Get to Know Our Team

Cecilia

Senior 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. 

Juan Manuel

Creative Project Manager

I enjoy working with dogs because they have a great deal of lessons they can teach to us about ourselves. Dogs serve as teachers, teaching us about compassion, joy, loyalty, understanding and unconditional love. I worked as a dog walker before, which was really rewarding and I can say there were many parts of myself that were healed because of dogs. 

Outside of work, I like creating artwork and updating my little workspace at home. I enjoy working on a variety of projects to keep me busy. Fashion and art plays a huge role in my life and I try to express that in everything that I do. I get to use my creative talents to work. I also enjoy staying active either rollerblading, biking or running if the weather permits. Occasionally, when I have free time, I’ll play some video games. 

If I were a dog, I would be a mut of some kind, that has curly or wiry hair. However, I enjoy dogs that are distinctive like a Chinese Crested or Mini Italian Grey hounds which are both quiet and demure  of which I am not. 

Chloe

Design Project Manager

I’ve always had a huge passion for animals and dreamed of working in the pet industry when I was a child. Here at Aeslin, I initially started as a dog handler, but from the start, I always wanted to use my artistic skillset to help develop the companies brand and future projects. In the future, I want to use my art to inspire and 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 art and technology. I enjoy exploring game design, virtual reality, creative coding, sound, and robotics through my studies. On top of designing games, I love playing them. I also have a huge passion for growing plants!

If I could be any breed of dog, I would choose to be a Bernese Mountain Dog. After working as a dog handler my passion for this breed has only grown more. While I have my spurts of energy, I can also be very relax and collected. Also, their goofy and outgoing personalities fit perfectly with my own. Most importantly, Bernese Mountain Dogs always make me laugh, which I try to do with those around me.

Alyssa

Operations Manager

I decided I wanted to work with dogs when I was 8 years old. I have always loved animals my entire life, after owning multiple dogs and cats at a time. Dogs offer the kind of love and friendship that I can’t compare to anything else. If I can give them back even a fraction of what they’ve given to me, then I’ve done my job right. 

Outside of being a dog handler, I enjoy cooking. I love trying new recipes or even creating my own! My recipes encapsulate who I am as a person and the different flavors I bring into people’s lives. I also enjoy playing video games, doing hair/makeup/nails, and creating digital design work. 

If I could be any breed of dog, I would be a Doberman. I am extremely loyal and never afraid to protect those who care for me. While some may see me as unapproachable, the ones who get to know me describe me as a very loving, playful, and strong individual.

work with dogs member with lab mix dog

Hannah

Bucktown PM Operations Lead

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.

work with dogs team member black lab mix at bucktown

Dorothy

Noble Square AM 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.

work with dogs team member with curly haired dog

Kayla

Noble Square PM Operations Lead

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!

Nelly

Pet Stylist

I decided to work with dogs because their good nature is what motivates me to be a better groomer and person. Getting to know each pup and having them trust me is my goal everyday at work. I’m so lucky to work with dogs and people who love dogs just as much as I do. Every day working with dogs is rewarding for me. Even the challenging days are an opportunity to learn. Outside of work I really love to garden! It’s fun and therapeutic for me. I enjoy watching the process from seed to plant and taking photos during the different growth cycles. I enjoy running and try to fit in a jog or a quick run throughout my day. I especially like running on nature trails. If I could be any dog I would probably be a greyhound. Although they can have spurts of energy and are fast they can also be couch potatoes which I can seriously relate to. Greyhounds are also affectionate, even-tempered, intelligent, athletic and quiet. It’s a gentle and kind breed which is what I would want to be as a dog.

Whisper

Pet Stylist

I started working with dogs because I love being around them I love experiencing all the energies and personalities each one has.
Outside of work, I own a kennel breeding protection of classic American Bullies.
If I could be any breed of dog, I would be an American Bully, because I can be a couch potato but when it's time to work I put my all into whatever I'm doing.

Tiffany

Pet Stylist

Dogs have been a love of mine since I was a little girl and saw Lady and the Tramp.
If I could be any breed of dog it would be a Dalmatian. I'm very protective and love to be around family and friends!
My hobbies consist of anything where I can be creative and use my hands.

