Meet The Team
Here are the dedicated individuals who make up our team at OPK, home of Barks & Rec and more. With a passion for dogs and years of experience in the field, our team is committed to providing the best experience for our clients.
Read more about our roles!
How did we get here?
Mandy founded SevaDog Rescue back in 2013, which was inspired by years of fostering and volunteer work. Forming the organization into a forever home rescue, her goal was to give the gift of family to dogs who never had one, even if they never were adopted.
Nonprofit work is built on passion, not profit. But to support a family, money has to come from somewhere. Especially when your family is growing with dogs that show up with a series of medical issues.
This fact caused us to take a unique look at our fundraising tactics. Instead of asking for money, we figured people would rather put their money towards services with dog experts. Supporting their family dynamics and relationships with their dogs through training and socialization.
We had an idea, a former dog boarding property for sale around the corner, and a great name! So then we founded:
Barks & Rec
Our goal of B&R is to take proceeds from every boarding, and daycare client. And funnel a portion to the rescue, continuing our efforts of rescue. As well as turning Orchard Point Kennels into a welcoming space for all who utilize our services at OPK. Also using the space for hosting other dog experts in the area to share the yards and their expertise with our community.
Thank you for reading, and we look forward to you joining the
Barks & Rec Family
Being a founder of her own dog rescue, Mandy is beyond committed to loving all dogs that come through our doors. Her number one priority at Barks & Rec is safety, closely followed by fun. Being a mom, it's very easy for her to love all of our guests as her own. Rest easy knowing that at the end of the day, all camp decisions must get a Mandy stamp of approval.
Erik is how our team remains positive at all times. Coming in everyday with a big smile and joyous attitude, he has come to be an anchor for our team. This attitude is carried into his work with dogs. He provides an encouraging and safe space for the dogs to be trained in. As well as play during our down time.
K9 Success Coach
Ryan is all about community. Meeting you and your family, and supporting the strengthening of that relationship through training. With over seven years of experience, and a recent refresher of his certification. Ryan radiates a calm, and confident demeanor that makes training with any dog a great experience.
If you're looking to make things official when you come to stay, Jonah will be your guy. He works on the behind the scenes. Making sure the website is updated, checking in clients & their dogs, and working on our next steps to make your experience better. When he's not on the computer, the dogs hangout with him while he's working on projects.
Our team member with the best connection to any and all dogs, is Emma. Her ability to identify various signs of behavior, and adjust her aura to maintain a positive space for dogs is unmatched. Working in training, daycare, and boarding, she continues to fine tune her 8+ years of hands on experience with dogs every day.