Meet The Band Leader
Owner/Certified Trainer CPDT-KA & Certified Behavior Consultant, IAABC Francine Coughlin, is a Massachusetts native. She is the proud “mother” of three rescue pups Teeny, Nelly & Finnegan, one lovely human daughter Ophelia, an ABC (Animal Behavior College) certified dog trainer (Honors Graduate), a Certified Behavior Consultant (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants), an American Kennel Club (AKC) Certified Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and S.T.A.R. Puppy Evaluator, and a Northeast Animal Shelter volunteer trainer and foster mom. She also serves on the Executive Board of the Reading North Reading Chamber of Commerce. While living in Los Angeles for five years and working in the film industry, Francine got involved with volunteering at various dog rescue organizations and shelters and found this to be an interesting and incredibly rewarding way to devote her time. In 2010 back at home on the East Coast, she created Bark n’ Roll to incorporate her love for all things canine into a service that promises to bring some free spirited and friendly fun into its clients’ daily routines by getting to know their dogs and giving them the rock star treatment. She specializes in behavioral modification training work with even the most challenging of pups, who she finds are most often just misunderstood by their humans. She also makes it her mission to recruit only the most responsible and passionate members to her Team to keep our furry Band members rockin’ and walkin’ every day of the week.
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: Francine worked with Johnny Depp on Pirates of the Caribbean 2 & 3 and still loves and respects him. A True Hollywood Miracle!**
Meet The Band
Operations Manager Sarah Castine has been an animal lover all her life. Growing up in North Reading, she belonged to the local 4-H club, where she learned to ride and care for horses, as well as becoming a junior canine handler. She went on to show Norwegian Elkhounds at 4-H and AKC dog shows. As an adult, Sarah continues to pursue her passion for animals. She has worked in the field for the past six years, supervising doggie daycare, attending to boarding dogs, assisting in training and performing basic grooming. Sarah has volunteered for Great Dog Rescue Of New England as a foster mom to dogs looking for a forever home. However, her home has proven to be her three foster dogs’ forever home! Sarah is honored to participate in the care of a very important member of your family!
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: Sarah knows all the words to “Informer” By Snow and her favorite song is “Woman” by John Lennon. Bonus Fact: Sarah’s college major was music journalism, as she wanted to write for the NME in London.**
Walker/In-Home Sitter Karen Tague is a lifelong resident of Stoneham. Growing up in a large family there was always a household pet from dogs to hamsters, to rabbits and chameleons. With a degree in Early Childhood Education Karen spent over 10 years teaching preschool and kindergarten. Most recently Karen spent a few busy tax seasons working for the IRS. An animal lover of all shapes and sizes she is currently without a canine of her own, but is excited to spend time walking, sitting, caring and bonding with your dogs through BnR!
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: Karen’s favorite rock album is “Give the People What They Want” by the Kinks. Nice one!**
Walker/Sitter Nancy Surette is a resident of Stoneham, where she can often be seen walking her two dogs Sam and April, both adopted from a shelter. Oh, and she also has three cats, also adopted! After spending the past 13 years in a customer service oriented environment, Nancy decided to follow a different path — and what could be better than working with dogs? Nancy is a caring and compassionate person, who realizes that all dogs are unique individuals and treats them with the love, patience and kindness that they all deserve. Nancy is very grateful and very happy to be part of the Bark n’ Roll team!
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: Nancy saw The Doors in concert at the Boston Arena in 1970 and rushed the stage. She got a nice spot up front, where she caught one of Jim Morrison’s Budweiser cans. Sadly she only kept it a few years. What a rock n’ roll memory!**
Walker/In-Home Sitter Shannon Maggio was born and raised in Wilmington, but recently moved to Methuen. She has just completed her online schooling to become an animal groomer. Shannon has always loved animals and they have always loved her back! We can see why. Shannon is an advocate for rescue with pitties near and dear to her heart. She is ecstatic to be a part of the Band!
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: Shannon is obsessed with felines as well as canines. Her cat is named Sizzle, but she calls him Nibby. Like most of us she has many pet names for her pets!**
Walker/Sitter Tiffany McCorry resides in North Reading. She has always had a passion and love for animals having never had a pet of her own growing up. She is now the proud rescue dog mommy of a male Min Pin/Chihuahua mix named Kootz. He has inspired her to change her career path from professional executive for 20+ years to canine care professional. She is beyond thrilled to be a part of the Bark n’ Roll family and to live out her life long dream of working with dogs.
