Meet The Band Leader
Band Leader/Owner/Certified Positive Trainer & Certified Behavior Consultant, Francine Coughlin, CPDT-KA, IAABC, is a Massachusetts native. She is the proud mother of rescue pups Teeny, Nelly, Finnegan, Bettie, Sugar & special needs pup Stewie, as well as one lovely human daughter Ophelia. She is 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 Founder and President of BnR’s Rock n’ Rescue, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit rescue organization. She also served as the President of the Reading North Reading Chamber of Commerce and as Vice Chairperson of the North Reading Historical Commission. 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
Certified Trainer & BnR Training Program Director Theresa Kolpakova, M.Ed., ABCDT, is an ABC Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She loves all animals wild and wild at heart, and graduated in 2012 from Animal Behavior College. She has taught classes in the Northeast and Southwest on dog behavior and bite prevention for rescue shelter Staff and Volunteers of diverse age and ability, as well as group classes and clinics addressing reactive dog behaviors. As BnR’s Training Program Manager, she mentors an incredible team of certified trainers. A humane educator with experience working in animal shelters, wildlife rehabilitation, and animal conservation and welfare organizations in North and South America since 2001, Theresa has loved bringing humane education (and dogs!) into elementary classrooms, as well as animal-assisted therapy to youth group homes and children with disabilities. She co-created a shelter program designed specifically for children and adults experiencing fear of dogs due to phobia or past trauma, and enjoys learning something new every day from the dogs and people she interacts with in training. As a force-free trainer, Theresa’s passion is providing Positive Reinforcement Training for Dogs and Their People, including behavior consultations to address reactive, aggressive, and anxious behaviors. She is a member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) as well as a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). Theresa is also honored to be a Board Member of BnR’s Rock n’ Rescue, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization coordinating with rescuers in Puerto Rico and the southeastern United States as well as working within the community to place adoptable dogs in permanent loving homes as well as providing free positive reinforcement training during each dog’s transition into a forever home.
**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!**
Executive Band Director Courtney Owens grew up on the North Shore of Massachusetts. She met her first furry best friend Nikki, a Cocker Spaniel, when she was just a baby. Ever since she was a child, Courtney has dreamed of owning a dog of her very own, and has been infatuated with every dog she sees. She pursued her dream of becoming a hair stylist in 2011, but nothing could replace her love of dogs. Courtney traded in her shears and blow dryer for leashes and dog bones in 2014, and has never looked back. She worked as a kennel manager for a German Shepherd breeder, hand raising and training puppies from birth and caring for their mommas! Currently Courtney has two rescue kitties; a polydactyl tabby named Denna and a Savannah named Brahms. She saves all her dog lovins for BnR’s band members!
She is too excited to be a part of Bark n’ Roll!
**Rockin Fun Fact: Courtney is a life long fan of Elvis Presley and has visited his home Graceland for Elvis Week in Memphis, Tennessee SIX times!**
Client Care & Facility Manager Lynne Verney is a thirty year resident of North Reading. She grew up in a household surrounded by animals from dogs and cats to bearded dragons, iguanas, hamsters, bunnies and birds. Her house was a revolving door of animals; you never knew what you were walking into at any given time! She and her daughter now share their home with two puppies named Roman and Roscoe along with four cats, Annabelle, Riley, Rosie and Luna. She spent 15 years as a florist in a local shop along with a history of business management until she decided to follow her passion for animals. She loves to take spontaneous road trips with her teenage daughter and drive until they end up somewhere new for the day.
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: Lynne enjoys organizing and redecorating homes in her spare time.**
Executive Assistant Lauren Evans has always dreamed of working in rescue and now as Director of Operations of non-profit BnR’s Rock n’ Rescue she can’t wait to “rescue all the dogs!” Lauren has three golden retrievers that are her best adventure mates. You can always find her outside hiking, taking the dogs on runs, practicing yoga (yes, the dogs join in), and in the summer months swimming with the pups. She is excited to help with Bark n’ Roll operations in addition to her rescue role.
