Kari Campbell – Owner
Born in Santiago, Chile and raised in Washington State, Kari is 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. Kari founded Dog Tired Doggie Daycare in 2005.
She currently serves on the Professional Animal Care Certification Council Board of Directors, Anchorage Animal Control Advisory Board, is a founding member of the Alaska League for Animal Welfare Standards, and has volunteered with Friends of Pets, and the Anchorage Animal Care & Control Center. In 2009 she served on Mayor Dan Sullivan’s transition team for the Department of Health and Human Services. Kari is a PSCA Advanced Certified Pet Care Technician, IBPSA Certified Canine Provider, IBPSA Certified Feline Provider , Master Turdologist and Red Cross Certified in Canine CPR & First Aid. Her passion is to provide the highest level of care for her clients through education, compassion and communication. She shares her life with a Pug/Boxer rescue dog, Tobe.
Peg Banks – Daycare Manager
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 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 Sophie, Tank, and Vienna
Jenni Van Muijen – Assistant Daycare Manager
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 Shepherd, Chevy. 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 Burnett, Daycare Teacher
Melissa Burnett was born and raised in Anchorage, and loves adventuring through Alaska’s wilderness. She is currently pursuing an associate’s degree in business administration and accounting at 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.
Allison Geiss – Daycare Teacher
Allison Geiss joined Dog Tired in January, 2017. Allison was born and raised in Pennsylvania, where she spent her childhood summers as an assistant at her mother’s dog grooming and boarding facility. She graduated from Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s degree in Art, but her path always led back to animals. While working at the Montgomery County SPCA and though raising her own pets, she gained first hand experience caring for (and learning from) many furry, feathered, and scaly creatures. Allison travelled to Anchorage in 2016 seeking a new adventure (with husband in tow), and she is happy to return to her roots caring for our favorite four legged companions.
Craig Miley – Daycare Teacher
Craig Miley, Daycare Teacher joined Dog Tired in October 2014. Despite having lived in Arizona for a few years due to his father’s military deployment, Craig considers himself to be all Alaskan. He is currently pursuing a BA in English and a minor in Creative Writing and Literary Art at UAA and aspires to be a published author. If there’s snow on the ground and there’s no homework to be done, Craig is also an avid cross-country skier. His love for animals started at an early age and has inspired him to work with them as much as possible. Craig has five-plus years of veterinary technician experience and is excited to use that to help all of his new, furry friends at daycare! When not working with animals, Craig can usually be found at home snuggling with his beloved Pit Bull buddy, Zero.
Mackenzie Northrop – Daycare Teacher
Mackenzie Northrop was born and raised in Arizona for 16 years before her family relocated to Alaska, her mother’s home state. She has become an all-Alaskan girl and enjoys snowboarding, hiking, biking, camping and adventuring across the state. Currently, she is pursuing a BA in International Studies with concentrations in French and ASL at UAA. She has dreamt of working with dogs since she was young and has followed her love for canines by adopting her ever-energetic Husky mix, Jasper, in 2011 and joining the Dog Tired team in May 2016.
Anna Sophia Roberts – Daycare Teacher
Anna Sophia was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and loves adventuring outdoors. When she isn’t spending time with family she can be found playing sports or hiking in the Chugach Mountains. Anna Sophia spent a year at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, studying biology and playing Division 1 soccer. She has since followed her heart back to Alaska, and joined the Dog Tired team in March 2016. She grew up with many pets and has always had a passion for animals. Anna Sophia currently shares her home with her two cats, Samuel Alexander and Baby.
Alex Wilson – Daycare Teacher
Alex was born in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and spent his first 20 years there. After high school, he ventured to Andrews University in Michigan. Though he did not choose to pursue his degree in aviation, he did choose to pursue his now wife, Danika! The two promptly packed up their belongings and trekked to Alaska to begin an exciting new journey at Dog Tired. Alex finds Alaska very much to his liking, and hopes to complete his Aviation goal and become a world class pilot, all with Mrs. Wilson by his side.
Danika Wilson – Daycare Teacher
Though she was born in historic Gettysburg, Danika considers Hamburg, PA her hometown. She grew up in a dog-loving home, and in her teen years did summer pet sitting for friends and neighbors. After high school, Danika connected with her roots and majored in history at Andrews University in Michigan. From there, she spent time in Tennessee and Virginia, exploring her career interests, as well as pursuing her now-husband, Alexander. The two married in September 2014, and chose to begin their lives together surrounded by beauty in the State of Alaska.
Lindsay Mondschein, On-Call Daycare Teacher
Lindsay 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
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.
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.