Meet DogBoy’s Team of Dog Lovers!

Ashleigh Banks, Office Manager

Ashleigh BanksAshleigh came to DogBoy’s from her dad’s IT management company, Remote to PC in her home town of Fort Worth, TX. She has two sweet fur babies – Sadie, a teenage German Shepherd, and Coach, a young Golden. Ashleigh is a graduate of TCU, with a Bachelors of Art is English. She loves to read, write, and do hot yoga! You can find Ashleigh writing blog posts, greeting customers and working hard to make DogBoy’s customer service shine!

Faith Lenz, Kennel Manager

Faith Lenz, Kennel ManagerFaith came to DogBoy’s by way of Divine intervention. A former team leader at Onion Creek Kennels, Faith was recommended to us when she took the leap and moved up to Round Rock. She has managed teams at Target and CarMax and is having great success with our team of dog lovers as well! We love having her lead our team, and you’ll love getting to know her too! Faith shares her home with her husband Dustin, daughter Audrey, and furry family members Audi, Oliver, Mr. Blue and Aspen.

Erica Laws, Accounting Assistant

Erica was born and raised in the Austin area. Always having a pet by her side, she was raised around all sorts of animals from pot-bellied pigs to goats to horses and of course, dogs! Because of her passion to take care of animals, she decided to pursue an education in veterinary medicine and went to school at Colorado State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Zoology with studies in Equine Science. There, she spent lots of time volunteering with various animal rescue groups and also in an emergency vet hospital as a vet tech. After missing home for 4 years, she decided to move back and further her education here. When Erica’s not at DogBoy’s, you can find her caring for her 12-year-old Bull Mastiff, Mercedes, hiking, or training for her next Spartan race!

Ferrell Jackson, Receptionist

Ferrell JacksonFerrell joined the DogBoy’s team in the summer of 2012, after returning to the area from a 7 year stint in Colorado. She was born and raised in the Austin area and began hearing about DogBoy’s as far back as high school, when her best friends began to work here. Living in the very dog-friendly state of Colorado really developed Ferrell’s love of our canine friends and helped to steer her toward adopting her own pup named, Elsie, upon her return to Austin. You’ll find her at the front desk of DogBoy’s where she loves to answer questions and to help you and your dog get checked in and out for doggy daycare or boarding! When she’s not answering phones or chatting with customers in the office, you’ll find her planting gardens and obsessing over her flowers at home.

Shea Tucker, Receptionist

Shea TuckerShea’s interest in dogs began at an early age with her grandparent’s farm dogs. It wasn’t until she was 9 years old and she received her first dog, a 10 week old Border Collie/Cavalier King Charles mix, named Ladybug that her interest blossomed into a full-blown love affair. When she was just 13 years old, Shea started competing in low level Agility competitions with Lady until her retirement in 2010 at 9 years old.

On her 16th birthday, Shea received a Border Collie puppy named Tyko. He quickly became more like a little brother than a dog, and the apple of her parent’s eyes. In 2011, she received a phone call from her brother about a puppy in need of a home and she welcomed a German Shepherd named Gunner into her life. They have been absolutely inseparable ever since. To add to the zoo at home, Shea has two cats Stormy and Sebastian, as well as an American Paint horse gelding named Ethan, who she competes in shows with on the weekends.

After working for a specialty veterinary hospital for a year as a kennel technician, Shea felt it was time to find a different work environment in which she could still be around dogs. After coming across DogBoy’s in her search and learning about their love of dogs, she felt it was the perfect fit for her and her pups to call home.

Kate Van der Voort, Receptionist

KateKate has been working at DogBoy’s since April of 2007, after being a customer here for over a year. Kate hails from Pittsburgh, PA, and she came to Austin in 2005 after a stint in Monterey, CA. Kate adopted her first dog, a Catahoula mix named Ralphie, from a shelter in California. She found Max, a Corgi/Shepherd mix, through a local rescue group here in Texas.

As a customer, Kate felt so lucky to find DogBoy’s and the staff here, who have always been so supportive and helpful with both of her special needs dogs. Kate has worked in the kennel, coordinated for the training department, and managed our office staff. Currently, she’s back at the front desk, training our new team members. You may catch her playing the marimba in the all-girl band, SeVana Marimba, at various events around town.

Shala Johnson, Pet Care Technician

ShalaShala came to DogBoy’s Dog Ranch in January 2015, with a background in Business Management and Finance.  She is excited to step away from the desk to pursue her passion for dogs.

As a child, Shala loved spending quality time with her Black Lab, teaching her all the tricks she could.  Her current dogs, a Chihuahua/Rat Terrier mix and a French Bulldog, are eagerly and patiently earning treats via clicker training, as Shala is a new student to the topic.

Fueled by a desire to help others reach their potential and attain their goals, Shala also has recently wrapped up a career working with children, ages two through nine, in the education setting where she brought her sports business to various preschools and elementary schools as an enrichment program offering.  The business was a franchise focused around a detailed specialized sports curriculum scientifically researched to help children, at specific ages, reach critical landmarks in cognitive, emotional, physical, and social development.

Although Shala loves to work with children, she still has had an ongoing burning desire to do the same with dogs, with the ultimate goal of becoming a trainer of guide dogs.  Her hope is to one day train a guide dog for her sister who is deaf and legally blind, due to Usher syndrome type I.  Shala’s sister does not share her appreciation for dogs and their ability to enrich people’s lives, but that is not stopping Shala from holding out hope that one day she will be able to present to her sister the gift of a guide dog that is the right fit to enable her to experience higher levels of freedom, safety, and quality of life than what is possible without the assistance of a guide dog.

In the mean time, Shala is enjoying being a full-time student of dog behavior while working as a pet care tech at DogBoy’s and reading books on the subject in her spare time.  She is eagerly embracing her opportunity to work with the people and canines of DogBoy’s and loves the family feel that DogBoy and DogGirl have created at the Dog Ranch.

Michael Singer, Pet Care Technician

Michael SingerMichael met DogBoy & DogGirl through their church youth group. Born and raised in Pflugerville, Michael has always had dogs. His favorite was an abandoned black lab named Emma, who after being taken in by the Singers gave birth to ten puppies! His current dog Landon, a Chihuahua/Terrier mix, was adopted from Williamson County Animal Shelter during a Yappy hour event. Michael started working at DogBoy’s in early 2014, and is currently studying to be a pastry chef at Le Cordon Bleu.  We think he’s a pretty cool dude, and hope he brings us pastries soon.

Zac Russell, Pet Care Technician

Zac RussellZac started his animal career in 2011 when he was attending the Art Institute of Austin for graphic design. Zac began working with animals at the Austin Humane Society and he found he had a real passion for rescue. Zac loved seeing so many animals find great homes and new family members. He found himself needing a change of pace and then he stumbled across this little slice of heaven- Dogboy’s Dog Ranch.

Zac loves coming to work everyday and loves being around people who share the same passion as him. It’s really an incredible environment to work in, and the dogs agree as well!

Chelsea Adams, Pet Care Technician

chelsea-and-dylanChelsea was born in San Antonio Texas, and grew up in north Texas. She spent 4 years serving in the military. She is now exploring her passions within the animal industry, While she completes schooling for a nursing degree. She is the owner and partner in crime to a majestic lab mix named Dylan. They both love spending time with all of the great dogs that come through DogBoy’s.