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: A true 80’s chick, Tiffany has seen every Hair Band in concert. Bonus Fact: She once bought tickets for a Motley Crue show not realizing it was in Las Vegas, so to Vegas she went! To be in fake blood spitting distance from the boys was worth it! A die hard groupie move right there!**
Walker/Sitter Marie Birdsall has lived in the Boston area for 30 years. In her spare time, she loves playing with her 8 dogs and taking them for walks. (She also has 4 cats – all rescues.) Marie worked as an editor, writer, and instructional designer for over 40 years, and “retired” in 2016, but was searching for something that would keep her busy and active. When she saw Francine’s help wanted ad, Marie knew immediately what she wanted to do in retirement – to become a dogwalker. Marie loves working with animals, and is thrilled to be a part of the Bark n’ Roll team!
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: Marie’s first word was not Mama or Dada; it was Mike, the name of the family dog! Bonus fact: Marie grew up on a sheep farm outside NYC and they raised orphaned baby lambs in their home. A memorable lamb was Arthur, who was convinced he was a dog.**
Walker/In-Home Sitter Joanna Fowler worked in retail for 10 years, but knew she needed a change. She has always been passionate about dogs and exercise and at BnR she has the best of both worlds! She has a 4 year old Irish Setter named Jack Jingles. Her niece said if she got a dog she should name him Jingles. She threw in Jack so he would sound tougher, but he still remains a giant baby…She is pumped to walk, run, play and chill with the pups in the Band!
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: Joanna begged for a guitar when she was 13 and can only play “Zombie” by the Cranberries. What’s in your head…in your heeeeeeadddd…**
Walker/Sitter Amanda Brubaker lived on the South Shore most her life, but after meeting her boyfriend she moved to the North Shore and has been a Wakefield resident for the past four years. She always has had pets in her home, but her favorite was Pennylane, a Rottweiler she had for over 14 years! She has a chocolate Lab named Moose who is 115 lbs. and thinks she is a lap dog! She also has a cat named Graham who loves to cuddle. She has worked in marketing for the past ten years, but wanted to switch to something she really loves: a career working with dogs! She loves to travel and do anything adventurous. Her favorite destination is Costa Rica!
**Rockin’ Fun Facts: Amanda loves all types of music, her favorite musician being the Zac Brown Band, who she has seen numerous times seated in the front row! She also used to work for Nestle Nesquik and would dress up as the Nesquik Bunny for events!**
In-Home Sitter/Runner/Walker Michele Clark has been a resident of North Reading for almost 20 years. She’s a mother of 4 wonderful kids and 11 pets, including a yellow Lab Chloe and a French Bulldog Bandit. She’s a lover of all furry, feathery, slithery and scaly pets! For those who live locally, you may have seen her running through town everyday in order to stay active. She would love to take your family’s best friend with her! Michele is always happy and works with a smile on her face. She is excited to join Team BnR and their dog-filled lives.
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: Mic ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. WOW! Bonus Fact: Michele has bright red gorgeous long locks. Francine’s daughter O is convinced that she is Ariel, The Little Mermaid.**
In-Home Sitter Heather Keating grew up in Andover, MA with many family dogs. Originally she went to school to become an English teacher, but ended up working with her first true love: animals. Heather graduated with a degree in Veterinary Technology from North Shore Community College in Danvers, MA and is presently employed as a Veterinary Technician. Unfortunately, she is unable to own a dog where she lives, so she is very excited about getting her “doggy fix” while working for Bark n’ Roll!
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: Heather’s favorite album is “Surfer Rosa” by the Pixies. Right on!**
Assistant Facility Manager Megan Rychwa has lived in North Reading all her life, and has loved dogs for just as long. Growing up with a German Shepherd and now having a little elderly Pug she loves all manner of furbaby. Being able to work with and play with dogs all day is a dream come true for her, and she’s counting down the days until she can adopt another puppy. She is living the dream on the Bark n’ Roll Team!
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: Megan’s favorite song is Eric Clapton’s “Layla,” and her favorite group/very first concert was Fleetwood Mac in the third grade. Bonus fact: Megan had two sugar gliders named Layla and Stevie Nicks. ROCK ON!**
Daycare & Boarding Training Program Manager/Trainer/Resident Handy Dude Jimmy is a lifelong resident of the Boston area and a jack of all trades. In his spare time he loves taking his 3 year old pup Milky on long hikes through the Fellsway reservation, especially on extreme weather adventures during snow storms. Jimmy is a musician and an artist, who enjoys finding new sounds and rhythms every day that inspire his work. He has always had a passion and affinity for animals. Being part of the BnR team allows him to do what he loves most: work with and take care of dogs.
