Meet the Team

A little about Green Paws Chicago!


Since 2007, Green Paws Chicago has been providing top-notch, eco-friendly, quality care to pups and pets of all shapes and sizes across the greater Chicago area. We aim to provide every animal the love and care they deserve while being socially responsible – by supporting pet rescue and shelter organizations, the neighborhoods and families we serve, the larger community and, ultimately, the planet!

We understand the amount of trust it takes to place your pet and your home in someone else’s hands! Because we value that trust above all, we assure the Green Paws standard of care through our team of rigorously vetted Pet Care Specialists pictured below. You deserve the peace of mind that comes from knowing that only trustworthy professionals are looking after your pet. Green Paws Chicago is fully licensed, bonded, and insured, and our team is comprised of 100% W-2 employees, not 1099 contractors — all of whom have passed a multi-stage hiring process, office and field evaluations, and hands-on skills training.

Meet the Team!


ANNA
General Manager

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, and raised in Detroit, Anna moved to the near west suburbs of Chicago in 2004 and moved into the city in 2021 . Anna has three human babies and two fur babies. She is a city girl who enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking, biking, and all things water-related. Anna has a background in technology, marketing, and human resources and is excited to bring these skills to Green Paws.

ELISE
Operations Coordinator

Born and raised in a cat-loving Illinois home, Elise (they/them) moved from the suburbs to the city in January of 2022. As someone who loves pets, Elise shows this by volunteering with various animal rescues as well as being a colony caretaker and TNR (trap-neuter-return) enthusiast. Within the past two years, they were able to find homes for 15+ stray cats and kittens just in their neighborhood! Elise currently lives at home with their two cats, Cookie and Cleo, and their dog Pemby.

KATEY
Field Services Administrator

Born and raised in the western burbs, Katey relocated to a vibrant Chicago neighborhood after college to be closer to her passion for design and art. Katey brings her experience managing staff and operations at a multi-regional summer camp to the Green Paws office team along with her dedication to meeting client needs through her meticulous attention to detail. A lifelong dog lover, outside of work, Katey’s favorite pastime is spending time with friends and family.

BRIAN
Pet Care Trainer

“My favorite part of the walks is having the opportunity to interact with the fur babies and share in their contagious enthusiasm for life. It brightens my day as much as it enriches theirs.” says Brian (he/him), a lifetime animal lover. He tries to keep each visit fresh and engaging by being attentive to the dog’s behavior and keeping the routes from becoming too familiar. About Green Paws he says, “I can’t believe I get to do this everyday. It’s not a job; it’s an absolute joy!”

JOHN
Pet Care Trainer

John (he/him) grew up in rural Ohio prior to relocating to Chicago. He has been spending time with animals since the early years of his life hanging out with barn cats. During high school his dad surprised the family with a puppy and ever since then, he has been hooked on spoiling his four-legged friends!

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Pet Care Trainer

David (he/him) was born and bred in the Detroit area but has called Chicago home for over 10 years. He grew up with a dog named Max and a cat named Odysseus. Over the years, at various times, David has also lived with various dogs, cats, fancy rats, snakes, fish, and hamsters. David currently resides in Avondale, where, in addition to his pet-loving activities, he occasionally finds work as a freelance writer/editor.

JOE
Pet Care Trainer

Joe (he/him) grew up in Northwest Indiana and recently moved to Portage Park. Growing up, Joe had a Springer Spaniel and currently has a 1-year-old Golden Labrador Retriever. He worked as a dogwalker several years ago and is thrilled to have the opportunity to do it again, as he loves animals, especially cats and dogs. In his free time, Joe likes to read, exercise, go hiking and fishing, and watch movies/TV shows.

MAX
Pet Care Specialist

Max (they/them) has been walking dogs since the 5th grade. From a young age, they have always been driven in life by being a caretaker. A graduate of University of Illinois at Champaign’s School of Art + Design, Max spends their free time carving wood blocks for their various printmaking projects.

MATT
Pet Care Specialist

Matt (he/him) has been living in the Logan Square area for nearly twenty years. In his previous lives, he was a graduate from the SAIC painting and drawing program and is an experienced brewer.  His passions outside his furry friends include disc golf, music, and making “bad art.”  Matt likes to describe himself as your pup’s “in-flight entertainment counselor” and tries to ensure they see what they want to see and go where they want to go.

