Otterbein University                                                                                                                                      Westerville, OH

BA Equine Business Management                                                                                                    August 2011 – May 2015


Katie's Canine Connection                                                                                                                  Westerville, OH

Owner, Lead Trainer                                                                                                                               Jan. 1 2017 - present

  • Conducting evaluations of dogs and their owners to better help them with training.

  • Teaching pet dog owners how to handle and train their dogs.

  • Assisting owners in training and rehabilitating aggressive canines.

  • Marketing: website development, social media management, etc.

Buckeye Service Dogs                                                                                                                              Sunbury, OH

Lead Trainer                                                                                                                                            Nov. 2013 - present

  • Conducting trainer meetings and assisting with instruction of dog/client teams.

  • Training and socializing service dogs using techniques to suit both the dog and client, sometimes coming up with new, innovative ways to teach tasks.

  • Oversight of dogs in training. Including general health, grooming and veterinary care.

  • Revamping marketing tools: pamphlets, training guide, letterhead, etc.


Willow Wood Pet Resort and Training Center                                                                      New Albany, OH

Senior Trainer                                                                                                                                March 1 2016 – Dec. 30 2016

  • Training in basic and advanced obedience through programs including “Lodge & Learn,” single private lessons at the facility or client’s house, and conducting obedience classes.

  • Behavior modification including severe aggression cases- dog aggressive and human aggressive.

  • Follow up lessons, phone calls and emails to ensure customer satisfaction.

  • Sales and marketing of training programs and training tools.

  • Lodging duties including let-out, cleaning kennels and checking the well-being of dogs and cats.


Talbert Reptiles                                                                                                                                            Sunbury, OH

Keeper                                                                                                                                                      Nov. 2013 – Dec. 2015

  • Care of 100+ ball pythons ranging from new clutches to 7 year olds - feeding, cleaning, watering, etc.

  • Husbandry of large rodent colony (rats, mice and gerbils) to feed pythons – feeding, cleaning, watering, breeding, medical intervention, etc.

Lew Dye Farm                                                                                                                                              Sunbury, OH

Internship                                                                                                                                              Sept. 2014 – April 2015

  • Lived on and individually managed a 112 acre facility while property owner was away.

  • Husbandry of a herd of beef cattle, sheep, and horses.

  • Assisting ewes during birth and administering colostrum and milk replacement to lambs once born.

  • Equipment operation, facility maintenance and upkeep of barns, fencing, and landscape.

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities                                                                   Westerville, OH

Full Time Summer Care Giver                                                                                             May 22nd 2014 - August 25th 2014

  • Supervise and provide care and assistance to disabled teen with multiple behavioral impairments.

  • Provide emotional support to prevent outburts and intervene as needed in the event an outburst cannot be avoided.

  • Document daily activities and monitor habits and moods of client for family and counseling staff.


Blackbird Farm and Horse Boarding                                                                                                  Franklin, OH

Summer Intern                                                                                                                          May 20th 2013 – Aug. 21st 2013

  • Barn management: Care for horses, dogs, chickens, rabbits, cats.

  • Lesson planning, teaching, maintenance, meeting individual needs of horses and their owners.

  • Solely responsible for all chores and entire farm for a week while owner was out of town.

Otterbein University                                                                                                                             Westerville, OH

  Student Mail Center – Work Study                                                                                              August 2012 - May 2014

  • Sorting, sending, delivering and organizing mail, sending reports for incoming packages.

  Athletic Department – Work Study                                                                                             September 2011-May 2013

  • Desk work for football coaches, sorting paperwork, work events such as track meets.            


YMCA Camp Kern                                                                                                                                       Oregonia, OH

Wrangler                                                                                                                                                             2005 - 2010

  • Volunteered for two years before being hired.

  • Educational leader, trail guide, lesson planner.

  • Barn management, herd management (40-50 horses), boarder care, facility maintenance.

  • Work with disabled children and adults including: autism, down syndrome, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, narcolepsy, etc.


  • AKC approved CGC evaluator. Evaluator Number: 92071

  • Graduated Debby Kay’s 32 hour Diabetic Alert Dog course – intensive scent training.

  • Changed Otterbein policy to allow service dogs in training (SDIT) to live in resident halls.

  • Modified student housing forms to include option to live/not live in housing where an SDIT lives.

  • Events Coordinator for Otterbein Deaf Culture Club for six months.

  • Recruiting and mentoring new volunteer trainers for Buckeye Service Dogs.

  • Experience with exotic animals including Patagonian cavy, kangaroo, camel, zebu cows and more.

  • Otterbein Debate Team – end of freshman year to end of sophomore year.

  • Classical dressage training under horse master JP Giacomini, former Olympic trainer.

  • Eventing, hunt seat, fox hunting (no-kill club), English and Western pleasure experience.



  • Skilled to work for extended hours.

  • Canine and equine nutrition management.

  • Efficient in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Power Point

  • Able to safely haul large trailers and drive large vehicles and equipment.

  • Adaptable and efficient under pressure, including conflict resolution.

  • Sound understanding of equine and canine facility management.

  • Outstanding ability to implement all safety rules.

  • Influencing, leading and delegating abilities.

  • Planning and organizational abilities.

  • Creative, insightful and innovative.

  • Strong networking skills.