Our Team

Meet the amazing individuals who make

The Good Dog Spot great!

Elizabeth Staples

Elizabeth@gooddogspot.net
Job Title:  Managing Director
About Elizabeth: Owning The Good Dog Spot is quite literally Elizabeth’s dream come true. In her early twenties, she wrote a business plan to open a pet care facility with a mission to provide peace of mind to pet parents in the Pioneer Valley. She convinced a local bank to give her a loan and opened this facility in her late twenties (2007 to be exact). The business has grown from one employee to twelve, from zero to over two thousand clients, from two daycare dogs per day to over forty per day, from same day grooming appointments to booking up to two weeks in advance. Due to their growing business, TGDS has relocated, and recently completed another expansion and doubled their play space to ten thousand square feet. “Life is good. Our core values: passion, integrity and consistency are present in all aspects of the work we do.  I’ve loved every minute of it!”

Elizabeth is currently owned by three dogs – Raven, a ten year-old Dachshund-Chihuahua mix; Tubby, a six year-old Dachshund-Chihuahua mix (who is also Raven’s son!); and Buster, a four year-old Chihuahua mix (who was homeless and ended up at TGDS).  Her heart will forever belong to Haley, an American Staffordshire Terrier, who passed in 2014. Elizabeth and her husband Cory also have two salt-water fish tanks with a variety of fish including a Lion Fish, a Porcupine Puffer and basically the whole cast of Finding Nemo. Outside of TGDS she enjoys exercising (especially with Kettlebells) and trying new recipes to cook.  Elizabeth also loves spending time with her husband Cory, their daughters Grace and Haley (named as a tribute to her former pup), and of course…their dogs.

Cory Staples

Cory@gooddogspot.net
Job Title:  Director of Operations
About Cory:  First and foremost, Cory loves being a dad to their baby girls Grace and Haley.  He is also a huge sports fan!  He follows all New England teams, but especially the Red Sox and Patriots. He also currently plays softball and kickball.  He loves camping and spending time with his family and dogs. If you read Elizabeth’s profile, you know they have a house-full of pets!  His favorite part of the job at TGDS is learning all of the different aspects of the business: daycare, overnights, and grooming. There’s never a dull moment!

Thank you to Rachel Chaput Photography for the amazing family photo! Rachel Chaput Photography

 


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Kristie Harris
kristie.h@gooddogspot.net
Job Title: Pet Care Specialist
Joined the team: 2016
Location: Chicopee
About Kristie:Kristie’s favorite part about working at The Good Dog Spot is working with all the different dogs and learning their personalities. She has quite a few animals of her own including a horse, a dog, a cat, snakes, a gecko and fish! Outside of her job she loves to go horseback riding or be working and playing with her own dog and other pets!

 

 

 


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Lynne Molinari
lynne.m@goodogspot.net
Job Title: Kennel Assistant
Joined the team in: 2016
Location: Chicopee
About Lynne: Lynne is a lover of all animals with many pets of her own! Lynne has 4 dogs, 1 cat, 1 rabbit, 1 cockatiel, and 2 rats! Her favorite part about her job is working with and getting to know each dog that stays with us at The Good Dog Spot. She also enjoys working with the people and her co-workers.  When Lynne isn’t working she loves to pet sit, hang with her animals, go for a hike or head to the beach!

 

 


 

Cayla Brownv2Cayla Brown
Cayla.B@gooddogspot.net
Job title: Pet Care Specialist
Joined the team in: 2015
Location: Chicopee
About Cayla: Cayla is the owner of an adorable hedgehog named Logan, with whom she loves spending time with outside of work.  She also spends her time Irish dancing and enjoying the fresh air outside.  Cayla loves getting to steal love from all the dogs at The Good Dog Spot because she unfortunately cannot have one for herself.  She is passionate about making sure the dogs play in a safe environment all the while having lots of fun!  Cayla is proud to be pet first aid and CPR certified!

 

 

 


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Ellee Cass
Ellee.C@gooddogspot.net
Job Title: Pet Care Specialist
Joined the team in: 2015
Location: Chicopee
About Elle: Elle is a lover to all kinds of animals.  She enjoys spending time with dogs and horses.  Elle spends a lot of her time horseback trail riding and is hoping to enter some shows in 2016.  Elle has been a pet owner since 1991, and currently owns a 15-year-old dachshund named Guinness (you guessed it- he’s black and tan!).  Elle received her Certificate of Veterinary Assisting in 2014.  Elle says, “The training knowledge I am learning from my coworkers is priceless!  Watching a dog learn the sit command for the first time is pretty cool, too!”

