We couldn't do what we do without the employees 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.
David, General Manager
With more than 15 years of experience in the pet industry, David knows the ins and outs of pet care, boarding, and grooming. He has four children and three dogs, and loves spending as much time with all of them as possible. For him, making a difference means bringing joy to others—which he does every day at Paws Pet Resort!
“The way that PPR came together is proof that God has a hand in everything,” David says. “I am glad to know that I am working for a bigger purpose. To work where everything we do in a day is making a difference. Whether that’s extra love to our furry friends, or donating to our charities. To know that I have to opportunity to change the lives of others, whether that is the employees who work for us or the people that are apart of the charities we donate to. And last but not least, working with Jeanine has been one of the best experiences I have ever had.”
Sami Jo, 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, Community Outreach Coordinator
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 recently 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!
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.
Phil, Boarding Assistant Manager
Hi, my name is Phillip Jongeling and I'm the assistant boarding manager at Paws Pet Resort! I joined the Paws team in July of 2019. Since I was a child taking care of animals on my grandparents farm, I have had a passion for animal care. I currently don't have any dogs of my own but I care for numerous fish and a lizard named Gandalf. I love having the opportunity every day to get to know and care for all the dogs and cats that come into Paws!
Taryn, Trainer and Boarding Specialist
Growing up I had a huge love for animals. Being surrounded by dogs my whole life helped guide my way into dog training. My first job was working at a K9 daycare and boarding facility, I was 17. In my almost 2 years there I received hands on exposure to dog body language and behavior. My passion only grew from there and in 2015 I completed my 1 year online program through Animal Behavior College for Canine Obedience. At 19 I accepted my first dog training job at Petco. After completing a dog training instructor program I was promoted to Senior Dog Trainer and for 3 years I continued to get hands on exposure to puppy socialization to solving problem behaviors, clicker training, leash walking and teaching AKC Canine Good Citizen classes. While here at Paws Pet Resort I spent several months working under our head trainer, Sami Jo. Now I enjoying offering a variety of classes to our clients, all of which I love! I am a dog owner as well with my Australian shepherd, Frost, and my 1 year old German Shepherd, Kira.
Rachel, Trainer and Lobby Expert
Hi, my name is Rachel and I am a Trainer and lobby expert here at Paws. I have been working with dogs for years, and love it! I joined the Paws team to do what I love and to be surrounded by such a positive and inviting environment. I have two four-legged friends of my own, Hazzie and Carson. They are both labs and we and enjoy going on many different adventures together. From going on hikes and kayaking to hunting birds in the fall. From the basics to working with puppy obedience, modifying behaviors, and off-leash obedience. I've dabbled in a little bit of everything.
I love being able to experience different kinds of challenges while training dogs and working with them to overcome obstacles. I am also a CGC Evaluator!
Kenydie, Boarding Specialist
Hi my name is Kenydie! I have always had a passion for animals. With a wiggle of a tail or a kiss on the cheek pets can fix your bad day and make you smile. In fact when I was little I was convinced that I was going to be a vet. Today I am a full time dog groomer at Glamour Paws, as well as working at Paws Pet Resort. I have two standard poodles, Farrah and Georgie, a rescue named Apolo, and one grey cat named Mr. Smee (from Peter Pan).
One of my favorite charities is the Sioux Empire Pit Rescue, they are wonderful!
Anna, Daycare Specialist
Hi there! My name is Anna. Growing up, I got to take care of a range of animals such as, Chickens, Goats, Dogs, Cats and even 14 Cottontail Rabbits at one point. There's a very special place in my heart for animals, and I am so blessed to be working with dogs for my first job! I love playing and creating relationships with animals. When I was a child, I had a dream of owning at least 10 dogs! Until recently, I finally was able to have a dog of my own, he is my buddy and he always puts a smile on my face. I feel like God placed him in my life for a reason and I am so thankful.
Mikaela, Lobby and Daycare Specialist
Hello! My name is Mikaela. I work part-time in daycare and lobby here at Paws. I love coming to work and getting to snuggle all the animals! I think what I love most about working at Paws is that we get to be part of something bigger.
I have two dogs of my own - Great Dane/Lab/Pointer Mix (Oliver) & Dachshund/Labrador Mix (Denver). They are my world and they love being at Paws as much as I do!
I’ve been in the pharmaceutical industry for many years & I’m a Nuclear Pharmacy Technician full-time. A fun fact about me is I have a twin brother!
Adreanna, Daycare Specialist
My name is Adreanna and I work in daycare here at Paws. Paws is such a fantastic place and I am so happy and thankful to be a member here. It's hard to pick what I love most about Paws. The amazing work family, the loveable dogs, all the fun we have, and the differences that we are making in the world through our giving. A little about myself: I have 2 pitbulls- Indica and Charlotte. We pretty much do everything together. I love to hike, garden, hang with friends and family, longboard, draw and read. Anything involving nature and adventure I'm all in. I am currently in school to hopefully become a Veterinary Technician. I would love to do volunteer work and animal rescue someday! But until then I am blessed to be able to love and take the best care I can of all the fur children that come in! I feel truly blessed and you should feel confident leaving your babies with us because we love them like our own and they will have a blast!
Emily, Daycare Specialist
Hi my name is Emily, I work in daycare here at Paws! I absolutely love coming to work and getting to play with your fur babies every day! I have 2 dogs of my own: a 3-year old Black Lab named Eva, and an 8-year old half Lab/half Golden Retriever named Sam! I have always had a love for animals, so working here is a great fit for me! Along with working at Paws, I am also currently going to school for Radiologic Technology and I will start my clinicals in the fall at Avera McKennan Hospital here in Sioux Falls! In my free time I love camping, kayaking, traveling, and anything that involves being with my friends and family!
