Our Support Professionals

 

About Kristi, Director of Operations

Kristi Lehman

Kristi, MSW, LISW (Licensed Independent Social Worker) joined MN Pets in 2013.  Originally from a small town in Wisconsin, Kristi was always surrounded by animals of all kinds. Her hope to help those around her led her to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Minnesota. During graduate school, she had the opportunity to combine her love of animals with her love of helping people by training as a social worker at the Veterinary Medical Center. There, she was able to grow her passion for helping pet owners navigate difficult medical decisions and support them after losing a pet. She now lives in Minneapolis with her Shih Tzu, Piper, and her husband, Steve. Outside of work, Kristi is the President and foster parent for a local rescue, and enjoys cooking, traveling, and biking.

About Elizabeth, Support Manager

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Elizabeth has always known that she will forever work with and for animals. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin- River Falls with a bachelor’s degree in animal science, and then earned her Veterinary Technology degree from Argosy University. She worked as a Certified Veterinary Technician for four years where she found her niche working with senior pets. She also has a soft spot for ALL rescue animals, from her own rescued cat to working with rescued and abused elephants in Thailand. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys traveling, playing guitar, and spending time with friends and family. She is glad to have found MN Pets where she can use her personal experiences to help people cope with the difficult times they have to endure when they have a sick or elderly pet.

About Maggie, Aftercare Manager

Maggie earned her Veterinary Technician degree in 2013 and became certified shortly after. She interned at an exotic animal practice during school and was hired after her internship. She rose to the challenge of learning multiple species and how to care for them. Maggie is passionate about strengthening her bond with animals through communicating with their human counterparts. MN Pets helps her do that with aiding and understanding people when they are going through one of the most difficult things in life. She was a client first before becoming an employee and her experience, though difficult, was very meaningful. Maggie believed in MN Pet’s mission so much that it garnered a slight career change. When she’s not working, you can find her volunteering her time caring for farmed animals through sanctuaries or canoodling with her pit bull and her old kitty.

About Robin, Support Supervisor

MN Pets Support Specialist

Robin was born and raised in MN and now lives River Falls, WI with her husband and two teens, their Basset Hound named Olive, their Redbone Coonhound named Red and a cat named Norma. After working in human medicine for 15 years she decided to head back to school and pursue her lifelong passion for helping animals. Robin graduated from Argosy University with a Degree in Veterinary Technology and then worked with a large practice in the North Metro.  Seeing how much clients appreciated help with end of life care, she realized how much of a difference she could make by turning a difficult experience into one that was coming from a place of love. Her favorite part of her role is making the genuine connections with clients she is able to help. When Robin is not at work she enjoys watching her kids sports, spending time on the golf course with her husband, and attending SCSU Huskie hockey games with her Dad.

About Ricki, Support Specialist

Ricki Kuenzli

Ricki completed her Veterinary Technician degree at  Argosy University in 2015 and has been working as a Certified Veterinary Technician in a small animal practice ever since. Ricki has always loved animals and has a special spot in her heart for geriatric pets. In her free time, Ricki enjoys being with her husband, daughter and son, as well as her two dogs, Bells and Trucker. Ricki loves to get outside as much as possible with her family. Ricki loves to be able to utilize her skills and passion as a CVT in helping clients at MN Pets.

About Anna, Support Specialist

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Anna was born and raised in Osceola, Wisconsin. Before continuing her education, Anna was a live-in nanny in Utah, as well as a dog walker in Minneapolis and Des Moines. She is a recent graduate from Des Moines Area Community College where she earned a degree in Human Services. While finishing up her last semester, Anna interned at a service dog nonprofit where they raise, train, and place service dogs with Veterans and children with disabilities. It was there that she knew she wanted to find a career where she could help others through the human-animal bond. MN Pets has given her the opportunity to do just that. In her free time, Anna enjoys playing ukulele, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with family, friends, and her Labradoodle, Louis.

About Chelsea, Support Specialist

Chelsea has been passionate about the human-animal bond her entire life. A lover of all animals, Chelsea jumps at every opportunity to meet any that might cross her path, and she is quick to forge a connection. Chelsea’s formal training is in music and teaching, and she holds Masters degrees in Flute Performance and Education. Though not formally trained in animal sciences, she is a long-time advocate for animal welfare, and has rescued, fostered, and re-homed many animals. With her own abiding, unforgettable relationships with animals, and her deep empathy for the humans who love them, Chelsea is honored to be able to serve families and their pets. She is blessed to have many animals in her family, from cats and dogs, to miniature donkeys, chickens, and a horse. In her free time, Chelsea enjoys yoga, running, making music with her musician husband, and being ever amused by Clara, their delightfully enigmatic female Tuxedo Cat, who throws her own toys and comforts crying people.

