MEET OUR TEAM
Gina is a graduate of The University of Iowa. She is the Vice President of Let’s Walk Chicago and an avid animal lover. Growing up along side of her late Chocolate Lab, Sammy, Gina relates and strives to help families care for their pets. She has devoted her life to positively impacting the lives of animals and serving the community.
Mikaela is a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago and is the Field Manager for Let’s Walk Chicago. She grew up wanting to work for the ASPCA, then discovered while making a documentary about it for school that she loved filmmaking. She grew up with a feisty little Yorkie named Rosie, who’s now the ripe old age of 14. She can’t wait until she can get a dog to call her own, but in the mean time she’s spending as much time as she can with other people’s dogs to fill the void.
Hey, I’m Katie! I’m an avid dog lover with three pitbulls of my own. I grew up in a home that always fostered animals which carried over passionately into adulthood. I’m looking forward to taking great care of your poochies!
Hi I’m Lucy! I come from a huge dog family and have been around them my entire life. I’ve been in and around Chicago for as long as I can remember and have spent the last two years here between school and family. In my free time I run a small business baking and selling decorated cookies and wedding cakes!
Hey, I’m Sidney! I’m a wildlife enthusiast and visual artist, as well as a Chicago native, currently working on a degree in environmental studies. Not only do I love being outside, but spending time with dogs is one of my favorite things to do as well. I started walking dogs professionally in 2017 and I have been having a great time getting to know the pups of Chicago.
My name is Sarah Ballard and I became an official Chicagoan in 2016, though I grew up in the Suburbs. And I moved from the ‘burbs’ with my spouse of 12 years & 2 children to Pilsen.
I love being with dogs, and I love walking! So becoming a dog walker made sense for me since it was a way to combine my love of dogs and my love of walking. Plus I also love caring for dogs and all pets since pets really are simply the best thing in the world!
Dogs are very special animals and I feel very privileged to be a dog walker now.
I am so glad to be available to do walks with your pet and give great care to your furry friend(s)!
Tanzen has been with Let’s Walk Chicago since 2016. She is an artist and animal lover from Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013 with a BFA, and now lives in Chicago with a cat named August. Tanzen has always enjoyed the company of dogs and cats alike. She has been dog walking and cat sitting for her neighbors, friends, and family ever since high school. Tanzen even has experience caring for chickens!
Sam Bruns is a playwright, screenwriter and animal behavior enthusiast trying to make his Mark on the city of Chicago. He recently graduated from North Park University and is now hoping to continue his craft while supporting himself by taking care of your furry friends! At home, Sam spends his time writing, reading, cooking, hanging out with his cat Romeo and also wishing he was with his family dog Callie back in Wisconsin.
Hi, I’m McCall. I’m a graduate of Western Kentucky University and studied Theatre and Film. I moved to Chicago just over a year ago and have fallen in love with this city. I am a huge animal lover and have been ever since I adopted my fist pup as a kid, a miniature collie named Zack. When I’m not exploring the city I’m doing stand up and improv comedy.
Hi, I’m Natalya! I’m a dental assistant for over a year and a half now in the suburbs. Ever since i was little, my favorite thing to do was to spend time with dogs. I really enjoy being outdoors with them also. Recently, i started with Let’s Walk Chicago and i look forward to getting to know each and every dog I walk.
Matt (pic coming soon)
Hi I’m Matt. I am a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago. I am an easy going person and get along well with animals. I have little kitty of my own, and she is very much part of the family. I consider myself a good listener and sensitive person, which helps me pick up on people and animal’s needs. I am a hard worker and believe strongly that having a positive attitude makes life easier. When not walking dogs Matt spends his time as an audio engineer for local art projects.
Michael has been around dogs his whole life, growing up with a house full of them. His passion for dogs lead him to pursue dog training and he has been in the industry for 3 years. He is certified in dog and cat CPR, and some general leash obedience. He looks forward to taking care of your puppy, and yes they are all puppies!