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Meet the Team

Katelynn Kiefer
Front Desk Manager
Katelynn joined the Barkefellers family as a Hotel/Day Care Attendant in February of 2016. She made the move to Front Desk Attendant and then was promoted to Front Desk Manager. She’s currently a senior at Indiana State University.

Katelynn says she’s always had a love for animals. She has three dogs of her own. Belle is her oldest – a mutt who she rescued as a puppy. Callie – her 2 year old German Shepherd – is a Certified Therapy Dog who visits Countryside Meadows once a month. And her third furry baby is Tardis, a Boxer, who she also rescued!

When she isn’t busy working at the Front Desk, Katelynn enjoys reading good books and doing Therapy visits with Callie.
“I love working at Barkefellers because I get to see all the wonderful dogs and customers. Seeing the dogs get so excited when they arrive makes my day at work amazing!”
Emily Bills
Hotel Manager
Emily joined our Barkefellers family in April of 2013. She is a 2011 graduate of Avon High School and studied psychology at Ivy Tech Community College for 2 years, until she decided to devote all her energy to pursuing a career in Professional Pet Care Services.

Emily grew up with dogs in her home, so her pet care experience began with her own pets when she was still very young. Her first job was at a pet store when she was 15 – Emily wanted to learn even more about dogs – and she worked there for three years. She also gained pet care experience by providing pet-sitting services for family and friends.

Emily has two German Shepherds of her own; Diesel, an 8 year old male and Lacey, a 12 year old female. She also has a boxer, a 2 year old female named Lilly. They are the most loyal, protective, loving and goofy dogs she’s ever owned and they are her very best friends.

When she isn’t busy caring for the guests at Barkefellers, Emily just has to stay busy doing something – a self-described ‘busy-body’! She’s a very organized person who loves to plan activities, work out, and snuggle up watching movies. And of course, Emily spends lots of time with her dogs, either at the park or cuddling on the couch. Wherever she is – with her dogs is her ‘happy’ place!
“My favorite thing about working at Barkefellers is how much I love getting to know all of the different dogs’ personalities and their smiles. They have a way of cheering me up. I love my job more and more every day because of them!”
Tracey Persinger
Hotel Manager
Tracey joined the Barkefellers family in 2014 as a Hotel/Day Care Attendant. She is a graduate of Ben Dais High School.

Tracy got her start in caring for pets as a pet-sitter while she was still in high school. She’s worked at several other pet care facilities and now, with more than 13 years of professional pet care experience, Tracey says: “I’ve finally found where I belong here at Barkefellers!”

Animals have always been a big part of Tracey’s life. She currently has a gray tabby cat named Chloe.

Outside of work, Tracey loves to go to the park with friends and walk dogs. She also enjoys attending pet-related events like Mutt Strut. Tracey’s crafty, too! “I like to make wallets out of duct tape currently!”
“My favorite thing about working at Barkefellers is being able to care for the pets! I love knowing that people trust me to take the best care of their pet while they’re here! Coming to work is like therapy! It doesn’t matter if I’m having the worst day, as soon as I get to work, everything is great!”
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