Kari Campbell, CPACP, CPACM – 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 Certified Professional Animal Care Provider, Certified Professional Animal Care Manager, PSCA Advanced Certified Pet Care Technician, IBPSA Advanced Certified Canine Provider, IBPSA Advanced 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, CPACP, CPACM – 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 Certified Professional Animal Care Manager, IBPSA Advanced Certified Canine Provider, IBPSA Advanced Certified Feline Provider, 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, Oslo, and Tanky.
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.
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).
Allison Geiss – Daycare Teacher
Allison 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.
Katy Malone, CPACP – Daycare Teacher
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.
Alex Swalling – Daycare Teacher
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 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.
Travis Turner – Daycare Teacher
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.
Sarah Woods, Daycare Teacher
Sarah Woods was born and raised in Michigan. She moved to Alaska in 2009 to attend Alaska Pacific University, where she completed a bachelor’s degree in marine biology. She has always loved the outdoors, but moving to Alaska with the vast amount of adventures to behold was unlimited. Sarah spends her summers hiking, fishing, biking, and camping. From a young age she has had a love of animals, always begging her parents for just one more pet, though it never worked. Sarah explores the great outdoors with her chow/retriever mix Adora, and sometimes her other four-legged friend Diego the cat gets to come along too!
Melissa Burnett, On-Call Daycare Teacher
Melissa Burnett 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.
Carson Chruscicki, On-Call Daycare Teacher
Carson Chruscicki grew up in the Adirondack mountains of New York. She lived in Pittsburgh, PA and San Francisco, CA before wandering up north to explore Anchorage. Carson works part-time at Starbucks where she was scouted for Dog Tired. She is working on her BA in Spanish through ASU and plans to continue to medical school. Carson loves rock climbing, cooking, traveling, and going on bike rides with her beloved Boxer/Mastiff mix, Wesley. She met Wesley volunteering at a humane society in NY and drove up to Alaska in order to bring him along. Carson’s favorite hobby is sneaking pictures of her camera shy (but oh so photogenic) pup.
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.