Our Staff

Just like our furry friends, each one of our pet sitters has a different look and personality. While we all come from different backgrounds and have different talents and interests, we have a few common elements that make us similar: We are all responsible, dependable pet lovers!
Dana
Dana and Miso

Dana

Owner

Dana earned a master’s degree from the University of Illinois in 2001 and soon after started Chicago Pet Sitters. Today, she runs Chicago Pet Sitters with the help of her pups and an amazing group of dog walkers and pet sitters. When she isn't submerged in CPS, she's learning about pet health and nutrition while chasing around her 2-year-old!

Dana

Dan

Dan

General Manager

Dan is Chicago Pet Sitters’ General Manager. Born and raised in the Rust Belt, Dan lived in Nashville, TN for 12 years where he met his wife and received a bachelor’s degree in Social Justice and a master’s degree in Community Development from Vanderbilt University. When he’s not inspiring our staff, he’s caring for his new baby boy Andrew!

Dan

Marcus and Theo

Marcus

Office Coordinator

Marcus is Chicago Pet Sitters' Office Coordinator. He returned to Chicago after living in Los Angeles for 2 years following graduation from Columbia College Chicago for a degree in Audio Engineering and Music Business. Today, Marcus lives in Lakeview with his pup Theo and continues to make music while ensuring Chicago Pet Sitters is organized and running smoothly!

Marcus

Tiffany

Tiffany

Pet Care Specialist

Tiffany is a Chicago native who is schooled-out after having recently completed her master’s degree. When she is not reading about or watching something on crime forensics, she enjoys playing with her two cat creatures Isaac Newton and Einstein, indulging her literal card-carrying, space-nerd side and travelling.

Tiffany

Alison

Alison

Pet Care Specialist

Alison grew up in the wilds of the North Chicago suburbs. She earned her degree in International Studies and French from the University of Illinois. When she’s not kitty sitting, she loves to learn new languages, swim, and curl up (cat-like) with a good book.

Alison

Cathy

Pet Care Specialist

Cathy is a former managing editor of a pet-related trade magazine who has turned her lifelong love for cats into a pet-sitting career. One of the first things she did upon moving from central Illinois to Chicago in the early 90s was to start volunteering at a cat shelter, and she has been involved with the animal welfare community in one way or another ever since. When not caring for her own clowder and a colony of feral cats in her alley, she enjoys biking, reading and volunteering at her neighborhood food pantry.

Cathy

Kyle H

Kyle H

Kyle serves as Chicago Pet Sitters' part-time Scheduling Coordinator while also working as a Pet Care Specialist. He is a writer and independent filmmaker, currently pursuing his MFA in Screenwriting at Maharishi University of Management. Growing up, his father bred and raised golden retrievers, so he’s used to being surrounded by dogs. Now he’s brought his love of animals to Chicago Pet Sitters!

Kyle H

Kyle J

Kyle J

Pet Care Specialist

Kyle serves as Chicago Pet Sitters' part-time Staff Manager in addition to working as a Pet Care Specialist. When he’s not working with CPS he is likely playing piano, practicing with one of his bands or doing something involved with music. He loves all animals, yoga and living a vegan lifestyle.

Kyle J

Chris and Kali

Chris

Pet Care Specialist

Chris was born and raised in Chicago. After rescuing his cattle dog mix, he decided to change his decade-long career of massage therapy to begin working in animal care. To boot, he loves being outdoors, staying active and riding his bike around the city, so this is the perfect job for him!

Chris

Stefan

Stefan

Pet Care Specialist

Stefan moved to Chicago from Madison in 2015 where he was finishing up his graduate studies. Having grown up with terriers (and for a brief while a guinea pig) throughout his childhood, he also retains a particular fondness for his former black lab, Jasmine. In addition to his association with CPS, he enjoys engaging with the local Chicago Shambhala community along with exploring his interests in Integrally-informed arts and education.

Stefan

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Pet Care Specialist

Outside of loving on your pets, Elizabeth is an avid cinemaphile, an incorrigible clown, a board game and trivia enthusiast, and an adventurer at heart. Additionally, she can make a great from-scratch loaf of bread and, if invited, will bring it to any dog birthday party!

Elizabeth

Michael and Drake

Michael

Pet Care Specialist

Michael grew up around animals, namely dogs, cats and guinea pigs. He enjoys taking care of, playing with, and spoiling animals, and he believes a deeper understanding and relationship with animals starts by respecting them and treating them with kindness.

Michael

Meara

Meara

Pet Care Specialist

Meara loves spending time with dogs and cats, the outdoors, and experiencing new things. Whether it's cycling, playing Animal Crossing, watching Survivor, baking or hanging out with friends, Meara always makes the most out of her free time. She's all around very easy going and loves meeting new people and making friends!

Meara

Nikolas

Nikolas

Pet Care Specialist

Nikolas has loved and been around animals since he was a kid! It brings him happiness to be around cats and dogs, and he also enjoys training them. Nikolas does all sorts of things for fun, whether it's being outdoors playing with his Border Collie or playing video games inside. On the weekend, he enjoys spending time with his friends or being home with his family and dog. In the next year, he has a goal of being accepted into graduate school at Kyoto University in Japan. His dream is to research African apes and to live a simple, content life!

Nikolas

Jessica

Jessica

Pet Care Specialist

Jessica is a California native who somehow turned out to love Chicago. An avid reader, yoga teacher, and future PT student, Jessica loves spending time with furry creatures big and small, including her two cats (Leia and Aurra) at home!

Jessica

Mandy

Mandy

Pet Care Specialist

Mandy a self-proclaimed professional cat-scratcher! When she's not working on her art, writing or doting on our four-legged companions, she leads tour groups around the city. We have no doubt she'll share some historical tid-bits about Chicago while conversing with your canine or feline family member(s)!

Mandy

Eric

Eric

Pet Care Specialist

Eric is a dog walker at CPS and loves to cook and play games with friends. He plays the saxophone and loves to compose music and play at jazz clubs in Chicago.

Eric

Dylan

Dylan

Pet Care Specialist

Dylan is a goofy, down to earth guy who loves music, gaming and animals. As a longtime pet owner, Dylan has taken care of dogs and cats of all kinds. When he isn't caring for animals, he is either working as a freelance sound engineer or letting his friends know who the superior gamer is!

Dylan

Darcy

Darcy

Pet Care Specialist

Darcy is a Dog Walker/Pet Sitter at CPS, and enjoys yoga, watching anime with her partner, and reading tons of books from the library. She's also a writer, and currently working on her second novel.

Darcy

Miso

Miso

Muse

2004-2017
Miso is the inspiration behind Chicago Pet Sitters. In 2005, Dana was working as an editor for a NY-based magazine. After unsuccessfully finding the quality of care she wanted for 1-year-old Chihuahua, she decided to start her own pet care company. What started as a part-time passion soon became a full-time qualitative service, and the care she expected for Miso is now the care Chicago Pet Sitters is committed to providing every single day.

Miso