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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Assistant General 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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Sid

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Front Desk Coordinator & Art Director

Sid was born and raised in Chicago, and currently lives in Ukrainian Village with her guinea pig, Willy.  She spends her time hiking, studying for her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, making art, and wrangling the pups of BBC.

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Molly

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Front Desk Coordinator

Molly is a Chicago transplant from Minnesota and is a recent graduate of Loyola University Chicago where she majored in theatrical design. She's excited to explore another passion of working with animals. She lives in Edgewater with her two cats, Skimble and Bo, and too many plants for one person. She is incredibly thankful to be surrounded by dogs and help people and paws alike!

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Jackie

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Front Desk Coordinator

.Jackie was born and raised on the north side of Chicago. She thought she was strictly a cat person until she started walking dogs at age 21. Now, she caters to three dogs: Jeff, Sal, and D and her entire life is covered in long hair and St. Bernard head shakes!

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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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Saul

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Groomer

Saul was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Chicago about 12 years ago. He’s been living in Uptown since moving here and grooming for about 10 years. He loves dogs and loves making dogs feel better through grooming. He’s always trying to learn new things so he can be better and help others. His goal is to be one of the best groomers in Chicago!

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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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Mark

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Daycare Manager

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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Mikey

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Daycare Pack Leader

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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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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Tori

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Daycare Pack Leader

Tori was born and raised in Brookfield, spending her summer at The 200 and even getting her first job there! She has always been passionate about animals, becoming vegetarian at age 11 and then vegan at age 20. She currently lives with her dog Nugget and has always had animals growing up. She can't think of a better way to spend her day than with her furry friends!

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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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Nataly S.

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Daycare Pack Leader

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Justin

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Daycare Pack Leader

Justin was born and raised in Chicago. His love for animals started with his first cat, Angelica Pickles, named after the Rugrats character. He currently lives in Edgewater with his cat, Lula, and his Shih Tzu, Lyla. He is excited to pursue a career where animals are always in his corner!

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Aidin

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Daycare Pack Leader

Aidin has lived in Chicago most of his life between Rogers Park and Edgewater. He always thought he would cook for a profession, but found a lot of satisfaction in animal care. He has a kitten named Pixie and his first pet was a bunny named Robin Scherbatsky. His favorite part of the job is meeting new furry faces. He would also love to be a nature documentary cameraman!

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Chiara

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Daycare Pack Leader

Chiara grew up in Northern California around dogs and horses. During her time as a Loyola student, she fell in love with the city of Chicago. She has a passion for animal rights and welfare and intends on spending her future working with animals. She looks forward to adopting her own fur baby in the near future. 

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Drew

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Daycare Pack Leader

Drew is from Michigan, where he always had pets growing up. He can always be found with a smile when dogs are around, and is very grateful for the work he does at Bark Bark Club. He's excited to build upon his skillset and make working with dogs a career, which is why he decided to move to Chicago. His previous experience includes fostering kittens with his girlfriend, one of which they adopted, as well as volunteering at shelters with his mom, where they adopted three spoiled pitbulls. Outside of work, he enjoys watching sports, cooking, playing basketball, and spending time with friends and family.

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Kelly

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Daycare Pack Leader

Kelly is from Des Moines, Iowa and has been working with animals since she was fifteen. She has one dog named Rosie and a cat named Jean. She also is a seasoned pet-sitter. 

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Beatriz

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Daycare Pack Leader

Beatriz is a Chicago native, born and raised on the northwest side. She has always loved taking care of animals and decided to make a career out of it by caring for dogs. She enjoys working with dogs and making sure they're happy and safe! Outside of work, she enjoys cooking food, making art, and learning about historical events.

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CeCe

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Daycare Pack Leader

Sennia, also known as CeCe, grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago, and her family always had dogs growing up. She has a pitbull/german shepherd mix named Sonny. She is excited to join the team and to be working with animals again!

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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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Donalisa

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Pet Services Coordinator 

Born and raised in a household often (lovingly) referred to as a zoo by classmates and neighbors in Chicago's Englewood, Donalisa grew up surrounded by fur babies! All of her life, her family has turned strays (no matter their background) into forever family members. She's obsessed with both animals and nature, and is a bit of an animal behavior and psychology nerd. She currently parents 5 dogs, 2 cats, and 3 bunnies of her own, but can't wait to add your babies to her world as well. Donalisa is trained in Pet First Aid and CPR.

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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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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!

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Sean

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Dog Walker

Sean was born and raised in Chicago. He has south side roots but currently lives in the Ravenswood neighborhood. There have always been dogs in his life in one way or another, and so he was excited to get the opportunity to be a member of the Bark Bark Club team. He currently lives without a pet of his own but is looking forward to getting to know yours!

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Diego

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Dog Walker

Diego is a weekend walker and does this job as a relief from his weekly routine. He has been around pets his whole life, all of them belonged to relatives and friends. Before working at Bark Bark Club he was strongly just a dog person but with the training and getting to know many lovely kitties he now likes cats almost the same as dogs.

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Jake

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Dog Walker

Jake's love for dogs has been a lifelong affliction and the only cure is more dogs! He grew up with dogs his whole life and currently has a 1.5 year old hound/lab/mastiff mutt. He also has a cat with cerebellar hypoplasia, which hasn't stopped him from living his life as he is now 15 years old. Jake loves all animals and will take care of any that need his help.

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Travis

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Dog Walker

Travis is an animal lover originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He grew up with a lovable chocolate Lab, Sadie, and two cats Kiki and Bubba. He adopted a lab/border collie mix, Leo, while living in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Travis loves meeting new dogs and making new furry friends!