Our team of highly trained professionals are excited to care for your dog while you’re away!
Meet The Pack
You can rest assured that our pack is dedicated to caring for your pet with compawssion® and competence. Our selective hiring process finds pack members who align with our mission of Creating Joy In the Lives of Pets and Their Families©. Once on board, we begin our training process which capitalizes on nearly a half century of pet care experience. Additionally, many members of our pack have achieved pet care certifications such as the PACC certificate, are members of industry organizations including IBPSA and IACP, and attend pet care educational conferences annually. We want you to have peace of mind that your pet will be loved and professionally cared for while in our hands.
Michael Hughes has been in the pet business as long as he can remember! Michael is a graduate of Randolph Macon College. He successfully ran our Invisible Fence dealership for 13 years before it was sold to Invisible Fence of Virginia. Michael is now the “Head of the Pack” for Holiday Barn Pet Resorts. You are likely to see him at one of our locations helping our Pack, our guests, or one of our customers. Michael enjoys seeing the Pack develop as we strive to deliver on our mission of “Creating Joy in the Lives of Pets and their Families.” Michael is an accomplished retriever trainer and is the proud owner of Lucy and Trapper, yellow Labrador Retrievers, and Tucker, a designer dog adopted from the Richmond SPCA who’s only job in life is to be cute. In addition to working at Holiday Barn, Michael enjoys being involved in the community and is currently serving on the Richmond SPCA Board, the Greater Southport Business Association Board, and the ChamberRVA IMPACT Committee. Michael has previously served on the CMoR Board, as the IMPACT Committee Chair, and on the St. Michael’s School Board.
Head of the Pack(804) 672-7295 ext. 103
Ryan is the Resort Manager at the Glen Allen Resort. He joined the Holiday Barn pack in May of 2014 as the Pet Care Manager. Ryan has been working closely with animals of many types since graduating from University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2001. He has worked in a variety of animal settings, most recently as the Medical Services Manager for a shelter in Madison, WI. Ryan is very excited to have joined such an amazing pack and to play a role in ensuring all our guests receive top-notch care and services. Most days you can find Ryan and his dog Dexter (Weimaraner/lab mix) exploring a hiking trail and enjoying the beautiful Virginia weather.
Resort Manager, Glen Allen Resort(804) 672-2200 ext. 106
Glenda is the Resort Manager at the South of the James Resort. Glenda joined Holiday Barn in 2002. Glenda is owned by her Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and is a member of the AKC Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club. As an owner she handles her champion dogs in AKC Conformation dog shows. She is a Certified Pet Care Technician. Glenda serves on the advisory board for Hermitage Technical Veterinary Science program, and is the National Fundraising Director for the ACKCS Rescue Trust. Glenda has over 20 years experience in executive and management positions in the corporate world. She now has the “most awesome job of her life” that allows her to do what she is most passionate about — working with pets and people in a customer service and quality focused environment.
Resort Manager, Midlothian Resort(804) 794-5400
Carl grew up in Nottingshire, England.Before joining the pack at Holiday Barn in 2017, Carl was a Teacher’s Assistant and a Physical Education Teacher. Carl enjoys making Holiday Barn a “lovely” place for his colleagues, customers and or course our furry guests. If he challenges you to a game of pool, be sure to decline because he is a tournament pool player! Carl has two lovable cats, Pico and Louie.
Customer Experience Manager, Midlothian Resort(804) 794-5400
Dickie Martinson is a Professional Dog Trainer with 10 years of professional experience. Growing up he always loved animals and loved having a variety of different pets at home. It wasn’t uncommon for Dickie to bring home animals to keep. He decided to take his passion for animals and make it his career. He is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and began his career at Happy Hollow Pet Lodge in Ozark, Missouri where he trained police K9’s for four years. He continued his career by starting his own company Camp Aussie Posse and ran that for six years. At Camp Aussie Posse he specialized in the rehabilitation of dogs with aggression or fear issues. Dickie joined the Holiday Barn pack in 2018 and is devoted to using his training skills to enrich the quality of life for both dog and humans.
Dog Trainer, Midlothian Resort(804) 794-5400
McKenzie Dewar is originally from Goochland, Virginia. She grew up around animals and took on work at a young age pet sitting for family, friends and neighbors. She attended the University of Virginia and received a Bachelors degree in Psychology. She then worked as a dog walker and pet sitter in Richmond for 3 years. She graduated from National K9 School for Dog Trainers and received her certification as a Professional Dog Trainer with endorsements in obedience training, behavioral counseling, puppy development, and customer relations with dog owners. She also received endorsements in retrieval, owner protection, assistance dog training, tracking/trailing, scent detection, and basic police K-9. McKenzie is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals and the National K-9 Dog Trainers Association.
