Our Dedicated Team
Owner & Head Trainer
Aschley opened the doors to Ruffgers in 2012 as a training complex. Her passion for dogs began when she was 15, and she began competing in dog agility with the family dog, Bear. It was by the requests and insistence of her clients that she expanded her services in 2016 to include day care and boarding. She was adamant during this expansion that things be done a very specific way, and through this philosophy of comfort combined with structure, Ruffgers evolved into what it is today.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Breanna joined Ruffgers in June of 2019 with the intention of picking up part-time work while attending FGCU, but quickly became a much larger asset to the team. After demonstrating her passion for animals, clients, and team members, as well as a mastery over the operations of our facilities, she has assumed the role of our Chief Operating Officer. Bre ensures all Ruffgers’ campuses are operated according to our protocols and procedures, and that all our guests receive the highest levels of care.
DIRECTOR OF CLIENT RELATIONS
Trainer - Ruffgers Naples
Taylor finds great reward in working with dogs and their owners. She can see the difference it makes when an owner is able to understand their dog, as much as the dog understands their owner. Taylor chose to join the Ruffgers team because she loves what we stand for: positive reinforcement training! She is passionate about caring for dogs, and really all animals, including the mice that lived in the barn where she grew up in Wisconsin. A fun fact about Taylor is she is fluent in sign language (human and dog). 🙂
General Manager - Ruffgers Stuart
Gina Feldman brings with her 15 years of leadership experience in store operations and customer satisfaction. Gina is a sports enthusiast (Coach Gina as we may call her). We’d challenge anyone to try to match her college football knowledge. Most would think she’s been with us for years, but that coaching mentality works hand-in-hand with the team environment of Ruffgers. Despite her love for sports, we really know deep down her passion is her dog, Shadow. She could talk for hours about sports, but days about Shadow.
General Manager - Ruffgers Bonita
Meet Gabrielle, the General Manager of our Bonita Springs Campus. We all know patience is a virtue, but patience is also a key ingredient to dog care, and we have certainly seen that characteristic in Gabrielle. She first encountered Ruffgers 7 years ago as a client in one of our Agility classes, after she and her husband relocated to SW FL to be closer to family and enjoy paradise. Gabrielle retired from the ad world in NYC, but found a new career in dog care at Humane Society Naples, That eventually led her to Ruffgers, where she settled in very quickly.
As mentioned, Gabrielle possesses an unrivaled level of patience, which hugely benefits our guests, clients and team. Combine that with her love for dogs, and her appreciation for their capacity to play, cuddle and just make our lives better, and Ruffgers has another Rising Star. An interesting fact about Gabrielle, is that many years ago, when getting into a fitness routine with a Golden Gloves Boxer in NY, she learned through his mentorship and routines that she was tougher than she knew…something that has served her well ever since. Please join us in welcoming Gabrielle to Bonita Springs as our General Manager!
General Manager - Ruffgers Naples
Zach’s story with Ruffgers starts like many others; as one of our caretakers. However, we quickly learned he had a lot more to offer. He graduated from our trainers’ program very swiftly, and became our Bonita Springs trainer. When the position for General Manager of the Bonita Springs Campus opened up, he anxiously applied to fill that role, and months later, we’ve come to learn just how lucky Ruffgers is to have Zach. Outside of Ruffgers, Zach likes to spend time with his 10 year old chihuahua, Ringo, and playing sports. One fun fact about Zach is he previously was a preschool teacher; likely where he learned his high degree of patience.
Assistant Manager - Ruffgers Naples
Lizzy is one of the smiling faces you see greet you as you and your dog enter the lobby of our Naples Campus. She started out as one of our Client Services team members, but her passion for the job made her an easy choice when the Assistant Manager role became available. Lizzy joined Ruffgers because she loves dogs, and has always felt a special bond with them (especially her dog Oreo). This is something that is obvious when she greets our guest as they enter the lobby. She grew up outside of New York City, and relocated to Naples when she was a senior in high school. She is now pursuing her bachelors degree in marketing. Something most may not know about Lizzy is she was adopted from Guatemala.
Assistant Manager - Stuart
Alyssa joined the team with a great deal of knowledge about our Stuart Campus. Having worked there for the previous operator, she came in with a vast amount of knowledge of the facility, and our guests. Alyssa has always loved dogs and been working with them since she was 13 as a dog sitter. Outside of Ruffgers, Alyssa stays busy with her son, and their 5 dogs!
Trainer - Ruffgers Naples and Bonita
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