Meet Our Team

Owners

Margy Schmidt
Margy SchmidtOwner
Besides loving dogs of all types, I love to cook, flower arrange, do yoga, spend time with family & friends & travel. My faith is an important part of my life, as is my family at the Green Beagle Lodge.
Tammy Purner
Tammy PurnerOwner
I grew up around all types of animals. Owning the Green Beagle Lodge has been a dream job. Aside from the Lodge, I am a flight attendant and love traveling. My faith and family are my priority.

Managers

Ryan Blackwell
Ryan BlackwellBusiness Development Manager
Ryan has lived all over North Carolina but now calls Chapel Hill home. He lives with his terrier mixes Charles and Lexi. He has worked in the animal care industry for over 18 years. In his spare time he enjoys being outdoors and trying new local restaurants.
Kathleen Marshall
Kathleen MarshallGeneral Manager
Born in California but a Tarheel by choice, I have been a part of the Lodge family since 2014. I love camping, crafting, and working in the garden with my two dogs and three cats.
Meghan McClain
Meghan McClainOperations Manager
Meghan is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan and relocated to North Carolina by way of IBM’s “I’ve Been Moved” program. Meghan graduated from UNC – Greensboro with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management. Meghan joined our Lodge family in March 2015. In her spare time, Meghan enjoys various crafts and has a soft spot for Cocker Spaniels. She adopted Ida, her spunky little diva, in July 2016. You will find Ida at the front desk, often begging for a treat (or three).
Amanda Ashley
Amanda AshleyCustomer Service Manager
I am a coffee addict and I have an obsession with boots! I love my husband, my new son Andrew, dogs, crafts and road trips.
Bruvone Hill
Bruvone HillDaycare Manager
Bru is one of our most experienced trainers and leads our Academy! Bru has 15 years of experience working with dogs, both professionally and personally. He has two sons and several pups. He has worked at the Lodge since 2014.
Michele DeJoe
Michele DeJoeBoarding Manager
Michele is ecstatic to be a part of the GBL family and contribute to the quality of care provided to each guest through ensuring they are safe, loved, and respected. She brings 10 years of experience in animal care management along with 17 years of retail merchandising and multi-store management. Michele has two children-Walter, her squishy-faced English Bulldog and Fenris, her saucy Papillon mix.
Joshua Hendricks
Joshua HendricksFacilities Manager
Josh grew up in Florida. He moved to N.C. in 2013. He is a jack of all trades with a background working in restaurants, on farms, plumbing, air conditioning and landscaping.
Jessica Hayes
Jessica HayesCommunications Manager
Jessica is from West Virginia and holds her B.A. in English from Roanoke College. She lived in Portland, ME and Barcelona, Spain before moving to North Carolina in 2008. Raised by a dog trainer, Jessica has enjoyed the observation of dogs throughout her lifetime. Jessica photographs our pups during playtime and maintains our social media pages. She is the proud mama of a wacky little pibble named Kaylee (not pictured) and forever a mama in spirit to Roscoe (aka BayBay), the greatest Boxer who ever lived.
Kelsi Clark
Kelsi ClarkCustomer Service Manager
I have loved animals since the start! I worked at a vet as soon as I could get my worker’s permit and adore animals. When I’m not at work, I’m striving to get my Associate’s Degree at Durham Tech so I can pursue Criminology. GBL is truly my home away from home.

