MEET THE CREW

 
 
 
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Patti Colandrea

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Founder & Owner

Patti spent most of her working career in the corporate world. Over the years she honed her people skills working as an administrative assistant, talent agent, supervisor and assistant to the CEO and VP of Sales for a human resource consulting firm. After her feline companion of 20 years passed away, she and her husband Matt adopted a Border Collie mix named Buddy. Buddy changed her life! She wanted to leave the corporate world but didn’t know which direction to go…and Buddy gave her the guidance she needed. Patti was also blessed with a stray that came into her life by “accident” – Lou. Inspired by Buddy, Lou and all of the dogs she met throughout the neighborhood, she researched the dog grooming industry. After spending a couple of years working with PetSmart and Petco, she decided it was time for the Edgewater community to have its very own pet salon where dogs and their people can socialize with fellow pet owners in the neighborhood. The result was Bark Bark Club – which has developed a reputation as “the place for cool dogs and cats to hang out.” Patti is trained in Pet First Aid and CPR.

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Elizabeth Castrejon

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Owner

Elizabeth was born and raised in Chicago. She has had a life-long love of all animals starting in childhood when she would rescue neighborhood dogs, cats, birds and frogs. She worked for 15 years as a manager/buyer for a small retail store before making a switch to pursue a career that included her passion – DOGS! She volunteered with dogs at the Evanston animal shelter, rain, shine and holidays, for many years. She and her husband currently have one basset hound, two dachshunds, and a rat terrier mix and have attended the Basset Waddle in Dwight, Illinois every year religiously. Elizabeth is trained in Pet First Aid and CPR.

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Carly

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General Manager

Carly is a native of Chicago who grew up in the south suburbs and has always had animals. She has been with Bark Bark Club since 2009 and in the field since she can remember! She has lived in the city for about fifteen years residing in Humboldt Park, and loves spending time with her animals. She loves her job and plans on doing anything she can to help out her furry friends as long as she’s in this world! Carly is trained in Pet First Aid and CPR.

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Heather

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Web Manager

Heather moved to Chicago from Richmond, Virginia. Although she studied Environmental Science, her love of working with animals began at the Richmond SPCA, where she was a kennel attendant. She moved on to become a veterinary assistant for over three years. Heather strives to make a positive difference in the lives of all animals and the families that love them. She is trained in Pet First Aid and CPR.

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Marianne

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Front Desk Coordinator

Marianne grew up in Seattle, Washington. After getting her bachelor and masters degrees in violin performance she moved to Los Angeles where she currently works extensively with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and recording studios of the area. She has worked with critically acclaimed artists such as Earth Wind and Fire, John Legend, Pink Martini, Cyndi Lauper, Chrissie Hynde, Kristin Chenoweth, and The Violent Femmes. Marianne currently lives in Chicago and maintains a full-time position at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra – Civic Orchestra. Due to Covid-19 Marianne’s typical performance and recording schedule has slowed incredibly. In the meantime, she has decided to pursue her other passion in life, dogs!

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Sid

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Front Desk Coordinator & Art Director

Sid was born and raised in Chicago, where she currently lives with her two roommates and her guinea pig, Willy.  She spends her time hiking with her partner, studying for her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and wrangling the pups of BBC.

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Michelle

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Groomer

Michelle grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago and has been grooming dogs for 13 years. She enjoys baking and dancing in her spare time and is happy to be grooming dogs and cats at the Bark Bark Club!

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Chalie

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Groomer

Chalie grew up in the western burbs, but her heart and soul live in the mountains. After volunteering at numerous animal shelters and working every job imaginable related to dogs, she found her passion — pet stylist! Chalie graduated from the Academy of Dog Grooming Arts in 2007. She was introduced to the love of her life in 2010, a pitbull mix and failed foster, Molly Moo. Chalie spends her days empowering her daughters to be fearless and awesome, watching comic book movies with her boyfriend and his son, and trying to remember to feed the family beta fish, T’challa. Chalie is certified in Pet First Aid and CPR. 

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Amanda

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Groomer

Amanda grew up in Chicago's North suburbs and was born into a pet-obsessed family. Her mom was also a groomer and dog show professional. You could say pet care is in her blood! Amanda is Pet First Aid and CPR certified, as well as an AKC Certified Safe Groomer. She currently lives in Belmont Cragin with her boyfriend, roommates, and their cats Lola, Archimedes, and Boscoe. 

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Mikey

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Daycare Manager

From a small town in southern Illinois called Franklin, Mikey made his way to Chicago in 2012 and joined the Bark Bark Club about a year later. Having grown up on two different farms, Mikey has been around all kinds of animals throughout his life, and he loves getting to work and play with dogs every day. When he’s not at the Bark Bark, he’s either singing-songwriting on his guitar, or he’s hanging out with his dog Willow-Byrd. Mikey is trained in Pet First Aid and CPR.

