Meet the Dogs Bay Team

Deb Lewis Owner/Certified Trainer/Dog Behavior Counselor

Deb Scanzillo-Lewis, Owner, Certified Trainer and Dog Behavior Counselor of Dogs Bay Country Club and Dogs Bay Training. Deb is a 1994 graduate of Companion School for Dog’s Certification Course in Behavior Modification and Obedience. Deb is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and has attended numerous seminars and workshops with Cesar Millan, Dr. Ian Dunbar DVM, Ph.D., CPDT, Dr. Karen Overall MA, VMD, Ph.D., Patricia McConnell Ph.D., Steve Dale, Trish King CPDT, Karen Pryor, Terry Ryan CPDT, Pia Silvani CPDT, Sue Sternberg, Nicole Wilde CPDT, Jan Elster, Teoti Anderson CPDT and Turid Rugaas…just to name a few!   “I am one of the fortunate ones that has found their true passion and God given gift in life. I have been training dogs for 20 years and could not imagine doing anything else.”
 

Courtney Fannon

Please meet our Country Club manager Courtney Fannon. Courtney was raised in Grand Rapids and resides in Fennville with her two year old rescue fur kid Indy Yzerman. Courtney studied business management at Davenport university and has years of experience in customer service and animal welfare. She has worked at a vet clinic as well as a local humane society. Her passion for animals is what led her to Dogs Bay. Courtney’s love for dogs and past experiences help her lead our award winning Country Club. She strives every day to ensure Dogs Bay is the very best boarding facility in the area, we are lucky to have her. 
 

Natasha Popielewski

Natasha Popielewski- South Daycare Manager

Meet our South Daycare Manager Natasha.  Tosha (her beloved nickname) lives with her significant other Tom and fur friend Mojo. This girl is a ball of non-stop energy (thanks to lots and lots of coffee and sugar 😉, so it’s non-stop fun for the fur kids at doggie daycare! Tosha is very creative and in her down time, loves painting and arts and crafts. She loves each and every daycare fur friend like her own. Here’s a message she just received from a client…pretty much says it all! “Good morning natash this is Paula. I am on a journey of gratefulness and today I am grateful for you . You do such a wonderful job at the daycare center and Jesse just loves you! it’s just so comforting to know that she’s in great hands with great people having a great day so thank you so much for being the person you are, the love of dogs you have and I hope you have a wonderful day.” We are grateful too Tosha to have you!!!!!! Deb and team
 

bethany

Bethany Hutt

Bethany is our Dogs Bay North Manager, you will be greeted every day by her smile and her love for our fur friends. Having a passion for animals is what led her to Dogs Bay.  Growing up around kids and animals gave her the drive and desire to help others. Bethany and her boyfriend, Kevin have 3 fur-babies of their own. Bailey, Oliver and Tinkerbell. 

Veronica and fur-friend

Groomer Veronica Dykstra

Veronica’s kind, gentle, caring demeanor is evident the second you meet her and fits perfectly with our Stress Free Grooming philosophy!

Veronica is a licensed hairdresser who turned her hair styling skills over to the dogs. Veronica is well known for her hand scissoring skills.  Hand scissoring is an art that is not practiced by most groomers these days and has a more natural, finished look.

 Veronica grooms with kind attention to detail.  She would love to meet you and discuss your dog’s grooming needs.
Kayleigh Chadwick

Kayleigh Chadwick

Please allow us to introduce Kayleigh Chadwick our Puppy Preschool Teacher and Doggie Daycare assistant at our North facility. Kayleigh is a lover of all animals and has been working in the pet industry for 10 years. She started working in retail working her way up to management and spent time at a Veterinary boarding kennel, followed by a grooming salon and Doggie Daycare in Colorado. “I feel fortunate to be on the Dog’s Bay team, and utilizing my years of knowledge teaching the fur kids in Puppy Preschool, and taking care of my fur pals in Daycare! I have a passion for animals, and spend my time trying to learn as much as I can to better their lives. I have a cat, Sasha, and the best dog in the world (possibly biased) Freyja, and she has a blast being on the Dog’s Bay team, too! In my spare time, I love to garden, and even spent a summer working on organic farms on the west coast! I aspire to have my own small-scale farm one day and continue my passion of working with animals.” -Kayleigh
Alex Wolff

Alex Wolff

“I have always had a love for animals of every kind. Dogs being one of my absolute favorites. I am 23 years old, married for 3 years, and live in Grand Haven. We have four beautiful Siberian Huskies, Moose(4yrs) Kado(3yrs) Aspen(2yrs) and Lola(1yr almost 2yrs), they are our everything. I love working at Dogs Bay! Being able to care for and look after others’ fur-babies is an honor to which I am grateful for! We love each and every pup that comes in! Big or small!”-Alex
   
Alyssa Owen

Alyssa Owen

“Hello my name is Alyssa and I currently work part time at the Country Club. I work full time for Dr Pepper Snapple Group as well but working with animals will always have my heart. I graduated from Michigan State University (Go Green!) with my Bachelor of Science in Zoology. After graduating, I had the unique opportunity to work with some marine mammals. I completed an internship in Connecticut working with beluga whales. Shortly after that I was accepted into another internship program in Hawaii this time working with dolphins. I ended up returning back to Holland to reside after my animal adventures and have been involved with Dogs Bay for quite some time now.  I love having the chance to meet and care for so many different canine friends I encounter at Dogs Bay!” -Alyssa
Susie Brown

Susie Brown

Susie has loved dogs all her life, and decided to follow her heart and join the Dogs Bay North team! She has a nurturing spirit and a passion to care for animals which makes her a great team member! She has a Labrador Retriever named Dozer who is her whole world. Susie brings a motherly sense to the team and the fur-kids all love her!

