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.
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.