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: Lauren became a Yoga instructor after a certification retreat in Bali.**
Daycare Training Program Manager/Walker & Sitter/Trainer/Tour Bus Driver Sarah Kennedy known affectionately on our team as Kennedy to avoid confusion, has been in love with animals her whole life. Growing up on her grandparent’s farm and having family in the racing industry, she naturally gravitated toward animal husbandry, 4-H, and equine training. After seeing first hand the behind the scenes horrors of the racing industry, she began working in rescue and rehab, retraining horses for new loving homes, and advocating for animal rights, public education, and stronger laws. She put herself through college, getting her bachelors degree, and started her own business in adult health education. This has allowed her more time to return to working with animals. Sarah will happily walk or jog with your pup and sing them a song along the way. She’s looks forward to rockin’ out with the BnR Band Members daily!
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: Sarah takes care of a family of disabled kittens.**
Walker/Runner/Sitter Karen Douglas grew up in Connecticut, but has made the Boston area her home since graduating college. As a child, Karen always had one or two dogs in her family and now she is the proud Momma Bear to two teenage daughters and two black lab rescues, Derby and Memphis. Karen was an elementary teacher for 30 years but always had her eye on walking dogs, so within days of her retirement she contacted Bark n’ Roll for a dog walking position!
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: Karen has run 46 marathons. Her goal is to run one in every state by the time she is 90. Unfortunately she has a long way to go as so far she has done only 16 states! Go, Karen, GO!**
Walker/Sitter/Certified Training Assistant Juliana Papalegis, ABCDT, grew up in Stoneham, and has always loved animals more than anything. She can’t remember a time growing up when she didn’t have at least one pet. She currently has multiple lizards, tarantulas, a fish, a bird, and a dog named Violet, who is a BnR’s Rock n’ Rescue Sato from Puerto Rico! It has always been a dream of hers to have a career, where she gets to spend her days caring for animals (especially dogs), and is thrilled to be a member of the Bark n’ Roll team. She also enjoys taking her dog on trips to the beach and for walks in the woods and playing video games while her bearded dragon sits on her shoulder.
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: Juliana has a YouTube channel and makes videos as a hobby. She likes making videos about pet care, movies, and anything else that interests her.**
Walker/Sitter Marie Birdsall-Chaffee was born and raised on a farm in New York state, where her parents not only raised dogs and cats, but also sheep and ducks, building a life-long love of all animals. After college, Marie worked in book publishing in New York City before moving to Massachusetts and becoming an instructional designer and technical writer. When Marie retired, she was thrilled to be able to pursue a long-time dream of becoming a dog walker. She and her husband are the proud parents of 8 dogs- Ralfie, Lil’ Duke, PB, Bean, Stan & Ollie, and Simone & Henri. Simone and Henri are Sato alums of our very own Rock n’ Rescue! Marie also has 4 cats Stu, Boots, Timmy and Simon, who keep them on their toes at all times!
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: As a baby, Marie’s first word was “Mike” – the name of the family dog.**
Walker & Sitter Hannah Cohen is originally from Medford, MA. She has had a passion for animals ever since she can remember! Once middle school hit, Hannah found her undying love of horses and horseback riding, and of course dogs! Hannah always jokes that her house is a zoo- with a dog, cat and some Guinea pigs. They are all such sweet fur babies!
*Rockin’ Fun Fact: Hannah really enjoys crime shows and even tries to solve the cases before the detectives do!**
Daycare & Boarding Program Manager 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 & Boarding Senior Band Leader 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 & Boarding Band Leader Lauren Flynn grew up in Western MA with her 2 cats and a Norwegian Elkhound. She has always had a passion for animals even as child. She would beg her mother to take her down the road to visit the horses and she would care for injured birds that flew into the window. She always knew she wanted to make a career out of caring for animals, which lead her to Becker College where she received an associates in veterinary animal science. In college, she primarily worked with retired greyhounds off the track and instantly fell in love with the breed. A week before she graduated she rescued a 2 year old greyhound mix named Tucker. She now shares her home with 4 dogs, 4 cats, chickens, ducks and geese. She hopes to one day own a farm where she can have even more animals.
