Meet Our Staff

Our caring, friendly, and fun staff is here to provide the best home-away-from-home resort experience for your best friend!

Evelyn Castillo-Lopez

Resort Operations Manager

Evelyn Castillo is originally from San Diego, California, and moved to San Luis Obispo to pursue her educational goals. Evelyn is extremely passionate about dogs and other pets and loves being a part of the Thousand Hills Pet Resort team.


As the Operations Manager, Evelyn's favorite thing is being able to interact with many different dogs as well as encouraging them to play and have fun. Evelyn takes pride in bonding with each dog to make sure that they feel at home when they board at Thousand Hills.


Assistant Operation Manager

Bonnie Crawford

Bonnie is a student at Cuesta College majoring in business. She is originally from Oak Hills, California and her family has owned dogs for the majority of her life. She has always loved dogs and being around them. In her free time, Bonnie enjoys being outdoors. She's glad she can be a part of the THPR family and loves spending time with the dogs and getting to know them and their personalities. She wants to be able to adopt a fur baby of her own one day!


Dog Trainer

Jenna Reimer

Jenna attends Cal Poly and is majoring in psychology. She is also the club leader for Guide Dogs for the Blind at Cal Poly. Her current puppy in training, Churro, loves to hang out in the office. Jenna’s pet dog, Moose, enjoys playing with the other dogs at THPR! Her favorite part of working for THPR is seeing the smiles on the faces of the owners when they come to reunite with their pups (or kitties of course).


Lead Resort Host

Amber Nieslanik

Amber has always been an animal lover and grew up around different kinds of animals. She loves spending time with all the pets at THPR and getting to know them. Outside of work, Amber loves being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her dog, Louie. 


Lead Resort Host

Alexis Patterson

Alexis is an animal science major at Cal Poly and usually spends her free time exploring San Luis Obispo with friends and volunteering at animal rescues. Alexis has grown an even greater appreciation for dogs since working at Thousand Hills!


Office Manager

Giselle Sosa

Giselle is a student at Cuesta majoring in Small Business. She has always had a dog around in her life and always enjoys spending time with and getting to know the dogs at THPR!


Lead Resort Host

Marina Collins

Marina grew up with dogs in the bay area and moved to SLO for the great weather and outdoor activities. She loves kayaking, hiking, and going to the dog beach with her dog, Bumi. She is a certified elementary school teacher and enjoys observing the intelligence of all the dogs. Caring for them warms her heart.


Lead Resort Host

Melanie Mora

Melanie is a student at Cal poly SLO majoring in Animal Science. She is originally from Los Angeles and loves all kinds of animals which inspired her to work towards becoming a veterinarian. Melanie loves working at THPR because of all the fun dogs and awesome coworkers.


Lead Resort Host

Lauren Stewart

Lauren just moved to San Luis Obispo and wants to work with and train service dogs. She is pursuing her Animal Science and Psychology degree and is learning so much while working here at Thousand Hills!


Dog Bather

Sophia Lorenzo

Sophia is known as Sophie by her friends and she has two dogs and a bird. She used to have two rats and would have an "aviary of rats" if she could. She also likes to draw, play the piano, and also crochet -- let her know if you need a potholder! 


Resort Host

Carlos Orosco

Carlos enjoys being around all the different types of dogs at Thousand Hills. He also enjoys having fun with all his coworkers!


Resort Host

Lauren Casey

Lauren is studying Arts & Humanities at Cuesta College and will be working towards a Veterinary Technician Certificate at Allan Hancock College. She loves spending time with her kitty, Luna, and her senior doggy, Lucy! Her favorite activities are being in nature, gymnastics, and hanging out with her fiancé and family. Lauren loves working at THPR because she gets to see smiling dogs every day!


Madison Schwenoha

Resort Host

Madison grew up absolutely loving animals and couldn’t turn down the opportunity to work at Thousand Hills Pet Resort. She loves being part of every dog‘s journey to becoming the wonderful characters they are and she considers the amazing people she works with family. When she's not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and her pets.


Matt Fletcher

Resort Host

Matt enjoys making music, playing video games & playing with dogs. He is a physics major and is also learning dog training at our Gentle Touch Pet Training program. He loves animals and working at Thousand Hills gives me plenty of time to play with the dogs.


Melissa Pakdaman

Resort Host

Melissa is majoring in Animal Science at Cal Poly SLO. She is originally from the Bay Area and enjoys hiking, finding new food spots, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Her favorite part about working at Thousand Hills Pet Resort is helping the dogs & cats feel at home while their owners are away. She loves working with all the different breeds and personalities. She also is happy to be working with such amazing coworkers!


Alexandria Rojas

Resort Host

Alexandria loves to skateboard, rock climb, and go on outdoor adventures. She loves learning about dogs and working with her adopted dog and best friend, Bomber. Working at Thousand Hills has been an amazing opportunity and blessing in her life.


Autumn Paynton

Resort Host

Autumn is an environmental management and protection major at Cal Poly and is passionate about animal welfare. She has always loved dogs and is thrilled to work with them as a professional at Thousand Hills Pet Resort.


Abby Knecht

Resort Host

Abigail has lived in San Luis Obispo her whole life and grew up around different animals and pets. She has five fur babies she loves taking on walks and playing with.  In her free time, she enjoys drawing, going to the beach, spending time with her puppy Rogan, and reading. Abigail is thankful to be a part of the THPR team and loves getting to work with dogs and create bonds with them while they are with us!

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Austin Domingos

Resort Host

More about Austin coming soon!

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Johnny Perez

Resort Host

More about Johnny coming soon!

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Richie Tran

Resort Host

More about Richie coming soon!

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Taylor Piatt

Resort Host

More about Taylor coming soon!

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Mariah Sarabia

Resort Host

More about Mariah coming soon!

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Naomi Wells

Resort Host

More about Naomi coming soon!

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Kendal Martin


More about Kendal coming soon!