Barkefellers is the Indianapolis leader in pet lodging, doggie day care, grooming, and dog training. The exceptional pet experience that we deliver daily starts with our core values of care and concern for pets' safety and well-being. Our leadership team keeps this motivating principle front and center in the Barkefellers organization.
Barkefellers Leadership – Meet the Key Staff
Rick & Christi Coffey · Owners
“We want to thank all our customers and staff for making Barkefellers a success! We are excited to offer such a unique experience to our clients and their pets and hope that our customers enjoy their stay away, knowing their pets are well cared for. We want to extend an invitation to you to visit Barkefellers, talk to our staff, and take a facility tour at any time we are open to the public! As longtime residents of the Southside, we are very proud of our facility and staff!”
The dream began with Rick and Christi traveling across the country to visit upscale pet care facilities. Our family includes daughter Amanda, son Kyle, son Jordan, and daughter Krista Beth. Our four children attended Center Grove High School and the various colleges of Purdue, Wabash, IUPUI, and IU. Our family is certainly not complete without our two four-legged family members: Max, a giant schnauzer, and Emma, a miniature schnauzer. Max and Emma are regular day care participants and are always eager to go to work with Dad.
Krista Coffey · Vice President of Customer Relations
“My favorite thing about Barkefellers is the excitement we see in the dogs when they walk through that door. It is something that cannot be replaced, and always brings a smile to your face. We have the best customers, and their pets are the reason I love to work here!”
Krista has been an integral part of Barkefellers since we opened in May of 2009. She is a graduate of Indiana University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology, with two minors in Psychology and Human Development Family Sciences. Krista first became interested in pet care through her experience with her own family pets Emma, a Miniature Schnauzer and Max, a Giant Schnauzer. Krista’s attention to detail, along with her warm and caring nature, ensures that every Barkefellers guest feels right at home!
Jordan Coffey · Vice President of Operations
“I grew up with pets all my life, but I have learned so much more about dogs from working at Barkefellers. My favorite thing about working at Barkefellers is no matter how rough and long your day is, you can always count on the dogs to cheer you up!”
Jordan’s tenure with Barkefellers began before the doors ever opened – as part of the team that turned the former church facility into “The Place for Dogs!” He is a graduate of IUPUI where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Jordan shares pets Max and Emma with the rest of the Coffey family. Jordan’s calm, confident manner makes him a favorite friend of both our furry guests and their owners as he works to make sure they have the best possible experience at Barkefellers.
Lisa Schultz · Marketing Director
“My favorite thing about working with Barkefellers is the great friends I’ve met – dogs, cats, pet-parents, and co-workers. It makes me happy to be a part of such a special place – where dogs can enjoy being dogs and their people don’t need to worry when they have to be apart.”
Lisa has been with Barkefellers since April of 2009 in one capacity or another, from part-time Front Desk Attendant to Office Manager and now working to spread the word about Barkefellers through marketing, advertising, and social media. Lisa is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design. Her experience includes 3 years as Marketing Manager for a software firm and over 16 years as a design and marketing consultant. She is a lifelong animal-lover and is currently owned by a 1-year-old cat named Romeo, a 6-year-old German Shepherd/Border Collie mix named Stella, and a 3-year-old White Shepherd named Ike. In addition to spending time with her family and pets, Lisa enjoys camping, boating, gardening, and travel adventures with her husband.
Kelly Becker · Human Resources Director
Kelly’s favorite thing about working at Barkefellers? “I never have a bad day and it absolutely makes my day to see the dogs being dropped off or picked up – everyone, including the staff, are smiling!”
Kelly joined our Barkefellers family in June of 2014, bringing over twenty years of Human Resources experience from the Healthcare industry. She is a graduate of University of Phoenix with an Associate’s Degree in Healthcare Administration as well as Sierra College in Rocklin, CA with a Certification in Medical Technology. Kelly is (not surprisingly) a real dog-lover! She and her husband Vern are currently raising two 2-year-old white Schnauzers named Hank & Willey, who love to come to work with ‘Mom’ and play in Day Care. Hank & Willey were preceded by Fred – a grey miniature Schnauzer – and Maybelline – a Yorkshire Terrier, who crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge two years ago and who Kelly and Vern still miss every day. When she isn’t at work or spending time with her dogs, Kelly enjoys zip-lining, ski-doing, antiquing, and flower gardening.
Kyle Browning · Maintenance Manager
“My favorite thing about working at Barkefellers is seeing how all the different animals react with one another and the love and attention they are getting from all of us at Barkefellers.”
Kyle joined the Barkefellers team full-time in August of 2012. He is a graduate of Center Grove High School and attended Lincoln Technical Institute. Kyle has been around animals all his life. He has shown cattle and cared for over 100 head! He’s currently owned by a 3-year-old Boxer named Max and a 1-1/2-year-old Boglen Terrier named Diesel. In his free time, Kyle enjoys repairing and remodeling homes. You might also see him out and about riding his motorcycle!
Roxie Shepherd · Training Director
“My favorite thing about working at Barkefellers is taking care of the dogs! Dogs are literally my passion in life and being able to watch dogs run & play together puts a smile on my face every day!” Roxie has been a Barkefellers staff member since April of 2012. She is a graduate of Ben Davis High School and is certified as a Dog Trainer through Animal Behavior College. Roxie brings a great deal of diverse experience working with dogs to our Barkefellers team. From training hunting dogs with her father as a child to her formal education in dog behavior and training, Roxie has helped to improve the behavior and lives of countless dogs over her career. Her deep understanding and love of dogs is felt by each furry guest she cares for! When she’s not busy training our guests at Barkefellers, Roxie enjoys spending time with her own pack which includes Pixie – a 2 year old Teacup Yorkie and Bailey – 4 year old Australian Shepherd. They go fishing, boating, and camping together and host the occasional ‘dog party’!