Meet Our Staff
Brett Mundy, Owner
Brett is the owner and founder of Jumping Jack Dog Ranch. Brett graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Physical Anthropology, with emphasis on primates. She first learned about dogs and behavior in college when working at Dogboy's Dog Ranch in 2006. Brett Indulged herself in dog training courses and seminars during her struggles to train her unruly black lab "Jack", who was the inspiration behind the dog ranch. Brett became involved with the Travis County Search and Rescue team and taught Search and Rescue Air scenting classes in her spare time. Brett also worked as a vet tech, and upon graduation she worked in the tech industry working for MicroMain, Apple and Solarwinds. In her spare time she worked with an architect to design her dream facility, and worked several part time jobs to save for the kennel. Brett purchased the land for Jumping Jack in 2012, finalized design in 2014 and began construction in 2017. Brett is passionate about the "people over profit" movement and loves practicing open book management where she shares the company financials and growth with her staff. Brett is passionate about ending the use of aversive dog training methods, specifically shock collars. Brett works in all aspects of the business and specializes in golden retriever and great pyrenees haircuts! Brett has 4 of our on-staff working dogs and enjoys working alongside them at the ranch. Brett currently lives in a tiny home on the property and enjoys her short commute to work!
Taylor Kring, Kennel Manager
Taylor is our Ranch Manager at Jumping Jack and we are so excited to have her on board! Taylor has worked within the animal industry for seven years and loves working with dogs and people. She discovered her love for animals at a very young age and found her passion while she was doing volunteer work for Montgomery Animal Shelter in Houston, Tx. Taylor has experience in supervising/managing different boarding facilities such as Pet Paradise- Will Clayton in Houston, and Dogboy's Dog Ranch in Austin. Taylor has two furry boys of her own to love; a mini Australian Shepherd named Bear, and a American Staffordshire Terrier named Tyson. She spends most of the day being roasted by the staff. Taylor is so excited to take the leap to Jumping Jack and we are happy to have her on board!
Kelsey Pickens, Office Manager
Kelsey is a Texas native who has recently returned to her homeland from a cold stint in Washington State. She has been in the pet industry for 8 years, including work in pet boarding, dog grooming, and rescue work. We are so glad to have her as our Office Manager, but even more excited to have her X-Pups Rogue and Storm as working dogs on the ranch part-time when they are not fighting crime! When not at the ranch, Kelsey rock climbs (why would you do that when you can just go around the rock?), plays video games she isn't good at, has an extensive board game collection, and is a bomb Dungeon Master for both our staff D&D meetups as well as with other humans who do not work here, but who cares about them?
Lydia Yancey, Staff Trainer, CPDT-KA
Lydia has been working in the animal field for over 10 years. She found her love for the animal industry when working as a vet tech. There she picked up basic husbandry skills, as well as basic dog and cat behavior. She then worked as a kennel technician at DogBoy’s in Pflugerville before becoming Kennel Manager and then a professional trainer.
Lydia has gained extensive knowledge regarding dog body language, behavior, and learning theory. Her experience over the last 10 years has helped her better address the needs of each individual dog and client. She attends multiple seminars throughout the year as well as annual conferences, to ensure she is always growing and learning with the industry. She believes in teaching our dogs to make choices for themselves by using methods that are fun and engaging for both dog and their person. Having a highly reactive dog herself, she really enjoys helping those struggling with a fearful/anxious dogs as well as the hyperactive dog. She does not believe one technique will work on all dogs but believes we need to understand where the behavior is stemming from to address each individual case.
Lydia has trained all of our staff shift-leads how to properly build playgroups and how to interpret dog behavior. She is currently mentoring our trainers and assistant trainers to help them achieve their CPDT certification!
Caitlyn LaGrone, Lead Groomer
Caitlyn has been working in the animal care industry for 10 years. She started working as a Veterinary Assistant in 2010 before moving up to become a Veterinary Technician at a small animal clinic in her hometown area of Beaumont, TX. After graduating from Lamar University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Communications, Caitlyn continued working in the pet industry part time while working as a producer for the morning show at a local news station. It only took a few months before realizing animal care was always her true calling. Being a creative person, she decided dog grooming was the perfect way to mix in animal care with art! She began working as a grooming apprentice in 2015 and has been grooming ever since. Caitlyn has two pups of her own, a Shetland Sheepdog named Teagan and a Smooth Coated Collie named Isla. Their fur family also includes 3 ferrets by the name of Ghost, Hazelnut and Stealy Dan (yes that’s spelled wrong, because he’s a ferret and a thief!) In her free time, Caitlyn spends her time camping, road tripping, chilling at the local creek spots, playing video games and watching wrestling. Her most passionate hobby is flow art. You can find her spinning LED and fire props every weekend during the Texas Renaissance Festival season, along with various other festivals or just any rogue camping trip!
Morgan Bailey, Groomer
Hailee Rawson, Studio Photographer & Assistant Kennel Manager
Hailee is a Colorado native and found a love for the outdoors and animals in the trails of her hometown, Estes Park. Here in Texas, she loves spending quality time with her dog, Levi and taking him on hikes. Levi gave her a newfound passion in dogs and dog behavior. Hailee has been in the kennel industry for 4 years and we’re so happy to have her as one of our shift leads. In the future, she would love to work with the National Parks Service, maintaining and making trails with Levi by her side.
Hailee has learned studio photography at the ranch, and is currently taking photography classes to perfect her craft. You can see her photos on our instagram page, or sign up for a studio photo session with your pet on our website!
Persia Sarsangi, Assistant Kennel Manager
Persia has always had a passion for working with animals, but found one of her biggest passions in fear free dog handling. From building play groups to spending time with human time only guests, she loves the unique experience each dog gives.
