MEET THE CREW

Patti Colandrea

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.

Elizabeth Castrejon

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

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.

Heather

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.

Chelsey

Retail Manager

Chelsey recently moved to Chicago in search of comedy and hot dogs without ketchup. She’s from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and spends most of her days dreaming of Mardi Gras parades and red beans a rice. She loves to read, write, and watch excessive amounts of television with her three cats: Pratt, Plaza, and Phoebe.

Sid

Front Desk Coordinator & Art Director

Sid was born and raised in Chicago and currently lives in Albany Park with her five roommates and three guinea pigs. She has a passion for all animals and hopes  to pursue a career illustrating wildlife textbooks. She currently doesn't have any dogs but is excited to adopt one in the future!

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Amber

Groomer

Amber grew up in a small Iowa town called Lone Tree and moved to the Chicagoland area in August 2012. She’s been working with animals for several years, starting in a veterinary hospital where she was trained as a Kennel and Veterinary Technician. She became a Certified Groomer in August 2008. She loves everything about the grooming process, from beautiful breed cuts to the fun black and gold mohawks, either way she is making the pet feel better and helping the quality of life. Amber is trained in Pet First Aid and CPR.

Michelle

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!

Corina

Groomer

Corina is a Chicago native who has always had a love for animals. She was certified as a professional groomer in 2013 and says her favorite part of her job is getting to spend her days surrounded by dogs while making them look and feel great. She shares her home with her two dogs Nina and Lily, and her recently adopted cat, Aliester. Corina is trained in Pet First Aid and CPR.

Kimberly

Groomer

Though a native to Northwest Indiana, Kimberly has moved around the Southwest and West Coast for a good chunk of years before landing here in Chicago with her two wonderfully spoiled dogs, Tony Hawk and Prudence. In 2010, she discovered her passion for grooming while working under a master groomer in California. As a lover of all animals, it's been her goal to keep absorbing knowledge in the pet industry and to also study K9 massage/reiki. If she's not here here at BBC, she's spending time being a saltwater aquarium enthusiast, lapidary artist, or just simply enjoying the company around her. She's also trained in K9 CPR & First Aid

Chalie

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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Mikey

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.

Mark

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. He is extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity at Bark Bark Club and plans to grow within the community. 

Karolyn

Daycare Pack Leader

Karolyn has been an actor since college, an improviser since November of 2015, and a lover of animals since her first coherent thought. She worked as a dog walker for 3 years before joining Bark Bark Club to hang out with the wonderful pack of day care dogs. She loves getting to know their quirks and favorite spots to get petted.

Ryan

Daycare Pack Leader

Ryan was born in Chicago and has spent most of his life around animals. Since he was a small child, he has had a dog in his home and has always enjoyed getting to know them and caring for them. This passion led him to pursue a career in animal care and he is excited about making a positive difference in your dog’s life!

Sara

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!

Jon

Daycare Pack Leader

Jon is a lifelong pet owner and animal enthusiast. A Chicago native who grew up in a household constantly full of dogs, cats, and even a few lizards his parents would adopt. When away from the Bark Bark Club, Jon enjoys recording local musicians, teaching guitar and riding horses on his brother's farm. 

Gayle

Daycare Pack Leader

Gayle is a Chicago-born native who grew up in the Andersonville neighborhood. She has always been surrounded by cats and dogs. She currently resides in Roscoe Village with her wonderful five year-old visla/beagle mix, Hossa. She's worked professionally with dogs for nearly four years and hopes to one day become a dog behaviorist. You'll always catch her stopping by to say hi to any dog that lets her!