SUNNYVALE TEAM



DANIEL GARCIA

Manager, CPCT
Team Member since December 5, 2012

Daniel was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. For the last 12 years he lived in San Diego and now lives in the Silicon Valley area. He has been in the customer service industry for his entire professional career, which includes the Food and Beverage industry, Hospitality and Real Estate. It was in San Diego that he found his first pup, a white Mini Schnauzer he named Dietrich. While raising Dietrich, Daniel became very interested in the proper way to treat and care for animals.

Daniel and his partner currently have a beautiful rescue dog named Sasha; a Terrier and Chihuahua mix. In November 2012 they welcomed a new addition to the pack, a black Mini Schnauzer with white markings named Raven. After learning about various training programs, Daniel found that he was drawn to the program used here at ADL. He believes strongly that training dogs with positive rewards is the most humane and beneficial approach. He is currently taking courses with ABC Dog Training and looks forward to becoming a certified dog trainer.

Daniel is very active and enjoys playing softball and working out at the gym, including yoga. He is still exploring all the wonderful locations around the Bay Area, such as wine country and the beaches. With the addition of Raven, a lot of time is spent with training with the help of his partner and Sasha. Daniel brings with him many years of customer service which he is excited to share with both the pets and their owners here at A DOG'S LIFE.

Daniel is a Certified Pet Care Technician through A DOG'S LIFE and has received a Certificate of Completion of CParf's Pet First Aid and CPR course.


 

 

 

 

KATIE JOHNSON

Assistant Manager, CPCT
Team Member since September 26, 2011

Katie is from Boulder Creek, California, and has always lived with lots of animals! Growing up, she lived with three Golden Retrievers, a Bernese Mountain Dog, cats, rabbits, birds, rats and peacocks. Katie especially liked the peacocks! Katie moved to Denver, Colorado when she was eighteen and began pursuing a career with dogs. She worked at a local daycare for three years where she did basic training and bathing. She also pursued her passion for dogs outside of work by fostering dogs through a local rescue. After several years Katie decided to move back to California with her Chihuahua/Terrier/Pug mix, Tyson, and an English Mastiff, Jada. Katie says that Tyson is a big fan of California and loves to spend hours napping in the sun!

Outside of work, Katie enjoys volunteering at dog shelters, hanging out with friends, playing video games, and going to the beach. Katie hopes to continue her work with dogs by fostering, working adoption events and gaining experience with training. She also looks forward to pursuing her education in business. She says her favorite part of working at a A DOG'S LIFE is that it's "one of those jobs where you come in and everyone's excited to see you." She also loves gaining more experience with dogs and the learning opportunities that go along with spending so much time with them.

Katie is a Certified Pet Care Technician through A DOG'S LIFE.


May 2012

 

 

 

CASSANDRA JENECKE

Lead, CPCT
Team Member since March 21, 2008

Cassandra has quite the history with animals! She practically grew up in a grooming shop at her mother's knee, and her family boasts a long history of dogs, cats, snakes, and rats! Cassandra also worked all four years of high school at a dog and cat grooming shop, as a receptionist, bather/ brusher, and eventual apprentice groomer. "It was there that I had my first real-world experience working with animals and I have been hooked ever since!" She has worked for ADL for over 5 years now, first as a seasonal playgroup leader in training, then as a senior playgroup leader and lobby-host. You can see her most often at ADLSV on the weekends and holidays!

She is a very recent law school graduate from University of San Francisco and her goal is be a District Attorney in the great state of California! Outside of ADL, Cassandra is a dedicated writer and reader.

What does she enjoy about ADL and working with dogs? "I am particularly partial to our training staff and the training of employees. I believe that we have one of, if not the best, trained daycare staff in the Bay Area. I have complete confidence in all of my coworker's abilities to go above and beyond what is required of them to take care of the dogs and to make sure the dogs have fun and love daycare! There are so many reasons I can think of why I love dogs. However, I think the simplest but most profound answer is unconditional love. They never judge and they love to see you every morning! Dogs, without a doubt, are the biggest pick-me-up of any bad day!"