About Jessica, Support Specialist

Jessica has been passionate for animals since a young age. This guided her into working at a local veterinary clinic when she was a senior in high school. Then, after almost nine years she decided to go to college full time, but still continued to work with pets at a training kennel. She now lives in Somerset with the loves of her life Bailey (Labrador/ Border collie), Brooklyn (Chihuahua/terrier), Bonnie (domestic shorthair), Smudge (domestic longhair), Lucy (albino corn snake), and of course Kory (boyfriend). She will be graduating with her Bachelors of Science degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin- River Falls in December 2019.

About Emilie, Support Specialist

Emilie spent most of her life in Iowa City and has loved animals ever since she can remember. She attended Iowa State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in animal Ecology. During that time, she volunteered at the Wildlife Care Center, a rehab facility for native wildlife, and volunteered at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, eventually becoming a seasonal position as a zookeeper there. She also had the opportunity to intern at the Carolina Tiger Rescue where she cared for her favorite animals, tigers. After moving to MN, Emilie found MN Pets and knew that this was the right fit for her and would enable her to help people through a difficult time and provided their pets with the care they need, two things she is passionate about. In her free time, Emilie loves going on hikes with her husband, Dan, and beagle, Touka, and snuggling on the couch with her kitty, Callie.

About Anna, Aftercare Support Specialist

Having spent most of her life living in Minnesota earning her Bachelors of Science in Animal Science with a minor in Biology from the University of Minnesota, she took some time to live abroad. She lived in Edinburgh, Scotland for a few years learning about the culture, lambing, attending classes, and traveling to a few other countries. She has worked in several animal industry fields including the Minnesota Zoo, research at the U of M, and in many different veterinary clinics. Having just moved back home she found this position to be the best of both worlds working with people and providing necessary care to their loved pets. In her free time, she enjoys playing softball and golf, attending trivia nights, and spending time with her nephews and nieces.

About Brenda, Aftercare Support Specialist

Brenda was born and raised in Minnesota and has always had a deep love for animals. She’s currently completing her Bachelor’s in Biology and then plans to go to veterinary school at either Colorado State University or the National University of Mexico. She is especially interested in veterinary nephrology and veterinary forensic pathology. Her dream is to offer free to low-cost veterinary care to communities in Mexico, and to help bring justice to animal cruelty cases globally. Even while previously working as a certified pharmacy technician, she was always drawn to working with animals. After having an in-home visit for her first Corgi puppy Sweet Pea, she wanted to be able to help families who are faced with the same hard decision. Brenda lives with her four cats Pancho, Guero, Luna, and Blackie, and Corgi puppy Jellybean. She can be found hiking, at local dog-friendly events with Jellybean, thrifting, at concerts, and snuggling up with her cats.

About Ashley, Aftercare Specialist

Ashley

Ashley  has worked with animals for 14 years, including at a dog boarding kennel, vet clinic, and through her own pet sitting business. Ashley understands how important it is to keep our pets where they are the most comfortable, and she is honored to be able to incorporate this new level of in-home care for families through MN Pets.  Ashley currently shares her home with Cinder, the cutest pit bull you’ve ever seen, and Maybelle SassyPants the rabbit.  In her free time,  Ashley loves going on adventures with her son Jack and fiance Jason. They enjoy visiting family and friends, going to events both locally and away, exploring nature, camping and traveling.

About Laine, Aftercare Specialist

Laine grew up in southeast Minnesota before moving to the Twin Cities to achieve her Bachelor’s Degree. While attending the University of Minnesota she met her husband, Cole in the Mortuary Science Program and together they graduated in 2017. The two were married in September of 2018 and now reside in Baldwin, WI with their adventurous cat, Sophia. Laine is a licensed mortician with a special love for animals. After being in the funeral industry for almost 10 years, she decided to help families after the loss of a beloved pet. Laine grew up with pets and feels privileged and honored to have the ability to serve them and their families with dignity and respect.  When Laine isn’t working she is hiking in state parks with her husband, scrapbooking at home, watching her favorite TV Show, “ The Golden Girls”, or curled up with a great mystery novel and her kitty.

About Jillian, Aftercare Specialist

Jillian was drawn to her role at MN Pets because of her lifelong love for animals, her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian, and her passion for helping people during difficult times. She is currently enrolled at University of Wisconsin River Falls and is in her third year of her Bachelor of Social Work degree. Outside of work, she loves music, documentaries, spending time with her family, and her sweet corgi, Fergus.