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it all Began

I am a dog handler who has spent much of the last 5 years in crisis response settings with beautiful golden retrievers. Thousands of hours in settings such as Sandy Hook Elementary, the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing and countless schools suffering from the effects of suicide, drug overdose, car accidents, cancer deaths and other sudden trauma.  I am the person at the other end of the leash. I wasn't the one who got the request to be there, it was the comfort dogs. But I was there. And I loved, and cared, and watched, and learned….





We are a social good company teaching and equipping people of all ages how to create compassionate connections in order to comfort those who are hurting and isolated.  For every Inspiring Comfort kit sold, $25 will be donated to LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and mission related mental health organizations.


Our inspiration: 

the comfort dogs

People aren’t natural-born comforters, but dogs are. Working with Comfort Dogs for over 5 years, we saw first-hand the need for greater comfort in our world. We were inspired by all that dogs can teach us about comfort and companionship, and have incorporated these lessons into all of our programs.


Dogs are never too busy on their devices to give you attention. They always put you first.


 They don’t worry about what to say, they are just there.


They know how to connect with compassion. When they are with you, they are present.


Empowering you to 

make a difference

We are moms and former corporate executives who grew up in a world with phones attached to the wall and family dinners. We watched as the dramatic increase in the pace of life, the use of technology and the advent of handheld devices have led to a decline in our ability to form lasting and meaningful relationships. Understanding that technology is here to stay we were inspired to create a real and tangible solution to counter this growing crisis. Fortunately, compassionately connecting with others is a skill that can be taught and developed in children and adults.  We all have too much to lose if we don't reverse the trend of loneliness and social isolation. We hope you will join us in this fight to regain compassion, connection and comfort.


Meet our

Chief Comforters 

Founding members of Inspiring Comfort dedicated to the Company mission of creating more compassionate connections in the world.


Jen Marr Founder & CEO

Development & Programming

Passions: Extending support after initial crisis/trauma response, and working with schools.

Read Jen’s full bio here.

“HOTWIG - Hold on To What is Good”


Mary Perry, Co-Founder & President

Marketing & Communications

Passions: Walking with faith-based organizations, and training the trainers.

Read Mary’s full bio here.

“Broken crayons still color.”



Jill Bornstein, Co-Founder & CFO

Finance & Operations

Passions: Developing more effective teams, groups and organizations thru authentic connection.

Read Jill’s full bio here.

“In order to harness the power of diversity we must first compassionately connect.”


Meet our

Comfort Consultants 

Subject Matter Experts who have helped craft our curriculum and extend our reach.


Liz Riggs

Content Development 

Passions: Suicide Prevention / Program Facilitator

Favorite Quote:
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ~Mother Teresa

Link to bio here:

Gael Lynch

Curriculum Writer / School Advocate

Passions: Teacher Development, student writing and Golden Retrievers.

Favorite Quote:
"Be nice to each other, that's all that really matters." ~ D. Hochsprung

Link to bio here:



Scientific Advisor

Passions: Crisis Response Preparedness / Advancing Mental Health Access & Education.

Favorite Quote: "Compassion is a verb" ~T.N.Hanh

Link to bio here:


Meet our

Comfort ambassadors

The earliest club leaders equipping students to comfort every day.


Dawn Gilfry

Fremont, NE

Dawn was excited to implement this program from the moment she first heard about it. She was awarded a grant to start a Club at a local independent school for Behavior Disorder and the reaction of the school far exceeded her expectations.  Her love of art, kids and comfort combined gives her an amazing vision of all of the next places to launch Inspiring Comfort programs in Nebraska.  

Favorite Quote: "Helping other people can be a cure. Not just for those who are in need, but for your soul as well." ~ M. Reka



Jill Zempel

Milwaukee, WI

Jill has a passion for working with High Schools and started a Club at Lake Country Lutheran HS in the fall of 2016.  This club has taken Project Comfort out to several Elementary Schools throughout Milwaukee, the local Childrens hospital and also welcomed back USO members at General Mitchell Field Airport in Milwaukee with plaques made by club members.

Favorite Quote: Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For indeed, that’s all who ever have.  ~M. Mead


Jane Marsh -Johnson

Davenport Iowa

Jane’s enthusiasm for Club Comfort brought the program to Iowa in the fall of 2016. “Trinity has had great success with Club Comfort and our middle school students. Every Friday for 10 weeks it became part of their curriculum. The students became very invested in designing personal plaques for people they identified as well as residents of 3 Assisted Living and Nursing Homes and Veterans. During their last class they made and delivered plaques to Trinity’s staff. There were many tears of appreciation. Gracie Comfort Dog attended each class to show them how it's done.” 

Favorite Quote –. I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. ~ Philippians 4:13


Julie Wall

Davenport, Iowa

Julie ran a test pilot of a 10 lesson class curriculum for the 6th grade with amazing results.  Additionally she implemented an after school club for the middle school.  Julie is a master artist and created an art component lesson for our class curriculum kit launching this summer.

Favorite Quote: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~ Jeremiah 29:11