Cassandra is a Certified Pet Care Technician through the Pet Care Services Association and has received a Certificate of Completion of CParf's Pet First Aid and CPR course.


July 2008 & December 2011

 

 

 

LAUREN JENSEN

Senior Playgroup Leader, Lobby Host, CPCT
Team Member since July 3, 2011

Lauren grew up and has lived in San Jose her whole life. She went to Pioneer High School and then went on to attend college at California State University of Monterey Bay, where she is a Business Administration major with a focus on Management. Aside from work and school, Lauren has always been very artsy. She loves to paint, mostly landscapes and Alice in Wonderland themes (her favourite movie). She also loves photography, mostly of her two dogs and other dogs in general. Dogs are a huge part of her life though, as when she can, Lauren loves to just sit down and spend time with both of her dogs.

Lauren has always had animals in her life. She doesn't remember a time in which there were no animals in her life. She grew up with three cats and spent a lot of time with a friend and her Husky. She spent a lot of time with friends and families pets. She has done a lot of pet sitting for people who need someone to stay with their animals.

Currently, Lauren has two dogs that are the light of her life. Toby, a rescue, is a Welsh Corgi/Jack Russel Terrier mix. He is the first dog that she ever owned. Marley, rescued when a friend could no longer keep him, is a Black Lab/Sharpei mix. They love to play tug and fetch the tennis ball. They love to snuggle, go for walks, and see their puppy friends in the mornings. They also love to watch movies with her. Yes, they love Lady and the Tramp, Meerkat Manor, and many other shows with animals in it.

Lauren's favorite part about working at A DOG'S LIFE is the dogs. She loves coming into work and seeing the dogs happy faces. When asked about it she said "I feel so lucky that I get to see all these dog's every day. I love their personalities and excitement and the puppy hugs." She loves the bonds that she creates with each dog. She loves her coworkers. She loves the friendly, fun, and happy environment they help create for the dogs.

Lauren is a Certified Pet Care Technician through A DOG'S LIFE.


 

 

 

 

ASHLEY ERENS

Senior Playgroup Leader, Lobby Host, CPCT
Team Member since July 18, 2012

Ashley has adored animals her whole life. She grew up in the south bay and always had dogs and cats. She currently owns two American Tabby cats named Oliver and Stinkers. Her family also includes a Pit bull mix named Tai and a Betta fish named Kaizer. In addition to spending time with animals, Ashley loves being out in nature. She enjoys going on adventures in the mountains and creeks.

Ashley's ultimate career goal is to do something she loves. She doesn't want work to feel like a burden, but rather something she looks forward to each day. Since Ashley enjoys animals she hopes to find a career in humane law enforcement and is currently attending Mission College. At A DOG'S LIFE, Ashley enjoys interacting with the dogs and helping to ensure each one has a great time at daycare. From working with the dogs and learning more about them, to her interactions with her coworkers, Ashley says, "I absolutely love everything about my job!"

Ashley is a Certified Pet Care Technician through A DOG'S LIFE.


November 2012

 

 

 

KATIE JORDAN

Senior Playgroup Leader, CPCT
Team Member since July 11, 2012

Katie is a Certified Pet Care Technician through A DOG'S LIFE.


 

 

 

 

THERESA ENCALADA

Lobby Host, Playgroup Leader, CPCT
Team Member since July 23, 2013

Theresa grew up in Long Beach, CA with a few dogs and cats. Before coming to A DOG'S LIFE, she worked with Leghorn chickens and fish while attending UC Davis for a degree in Animal Biology. Theresa loves working with animal, and hope to continue working in the field at a Zoo one day. Theresa currently has 2 cats named Sir Edward and Marty. She enjoys painting, working out and trying new foods. Her favorite part about working at A DOG'S LIFE is "getting to see dogs every day and bonding with them. Also, talking to other animal lovers!"

Theresa is a Certified Pet Care Technician through A DOG'S LIFE.


