Management Team
Daycare Team
DC Dog Wash Team
Dog Walking Team
Pet Sitting Team
Management Team

Vivian Leven, Dog Training Director
I feel very fortunate that I get to do what I love everyday - work with dogs! We have a wide spread of services between levels and specialty classes, privates, day training, the apprenticeship program and being a resource for our partner rescue groups. I am the go-to person for anything that relates to dog training and behavior so my work assignments vary from day-to-day. I am originally from Sweden where I grew up with all sorts of animals, dogs and horses being on the top of my list. I volunteered at vet hospitals, show kennels and horse barns for most of my teenage years. Animals have brought me great joy and adventure in life, including my first visit to the US. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) and a Certified Behavior Consultant Canine (CBCC). I have a Masters in Conflict Resolution from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. I live with my daughter and dog Karma in Alexandria.


Katharine Campbell, Accounting Manager
I was born and raised in Maryland and just recently moved to Alexandria, VA from Rockville, MD. The majority of my accounting background is in the hospitality industry (Hotels & Catering), so Iím excited to see what the pet industry has in store for me. My family always had pets growing up (cats and dogs), so Iím a lifelong animal lover with a weakness for big (calm) dogs! Iíd love to add a puppy to my current household of 2 cats and with working here, that may just happen sooner than later!


Bill Pemberton, GM Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Operations
I was born and raised just around the corner in Springfield VA. I currently reside in Alexandria VA with my wife, 2 children (11yr & 8Yr), and our 1 yr. old Yellow Lab Milo. I am constantly amazed how full my calendar is with activities....which ultimately does not include my own....for which my title has evolved from just "Dad" to "Glorified Chauffeur" & "Cheerleader". I have spent a majority of my career working various roles in customer service and account/field operations on a national level with a major property & casualty insurance company. In my spare time I am an avid endurance sport athlete. I have competed in many marathons including the Marine Corp and Boston Marathon. I have most recently enjoyed the opportunity to train and compete in triathlons having raced at IronMan Florida with a future goal of qualifying for the championship race in Kona, HI. I am an active member in my community volunteering time with various programs. I truly enjoy working with youth and have participated in an active role as youth leader and coach in Soccer, Track & Field and Cross Country...with a focus on teamwork (what that really means) and ultimately to make sure they do not lose focus on the FUN!! I am excited to be a member of the Fur-Get Me Not team and look forward to the exciting adventure that awaits!!


Angelina Paniagua, Marketing Communications Manager
Born and raised in California, I moved to the DC area a few years ago and absolutely love both coasts! I'm delighted to combine my creative expertise with my adoration and respect for animals at Fur-Get Me Not. Some of my hobbies include playing with the sweetest Frenchie in the world named Gringo, dancing salsa, traveling, and doing freelance work in marketing, branding and social media projects. I look forward to meeting you and your wonderful pets!


Katherine Lammers, HR Manager
I moved to Washington, DC in July of 2013 and currently live in the U Street Corridor area with my husband John, who is stationed out of Walter Reed, and black lab mix Noel. Born in Charleston, South Carolina and raised a Navy "brat" I consider myself a southerner at heart with a well traveled mindset, having spent a combined five years living overseas during my childhood. I earned a bachelor's of science from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) and have over five years business management experience. Outside of working with Fur-Get Me Not, I am an active volunteer and foster home with local animal rescue, Homeward Trails. My husband and I also enjoy biking, playing tennis (often to competitively) and traveling in our free time.


Cesar Saravia Flores, HR Manager
Born and raised here in Arlington, VA I've always had an affinity with animals and had a blast raising my 5yr old shepherd mix Sky. Hope to learn more about dog behavior at Fur-Get Me Not as I reach my career goal in veterinary medicine.

Raul Carreras, FT Lead Office Manager - 
Brittney Marcum, FT Office Manager - Hi everyone! My name is Brittney, and I live in Mclean, VA. I have been pet-sitting since I was 13 years old and really look forward to working with Fur-Get-Me-Not. I am currently enrolled at DeVry Univeristy pursuing a degree in Technical Management with a concentration in Hospitality. My favorite thing to do in my spare time is going to professional hockey games. My philosophy for pet-sitting is to give your pet the same amount of love as if you were there yourselves. I treat each animal like I would my own. I grew up having dogs as well as cats, and have experience administering medicine to both. I absolutely love working with animals and can't wait to meet you and your furry friends!
Shaterri Casteel, PT Office Manager
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, I moved to DC after graduating college. For 8 years, I worked at a local nonprofit managing their marketing campaigns, while working part-time at Fur-Get Me Not for 2 of those years. After taking a brief stint away, I rejoined the Fur-Get Me Not team as an office manager, in 2014. My love for dogs doesn't end with Fur-Get Me Not. For over four years, I have been an adoption coordinator (specializing in puppies) with Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, where I rescued my little terrier, Dallas. Currently, I am the Director for Special Events and Marketing for them as well. In my non-dog life, I manage my own marketing consulting group, working to help local non-profits increase their brand awareness. I am excited to be apart of the Fur-Get Me Not team again, and I hope to see many of you at our Adams Morgan location!
Kayla Edelin, PT Office Manager
I was born in Southern Maryland and haven't left since. I love the DC metro area! I was taught at a very young age to love ALL people & animals, and I think that lesson was one of the most important. I had a cocker spaniel mix named Zimmy who was my best friend for my entire childhood. When Zimmy passed, it left a giant hole in my heart. Recently I adopted a pitbull mix named Miley and she is the light of my life! I am an avid animal lover and couldn't imagine a world without them! In my free time I enjoy reading, being outdoors, cooking and spending time with Miley. I am very excited to join the Fur-Get-Me-Not team!
Breanna Lyon, PT Office Manager
Born and raised in Arlington, VA. I have two pets, Henry my 6 year old Australian Cattle Mix and Otto the 8 year Mini Schnauzer. Iíve always found caring for animals to be rewarding. Iíve had a ton growing up and also babysat for friends and family when they were away!
Alayne Svee, PT Office Manager
Hi everyone, my name is Alayne! I am a runner, musician, animal-lover, and an eternal optimist. My husband and I recently moved from Minnesota to Arlington with Bam, a 7-year-old Yorkie, and Benny, a 15+-year-old Senegal Parrot. My journey through adulthood has been an adventureóearning CS and EE degrees from the U of M, leaving my career to be a stay-at-home mom for my now 24-year-old daughter, working in animal welfare/avian rescue, serving the Minnesota Supreme Court, and, now, being a part of the Fur-Get-Me-Not team. (Yay!) Companion animals of many sizes have blessed my life for over 30 years, including dogs (Chows, Yorkie, & a Morkie), guinea pigs, hamsters, and parrots. I have served as a humane officer, in captive parrot rescue/adoption, and for animal rescue efforts in the Katrina aftermath. Although this may sound a bit serious, I want you to know just how important caring for your furry family is to me. I canít wait to meet you and your pup(s)!
Elisabeth Elliott, PT Office Manager
I am originally from a small little town named Columbus in North Carolina. I have been in the DC/VA area for a little more than a year. I luckily have had the chance to grow up with a variety of animals and love giving belly rubs, going on walks, and cuddling with my furry friends. I thoroughly adore my handsome little beagle and understand the importance of great, loving care. Whether it is a cat, dog, fish or gerbil they are all our friends and part of the family.
Laura Leatherman, PT Office Manager
I was born and raised in the northern Virginia area. I was never able to have a pet growing up, but the second I was able to get a dog, I did! Since then, my love of animals has grown more and more each day. I have a 1.5 year old German Shepherd who I credit for making me fall in love with animals!
Meghan Reilly, PT Office Manager
Mary Ann Ruehling, PT Office Manager
Page Overton, PT Office Manager
Mary McCoy, PT Office Manager
Born and raised in small town Michigan, I had the great luxury to be raised in pet friendly home. If we didn't have cats, we had dogs or visa versa. I am currently blessed to have my two rescued kittens living with me now. They are both precious and precocious. In our spare time when they're not demanding brushings, or pettings, or laser pointer time, we enjoy sitting on the couch reading or catching up on the next Marvel Movie. I'm excited to be part of Fur-Get Me Not Team and can't wait to meet you and your furry family member!