When Persia isn't at work you can find her and her dog Kaiju hiking the off leash trails of Austin, calling up Cthulhu, or roaming around the hidden leaf village.
PJ Abels, Kennel Tech
Ciera Terry, Kennel Tech & Receptionist
We are so happy to have Ciera part of our team here at Jumping Jack! While she has always been a lover of animals, her first job with animals was right here at Jumping Jack! She is thrilled about all of the new information she is learning with us, and is thankful for all the behavior knowledge she has gained. Lover of the outdoors, Ciera is into Tree shaping and has a collection of small saplings she is growing in unique geometric patterns. She hopes that one day, they will grow into magnificent artistic features. Hope she doesn't move anytime soon, that would suck to have to move all her trees.
Aleeya Rodriguez, Kennel Tech & Apprentice Groomer
Aleeya is on hiatus from her roller derby tour and is joining us at the Ranch! With a lifelong passion for animals, we are delighted to have Aleeya as a part of our Jumping Jack family. We admire her commitment to a winged eyeliner that could cut and her massive collection of Pokemon. We are so proud to have a certified Pokemon trainer joining our team!
Lindsey Thompson, Kennel Shift Lead & Trainer
Lindsey has always had a passion for helping animals. Her journey began by volunteering at her local shelter in the 5th grade. At the shelter she worked closely with the trainer on staff until she left for college. Her favorite thing was helping dogs learn the skills they would need to become more adoptable. Since then, she has worked in several areas of the industry, including pet sitting, boarding, and veterinary assisting. She is a complete nerd when it comes to dog behavior and training, which has come in handy with her wild child Mazikeen. She believes that living and working with dogs should be as fun as possible for both sides of the leash. When not at the Ranch, you can find her doing yoga (not very well), reading, and working on her novel.
Emma Dungan, Kennel Tech
The youngest in our group, Emma does not let anything slow her down! We are so thankful to have her as part of our team, and we are very excited to find out where life takes her! She loves to travel, so you won't find her on the ranch often. You know those viral pictures of the hedgehog in beautiful and iconic locations? That's her and her hedgehog Rhonda.
Alexis Torres, Kennel Shift Lead, Receptionist
Alexis has been in the pet care industry for many years, and we are so happy for the knowledge she has brought along with her. Helming from a small town and growing up on a farm gave Alexis many life skills. Every morning, when it's time for the dogs to come inside, you can hear Alexis from the parking lot kulning, which is typically a singing technique for cattle, however we have found that the dogs LOVE it. She has now started giving the rest of our staff classes on this ancient Swedish herdingcall.
Kynsley Palomino, Kennel Tech
From El Paso Texas, Kynsley moved to the area to become a student at Texas State University and is studying to become a recreational therapist. Her love for dogs and animals started from a very young age, as she grew up with all animals running through the house. Eventually, she wants to become certified in animal assisted therapy, so that she can have dogs in her therapy sessions for clients. Lover of the outdoors (sometimes), she is definitely a fan of water, and enjoys a good swim even though she swims like a dog. Kynsley is contasntly wanting to learn how to be better at whatever job is given to her, and cannot wait for opportunities to better herself at Jumping Jack!
August McDermid, Kennel Tech
August has loved animals, and especially dogs, for as long as she can remember. Being raised at a family-operated animal rescue, she has an innate respect for all types of animal and pet situations. She owns two rescue dogs and one tripawd wolf hybrid. In high school, she had the opportunity to assist the owner and primary trainer at Freedom Canines International, and continued to work with him after graduation to train her own dogs. August's dream is to remain in the animal care industry and ideally to be in a situation where she can help dogs live their best life, even if she only gets to be a part of it for a few days or hours at a time while their owners are away.
Tiffany Hinson, Kennel Tech & Receptionist
Laura Duke, Receptionist
Natalie Jacinto, Kennel Tech
Annabel Morrice, Kennel Tech & Receptionist
Andy Gomez, Kennel Tech
Kara Brown, Maintenance Extraordinaire
Clarissa Lopez, Kennel Tech
Sophia Archer, Receptionist
Amanda Adams, Receptionist
Amanda is a Louisiana native, but has been in Austin for the last 10 years. When she isn’t spoiling her resident dog, Hazel, or foster dogs, she loves seeing live music, dancing, hiking, camping, bouldering, volunteering, traveling internationally, and visiting the national parks. Amanda’s love of exploration recently brought her to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro before starting here at Jumping Jack Dog Ranch and she is committed to a lifetime of learning about other cultures and ways of life through travel.
Amanda has a Masters degree and specialized in the rehabilitation of speech, language, cognitive and swallowing skills in the geriatric population prior to leaving the field to pursue her passion of working in the dog industry. After helping create the satellite of a rescue group here in Austin, she began fostering and she soon realized that working with dogs and trying to learn as much as she could to help them was her passion and was what she was spending all of her free time doing. She enjoys working with fearful dogs and helping them become the best versions of themselves through fostering.
She excited to continue learning and growing as a member of the Jumping Jack Team!
Cassidy Rhodes, Receptionist
In her third year of teaching, Cassidy decided to leave education and take care of herself the way she knew best: to be with dogs. Growing up with St. Bernards in Colorado, Cassidy always had a love to animals and the outdoors. Here, she gets to spend time with both. Cassidy enjoys multiple jobs here at Jumping Jack from being in the kennel, bathing, or working the front desk. Her favorite part (other than cute pups) is the community here!
In her free time Cassidy likes to read, go to concerts, climb, and spent time with her pup, Millie (a frequent bump-in resident). She has loved meeting you and your furry family members, and can’t wait to continue to join the community.
David Young, Kennel Tech
Olivia Sullivan, Receptionist