CRISTAL
Pet Care Specialist

Cristal (she/her) grew up in Little Village with a succession of tiny chihuahuas and one giant doberman, as well as the neighborhood’s eclectic variety of pets: chickens, ducks, goats, and on one memorable occasion, a pony. She currently has two kitties, Luna and Roger Sterling, but her passion for pets has taken her to shift her career path from the medical field, to the veterinary, and finally here with us.

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JOHN
Pet Care Specialist

John (he/him) grew up as a military kid living in places like Seattle, Italy, and Bahrain. He had a family Beagle named Jazzy growing up who is the sweetest! He graduated from the University of Iowa and has happily settled in northern Chicago. You can catch john at second city, on the lake, or in his second favorite city, Milwaukee!

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JOHN
Pet Care Specialist

John grew up in Colorado and moved to Chicago for school, and liked it so much that he decided to stay! A lifelong lover of dogs and cats, John enjoys filling the pet-sized hole in his life (his apartment is too small) by working with Green Paws. When he’s not spending time with his furry friends, John enjoys reading, working on graphic design, taking crazy long walks, and listening to music.

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KEITH
Pet Care Specialist

Keith (he /him) has over 15 years of experience caring for dogs in a daycare and boarding kennel environment. He has also watched many a cat while the musician that usually lived with them was on tour. He moved to Chicago after finishing a degree in painting and printmaking at the University of Texas. He has been active in Chicago’s music and art scene since the late 1990s, but is most proud of his wife, their terrier, and all the lovely friendships he has made with canines of all sizes, shapes, and colors .

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BEN
Pet Care Specialist

Ben grew up in California and moved to Chicago in 2011 to attend DePaul University. After graduation, he enjoyed Chicago so much that he decided to stay and make this city his home! Ben has an 8-year-old border collie named Waffle and is excited to get him a friend when the time is right. When he’s not hanging with his pup, you can find Ben with the bleacher creatures at Wrigley Field, roasting people on Xbox Live, or demolishing some wings.

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MATT
Pet Care Specialist
Matt has lived in Rogers Park for most of his life. A diehard Cubs fan, he’s taken care of dogs since the 1990s! His love of dogs has led to him doing some rescue work with his favorite breed, Pitbulls. When he is not spending time with animals, Matt can be found doing what he loves: reading about history, cooking and listening to music!
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JONATHAN
Pet Care Specialist

Jonathan (he/him) grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and has yet to find a pet he couldn’t love. He went to school at the University of Missouri where he studied Film and traveled around for work before moving back to Chicago in 2019. Jonathan has lived with some amazing cats and dreams of the day that he will have a big yard of his own for a whole new generation of furry friends! In his free time, you can find Jonathan performing standup comedy throughout the city, making homemade pizzas, and trying to catch his tail.

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BAILEY
Pet Care Specialist

A native of Palo Alto, California, Bailey has been living in the north side of Chicago for 11 years! Bailey loves spending time with her cat Flynn and all the adoptable animals at Tree House Humane Society where she works as a Cat Care Technician. When not with animals, Bailey can be found biking, listening to Taylor Swift, spending time with human family and friends, and trying out new restaurants in the city. Bailey is looking forward to caring for the fur babies of the Green Paws Family!

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KATIE
Pet Care Specialist

Katie (she/her) is a born and bred Chicago gal with a lifelong passion for animals. While her primary career is in musical theatre (she graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Columbia College Chicago and recently got her Master of Music in Music Theatre Vocal Pedagogy), there’s nothing she loves more than spending her in-between time with furry friends. Whether it’s with her childhood dog (Ellie), her current cat and best friend (Bonnie), or the neighborhood pets, Katie feels most at home alongside her animal family.

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MATTY
Pet Care Specialist

Matty (they/them) is a doodler and a wanderer that has returned to Chicago in recent years from Portland, OR. They grew up in rural west Michigan with Bassets and forest cats. Aside from walking from one end of Chicago to the other, Matty spends their spare time cheering on local pro-wrestlers, performing weird music and dancing in loud, dark places.

