Meet Our Team
Ron & Debbie Douglas, Owners
The Douglases are both animal lovers who were searching for a way to convert their passion into their livelihood. When they purchased Zionsville Country Kennel in 2010, they made that dream a reality. Along with pets Quinten and Trinity, they have moved in right next door to the kennel - in the home where former owners Jill and Dave Brattain lived, in fact. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue the tradition of loving service to the hundreds of adored pets that Jill and Dave have catered to for so long,” says Deb. “I look forward to getting to know every single pet and pet owner. The Brattains have told me that the Zionsville Country Kennel pet owners are the best group of people in the world, and I’m learning that they were absolutely right.”
Dennis Woodard, Kennel Manager
Dennis has been with Zionsville Country Kennel since 2004. He is formerly from the corporate world where he managed a warehouse for lawn equipment. Dennis is the proud owner of Bolt, a Cavalier King Charles who comes with him to work everyday.
Tasha Marshall, Kennel Manager
Tasha joined the Zionsville Country Kennel family June of 2007, working summers and then working through college. Tasha became the manager when she graduated from Marian University in 2013 with a degree in Sports Performance and Business.
Tasha graduated from Lebanon High school in 2007 and went on to pursue her basketball dream and played basketball at Taylor University for a year then transferred to Marian University where she finished out her career. While playing at Marian, Tasha broke two records in career assist and single season assist record. Tasha is also the head JV coach at Lebanon High school.
Tasha is a proud owner of 5 dogs; Sophie, Duke, Rolo, Dobey (you'll see in the front office when you come in), and Foxy. Also, proud owner of 3 cats; Weasley, Katniss, and Piper. Outside of work and coaching Tasha enjoys spending time with family & friends, racing, and the outdoors.
Leigha worked as a milk maid at a dairy farm in northern Indiana before she started at the kennel in April, 2015. After a year watching the dogs in Kennel Camp, she decided she wanted to make dogs her career, so she started going to the Animal Arts Academy (for grooming) at night and on her off days. She finally graduated as a certified groomer in August 2016. Now she is splitting her time between Kennel Camp and grooming as she works to build up her clientele. Leigha owns four dogs; Dexter, Macy, Vilah, and Kovu who all come with her to work each day. She also has two cats; Joseph and Czarina.
Valerie Woodard, Groomer
Valerie has been with Zionsville Country Kennel since 1996. She graduated from Animal Arts Academy in 1988 and became a Certified Master Groomer in 2001. She is a certified member of IPG (International Professional Groomers) and continues her education through grooming seminars and workshops. Valerie specializes in “fluff” breeds (poodles, bichons, etc.).
Nikki Davis, Groomer
Nikki has been with Zionsville Country Kennel since 2004. She graduated from Animal Arts Academy in 2010. Nikki was previously the kennel receptionist and is very excited to be grooming and still interacting with the customers.
While working full time as a property manager, Holly attended Animal Arts Academy and graduated in August 2009. She started working as a groomer part time at the kennel in late 2009 and full time in May 2014. Holly has a poodle and boxer of her own and enjoys working at ZCK because of the diversity of dogs and the fact that their owners are such devoted and loving caregivers.
Nanci Lindsey, Trainer
Nanci obtained her Dog Training Certification in 2012 and had been training in the private sector and group settings before joining the team here at Zionsville Country Kennel. She has been working with dog owners and families in basic obedience, behavior modification and advanced obedience for their four-legged family members. She brings a heartfelt desire and excellent education through Animal Behavior College to build fulfilling relationships, understanding and problem resolution skills into the lives of dogs and their families. Nanci is a Certified AKC CGC Evaluator, authorized to administer the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy program, CGC, AKC Community Canine (the advanced level of CGC), Urban CGC and Trick Dog tests. Nanci is located in our in Kennel Camp office so you can conveniently meet, schedule an assessment, sign up for our training classes or discuss any of our services available.
Susan Austin, Customer Service Manager
Susan is a happy servant to 5 dogs and 4 cats. A long time kennel camp and boarding parent of Kaya, Yogi and when behaving, Kyndra. She knows first-hand a tired dog is a good dog! Susan loves the northern breed doggies best, but her heart has been won over by many of our little dog boarders. Her outside dog training has focused on fearful and fear aggressive dogs and has made some of our fearful little ones her bff using that training. Susan has been greeting you at the front desk since February 2013 and also steps in as an assistant manager when needed.
As if that isn't enough, she's a volunteer for the Humane Society for Boone County responsible for fundraising and "other duties as assigned". She has fostered more than 55 dogs, a parvo pup and has lost count of the number of sick kittens and cats that have ended up at her house for care. To say she has gone to the dogs and cats is an understatement. Fur is an accessory to all her outfits!
Kari Woodard, Customer Service Manager
My name is Kari Woodard and I have been with the Kennel since the end of 2014. I currently have 5 Chihuahuas and 2 cats living with me, so if you cannot tell I have a place in my heart for animals! I am currently pursuing an associate's degree in criminal justice in hopes to make my way up to FBI. I am also currently a Horizontal Construction Engineer in the Indiana Army National Guard, which I enjoy very much! I still plan on working at the Kennel for as long as I can for the simple fact I really enjoy getting to know the customers and the animals. Everyone that comes here tends to make a place in our hearts!
Bree Deaver, Customer Service Manager
Hello! My name is Bree Deaver and I've worked here since February of 2010 in between high school and college. I am now taking online classes at Ivy Tech and working towards my BA in Business Administration. I have a dog, cat, cockatiel and two horses and all but the bird are rescues! I foster and volunteer for an Australian Shepherd rescue called ARPH and volunteer at the local Humane Society for Boone County. I am an active volunteer trainer for the Boone Country 4-H Dog Project but I am by no means a professional! One of the most rewarding feelings about working here is developing the relationships with the client and their animal(s). I hope to see you and your animal soon so we can love and care for it like they were our own!