Daycare Team
Mary Phillips, Assistant Daycare Manager - I was born and raised in the Fairfax, VA area. As a child and through high school I used to do horseback riding in Middleburg, VA while doing home to home pet sitting on the side. When I attended Ferrum College, I worked at a therapeutic horseback riding facility before graduating with a B.A. in English and moved to Sarasota, FL. There I worked at a daycare and boarding facility for little over a year as well as two veterinary clinics as a veterinary technician assistant and as a kennel hand/receptionist. For the last two years I have worked as a pet food nutritionist as well with the Blue Buffalo dog food company. I am currently applying to graduate school with a hope of obtaining my Masters in Anthrozoology within the next two years. Animals have always been my passion and I look forward to bringing my many years of experience to this Fur-Get-Me-Not family.
Alvaro Vilela, Assistant Daycare Manager - I was born in Peru. My family and I migrated to the US in '98. We first lived in Alexandria and in 2008 we moved to Lorton where I reside now. I have had dogs my whole life but I started working in Pet Care in 2010. I've worked as a bather, as a daycare attendant, and as a supervisor in a large daycare and boarding facility. I am very motivated to take care of pets and their families. I am so fortunate to be a part of this wonderful family and look forward to meeting you and your dog.
Andy Defayette, Assistant Daycare Manager - Woof! My name is Andy Defayette. I recently moved to Fairfax, VA from Rochester, NY after being married to my best friend Anna. I have been working with dogs for the better part of 5 years at Camp Bow Wow in Rochester where I held both management positions and Behavior Buddies Trainer Positions. My favorite thing about being a trainer was teaching people, whether it was my primary focus in staff training or clients of the day care. I am a massive fan of Reward based training and do my best to educate as many people by setting a good example to follow. On my free time I can most always be found in the woods as hiking is one of my favorite things ever. I had a membership to Shenandoah National park as soon as I got down here. I am also an avid guitar player and try to get out to open mic nights whenever possible. I thrilled to be apart of the team and Fur-Get Me Not!
Jennifer Dawson - I was raised in Alexandria, Virginia my entire life, but have spent the past 4 years at York College of Pennsylvania studying for my bachelorís degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology. Animals have always been a huge part of my life whether my own or those belonging to other people. I never liked seeing stray animals or even abused animals, so as a little girl I always said Iíd do something about it and try to help animals in whatever way I could. As a recent college graduate in May of 2011, I am finally able to begin fulfilling this dream by helping to care for your pets while you are unable to, so that they always have the attention that they deserve. Although I do not have any pets of my own yet aside from the family dog, a 7-year old Doberman Pinscher, I am hoping to adopt my own animals very soon now that I am out of college and beginning my own life. Growing up, I was never home without pets, whether it was snakes and birds or dogs and cats, my house always had some kind of animal around to keep me occupied. I am so excited to begin working at Fur-Get Me Not and get to know and adore your beloved animals as well!
Shanice Jones - Hey!!!! I was born and raised in Washington, DC where most of my life until college I wanted to be a Veterinarian. I spent most of my high school/college years volunteering at animal shelters whenever I could and taking care of my familyís animals. I also worked at an awesome veterinary clinic where I was the Animal Caretaker for about 3 years taking care of cats and dogs and itís also where I adopted my baby (old) cat Shug Knight. Shug has been my traveling partner from college on back and Iím excited to soon add more to our pet family. I went to college for Veterinary Medicine but changed to study Theatre and Music along the way. Though I still found ways to incorporate animals into my life, for ex. performing at a colonial farm during the summer and taking care of the farm animals from horses to hogs! I will receive my Masters of Business Administration in April 2014 and will work towards opening up my own Animal Clinic in the future.
Adrian Johnson - I was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and I am can't remember a time that as I grew up that I did not have the companionship of a "family pet". My love for animals, especially dogs is what brought me to Fur-Get Me Not. I would describe myself as artistic, very energetic, fun and very social. Next to my love for animals is my love for art. I am currently using my adopted long hair cat Shug to practice my cat drawing skills, if only I can get him to stay still. I am currently in school full time for Software Engineering at Phoenix University, and I look forward to getting my masters immediately following my bachelors. If you wish to know more feel free to stop by Fur-Get Me Not's VA location any given weekend. See you there.
Mia Hall - My name is Mia Hall. I was born and raised in Washington, DC. I am currently enrolled at The University of the District of Columbia working towards my bachelors degree in Mass Media. I have always been a lover of animals especially dogs. I currently have as a part of my family a Shih-Poo named Louie. He is the love of my life! I also love to travel, spend time with my family, and go to the movies. I'm excited about joining the Fur-Get Me Not family and I am looking forward to the new adventures to come!
Samanta Guevara - Hello! My name is Samanta and I am a recent graduate from George Mason University. I was born in Arlington, VA and have been in the northern Virginia area my whole life. Growing up I did not have any dogs or pets for that matter. I have always wanted a dog so last summer I decided to adopt. I adopted a Corgi/Husky mix named Zoe. Ever since I adopted Zoe my love for animals has only grown, especially for dogs. Iím super excited to be a part of the FGMN team!
Tasha Barnes - Originally from Hampton Roads, Iíve lived in Northern Virginia since college and currently work for a training company full time as an Analyst. I joined Fur-Get Me Not because Iím passionate about dogs and my work here gives me the opportunity to spend more time with them. I previously worked as a volunteer foster for a DC animal rescue, and even adopted my pomeranian, Milo, through the organization.
Carter Auch - I grew up a military brat, packing up and moving consistently almost every two years of my life or so. I have lived in ten different areas, ranging from Hawaii to Rhode Island. I have always had at least one dog as a pet in my lifetime, and in our house we treated them as if they were another one of the children. (With proper training of course, not spoiled!) I attended high school in the Fairfax area, moving my Senior year down to Hampton, VA. After graduating high school in 2012, I moved to Richmond for 2 1/2 years, then moved back up to this area this past summer in order to be closer to the band that I co-founded and have been actively playing guitar and writing music in for 8 years now. (Band name is "HyeTension" :) ) Coincidentally, my parents and younger brother got stationed back in this area again soon after I came back, and moved to Alexandria from Tampa, FL this summer as well. It is such a relief to be near my puppies again. I have a 2 year old Shorkie named Delilah, or Lilah, who loves everyone she meets and loves to chase chipmunks and birds around the backyard endlessly, and a 6 year old medium-sized terrier/shepherd mix named Kipley. Her litter was found in the wild and their mother had been hit and killed by a car, so we are unsure of what breeds she is made up of and she is very timid and fearful of strangers and other dogs, but she is an absolute sweetheart to her family and loves to be cuddled and loved on. She has one brown and one blue eye. When I'm not playing with the puppies in the daycare, I am a full time supervisor at Starbucks in Vienna, or in the studio/travelling with my band. I am very excited to be a part of the Fur-Get-Me-Not team.
Kristin Auch - I was born and raised in northern Minnesota, studied interior design and business at Concordia College, married my high school sweetheart and for the past 26 years we have moved around to 13 different duty stations with the Air Force. We recently relocated back to the DC area and currently live in Alexandria where my husband will finish out his military career. We have three kids: Madison, 23, an actress/musician in Philadelphia; Carter, 21, lead guitarist/singer with the band HyeTension, a barista at Starbucks, and on the daycare team at FGMN; and Dixon, 17, a Jr. at JEB Stuart High School. My doggy children are Kipley Jo, 7, a rescued shepherd/terrier mix and Delilah Belle, 2, a shorkie. My past experience with dogs, besides my own, is volunteering with rescue groups and shelters, and formerly worked full time as a dog walker/pet sitter with another company in northern VA a few years years back. My interests/hobbies include spending time with my family, attending performances by my kids, thrifting for antiques, repurposing furniture and decorating, running, musical theatre/plays, singing, playing piano, and volunteering at my church and my son's school. I'm a life long dog owner and lover and will always have at least one in my life. The unconditional love of a dog is like no other, and the joy they bring is endless! I'm looking forward to working at the daycare and will take care of your dogs like they are my own.
Ashley Lapham - I was born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia. I've spent my whole life around animals and now I'm fortunate enough to be able to work with them. Dogs have always been my favorite, as a kid I would stop to pet every dog I saw. When I was about 10 years old I started pet sitting for my neighbors, looking after their cats and dogs while they were on vacation. When I was old enough to drive I would pet sit for my friends and extended family as well. My family has had many dogs of our own. They have all been of various breeds and were adopted from shelters. We have also had many other animals, such as guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, frogs, and lizards. I'm very excited to be part of the Fur-Get Me Not team and continue doing what I love.
