of Directors

Claire Jackson


Catherine Young

General Member

Richard Manor

Vice Chairman

Mike "Killer Mike" Render

General Member

Justin Giboney

General Member

Chuck Johnston

General Member

Sakia DeLany


Susie Judge

General Member

Marybeth Edgecomb


Derrick B. Lockwood

General Member


Board of Advisors

Walter Henegar | Glen Jackson | Sam Diamon | Charles Harper | Will Shearer


Key Partners

These organizations are vital to the health and sustenance of our program. They support us spiritually, financially and physically through volunteer work.


Trinity Anglican Church

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Affiliate Partners

These organizations are proud sponsors of PAWKids.

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P.O. Box 20468

Atlanta, GA 30325

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