 

 

 

 

MARISA PATURZO

Lobby Host, Playgroup Leader
Team Member since August 14, 2012

Marisa is a Certified Pet Care Technician through A DOG'S LIFE


 

 

 

 

MEAGHAN KULAS

Playgroup Leader, CPCT
Team Member since May 21, 2013

Before moving to Mountain View about year ago, Maeghan was born and raised in Connecticut with all kinds of animals! She had ferrets, chinchillas, snakes, lizards, turtles, cats and dogs. Before coming to A DOG'S LIFE, Maeghan worked in a retirement home with elderly and disabled people. She also worked at a Zoo in Florida! Maeghan currently has 2 large fish tanks, 3 cats and a dog named Bandit. Bandit enjoys going everywhere with Maeghan and has lots of doggie friends at A DOG'S LIFE! When Maeghan and Bandit are not hiking, sport fishing, or cooking, Maeghan enjoys finding new fishes and starting new fish tanks. She always looks for ways to be the best she can be in life, and hopes to one day pursue further career with animals or helping people. Maeghan believes that working with dogs is "good for the soul"! She says, "I love their silly, fun ways! Always puts a smile on my face! Always great to learn new things about dogs! Everyone who loves dogs should definitely have one. We can learn so much from our pets!

Meaghan is a Certified Pet Care Technician through A DOG'S LIFE.


 

 

 

 

MELISSA PETERSON

Playgroup Leader, CPCT
Team Member since July 8, 2013

Melissa was born in Santa Clara, although she spent most of her life in Virginia with a Miniature Schnauzer and a couple Beagles. She has been back in the Bay Area for about 9 years, and is currently residing in South San Jose. She has always been interested in animal welfare issues and dog behavior. One day she would like to be a dog trainer and work at rescue facilities helping animals become more adoptable. Her favorite thing about daycare, other than all the Beagles, "Getting to practice my dog training skills while getting lost of love!"

Melissa is a Certified Pet Care Technician through A DOG'S LIFE.


 

 

 

 

COURTNEY BAKER

Playgroup Leader, CPCT
Team Member since July 15, 2013

Born in Berkeley, Courtney moved to San Jose when she was 3 and currently lives there now. Her passion for animals stared when she was young while growing up with dogs, cats, birds, geckos, fish, tortoise and rats. She now has 2 dogs, a cat and a tortoise.

She loves doing crafts, learning new things, and helping people whenever she can. She hasn't discovered what she would like to make a career, but is hoping that working with dogs will help her realize her path. She also hopes to one day have a family.

When asked what she likes about working with dogs she said, "I love animals and love that I can help them establish good habits and good relationships with me, other Play Group Leaders and other dogs".

Courtney is a Certified Pet Care Technician through A DOG'S LIFE.


 

 

 

 

OSCAR FERNANDEZ

Playgroup Leader, CPCT
Team Member since August 8, 2013

Oscar is a Certified Pet Care Technician through A DOG'S LIFE.


 

 

 

 

DEANNA DUCHENE

Playgroup Leader, CPCT
Team Member since August 21, 2013

Deanna was born in Germany but raised in Macomb, Michigan. Before A DOG'S LIFE, she worked with animals by volunteering at animal shelters. She also participated in training by doing agility and got her pup, Issabella, Canine Good Citizen Certified. Other than Isabella, Deanna spends time with her 2 cats, Slinky and Miso. She's currently working on a Veterinary Technician degree and hope to one day be a Veterinarian. Deanna enjoys hiking, wine-tasting and video games. When asked what she likes about working at ADL she responded with "Getting to know the individual personalities and the learning experience".

Deanna is a Certified Pet Care Technician through A DOG'S LIFE.