Kelsey Davis - I was born and raised in Greenville, Ohio and moved to Alexandria, VA in July of 2015. Prior to moving to Alexandria, I attended Indiana University East where I graduated with a Bachelorís of Science in Psychology and a Bachelorís of Science in Sociology. Currently, I work full-time at a non-profit, Code of Support Foundation, but I always look forward to the weekends when I can spend time with the dogs at Fur-Get Me Not Doggy Daycare! My husband and I have two rescue dogs of our own Ė Gilbert Christopher, a Maltese Shih Tzu mix, and Wrangler, a lab mix.
Sydney Khalaji - Hey! My name is Sy, and Iím an 18 year old student from Virginia Commonwealth University. I was born and raised in NOVA, and have grown up with all kinds of dogs, from pugs to small terriers to a ridgeback mix! Throughout the years, weíve also had an array of other pets, including fish, guinea pigs, and even some canaries! For fun I love to draw, sing, play ukulele, and do freelance photography. I consider myself extremely lucky to be able to work with dogs every day, as Iíve always loved them and felt comfortable around them. I absolutely cannot wait to start making new puppy friends every day!
Rosannah Bennett - I am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful team at FGMN! I grew up on a small family-owned poultry farm outside Danville Virginia with my seven siblings (so many birthdays). Obviously, I acquired a few pet chickens and ducklings along the way, and with the use of popcorn I housebroke them so I could sneak them into my room. After many years of pestering, in high school my parents got me an adorable Swedish Vallhund puppy which I named Gideon. He soon became my pride and joy and his happy attitude and sailor walk seemed to always make him win at dog shows. After discovering his love of frisbees, I successfully trained him to herd my pet ducks to bed each night using his toy as a signal. I am currently pursing my degree in mechanical engineering at NOVA with plans to transfer to GMU. I love photography, Egyptology, and watching hockey.
Emily Shelton -  After 10 years of moving around for my husband's military career, we have finally settled in the northern Virginia area. I have always had a love of animals, and getting to play with dogs for a job is amazing! We have one senior lab at home, Kona, who is absolutely my baby. In my free time I also enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing, and beer tasting at local breweries!
Nahom Solomon - 
Alyssa Jackson - I grew up on a small family farm in rural Selma, Indiana. In August of 2016 I moved to Alexandria to earn my Master's degree in forensic and legal psychology at Marymount University. My Blue Heeler/Lab mix Bruce Wayne is my best friend, and we love to go on hikes together and play fetch in the park! I love my job at FGMN so much, and I really enjoy helping the dogs exercise their minds as well as their bodies during daycare. When I'm not working, studying, or playing outside with Bruce, I can be found looking for good pizza places, weightlifting, reading crime and fantasy novels, binge watching Netflix, and singing.
Tazhawn Ingram - Born and raised on the D.C/Maryland border. I've loved animals for forever but I can't seem to get enough of dogs! I have one myself; my very energetic 1 yr old Labrador Retriever, Koda. I love her to pieces and spoil her as if she was my actual child. Working here has allowed both of us to be a part of a very fulfilling environment; she gets to play with other dogs all day and burn energy while I get to love on endless dogs including her.
Jennifer Beltran - Hi! My name is Jennifer. I was born & raised in NoVa & have been around animals most of my life! I currently have two schnoodles, who's names are Batman and Simba & a guinea pig who's name is Brownie. I have always been passionate about animals & eventually want to go back to school for Vet Tech. I am so lucky to be part of this team & to get to know all the dogs.
Emoni Wright  - Hello my name is Emoni right and I was born in Washington DC but moved to Maryland. Shortly after graduating high school I started looking in professions that involve Animal Care expecially dog care. I then got my first job at a dog daycare where I became a floor attendant and soon became occasional coordinator also. My love for dogs is indescribable I can barely know the dog but feel there exact emotion. I starting my journey in community college towards become a veterinarian. I'm grateful that this path I'm walking blessed me with this opportunity to become a member of this talented and loving staff and member of the doggy family.
Dillon Flynn - I was born and raised in Springfield, Virginia. I am attending Northern Virginia Community College aspiring to fulfill my dream of becoming a Motivational Speaker. One of my passions are sports. I have been playing soccer since I was a kid, and I also play basketball. I am a die-hard Washington Wizards and Redskins fan. I am a dog-lover and have grown up with them at home most of my life. Our family had two wonderful English Labs (mother and son), and after they passed away, we rescued two young dogs. Having had previously two ďalmostĒ perfect dogs, it has been a learning curve for our family to know how best to support our rescued dogs, who have problems but are yet as lovable as our previous dogs. Volunteering has been another great opportunity for me to make a difference. I have supported the ICanBike program in Arlington, and Special Olympics in Northern Virginia. Both programs encourage youth with special needs, such as autism and down-syndrome. It has been very rewarding to have worked with and supported those youth. Now, I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with your team, and beyond excited to help take care of your beloved pets!
Derek DAteno - Derek D'Ateno is a fun, animal loving individual who's spent his whole life around creatures of all brackets. Creating an undoubtable connection with almost any dog or cat he comes in contact with, Derek sees something special in them all and wants nothing more than to grow with them. Derek D'Ateno is 21 years of age who resides in Arlington VA.

DC Dog Wash Team
Monecia Samuel, DC Office Manager/Dog Wash - I am a native of Los Angeles, California. However, since my college days, I have lived on the east coast while studying and working for Howard, UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke to name a few. A professional librarian who spends spare time volunteering to save the lives of rescued and difficult to adopt dogs. I am interested in how dogs think and am planning future dog cognition studies at the Canine Cognition Center at Yale University.
Rachel Barter, DC Office Manager/Dog Wash - Originally from Western New York, and most recently hailing from San Diego, I have lived in DC the past 3 years, 2 of which I spent watching and walking pets, mostly dogs. While in San Diego, I fostered dogs that were being rescued and volunteered at an adoption agency. While living conditions do not currently permit me to keep a dog, I have always loved them and have had a special relationship with them. In order to keep them in my life I began volunteering, and now I am excited to be working with them as part of my daily routine. I have one pet, a cat, Abby, whom I adopted from one of the agencies of my volunteer days. She has been a great companion, even learning to walk on a leash during our great roadtrip from California to DC. Having a background in hospitality, customer service and animals has led me perfectly piqued to begin an exciting new career with Fur Get Me Not. Looking forward to meeting everyone!
Evroy Marrett - I was originally born in Montego Bay, Jamaica but then moved to Orlando, Fl back in 91; I know--itís been a long time. I attended the University of Florida where I earned my B.S. degree in Hospitality Management in 2009. Afterwards, I moved back home to Orlando but wanted to shake things up, embark on some challenging endeavors, and immerse myself in a new environment. As a result, I moved to DC in August 2011 where I began my new life as an Notre Dame Mission Volunteer/AmeriCorp member working with U.S. Dream Academy which is a Non-profit aiming to direct underprivileged inner-city youth away from a life of incarceration (where their close family members currently reside) by pressing the importance of academics, implementing effective programming, character building, skill building, and dream building. I've always loved pets and currently have a Shih Tzu (Benji) who is four years old. I plan on attending graduate school (not sure where as of yet) and grow as a professional in an educational, non-profit, or human resource development capacity while serving youth and helping Fur-Get Me Not grow as a whole. I'm excited for this opportunity and look forward to being a part of the Fur-Get Me Not family.
Margurette Awad - Originally from North Carolina, I moved to the DC metro area about 7 years ago. It was meant to be a temporary living location, as I love to travel, but I fell in love with the area and immediately felt at home. My love of animals extends all the way back to my childhood - my mom loves to tell the story of how my sisters and I coaxed a stray cat out of a tree and gave it a better life at our country home. The best part of the story is that we all used to cuddle up with mom (and the cat) each night in the rocking chair before bed. Unfortunately, I don't have a rocking chair or a cat to continue that tradition, so that's why I decided to join Fur-Get Me Not. In addition to dog walking and pet-sitting, I'm also working towards my CPDT-KA. I've studied animal behaviorism with Debbie Winkler/Humane Domain and look forward to continuing my training education here at FGMN. And one day soon, I'll have my very own pup. In the mean time, I'll love yours as you do!
Jose Serrano - I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and lived in NYC for about 15 years. I moved to the DC area at the end of 2010 with my very sweet dog, Daisy. We always had pets as far back as I can remember, and I spent most of my childhood bringing dogs and cats from the streets to my house. I grew up with a great appreciation for wildlife and companion animals, and always wanted to be around them. I always enjoyed looking after my dogs and cats. Daisy and I are enjoying discovering the local parks and hiking areas around the DC area.
