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, 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!
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!
Paige Elliot, Assistant Kennel Manager
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.
Shelby Moxley, Assistant Office Manager
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.
Maria Flores, Assistant Office Manager
Maria was born and raised in beautiful Central America, but through her college years she lived in the Gulf Coast, Western Canada, and then back south to the Florida sunshine. It took a charming Texan to swoon her into settling down, and this is how she ended up in the Hill Country. With a background is business and fine arts, she managed an art studio for over 10 years. However, her passion for dogs had her working with Diabetic Alert Dogs on the side. It is while working with these amazing service dogs, that she decided it was time to go all in! If not at home painting dog portraits, you can find her snuggling all the dogs she gets to check in at the front desk here at The Ranch!
Maggie Stoneham, Kennel Shift Lead
Margaret has always had a passion for animals. From the smallest spiders to the largest Great Dane. Maggie sees the value in each life. We are so excited to have Maggie on board as she continues her education researching the best hiking socks. While at the ranch, Maggie loves helping our staff continue their education in canine language and behavior! In her spare time, Maggie loves to hike and explore the western US.
Ciera Terry, Kennel Tech
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
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
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.
Alexis Torres, Kennel Shift Lead
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.
Bethany Perez, Kennel Tech
From the time she was a little girl, Bethany has always loved animals. Growing up her parents were never pleased with the number of four-legged friends she found and brought home. In May of 2019, Bethany started her first kennel position and learned how much she enjoyed a job caring for animals. A year later, she joined our family here at the Ranch where she’s had the most fun cuddling and splashing around at the pool with the dogs. When she’s not here with us, you can find Bethany spoiling her family's cats and dogs. She also has an addiction to buying plants. Through a lot of trial and error, she has developed a hobby for gardening and one day hopes to grow her own fruits and vegetables.
William Turner, Kennel Tech
New to the pet care industry, Will has been learning so many fun and new life skills during his time at Jumping Jack! You can often find him running around with all our rowdy pups. We are so proud of how much Will has grown in the time he has been with us and cannot wait to see his continued progression in the pet care industry. Being the daredevil that he is, you can often find him competing in Extreme Ironing competitions around the world. Last year he got second place in the Europe competition!
Arriana Gamez, Receptionist
Arri was born in Rotan, Texas; a small little town you could miss in the blink of an eye. Moving to Austin opened her eyes to all of the opportunity there is in life. Growing up, she had a passion for children and animals, specifically the less fortunate ones. There was never a time were she did not have the responsibility of an animal. Since high school, she has been working with youth, and is currently pursuing a degree in Social Working, currently on track to graduate spring of 2022. After that, she plans on achieving a CPDT certification. When not working, she enjoys photography, walking Austin's trails with her dogs, a pug named Gigi (or as we all know, the dog from men in black) and a black lab named Tennyson, and spending time with her family. She is eager to continue her amazing career and get as many certifications/degrees as she can. She is proud of the knowledge that Jumping Jack Dog Ranch has taught her regarding dog behavior and she can't wait to learn more!
Natassia Gerstenkorn, Kennel Tech
Natassia brings so much knowledge and leadership to our boarding facility! We are so lucky to have her with us, and so are the dogs! You can often find many dogs picking Natassia as their favorite person at Jumping Jack! We think it has a lot to do with her patience and caring nature. Growing up on the coast, Natassia's favorite hobby was surfing! When she was in high school, she was on track to getting onto the USA surfing team, until she was on the water one day and was bit by a shark. The trauma from that experience made her unable to continue, and she moved to Austin Texas to get away from the coast, however you can often find her bathing dogs or taking dogs to the pool because she still loves the water! Ask her to show you her scar!
Maxwell Perry, Kennel Tech
Maxwell came to us from another employee's recommendation, and we could not have been more thrilled to add him to the team! We knew it would be a good fit, when we found out that he participated in competitive duck herding. There are no dogs involved...
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!
Alex Ferguson, Kennel Tech
Born and raised in San Diego, Alex moved here almost 3 years ago for school. She recently graduated with a degree in Biology from UT! She has a doodle at home that she loves very much, and as such, you can often find her loving on any kind of doodle that steps foot in Jumping Jack!
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.
Keeley Wright, Kennel Tech
Keeley recently graduated from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with her degree in animal sciences. Growing up, she was always involved with animals, anything from hedgehogs to actual hogs that she showed in FFA in San Antonio. Keeley always wanted to be a vet so vet school is hopefully in her future! Keeley's dream is to work with Rhinos and help bring them back from the brink of extinction. She just moved back to Texas and is so happy to be reunited her Great Dane, Riese. Riese is about to turn 7 and is the love of Keeley's life.