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: Jimmy sets the soundtrack of his life for example Metallica when playing tug with his pup, Amy Winehouse for nap time, and oh, he LOVES him some Gwen Stefani!**
Daycare Attendant/Training Assistant Anna Suslowicz is a resident of Chelmsford. She grew up with a beloved Doberman Shepherd mix, a Bernese Golden mix, and a Mini Dachshund pup. Learning about and working with animals has always been a passion of hers. As a child she would tell her mom that she was going to help animals when she grew up. She is currently working towards her degree in Animal Care at Becker College. She has a 2 year old service dog named Domino, who is a rescue from Northeast Animal Shelter and also attends BnR’s daycare program. She aspires to train military and police working dogs, search and rescue dogs, and service dogs. She is very excited to be a part of the BnR Band and to rock n’ roll with them at 211 Main!
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: Anna currently has 16 animals she cares for in her home!**
Daycare Attendant Maddie Fritsch was born and raised in North Reading, and has a love for all animals; big, small, and even scaly. She sees working with animals as a truly rewarding experience, and sees herself working amongst them for life. After attending the University of Rhode Island for two years, she decided to come home to attend school locally, at North Shore Community College. Majoring in Animal Care, she is rockin’ towards a degree as a Certified Animal Care Specialist. When she isn’t jamming out with the band at Bark n’ Roll, you can find her with her dog, Apollo, exploring the great outdoors, or at the nearest reptile convention with her tortoise and two bearded dragons.
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: Maddie is named after Madison the Mermaid from the 80’s hit movie “Splash.” Totally Tubular!**
Daycare Attendant Olivia Bryan is a resident of Lynn. All her life she has been around many different animals, from dogs to small reptiles. She loves all types of dogs but her favorite is the Husky breed. As a kid she had her own dog, a sheltie pom named Crackers and told her parents she wanted to work with animals when she grew up. She attended Merrimack College on a sports scholarship for Track and Field, and majored in biology. She currently goes to North Shore Community College, and majors in animal care. In her free time she loves to draw animals, super heroes and unique characters.
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: Olivia won her first big Shot Put medal during Track for 7th in the state in her senior year, her first year throwing Shot.**
Daycare Attendant Lauren Meleshuk is a life time resident of Reading. Growing up as the only girl (middle child) with two brothers, she found a life long love for animals. She has always had some group of pets to care for such as 1 cat, 4 rabbits & 2 birds when she was 10 to currently having 1 dog, 2 cats & her daughter’s leopard gecko, it’s always been an interesting mix! She studied at Middlesex Community College in Early Childhood Education & Psychology. She also has experience working with animals at other boarding and daycamp facilities. She spends her free time with her 2 children, her human daughter Kaleigh, 11 & her canine mystery-mix Denali, 1.
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: Nearly everyday in all weather Lauren & her family spend 1-2 hours playing “soccer” in the backyard with Denali as the “goalie!”
Daycare Attendant Ashley Gibson hails from Reading. Her passion has been caring for animals since she was a child and currently has a 9 year old Bichon mix named Shea, 6 different kinds of lizards, a hedgehog and a tarantula. Animals are her world, and she is also an artist and spends her free time exploring nature in the woods of New England.
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: Ashley used to work in a funeral home.**
Daycare Attendant Lindsay Vollmar has lived in Reading all her life and has always been the resident “nature girl.” Back in high school AP biology class, whenever one of her classmates found some sort of interesting critter, they’d actually come get HER instead of the teacher. She has had a variety of pets including mice, hamsters, lizards, hermit crabs, fish and newts. She also begged her parents to get a cat, but they ended up getting a dog first. Ginger was with her family for 17 years! She did go on to adopt a cat named Misty and currently has two dogs, Tika and Lily.
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: Lindsay collects moths and butterflies and currently has over 500 of them in her collection.**
Daycare Attendant/Walker/Trainer Felicia Dombrowski is a Massachusetts native. She has always had a passion for animals and always had pets growing up. She is currently working on her ABC dog training certification. She has many interests, but her first passion is working with animals. She is the proud momma of her two fur babies Sunnie, a rescue boxer mix and Macie, a mini bulldog. She is excited to be rocking out with all your pups!
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: Felicia is also a special F/X makeup artist in the film industry.**
Certified Trainer/AKC Evaluator Melissa Cameron, ABCPDT, is an ABC Certified dog trainer, who has lived on the North Shore of Boston for 8 years. In her spare time, she frequently hikes Lynn Woods with her Yorkie mix, Cali. When she is not hiking, she can be found volunteering at Northeast Animal Shelter. After spending years in the restaurant industry, Melissa decided to pursue a career involving her passion for animals. She is excited to work with you and your pups through positive training with Bark n’ Roll!