Edgardo Pagan - Hi! My name is Edgardo Pagan and I am a Facilities Technician for Chipotle. I love my job -- I give technical support to the all the stores in the DMV area and educate teams on Ownership. I'm originally from Puerto Rico and have been living in DC with my partner Cristina, who is a an early childhood educator. I've been around dogs all my life. When I was a child, my grandma had four dogs. Back in Puerto Rico, I have two dogs: Luna, the oldest, and Nochy, the baby. I rescued them both from the street. When I moved to DC three years ago, I had to leave my two girls with my mother-in-law. I moved to DC to support Cristina through grad school at GWU and started working at Shophouse/Chipotle. I became a manager and have helped the company in many different ways. I'm looking forward to ensuring my furry friends get a fun bath!

Dog Walking Team
Malee Oot - I have done a little of everything here-- working in the daycare, as a dog walker, and as a pet sitter. I have been working toward a Masters in Environmental Management and FGMN has been a great place to work when I am not studying. I spent most of my childhood living outside the United States, mostly in Thailand, Kenya, and Nepal. We have always had an assortments of animals too, including growing up with three Golden Retrievers, one Nepali street mutt, cats, a guinea pig, a turtle, and an owl. I have also been a foster parent for a portly yellow lab, and mostly recently to badly abused coonhound mix named Cash. After my 15 year old Golden passed away this summer, my most recent foster Cash has become a permanent fixture in my house (and on my couch!). In my spare time I love hiking with Cash, kayaking, biking, and listening to NPR.
Scott Colson - Originally from South Dakota, I am happy to be living and working in Virginia. I love walking and spending time with my four legged friends. I adopted a four year old yellow lab named Colby. Colby makes sure that my day begins and ends with†a stroll from my best friend.
Gretchen Ashby - Iíve lived in Arlington almost my entire life and currently live in the house I grew up in with my wonderful husband and our three adorable dogs. Theyíre sisters, adopted as puppies from an animal shelter in Hilton Head, SC, where my mother lives. People thought we were crazy, but teething was a breeze Ė they chewed on each other! Iíve had dogs all my life and learn something from each and every one of them and know that I will continue to learn from every dog I get to know. This is my first opportunity to work with animals and I'm excited!
Seth Campbell - I was born in Washington, DC, and my family moved to Frederick, Maryland when I was seven. My brothers and I had always wanted a dog, but we were told that we would have to wait until we had a big enough yard. When I was a freshman in high school we finally got a golden retriever puppy and my brothers and I were ecstatic. Over the years I spent many hours ranging the mountain with Sunny (the retriever) and the two of us became good friends. After he passed, my parents adopted two adult retrievers who had been rescued from a neglectful owner. During my many visits home, Molly and Duke were great companions. Since then, I have lived in two group houses and each has had its share of four-footed housemates. I helped care for them all and it was rarely a burden. One of my best friends over the years was a Chesapeake bay retriever named Tsunami who I miss very much. My friends have often relied on my cat and dog (and fish) sitting services. I now live in Mount Pleasant in a collective house where we share cooking and house responsibilities while also organizing artistic, musical and cultural events. There are no cats or dogs in our house at the moment and Iím really excited about meeting some new friends.
Amanda Scharff - Born and raised in McLean, VA and going to college at George Mason University I am born and raised in the DMV. I've always been an animal lover and rescue supporter. Recently moving from a full time Business Development Coordinator I am currently working towards my chef hat I look forward to taking care of as many animals as possible. Taking care of your pets are my top priority and I will always put them first.
April Michelle-Lilley - I have lived in Arlington, Virginia for 23 years having moved here after graduating from Penn State University. You can say dog walking is my third career. I have spent time in corporate America working for several of the largest health insurance companies in the country. I just finished a 14 year career in retail working for one of the largest booksellers in the country. And now I venture into a career I have been thinking about doing since I rescued Riley, my black lab/hound mix, 4 years ago. Riley is my second dog I have owned. My first dog was an English Springer Spaniel, named Bridget, that I got for my 9th birthday. That dog was the ultimate family dog. It was love at first sight with Riley, although at the time he was owned by a friend of mine. When it didn't work out with my friend, I knew I had to have Riley. He was definitely a handful when I first got him, but he has settled down now and is awesome. I look forward to meeting all the other awesome dogs out there as we enjoy our walks together.
Trish Flynn - Growing up in McLean, my family always had many dogs Ė from Cockapoos to Collies. I have rescued several feral cats from the street and socialized them to become great pets and placed them in good homes. More recently, my favorite dog was my brotherís golden retriever, who I took on countless hiking trips and, really, anywhere there was water. She has since passed away, and I know the furry client of Fur-Get Me Not will become my new best buddies.
Clare Koller - I'm an animal lover who's lived in Alexandria and Arlington for the past 11 years. I love animals of all stripes but especially dogs. I love seeing dogs out and about in people-world, particularly in cars because I think that's adorable! I'm a breed aficionada and I enjoy recognizing breeds and the breed histories of mixed-breed dogs. I also love wildlife and search them out around the area just to be around them. I live in Arlington with my husband and our three parakeets, Butterbean, Squash and Little One. I look forward to spending quality time with your pups!
Eliza Talbott - I currently live in Washington DC and travel to Virginia on a regular basis to walk and visit my father's adorable black lab, Zack. I have loved and cared for many dogs in our family and for my own cats and a parakeet as well! I've worked in animal hospitals and been an ongoing "pet sitter" for family and friends' pets throughout the years. I especially love being outside and being active with animals. Each animal is unique and I enjoy getting to know indiviual personalities and trying to meet individual needs. I am also a modern dance student and perfomer here in the DC area and am active in supporting mental health rights for clients in DC and Virginia.
Shawn Dredge - I was born in Laramie, Wyoming and raised in Arlington, Virginia, and I've continued to live and work in the northern Virginia area. My pet care philosophy is to care for my clients' pets as if they're my own, and I think the dogs I walk appreciate it. When I'm not dog walking or pet sitting, I work part-time in Construction/Demolition. Some of my hobbies are ice hockey, watching college football, listening to music, and golf.
Mike Freeborn - My name is Michael Freeborn, Mike for short. Iíve been living in Arlington most of my life. Iím twenty years old, I graduated from Bishop OíConnell, I am now attending Marymount University with a major in Communications. Iíve been working with pets for almost 9 years now. I was 13 when Pearl, a beautiful white family cat we'd had since I was a baby passed away. Since then our household has been pet free. That never stopped me from getting along with animals. I loved going to pet stores to spend time with animals without homes yet, I made my neighbors pets feel like my own, and I made sure the house they were staying in felt lived in so the pets were not so lonesome. I enjoy listening and playing music and the animals seem to be entertained by it too. Music, play time, and smiles are what Iím good at and I want to make all pets and their owners feel comfortable knowing that their furry friends are happy. I am happy to meet your beloved pets.
Blaise Stasiewicz - I was born and raised here in the Northern Virginia area, mostly Alexandria. I grew up with lots of animals including dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, rabbits, turtles and a hampster or two. I grew up with two sisters, my father is a dentist and my mother was a positive reinforcement dog trainer. I would go to classes with her, help her take care of the dogs and play with them whenever possible. I love all types of animals and enjoy spending time walking, playing and relaxing with them. I'm currently living with my dog Brieo, an Ibizan Hound, at my place in Alexandria. He's about 8 years old, 46 lbs and has the energy of a 2 year old puppy. I'm looking forward to meeting all the nice and friendly furry faces that the area has to offer.
Shetara Brown - Hello, my name is Shetara Brown. I was born and raised in Arlington,VA. I still live in Arlington with my husband and two sons. Growing up I loved animals and still do. I have owned many pets when I was younger such as cats, dogs, hamsters and many more. Currently I have two leopard geckos and a bearded dragon. I use to work as a lifeguard in high school and then worked in childcare. I am outgoing and enjoy being outside. As a dog walker and pet sitter I will take care of the clients' pets as if they were my own. I am very excited to work as at Fur-Get Me Not and I look forward to meeting you and your pets.
Catryna Garay - I've lived in Northern VA all of my life and love it, of course. I was raised in a family that has been involved with the SPCA for about 20 years. I have been around animals since the day I was born. When I was a kid, my parents had two cats and also fostered cats. So walking dogs is a great escape from being around cats all day! My family and I had a rescued dog, Dixie, for 13 years that recently passed away in December 2012. She had a lot of temperament issues but I still loved her even with all her flaws. It's great getting to spend time with different types of dogs all day; it doesn't even feel like work to me!