 

 


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Jennifer Rueli
Jennifer@gooddogspot.net
Job Title:  Northampton Facility Manager
Joined the team in: 2014
Location: Northampton
About Jenn:  Jenn loves all animals, big and small, with dogs at the top of the list.  She grew up around many dogs and began pet sitting and volunteering at the MSPCA when she was 14.  Her love for dogs and her desire to help them continues to grow.  She has assisted in emergency animal rescues and fostered animals in need of healing from tragedy or illness.  She believes it’s our responsibility to help animals in need. She has four Chihuahuas: Toby age 11, Tasha age 6, Frankie age 4 and Jeter age 2.  She also has two cats, Lily and Max.  Jenn describes her pets as, “my little adopted children who have rescued me more than I have them.” She loves working at TGDS, stating “the people that work here are great, compassionate, team players who all have an extreme love of dogs. That is a common bond which is hard to find in one place and really makes it enjoyable to come to work each day.”  Her favorite part of the job is watching the friendships develop between the dogs and getting to know their personalities. She enjoys the birthday PAWties, paw prints, and holiday events.Outside of work she likes to spend time with her family and friends, reading, swimming, taking her dogs camping or hiking, and going to rock concerts. She is certified in pet emergency care and CPR and has completed the Dog Gurus Evaluation Course. She is currently a new student at ABC College for grooming.

 


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Kaila.S@gooddogspot.net
Job title: Pet Care Specialist/ Kennel Assistant
Joined the team in: 2015
Location: Chicopee
About Kaila: Kaila is not only a dog lover, but also a horse lover!  She is the owner of 1 dog, Stella a beagle mix, and 1 horse, Chico.  Outside of work Kaila loves to spend her time horseback riding and enjoying the outdoors.  She previously worked as a kennel attendant for 2 years where she fell in love with the job of caring for animals.Kaila has an associate’s degree in Equine Management from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMass Amherst.  Kaila says, “I love learning and working with each of the animal’s personalities. Every dog is a little different which makes them each special in their own way!”

 


Kathy Jarvis (2)Kathy Jarvis
Kathy.J@gooddogspot.net
Job Title:  Groomer
Joined the team in: 2014
Location: Northampton
About Kathy:  Kathy’s favorite part of the job is taking a dirty dog and making it handsome/pretty! She enjoys trail riding and camping with her horse and friends, spending time with her pups, reading, and playing in the barn. She has the best horse anyone could ask for, Lucy. Three dogs: Pumpkin, Heidi, and Dube. Three cats: Biscuit, Oliver, and Ziggy, and ten chickens! Kathy is extremely passionate about grooming and wishes she did not wait so long to start!  She studied grooming at the Canine Design School of Grooming and also has an associate’s degree in Equine Science.  Kathy is certified in pet first aid and CPR and also Blue Seal pet food certified.  She loves the amazing staff at The Good Dog Spot who became her second family and all the fur babies she gets to play with daily.

 


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Lisa Peloquin
Lisa@gooddogspot.net
Job Title:  Senior Groomer
Joined the team: In the very beginning of TGDS
Location: Chicopee
About Lisa: Lisa began her grooming career in 2001, leaving the medical assisting field after fourteen years.  She absolutely LOVES her job and truly believes she made the right choice.  She is a member of the New England Pet Grooming Professionals, and enjoys attending seminars and learning new skills for grooming.  She takes pleasure in volunteering her time and efforts to groom Thomas J. O’Connor dogs, hopefully giving them a better chance for adoption.  She is also a Ladies Auxiliary Member of the American Legion Post.  Lisa is pet first aid and CPR certified to ensure all pets at TGDS are safe.  She currently has a Cairn-Schnauzer mix named Leon, who can usually be found by her side. Lisa also has a horse named Patrick, a bird named Burrito, and lots of fish!  Outside of TGDS Lisa volunteers at Second Chance Equine Ranch, where she enjoys caring for the many horses. She also enjoys going to any of the New England sports team games she can!

 


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Mike@gooddogspot.net
Job Title: Pet Care Specialist
Joined the team in: 2012
Location: Northampton
About Mike: Mike has been working at daycare centers for twelve years and pet sitting for eight years. He is pet first aid and CPR certified and completed the Dog Gurus Evaluation Course. He has a very high-strung black cat, Sirius Black, who tolerates him, but loves his girlfriend.  He enjoys watching the dogs play and napping contently.  When he’s not at work he can be found biking through the dirt roads of Western Mass, trying out new baking recipes, or enjoying the local theater.  According to Mike, he has 12+ years in the biz as a professional “pooper-scooper”!

