Meet the Pack Leaders

General Manager

SARA LEVIN

Social Media and Marketing Specialist

TEAGAN CHIEFFO

General Manager

SARA LEVIN

Sara is the backbone of it all as General Manager of Friendly Paws Pet Resort! Sara started with Friendly Paws as an Admin and immediately jumped into the role full force working her way to Dog Handler.  It was clear that with Sara’s hard work and dedication, she was the perfect fit when the role of General Manager became available.  Sara goes above and beyond for everyone all of the time and has made a huge impact on making sure her staff and our canine guests receive top notch care and everyone is safe and having fun!

Social Media and Marketing Specialist

TEAGAN CHIEFFO

Teagan has been with Friendly Paws for 3 years and is literally my social media life saver!  I quickly realized the social media platforms were well beyond my comprehension at my age and trying to keep up would have been a nightmare for me.  When I saw Teagan’s pictures she would take of the dogs in the play groups, or of staff interacting with them, I knew immediately she was the girl to keep my social medias to the level they needed to be.  Not only does Teagan work tirelessly to ensure every dog is featured on a daily basis to keep owner’s minds as ease, she also heads up my community involvement projects ensuring Friendly Paws is always integrating in some way by volunteering at a rescue, holding a food drive for various organizations or gathering everyone at a vendor show.  She never misses a social media beat and for that, I am more grateful than I can even express!

JEN GOLZZER
Dog Handler

JEN GOLZZER

JILL PFISTER
Trainer/Dog Handler

JILL PFISTER

MORGAN CASTELLUCI
Dog Handler

MORGAN CASTELLUCI

Dog Handler/Groomer

ANGELA O’DONNELL

Dog Handler

BELLA PRESUTTI

Dog Handler

BRIANNA HARTZELL

Dog Handler

Renee Rozum

JEN GOLZZER

Dog Handler

JEN GOLZZER

This beautiful face is Jen.  Jen has been with Friendly Paws for 6 years and is one of our most loving, caring, and hard working team members. With a vet tech background and lots of years working with animals all over, she is an essential part of this crew.  Jen absolutely adores these animals with everything in her and truly set the standards for all Friendly Paws’ staff. Her strength and drive in life is inspiring!  When Jen is not at work, she is busy being an amazing mother to her daughter, Hanna, wife to her husband John and dog mom to their pup, Kipper.

JILL PFISTER

Trainer/Dog Handler

JILL PFISTER

This wonderful and driven lady, Jill, has been with Friendly Paws for 5 years.  Jill initially assumed the Dog Handling and In-Home pet sitter role that quickly evolved into using her Dog Training skills to educate the rest of staff on dog behavior and how to properly care for the dogs staying with us.  Jill wears many hats and is constantly looking to increase her dog knowledge in one way or another.  She is currently attending Grooming school to gain knowledge of that side of the business.  She will use this knowledge and her training skills to provide a stress-free, gentle environment at Friendly Paws for dogs to be groomed.  Jill has a Bachelor of Science in psychology and is a professional member of the International Association of Canine Professionals.  When Jill is not at Friendly Paws, she enjoys hanging out with her Australian Cattle Dog, Gertie.

MORGAN CASTELLUCI

Dog Handler

MORGAN CASTELLUCI

MORGAN CASTELLUCI (Dog Handler) has been working at Friendly Paws since the beginning of November 2019. After just one week, she’s decided it’s absolutely the best job to have. All of the employees are beyond kind and helpful with everything, and she believes she made the best choice in her job search. She has one dog named Mya, a Shiba Inu. When it comes to Huskys and German Shepherds they are hands down her favorite breed of animal. She currently works with animals through a program called Vet Tech at Parkway West Technical school, learning and developing skills to help with the activities and skills needed to work at Friendly Paws.

Dog Handler/Groomer

ANGELA O’DONNELL

This multi-tasker is Angela.  Angela came to us looking to bathe or groom our guests and embraced the role of Dog Handler as well!  Angela has been so involved and vested in building our grooming business and we could not have done it without her and her talent.  The love and attention she gives to each and every single dog shows in the big smile that is always on their faces and hers when she’s working.

Dog Handler

BELLA PRESUTTI

This carefree spirit is Bella!!! She has been here for 4 months now and wants you all to know how much she loves ALL of your fur babies! Bella is a senior at Montour High School and is thinking about going to school to be either a nurse or a vet once she graduates. When she’s not working hard here at the resort she’s being the best dog mom to her silver lab, Brooks. Bella is a true asset to the business and will always go above and beyond for our Friendly Paws family.

Dog Handler

BRIANNA HARTZELL

This is Bri. She is our weekend gal and the most hardcore dog mom you will ever meet. Her favorite breed is the Rottweiler as you can tell and she has a 2 year old female Rottweiler of her own named Keila! She is very knowledgeable on all things dog related and her passion clearly spills through to the pups when she’s working.

Dog Handler

Renee Rozum

Coming Soon!

A Message From Courtnay

Everybody always asks what made me get into this business choice. The answer: my love for dogs and working with them is a lot better than working with people every day!

I have not always been in this line of work though. As a graduate from West Virginia University, I studied advertising and immediately dove into the corporate retail world working for two of the largest retail companies in Pittsburgh.

About five years into it, though, I knew it wasn’t for me long-term. At the end of most days, the only satisfaction I had was coming home to my dogs who immediately put a smile on my face and made me forget about the day I had of feeling like “just an employee” at times. I had started to think of other career choices and something with animals always came to mind.

When the economy started to decline, but pet services and retail sales kept increasing, I realized that industry is where I needed to be. This is when all those times of friends, family and co-workers who had asked me to come let their dogs out while they are on vacations or business trips sprung an idea. That idea was In-Home Pet Sitting.

I asked myself; what do I do with my dogs when I go away? I didn’t want to take them to a kennel because they had never been before. I would have a neighbor, friend or relative come let them out. At times, though, I felt that this was an inconvenience and imagined a lot of other people feel the same and hesitate to ask friends and neighbors for this favor. That’s how Friendly Paws Pet Sitting formed in 2007.

Friendly Paws Pet Sitting offered in-home pet sitting services; letting the dog out, taking them for walks, feeding and watering, cleaning out litter boxes as well has added complimentary services such as getting the mail, watering plants, etc. People loved knowing their house and pet would be well taken care of while they were away. This service, at the time, was on the rise and becoming increasingly more popular. I ran this business making many of the visits before and after work, on lunch breaks. Whenever I committed to my owners, I would be there.

In 2009 I took a forced break from the corporate retail world wondering what I was going to do next. I knew my next steps were going to be in the pet industry and that’s when I decided to focus on an overnight boarding facility and doggie daycare program. My dogs had never been kenneled, so my mission had them in mind. What would I want a facility to offer if I had to take my dogs there? Lots of socialization, time outside of their kennel space as they were used to having the run of the house, interaction with people that treat them as if they are their own and not just another dog coming to stay. Thanks to a lot of dedication from my parents and friends helping to make my dream a reality, Friendly Paws Pet Resort finally opened for business in August 2011 and has been a success since day one.

I have focused on making this a “home away from home” for each dog. I do not want them to feel as if they are in a kennel by providing a laid-back environment that minimizes the stress for the dog. With the help of my amazing and extremely dedicated staff, each dog gets a ton of TLC and attention while staying here.

I look forward to growing as a business and continuing to meet new dogs and their owners over the next several years to come. I want to thank everyone for their business and for making my job so fun!

Courtnay Orlandini

COURTNAY ORLANDINI • OWNER/OPERATOR

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