Karen has worked in the marketing and communications field for 23 years as an Accounting Supervisor and then as a Director of Administration and Accounting. She then went on to a whole new endeavor as an Accounting Manager for 8 years at an Orthodontic Office and then a Practice Manager for another Orthodontics office for 1 year until a major medical incident cut her professional career short in 2011. She has been with The Animal Behavior Center for over five years since the center opened. Karen lives in Sylvania very close to The Animal Behavior Center with her youngest daughter Sandy. Sandy also volunteers at The Animal Behavior Center. Karen’s oldest daughter, Michelle is a Veteran Marine Corporal and married to a fellow veteran Marine, Wes. They reside in Columbus, Ohio. Karen loves any kind of animal! She has 3 dogs, 4 cats, an African Grey, an English Budgie, one regular budgie, and a very large aquarium and a few smaller ones as well. Karen also fosters kittens for the Toledo Area Humane Society during “kitten season”. Since being at The Animal Behavior Center, she has learned so much from Lara. Using applied behavior analysis and positive reinforcement training has opened her eyes to a whole new level of compatibility and has strengthened her relationship with her animals at home.
Sandy previously worked at a local pet boarding and care facility for three years and had previously worked for another dog facility for a year. Sandy has grown up with dogs, cats, and fish but now at 23 years old, she has not only dogs, cats and fish but also rats, mice, hamsters, spiney mice, african pygmy mice and a sand boa. Sandy volunteers on a regular basis helping out with feeding, cleaning and training. Also, volunteers at the events wherever she is needed. Sandy has a passion for rescuing animals in need and will go out of her way to help the owner or get the animal in good hands, whether it be a veterinarian, shelter, etc. Sandy’s dream is to open a rescue facility someday.
Angie is a mother of 2 (Alexxis-22 & Mason-17) beautiful children; as well as an umbrella cockatoo (Roscoe), a black lab (Pearl), a chorkie (Churro), a boa (Rosie), & a ball python (Kaa).She has been a registered nurse in critical care for going on 20 years. In her spare time she coaches high school track (@ Central Catholic) & and she volunteer as a transporter & fosters for Nature’s Nursery. She is a tattoo collector & very much enjoy the multitude of colors in our beautiful world, whether it be on canvas of paper, wood, skin, flora or fauna.
Crystal is a graduate student pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree through Maine College of Art. After living in Phoenix, AZ for several years she moved back to Toledo, OH to be closer to her family. She is married to her best friend, Tim, and they have a small menagerie that they share their home with: Amelia Bearhart, a corgi-beagle mix, Budgie-Budge, a parakeet, and Lizzie the leopard gecko. In her spare time Crystal stays actively involved in the local arts community and trains with Bird’s Eye View Circus at the Collingwood Arts Center. Crystal has a passion for communication with both people and animals!
Lindsay is an undergraduate student who is currently pursuing a degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. With that degree, she plans to study animal behavior with hopes of opening her own wildlife rehab and rescue center. Lindsay has always had a passion for animals and hopes to instill that same passion in others after learning all she can about the animal behavior field.
From a Sun Devil to a Buckeye, Amanda has been to the desert and back on a journey that has brought her here to the Animal Behavioral Center. She is coming to us with degrees in Zoology and Microbiology from The Ohio State University. Amanda has spent the last 7 years participating in research through both the Departments of Animal Science and Horticulture and Crop Science. For 5 years, she volunteered at the Ohio Wildlife Center in Dublin, Ohio, rehabilitating orphaned or injured wild animals in preparation for their release back into nature. She has 2 dogs and 1 cat and when not spending her time with her pets, you can find her reading, painting, water-coloring and movie watching. Amanda hopes to learn more about animal behavior and the training techniques used here at the center in order to utilize this knowledge for future work in a zoo or aquarium.
Maddy is an undergraduate student at Siena Heights University pursing a degree in Psychology. After graduation she plans to attend graduate school to receive her masters in Applied Behavior Analysis. While volunteering/interning at The Animal Behavior Center, she hopes to learn training techniques used at the center to better prepare herself for her future. Her interest for animals started at a young age and has grown into a passion in hopes that one day she will work at an animal rehabilitation and rescue center.
As a future veterinary behaviorist, I aspire to reach Lara's level of finesse, expertise, and thoughtfulness in every aspect of animal training and husbandry. She is truly in it for the animals."