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.
Jennifer Robinson – Director of People and Experience
Jennifer Robinson’s frequent use of the word ‘Y’all’ is a dead giveaway to her roots. Speaking of roots, Jennifer’s are interesting. She raised show cattle and hogs, led backpacking trips, catered for her mother’s restaurant business, played 3 musical instruments (not well), and holds a State FFA Degree. Her favorite classes at Oklahoma State University were agronomy, biology, and art history. This broad exposure to a variety of people, interests, and activities eventually led to her to an “ah-ha” moment that turned her fear that she’d been on a path of never ending schizophrenic interests…to a realization that she was well equipped to invest in the business of understanding and developing people. She truly appreciates everyone’s unique wiring, background, and capacity. She has been called the Swiss army knife of organizations and has a sincere desire to improve both processes and employee contributions.
She started her career in staffing with a decade of service to Key Personnel where she moved from recruiting to placement, eventually settling in as an onsite staffing specialist for Williams Energy and Magellan Industries. Her next decade was in the non-profit world, contributing in both finance and human resources capacities for a large Methodist Church. She met a Midwest guy and the rest is history. She left her HR Director role and moved from Tulsa in January and is thrilled to have landed in a place that is every bit as eclectic as she is.
Jennifer absolutely loves her new home in KC and spends her free time with her husband, Geno and her giant Goldendoodle, Angus…. and is always thinking about what new hobby or interest is next on the horizon.
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
Cher, the blond in the front and recently retired director of Kansas City Retired Greyhounds as Pets (REGAP), is always happy to greet you when you come in with your pooch. Cher has a problem with foster failing (adopting her foster dogs), however she only has 2 dogs at this time (once she had 12!). At her home is Pippa, a half beagle and greyhound mix who terrorizes the staff at Pooches and the squirrels at home and Marley, the black, old greyhound likes walking, car trips, and distributing the white fluffy stuffing inside of his toys around the house. Nothing is better than being immediately greeted with “happy feet” when she gets home. Cher feels that dogs have a ancient sense that lets them read human emotions and provide support, cuddle time, or playfulness when needed, while never judging. Working at Pooches’ is the best job (of numerous) Cher has ever had. She can’t help but smile when she sees all the joyous faces on our guests. Cher has an artist’s mind and enjoys creating jewelry and designing interiors. If Cher could retire she would spend her days in New Orleans soaking in its energy through the great live music scene, spectacular eats, and countless events in the city with her dude! Cher founded Pooches Paradise in 2005 and formed the base on which we have grown.
Mary – Director of Training
Mary Sellaro, a former dog daycare owner turned full time trainer, has been training dogs since 1990. She joined the Pooches Paradise management team during September 2012. She has taught group classes and private lessons from puppy level through advanced for pet owners. Mary has also worked with dog owners on behavioral issues, including aggression. She developed and implemented a training class program for REGAP, Retired Greyhounds as Pets. Mary has been the temperament test evaluator for the Children’s Mercy Hospital’s Pet Pal Program since 1997 and Pets for Life, Inc. from 1996 through 2004. She co-owned and operated a dog daycare and obedience training facility for several years. Prior to coming over to Pooches Paradise, Mary served as a Director of Pet Education and Grooming for Pet Resort Inc, a national pet services provider of boarding, daycare, training and grooming.
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.