Our Team

Kari Campbell, CPACP, CPACM, CPACO – Owner

Born in Santiago, Chile, and raised in Washington, Kari Campbell’s unique upbringing is matched by her unique professional experience as an accomplished opera singer, with an educational background in vocal performance. Having toured through Japan, Europe, and the United States, she has performed with several opera companies and orchestras. Although her education and singing experiences have been very rewarding, her lifelong dream has been to work with animals. In 2005, Kari founded Dog Tired Doggie Daycare.

She currently serves on the Professional Animal Care Certification Council Board of Directors, is a founding member of the Alaska League for Animal Welfare Standards, has volunteered with Friends of Pets, as a past president and board member, and a former board member on the Anchorage Animal Care & Control Center Advisory Board. In 2009 she served on Mayor Dan Sullivan’s transition team for the Department of Health and Human Services. Kari is a Certified Professional Animal Care Provider, Certified Professional Animal Care Manager, Certified Professional Animal Care Operator, PSCA Advanced Certified Pet Care Technician, IBPSA Certified Canine Specialist, IBPSA Certified Feline Specialist , Master Turdologist and Red Cross Certified in Canine CPR & First Aid.

Kari’s facility is a bright and vibrant place for pups to play, with the health, safety, and well-being of her guests remaining her top priority. Her passion is to provide the highest level of care for her clients through education, compassion, and communication. She shares her life with Newton, a French Bulldog.

Peg Banks, CPACP, CPACM – Daycare Manager

Photo by David Jensen Photography

Originally from Pennsylvania, Peg has lived in Alaska for over 35 years and joined Dog Tired in 2006. She has been a Friends of Pets volunteer since 1996, and is a past president and board member. She has experience in private animal boarding facilities and municipal animal shelters. She has completed Level 1 of the National Animal Control Training Academy, and the American Humane Association’s Shelter Operations School. Peg is a Certified Professional Animal Care Manager, IBPSA Certified Canine Specialist, IBPSA Certified Feline Specialist, PCSA Advanced Certified Pet Care Technician and is Red Cross certified in Canine CPR & First Aid. Peg’s passion is senior dog rescue and canine geriatrics. She has expertise in canine hospice care and pet grief support, and is a member of the International Association of Animal Hospice & Palliative Care. She currently shares her life with dogs Geneva and Tanky.

Alex Swalling, CPACP – Assistant Manager

IBPSA Certified Canine Specialist

Alex joined Dog Tired in August 2017. Born and raised in Anchorage, she returned from Washington to be closer to family. She holds bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and history from the University of Montana, and is working on her dog training certificate with Animal Behavior College. Alex is a PACCC Certified Professional Animal Care Provider, an IBPSA Certified Canine Specialist, and an IBPSA Certified Feline Specialist. Alex grew up with Golden Retrievers and a Shih Tzu, and has been a pet sitter for two years. While in Washington she became formally involved in dog training,  volunteering to help train service dogs for detection of Parkinson’s. She adopted a one-eyed cat named Ghus, who now also calls Alaska home.

Chris Burnett, Lead Daycare Teacher

IBPSA Certified Canine Provider

Chris joined Dog Tired in January 2018. Born and raised in Anchorage, he played competitive hockey for 17 years. He is currently attending the University of Alaska Anchorage, pursuing an associate degree in Radiologic Technology and a bachelor’s degree in Imaging Sciences. His family currently has three Lab mixes – Apollo, Athena, and Chris’ personal dog Stella who enjoys playing with her best friends at daycare in Shadow’s Station!

Melanie Carey, Daycare Teacher

Despite lots of relocating with her father’s military career, Melanie has called Alaska her home for over 25 years.  Melanie has an associate degree in Human Services and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She has a passion to help others, and is a devoted dog lover and avid gardener. Melanie and her husband Sean share their lives with five amazing dogs: Chloe and Tiger (Maltese), Tucker (Dutch Shepherd mix), Hera (German Shepherd) and Mimi (toy poodle mix).

Thomas Driscoll – Daycare Teacher

Thomas joined Dog Tired in March 2018. Born and raised in Anchorage, Thomas played hockey since the age of 4 and moved out of state for awhile to continue his hockey career. Now back home in Alaska, Thomas will be attending UAA to pursue a degree in Construction Management. Thomas lives with his black lab Willow, who thinks she’s still a puppy.

Katy Malone, CPACP, Puppy Power! Teacher

IBPSA Certified Canine Provider

Katy was born in Louisiana and grew up in Texas, where she earned bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and in sociology from Texas Tech University. She and her husband moved to Alaska in 1999 in search of the almighty dollar to pay off student loans. Katy has 11 years’ experience at a local boarding facility, providing individualized care for dogs and cats. She is an instructor of puppy classes at Alaska Dog Sports and enjoys teaching people how to have positive relationships with their puppies. Katy is a Certified Professional Animal Care Provider (CPACP) through PACCC. She is currently a board member and treasurer for the local non-profit organization Straw For Dogs, which advocates to provide assistance and improve conditions for pets living outdoors. She and her husband share their lives with Dallas, a 10-year-old Shepsky (Shepherd/Husky mix) adopted through Straw For Dogs.