Lucy McCausland - I have relocated back to Arlington after almost 3 years in the Gainesville, FL area. It's great to be back! My husband & I have had Jack Russells for years, and currently describe ourselves as "being between Jack Russells". However, I do not discriminate....I really love all dogs. I have had cats & horses, as well, over the course of the years, so the animal spectrum in my life has been broad. While in Gainesville, I had an opportunity to volunteer as a dog-walker at the Humane Society there. Such a gratifying experience; those dogs really appreciate and deserve all the extra attention they get while on their walks. I am excited to be able to join the FGMN team & walk some of the best dogs anywhere!
Stephanie Southard - Hi everyone, I'm Stephanie! I was born in Washington, DC, went to college in Richmond and now live in Arlington with my identical twin sister. I am currently a part-time student, studying nursing. Animals have been part of my life since I was born. Since I can't have pets in my current apartment, I'm looking forward to enjoying time with yours! In addition to animals, I enjoy traveling, art, cooking, photography, learning and nature.
Jasmine Lewis - I am so happy to be a part of the Fur-Get Me Not team! Along with writing and being the best mother I can be to my two growing sons, I absolutely adore all animals, especially dogs. It has always been a pleasure to just be in their presence. I was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA by my grandparents, who always lovingly embraced how passionate I was about animals. I grew up in a home that was just not much of a home without pets. My very first dog was a Dalmatian whom I loved dearly, and there were a few more as I grew older who I kept close to my heart. I adore them all....Big or Small! Being around dogs is like happy therapy for me. The moment I walked into the Fur-Get Me Not daycare, I was surrounded by so many wonderful dogs, with so many different personalities, I just knew that this was the place for me! I was overjoyed! I look forward to meeting you and your precious pups. We are going to have so much fun!
Rachael Bohlander - I was born in Cleveland, raised in Detroit, moved around some more, but now D.C. is home. I grew up with two Labs and my parents still have our wonderful Golden. My schedule isn't very doggie-friendly these days, but I have my cats and working for FurGetMeNot the next best thing to having a dog at home. I am a photographer, specializing in urban documentary work, travel, and concert photography/videography, and artist. I also manage several social media accounts for clients and am the primary contributor to a motorcycle blog.
Lissa Fried - I grew up in the borough of Queens New York City which very much resembles the areas surrounding Washington DC. My family always had dogs, some large, that were like brothers and sisters. I always had a deep love of horses and found ways to be near them as much as possible in spite of being a city dweller. As an independent adult I developed a deep affection for cats and for more than 10 years had a CFA registered cattery with a partner. We bred, raised and showed pure bred Abyssinians, a highly affectionate and energetic breed of shorthairs. It was a labor of love. About 8 plus years ago I rescued a young feral stray cat from my back yard. She was quite a wild thing at the time. She is now a spoiled house cat. We live happily ever after.
Dorothee Arnold - Hello, Iím Dorothee. It is a pleasure caring for your pet; I adore animals. All my life, I have dogs and I cannot imagine not having a pet. Pets are a member of the family, and they are to be treated with respect, unconditional love and care. I came to Arlington from France at the age of 4 and I attended Arlington Public Schools. Upon graduating I attended my first years at the American University in Puebla, Mexico. I returned to the area and graduated from George Washington University. Am I bilingual or trilingual? Yes, I speak Spanish and I understand menu French. I am able to speak affectionate terms into your petís ears. Thank you for entrusting your love to me.
Michaele Moffett - Hi there! My name is Michaele and I am so happy to have the opportunity to care for your li'l one (or big one)! A DC native, I've grown up surrounded by animals; my brother and I have had dogs since we were small and played with our friend's cats for years. Once a young adult, I began to foster cats, eventually adopting one lovable furry pal. I still occasionally visit the Animal Welfare League to shower some affection on those who are still waiting for a forever home and I would love to shower some on your li'l loved one!
Robin Clay - I was born and raised in Alexandria, VA. I have always been a natural with animals, my favorite being dogs. I grew up with a German shepherd and my grandparents also had a cat. I have worked a job in a pet friendly building for 5 years which has taught me so much about dogs and their different personalities. The dogs I have walked and sat for quickly become close friends. I truly enjoy and look forward to taking care of your animals as if they were my own.
K.C. Becker - Hi, I'm K.C. I was born and raised in Iowa and moved to DC this year. Prior to moving to DC I lived in Florida, with my beloved dog CeCe, for 9 years. While in Florida I ran my own pet concierge business. I look forward to providing the same great service to all of my new customers in DC.
Phoebe Inviere - I've lived in Northern Virginia since I was ten years old, moving from my parents' house in Arlington to Falls Church and then to Alexandria, where I live now with my wife Kelly, our two cats, and our turtle. Growing up, my family always had at least one dog, and I used to love taking my childhood dog, Tippy, on long walks through Arlington. I still help look after my parents' dog and cat, and I firmly believe in looking after my clients' pets with as much care as if they were my own. When I'm not dog walking, I am studying IT at Western Governors University.
Beatriz Roa - I was born, raised, and have been living in the same house in Arlington, VA for 35yrs. I grew up in a household that always had a pet dog. My love for animals grew as I got older. In 2006, I was diagnosed with Thyriod Cancer. During my first year of treatment, I needed companionship while I stayed at home and my husband was at work. That is when we welcomed our Chihuahuas, Reyna and Papo, into our family. As a cancer survivor of 10yrs, I can thank my furry children and my husband for helping me get through a tough time in life. Over the years, Iíve become an advocate for dog adoptions. Last November we fostered a Chiweenie that was abandoned at a park with his siblings. The family that originally took him in could no longer care for him. This is when my husband and I decided to foster him and he became a foster fail. We welcomed him to our family and named him Tito. Dogs mean the world to me whether they are my own or not (they come before my husband, but shhh, donít tell him). I treat all of them as if they were my own.
Michael McLaughlin - Hello! I live in Alexandria and I am a dog and cat lover who loves giving attention to people's dogs and cats. I have been a cat owner for 14 years and before that, living in rural Virginia, met and made friends with many animals over the years. I love giving dogs attention and affection because they always seem so happy to receive it and make a new friend! Animals have always been a big part of my family starting out when I was a baby, we had a Siamese cat, a Cairn Terrier and a Golden Retriever in a small house all at the same time! I love taking care of animals and have a freshwater aquarium as well (my cats enjoy the aquarium too!) I love organic food and jogging as well as music and reading. After lots of work, I earned a history degree from Marymount University. I just got a second cat last year via a cat rescue program.
Jasmine Gates - Since a very young age I have always had a passion for animals. It started out from bringing home stray cats and led on to me having two dogs of my own. I am thrilled to be apart of such an amazing company and work with a team of individuals who share the same passion for dogs as I do.
Noel McNeil - After meeting my first dog (a German Shepherd/Collie mix) at the age of 5, I developed what would become a lifelong love of animals. In the decades since, I have worked with a variety of pets including dogs, cats, rodents, birds, and reptiles, with a focus on abused/neglected, abandoned, and rescued animals. I am currently the caretaker for a 7 year old rescued corn snake.
Olivia Oehser - Hello! My name is Olivia. I'm absolutely thrilled to be joining the Fur-Get Me Not team, and to have the chance to work one on one with animals everyday! I was born and raised in Arlington. I grew up around animals of all kinds, everything from dogs and cats to horses and goats. Right now I have two pets, my 12 year old Rottie girl, Lilly, and my 2 year kitty cat named Momo. I'm currently studying at NOVA, and I hope to transfer to a four school soon to earn my Bachelors in art history. When I'm not working or studying I'm usually making costumes, or in my kitchen baking.
Chase Chichester - I'm originally from Charlotte, NC, but have lived in Annandale for the past 15 years. I've always had dogs as pets. Lucy, my current dog, is a rescue who we picked up when we went to the pet store to get a fish for my daughter. I have several years experience working in veterinary hospitals in administrative roles, but always wanted to spend more time with the animals.
Carlyta Saldana - Originally from the west coast of Michigan, but moved to North Carolina after college. Now, I'm lucky to have called Alexandria home for the last 2 years. Currently while I'm not nannying for a very active, yet wonderful 5 year old, I'm pursuing my graduates degree in early childhood development. There might not be a light at the end of that tunnel just yet, hanging out with pups during the day brings added joy and normalcy to my life. I've grown up with dogs of all sizes ranging from a Chihuahua Dachshund (Katie) to our Samoyed (Frosty) and I'm missed them terribly since leaving for school/ the real world.