Supervisors

Kory Parks
Kory ParksPack Supervisor
Born in Alamance County, Kory has been a member of our Lodge family for four years. Kory loves all dogs, with an especially soft spot for his Beagle named Lynard, Rottweilers, and Shepherds. He can be found in the yards with the entire pack following happily behind him, and is usually entertaining the entire staff with his goofy outbursts.
Paula Fratazzi
Paula FratazziPack Supervisor
I’m currently a student at ACC working towards an Animal Science degree. When I’m not playing with my favorite dogs at GBL, you can typically find me at the barn riding or spoiling my horse! I also enjoy road trips and animal training.
Celina Vinsant
Celina VinsantPack Supervisor
Celina grew up in South Carolina and is a life-long dog and horse lover. She is recently married and the proud mama of a rescued German Shepherd named Sapphira.
Rachel Thurman
Rachel ThurmanBoarding Supervisor
Animals have been my passion throughout my life, from the early years of dreaming big while reading Animorphs books (turning into animals is still my chosen superpower!)- to a bachelor’s degree in Biology: Wildlife Rehabilitation and additional internships and volunteer work in a variety of zoos and sanctuaries, and now my amazing job at the GBL! In my free time I enjoy various nerdy pastimes including reading, writing, photography, and creating costumes of my favorite characters in animation.
Mallory Nelson
Mallory NelsonFront Desk Supervisor
Mallory is one of the original Green Beagle employees! Born in South Pasadena, California, she visited her aunt and uncle every summer here in Chapel Hill and now lives nearby. She is mom to her fur baby Carbon, a Shepherd mix.
Jonathan Alonzo
Jonathan AlonzoBoarding Supervisor
I have lived in several states including California and New York, but I was raised in NC. I love music and learning new things: so far I know my way around the guitar and bass and absolutely love to travel. The reason I work with dogs is because I love interacting with them and seeing their personalities shine, especially the senior dogs! I also have two family dogs: Max, our 2-year-old Husky, and Bonji, his 1-year-old Havanese/Terrier sibling.
Hope Polenica
Hope PolenicaBoarding Supervisor
I have been a pet-parent my entire life, and have worked in the animal care industry for 10 years. I’ve had the joy of adopting and fostering critters ranging from dogs & cats, to ferrets, guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, mice, & an iguana.
It’s easy to count my blessings and find special meaning in each day when pets are there to brighten, and enrich the moments.
Megan Talbert
Megan TalbertPack Supervisor
I am a 20 year old, North Carolina native and a Tar Heel through and through. A proud dog mom to Elliot, who I adopted in October, 2017. My love for dogs all began with hands-on experience through my family’s professional boarding kennel and with them became involved in the dog show world. I am driven by my ambitions and eager to learn what matters most, and who better to teach me than a dog?!
Matt Kennedy
Matt KennedyPack Supervisor
Matt was born and raised in Durham, and has been an integral part of our Lodge family for over three years. He loves Rottweilers, Saint Bernards, and playing pranks on his coworkers.
Chelsea Lineberry
Chelsea LineberryBoarding Supervisor
I have always loved animals of all shapes and sizes, and that love has inspired me to earn my Associate’s Degree in animal care and then further my future into becoming a Vet Tech! I am excited every day to go to work because I know that I will be surrounded by fun coworkers and loving dogs and spunky cats.

Front Desk Customer Service

Shevonn Hinshaw
Shevonn HinshawCustomer Service
I was born and raised in N.C. I have two crazy red-headed boys who love to drive Mommy crazy (sometimes). I am a CrossFit junkie and I also enjoy crafting, summertime, NFL, hanging out with friends and of course, playing with all the animals.
Samantha Brown
Samantha BrownCustomer Service
Sam was born in Mebane and continues to enjoy being a part of the Mebane community with husband, Shawon. Sam joined our GBL customer service family in May 2018. She is currently studying Veterinary Science at Guilford Tech, and hopes to transfer to NC State to complete her degree.
Christine Wilkos
Christine WilkosCustomer Service
Originally from CT but born to be Southern; I moved here in 2001 with my now grown children Courtney and Kyle. I grew up with a deep love of animals (especially horses). After moving down here I started working at a local horse stable caring for 26+ horses for four years. From there I migrated into the Veterinary world working as an assistant/receptionist over the past 10 years. At the age of 30 I adopted/rescued my very first horse Brego. Along with him, I have five rescue dogs and four cats. I am looking forward to the next chapter in my life here at Green Beagle Lodge.
Leah Brightly
Leah BrightlyCustomer Service
Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, Leah started working with animals on a farm when she was 15. She has 6 years’ experience working with dogs an cats, and is enrolling in college for animal care management. She’s a proud full-time mommy to Willow, and she has six dogs at her mom’s house!
Ashley Knight
Ashley KnightCustomer Service
Born and raised in Raleigh, Ashley joined Green Beagle in 2016. She is the proud mama of Abigail and Ashtyn, two adorable little hoomans,
Elise Ashkin-Baker
Elise Ashkin-BakerCustomer Service
Elise Ashkin-Baker is a Senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying Political Science and African American Studies. She is on the pre-law track and intends to dedicate her life to criminal justice reform. She is also Co-Director of a non-profit that provides educational extracurricular activities to underserved youth. When she isn’t working she spends a lot of her time volunteering, playing with her dog Blair, and going to the beach!
Charlie Farrar
Charlie FarrarCustomer Service
Born and raised in North Carolina, Charlie is a graduate student and lucky dog parent of Koda and Tuna. Charlie joined the Green Beagle Lodge family in April 2019, and can’t wait to meet your furbaby!

