Our Team


  • Jeanine Patten-Coble

    Founder, President and Executive Director

    Jeanine was a high school history teacher and professional educational trainer for 15 years before being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009.  Jeanine is thrilled to have a wonderful husband, Terry and son, Jake who carried her through her own cancer journey with their strength, support and love.  Her own battle with breast cancer inspired the creation of Little Pink Houses of Hope.  She loves to watch her son play basketball and hang out with her family.  Jeanine is amazed at all of the wonderful people that she has met through her service and is thankful that God showed up in her life in such a big and powerful way to put her on this mission.


  • Kathy Gates

    Retreat Relations Director

    Kathy has always loved God and His creation, leading to her job as a middle school science teacher. Kathy’s involvement with Little Pink began while teaching LPHOH Founder Jeanine’s son, Jake, where she created unique school fundraisers to support the retreats. Her experiences then expanded to volunteering for retreats, serving as a Retreat Director and now on staff as our Retreat Relations Director.

    Kathy and her husband Garry have 4 amazing daughters, Amanda, Carey, Anna and Laura. They LOVE the beach and see it as a place of connection and respite, just like the mission of Little Pink for the families that attend a retreat. She enjoys gardening, puzzles, and games with her family, and working at Little Pink. What better place to do the things that she loves the most – serve God, love people, and enjoy the beach!
    email: kathy@littlepink.org

  • LeKeshia Franklin

    Director of Development

    LeKeshia is from Greensboro and has 10 years of nonprofit fund development experience. She is super excited to assist with expanding the fundraising efforts here at Little Pink. LeKeshia became a first time mom last year with the birth of her son Jayden James (JJ). She loves meeting new people and can’t wait to meet the breast cancer survivors and their families that we serve. Her own maternal grandmother is an 18-year survivor who still at 82 years old makes jellies and jams, jewelry, and canning soup for the family is LeKeshia’s inspiration.
    email: lekeshia@littlepink.org

  • Leslie Shoffner

    Finance and Systems Director

    Leslie was born in Alamance County, NC and has four beautiful children, two boys and two girls. Her mother was a breast cancer survivor, but died in December 2011 when cancer returned in several areas of her body.

    One of Leslie’s favorite things is seeing someone smile because their life has been touched.  She also works hard at the “Get Phit” workout studio leading fitness classes and encouraging people to get healthy.
    email: leslie@littlepink.org