Our Management Team
We couldn't do what we do without the leaders who make it possible. Learn more about our team!
Jeanine loves a lot of things: her husband, sons, Pomeranians (Cubby and Macy), cat (Oliver), and spending time with all of the above. But on top of that, she loves meeting new people and pets, creating relationships, and helping others hands-on through Paws Pet Resort.
Since being struck with a God-given inspiration, she knew that running a business for charity was her calling.
“I had a full-fledged crying breakdown while watching a video at a conference. The video was about creating a business to generate a steady income stream that could be given to charity. I immediately knew this was a business model I wanted to emulate.”
A few years—and lots of planning—later, Paws Pet Resort is her dream come true for that cause.
Sami Jo, Head Trainer and K9 Behaviorist.
Sami Jo is our head trainer, a K9 Behaviorist, and our Head of Innovation. Sami's passion for dogs started at an early age. As early as she can remember she was all about dogs. From following in her Father's footsteps in the field behind his hunting dogs, to watching dogs work, she had an intense appreciation for canines. Working with dogs was natural for her considering how much she love to be around them!
When Sami Jo was able to own her first dog, a German Shepherd named Blu, it changed her life forever. She started service work with Blu and quickly realize search-and-rescue is where their passion lied. Sami and Blu were soon certified to be tracking team in 2016. However, they're serving the community did not stop there. They love training so much that Sami was inspired to attend Starmark Academy for dog trainers in Texas. Sami Jo graduated as a certified canine training and behavioral specialist. While she was there she had extensive hands-on education with basics, intermediate, and advanced off-leash obedience, clicker training, behavior modification, puppy obedience and socialization, nuisance behavior problems and canine sports.
Now, her pack consists of 4 furry friends who help her live the Paws way. They compete in various sports while being able to volunteer a lot as well. Sami Jo's favorite things about working at Paws is the way they give back, their positive atmosphere and the living through God in her work.
Allison Wyant, Director of Community Outreach.
Hi! My name is Allison and I am the Community Outreach Coordinator at Paws Pet Resort and I also help out in the lobby. I’ve always loved the idea of working with animals and I also love getting to connect with new people, so I’m excited to step into this role! I’m married to my best friend, Austin, and together we have 2 rescues - a dog named Kona, and a cat named Frankie. They are a bright spot in our world, and we love getting to play and snuggle with them. I’m a BIG family person and love getting to spend time with my nieces and nephews.
I love being part of the Paws team. They are always going the extra mile - going above and beyond to provide the best for our clients and their furry family members. One of the reasons I am most excited to work at Paws is because of their generosity. This organization gets to provide more than just care and playtime for dogs and cats. They aim to be a blessing to those around them - to local charities and global organizations. What a powerful, God-honoring thing to be a part of!
Martina, Boarding Manager.
Hi! My name is Martina Peterson. I moved to Sioux Falls to be closer to my nieces. I've had a love for animals since I was a kid. I grew up dog sitting for many families and loved every moment! I have a passion for animals and a special love for my cat Pebbles. I believe God has led me to this company and I have been blessed to be part of the Paws family!
Mickelle, Boarding Superstar.
Hello, my name is Mickelle! My favorite part of working with the team at Paws is that for every fur baby that comes in we provide all of the attention imaginable, including really cute treats and peanut butter Kongs! I love meeting new pets and discovering their unique personality, which makes it impossible to have favorites. Working at Paws reminds me of how blessed we are to have our fur babies in our lives.
Andrea, Daycare Manager.
Hi, my name is Andrea, and I’m the Manger of daycare here at Paws! I absolutely love being able to interact with such a huge variety of dogs and getting to see all their unique personalities and traits! I just recently moved here to Sioux Falls from Southwest Iowa. I have two fur babies of my own: a puppy named Lana who goes almost everywhere with me and a sassy cat named Pippin. In my free time, I love visiting with my family, going on hikes, and traveling. Working with animals is a huge passion of mine, and I'm excited to pursue it and see what the future holds.
Ariana, Assistant Manager, Boarding.
Hi, My name is Ariana and I'm the Assistant Manager of the Boarding Department here at Paws!
I was born and raised here in Sioux Falls, SD, and found my forever in my wonderful Husband Max. Together we have what we like to refer to as our own zoo! We have 3 dogs (Molly, Poppy, and Rosie), 1 Cat (Anastasia), and 3 Reptiles (Athena and Clio - Bearded Dragons and Apep - Ball Python). They are our world! From an early age, I have always felt my heart being drawn towards animals of all kinds. Through the years my passion for working with animals has grown immensely and I solely believe that God brought me to Paws to finally make this dream a reality. One of my favorite things about working at Paws is witnessing a nervous dog or cat coming out of their shell and seeing their sweet personalities shine through and melt their fear away! They go home so differently from when they first arrive. It warms my heart when they come back and they recognize you instantly and want all of your attention.
Sydnie, Lead Trainer, Puppy University.
My name is Sydnie, I have worked at Paws Pet Resort on and off since its inception in 2018. I am a lead trainer for our Puppy University program and I absolutely love it! I have a passion for helping raise up amazing adult dogs and that starts with a solid foundation and some hard work when they are young. Working with your puppies everyday makes "work" a real joy!
Addison, Assistant Manager, Training.
Addison was born and raised in Parkston, South Dakota. She graduated Starmark Academy in Hutto, Texas receiving her certification as a Canine Behaviorist and Trainer. She currently has a German Shorthaired Pointer named Coors who is very outgoing, attentive, and loves to learn new things. While in Texas, Addison also adopted a pitbull/boxer mix who is loving dock diving and being an incredible demo dog. Addison says "One of my favorite things about training dogs is seeing that 'light bulb' above their head that goes off when figuring something out and I am excited to train and work with them!" We are very blessed to have Addison a part of the team!
Tasha, Morning Lead, Daycare.
Hi, my name is Tasha and I work in daycare here at Paws. Paws is such a fantastic place, I am so glad to be a member here. When I was a young I was able to take care of a range of animals such as, bunnies, chickens, dogs, cats, and even hamsters. I enjoy working with animals of all kinds! I was born in New Mexico I came to Sioux Falls eight years ago. When I'm not working I love spending time with my family and friends.