Lisa Culver - My dream of moving from a long-time high-stress desk job to one working with animals was realized by taking an early retirement and moving to a job with Fur-Get Me Not. I live in North Arlington with two dogs, Gracie Juanita and Sophie Louise. I canít imagine not having a beating heart or two to greet me when I come home. My home has become known as Camp Culver over the years due the numerous pups that come to stay when my friends are away and I also watch 2 cats for a neighbor in her home. I was a foster for Bully Paws Rescue until I became what is affectionately known as a foster failure and adopted my 4th foster. I have volunteered at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah taking dogs for outings and overnights to evaluate their readiness for adoption and assisting a trainer in dog behavior evaluations. My passion for animals has expanded in the past couple of years to include pigs, goats and chickens at a Farm Sanctuary. I love getting to know animals as individuals with unique personalities. I look forward to applying this to the clients of Fur-Get Me Not!
Stephanie Diederich - Hi! I'm Stephanie. When I was younger, my parents were gracious enough to adopt dogs, and even sheltered a stray my one of roommates found in college a few years ago. I love all kinds of dogs, and my most loved pet was that same strayóa sweet, cuddly pit bull mix with a shady past we called Betsy. Believe it or not, I love walking, too! I'd love to tell you about all my pedestrian adventures, but I'm trying to keep this story short. I've also cared for cats, rodents of many kinds, fish, birds, reptiles, an axolotl, and large farm animals (including horses, Shetland ponies, cattle, goats, chickens, ducks, geese, pigs, emus, and peafowl!), so I'm no stranger to exotic pets. I bet you could guess that growing up, I was always the kid who thought the petting zoo was the best part of the museum. I can't think of a better way to spend a day than getting some fresh air, and who better to spend it with than a four legged friend. Thanks for getting to know me!
Patricia McDonald - Hi, I'm Patricia and originally from Massachusetts. I moved to the area at the beginning of the year(of 2016) for school and to branch out. I've always loved being around animals and I had volunteered at an animal shelter while also helping friends and family care for their pets. I'm happy to be part of the Fur-Get-Me-Not team and look forward to helping to care for your pet!
Laura Delgado - I recently learned from my mother that my passion for cats was passed down from a grandfather I never knew. Moreover, the cat he kept in his home when my mother was a girl was a tuxedo cat, just like my two rescue cats. I started caring for stray cats as a child, long before I knew anything about animal welfare organizations, and consider myself so lucky to be married to a man who also cares about and enjoys the company of cats and dogs. Currently Earnest is in Texas keeping my elderly parents company and, while we understand how important he is to my parents and their general well-being, my husband and I still miss our feline friend. Joining Fur-Get Me Not was the only logical step for me to get my feline fix and make new doggie friends.
Michael Selig - Hello! My name is Michael, I'm 28 years old and have lived in northern Virginia for almost 20 years. I currently live in Arlington with my young daughter. My hobbies include video games, computers, and pet care! I am the unofficial "tech support" for my family and friends! I have always loved caring for animals of all types. I enjoy really getting to know animals and how to make them feel comfortable and happy! I look forward to making friends with you and your pet!
Sam Zakheim - Hi, my name is Sam Zakheim. I am a current sophomore at American University majoring in History and International relations. Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, I've worked as dog walker since I was eleven years old. I come from a family of dog lovers and have helped to take care of my family's two Labradoodles for seventeen years. A pet is a member of the family and deserves the best possible care. As a part of the FGMN team, I assure you that I will responsibly attend to your pet's individual need with care and love.
Charles Wohr - I'm a recent NoVa transplant who has spent the last 15 years in Boston. I've been working with dogs for the past 5 years. I have a soft spot for rescue dogs and have volunteered with numerous rescues over the years. I excel with tougher dogs that may have various issues like shyness, anxiety or reactivity. My Australian Shepherd (Jackson), Belgian Malinois (Voodoo) and I live in Fairfax Station and enjoy the numerous parks in the area in our free time.
Maksim Kochura - Hello! My name is Max. I was born in a country which doesn't exist any longer - the Soviet Union. I graduated from high school there and entered the Agricultural University in Voronezh, Russia, where I studied veterinary medicine. After graduation I worked with a lot of different animals, studied zoopsychology. So, I want to work with pets here, in the United States, as I do not imagine myself without it.
Kevin Kramer - Hi! I'm 23, was born and raised in Arlington, and have been living with pets all my life. I've had many dogs over the years, and currently have one, a 15 year old beagle mix named Peaches. As I've always enjoyed being around animals, working with them at Fur-Get Me Not seems like the perfect fit, as well as a great pleasure.
Jason Tse - Hey guys!!! I'm Jason, a Maryland native who now lives in Northern Virginia with my fiancee Olivia (who also walks for FGMN). We've got a 13 yr old Rottie named Lily and a rambunctious 3yr old rescue kitty named Momo. I'm a nature nerd and sci-fi/fantasy geek who likes to spend his free time playing with cute critters and hiking/climbing mountains. I love dogs and cats of all kinds, but have a special place in my heart for big breeds =D I look forward to caring for your fur babies!!
Toni Ross - I am thrilled to be on the team at Fur-Get Me Not. I grew up in Michigan around dogs, cats and farm animals. I am an Army Veteran, and love living in the DMV area; as a history junkie, there are countless things to see and do! I have a graduate degree in Liberal Studies focusing on Global Strategies and am a serious Nationals baseball fan. As an active volunteer in my community, I support food banks, charity fundraisers, and actively participate in Veteransí organizations. I have been a cat owner (or employed by my cats!) for many years. Presently, my ďCat Pack,Ē both pound kitties, are three years old. Itty Bitty Kitty is a dilute calico and my slinky Persian Blue is called Baseball Velcro. My hectic schedule doesnít allow me to have a dog, however, I get a lot of dog love from my friendsí dog children. I have walked dogs, visited cats, chauffeured pets to the groomers and the vet off and on for the past 15 years. I look forward to meeting you and caring for your fur kids!
Nace Cohen - Hi, my name is Nace! Iím originally from the Boston metro area where I grew up with two family dogs Toby and Pepper whom I loved very much. Unfortunately I am unable to have a dog in my current DC apartment, but while I canít have my own I want to share my affection for dogs with your pets and care for them as if they were my own.
Alex Luna - My name is Alex. I was raised in Centreville and have lived in the area most of my life. I'm a huge animal lover and have been volunteering at shelters for a long while. I love checking out the museums and events around the city, and hanging out with my family and friends. I am a homebody at heart though, and a huge movie buff. Looking forward to meet and play with all the fur-get me not pets and they parents.
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Anna Strasburger - I'm an Arlington native who also has a home in Los Angeles who LOVES animals! I currently have a 3 year old dilute tortoiseshell cat named Olive and a 16 year old long haired orange tabby named Catherine. I'm a big believer in not only treating animals like you would yourselves but also as you would your loved ones. I know mine are a big part of my life and are very important to me. I'm so happy to be working here helping to make sure that all of our furry friends get all the care and love they deserve. I also work in the holistic and alternative health field, so being able to also be around all the animals and get outside is really a great addition. I've been pet sitting/dog walking and being around all kinds of animals since I was in fifth grade and have had all kinds of pets myself. Really I just Love animals!​
Andrea Meneghello - I grew up in Italy and in the DC area, where I had my first dog ever, a beagle named Popo, who was more like a nose with legs. Having moved around a lot in my twenties, I never had a furry companion of my own, so I began dog sitting while living in southern Spain. The comparatively busy and frantic pace of DC doesn't allow me enough time to devote to a pet of my own but I am more than happy to do all I can for yours!
Adonnys Medrano - My name is Adonnys Medrano. I've lived in Northern Virginia my whole life. Originally raised in Annandale, then moved to Lorton, and now currently reside in Burke. Ever since I can remember I've had some sort of pet. Cats, birds and dogs. I currently have 2 cats and 2 German Shepherds that I adore greatly. I don't think I'll ever be able to live somewhere without a dog. I currently am attending NVCC and plan on transferring to GMU or if opportunity arises, study abroad.
Gabriel DElia - Hey my name is Gabriel D'Elia, and I am a pet sitter/dog walker for Fur-Get Me Not. I was born in Washington D.C. and my family is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I am bilingual and love to travel. I enjoy all sports especially soccer. I was a general contractor and then decided to change career paths to follow my passion as a freelance artist. I love being around dogs and their energy. I own a rescue dog who was abandoned and abused, and at first he was very aggressive towards other dogs. Overtime he was shown a lot of love and care and his attitude completely changed no longer being aggressive.
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Claire Marcus - Hi everyone! My name is Claire, and I have lived in Maryland most of my life, but recently moved to the DC area to attend graduate school to become an occupational therapist. While going into occupational therapy is my long term goal, I love being around animals, especially dogs! I have grown up with dogs as pets my whole life, and have been a pet sitter for many of my neighbors over the years. Some of my other hobbies include running, painting, reading, and exploring the city! I am very excited to be apart of the Fur-Get Me Not family and get to find some furry friends in the area!
