Meet Our Staff

VICKY OVERTON
VICKY OVERTON

Blue Ribbon Boarding Kennels was founded by Victoria Overton 38 years ago.  With the same passion for animals as the day that she opened the doors, Vicky works hard to make sure your pets are well taken care of. Whether you pets are being boarded, groomed, or playing daycare, Vicky takes great pride in the business she has built and the service she provides to your furry friend.

MELISSA MAHON
MELISSA MAHON
JESSICA SNIFFIN
JESSICA SNIFFIN
CASSANDRA THARAU with DUKE
CASSANDRA THARAU with DUKE

Casey main role at BRBK is grooming, however she has the knowledge and experience to work in the kennel and daycare.  She is board certified from Animal Behavior College to groom all dog and cat breeds. Casey began her residence at BRBK in 2007 as a Nonnewaug Vo Ag student.  After graduation, she sought certification to groom professionally in 2012.  She is a certified veterinarian assistant and is authorized to administer pet first aid and CPR for dogs.  At BRBK, her chief goal is to make your fur baby look and feel their best.

Dena Werling
Dena Werling

Dena is an avid animal lover.  Owning dogs since she was four years old, she always knew her career would be in the animal care industry.  Dena joined the BRBK staff as a vet science high school student in 2010.  Today, she is in college and has transitioned from bathing and grooming services to daycare management; organizing doggy play groups, taking dogs on soothing walks, and supervising daycare guest.  Dena intends to make animal care a full-time profession.  As an integral member of the day care team, she is often sent to pet care seminars and conferences, keeping BRBK abreast of the latest trends in day care services.  She loves learning about dogs and how they behave in a variety of surroundings and circumstances.

KAITLYN SAMELA
KAITLYN SAMELA

Animals have always been Kaitlyn’s passion.  She is a certified dog groomer from Animal Behavioral College with over three years’ experience grooming all breeds of dog.  Since 2013, she provides BRBK with full grooming services – cleaning, clipping, haircuts — on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Kaitlyn’s nurturing personality is appreciated by the staff and our four-legged friends.

MYRANDA DUDLEY
MYRANDA DUDLEY

Myranda’s has been with BRBK for two years.  She joined the staff as a Vo Ag student interested in veterinarian science.  She works hands on to ensure every guest is happy and well cared for during their time at BRBK.  Her main responsibilities are in the kennel division, where she feeds and exercises boarders, dispenses medicine, and arranges play groups.   As a student of veterinarian science, she has knowledge of all dog breeds and is especially passionate about animal rescue.

CARLI MITCHELL
CARLI MITCHELL

Carlie is BRBK’s “Cuddler in Chief”.  Since 2013, this Nonnewaug high school student supplies belly rubs, provides one-on-one play, and takes dogs on individual nature walks.  As a kennel assistant, her enthusiasm for animals makes her a jack of all trades.  Carlie pets, feeds, and exercises BRBK’s boarder guests, administers oral medication, and organizes compatible play groups.

BERNADETTE MAXWELL
BERNADETTE MAXWELL

For the last three years, Bernadette has been part of BRBK’s grooming team, helping with day to day grooming tasks.  As an employee at Nonnewaug High School she knew of BRBK’s affiliation with the Vo Ag program and often kept Booger (“If you knew him, you’d know why his name is Booger…!”) in BRBK day care. Bernadette transitioned from customer to groomer and knows how important grooming is to keeping a happy, healthy pet.

JESSE HUNGERFORD
JESSE HUNGERFORD

I have been around animals my entire life.”  Jesse is a true animal lover who grew up spending lots of time around animals of all size and shapes on her family farm.  She joined the BRBK staff as a Vo Ag student four years ago.  Jesse assists in all the duties of the kennel and day care program.  She feeds and exercises boarder guests and arranges doggy play groups.  Jesse also takes dogs on nature walks and provides individual play time.