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 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.

Alondra

Dog Handler

I’ve been a dog lover my whole life, but I decided I wanted it to be my career choice when I got my own dog. Ella has taught me so much about myself and has broadened my knowledge about dogs. Eventually I plan to become a vet tech in the future and Aeslin is helping me prepare for it! 

When I’m not at Aeslin, I spend my time reading books, working on my creative writing, and practicing makeup. I also love to spend time with my family and explore the beautiful city with them. 

If I were a breed of dog, I would want to be a German Shepherd. I am loyal and curious, and strive to be as hard working as them.

Clay

Dog Handler

I wanted to start working with dogs once I moved to the city. I have loved dogs all my life and working with them is truly amazing. Being a dog handler is one of the best jobs I’ve ever had!

Outside of work I play video games, hike, travel, and enjoy the Chicago nightlife.

Many of my friends have told me, if I were a dog, that I would be a Golden Retriever and I agree. I don’t exactly know why, but it just fits.

Destiny

Dog Handler

I’ve always known since I was a child that I wanted to work with animals. Even as an adult, I feel as though I have a stronger connection with animals than most humans. My fondness for animals, specifically dogs, is what led me to wanting to pursue a career at Aeslin. Every day I spend here feels meaningful and I love making new, cute pup friends each and every day! Working at Aeslin continues to be a rewarding experience. 

Outside of work, I’m a college student working toward a degree in Biology with a specialty in Zoology. I love working on obtaining my education and actually get a lot of joy from studying. When not studying, I love reading, watching movies, and playing video games. I also enjoy just having a good-ole cuddle with my cats at home!

If I could pick any dog breed, I’d be a French Bulldog. They’re easygoing, playful, and little smarties. They are also a lot like me, in that they love receiving affection: are very chill and laid back, as well as a bit stubborn. Frenchie’s are one of the most charming dog breeds I’ve come across.

work with dogs team member with black and white pitty dog

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!

Hannah

Dog Handler

I’ve always loved dogs and animals ever since I was a child. My family always had dogs growing up and we fostered dogs for a period as well. Fostering was an incredibly rewarding experience, even as a kid. I think those experiences led me to want to work with dogs later in my life. At a previous job, I cared for rescue dogs and I loved being able to show those dogs love and support, especially the dogs that had gone through trauma. I especially enjoy getting to take care of the misfit dogs who may be a little different or might not be the first dog adopted at the shelter.

I am currently studying fashion design through my own means at home. I have a large interest in eco-friendly, ethically-made fashion. My hope is to eventually contribute to the rising slow-fashion movement with my own business. Although I’m not great at it yet, I enjoy sewing and designing sewing patterns. I also enjoy media in general; music, movies, and video games. I also have a great passion for caring for my plants and cooking delicious food with my partner. 

If I could be any type of dog, although I’ve never been one to favor a singular dog breed. I would be a chihuahua. They are loving, loyal and a little sassy. I like my dogs with a little sass, getting to be carried around and cuddled would be a plus.

Izzy

Dog Handler

Growing up near a lot of farmland definitely helped create my interest in animals, especially dogs! Coming to Chicago and finding Aeslin was incredible because I get to do a job that lets me be surrounded by what I love most. When I’m not hanging out and taking care of all the kiddos, I enjoy cooking, hiking, reading and roller skating! And if I could be any type of dog I would Probably be a Border Collie. I have endless amounts of energy and I love going about and exploring.

Javed

Dog Handler

I have always been fascinated with animals and humans alike. I think as humans, we tend to forget how alike we are and how natural/instinctive the relationships we have with all animals can be. The relationship we have developed with dogs is, of course, no exception. There are not enough words to describe the many reasons I have decided to work with dogs. But simply put, I love working with dogs, because they emulate and set an example of how we should treat one another with loyalty, love, and purity of heart. In addition, dogs show us how to be tough when faced with hard situations and how to back ourselves up despite the odds. Among many more, they are our mentors as we are theirs.

