Cross first started working with animals while in high school where he started his own pet sitting and walking business for the local neighborhood and community. He graduated in 2014 from Randolph-Macon College and received a B.A. in Business and Economics where he also played football for the Yellow Jackets. Go Jackets! While at RMC he regularly volunteered at the local canine rescue center, Habitat for Humanity and other organizations which involved youth mentoring programs and senior care assistance.
After graduation he worked for years as a data analyst at a Fortune 500 company but decided to switch careers and do what he loves, working and caring for animals. He's worked as an assistant manager at another dog daycare and boarding facility and also as a client coordinator and veterinary assistant at a veterinary hospital before coming on board with Waggin' Tails Junction.
In his free time he enjoys continuing his thirst for knowledge by attending a variety of educational classes and seminars, fishing, golfing, watching the LA (San Diego) Chargers, and spending time with family and friends. Cross lives in Lorton where he loves spending time with his fur children that include his two dogs, Max, Ernie and kitten Clarence. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and also certified in Pet CPR & First Aid.
You'll "Love The Difference" At Waggin' Tails Junction!
Jessica’s first kennel experience came in 1992, when she worked at Lake Jackson Kennels during high school. After starting a family, she returned to the kennel and has worked full time since 1995.
Jessica has experience with every aspect of the business and in 2003, became a partner in Waggin’ Tails Junction. She assisted Julie in the design, transition, and move from Lake Jackson Kennels to Waggin’ Tails Junction in 2004.
Jessica attends canine educational and behavior seminars and participates daily in working with animals in the kennel and with dogs in daycare. She has owned many different sizes and breeds of dogs and has taken them to Obedience and Agility classes.
In her free time Jessica likes to bike outdoors, visit with family, and attend training with her very special Search and Rescue K9 friends!
Daycare Conductor: Angie King
Angie’s animal experience started in 1982, training her German Shepherd Dog,
Rottweiler and Yorkshire Terrier in Germany. She has trained her dogs in
Conformation, Obedience, Herding, Agility, and K9 NoseWork.
She has competed in the AKC Agility National Championship and Internationally
in Agility. She has achieved over 100 performance titles on her dogs. She has
taught group Agility classes, Obedience, and currently teaches K9 NoseWork.
As of 2013, she is a CNWI (Certified Nose Work Instructor) for the NACSW in K9 NoseWork, and has put multiple titles on dogs.
Angie has managed our Daycare Program since her start here in 2006. She is an AKC CGC Evaluator, Reiki Practioner and regularly continues her education of canines and behavior by attending seminars, training classes, and camps.
Angie lives in Remington with four Malinois and one intense Boston Terrier.
Supervisor: Janet Kolakoski:
Janet started working for Lake Jackson Kennels in 1978, while in high school. Continuing to work part time at the kennel, she earned her BS in Biology and a MA in New Professional Studies-Education from George Mason University.
Upon graduation, Fairfax County hired her to teach the first Animal Science Class in 1984. Now retired from Fairfax County, at school she taught how to care for reptiles, small companion animals, dogs, and cats. She started training her first dog, a German Shepherd, in 1980.
Janet currently works part-time at the kennel, attends seminars and training classes throughout the week with her Springers in Obedience and Agility. When she's not working part time at the kennel she is competing in Agility and Obedience Trials.
Supervisor: Brenna Miguel
Brenna started working at Waggin’ Tails Junction in the spring of 2005. She worked here while she finished high school and college. She attended the University of Mary Washington, where she received her BS in Psychology.
Following graduation in 2010, she attended National K-9 Dog Training School. The school was a six week intensive dog training course, where she became a Certified Professional Trainer (CPT). The training at the school focused on obedience, tracking, scent detection, retrieval, and service dog. She has attended educational seminars; and is also a member of the International Association of Canine Professional (IACP).
After returning from Training School she worked full time, and now works part time each week.
She resides in Stafford with her husband, daughters, an English Springer Spaniel named Copie and her Dachshund named Ducati.
Daycare Conductor: Kayla Wieland
Kayla has been with Waggin’ Tails Junction in Daycare since 2010.
Kayla showed her first dog, a Siberian Husky when she was seven years old in Conformation and Agility. Kayla has been attending Agility and Obedience classes since before she was seven and has been teaching Agility classes since 2011. Kayla has competed in the AKC Agility National Championship, the AKC Agility Invitational’s, the Cynosports World Games, and the Westminster Kennel Club Agility Trial.
Kayla also enjoys attending seminars for training and animal behavior to consistently further her education.
Kayla lives in Prince William County with her Border Collies, Huskies, and an adorable adopted Chihuahua. She enjoys hiking with her Border Collies in her free time.
Nicole Schweich: Supervisor
In May of 2016, Nicole started working with us between semesters and during holidays while attaining her degree in Organismal Biology from Christopher Newport University.
During her semesters at college she volunteered at the Peninsula SPCA caring for dogs, cats, and exotic animals. She also volunteered at the Living Museum caring and educating the public about amphibians and reptiles.
After graduation in 2018, Nicole returned, working full time at Waggin' Tails Junction. She lives in Manassas with her Golden Retriever, the best dog ever, and her two adopted cats.
Since a very young age Brittany has been involved in the life of her family pets and took her black Labrador to obedience classes when she was 7 years old. She has continued taking care of animals through the years, along with puppy raising and general care of Tibetan Spaniels with her parents. She has shown many Tibetan Spaniels in AKC Confirmation. She has also adopted many mixed breed dogs through the years and taken care of many species of animals. Since 2016, she has happily assisted her mother with her Pet Sitting business, while gaining experience with animals with her work in a kennel setting.
Brittany has been a full time asset to Waggin’ Tails Junction since 2018, with many years of animal experience. She is owned by Sadie, a mixed Pit Bull and lives in the Manassas area with her husband and two boys. Brittany enjoys hiking with her family, painting rocks, and finishing her degree in her free time. Brittany will be coordinating our donation collection and staff volunteering.