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ANNE
Pet Care Specialist

A lover of all dogs, Anne is looking forward to spending time with pups all over the city of Chicago. She is excited to give the four-legged friends of the Green Paws Family the same love that their owners do. When she is not walking dogs, Anne is a freelance advertising copywriter who can also be found biking throughout the city.

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LAURA
Pet Care Specialist

Laura is an animal-loving classical flutist based in the Chicago area. She grew up in Virginia always surrounded by family pets, and the only thing she dislikes about living in Chicago is being away from her family dog, Leo! As a recent graduate of DePaul University School of Music, Laura is looking forward to spending quality time with the furry residents of Chicago and spreading joy through them and music.

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ANDREW
Pet Care Specialist

Andrew (he/him) was born and raised in Chicago and is happy to call this city his home. Pets have always been important in his life and in his free time, Andrew volunteers at the Tree House Humane Society. When he is not spending time with animals, Andrew can be found biking, appreciating art, or trying a new vegetarian recipe.

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WILL
Pet Care Specialist

Will grew up in the Bay Area of California and was raised in a house full of dogs. A lover of all animals,Will has helped his mother care after countless foster dogs. His dog, Arlo, is one of those fosters! After moving to Chicago and getting his degree in Sound Design for Videogames, Will is excited to be sharing his love for animals with Green Paws. In his free time, Will enjoys making music, exploring the city with his pup, and trying new food. He cannot wait to meet your beloved pets and give them the care they deserve!

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AMANDA
Pet Care Specialist

Amanda (they/them, she/her) is a Chicago native who’s just nuts for fur friends. They have their best cat friends, Bagel and Thomas, at home always waiting for them after each day. When Amanda is not spending time with their furry friends, Amanda is enjoying movies, photography, interior design, biking, and cooking.

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EMORY
Pet Care Specialist

Emory (they/them) was raised in an animal loving, pet-rescue family. They have lived in the city for a little over a year, but have lived all over the country. Emory has experience with a wide variety of animals, big and small, fuzzy and scaly! In their free time, Emory can be found watching their favorite movies and television, painting, playing video games, biking, and cooking.

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DYLAN
Pet Care Specialist

Throughout his life, Dylan has been surrounded by dogs and his love for them continues to grow! Dylan has been lucky enough to raise many young pups, giving him the knowledge and experience to ensure that every pet under his care is extremely happy and comfortable. There is no better feeling to Dylan than seeing a dog’s smile and wagging tail, so he works his hardest to bring every dog the amount of happiness that they bring to him!

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DANI
Pet Care Specialist

Dani (they/them) has been an animal lover their whole life. They grew up with a dog and have lived with cats, birds, ferrets, fish, and iguanas over the years. Before dog walking, Dani was a nanny and a babysitter, and loved when their families had pets. They bring the same caring and fun energy from watching kids to taking care of pets and look forward to meeting your furry family members!

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RICK
Pet Care Specialist

Coming from Utah, Rick has lived in Chicago for nearly 6 years. He received his BFA in Photography from School of the Art Institute Chicago in 2022 and is a freelance Photographer in his free time. Rick loves biking, doing T’ai Chi, going to coffee shops, and playing a game of Go. Rick is a snake dad to a Ball Python named Hendrix and is considering adopting a canine companion soon. He has dog-sat for friends and family from youth well into college and loves working with furry animals.

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KAT
Pet Care Specialist

A Detroit native, Kat has been a devout animal lover since day one. Growing up, her family was a home to dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, and many other animals. Kat spent her summers riding horses and her weekends volunteering for local shelters. She is the mom to a spunky tabby cat named Finn, and plans to give him a canine friend one day! When not working, you can find her deep in her latest crafting craze, hanging out by the lake, or hunting down the best fish tacos!

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TERRA
Pet Care Specialist

Throughout their life, Terra has always had an animal as their best friend! Terra believes that it is important to take each animal’s individual personality and preferences into account when caring for them. Growing up, Terra lived on a farm taking care of dogs, cats, horses, goats, and many other animals! In their free time, Terra can be found with them and their partner’s pup,making clothes and eating around the city.

