Our Resort Staff

Meet the Resort Staff

Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly

Kennel Manager

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.

Monica O'Neal

Monica O'Neal

Resort Attendant

Monica is an Oklahoma native who moved to Jacksonville in 2011. Growing up, she was surrounded by a variety of animals including horses, cows, chickens, ferrets, bunnies & snakes. Currently, she has a German Shepherd (Guppie), Doberman (Bubbles) and two cats (Koda & Taylor). An avid animal enthusiast, Monica has prior experience in doggy daycare and has been pet-sitting much of her life. She will be going to FSCJ to pursue her goal to work in the veterinary field. When not focused on animals, Monica enjoys Marvel movies, going to the beach or pool and traveling (she has visited all 50 states!).

Taylor Marks

Taylor Marks

Resort Attendant

Taylor is a fun, compassionate person who loves spending time with our campers! Originally from Nebraska, Taylor happily calls Jacksonville home now. She started working as an animal caretaker in 2019 and has definitely found her calling. Although she doesn’t have any pets of her own yet, she spends a lot of time with her boyfriend Dylan’s dogs. Taylor is responsible for many of our Facebook photos, as she has a knack for capturing our four-legged guests’ true personalities. She describes her hobbies as “anything to do with animals”. This dedication & enthusiasm can be seen in her interactions with the pets in our care. She also is always willing to lend a hand where and when it’s needed, making her an integral part of our team.

Kimberly Galarza

Kimberly Galarza

Resort Receptionist

Kimberly is one of the friendly faces you may encounter when checking in your pet at the resort. A native Floridian from Ocala, Kimberly has two tabby cats and four dogs which include a Cane Corso, Bullmastiff mix, Shiba Inu and Shepherd mix. She came to us with previous veterinary reception & technician experience which provided her a smooth transition to being a wonderful addition to our team. Kimberly truly loves helping both our clients and their fur family and it shows. She is an avid reader, a mom, a fan of true crime and a twin out of two sets in her family. We appreciate her bright, positive attitude and willingness to go above and beyond whenever needed.

Hannah Dunlap

Hannah Dunlap

Resort Attendant

Hannah comes to us with much animal care experience both personally and professionally. A Jacksonville native, Hannah has had a love for animals since she was a child. That led her to pet-sitting and exploring opportunities at other pet care facilities before happily landing here at Birch Island, where she is passionate about helping both animals and their people. Her four-legged family includes a Shih Tzu mix (Stella), an ever-growing Sulcata Tortoise (Vader) and a guinea pig (Besty Boo). In her spare time, Hannah enjoys cooking and photography. She hopes to continue her pet care path as a veterinary technician. Hannah's outgoing, enthusiastic nature makes her a fun & valuable member of our team!

Lexi Bastin

Lexi Bastin

Resort Attendant
​​​​​​Hailing from the Windy City, Lexi is now happily soaking up the sun in Jacksonville. A big nature & animal enthusiast, Lexi has two Pitbull mixes (Blu & Jaxon) and loves to explore the wilds of Florida. She is especially fond of the beach. Lexi is CPR certified and currently enrolled at FSCJ. A car buff, she owns an antique BMW which she cherishes. A bright, adventurous soul, Lexi adores working with our campers and clients in the resort and we are very happy to have her!

Valaria Reuter

Valaria Reuter

Resort Attendant
​​​​​​Coming to us from Montello, Wisconsin, Valaria is an avid animal lover, caring wife and dedicated mother. Trained to work on helicopters, she proudly served in the Marines for four years. Her adventurous spirit takes her all over the great outdoors to embark on camping, swimming, fishing & hiking outings. Valaria's large animal family includes a Pitbull, Maine Coon cat, bearded dragon, rabbit, chickens, quail, guineafowl, fish and a turtle. Add a passion for cars and racing to all this and you form a fun-loving, courageous, compassionate person who we are honored to have on our team.

Ivy Astry

Ivy Astry

Resort Attendant
A mother to a young daughter, Ivy's family also includes two dogs and a cat. A native of Jacksonville, Ivy's dream of working with animals came true a few years ago when she began professionally caring for dogs, cats, reptiles, rabbits, pocket pets and other exotic pets. Ivy is excited to teach her daughter about all the wonders life holds, whether they are at a park, pool or just hanging at home. Born on a Friday the 13th, Ivy is anything but unlucky finding her way to Birch Island where she loves looking after our resort guests. And we are lucky to have such an enthusiastic, devoted, caring person on our team.

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