Lodge Liaisons

Meredith Kimple
Meredith KimpleBlog Editor and Lodge Liaison
Meredith Kimple is a Durham native and graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill (2015), where she majored in English and Dramatic Art. Bringing the Lodge’s colorful cast of characters to life on the blog combines two of her greatest interests: writing and squealing over cute dogs. When she’s not thinking like a beagle, she enjoys reading, studying foreign languages and (window) shopping. Meredith loves sending our parents boarding updates and writing report cards for your pup’s first day!
Matt Francis
Matt FrancisLodge Liaison
I’m a goofy, artsy dog dad born and raised here in the Piedmont. I love to hike, ride horses and paint. I’m always on the go with my dogs and friends!

Pack Leaders

Kari Corns
Kari CornsPack Leader
Kari is a longtime member of our Green Beagle family, and we don’t know what we’d do without her! She lives in Chapel Hill and is the proud mom of her Rottweiler, Sheldon.
Anna Casadonte
Anna CasadontePack Leader
Anna has a natural talent when it comes to all of our furry friends, and she’s always willing to make that extra effort to help her fellow Green Beagle Family members.
Walter Pham
Walter PhamPack Leader
Walter was born in North Carolina and has been a part of our Lodge family since November 2015. He enjoys video games, antique weaponry, and crafts.
Colleen Kretzschmar
Colleen KretzschmarPack Leader
I’m a transplanted Marylander who loves all animals and lives in my own personal zoo. I have four dogs, four cats, four horses, and two fish tanks.
Colleen Darcy
Colleen DarcyPack Leader
I love reading, all kinds of animals, video games, and pranking my boyfriend!
Michelle Bigley
Michelle BigleyPack Leader and Customer Service
Michelle was born in San Diego, California and moved to North Carolina in 2017. She joined our Lodge family soon after she landed, and she can be found leading the packs in her yards or welcoming guests behind the front desk. She enjoys her role as dog mom to a zany Husky mix named Anna, and her laugh can be heard all the way down the hallways.
Dallas Thomas
Dallas ThomasPack Leader
Born in Indiana, Dallas now lives in Durham with his fiancee. They have a Frenchie named Archie and a German Shepherd named Tedi.
Ian Lohrman
Ian LohrmanPack Member
Ian was born in Rochester, NY and moved to the Chapel Hill area three years ago. He enjoys video games such as The Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy, and reads and writes in his spare time. Ian’s favorite breeds include Bernese Mountain Dogs, Pit Bulls, Great Danes, Ridgebacks, and Mutts.
Megan Terry
Megan TerryPack Leader
Megan joined GBL in March of 2018.

Pack Members

James Parker
James ParkerPack Member
I like hunting, fishing, muddin’, off roading, country music, going to church and working at Green Beagle Lodge.
Sophie Schmidt
Sophie SchmidtPack Member
Sophie is a student at Alamance Community College, with an interest in C.A.D. She grew up in Chapel Hill and graduated from East Chapel Hill High School. Sophie loves music, traveling, and her goofy dog Bing.
Richard Scoltock
Richard ScoltockPack Member
Long-time (43 years) Chapel Hill resident, UNC graduate and die-hard Carolina fan, and recent retiree from the UNC School of Dentistry, I have been lucky enough to find my perfect retirement job-working at the Green Beagle Lodge as both a “Pack Member” and “Boarding Assistant”! I can think of no better way to spend a day than playing with and taking care of lots of happy dogs and cats!
Will Christians
Will ChristiansPack Member & Boarding Assistant
I love theater, math, animals and video games. I have a 17 year old blind, deaf Springer Spaniel who I first befriended at the age of 2. I am a member of the Amherst College class of ’22, where I plan to learn math and more about the world around me.
Zachary Hodges
Zachary HodgesPack Member & Boarding Assistant
I love every animal I meet, especially dogs. There has not been one day in my life my family has not had a dog (or three). Any animal we find in need, we’ll try to help.
Tyler Curtis
Tyler CurtisPack Member
Tyler was born in Walnut Creek, California. He’s been a member of our lodge family for two years. Tyler is best known for cradling our larger, more rambunctious guests like happy babies.
Tramarq Epps
Tramarq EppsPack Member
Tremarq joined our Green Beagle family in August of 2018. Welcome, Tre!
Nora Stevenson
Nora StevensonPack Member
Born and raised in Raleigh, Nora joined our Green Beagle family in August of 2017. She is the proud mama of Pablo the Pitty, and is newly engaged to her sweetheart, Nate! Nora plans a career in animal services, and we love having her as a part of our team!
Nicholas Hodges
Nicholas HodgesPack Member
Nick joined our Green Beagle in November 2018. He lives in Pittsboro with his family and four pups!
Gillian Bryant
Gillian BryantPack Member
Gillian’s sunny disposition brightens up evevn the rainiest days. She joined our Green Beagle family in 2018, and is always willing to lend a hand or a smile. Thank you, Gillian!
Rachel Vanderlely
Rachel VanderlelyPack Member
Originally from Ottsville, PA, Rachel moved to North Carolina in July of 2018. She has just finished her training in the U.S. Army, and she’s the proud mom of Clark, the miniature poodle.
Melissa Kizior
Melissa KiziorPack Member
Melissa came to Green Beagle in March of 2019! She has been working with animals for two and a half years, and is currently going to school for her Veterinary Assistant Certificate. She would also love to get back into dog training as well! She has a rescued Australian Cattle Dog named Brady, and a Tabby Kitten named Sammie! In her spare time, she loves to take Brady on hikes around the area, and have lazy days inside with her pets. Melissa is thrilled to be a part of the Green Beagle family, and looks forward to meeting all the new fur babies at the Lodge!
Chris Connor
Chris ConnorPack Member
Born in Boulder, Colorado, Chris and his partner have lived in the Triangle area for 27 years. He joined our Lodge family in April of 2019!
Lisa Shields
Lisa ShieldsPack Member
Lisa loves being outdoors and spending time with her little girl. She rides horses and loves to hunt and fish!
Siarra Sveum
Siarra SveumPack Member
Originally from Virginia Beach, Siarra has been in the Triangle for 6 years now, currently calling Durham home. Having been an animal lover all of her life, she also currently works as a veterinary assistant. She has two fur sons, a Boston terrier named Mulder and a big orange cat named Milo!

