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, a Cattle Dog mix named Mona and a Lab Mix named Jolie. Fabian has logged close to 20,000 hours in training experience.
Brittney V. Romo
Co-Owner, CPDT-KA, APDT, CGC-E
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.
Training Department Manager, CPDT-KA
Ryan has been working exclusively with dogs the last eight years. He has safely logged thousands of hours socializing and training dogs of all breeds. Ryan has used this experience, in addition to his B.A. in Philosophy, into successfully training and rehabilitation hundreds of dogs. 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.
Kennel Department Manager
Dennis Brown has always loved dogs and dogs have always loved him! Dennis' philosophy, is that every human is born with two lives: the life we live, and the life we are meant to live. After working in customer service for ten years, he decided to follow his passion and now has over eight years of experience in the pet industry. Dennis is a believer in the common saying, "dogs are a man's best friend," and he follows the notion that man has a responsibility to care for dogs as much as they care for us! His mission at Found Chicago is to help every owner with their dog's socialization goals. To him, every dog, no matter the breed, has the untapped ability to play and socialize in a way that improves the dog's overall well-being. Dennis' current pet, Petey the Chihuahua/Terrier Mix, was a rescue from our sister organization, Canines & Company, and he could not be happier with the match! Now, while working at Found Chicago, Dennis knows he is living the life he was meant to live!
Professional Dog Trainer
Luke has sought to work with dogs since moving to Chicago in 2014. He finds working with animals each day a rewarding experience, and not very different from his past experience in the military. Before moving to Chicago, Luke was a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant in charge of creating, implementing, and evaluating the training of Soldiers, as well as providing purpose, direction, and motivation throughout. His training philosophy is to practice until it’s never wrong, and it’s always best to keep things fun! He became a trainer because he wants to help everyone learn how beneficial and rewarding it is to have a lasting connection with our four-legged friends. At home, Luke has a Boston Terrier named Fenway, a Pitbull named Lola, and Taby named Poncho.
Professional Dog Trainer
Jawaan has been working with dogs for the past 6 years. He started as a handler, and after apprenticing under Ryan and Fabian, he is now a fulltime trainer. To Jawaan, owning a dog is choosing to be a leader of a pack. He believes in a dog’s perspective, their home is their pack, and he wants to help every owner become a great pack leader. To him, a leader is always calm, clear, and assertive. His philosophy is that the pack leader can never take a minute off, or the dog will step into the role. Dog training has been Jawaan’s dream since he was a kid. He’s been around dogs his entire life and was deemed a dog whisperer among his family and friends. Today, he’s the proud father of Akila, his Belgian Malinois.
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 Professional 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.
Precia has been working with dogs for the past 7 years, and actively training for 2 years. She became a certified dog trainer through Animal Behavior College to help improve the lives and dogs and their human companions. She believes in a balanced training philosophy using praise and discipline when necessary. Overall, she is passionate about creating well-behaved, stable, happy members of society. Precia’s home zoo consists of a cat, crested gecko, Kenyan sand boa, betta fish, and Tempi, her Miniature American Shepherd!
Julie started out as a dog walker and previously worked as a groomer for eight years. She loves working with dogs because she thinks they’re “so cute!” and she loves the connections they make with each other and their human companions. She’s been working with dogs for over 15 years and someday hopes to own her own grooming shop! Today, she has a very mixed breed 9-year-old dog named Alvin and a 1-year-old cat named Austin who love to wrestle together. Here, she is pictured with one of our boot campers, Norman!
Miguel Reyes Jr.
Miguel used to work for a shipping company before finding his way to Found. For him, working with dogs has been amazing. He’s learned so much while working here and looks forward to getting know more about man’s best friend! His ultimate career goal is to work in criminal justice, so he looks forward to bringing his dog knowledge to a future K9 Unit. At home, Miguel cares for Junior, his energetic Doberman! Here, he’s pictured with Watson, one of our daycare dogs!
Ryan has been working in the pet industry for 5 years! Having experience in both daycare and rescue facilities, Ryan likes to focus on dog behavior. He also loves the challenge of building codependency and trust with our more difficult dogs. Someday, Ryan wants to earn his Doctor of Literature and become a college professor! Now, he has two dogs, Haze and Maya, a border collie and pitbull. Here, he is pictured with our daycare dog, Daphne!
Lucy has explored a lot of different careers in her life. After high school, Lucy joined the military. Since then, she’s worked in freight trucking, distribution warehouses, and has even had a human resources internship in Australia! Now, she is happy to work with dogs as they remind her to enjoy the simple things in life and live in the moment. In the future, she wants to own her own business in the pet industry including training, massage therapy, or pet photography! At home, she has a pit mix named Bodacious D. or Bo for short! Here she is pictured with one of our boarding dogs, Korra!
Nikki has over three years’ experience in pet care! She used to work for a pet sitting program in Iowa City, and now she is passionate about working at Found to help dogs live their happiest and healthiest lives. She likes working with dogs because she believes they're full of love and deserve just as much love as they give. In the future, she wants to be an animal psychologist or a behavior analyst. At home, she takes care of her two ferrets, Sokka and Suki.