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 15 years ago. 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 with her partner and enjoys her short commute to work!
Taylor Kring, General 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 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!
Jane Abels, Dog Trainer, CPDT-KA
Jane has been working with various animals since she was a small child and loves the bad boys™. While growing up she had various pets including a wide range of birds and small mammals. At the age of 12 she began working with horses and throughout her teen years specialized in horse rehabilitation and training. Her path with dogs began when she turned 18 after getting her first dog, by 20 she started to volunteer at Austin Pets Alive! She quickly discovered that helping what she calls “Second Chance Kids” was her passion and she quickly joined the APA! Behavior Team. She worked on the behavior team for several years before joining us at the Ranch and we could not be any more excited to have her on our team! When she is not at the Ranch, she is usually at home with her puppy princess Nina and service dog in training JoJo, trying out new plant-based recipes!
Paige Elliot, Dog Trainer and Kennel Shift Lead
An Indiana native, Paige has been a Texan transplant for the last ten years. For the past six years, Paige has focused on her passion for dogs with her work in the pet care industry, including her recent work toward acquiring her CPDT certification. In her free time, Paige loves spending time nerding out and doing agility training with her Irish warrior princess, Aoife. Paige’s future goals include helping launch the Ranch’s training initiative and continuing to ensure excellent care of every dog as a shift lead.
Hailee Rawson, Studio Photographer & Kennel Shift Lead
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!
Julia Grey, Receptionist, Kennel Shift Lead
A proud graduate of Sunnydale High (Go Razorbacks!), and a Louisiana native, Julia has been fulfilling her lifelong dream of working with dogs ever since moving to the Austin area 4 years ago. Her two greyhounds, Leopold Shakespeare and Juniper Lightning Bug, are polar opposites of one another and Julia always enjoys the variety of challenges they present! Meanwhile, her Chupacabra (Lucifer Morningstar) is often purple. Julia’s passion is helping people and their dogs learn to communicate with each other. When not at the ranch, Julia enjoys studying true crime and spending time with her new husband.
Levon Bullard, Kennel Shift Lead & Facility Maintenance Extraordinaire
An avid hiker and native Louisianan, Levon is our resident maintenance whiz! You can always count on him to know what makes something tick. Levon exclusively loves long, low dogs - he has a basset hound ironically named Flash and a corgi/shepherd mix named Faye. If he gets another dog, we know what shape it will be! When not at the ranch, you can expect Levon to be hiking or bedazzling leashes. Levon has a lot of experience with behavior cases from his time at Austin Pets Alive!
Shelby Moxley, Receptionist
A Maryland native (who knew that was a state?) and part-time antique appraiser, Shelby has recently moved to Austin from South Carolina. Along with her trusty sidekick cattle dog Doug, Shelby is excited to make a new start here in the Lone Star State! A lifelong animal lover, Shelby is passionate about making the planet a better place for all the souls who inhabit it. Meanwhile, she exists solely on peppermint tea, white cheddar popcorn, and sprite. Shelby is the most earth sign fire sign you've ever met - she is prized for her even temperament and calming energy. When not at the ranch, you can find Shelby at home, watching true crime documentaries with Doug and her cats Cleo and Frankie.
Aleeya Rodriguez, Kennel Tech
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!
Ellie Dusterhoft, Kennel Tech
Ellie's collection of Hello Kitty dolls wearing flannels has outgrown her allowance, requiring her to finally get a job. Great news is, we love having this Olympic athlete in training! You can find Ellie here on the weekends running around with dogs at the pool yard and "accidentally" falling in, or getting equally soaked bathing dogs for our groomer.
Lindsey Thompson, Kennel Tech
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.
Bethany Perez, Kennel Tech