Get to Know Our Team

work with dogs team member with three greyhounds

Anna

Bucktown Operations Lead

I have had a love for dogs my entire life, and that passion has only grown throughout the years. I want to make an impact on the lives of owners and their dogs by showing compassion. 

When I’m not working, I spend my time training my two greyhounds. Dog training is something I have had an interest in from childhood and have finally started putting the skills I have to use. Another thing I do in my spare time is volunteer with the rescue Greyhounds Only. 

If I could be any dog breed, it would have to be a Pharaoh Hound. This is a breed of dog I have dreamed of owning my entire life, and also, my personality traits are fairly similar.

work with dogs team member black lab mix at bucktown

Dorothy

Noble Square Operations Lead

My entire life I have always owned multiple dogs at one time. Most of my dogs have been rescues that have brought me a lot of joy and happiness. Between making regular food, blanket and newspaper donations to local dog shelters and currently the happy owner of four rescues, I knew I wanted to work with dogs. They are truly awesome! 

Outside of work, I love live music, anything outdoors and hanging with my dogs. 

If I could be any breed of dog, I would be a Cane Corso. I truly feel they are gentle giants that are often misunderstood because of their looks and size.

Cecilia

Project Manager

Very early on, I realized I wanted to work with animals. My introduction into the pet industry was as a dog walker where I quickly learned to vicariously live through my client’s pups since I couldn’t have one of my own. Intermittently, I’ve left the pet industry, but I always find myself coming back. Nothing compares to how rewarding working with animals is.

In my spare time, you’ll find me coding and self-teaching different programming languages like Python and JavaScript. My biggest goal is to create projects of my own and for others with the intent to one day find the perfect balance between the pet industry and the tech world!

If I could be any breed of dog, I would be the intelligent, loyal, alert, and watchful German Shepherd. Even though at first I might be a little reserved, I’m extremely loving and protective of those around me. 

Faithe

Assistant Project Manager

Quite frankly, who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by selfless creatures that love unconditionally and have the most adorable faces! Their kind spirits are contagious and bring so much joy. I grew up with dogs all my life and didn’t realize how special they were until I had to live without my pup last year. Then, I realized I don’t want to ever come home without having the warmest welcome from my best friend Bane, my 3-year-old German Shepherd. This all fueled the decision to also make dogs a part of my career. 
 
When I’m not working, I absolutely love to dance and stay active. I’m always moving and randomly trying new things. Since I’ve moved to Chicago, going for long walks to the lakefront with Bane is both of our favorite thing to do! It’s hilarious watching him curiously look at the waves crash against the walls surrounding the lakefront. 
 
Without a doubt, if I could be any dog breed, I would be an American Pit Bull Terrier. I’ve had three over my lifetime and have fallen in love with their chill, yet hyper personalities. They are so cuddly and sweet to children, yet very protective. It’s the perfect combination if you ask me. 

Whisper

Dog Bather

I decided that I wanted to work with dogs because I love them. There’s nothing more genuine than a dog’s friendship.

Outside of work, I train my pups in protection work. When I’m not doing that, I love to go on hikes with them.

If I could be any dog breed, I’d definitely be a Pit Bull since I’m very stubborn and may seem tough on the outside, but on the inside, I’m a total cupcake. 

Angelica

Dog Handler

I’ve loved dogs for as long as I can remember. They will always put a smile on your face no matter what while also bringing so much happiness. They’re truly amazing!

Outside of work, I’m a college student. When I’m not working or studying, I enjoy weightlifting, reading, and spending time with my dog and family. 

If I were any dog breed, I would be a German Shepherd. They are very loving and loyal while also protective of loved ones.

Chloe

Dog Handler

I’ve always had a huge passion for animals and dreamed of working in the pet industry. In the future, I hope to intertwine my art skills and work experience with animals to improve the lives of both pets and their owners. 

Outside of work, I am a college student working towards my degree in fine arts. I’ve always enjoyed drawing, but recently, I’ve become very passionate about technological art. I enjoy game design, virtual reality, creative coding, sound, artificial intelligence, and robotics. On top of designing games, I love playing them as well. Another passion of mine is growing plants.