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: Melissa’s first concert was New Kids on the Block. Her fave album is Empire Records & Axl Rose was a regular at a bar she worked at in LA. They became bar buddies!**
Certified Trainer Theresa Kolpakova, M.Ed., ABCDT, is a native Pennsylvanian and a lover of all animals from zero to eight legs. She is a happy mama and lifelong buddy to a senior rescued feline, holds a Masters in Education through Community Arts and Ecological Teaching, and is an ABC (Animal Behavior College) Certified Dog Trainer. Theresa is also the founder of DogSpeak, providing Basic Manners Training for dogs and their people, and a volunteer trainer at the Northeast Animal Shelter, where she currently teaches classes to staff and volunteers on shelter dog behavior, body language, and bite prevention. She has always been fascinated with animal behaviors and the way we use our body language to affect our interactions with animals. As a humane educator and animal care technician with experience working in animal shelters and animal welfare organizations in California, New York, Massachusetts, and several countries in South America since 2001, Theresa has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of reptiles, birds, amphibians, and mammals. Her work with the Bronx Zoo’s Wildlife Conservation Society as well as co-manager of a wildlife rehabilitation center in southern California inspired her to give greater attention to the individual and species-specific ways that animals use their body language to communicate with humans, and to creating clearer communication between herself and her animal ‘co-workers.’ Dogs have always captured Theresa’s heart with their love of living each moment to the fullest and their courageous nature to trust even after suffering traumatic experiences. She loved bringing animal-assisted therapy to children and adults with disabilities in California and piloted a shelter program designed specifically for those experiencing fear of dogs due to phobia or past trauma. Theresa is passionate about encouraging people toward positive reinforcement techniques to bring out the best in themselves and the dogs who share their lives, and is beyond honored to be a part of the Bark n’ Roll Band!
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: For years as a pre-teen Theresa and her cousins had an all out air guitar and lip sync band dedicated to Kiss, and religiously met every weekend to “play concert” and perform in their family room. She always had the Detroit Rock City guitar solo, her fave. Bonus Fact: Theresa crushed on Ace as well as Vince Neil. Great taste!**
Trainer/AKC Evaluator Tracy Ottina has been with Bark n’ Roll since nearly the beginning. Tracy uses the positive reinforcement model of training to help you and your furry family member feel safe, secure and loved. Tracy recognizes that each dog has his/her own personality and, as such, modifies her approach accordingly. You can trust that Tracy will not overwhelm your little shy guy and she will redirect the enthusiasm of your rambunctious puppy in positive (and playful) directions. Tracy loves all animals and especially enjoys the challenge of working with canines that have reactive behaviors; whether it is based on over enthusiasm, separation anxiety, or fear, this particular group of misunderstood dogs have captured her heart.
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: Tracy used to design pool cues. Bonus Fact: Tracy won an award from the Academy of Arts & Sciences for Animation, under 18. It was an international competition for the 1984 Olympics in LA. Talented lady!**
Marketing Coordinator/Training Assistant/Hiker Amy Barry has been an animal lover her whole life and particularly enjoys dogs and horses. She lives in North Reading and has one dog named Shelby and two horses named Buddy and Robin. She keeps busy with her pets, husband and 14 year old daughter. She decided that she has a passion for dog training and is working towards becoming a certified trainer so she can help pets and service animals. She is also excited to lend her marketing skills to Bark n’ Roll so more people can hear about the great services offered here!
** Rockin’ Fun Fact: Amy once met her idol, Huey Lewis, and he wasn’t as nice as she hoped. Reality check!**
Training Assistant Brittany Venezia is a resident of North Reading. She has loved animals every since she was little; Animal Planet has always been her favorite TV station. After high school, she studied Animal Science at UMass Amherst. Now she is working on her ABC dog training certification. She is excited to to start this new path in her animal care career. Previously, Brittany has worked with livestock at UMass and exotic animals at the Stone Zoo. She also has been working at a local veterinary clinic with cats, dogs, and some pocket pets. Brittany shares her home with a 12 year old Westie named Bella and a 2 year old rescue cat named Rue. She hopes to one day train service dogs and do agility training. She is looking forward to working with you and your furry friend!
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: Brittany helped train coatis, zebus, bears, otters, and snow leopards when she worked at the Stone Zoo!**
Trainer Meredith LoPresti lives in southeast New Hampshire with her Siberian husky Nora. You can often find Meredith and her dog passing the time outside hiking in the woods or splashing around at the beach. Her favorite pastime is teaching her dog fun tricks and she also has a hobby as an amateur photographer. Meredith has always had a passion for working with animals, from riding horses since she was very young, to now being able to work with dogs! She is so excited to be able to be a part of the BnR team and to help dogs and their owners have a close relationship built on mutual love and respect!
**Rockin Fun Fact: Some of Meredith’s favorite movies are Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Pirates of the Caribbean but her favorite of all time is The Princess Bride!**