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% W2 employees, not 1099 contractors, who have passed a multi-stage hiring process, office and field evaluations, and hands-on skill training.

JEN

General Manager

Jen (she/her) grew up in the Chicago area and has lived in a variety of places including Madison WI, Boulder CO, Portland OR, and relocated back to Chicago in 2003. After 20+ years in the coffee industry, she is excited to combine her passion for dogs, being outdoors, business, and adding value to the community. Jen lives in Albany Park with her rescue pup named Pablo, a Shar Pei/Great Pyrenees mix.

anna

Anna

Hiring Manager

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, and raised in Detroit, Anna has lived in the near west suburbs of Chicago since 2004. Anna has three human babies, two bitty kitties and a 2-year-old black lab named Merlie. 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 recruiting and is excited to bring these skills to Green Paws.

RHIANNON

Client Care Manager

Hailing from a small town in Iowa, Rhiannon (she/her) has had a passion for all things furry since the day her father brought home their family’s first (of what would be four) collies. Growing up with a home full of lovable, fluffy giants and a love for riding at her aunt’s stables, she is no stranger to taking care of and hanging around four-legged creatures. Nowadays Rhiannon resides in Albany Park with her feisty kit, Suzuki, where she spends her time penning what she hopes one day to be best-selling novels.

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.

Stephen

Pet Care Trainer

Stephen (he/him) grew up in a house with both dogs and cats so he’s always had pets in his life. “99% of the time, if I’m at someone’s house and they have a pet around, I’ll spend more time talking with the animal than with the people there.” Currently, he has an old lady cat named Sasha, who always brightens his day even when she’s waking him up to beg for food. “I love getting to meet all sorts of dogs and cats. I’m always just as excited as the dogs that I walk when they greet me at the door.”

David

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.

Max

Pet Care Specialist

Max  (he/they) has been walking dogs since the 5th grade. From a young age, they have always been driven in life by being a caretaker. They recently graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign’s School of Art + Design. When not running around and playing with animals, Max is carving wood blocks for their various printmaking projects.

IMG_20200218_162805595

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

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.

marijo

Marijo

Pet Care Specialist

Animal care has always been a passion of Marijo’s (she/her) and she aims to treat her furry friends with the same love their parents do as she studies for a career in animal science! She is currently a co-parent to a Huskimo puppy and has lived with dogs and feathered friends most of her life. Having worked at animal shelters, vet clinics, and pet stores, she has come in contact with creatures of all shapes and sizes! In her free time, she can be found reading a good murder mystery, disc golfing, or meditating at a local Buddhist temple.

IMG_3621

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!

unnamed

Kat

Pet Care Specialist

A Detroit native, Kat (she/her) 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!

joe2

Joe

Pet Care Specialist

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.

IMG_9406

Yeike

Pet Care Specialist

Yeike was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Through his adolescence, Yeike had two dogs, a cocker-spaniel/poodle and a terrier mix. For the last 10 years, he has been caring for animals professionally in Houston before his recent move to Chicago. His hobbies are yoga, Djing, and weightlifting. Yeikee is thrilled to continue his path of caring for animals in Chicago!

unnamed (1)

Simone

Pet Care Specialist

Simone is a multimedia artist from Chicago who loves getting to know pets and their families! She’s been in pet care for several years and has experience ranging from doggy daycares to pet sitting for personal clients. Simone love all pets, big and small, and hopes to create a safe and loving environment for everyone!

unnamed

May

Pet Care Specialist

May is a recent high school graduate and is excited to move forward with her life in college. She grew up in Edgewater but moved to Portage Park a year ago. She doesn’t currently have a pup of her own but has a cute little hamster named Pebbles, who is just over eight months old. She has big dreams of becoming a veterinarian or settling into a similar field in the future so long as she can work with animals.

3CE82882-361F-49DB-A270-C7FF6C4A97DA-19704-00000C1D5449B129

Yara

Pet Care Specialist

Yara (she/her) was born and raised in Albany Park and has been living in Logan Square for the last two years. She is a lifelong animal lover and has had pets all her life, from chatty parrots to fuzzy bunnies! She currently has three cats and two dogs – Yvie, Dewey, Mitski, Selva and Meelo! Yara is also heavily involved in the Chicago rescue scene and fosters animals in need of a safe haven. When not hanging out with animals, she is at the Music Box, experimenting with new dishes in the kitchen, or checking out local music.

ben1

Ben

Pet Care Specialist

Ben grew up in California and moved to Chicago in 2011 to attend DePaul University. After graduation, he enjoyed it so much that he decided to stay and make Chicago home. He 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 him with the bleacher creatures in Wrigley Field, roasting people on Xbox Live, or demolishing some wings.

BOOK YOUR NEXT DOG WALK NOW