Sam, Boarding Specialist
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Katelyn, Daycare Specialist
Hi, my name is Katelyn and I work in daycare here at paws! Paws is such an awesome place to work, I am so glad to be a member here. I recently moved to Sioux Falls from Mason City, Iowa to be with my fiancé. I have one dog of my own: a Siberian Husky puppy named Freya! In my free time I love camping, hiking, traveling, and hanging out with my dog and fiance!
Madison, Boarding Expert
Hi, my name is Madison and I work in boarding and have helped out with daycare. Growing up, I’ve always had a passion for animals, especially dogs, so I knew this job would be a great fit for me. I have 3 dogs if my own. Their names are Dixie, Bailey, and Diesel. I am a member of Dock Dogs which is known as a K9 aquatics competition sport. That involves multiple disciplines you dog can compete in. My family and I travel throughout the Midwest to compete with other teams during the summer. My dogs have qualified to participate in the Dock Dogs World Championship to compete against other teams that come from all areas of the world. It’s an amazing experience that you never forget.
Hunting is another fun sport I love to do with my dogs. If there is anything with wings nearby, they’ll find it and bring it back to me.
Jordan, Boarding Specialist
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Sydney, Daycare Specialist
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Sydnie, Daycare and Boarding Expert
My name is Sydnie, I work in boarding here at Paws and I absolutely love it! I've been around animals all my life so working here is almost like a dream! I have a full time job as a patient care tech at Avera, so working here part time is a nice change. I have a rabbit named Lenny and believe it or not he's diabetic. When I'm not working you can find me doing homework, hanging out with family and friends, or playing with Lenny.
Addison, Training Apprentice
My name is Addison, graduated High school Class of 2020! I plan on attending Starmark Academy in Hutto, Texas to get certified as a professional dog trainer, and hopefully bring back a course of agility training. I am taking on some classes of my own with the guidance of our head trainer Sami Jo! Throughout my childhood, I have always been accompanied by dogs. I had realized how much dogs had impacted my life when my childhood dog passed away, I had then taken in a four-legged creature named Coors, that is when I found my passion for training. He is a German Short-haired Pointer, who is super crazy and is always ready to face challenges in the way. Paws Pet Resort is a true blessing and the employees here always have a positive attitude. My goal that I always strive to reach is to give people the same feeling I had as a child with my own dog which was having a supportive, well mannered, but also a happy dog.
Jersey, Daycare Expert
Hi, my name is Jersey and I work in daycare here at Paws! I have always loved animals and have been surrounded by them my whole life. I have had fish, turtles, lizards, frogs, guinea pigs, bunnies, dogs, and a horse. I now have my own dog, holy, who is a one-year-old sheep a doodle mix and my best friend! Working at Paws is my dream job and I’m so blessed to be able to come here every day. I was born in Minnesota, lived in Wisconsin, then move back to Minnesota before moving to Sioux Falls eight years ago. I am so thankful for the people here at Paws and look forward to the future God has planned for me!
Tasha, Daycare Specialist
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.
Sadie, Boarding Specialist
Hi my name is Sadie I’ve lived in Sioux Falls my whole life. I started working with dogs when I was 17 and I love every second of it, I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else! I have a mini Golden-doodle, Nila. We love going on adventures together! Some of our favorite things to do include hiking, kayaking and of course Nila’s favorite swimming at Paws! She’s the first pup in and last pup out. I love seeing all my “work puppies” as I call them every time I work. Each and every dog that I meet and work with has a special place in my heart. I love all the fur babies at work just as much as my own dogs. I truly love my job at paws and am happy every time I get to come to work and see all the puppies. That fill my life with joy!
Mitch, Daycare and Boarding Specialist
Hi, my name is Mitch, and work in both daycare and boarding here at Paws! I love getting to work with dogs all day in the awesome community that Paws has established. I’ve lived in Sioux Falls my entire life and I have two dogs of my own, Archie and Cooper. Cooper is an English Lab who loves to lay-low and go for walks. Archie is an American Lab who thoroughly enjoys play time (especially daycare at Paws) and lounging in the sun. In my spare time, I enjoy playing guitar, working out, and spending time with family. I am about to finish high school and am looking to the future, but I am excited to see what God has in store for me in the years ahead!
Abbigail, Daycare and Boarding Specialist
Bio coming soon.
Noah, Boarding Specialist
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Gabby, Boarding Specialist
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Meredith, Daycare Specialist
Hello, my name is Meredith! I’m very excited to be a part of Paws and work with all the wonderful people and dogs that come through daycare each day. Paws provides a fun and caring work environment. I have always felt a good connection with animals especially dogs! When I’m not at Paws you can find me assisting dance lessons here in Sioux Falls and Crooks SD, hiking with friends, or simply hanging out with my fur-babies!
Kensington, Daycare and Boarding Specialist
Hi my name is Kensington! I work in daycare and boarding and my job is always super fun! I feel incredibly blessed to be in the type of environment we have here. I love working with dogs, and I actually have 2 dogs of my own that I love the absolute most. They are sibling Boston Terrier/Pug mixes named Baxter and Stella. I plan on my future involving animals and working at Paws is for sure an awesome fit for my life! Outside of work, you can definitely see me spending time with friends and family, playing with my dogs, drawing, or traveling! I am excited to see what my future holds!