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Pet Sitting Team
Gianna Nicosia - I have been working for Fur-get Me Not for quite awhile. You may have seen me at the front desk of the office, answering your phone calls and emails. You may also notice I have done one of your pet taxis or pet sits. I started with Fur-Get Me Not back in 2004 as a dog walker and pet sitter. Over time I transitioned into different positions and I am now working as one of the Office Managers. I have loved being part of the Fur-Get Me Not family. My coworkers and the clients keep me laughing and smiling throughout the day. Not only do I get to see so many different dogs everyday, but I get to bring my own dog with me to work. I was born in Western New York, but pretty much was raised in Northern Virginia. Our household always had pets like an Iguana, Hamsters, a Cocker Spaniel, Cats, and a Bunny. I have always been an animal lover, and have been fortunate enough to live in places where pets are allowed. After losing my 16 year old Cocker in March 2009, I decided to bring another pup into my home, and adopted Charlie that following Summer. Charlie is a Sheltie mix who was adopted from A Forever Home Rescue. He is my very first puppy that I have owned on my own, and I couldn't be happier. Charlie and I both love the outdoors, especially swimming. In our spare time we are often at the dog park, hiking, or camping in the Shenandoah. Hopefully I will get the chance to meet you and your pets! Come by the office and say hi to me...and Charlie!
Rebekah Hester - Hi there! I am a native Washingtonian that has been working with FGMN since 2005. I started as an Office Manager and then transitioned to Pet Sitter in 2008. I work full time in Old Town Alexandria for Fransmart, the franchise development company that brought Five Guys to the masses. FGMN is a family I am proud to be a member of and I honestly canít imagine myself not working for them. Iíve grown to know and love so many pets and pet owners over the years that it would just be unthinkable. I take a lot of pride in my work and will take wonderful care of your pets so you can have a stress free time away from home.
Amy Van Norman - I am native of Northern Virginia, having been born and raised in Fairfax. From the time my parents brought me home from the hospital, there were Siamese cats in the house. I loved growing up with my feline friends. Once out of college and on my own, I decided to adopt my own cats. I now have two, a 16-year-old flame-point Himalayan named Carma and a 6-year-old snowshoe blue-point Siamese named Chesney. One of my favorite pastimes is curling up on the couch with them and watching TV. My friends are all pet owners too - a few cats but mostly dogs. I enjoy being in their homes, playing, relaxing, and going on walks with the dogs. It's a wonderful feeling to be around so many pet lovers who consider their feline and/or canine friends to be members of their family.
Sabrina Sheth - I am originally from Michigan, but have been living in the DC area for 9 years now. I currently live in Arlington, Virginia with my boyfriend and two dogs. Taylor is a 6 year old lab, husky, border collie mix and Reilly is a 2 year old King Shepherd. Combined they weigh almost 180lbs! Needless to say, I get a lot of stares when I am out walking them both. While I work full time selling advertising, my passion is dogs. I love being around all kinds of animals, especially dogs. I decided to become a dog walker because it brings me such joy being around them. Since I don't have room for any more dogs at home, this is the next best thing. I look forward to meeting yours!
Doug Grenier - Hi! I was born in Frankfurt, Germany, and I have lived in Arlington, VA for most of my life. As a member of a foreign service family, I have also lived in Algeria and Islamabad, Pakistan, where I attended middle school. I recently graduated from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, where I received a B.A. in Theatre/Film, with a minor in French. I love dogs very much; they are my favorite animals. My first dog was a beagle named Isabelle, whom I nicknamed Izzy (which certainly suited her personality!). After she passed away, I got another beagle whom I named Chandler. He's a very sweet little dog. When I am not hanging with Chandler, I do data entry and Internet research at a small documentary production company in Georgetown. I am also studying for certification in web design. My interests include FILM, music, travel, reading, and enjoying the great outdoors with four-legged friends.
Jessica Gonzalez - My name is Jessica Gonzalez. I am currently studying Criminal Justice Forensic Science at Marymount University. I hate seeing bad people doing bad things, especially to dogs. When I was younger, I read a lot of stories on people making dogs fight for money. I asked my dad why someone so cruel would do this to an animal that shows nothing but love. As a little girl, I begged and begged my father to adopt a dog for me. In 2005, my dad heard about some chow chow mixed puppies that were going to be euthanized because they were near death. My dad adopted one named Chewy; he managed to survive with tender loving care. I learned so much about dogs from Chewy. I promise to give the dogs in the daycare the tender loving care they deserve.
Kate Collins - Born and raised in Alexandria surrounded by dogs and a current resident of Arlington with a black lab/pit bull rescue puppy, Kate canít imagine not being in this area and especially the dog-friendly Shirlington neighborhood. Kate is a graduate of Susquehanna University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Business. In addition to her love of animals, she is an enthusiastic fan of Washington, DC area sports Ė both college and professional -- and enjoys exploring DCís diverse nightlife with friends.
Tracy Linn - Hi, I grew up in Florida and have lived in the DC area since 1991. Currently I live in North Arlington. I can always remember loving all animals and while growing up we had several pets afoot in the house. We had dogs and cats and through the years we had fish, birds, turtles, rabbits, hamsters and even a duck. My husband and I are now the proud owners of a black lab mix we adopted through Homeward Trails Rescue. Her name is Sophie and she's a high energy lovable sweetheart! She has brought so much joy to our lives. I was in the restaurant/hospitality business for 20 years before changing careers to pursue my dreams of working with animals. I was lucky to find the Fur-Get Me Not family. I know how special your pets are and I'll treat yours as if they were my own.
Suzanne Vargas - I was born in Washington State but moved to Northern VA when I was 6 years old. I grew up in Prince William County but currently live in Annandale. When I was little, my sister and I would take care of the neighborhood cat. Pretending it was our own and even sneaking the cat into the house at times. As I got older I have had dogs, hamsters, mice, frogs, and a fish as pets. Currently, I do not own a pet but would like to have a dog when I purchase my own place. I do take care of my sisterís cats and dogs when she and her family are away. Iím really excited and happy to be a dog walker and I look forward to meeting all the different dog personalities along the way.
Wolana Day - Hello! My name is Wolana Day and I am a recent graduate of the University of Mary Washington with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. I was born on Guam, grew up in Pohnpei of the Federated States of Micronesia, and moved to Arlington, VA in 2006 when I was fifteen years old. I went to Wakefield High School and graduated in the class of 2009. Dogs have always been a part of my life as members within my family. I love all breeds, shapes, and sizes.
Jennifer Rosalsky - I grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey, lots of space to run, big fenced in backyard and of course animals. I have had dogs all of my life, usually two at a time. I went to Pastry school in Rhode Island and have a Bachelors degree in Baking and Pastry Arts. I always say that while I chose baking, animals chose me. I moved to the D.C. area in the summer of 2012 with my boyfriend and black lab mix Springer. Since then our family has grown, we now have a Shiba-Inu/German Sheppard mix named Kuma and we just adopted a cat who we named Gelato. I am excited to have found a new career in which I can bring joy to the dogs I care for, as well as receive an immeasurable amount of happiness while doing so.
Lisa Votraw - I have lived in Northern Virginia for almost 6 years. I've had pets my whole life and have always loved animals. I've spent several years volunteering with shelters and rescue groups in several different states. I also studied animal behavior as an undergrad. I know how stressful it can be to leave a pet at home for even a short while. I hope to be able to relieve some of that stress by letting you feel reassured that your precious pets are being well cared for in the comfort of their own home.
Vanessa Beck - I grew up with dogs and cats and cannot imagine living without at least one animal as my companion. My cat Cobby is a gorgeous kitty who I rescued 9 years ago. I also fostered kittens when I lived in FL, and regularly take care of my brother's sweet Pit Bull rescue, Judy, and friend's dogs, cats, turtles, and fish, when they are out of town. I cannot adopt or foster any more animals right now, so caring for your dogs and cats gives me my fix! In addition to my love of animals, I recently earned a Master's degree, I DJ at DC bars, do a community radio show, make jewelry and clothing, and volunteer. I look forward to meeting you and caring for your animals!
Carolyn Lilly - Hello, my name is Carolyn and I have been living in this area my whole life, having been born in Vienna Va. I currently attend Marymount University where I study Sociology and play soccer. I have been surrounded by dogs my entire life, a yellow lab named Riley when I was younger and currently a very loving black lab named Isaac. He loves his daily walks and lives for puppy treats. My love for animals has grown through having these two dogs. I can not wait to meet your pets through Fur-Get Me Not!