 

 


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Rebecca@gooddogspot.net
Job Title: General Assistant
Joined the team in: 2012
Location: Chicopee
About Rebecca:  Rebecca is married with two sons. She has a Cocker Spaniel named Daisy Mae and a Chi-weiner named Levi. She loves working at TGDS because she has the chance to interact with other dogs and cats.  Rebecca is pet first aid and CPR certified.

Outside of work Rebecca loves to express her creativity through painting. She also enjoys spending time with her amazing family and friends, enjoying the outdoors (especially fall bonfires!), long walks, and reading a good book.  Rebecca says, “making the animals feel comfortable while at The Good Dog Spot is very important because that’s how I would like to feel while away from home.”

 


Shannon new picShannon O’Connell
Shannon@gooddogspot.net
Job Title: Daycare Manager
Joined the team in: 2011
Location: Chicopee
About Shannon:  There is never a dull moment between spending time with her rather large family (she’s one of eight kids!) and participating in the various dog-related activities!  Shannon is proud to be pet CPR and first aid certified. She also completed the Dog Gurus Evaluation Course.  Most of her spare time is spent with her three dogs: Maggie a Golden Retriever, Mick a Golden Retriever-Husky mix, and Wafer a Golden Retriever-Labrador mix.  She enjoys teaching dog agility classes at Exercise Finished Dog Training Center and loves to compete with her own dogs.  She was first introduced to agility back in 2006 and has been hooked ever since! Shannon says she loves working with the amazing staff at TGDS because of their eagerness to work, and willingness to do whatever it takes for the dogs in their care.  “It is very rewarding watching each dogs’ personalities and behaviors grow with each visit.  I especially love seeing the shy dogs come out of their shells and become confident, fun-loving, dogs.”

 


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Tami@gooddogspot.net
Job Title: Pet Care Specialist
Joined the team in: 2011
Location: Chicopee
About Tami:
Tami has always had a love for animals.  She began working more closely with them about ten years ago.  She was employed at a local kennel until she was hired as a receptionist in a vet office.  After about a year she was hired at a K-9 daycare in Belchertown.  Four and a half years later she was asked to join TGDS and recently became the Alternate Dog Officer for Granby.  She works with various rescue groups in the area and loves working with all of the dogs and their owners. Tami has taken time out of her hectic schedule to become pet first aid and CPR certified.  She enjoys working and learning from the rest of TGDS team and likes how the values of TGDS closely represent her own. In her spare time she enjoys kayaking and spending time with her family. “I have been blessed to be married to a wonderful man for twenty-eight years and we have three beautiful children. I have two rescue dogs and one cat of my own along with eight chickens and a small fish pond. I have learned a lot in my past experience with animals and am always eager to learn more.”

 



Moriah Cranston
Job Title: 
Pet Care Specialist
Joined the team in: 2016
Location: Northampton
About Moriah: Moriah is fun loving and loves to make people happy, making her a great addition to our team! She has two dogs of her own, CJ, a Black Lab and Fresca, a Jack Russell Terrier, who she loves spending quality time with. Moriah also has two horses, Pepper and Elvis, a ferret – Sky, and a cat named Roxy. Horseback riding is a hobby Moriah also enjoys in her free time. It’s no secret Moriah loves animals! Her favorite part about working at The Good Dog Spot is being around dogs all day and working with co-workers who are just as crazy about animals as she is!

 



Sandra Leiser
Job Title: Pet Care Specialist
Joined the team in: 2016
Location: Northampton
About Sandra: Sandra comes to The Good Dog Spot with 12+ years experience as a Veterinary Assistant and Technician. Sandra loves working with dogs and also living with them! She has five dogs of her own, three of which are rescues, and her cat – which she says somehow puts up with her, her spouse and all the dog siblings! Sandra’s favorite part about working at The Good Dog Spot is that no matter the day she’s having, dogs always put her in a good mood and she enjoys being in an atmosphere where everyday she’s constantly learning something new about dogs and their behaviors!

 

 


Keith Powers
Job Title: Finance and Technology Manager 
Joined the team in: 2016
Location: Chicopee
About Keith: 
Keith is our newest member to The Good Dog Spot team, although he really has been with us all along! Keith, being Elizabeth’s father, has been along for the ride since the day we opened! Now he’s on board as a fellow pet lover, techy and finance guru – with over forty years experience in the operational systems and accounting world! When Keith’s not working, he enjoys spending quality time with his two partners in crime, his wife Nancy and their dog Roc. You can catch this trio on the bike trail, playing a game of baseball or taking a hike up Mt. Tom! Keith’s most excited to begin this new chapter of his career with Cory and Elizabeth as they continue to grow their business.