 

 

 

 

CHELSEA DAMON

Playgroup Leader
Team Member since September 17, 2013

Chelsea grew up in a small town in North East Texas call Aledo with horses, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, and a Golden Retriever. Before moving to the Bay Area, she was a docent at Utah Hogle Zoo and volunteered at a Humane Society. She is currently finishing up her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and hopes to continue her education to one day become a Veterinarian. When Chelsea is not enjoying the outdoors hiking, she loves photography, reading and cooking. She currently has a 1 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback named Titan who enjoys coming to daycare and ADL classes! "I look forward to coming to work every day. We have a great staff and I get to spend my day caring for dogs that never cease to entertain me…"


   

 

 

 

ALEXIS MIDDLEBROOKS

Playgroup Leader
Team Member since October 7, 2013


   

 

 

 

ADRIANAH RAMIREZ

Playgroup Leader
Team Member since March 2014


   

 

 

 

AMI KOTHARI

Overnight Attendant, Playgroup Leader, CPCT
Team Member since May 28, 2009

Whether it is for animals, or people, Ami wants nothing more than to help! Her future goal is to become a surgeon who travels the world, providing care for those in need. Presently a student of both De Anza College and Foothill College, she plans on transferring to a four-year university, where she can major in Biology and prepare for medical school. This desire to care for others extends to animals as well, since Ami has worked in several shelters throughout the Bay Area. In one such shelter, the San Jose Animal Care Center, Ami helped socialize, train, and track the progress of dogs in attendance. When she is not walking dogs in her free time or visiting museums around the world to experience new cultures, Ami enjoys wildlife photography, reading, hiking, playing basketball, and spending time with family and friends.

Due to allergies in one of her family members, Ami is not able to have any pets of her own. Because of this, she looks to A DOG'S LIFE for her opportunity to interact with animals. She claims, "Working at A DOG'S LIFE gives me so much happiness and pleasure. I am very fortunate to work with such amazing animals." Ami seems to be truly touched by the dogs she sees each day, saying also, "I admire how dogs find happiness in the smallest things. I value the loyalty and joy they provide every minute, and I am thankful that they can put a smile on my face."

Ami is a Certified Pet Care Technician through the Pet Care Services Association.


November 2009 (MP)

 

 

 

SIMRAN KLAIR

Overnight Attendant, Playgroup Leader, CPCT
Team Member since November 12, 2010

Simran was born in Dubai, U.A.E. and moved to California as a baby; she has been here ever since. Before joining ADL, Simran spent time working with dogs at cats at both HSSV and a large retail chain. About her time there, Simran says, "I learned A LOT about working with animals and that working and having pets is a lot of responsibility but it's all worth it in the end!" Simran has had pets all her life (up to 9 at a time!) and currently shares her home with 3: a 12 year old German Shepard named Tiger, a Spaniel named Gambler, and a stray cat that she rescued named Sassy. Simran attends De Anza College where she is studying Economics and English as well as some extra curricular classes in communication and CPR. Her goal is to become a Financial Analyst one day! Outside of work, Simran enjoys painting pottery, reading, playing Sudoku, and window shopping. Simran says her favorite part of working at ADL is "the relationship I form with the dogs and how I know I am helping making their day a little brighter." She also notes, "I LOVE dogs that have smiles!"

Simran is a Certified Pet Care Technician through the Pet Care Services Association and has received a Certificate of Completion of CParf's Pet First Aid and CPR course.



 

 

 

MAXIMUS GRISSO

Overnight Attendant, Playgroup Leader, CPCT
Team Member since May 7, 2012

Max was born and raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains where he grew up with a variety of animals including goats, horses, dogs, cats, lizards, snakes, hamsters, bunnies, parrots and many more! For as long as Max can remember he has worked with and ridden horses. During his early years of high school Max volunteered at Trinity Ranch, a therapeutic riding center, where he helped care for, train and exercise the horses. Max also did pet sitting for friends and family throughout high school. Currently, Max lives with a Bernese Mountain Dog, Annie, a McNabb puppy named Millie, two cats named Momba and Daisy, and his parson's terrier Peeka.

