Pooches Pack Employees
The Pooches management team has a combined 60+ years of experience in handling, daycare, boarding, rescue, and general dog know how. The management team is comprised of 2 former dog daycare owners, a Vet Tech, a Nursing Student, all dog lovers, and former finance executive. Let’s meet the team.
Nick Langley grew up a maverick with entrepreneurial DNA. Raised by a single mother, he was a latch-key kid who had a special bond with his dogs. Nick learned at an early age that dogs have the power to heal through their companionship, loyalty and unconditional love.
Nick’s passion for animals led him to serve as the Board President for Spay and Neuter Kansas City, a nonprofit dedicated to ending animal homelessness. Utilizing his financial and business savvy, he helped the nonprofit grow to a nearly $2 million organization in just three years.
Nick is a vision-driven leader dedicated to improving the lives of both pets and their owners. With more than 18 years of experience in the financial services industry, he combines his passion for animals and business expertise to continually improve the organization and meet the changing needs of clients.
He is a graduate of Avila University and the Securities Industry Institute at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Nick is and award-winning business leader and spent the majority of his career at Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. where he oversaw business development, strategic planning and relationship management.
Kelly – Director of Operations
Kelly loves the feeling she gets when she walks into Pooches’ and all the dogs get happy. Kelly has been with Pooches since March 2010. Kelly always has a smile on her face and it seems to put the dogs in a great mood. A naturally creative person, Kelly likes to make dog toys out of reclaimed materials. When Kelly is not at Pooches’ she loves being with her kids. Besides being a dedicated mother, Kelly is easy going and is happy to snuggle next to her husband and watch a comedy or romantic movie. To relax, Kelly will pop open a Sylvia Brown book or other books based on real events. Kelly is dedicated to creating a comfortable and safe environment for your pups. She meets regularly with the Shift Supervisors for training purposes and communicating important changes or best practices. Kelly started as a Level 1 Pack Member and has worked her way to Resort Manager by keeping a cool head and even demeanor. If your pup boarded with us, you may receive a follow-up call from Kelly to ensure the stay met expectations and that future stays will be comfortable and fun.
Cher – Director of Pack Resources
Since 2008, you have seen Devona’s smiling face when you drop your furry friend off in the morning. Love is the word Devona uses to describe why she has a dog. It is that same love that makes working at Pooches’ a joy, in fact it doesn’t feel like she is “working” at all when she is around the dogs at Pooches’. In the summer, look for Devona at BB’s Lawnside BBQ where she enjoys live jazz, blues, and Motown music. Devona’s quiet hobbies include reading any James Patterson novels, or piecing together huge jigsaw puzzles.
Abby – Level 3 Pack Member
Meet Abby! She has a vibrant personality and joined up in January of 2015. She has recently completed her Level 3 pack member certification and works with our small dog and big dog groups. Abby is also working on her professional grooming skills and often assists with Kelli Neill, Pooches groomer. One of the things Abby likes about working at Pooches is the emphasis on safety through our training program. She loves how everyone cares for each other, it feels like a family. When she isn’t working at Pooches, Abby uses the outdoors as a living classroom for her son.
Danielle (Dani) – Level 3 Pack Member
Danielle (on left) is a Waldo native and proud furry parent of Milo, a large white cattle mix. You may not know this, but Danielle is a talented artist. We often find drawings on our cleaning checklists once she has detail cleaned a room. Danielle passed her Level 3 Pack Member certification in 2015. Danielle might avoid pictures and the spotlight, however, her work and care for the pups makes her standout as a Pack member. Danielle celebrates her Pooches anniversary in October every year since 2014 and is helping to train new staff the “Danielle way”. Thanks to Dani for her hard work and attention to detail.
Amy – Front Office and Level 3 Pack Member
Amy splits her time evenly between the Resort and the Front Desk. She is completing her Level 3 Pack Member certification in August 2015! Amy’s superpower is that she speaks dog. Her commitment to maintaining a high level of cleanliness and supervision for dog safety is what makes Amy a great part of the Pooches Pack. When Amy is not at Pooches she enjoying spending time with her 10yr old rat terrier, Minnie. Amy joined the pack in October 2013
Kelli – Groomer / Front Office / Level 3 Pack Member
Kelli is the resident groomer, friendly face at the front desk and dog whisperer in the back. Kelli has been with Pooches since December 2013. We love Kelli! More info to come.