Patrick comes to us with equal parts experience and enthusiasm. Having worked with animals since a teenager, Patrick has enjoyed a career as both a kennel attendant and a veterinary technician. His love for animals is also reflected in his personal life where he is the caretaker to Bear (a Black Lab), Catti B (a tuxedo cat), two horses (Neon & Harmony), many chickens and saltwater fish. A Jacksonville native, Patrick enjoys taking advantage of the great local fishing opportunities, both inshore and off. Football (in particular, The Green Bay Packers) is another passion as is spending time with friends & family. Since joining our team, Patrick has been instrumental in adding fun new features to the resort as well as maintaining a positive and cohesive work environment for our staff. His passion for animals and consideration of others makes Patrick a very special part of the Birch Island family.
Coming to us with an impressive background of diverse experience and achievements is Elise. Originally from New Jersey, Elise moved to Jacksonville in 2011 to reunite with her high school sweetheart whom she is now married to. After earning her associate degree in nursing, she became an RN for 15 years. In addition to her human caretaker role, Elise also spent time as a veterinary technician and received her certification in pet grooming. In 2012, she started a non-profit dog rescue called “Animal Alley” which helps homeless and at-risk shelter dogs. Currently, Elsie lives with her husband and two Chihuahuas Diva & Tinker. She has five grown children and a grandson. In her spare time, Elise indulges her musical side by playing keyboards and African drums. She also expresses her creativity through painting and crafting, plus loves horseback riding and camping. Birch Island is fortunate to have such a generous, well-rounded team member who genuinely adores all our resort guests.
Patrick is a welcome addition to our team of camper counselors. A Jacksonville native, he has a deep connection with dogs and enjoys keeping our canine guests happy & active. Patrick shares his home with Lulu, a Golden Retriever/Labrador mix. Embracing his creative & adventurous side, Patrick makes music in his free time and loves exploring new places.
Whether big or small, furry or scaly, Brittany has a passion for animal caretaking. With a special interest in reptiles, she has owned and bred several species for several years. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Brittany also has volunteered at Catty Shack, a wildlife sanctuary for big cats. It is no wonder she is pursuing a degree in Science! Our dog and cat campers adore her enthusiasm and positive energy.
Austin is a fun-loving, hardworking young man who loves keeping our canine campers on their toes! A Jacksonville native, Austin’s ambition is to become a veterinary technician so he can continue his career helping animals. His pet family includes two dogs (a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and black German Shepherd) as well as two tuxedo cats. In his spare time, Austin enjoys working on his car, playing video games, gardening and, of course, spending time with his four-legged family.
Originally from Panama City, Alexis is a cheerful go-getter who is inspired by those around her, especially animals. She has a Chiweenie (Chihuahua/Dachshund cross) named Nano as well as three foster siblings. Alexis is passionate about volunteering in the community and sharing her generosity of spirit. She also played travel soccer when she was younger. She is wonderful with all our resort guests, both human and animals!
Ginny is a Jacksonville native with a passion for animals and exploration. She is currently enrolled in school to become a Veterinary Technician. Her own pet crew includes Fritz the Miniature Dachshund, Hallow the cat and Jeffree the goldfish. Ginny also manages a custom t-shirt business for both people and pets. She loves to travel, hike, read and challenge herself. Her multi-faceted skills and spirited personality make her a wonderful fit at the resort.
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Sydney is one of the smiling faces at the desk of our Resort & Spa. An animal lover, Sydney shares her home with two cats (Tupac & Biggie), an English Bulldog (Knox) and a Chiweenie (Charles). She has experience in the pet daycare field working at another resort in Grand Forks, ND before moving to Jacksonville. Sydney also worked at the Jacksonville Zoo prior to joining our team. She loves that she can spend time outdoors here with her husband and dogs, exploring beaches, parks & restaurants.
Mia is another friendly face you are likely to see at the resort. An avid animal lover from Jacksonville, she has both pet care experience and a customer service background. At home, her two dogs, Sophie & Maddie, are joined by her “rebellious” cat, Kit. Mia is enrolled as a full-time student where she hopes to obtain her certification to become a veterinary technician. Our clients & canine campers love her bright attitude and enthusiasm as part of our team.
Lauren is relatively new to Jacksonville after moving here from Nassau County where she was born & raised. Her sense of humor and adoration of animals make her a wonderful fit to our team. Her pet family includes a dog named Cobalt and a cat named Clementine. Indulging in her creative side, Lauren enjoys making resin dog tags and other projects. A fan of traveling, she hopes to someday make it to Iceland to see the Northern Lights.