Fabian is the Director of Operations of Found Chicago Boarding & Training Center as well as the President of Canines & Company, our company’s sister non-profit. Breathing and living dog behavior for the last 10 years he’s developed the training approach behind Found Chicago Boarding & Training Center. His experience with rescuing and training Pit Bulls has opened the doors to his love for all high-drive dogs, currently, he owns a puppy German Shepherd named Atlas. Atlas is being raised and trained for IPO Schutzhund. Fabian has held different positions in the animal care and veterinary field.
Director of Training, CPDT-KA, CGC Evaluator
Brittney was born into a family who has always appreciated animals and welcomed many a dog and cat into their home. Her dream of working with dogs began when she went door to door asking to walk the neighbors’ dogs as a child and proceeded into high school when she worked as a kennel technician at a puppy store. With her added experience as a dog handler in a dog daycare and volunteer work in shelters, Brittney hoped to combine her love of dogs with her love of people and graduated from Monmouth College, where competed on the cross country and track teams. Her major included a concentration in Human Services, where she was able to complete an internship at a Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center, learning even more about animal behavior as it relates to humans. She continued in her training career by volunteering at a service dog organization, where she realized an interest in helping people learn to handle their dogs and work effectively as a team. After receiving her CPDT-KA, she has enjoyed working with Found Chicago's rescues to better her handling and training skills. She enjoys her work representing Found Chicago Boarding and Training in helping clients' to create a lasting training relationship with their dogs because she feels she is impacting lives daily. Brittney has two rescue dogs, lab mix Jolie and border collie mix Mona, who she spends most of her free time with.
Professional Dog Trainer, CPDT-KA
Ryan has been working exclusively with dogs the last eight years. He has safely logged nearly a thousand hours in groups of over 40 dogs at a time. Ryan has used this experience, in addition to his B.A. in Philosophy, into successfully becoming a full time dog trainer. Every interaction with a dog is an opportunity and he continues to hone his skills with Found on a regular basis. In a society that can treat dogs like humans more than ever before, he believes it's incredibly important to educate an understanding of dog psychology and culture, so that we can fulfill their lives properly and better co-exist together. Ryan currently has two rescue dogs, Moo (Rat Terrier mix)/Annie (Dachshund mix), and has resided in the Andersonville area for nine years.
Proffesional Dog Trainer
Michelle has been working with animals professionally for over 12 years. She started out training therapy horses – and later dogs – with the National Center for Therapeutic Riding outside of Washington D.C. She continued to work with dogs and horses throughout her schooling, and further developed as a trainer by training raptors and small mammals as wildlife education ambassadors for the Wildlife Center of Virginia. She received a Bachelors of Science in Biology (concentration in Zoology) from James Madison University, and has published and presented original research on animal behavior across the US. Most recently she has studied the behavior of primates in both captivity and the wild, but is happy to find a new home in Chicago and return to her roots with her favourite species - dogs.
Kennel Department Manager
Alexis, the kennel manager here at Found, started her career working with animals at an early age. Spending 30 hrs a week volunteering at Anti-Cruelty, while balancing her high school AP classes and mock trial responsibilities, she learned the importance of how far care can go when spending time with shelter dogs. While attending Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, her college career goals focused on human resources and community outreach. Working her way up, she became the program coordinator of a small non-profit daycare center called Jane Boyd, dedicating herself to the needs of the community. After deciding to move back to her home town of Chicago, she found herself volunteering at Chicago Animal Care and Control. The decision to volunteer at a high-volume shelter, promoted her to take up dog walking and pet sitting in her free time. She found herself so immersed in the dog world, that she decided working in the community as an outreach program coordinator might not be the path she thought she should go down. Instead, she found peace and happiness through living and breathing dog 24/7. Her mission as the kennel manager of Found is to treat each dog that steps into the facility as she would her own (she has a three-year-old, rescued schnauzer mix named Charlie and an eight-year-old Bichon Frise named Bear; both of her dogs are spoiled rotten).
Professional Dog Trainer
Jeff has been on the forefront of dog training in Chicago for nearly 20 years.
His innovative work with Bully Breeds in some of Chicago's most challenging neighborhoods has made him a go-to trainer and resource for people all over the country.
His philosophy of firm, fair and overwhelmingly positive training keep him and his rescued Pit Bulls, Junebug & Rosie Rae very busy.
When not training Jeff, Junebug & Rosie Rae can be found entertaining & educating folks at Public Schools, Youth Correctional Facilities and even center court at Chicago Bulls Games where they are part of the Bulls Entertainment Family.
Certified Proffesional Groomer
Diana has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Pine Manor College in Boston, MA. She has had successful careers in both investments and residential real estate, but never felt completely fulfilled in either. In 2014 she left JP Morgan to follow her dream of working with dogs.
Diana attended the Great Lakes Academy of Professional Pet Styling in Homer Glen, Illinois and upon completion worked at Kriser’s as well as a grooming shop in Logan Square before coming to Found in 2015. She is always looking to expand her knowledge of canine behavior and is currently studying to become certified as a canine massage therapist. She loves her work and as a passionate advocate for dogs she strives to make the grooming process as pleasant and stress-free as possible for each dog. She and her husband live in Old Irving Park with their pack, Mike, Goose and Betty.