Meet Our Staff
Brett Mundy , Founder & 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, Kennel Tech & Photographer
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, Storm and Gambit 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.
Lydia Yancey, Staff Trainer
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!
Hayden Pembridge, Dayschool Trainer & Kennel Shift Lead
Hayden’s journey into the canine world began when he was just a lad in Canada, learning about witch trials at his mother’s knee. Although he has been working in the animal industry for eight years, his love for our animal companions goes back much further. Hayden’s passions include helping dog parents understand their canine familiars and musical theatre. We have been so proud to watch Hayden grow into the trainer he has become! Hayden has had a lot of opportunity to practice on his dog, former Jumping Jack foster Socks, and his puppy Ginny. With his unique perspective and background in rescue work, veterinary medicine, and kennel shift leading, Hayden is an amazing addition to our Jumping Jack family! Ask him about his vintage doorknob collection!
Lindsay Dye, Lead Dayschool Trainer & Private Instructor
We are so excited to have Lindsay on as our Trainer Extraordinaire! Lindsay has the weirdest, cutest pack of dogs including (but not limited to) a Bull Terrier and a Chinese Crested. Her pride and joy is her daughter, Clover Joy! She is a huge nerd and a font of information about all things dog.
Lindsay has been training dogs for over 10 years and loves teaching tricks and agility! Lindsay has worked at Zoom Room, Train My Dogs as well as other boarding and daycare facilities. Lindsay launched our dayschool program and is available for private lessons as well!
Jane Abels, Dayschool & Private Training Instructor
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 named Nina and trying out new plant-based recipes!
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!
Debbie Pesek, Receptionist and Bookkeeper
Debbie is the proud mom to two yellow labs and has also welcomed her beloved granddog, Si, into her home. An avid crafter and gardener, we are proud to showcase Debbie’s work as merchandise and as art around our facility. The world could use more genuinely nice people and Debbie has made it her mission to be one of them!
Debbie keeps our books and helps Brett with our open book management presentations and is a wonderful addition to our team!
Rebecca Ann Roberson, Kennel Shift Lead & Facility Maintenance Extraordinaire
A gifted singer and whistler, Becca is the smartest person in any room. After years in the industry, we count ourselves lucky to have Hufflepuff Becca on staff both in the kennel as well as being our main maintenance fix-it person. You can always count on Becca to know the most efficient way to do anything! When not at the Ranch, Becca loves to host parties at her house with her girlfriend, their beautiful dog Rowan, and their cat (yet to be seen. Possibly imaginary).
Julia Grey, Kennel Shift Lead, Reception Shift Lead & Apprentice Groomer
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! 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. She is also a Bite Risk™, so be careful when handling.
Paige Elliot, Kennel Shift Lead & Apprentice Dog Trainer
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.
Melodie Whitten, Kennel Shift Lead & Apprentice Groomer
Melody’s #1 pet peeve is having her name misspelled. She is taking an extended sabbatical from her hula-hoop career to pursue her passion of helping pet parents communicate with their fur babies. When not at the Ranch, you will most likely find Melodie binging old episodes of Supernatural and eating trashy vegan snacks while perfecting a winged eyeliner.
Allison Locher, Kennel Shift Lead
An avid bowling fan, Allison is an amazing addition to the Jumping Jack family! We are excited to have Allison on with us learning grooming and becoming our next shift lead. Allison drinks Diet Coke exclusively and adores her amazing, super intelligent and wonderful Shih Tzu named Windsor and her okay Australian Shepherd mix named Sasha. You can always count on Allison to know the origins of different dog breeds and to have funny memes on hand! An Illinois native, Allison is excited to have slightly warmer Texas winters. Allison loves country music, napping and corny horse movies!
Roni Perales, Receptionist & Kennel Tech
Veronica is the human embodiment of emojis. You can always count on her for a sunny attitude and a smile! She enjoys reading aloud to her beagle Buffy and her twin kittens. A lifelong Texan and animal lover, Roni is proudest of her extensive Beanie Baby collection and her spectacular Britney Spears karaoke (classics only). She has an unhealthy obsession with John Mayer and musical chairs. We are seeking help.
Vicki Ford, Receptionist
Vicki is a great example of how you can teach an old dog new tricks. After a career in High Tech she is now focusing on her love of dogs and interest in canine behavior. I life-long dog owner who believes that the best lessons are learned from our furry friends she brings a smile to our front desk. When not at the Ranch she can generally be found biking the hills around Austin or cheering on for her beloved Longhorns. Recently she got her new BFF – puppy Oliver.
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!
Kelly Moore, Receptionist
Kelly moved to Texas from Louisiana in 1989 with two dogs and a dream - to become the next Great British Baker. When that didn’t work out, Kelly decided to pursue her other interests! With a background in customer service and data entry, we are excited to welcome Kelly’s unique perspective! Kelly and her girlfriend have a Border Collie mix named Boo and a cat named Jujukitty and in their spare time, enjoy going to shows and supporting local talent!
Ciera Terry, Kennel Tech & Receptionist
World traveler Ciera has graced us with her presence here at the Ranch! With her very round pittie Reece and her puppy King, Ciera is finally joining the canine career and we are all impressed by her quick learning! Around town, Ciera can be found watching Futurama or attending local concerts! Ciera is a lifelong Taurus and has always felt deeply connected to her sign. She loves watching toy unboxing videos on YouTube! Her favorites are the My Little Pony Exclusives.
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.
Persia SarSangi, Kennel Tech
With a background in rescue and veterinary medicine, we are excited to welcome Persia to our team! Persia is a magic girl who holds the power of the moon. A longtime client of Jumping Jack, Persia’s dog Kaiju was her reference when she applied to join our staff. When not working at the ranch, you can find Persia volunteering with shelter dogs and traveling. She loves to dispense her talents to all possible pets! Persia collects spiderwebs and frog figurines!
Jeraldin Cruz, Kennel Tech
Jeraldin AKA JD was raised in Houston and moved to the Austin area in 2014. She is passionate about dogs and number. She is currently studying Accounting and Math. She discovered her love of dogs when she started volunteering at a local animal shelter. She has two rescue pups named Tesla, a Dachshund mix, and Edison, a Miniature Pinscher mix. In her free time, she enjoys watching basketball (GO ROCKETS!) and 80's B-Horror movies.