MEET THE TEAM

Green Paws Chicago is more than a job. It’s a calling.

We are passionate about the pets we care for, and we take this responsibility very seriously.

JEN

General Manager

Jen 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.

RHIANNON

Office Team Member

Hailing from a small town in Iowa, Rhiannon has had a passion for all things furry since the day her father brought home their family’s first (of what would eventually 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 Logan Square with her feisty little kit, Suzuki, where she spends her time binge-listening to podcasts and penning what she hopes one day to be best-selling novels.

JENA

Office Team Member

Growing up in Florida, Jena’s home was a haven for injured and unwanted pets. From tortoises to sugar gliders, she has extensive experience handling animals of all shapes and sizes. Upon moving to Chicago in 2008, she became active in the city’s rescue community and volunteers with Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control (FCACC). Jena has a degree in Fine Art from SAIC and specializes in abstract painting and European art between the two World Wars. She currently lives in Avondale with her two cats, Lando and Greggy, and their three mouse sisters.

Colin

Office Team Member

From Southeast Michigan, Colin grew up with animals all his life; the most recent animals in his life being two big Newfoundland pups that he loves to death. Colin spent most of his adult life in Detroit with an educational background in Criminal Justice before moving to Chicago. He enjoys hobbies such as football, working out, and planting. Colin has recently become a full-time member of our office after being out in the field for several months, and is currently training to be an electrician.

PABLO

Moral Support Specialist

Hailing from Memphis TN, Pablo made his way to the Windy City by way of PAWS Chicago. Pablo is a Shar Pei/Great Pyrenees mix who enjoys long walks on the dog beach and begging for ear scratches at the Green Paws office. He has two great loves in his life — his human, Jen, and his stuffed fish, Fishy — though treats may be a close runner-up. When asked what he loves most about Green Paws, Pablo replied, “Woof!”.

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, 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 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.

Whitney

Pet Care Trainer

Whitney’s childhood home in Alabama doubled as a refuge for stray cats, injured birds, orphaned squirrels, and the occasional rogue rabbit. Early exposure to Rex Harrison’s Doctor Dolittle assured her that every animal enjoys good conversation, and she can’t wait to spend time getting to know your pets. She’s a dog’s best friend and a committed cat foster mom, and loves exploring Chicago on foot with a canine companion.

Logan

Pet Care Trainer

Logan grew up in Antioch Illinois and officially moved to Chicago in the summer of 2015. He has lived with dogs for about 90% of his life and has loved every single one. He currently lives with two really weird/goofy dogs, Ginger and Betsy. In his free time, he writes and plays music in two bands and tries to be as active as possible in the local music scene, whether he’s playing a show or just attending one. He also loves solving puzzles and cooking breakfast food.

Stephen

Pet Care Trainer

Stephen 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 much 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 working for Green Paws and getting to meet/know all these different dogs and cats. I feel like I’m always just as excited as the dogs that I walk when they greet me at the door.”

David

Pet Care Trainer

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

Will

Pet Care Specialist

Will was born and raised in Harlem, NY before deciding to try his luck in the Windy City. While dogs are his favorite, Will has always felt a connection to all animals, big and small. His patience with animals comes from over a decade of working with children of various ages. When he’s not working with the cutest animals in Chicago, Will is an aspiring Actor, Comedian and Professional Wrestler.

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Matt

Pet Care Specialist

Matt 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 of his furry friends include disc golf, music, and making “bad art”.  Matt likes to describe him 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.  “If the wags, kisses, and hugs I receive from the pets when they greet me were a form of convertible currency, I’d be rich.”

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Marijo

Pet Care Specialist

Animal care has always been a passion of Marijo’s 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, Marijo can be found in the park reading a good murder mystery, out on the field disc golfing, or meditating at a local Buddhist temple.

Drew

Pet Care Specialist

Born and raised in Chicago, Drew has worked with Green Paws since 2014. As an animal lover he has had many pets over the years, including the pup in his photograph, Belle! Outside of pet care work, Drew is a bicycle mechanic by trade, actively involved in Chicago’s music scene, and the founder of the internet based music label Celldeath.

Joan

Pet Care Specialist

Joan is a native Northern Californian, and a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Art History. Thus, the names of her cats are Cy Twombly and Jasper Johns – ginger brothers. Joan’s love of animals and the outdoors started when she was a child running about in the foothills of the Bay Area. The family dogs were inseparable from the children. In the afternoon, away from Green Paws, you will find Joan doing pro-bono for NGO’s and searching for that “perfect job” back in the land of publishing.

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Danny

Pet Care Specialist

Danny comes from Madison, Wisconsin and is excited to be a part of our Green Paws team, as he has been a life-long dog lover. He currently resides in Rogers Park while and is pursuing a career in acting! He also has an active and easygoing personality that makes him a natural fit with the playful pups on his Albany Park route.

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John

Pet Care Specialist

John grew up as a military kid living in places like Seattle, Italy, and Bahrain. His family had a Beagle named Jazzy growing up, who was the sweetest pup and ignited a life-long love for furry friends! He has just graduated from the University of Iowa and has been living in Chicago for six months now. In his off hours, you can catch John at Second City, on the lake, or in his second favorite city, Milwaukee!

Brianna

Pet Care Specialist

As a lifelong animal lover, nothing brings Brianna more joy than helping animals live vibrant lives every day. As a native Californian, she loves being outdoors, spending her days riding her bike, rock climbing, and teaching Pilates. At night, Brianna performs stand-up comedy all over the city.

Billy

Pet Care Specialist

“Dogs and cats have been a constant in my life, and I’m always in continuous awe of the potential joy and happiness they can bring to one’s life, “says Billy. For the past 20 years, he has lived in Roger Park, and is the host of Unshakable Self-Confidence, an Apple Top 300 podcast. When he isn’t working, he can be found at the beach, sculpting in his studio, or on a quest to find the perfect taco.

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Kiara

Pet Care Specialist

Kiara comes to us from a small town in rural central Illinois, where she has been dogsitting and helping local animal shelters for the last 6 years. She found her passion for animals when her family got their first dog, Jenna. She loves to see animals light up at the simplest of things, and loves to try to give animals the best life possible! In her spare time, she likes to work on her film and music endeavors, and enjoys exploring the city.

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Tyler

Pet Care Specialist

Tyler comes to us from the beautiful state of North Carolina. His passions include his fur baby, Zeus, and anything involved with photography. Growing up, he’s had the wonderful opportunities of working on horse farms, getting to handle venomous and non-venomous snakes, and has spent a lot of time working with animals in general. According to him, “There is no better greeting than a wagging tail when you walk in the door!”

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Maddy

Pet Care Specialist

Maddy is a graduate student studying acupuncture and herbal medicine at Pacific College of Health & Science in downtown Chicago. She’s lived in Chicago for five years and enjoys being active and spending time outside. Maddy grew up with dogs as part of her family and loves taking care of them. Maddy says, “I don’t currently have a pup of my own, but I can’t wait until I’m finally able to have my own fur baby! I look forward to providing care for your pup in the meantime!”

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Chloe

Pet Care Specialist

Chloe grew up in the South suburbs and has lived in Chicago since 2009. A graduate of DePaul University, Chloe has spent the last several years working in public service. Her family’s first pet was a cat they named Terminator. Currently, Chloe is the pet parent of a cat adopted from Paws she named Roami, and a pit bull mix her family adopted from the South Suburban Human Society they named Josie.

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