Maddy Hedlund 

Maddie is currently a student at Zeeland High School, her hobbies include hiking, running and dancing. Maddie’s deep love for dogs, is what lead her to the Dogs Bay team. 
 

Alexis Barreto

Alexis Barreto

Alexis graduated from Zeeland West in 2011 and has her Associates in Science and Arts from Muskegon Community College. She worked at a horse barn for 2 years and has 3 horses of her own and her fur friend Belle. Alexis’ dream is to own a rescue ranch. Her favorite part of working for Dogs Bay South Doggie Daycare is “getting to know every dog and I think of htem all as my own.”
 

Becky Dubbink

Becky Dubbink

Becky works at all three Dogs Bay locations. She raises and shows Dalmatians and has two spotted cuties named Emma and Whisper. Besides showing and raising dogs she also shows and raises rabbits and cavies (Guinea Pigs). She is often found working with her 4-h club helping kids who share in her passion for animals. In her spare time she makes leashes and collars (which you can find for sale at North) and enjoys spending time working with any and all animals. She is a cherished team member who the fur-kids all love! 🙂 
 

Savannah Chadwick

Savannah Chadwick

Hi, I’m Savannah Chadwick and I am currently a senior at West Ottawa High School. I might only be 16, but I’d like to think my passion and love for the dogs inspires work that exceeds my age! I am a proud parent to a 9 year old German Shorthaired Pointer named Hank, and a 10 year old Tennessee Walking horse named Liberty! Animals are my entire life (which is the reason I am vegan!) and I am very lucky to be in a place where I have the ability to care for them daily 🙂 I LOVE being able to bond with each individual pup and to be able to form relationships with their parents, it’s my favorite part of my job (not to mention all the doggie cuddle time I get!) I am very thankful for Dogs Bay and the amazing opportunities it gives me. 
 

Christy DeVol

Christy DeVol

Christy has a warm hear for dogs. She looks forward to her shifts at the Country Club and giving the fur kids the extra love and attention while their fur-parents are away. Christy also helps in the grooming salon with spas, and is support at North Daycare. Her dream job is to do reasearch animal behavior. During her free time, she enjoys playing the flute and performing in ensembles. She also enjoys composing her own music. 

Alyse Johnson

Alyse has always been surrounded with animals from a young age. She grew up raising pigs and is currently attending school for agriculture and animal science at the Tech Center. “Dogs Bay is by far the best job I’ve ever had! I love caring for the animals!” – Alyse 
 

Abby Hanson

Abby Hanson, a recent graduate from Saugatuck High School, has grown up with animals of all shapes and sizes. She has a deep love and respect for dogs which is what lead her to Dogs Bay. Her goal is to continue a career working with Dogs. Abby is one of the many smiling faces you will see at the South Daycare and country club and feels blessed to be apart of the Dogs Bay Team. (Her words ?)
 

Savannah Emaus

 Savannah is currently a student at Hopkins High School, but don’t let her age fool you. This girl has been around animals all of her life (her mom is vet) and has a deep love for them all. She has a sweet puppy names Faith, who is adored by the family. Savannah loves coming to work everyday and getting meet new fur friends 🙂 
 

Jennifer Marlink

 “Hi! I’m Jennifer born and raised in Holland. Dogs /animals are my life. My heart and background is and still is animal shelter /rescue. It’s my passion. I love to foster. I foster dogs in need before they find a forever home. I also love animal medicine. It’s something I want to pursue. I have two fur kids, my dog named Romeo and my guinea pig named Hercules. My husband and I love spending time together outdoors with our Romeo. We take a lot of weekend getaways together to cities we’ve never been to before here in Michigan or in another state. We love to travel and doing new things. I’m very passionate about saving our earth and doing all I can on my part to protect it and save it. My husband is a police officer and is also in the Army. Very proud of him. He’s my hero. We are always spending time with our families. We have a 6 month old niece that we just adore and another niece due in a week! And we have 5 fur nephews! Animals are my life. They make me happy and make me me. Happy to be a part of the Dogs Bay team.”
 

Terri Falk

 Terri has had animals all of her life, and currently has one fur baby of her own, Hannah, a yellow lab,and a foster girl Ellie (Pictured). Terri loves to get to know each and every fur kids, and loves to see all of the different personalities she encounters daily. 

 

Dogs Bay Team at the Cesar Millan Event 2013

Dogs Bay Team at the Cesar Millan Event 2013

 Dogs Bay Team and friends (and Angel's purse) at lunch 2013

Dogs Bay Team and friends (and Angel’s purse) at lunch 2013

We do many things together as a team to build our team skills and just get to know each other personally and have some fun.  It really helps as we all work so closely together.  We truly are a team and I consider these amazing people part of the Dogs Bay Family.  We have a “Fun Fund” set up at both facilities that clients contribute to, and every so often we do fun things as a team.  I love these people!   ~Deb

Dogs Bay Team Christmas Party 2012

Dogs Bay Team Christmas Party 2012

We are always looking for amazing people to join our team!  If you are interested in a position at Dogs Bay, please send a resume or letter of interest to dogsbayinc@gmail.com