If I could be any breed of dog, I would choose to be a Corgi. Their goofy and outgoing personalities fit perfectly with my own, as well as their uniqueness. Most importantly, Corgis always make me laugh, which I try to do with those around me.

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Fanchon

Dog Handler

To be able to work with dogs for a living is absolutely amazing. Dogs have such beautiful spirits and connect with us on so many different avenues of life. The fact that they can empathize with us without a voice is miraculous all in itself. To watch them grow and learn is truly a rewarding experience. Most of all, I love that dogs are resilient. Although some are abused, thrown away, or neglected, when the right person comes into their lives they still know what love is. Dogs are simply amazing!

Outside of work, I am an active member of my church committee. Hosting events while bringing people closer to God is a passion that I live for! I also enjoy writing music, painting/sketching, cooking new and exciting recipes, and have recently begun practicing the tenor saxophone. More than anything, I love to travel! To experience different cultures all around the world has been an absolute blessing! 

If I could be any breed in the world, I’d be an American Pit Bull! Pitties are the “underdog” in the dog community. They are judged by appearance and completely misunderstood. With a tough and strong exterior, they are the most caring and lovable dogs that I’ve ever encountered. Pit Bulls have a natural zest for life and are undeniably the life of the party!

work with dogs member with lab mix dog

Hannah

Dog Handler

I chose to work with dogs because I wanted to do work that has a meaningful impact in my community — work that makes a difference in the lives of dogs and owners alike. 

Outside of work, I perform standup comedy, write, and re-watch The Sopranos over and over. On weekends, you can catch me buried in a book or taking a class at The Second City.

I definitely identify most with the Rough Collie because they have large personalities and loads of moxie! They’re quick-witted, spunky, fun and intelligent in equal measure.

Julie

Dog Handler

I’ve always had a love for dogs and owned dogs my entire life. This passion has only grown with time. Working with rescues in the past and owning my first rescue dog has brought happiness to my life.  My first rescued dog had behavioral issues, which made me passionate about learning and helping dogs that require extra training and exposure. Ultimately, I’m eager to make a difference in both the lives of each dog and the owner they love. 

 When I’m not at Aeslin, I love spending time with my dog and putting a smile on his face. I love to take adventures with my dog, whether it’s camping or taking a hike in the wilderness. The unconditional love from a dog makes life that much better!

If I could be any breed of dog, I would be a Pit Bull. I believe they are the most misunderstood creatures. When in reality, they’re some of the most loving and affectionate dogs that I’ve ever encountered.

work with dogs team member with curly haired dog

Kayla

Dog Handler

I have had dogs my entire life, so I know the comfort they bring us. The best feeling in the world is to come home and be greeted by a dog. They are such big sweet babies that I absolutely adore. When I first learned about Aeslin, I was drawn to Aeslin’s goal and message to always put the dog first, so I wanted to be a part of it. 

When I’m not at Aeslin, I’m a college student. With a busy life, I’m either at school or at home doing homework. Outside of that, I love watching movies and reading books that aren’t required for school! 

If I could be any dog breed, I would be a Cocker Spaniel. They’re incredibly loyal to their pack, affectionate, and love to be around people. They also have long, wavy hair, just like me!

Sky

Dog Handler

I decided that I wanted to work with dogs because I love animals with a passion! I’ve had dogs, cats, and my personal favorite throughout the years, a bunch of reptiles! Recently, I realized I didn’t want to work in the foodservice industry forever, so I  decided I wanted a career helping animals. Since working at Aeslin, I’ve found every day to be extremely therapeutic; the dogs are sweet, caring, and loving. They put a smile on my face and make me laugh every single day. 
 
When I’m not working, I love to paint. I’m not particularly good at it, but it’s extremely relaxing and rewarding for me. I LOVE thrifting and finding cute and interesting pieces to wear while putting together different styles. Also, I love reptiles. So much so that I’ve raised a few over the years. I’m quite knowledgeable in the subject of reptiles. 
 
If I could be any breed of dog, I’d have to go with a Pit Bull. I grew up around them and quickly learned that they’re so loving and quite often misunderstood, which I can relate to.