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Mark

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Daycare Pack Leader

Mark is from Lansing, Michigan and has had dogs since he was a child. He believes dogs are the purest form of therapy and love a human can find. As an Army member, he worked with IED-trained dogs and as a teen volunteered in an animal clinic. 

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Sara

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Daycare Pack Leader & Van Driver

Sara’s always been a dog person through and through! She’d rather hang out with dogs than do anything else. She grew up on the North Shore, but has lived in the city for the past six years. When not at work playing with your pups, she can be found hanging out with her friends  and family… and their dogs!

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Zara

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Daycare Pack Leader

Zara is a native of Chicago who grew up on the Northwest side. She has had a love for dogs for as long as she can remember and knew she wanted to make a career out of it. Four years later, she is still doing what she loves as a dog handler! Zara enjoys taking care of animals in any way she can, from walking, to handing — even dog sitting! Zara is trained in Pet First Aid & CPR.

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Adam

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Daycare Pack Leader

Whether it’s at the aquarium or at Bark Bark Club, Adam loves being surrounded by animals. Originally from St Louis he got his first experience working with animals at a wolf sanctuary. He doesn’t have any pets of his own, but considers the animals he works with family!

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Josh Z.

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Daycare Pack Leader

Josh is a music nerd, potato chip lover, and an excellent cat dad. His white and brindle-spotted domestic shorthair Louvin, keeps him on his toes by clearing off his dresser every day when he wants attention, but is a total sweetheart. Josh grew up in the suburbs and has lived in Chicago for the last 20 years. 

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Shelby

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Daycare Pack Leader

Shelby grew up with a friendly, fetch-loving Golden Retriever in Wilmette, IL. She’s always has a love for animals, and has volunteered at animal shelters around the Chicago-area. While she’s not at Bark Bark Club, she enjoys taking her Whoodle, Violet, on walks along the lake.

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Thomas

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Daycare Pack Leader

Born and raised in Chicago, Thomas has always been fascinated by animals — especially dogs. His childhood dog Bella was a constant companion, taking care of her  always made him happy. He currently has a snake and a cat and he’s looking forward to the day he can adopt a pup of his own. When he’s not at Bark Bark Club, he works as an actor and fight choreographer. 

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Israel

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Overnight Pack Leader

Israel is a native of Newark, NJ, He's been moving around a lot the past five years from Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and Miami but has settled down here in Chicago. He's been a vegan for the past six years for his health, the planet, and animals. He also loves spending time with his dog Lilo who is four years young!

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Josh G.

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Operations Coordinator 

Josh has always loved animals, from the family's dog, a yellow lab named Jessie, to the birds, hamsters and fish he's cared for growing up. Moving from the northwest suburbs to uptown, Josh now loves pets vicariously through Bark Bark Club as well as looking after and boarding friend's dogs. Josh is trained in Pet First Aid and CPR.

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Astrid

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Pet Services Coordinator 

Astrid is a Chicago native who enjoys spending her free time with dogs and cats. When she's not spending time with your pups, she is supporting her mother at home. She's excited to learn more about dog and cat care at BBC!

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Silvana

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Dog Walker

Silvana was born in Peru and grew up in Skokie. She has had dogs all her life and at one point had 11 hamsters. She has enjoyed working with all sorts of animals, but her favorites are dogs and horses. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, baking, playing guitar and biking. Silvana is trained in Pet First Aid and CPR.

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Dorian

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Dog Walker

Dorian grew up right here in Edgewater and always loved spending time with neighborhood dogs. Growing up he wasn't allowed to have any pets of his own, but has always had a lot of love for animals. When he isn't hanging out with your cats and dogs, he is a volunteer at St. Ita's Religious Education Program. He loves to drive and go out on adventures. Nature is his calling and he's looking forward to another trip to the Grand Canyon.

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Carolyn

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Dog Walker

Carolyn is a longtime animal lover that has been practicing a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle for over 9 years. She is originally for St. Louis, Missouri. Growing up her family would rehabilitate baby birds, bunnies, squirrels and a variety of injured animals. Carolyn has been the owner of 2 large 80lb labs and 2 small 7 lb cats. Back home she enjoys spending time with her neurotic calico cat, Chloe. 

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Tyler

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Dog Walker

Tyler grew up in Rockford, IL. He and his wife decided to move to Chicago to start new jobs and school. When he heard Bark Bark Club was hiring, he was thrilled! He’s always had a passion for animals. He grew up with several different types of pets including dogs, cats, lizards, fish, and even frogs!