 

 


Javier Vazquez 
Job Title: 
Kennel Attendant
Joined the team in: 
2016
Location: 
Chicopee
About Javier: 
TGDS welcomes Javier as our new Kennel Attendant! What Javier loves most about his job is that at TGDS he gets to see and learn about a variety of dog breeds every day. His favorite dog breed is a Pitbull, which is the kind of dog his family has at home, but if he were to be any dog, it’d be a bulldog for their relaxed demeanor! Outside of work Javier enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, the Lakers, Patriots and Yankees. You can meet Javier when you drop your dog off for an overnight! 

 

 

 


Morgan Sibley 
Job Title: 
Pet Care Specialist
Joined the team in: 
2016
Location: 
Chicopee
About Morgan: 
Morgan joined The Good Dog Spot team in 2016! If you come in to visit us you may be greeted by Morgan’s friendly smile and personality! Morgan has a great love for animals with several pets of her own: two dogs, Stevie and Skyler, two cats, Lily and Leia, and one horse, Carmen. Morgan is one of our Pet Care Specialist but if she could be anything else at The Good Dog Spot she would be a Kennel Attendant making sure dogs are cared for and enjoying their home away from home! When Morgan’s not working you can find her horseback riding with Carmen, hiking with Stevie and Skylar or catching some rays at the beach with friends!

 

 

 


Good Dog Spot Casey Wilson
Job Title: 
Pet Care Specialist
Joined the team in: 
2016
Location: 
Chicopee
About Casey: 
 Casey joined us in December 2016, and has since developed a great relationship with the dogs. She enjoys working at TGDS because she loves the feeling of giving back to animals who love everyone unconditionally. Casey is a pet lover and owner herself, with two dogs (Felix and Mable, and two cats (Aurora and Melon).  Casey spends her free time hiking, swimming, reading, binge-watching TV shows and looking at funny dog pictures online. Her background in pet sitting, sled dog training, and other pet-care positions makes her a great addition to the TGDS team!

 

 



Julie McCusker
Job Title:
Groomer
Joined the team in: 
2017
Location: 
Chicopee
About Julie: 
 The Good Dog is so happy to welcome Julie into the family! Julie joins us after making a career change from 20 years in phlebotomy to finding her passion in grooming. In Julie’s own words: “Working at TGDS has been an amazing experience, not only have I made some wonderful new friends, I love spending my days with the dogs and making them look adorable. I know I made the right choice changing careers.” When Julie’s not working she likes to spend time with her family and her fur babies, Sandy and Fenway, go kayaking, fishing or sit back and relax with some knitting. 

 


 

Ben Meck
Job Title: Daycare/Kennel Attendant
Joined the team in: 2017
Location: 
Chicopee
About Ben: 
If Ben were a dog, he’d want to be a Border Collie for their smart and creative personality and we’d say Ben brings those same traits into The Good Dog Spot each day! Ben loves working at The Good Dog Spot because he gets to bring such joy into the lives of each daycare dog! When Ben isn’t working he likes to spend his time camping, playing video games or hitting the open road on motorcycles. Next time you drop your dog off at The Good Dog Spot, be sure to welcome Ben! 

 

 


 

Desiree Bator
Job Title: Kennel Attendant
Joined the team in: 2017
Location: 
Northampton
About Desiree: 
Desiree joined The Good Dog Spot team in 2017 with an Associates degree from Holyoke Community College in Biology. Desiree has a true love for animals and lives at home with her mother, father, younger brother and her three animals: their cat, Herratio, their dog, Killer, and Giuseppe, their parakeet. Desiree’s favorite place to visit in Western Mass is the Arcadio Wildlife Sanctuary, where you may catch her enjoying a day off!

 

 


 

Emily Benerakis
Job Title: Pet Care Specialist
Joined the team in: 2017
Location: 
Northampton
About Emily: 
Emily comes to The Good Dog Spot with many years of experience in the dog care industry. Emily’s experience combined with her love of animals makes her one great match for our Good Dog Spot family. Emily even travels into work with her own loyal companion, Fayah, her yellow lab. When Emily and Fayah aren’t working and playing at The Good Dog Spot, you’ll often find them breathing in the mountain air on long hikes throughout Western Mass. What Emily (and Fayah) love most about working at The Good Dog Spot, is the bonds you form with all the dogs! 

 


Gabe Camarano
Job Title: Pet Care Specialist
Joined the team in: 2017
Location: 
Northampton
About Gabe: 
Gabe is one of The Good Dog Spot’s newest Pet Care Specialists in Northampton! Gabe’s favorite thing about working at The Good Dog Spot is that even on the gloomiest days, time spent with the dogs is a wonderful ‘pick me-up’. Gabe is an animal lover with a dog of his own, Cricket. When Gabe isn’t working you can find him teaching Cricket some new tricks, touring and playing his music or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.