Get to Know Our Team

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Fanchon

Operations Manager
Noble Square Operations Lead
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 Pitbull! 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. Pitbulls have a natural zest for life and are undeniably the life of the party!

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Anna

Bucktown Operations Lead
Dog Handler
Retail Team Member

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.

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Cheri

Ukrainian Village Operations Lead
Retail Team Member

I decided I wanted to work with dogs because I wanted to be a part of something that’s bigger than myself. Being able to make a difference in a pup’s life is what it’s all about! And it doesn’t even stop there, by working with dogs, we get such a big opportunity to make a difference in the community as well which is an added plus. 

Outside of working with pups, I enjoy spending my time working on photography, drinking an unhealthy amount of coffee/tea, and finding new restaurants in the city to enjoy when I’m not lounging at home with my cats and boyfriend. 

If I could be any breed of dog, I would definitely be a Golden Retriever. They are huge love bugs, just a little lazy, super loyal and can have a bit of a stubborn streak. Definitely my kind of pup! 

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Amara

Dog Handler

I decided I wanted to work with dogs because whenever I see a dog it brightens my day and makes me happy. Being a dog owner myself, I know the type of connection that owners have with their pups, and I love being a part of that connection by working at Aeslin. 

The sort of hobbies I enjoy doing in my spare time is singing and drawing. Singing has always been a passion of mine aside from making art. I soon hope to share my voice with the world. 

If I could be any breed of dog, it would definitely be a Siberian Husky. Just like huskies, I am outgoing, loyal, friendly, gentle and alert.

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Cathalyn

Dog Handler

I decided that I wanted to work with dogs when I realized that I could make a difference in their lives. Each dog comes from a different lifestyle which has impacted their upbringing. It’s meaningful to me that I’ve been given the opportunity to make an impact by engaging with them every day. 

When I’m not working, I enjoy watching anime or taking my dog out on trail walks. 

If I could be any dog breed, I’d be a French Bulldog. They’re small but full of energy.

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Dorothy

Dog Handler

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.

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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.

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Katie

Dog Handler

I decided to work with dogs because animals are my passion. I’ve been in the pet industry for about 10 years. This is more than just a job, it’s a career for me. 

My hobbies outside of work include fishing, going to the zoo and watching horror movies. 

If I could be any dog breed, I would be an Australian shepherd because I am loyal, always eager to learn and hard working.

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Kayla

Dog Handler
Retail Team Member

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!

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Kirby

Dog Handler
Retail Team Member

I’ve always felt a strong connection to animals, and of course fellow animal lovers. I recognize how important pets are to their humans and vice versa. If I can bring joy and fulfillment to dogs and their owners, then that is what I will take the opportunity to do. In turn, I feel similar joy and fulfillment. It’s a win-win! Pets are good for the soul. 

When I’m not working, you will usually find me immersed in the Chicago Storefront Theater scene. I am an actor, singer, and stage manager. 

If I were a dog, I’d like to think of myself as some kind of Terrier. They’re so cute, and I’m always amazed at how smart and expressive they are. Personality wise, they tend to be easygoing. Maybe I should say, I strive to be as awesome as a Terrier. They also tend to chase small animals, which I do as well.

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LeKara

Dog Handler

Since I was a little girl, I have always loved dogs and always will. One reason is because dogs love you unconditionally, no matter what mood you are in, they always come back to you. On top of everything amazing they do, they always somehow find a way to make our lives better. 

Something I’ve always been big on is family time, so when I’m not at work, I’m usually catching up and spending time with them and my pets. 

If I could choose to be any dog breed, I would be a Pitbull because they are misunderstood, so I would like to show people that that’s not how Pitties are. Instead, they are just like any other breed, affectionate, gentle, and very loving. 

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Melissa

Dog Handler

When I got my first dog, I started doing research and learning as much as I could. It got to a point where I just became infatuated with learning about dogs and being around dogs that I wanted to do it professionally. 

My biggest hobby is sewing. I’m currently taking a class on pattern making, and I am slowly trying to make clothes for dogs. So far, I only know how to make collars and leashes! 

I think a breed that really describes me well is a Boxer because I consider myself loyal, timid, and smart. 

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Rowan

Dog Handler

I’ve been around dogs my whole life. As a result, I have a reputation among friends and family for being very good with animals, so it seems natural for me to work at Aeslin. 

In my free time, I like to draw and read! When I have more time on my hands, I also enjoy amateur fossil collecting. I started out just buying fossils in antique stores and on the internet, but I had to leave my collection back in Oklahoma when I moved to Chicago. Now the plan is to get a journal, a rock hammer, a backpack, and other supplies to go to Mazon Creek fossil beds. 

I identify with the Mexican hairless dog because I think they’re majestic but also not very widely known.

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Selena

Dog Handler

I have always been fascinated by animals and their complex behavior, structure, and impact on the world and humans. Dogs are man’s best friend–and for great reason! Working hand in paw with dogs every day brings me closer to my overall dream in learning and creating bonds with the creatures around us, especially in our every day lives. It is rewarding to expand my knowledge and hopefully leave a positive impact on these pups’ lives as much as they gift mine. 

In my spare time, if I’m not with friends, I LOVE to read webtoons, watch anime, and gaming! I also eat up my days watching analysis/theory videos on my interests and culture related content. Otherwise I am scrolling through memes and cuddling my two cats: Bonabelle and Venari. 

I believe I identify the most with the Fox Terrier! Small, alert, and very playful/goofy in a comfortable setting.

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Shonda

Dog Handler

I have been working on my educational career for a while. After moving to such a new and exciting place like Chicago, I found more than enough time to gain experience in a field I’m interested in while pursuing graduate school, so I decided to find a job in another one of my interests, which so happen to be animals! Finding Aeslin has been such an amazing opportunity. 

In my spare time, I enjoy basketball season, writing poetry and performing arts. I love going to the movies, hanging out with close family and traveling. I enjoy self-care and focusing on personal developmental growth. 

I would love to be a Siberian Husky because I love when they howl!

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Valerie

Dog Handler

I have always loved all animals and dreamed of working with them since I was a little girl. Dogs specifically hold a special place in my heart. I believe that dogs are natural healers and can empathize with us even though they can’t talk to us. Their love is unconditional and having the chance to meet so many new puppers here is truly a blessing. I love each and every one as if they were my own. 

When I’m not lovin’ on the dogs at work, I like to go on little adventures with my nephews, I absolutely adore them! 

If I could be any dog breed it would definitely have to be a Pittie. They are SUPER silly, affectionate, loyal, but tough and strong when they need to be.