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: In high school Lauren placed top 30 in women’s downhill ski racing.**
Daycare & Boarding Attendant & Certified Trainer Jordan Quartararo, ABCDT, grew up in rural Upstate New York. Growing up, she always wanted to be a teacher, eventually teaching middle school for three years. Although she has always loved dogs, it wasn’t until Jordan adopted her jack-chi, Jager, that a passion for training was ignited working with Bark n’ Roll as a client. Jordan completed her dog obedience certification through Animal Behavior College. She has previous experience working in daycare and dog training.
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: In her spare time, Jordan loves to learn new circus arts! Her favorite apparatuses are the trapeze and aerial hoop!**
Certified Trainer Scott Bacheller, ABCDT is a Massachusetts native, who was raised primarily on the West Coast. After moving back East, Scott earned his BA in History and Philosophy. Scott grew up surrounded by dogs, cats, and the occasional rabbit. While recovering from a traumatic brain injury, Scott met his rescue dog Buster and both their lives changed forever. Scott quickly transitioned from working in human resources, to becoming a professional animal lover. He has never looked back! Scott is a certified dog trainer through Animal Behavior College and enrolled in KPA. When offered a position with Bark n’ Roll, Scott was over the moon! Scott lives in Malden with his fiancé and Buster, a 9 year old rescue chihuahua and pekingese mix.
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: Scott volunteers doing temperament testing and behavioral intervention with rescue dogs. He also really likes to bake vegan desserts.**
Daycare Attendant Alex Sullivan has had dogs all his life and loves them more than anything! He started working professionally with them 3 years ago as a dog walker after moving to the Boston area from Cape Cod. Working with dogs is Alex’s dream come true and he’s so excited to be a part of the BnR team!
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: Alex is secretly a rockstar! He enjoys writing and performing music.**
Daycare Greeter & Attendant Finn Frank is originally from Pennsylvania and has lived in Reading for the past four years. Despite growing up with two cats (and plenty of fish along the way) Finn is most definitely a dog lover. Since moving to Reading Finn’s family has adopted two dogs, Athena (3) and Bear (2). In their free time Finn enjoys doing escape rooms with their friends and working on developing their skills in Special Effects, as well as playing and writing music. Finn is a Recent graduate of Reading Memorial High School, and they plan on taking courses in Special Effects and going into it professionally.
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: Growing up Finn lived abroad in Switzerland for two years! **
Certified Trainer Felicia Scouten, ABCDT, is a Massachusetts native. She has always had a passion for animals and always had multiple pets growing up. She is a Certified Trainer with Animal Behavior College, and completed a rigorous one year plus program including currently mentoring several of the newest trainers on the BnR team. She works with some of our most challenging behavioral clients including reactivity, anxiety and aggression. She also has been leading our daycare training and enrichment program for over a year. She has many interests, but her first passion is working with dogs. She is the proud momma of her two fur babies Sunnie, a rescue Boxer mix and Macie, a Frenchie Mix. 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 Brittany Venezia, ABCDT, 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!**
Certified Trainer Jessi Jaffe, KPA-CTP, rediscovered her love of animals when her Newfoundland Dog, Xander, came into her life. He inspired the “trade in” of a life as a Certified Pharmacy Technician for one as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She has a special interest in behavior and is working towards her Veterinary Technician Specialty. She referred so many clients to Bark n’ Roll that when offered to join the team, she jumped at the chance. She is a Fear Free Certified Professional ™, as well as a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Trainer.
**Rockin’ Fun Fact: Halloween is Jessi’s favorite day of the year. In fact, she likes it so much, she made it her wedding anniversary!**