I’m very active and love to play soccer. Being born and raised Jamaican, I only need a ball and my bare feet and I’m off! I also enjoy writing a lot and I am very invested in psychology and philosophy. I’d like to think I’m a deep thinker.

I consider myself to be an American Pitbull Terrier. Humble, full of love, and having the desire to please everyone. Love to laugh and be protective of my friends and family. Although sometimes misunderstood, I am strong when I need to be!

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.

Karla

Dog Handler

The reason I decided to work with dogs was because I love being around them. When I have a bad day, they are always there to cheer me up and they are so friendly and lovable. 

Something I do outside of work is my school work. After starting to work again, I was really motivated to start school again. I also work on my art skills, because of my passion for art and am always trying to improve my skills. I love reading and some of my closest friends would even say I read too much! For me, there’s no such thing as too much reading or drawing. 

If I were any breed of dog, I would choose a Husky! I love wolves and Huskies look similar to them. Also, Huskies are just beautiful and super sweet creatures. I have a Husky named Luna, and she is the sweetest, most lovable dog ever. 

work with dogs team member with two brindle dogs

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. 
 
I would be an Australian shepherd because I am loyal, always eager to learn and hard working.

Michael

Dog Handler

I love dogs’ curiosity about the world and their loving nature. Having grown up with dogs, it’s easy for me to understand them and make connections.
When I’m not working, I am a business student at Loyola University Chicago working to get my degree in marketing. I also love to go to the courts and play pick up basketball. While I might not be good, I always learn a new move from other people that I like to give a try.
If I was a dog I would be a Doberman Pinscher. They are very loyal, smart, and protective of the ones they love. On top of all that, they can be pretty goofy with their friends.

Melissa

Dog Handler

From childhood I’ve always wanted to be around dogs! It started from reading Clifford the Big Red Dog books at the library and me wanting to care and learn as much as possible about dogs. Lastly dogs are the light of my life and always bring me so much joy.
Outside of work I love to collect vintage Bambi Memorabilia and vintage Bulldog statues, Sewing clothes for my family and my pups and Fostering dogs not ready for adoption to give them the best chance at finding the perfect fur-ever home.
If I could be any dog I’d totally be a English Bulldog and live my best life playing for 5 mins and sleeping for hours. Who could resist smooshing there cutie faces?!

Sam

Dog Handler

When I was a child volunteering at my local shelter, I looked up to the dog walkers, and it made me think about getting a job with dogs when I was older!
In my free time, I enjoy reading, animating, and being around my own dogs. I like to find old, forgotten bookshops while exploring, and also enjoy spending time outdoors!
If I would any breed of dog, it'd be a Eurasier, they’re chill, enjoy the cold, and like to spend time with their families; all things I like to do as well.

Tanaijah

Dog Handler

I decided I wanted to work with dogs, because I felt this job was my calling. I’ve been surrounded by animals my entire life and dogs have always been my favorite out of them all. They are so smart and loyal. Even though the dogs I’ve been around weren’t personally mine, I always helped walk them, teach them tricks, and play outside with them. I loved doing that. I also always felt I worked better with dogs. They bring peace and love to my life. That being said, I wanted to surround myself with that essence all the time. 

Outside of work, I love to spend time with my family, friends, and of course my dog and cat. I love to listen to music as well as read and play video games. I recently took on a new hobby of learning different languages, like Japanese and Swahili. 

If there was a breed of dog that I could be, I would be a Goldendoodle. They are so cute and adorable. I love how they hug and stand up on their legs for attention. Goldendoodles are so precious to me.

Tia

Dog Handler

 Honestly, I used to be irrationally afraid of dogs as a child until one special Rottweiler stole my heart! Since then, my family has always included a canine member. That’s my long winded way of saying that I love dogs, so of course, I want to work with them!

When I’m not working, I’m most likely wandering a forest or taking/editing pictures. I try to expose myself to plenty of new hobbies, but photography has my attention currently.

If I could be any breed of dog, I’d probably be a Pitbull. They’re often misjudged based on appearance, but people forget they too are capable of loving and being loved!