Boarding Assistants

Luke Prokop
Luke ProkopBoarding Assistant
I just finished my sophomore year of high school. I live in Chapel Hill with my parents and my brother who works at GBL. I love fishing, golfing and spending time outdoors. I love working with dogs and other animals.
Maia Szulik
Maia SzulikBoarding Assistant
I’m currently getting my Master’s in Anthrozoology and getting certified as a translator/interpreter. I have loved all animals my entire life, and am now a proud dog mom to Bubba, the Boston Terrier (who is bilingual!). In my free time, I enjoy volunteering at Animal Protection Society, watching movies, traveling, or going to the dog park. A fun fact about me is that I speak three languages: Spanish (I’m from Argentina), Hebrew, and French.
Lauren Gress
Lauren GressBoarding Assistant and Pack Member
I am currently a student at UNC and am struggling to learn Arabic and Japanese. I have two lovely cats that sadly live with my parents, so I will love your cats as much as I do my own. I enjoy playing with my cats, reading, and flower arrangement.
Nathan Franklin
Nathan FranklinBoarding Assistant
Nathan has been a member of our Green Beagle family for three years. He lives in Durham and loves spending time with the Happy Littles!
Zack Morel
Zack MorelBoarding Assistant
Zack is from Chapel Hill and has been a UNC fan his whole life. He loves animals and is currently pursuing a career in the animal field. He loves to be outside, especially when playing basketball or lacrosse!

Groomers

Briana Sercy
Briana SercyGroomer
Briana has worked for the Lodge since 2014, working in every area of the business. In the summer of 2016 she went to grooming school through Ruff Housing in Clemens. She has a beautiful little girl and many four-legged babies.
Jessica Cameron
Jessica CameronGroomer
Jessica earned a degree in Sports Administration before joining the Pet Care Industry. She began as a bather with PetsMart for three years before deciding to further her education in pet grooming through PetsMart’s Grooming Academy. After four years grooming at PetsMart, Jessica went to work at a private groom shop to continue to further her craft. During the four years at the private grooming salon, Jessica continued her education by attending different grooming shows and conventions around the country. She enjoys attending classes in hair coloring, standard breed cuts, and continues to compete in different grooming competitions at these shows.

Facilities Maintenance 

Robert Glosson
Robert GlossonFacilities Maintenance
Robbie loves animals, especially his rescue feral kitties and his dogs. He’s a dedicated member of our Facilities team, and he works hard to keep the Lodge clean and in tip-top shape!
Auggie Martinez
Auggie MartinezFacilities Maintenance
Auggie is a longtime member of our Green Beagle family. He helps keep the Lodge clean and running smoothly, and he’s always willing to help. Thank you, Auggie!
David Graham
David GrahamFacilities Maintenance
David joined Green Beagle in January 2019. He loves all animals, especially dogs!