Max is currently attending De Anza College pursuing a degree in English. He plans to continue working with animals and participating in activism but after college he hopes to pursue a career as a college professor. In his spare time Max enjoys baking, hiking in the mountains, taking Peeka to the beach, riding horses, photographing nature, and participating in LGBT activism. Max's favorite part of working at ADL is getting to know all the different dogs. Max says, "I love spending time with and getting to know each and every dog."

Max is a Certified Pet Care Technician through A DOG'S LIFE.


 

 

 

 

MELISSA HILL

Groomer, CPCT
Team Member since February 28, 2008

Melissa was born in Mountain View, but grew up in San Jose with her grandparents, mom, dad, younger sister, her first German Shepard, Hiedi, and her first cat Mr. Strawberry. She attended Branham High School and graduated in 1979. Melissa has two great kids—one punk rocker starting his junior year at Branham High School and mechanical studies at CCOC, along with an academic overachieving daughter who is a 1L at University of San Francisco Law School.

Melissa started her pet career grooming her parents Lhasa Apsos and then started her formal grooming career at the Foxy Hound in Los Gatos in the late 1970s. A groomer for over 30 years, Melissa has worked for private grooming shops, mobile grooming companies, corporate and private veterinary clinics, and even owned her own shop in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she lived for almost ten years.

Melissa has worked for ADL in the past and is incredibly pleased to be back! She was Palo Alto's lobby host from January 2008 until May 2009, where she was also able to groom! Her favorite dog is still Steve, the Corgi/Shiba-Inu mix at Palo Alto, but looks forward to meeting the dogs of Sunnyvale! During the week, Melissa works at Microsoft as a cashier but is really excited to be a groomer for ADL. Dogs continue to be her greatest passion and she hopes to bring her years of knowledge to the grooming clients of ADL!

Melissa is restarting her life and she is trying to find her way and knows that the animals will lead her in the right direction.

Melissa is a Certified Pet Care Technician through the Pet Care Services Association.


September 2008 (PA)

 

 

 

CRYSTAL CAPELLA

Groomer
Team Member since December 19, 2011

Crystal started working with dogs about 5 years ago, starting off as a bather. From then on, she knew she wanted to do more than just bathing the dogs, so she went to grooming school and became a dog groomer. She has always loved all animals, but loved dogs the most. From her own dogs to other people's dogs, she knew they all deserved the same amount of care and love. Aside from grooming her own 11 year old chihuahua mix, she has also groomed dogs from two weeks old all the way to twenty years old, so she knows how to accomodate her grooming to any type of dog. She also has worked with many difficult dogs who have had hard pasts and have started a new life with new owners. She knows that it takes patience and time, but eventually and hopefully, most dogs do well in the end. She loves getting to know each dog as if they were her own dog and knows that each dog deserves to look as beautiful as they possibly can!

In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her husband Nick and new son, Michael. She has taken on a new hobby, aside from drawing and playing computer games, which is photography. Crystal and her husband share this hobby together and make it a family outing when going to do photoshoots. Sometimes, they even manage to get their son Michael in the shots too!


   

 

 

 

ZILA TIONGSON

Playgroup Leader, CPCT
Team Member since September 27, 2011

Zila was born in the Philippines, but was raised in California for the majority of her life. Animals have always been a big part of Zila's life since her mom is a veterinarian. Zila grew up as her mom's "little veterinary assistant" :) However, her passion for animals came from within, and animals truly have a special place in her heart.

Zila is currently attending Foothill College where she's studying to become a Veterinary Technician. Before working at ADL, Zila worked in animal research, but really wanted a more rewarding and enjoyable job. Zila says her favorite part of working at ADL is being surrounded by people who are just as passionate about dogs as she is. In the future, she would love to do volunteer work for dogs and one day even own and operate a wild life animal rescue sanctuary.

Zila currently lives with three Miniature Dachshunds, Jazmyne, Jayla, and Jojo. Outside of work, Zila loves to travel. She also competes professionally in a Polynesian Dance Group, which she's been a part of since she was 14 years old!

Zila is a Certified Pet Care Technician through A DOG'S LIFE.


 

 

 

 

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