Rick Rogers - Hi everyone. I'm Rick and I have lived in NW Washington DC since 1989. I was born on a dairy farm in upstate New York, not far from Vermont. Among the menagerie of animals on the farm were dogs, cats, goats, cows, and rabbits. Living is downtown DC is quite different but I love it. I am gentle, caring, and good with animals. I do not have any pet biases. My current pet, a cat named Richard, is just over 1 year old and was born deaf. Sooo cute and such a good boy. my previous pet Reggie was with me for just shy of 20 years and he was totally blind and such a treasure. I am so lucky to have them. I look forward to meeting your pet and assisting you as much as I can.
Caitlin Smith - My experience expands across a wide variety of pets and animals. I have been in a home with cats for 27 years and a home with dogs for 14 years. Additionally, I have professional experience doing behavioral training with river otters and harbor seals at the Virginia Aquarium as an intern and currently do behavioral therapy for children with disabilities.
Kristine Jackson - Hi -- I'm KJ and this is my best friend FOOKI! We are on our way to your house for what will surely be a great season of dog walks and pet sits! I grew up in a household that fostered my love for animals. My pets have redefined what traditional "family" means, inspiring a life-long awareness and compassion for the life experiences of every animal I come in contact with. The unconditional love and companionship has been spectacularly transformative within my life and I have an affinity for animals that have had a rough start or pets with special needs. When I am not promoting the benefits that come with a life of helping animals, I like to explore Arlington and the surrounding areas to find the best hiking spots and tasty cheap eats. Having had a previous life in Cali, after long days I like to wind down by hanging out with my FOO near the water. See you soon NoVA!
Elizabeth Solorzano - Hey there! My name is Liz and I have lived in Northern Virginia my whole life. I am a recent graduate of East Carolina University with a degree in Hospitality Management. When I am not planning conferences you can usually find me on a run, at the gym or on Instagram looking at cute puppies. I am excited to be a part of such an amazing team that loves animals as much as I do!
Michelle Ouellette - Originally from the Boston area, Iíve lived in Virginia for ~2 years now and love it! My work with Fur Get Me Not actually stems from being a client. I interviewed a number of dog walking companies when I first moved here, and there was a clear difference when my FGMN sitter made that first visit. She loves and cares for my Cavalier Lady Liberty (ďLibbyĒ) just as she would her own fur baby. Even my neighbors take notice! Everyone Iíve encountered with the company is so genuinely kind and professional. I leave my home weekdays for my work as a publicist confident that Libby is in the best of hands. And Iím very much enjoying getting out of the office to care for your beloved fur babies and other pets! Animals are truly my passion in life Ė when not working, I volunteer as the local coordinator for Cavalier Rescue USA, supervising all rescues, rehabilitation and adoptions, and also managing social media communications for the organization. Iím a busy lady! I look forward to meeting you.
Jessica Morin - Originally from Long Island, New York, Iíve lived in Virginia/Maryland for 10 years now and love it! I moved to the area to attend George Mason University and graduated in 2010. Iím currently living in Arlington in the Clarendon area and work full time in Alexandria. My work with Fur Get Me Not actually stems from being a client. My boyfriend and I adopted our terrier mix, Simba, from Homeward Trails Rescue in November of 2015. FGMN was one of the companies they recommended for training, boarding etc. After talking with several other trainers in the area we decided FGMN was the best place for us. The positive training program followed in Levels by all the trainers is fantastic. It was this positive experience and my love for animals that compelled me to become an animal walker/sitter with FGMN. I look forward to meeting you!
Kisbel DeLaRosa - My love for all animals began at a very early age in sunny South Florida. There hasnít been a time in my life when pets werenít a part of it. Pets are my passion. I'm a proud pet mom to Buddha; a rambunctious senior pug. He is my heart and soul and has had his little paws wrapped around me since he was a puppy. Over the years, friends and family have entrusted their beloved pets in my care because they trusted my abilities and knew that I would treat their pets as I would my own. My career in non-profit fundraising has lead me to intensive traveling and my first concerns and thoughts were, ďWho would take care of Buddha?Ē It is because of my own experiences letting others care for Buddha is why I will care for your pet in the same way you would. I look forward to the opportunity to meeting you and your fur-baby.
Myrka Lembo - 
Rebekah Calano - Hello! I have recently moved to the DC area, and love to explore this beautiful city! I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA with a large family and have an adorable golden retriever named Bailey, who has stayed in Pittsburgh with my parents. I have taken care of dogs my entire life, and enjoy walking and playing catch with them! During the fall-spring, I teach Kindergarten in the area, and I love helping my students learn to read and write. When I'm not teaching, I'm visiting new places and learning more about the city. I am excited to be involved in Fur Get Me Not, and cannot wait to meet your dog!
Rafael Cabrera - I was born and raised in Alexandria, VA, and I have lived in the same house for about 13 years. I attend George Mason University pursuing a degree in Information Technology. I grew up with a miniature schnauzer, and I have to say he was the best pal I could ask for. I joined FGMN to help give pets the attention and care they need, and to remind me how great the presence of a pet could have on a person.
Stephanie King - 
Katharine Klein - Hi! I am originally from Chicago, IL, and moved to DC about 4 years ago to take a full-time position in a non-profit organization. I have been told I have the same personality as my west highland terrier, Toby, since I have a lot of energy but can have just as much fun people watching on a lazy Sunday. I am very excited to be a part of the FGMN team and look forward to caring for your pets!
Lauren Kelly - I have lived in the DMV the majority of my life - I attended college and currently reside in DC. My studies and career have always concentrated in the criminal justice field. When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends (and their pups), and I'm always game for brunch. Speaking of, at the end of 2015, after brunching with friends (where we spoke at length that I should adopt a kitten), my path crossed with the Humane Society truck in route home. I was immediately drawn to the sweet face of a tuxedo kitty peering out the window. It was fate and love at first site. The following day, I took home my sweet kitten, Leo, and now I can't imagine life without him!
Nakeisha Gates - 
Jennifer Haller - Hello everyone! My name is Jennifer, Jenny for short. I was born here in the northern Virginia but raised in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. I obtained a BA in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia (Go Wahoos!) and an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University in New York City. I moved to Arlington 3 years ago after living and working in various places around the area. I currently live in Shirlington with my two rescue pups: Puggle, the 13 year old Puggle, and Willow, a 1 year old mutt. I grew up with family pets, both dogs and cats, and have been a pet owner since adopting Puggle 13 years ago. I love being outside and taking my pups to the dog park and on hikes. My pups are the best part of my day. I canít wait to meet your pets and treat them like my own!
Liz Meier - Hi everyone! My name is Liz. I am Pitt grad from Pittsburgh, PA. I moved a few years ago to the DMV to teach special education. My husband and I recently moved into this amazing city! I love pets of all kinds. My family dog was a black standard poodle. My husband and I currently own two little parakeets - Andy and Charlie. In my free time I enjoy traveling, exploring the city, and hiking. Although I currently don't have a dog of my own I love spending time and caring for my family and friends dogs!
Bianca Asato - I am a born and raised island girl, coming from the state full of aloha (Hawaii). I was relocated from my little island of Oahu all the way to Virginia for a wonderful job opportunity two years ago. I absolutely fell in love with the ďmainlandĒ life and was excited to bring my teeny family up with me. With me, I have my husband Jerome, stubborn dapple dachshund Hewbert, my sweet girl Hallie Paige (rescue pup), and my fatso furry kitty Sir Charles :O) Iíve been an animal lover all my life and canít remember a time I didnít have at least a couple pups or kitties running around! I truly enjoy the company of our four legged friends---even the two or no legged ones too! Iím so excited to be part of the Fur Get Me Not team and help make certain your furbabies are cared for by real animal lovers!
Nicole Kuhn - Virginia native. Graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BS in Chemistry and recently moved to NOVA for work. In my spare time you'll find me getting silly with my six year old daughter, Wrenn, or working hard at the gym! I'm looking forward to getting to know your fur babies and providing a sense of comfort for them while you're away!
Elliott Wu - I was born in Detroit, but spent the majority of my life overseas, thanks to an expat father, and then my wife, the diplomat. By day, Iím your run of the mill corporate IT guy. By night, my daughter (8) and I annoy my cat by showering her with more affection than she cares for. Iíve always loved animals and would have loved to add a dog to our family. However, being a foreign service family means that any pet you take on becomes extra difficult to manage overseas.