Dog Trainer, Glen Allen Resort(804) 672-2200
Melaina Russell grew up in Richmond, VA and graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. She joined the Holiday Barn pack in August 2015 as a member of the Customer Experience team. Shortly after she was promoted to the Customer Experience Coordinator at the Glen Allen location. After working at Holiday Barn for three years, she had the opportunity to attend Tarheel Canine School for Dog Trainers where she received her certification as a Professional Dog Trainer. She rejoined the Holiday Barn Pack as a Professional Dog Trainer and enjoys helping pet owners with their dog training needs, ultimately helping them achieve stronger bonds with their dogs. Melaina was promoted again in 2020 and is now the Head Trainer at our Glen Allen resort. When she’s not training dogs at work, she enjoys training her Miniature Schnauzer, Rory, and her Border Collie, Posey, in agility, obedience, and barn hunt.
Dog Trainer, Glen Allen Resort(804) 672-2200
Stephanie Hicks is the Customer Experience Manager at the Glen Allen Resort. She joined the Holiday Barn Pack in July 2019 as the Daycare Coordinator and was promoted to the Daycare Manager in September of 2019. In August of 2020, Stephanie assumed the role of Customer Experience Manager. Stephanie grew up in King William, VA and graduated from Longwood University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. She has previously worked at two other boarding facilities over the past seven years in both Virginia and North Carolina as the Kennel Manager and Operations Manager. Growing up with animals, Stephanie always knew she wanted to make a career with them. When Stephanie is not taking care of guests at Holiday Barn, she enjoys going on long walks with her dog, Beetle, a golden retriever rescue, as well as competitively riding dressage with her horse Kitt Carson.
Customer Experience Manager, Glen Allen Resort(804) 672-2200
Zach joined the Holiday Barn pack in May 2017 as the Day Care Coordinator and was promoted shortly after to Day Care Manager in July 2017. Zach grew up in Hanover, Virginia, and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University. While attending college Zach worked at Kings Dominion as an Operations Manager and volunteered at the SPCA. Zach previously worked at two different boarding facilities in Atlanta, GA, and Lynchburg, VA where he developed his skills and experience with animals. After working in Atlanta he realized he wanted to pursue a career with animals. In August 2020, Zach was awarded the position of Dog Trainer at Holiday Barn. He attended Tarheel Canine Training in the Fall of 2020. When Zach isn’t spoiling the guests at Holiday Barn, he enjoys hiking and attending festivals in Richmond. Zach has an Australian Shepherd who loves going to agility class, going to work with Zach, and relaxing with Zach on his days off.
Dog Trainer, Midlothian Resort(804) 794-5400
Danielle grew up on the Jersey shore and worked on the floor of the Commodities Exchange in New York for 12 years prior to moving to Richmond. Before joining the Holiday Barn pack she worked in Veterinary Medicine. When asked what she likes the most about working at Holiday Barn she said she really enjoys the relationships and bonds that she forms with our clients and their pets. Danielle has two adorable adopted Yorkie mixes named Mae and Zoe. They love to cuddle and when she is not taking care of the pets here at Holiday Barn they are always at her side!
Pet Care Manager, Glen Allen Resort(804) 672-2200
Mary has been with Holiday Barn since 2011 and became Pet Care Manager for our South of the James Resort in 2014. Virginia has a hold on Mary… she was born in Northern Virginia, but grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, and then returned to Virginia and attended VCU. Throughout college, Mary did English as a Second Language (ESL) volunteer work with students in Elementary school as well as adults, while also working at KOHLS. After graduating from VCU with a major in International Studies and a concentration in Latin American Studies, Mary continued working for KOHLS as part of their management team until she left to pursue a career and work full-time at Holiday Barn. Mary says that she loved everything about Holiday Barn from the moment she started, “I knew I loved animals but taking care of other people’s pets like my own became a dream come true.” Mary has two bad cats, Rucifor Ruford Rupert (a.k.a. “Bear”) and Baloo Boo Bear (a.k.a. “Little Man”), as well as a family dog, Diego, who’s the cutest Chihuahua on earth.
Pet Care Manager, Midlothian Resort(804) 794-5400
Beth’s very first job was at Holiday Barn when she was just in high school. Then years later, after college, she returned as she was preparing to leave for the U.S. Navy. She served four years as a SONAR Technician onboard the USS James E. Williams. After the Navy, she returned to VCU to graduate with a Masters of Strategic Public Relations. She has years of management experience and loves combining that experience with her love of pets. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering for the Girl Scouts as a Troop Leader. She is owned by her dog Henry and cat, Saoirse.
Grooming Manager, Midlothian Resort(804) 794-5400
|Stacey Leber||Head Kibble Counter, Pack HQ||(804) 672-7295 ext. 119|
|Hunter Hughes||Head Cheerleader, Pack HQ||(804) 672-7295|
|Martha Prideaux||Marketing Director, Pack HQ||(804) 672-7295 ext. 108|
|Tina Pack||Social Media Administrator, Pack HQ|
|Charlotte Hughes||Procurement, Pack HQ||(804) 672-7295|
|Dawn Lawyer||Director of Planning & Analysis, Pack HQ||(804) 672-7295 ext. 121|