Michelle Peterson – Daycare Teacher

Michelle was born and raised in Washington D.C., attended college at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and had been living in New York City for the last several years before seeking out a new adventure in the Great White North. Michelle studied music through high school and college, and is a classically trained singer with a love for jazz, funk, and rock n roll. Before coming to Anchorage, Michelle played a large role in rescue efforts and cared for animals at the New York based shelter, Bobbi & the Strays. She currently has a seven year old cat named Mingus Comma Charles.

Amber Robbins, Daycare Teacher

Born and raised in Anchorage, Amber joined Dog Tired in July 2019. She is certified in canine CPR and first aid. She started young when it came to caring for animals, raising orphaned kittens and training the family dog. She began working in animal care ten years ago at the Alaska SPCA. Amber was recognized as the top Rover.com dogsitter in Alaska from 2013-2016. Since then she has worked full time in dog daycare and boarding, and now has joined the DT team. Amber enjoys learning about canine nutrition, health, and training. She currently shares her life with Kirby, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

Travis Turner – Daycare Teacher

IBPSA Certified Canine Provider

Travis Turner joined Dog Tired in June 2017. He is originally from Stockton, CA and came to Alaska on a track and field athletic scholarship. He chose Alaska because it was the total opposite of his California life, and luckily it turns out that he loves it here! Travis holds an associate degree in child development from San Joaquin Delta College, and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business management at UAA. He misses his dog Chip back in California, but lives with two exuberant golden retrievers who are happy to occupy his attention.

Jenni Van Muijen – Lead Daycare Teacher

IBPSA Certified Canine Specialist

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Born in Southern California, Jenni grew up with sunshine and palm trees, but dreamed of snow-covered mountains. Almost 30 years later, Jenni finally bought a one-way ticket to Alaska, where she went to work as a dog handler for Iditarod Champion Dean Osmar. Over the course of 3 years, Jenni trained, cared for, and managed hundreds of sled dogs for competitive long distance racing. She next worked as a vet tech for 2 years before landing in Anchorage. Jenni is very active in dog training and competitive dog sports, competing in conformation, agility, obedience, herding, nosework, and flyball with her Australian Shepherds, Chevy and Banjo. She holds a bachelors degree in history from Cal Poly, and completes her family with retired racing sled dog Elim, and a tabby cat, Finn, adopted from the city shelter.

Melissa Summerfield, On-Call Daycare Teacher

Melissa Burnett and KiboMelissa Summerfield was born and raised in Anchorage, and loves adventuring through Alaska’s wilderness. She has an associate’s degree in business administration and accounting from Alaska Career College. Melissa’s passion for gymnastics led her to compete for ten years before an injury ended her athletic career. She has been around dogs her entire life, and is currently owned by Apollo, a husky/lab mix.

Lindsay Mondschein, On-Call Daycare Teacher

Miss Lindsay with Buddy FranklinLindsay joined Dog Tired in September of 2009. She grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Conisius College in Buffalo, NY, where she earned a degree in psychology and animal behavior science. Prior to moving to Anchorage, Lindsay was an adoption counselor at the Erie County SPCA matching families to their lifetime companions. She also interned as a zoo keeper at the Buffalo Zoo. Lindsay has two adopted dogs and a cat that now run her life. Lindsay is a PCSA Advanced Certified Pet Care Technician.

In Memory of Normandy Banks

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Normandy Banks was an integral part of Dog Tired operations. His office was always open to anyone in need of a hug, a kiss, a laugh or (one) listening ear. Norm was rescued in 2012 through Friends of Pets, and was a community booster who enjoyed visiting local businesses while on Dog Tired errands with Miss Kari. Pick up his business card in the lobby, and follow Norm’s daily activities on his Facebook page entitled ‘Moments of Norm.’ Normandy passed away unexpectedly on March 19, 2014.

In Memory of Shadow Pflaum

Chief, Dog Tired Fire Dept.

Photo by David Jensen Photography

Shadow Pflaum was extraordinary, entering daycare in January 2006 this amazing girl left her paw print on everyone she encountered. Shadow was an institution at daycare, the host of her own classroom, Shadow’s Station, and Chief of the Dog Tired Fire Department. Attending every day, we’ve shared 2,255 days or 21,453 hours. We have enrolled 1,175 dogs during her tenure and she greeted each with the same love and guidance. Not once was she in a disagreement with another dog and she raised countless puppies to be better adult dogs. While our hearts break that we lost her to cancer, we are forever grateful to her family for sharing her extraordinary soul with us. We count each moment we spent with her a blessing. Shadow passed away on April 19, 2015.