Laurie Wright - Pawsident
Laurie has always had a love for animals, the outdoors and helping others. Through the years, she has owned various pets and is currently the proud “mom” of Siberian Huskies, a Golden Retriever and cats. Laurie loves Huskies because of their boundless energy, curiosity and zest for life and she’s enjoyed skijoring, biking and dog sledding with her Huskies, Milo, Moki, Murphy, and Mya.
Over the past six years, she has found it very difficult to find a dog retreat in the area equipped to handle her high-energy "fur kids". Because of the difficulty in finding an appropriate program, Laurie began her dream of creating a boarding and daycare facility with a large outdoor play area to keep her dogs active and happy.
Bark Bus Depot began as a transportation-only service for pets in a "groovy" tie-died bus. Then in 2014, she found the current location with its large outdoor areas close to downtown Naperville. She saw the opportunity to combine her love for canines and her passion for caring and nurturing. She knew this was the right place for her and her five active "fur kids" and their future friends! Laurie's philosophy of pet care is to keep them active, engaged and always growing and learning.
Laurie and her family are delighted to finally have a place for their beloved dogs. Max, Mya, Murphy, Moki and Milo are also happy to run and play in their new yard and they can't wait to have your furry family members join them in their new adventures!
Gretchen Ashley - Vice Pawsident/ Marketing Specialist
Gretchen brings to the Bark Bus Depot a true love of all animals! Gretchen successfully ran a dog walking and petsitting business in South Naperville before becoming a full time Realtor. The opportunity came about to join forces with Laurie at this great new location and most of her clients transitioned over and are very happy. Kendall, her daughter can also be found working at BBD since its opening.
Sam Resh Daycare
Sam has a passion for animals, especially dogs, she is the kennel supervisor at BBD and has a fur baby of her own, Lola - who accompanies her to work daily. She has 7 years of dog handling experience and has worked at various doggy daycares. Sam is certified in Canine Aqua Therapy. Her passion in life is taking care of animals and furthering her knowledge in all things dogs. She looks forward to meeting your amazing pups!!
Laura Scarff Project Manager
Laura has been working in the pet industry for over 12 years which has allowed her to interact with numerous breeds of dogs, cats, reptiles and other small animals. She is also a certified pet nutrition advisor and loves to help with diet recommendations. She also helps coordinate adoption events with local shelters and rescue groups. Over the years she and her family enjoyed German Shepard mixes and have now downsized to two small dogs and one cat! She is retired and loves to help when needed at Bark Bus Depot!!
Rose- Office Manager
Rose is our right hand here at BBD. As our office manager, Rose is the friendly voice you hear on the other end of the phone or face you see when you come into our office. Her extensive history in the pet care industry and love of all things with fur and 4 legs make her a valuable asset to the BBD team.
Jordan Daycare Specialist
Jordan has been working with dogs for 7 years and is very passionate about them. She has two little pups at home, Mikey and Tazer. She is certified in dog CPR and first aid. She treats every animal at bark bus like they are part of her family and will do anything possible to make them happy and feel loved!
Kendall Ashley Kennel Technician
Kendall is a WVHS student who has been here from day one. She has a special love for all of the dogs at BBD and can be seen as a permanent fixture over summers, holidays and weekends exercising, socializing and loving on our guests.
Lissette Aguilera Daycare Specialist
Lissette brings to Bark Bus Depot 6 years experience working with dogs in daycare and boarding. She is the mother of two little ones and has a pitbull named Malo.
Luana Ramos Kennel Tech
Luana has been working with animals of all sorts for 5 years. She has been a kennel staff member at BBD since March of 2019. She enjoys spending quality time with the dogs and makes sure they are well taken care of. Outside of work she is a foster mom that houses everything from Dogs to Sugar Gliders
Colleen Kelly Kennel Manager and Transportation Specialist
Colleen is our transportation guru and has worked at Help Save Pets shelter before coming in to help run our kennel. She is the mom of 5 kids and 6 fur friends.
Felisha Lozado-Liu Groomer
Felisha has been grooming for the last 4 years but has worked in the pet care industry for 9 years. She started volunteering at an animal shelter when she was 18. Her love of animals shows in her work and in her life she has two dogs, Toby and Zoey and three cats to keep her busy.
Bark Bus Depot staff are certified in pet CPR and first aid.
Interested in becoming part of the team? Fill out an application today.