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KEVIN
Pet Care Specialist

Kevin is an avid dog lover and native of Chicago. He currently lives in Pilsen with his wife and their two pups. When he’s not being followed around the house by his Shih Tzu he enjoys music, film and comedy.

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WILLIAM
Pet Care Specialist

William grew up in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. He is the youngest of three boys and had a menagerie of pets growing up, including two dogs, Hogan & Wrigley. When he isn’t walking dogs William is usually walking, biking, swimming, or looking for his next hobby!

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KATELYN
Pet Care Specialist

Katelyn (she/they) has been living in Chicago for the last 12 years. They grew up in a pet obsessed family surrounded by cats and dogs. They have two cats, Chicken and Franc, who have been by their side for the last 13 years. Currently, they live in Old Irving Park. In their free time, Katelyn can be found watching reality TV and working on (too many!) crochet projects. Katelyn loves to meet new pets and learn all of their different personalities!

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JAMES
Pet Care Specialist

Born in Richmond, Virginia, and raised in Harvard, Massachusetts, James moved to Chicago in 2018. He grew up in a dog/cat-friendly household where his mother would often breed dogs. He has been walking dogs since high school and rescued his own dog, Ferris, in 2021. When James is not walking dogs, he loves to spend his time playing guitar, writing music, working on a new woodworking project, hiking/camping, juggling, or traveling. James is a dual citizen and has traveled to over 20 countries.

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WIL
Pet Care Specialist

Throughout his life, Wil has worked with all types of animals. From dogs and cats all the way to horses, Wil has taken the time to learn all the details of their care. He even has a background with service animals! Will has raised five pups through Guide Dogs for the Blind. Through all of his experience, Wil has created many strong bonds and has had lots of fun times with his furry friends!

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GAGE
Pet Care Specialist

Growing up surrounded by animals as well as being a proud cat dad, pet care has never felt like work to Gage. Green Paws blends two of his greatest passions: animals and the outdoors. No stranger to the pet care profession, Gage began his pet care journey in 2016 while living in the Washington DC area then continued this work in upstate New York. After taking some time to travel in Europe with his wife, they have settled in Chicago where Gage is thrilled to be able to spend his days doing what he loves—giving the highest level of care and attention to your pets and biking throughout Chicago’s neighborhoods.

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DYLAN
Pet Care Specialist

Born in Chicago and raised in Homewood, Dylan (he/him) moved to Sheridan Park in May of 2023. He has worked in pet care for nearly two years and is excited to have the opportunity to explore the city while getting to meet plenty of silly and sweet fur babies! Outside of work, he also enjoys video games, music, and a nice cup of Earl Grey.

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NATALIE
Pet Care Specialist

Originally from a small town in North Carolina, Natalie is new to the Chicago area. She’s had a huge love for animals her entire life and grew up in a five dog home! Natalie has been pet sitting for 10 years and she has volunteered and worked at various animal shelters. Natalie is currently pursuing her BA in Digital Marketing and in her free time enjoys hiking, attending live music performances, and exploring the city.

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PATRICK
Pet Care Specialist
Patrick has been in Chicago for 10 years, moving here from Seattle where he was trained in wild animal rescue and care by P.A.W.S. Patrick’s lived with and cared for dogs, cats, goats, chickens, and a horse. He has worked with seals, eagles, raccoons, crows, coyotes, and wolves. Patrick’s taught the subject of green roofs and living walls at Washington State and University of Washington, as well as at a few community colleges. Patrick was a professional actor for 11 years. While in grad school at U of I, Patrick changed majors from philosophy to architecture, and subsequently practiced on both the east and west coasts. Patrick’s other interests are blues harp, lino-cut art, and writing poetry and fiction. He continues to learn authenticity from his fellow animals of all types.
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DANIELLE
Pet Care Specialist
Danielle (she/her) is originally from Toledo, Ohio, and moved to Chicago in 2015. She graduated from the University of Toledo and then pursued a master’s in Sustainable Business. She has always loved animals, and currently has a pitbull, a miniature australian shepherd, and an orange tabby cat. She is excited to make this change from working in sales and pursue her passion for working with dogs and cats. She currently lives in Albany Park and enjoys spending time with her kids & pets, reading, and binging true crime documentaries.
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