They’re every dog’s dream team,
meet the people who power the Bark Buildings experience

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Erika Lead Walker & Canine Specialist

Cast Iron Lofts

Hello, I’m Erika. I am a wife, mother, and dog lover! Since I was a kid I have always wanted to work with or around animals. After volunteering at a shelter for 2 years, I wanted to learn more and took a course to become a certified Dog Trainer – I love learning about dog psychology! I’m also a self-taught groomer and hope to one day own dog grooming business. I love seeing the before/afters of the dogs. Bark Buildings has given me the opportunity to not just walk dogs but to spend time with them, play with them, train with them, and socialize them – I look paw-ward to building a relationship with you and your pooch.

Krystyna Senior Community Manager

Jersey City, NJ. (Downtown & Soho West)

Hello! I’m a Brooklyn native who now calls New Jersey home. I dedicated five years to animal health as a veterinary assistant, specifically receiving my training in dogs, cats, and exotic animals. Outside of work, my biggest hobby is grooming dogs and I plan to continue exploring new styles and techniques for all breed types. For now, I have the perfect doggy model to practice on – my own amazing pup Ross! I am truly excited to be part of the Bark Buildings team, and hope to build relationships with all of our doggy neighbors!

Julissa Dog Walker

Jersey City, NJ.

Hi there! I am a cool, calm, collected animal lover born and raised in Jersey City. My general knowledge of dogs, cats and ferrets (yes, ferrets!) have taken me all the way to Bark Buildings, where I’m expanding my skill set each day with the pets I love! Although most of my time is spent getting to know all of our furry friends and their families, on my free time I indulge in the arts of culinary, dance and teaching my cat, Haze, new tricks.

Gigi Dog Walker

Jersey City, NJ.

Hello, my name is Gigi! I have been interested in caring for dogs since I was very young…it really started when I first began caring for my cousin’s dogs and I instantly realized that the joy of caring for a puppy was like no other! At the age of seven I finally decide that I wanted to have dogs of my own. I now have three dogs that I have trained and taken care of for over 10 years. I’m always excited to work with other puppies because it allows me to gain experience with different breeds and watch them grow.

Jay Area Manager

Jersey City, NJ.

Hey everyone, my name is Jay and I have been a professional in the pet care industry for 11 years now- and counting! In addition to various Management positions during my career covering all aspects of animal care, I of course was an animal lover from a very young age. I grew up surrounded by dogs and cats and knew this path was laid out for me from the beginning. Currently my world is run by my cats, Spock and Arlo 🙂 Prior to joining the Bark Buildings team, I was the Grooming Manager at a Luxury pet resort. Nothing makes me happier than being a part of the lives of happy dogs & cats!

Kerri Dog Walker

Cast Iron Lofts

Hello! My love for animals started when I was young. I’ve had everything from cats and dogs to hermits and parrots. For the first part of my adult life I worked in human health care but now in the second part of my adult life I’m going to be working in animal Health care. I am currently in school to become a veterinary technician. I’ve worked in a vet hospital as an assistant, doggy daycare, and  kennel, and those days of work were definitely so much more fun than human healthcare. They say if you love what you do it’s not work and that’s why I stick with my furry friends from now on!!! 

Emma Dog Walker

Jersey City, NJ.

Hey there! My name is Emma and I’m beyond proud to be apart of the Bark family! Funny thing is I used to be afraid of dogs, now my entire world revolves around them! I have had amazing opportunities to work with pets of all species, breeds, sizes and personalities. I have worked in doggie daycares, managed groomers and pet sitters for over six years.  After work hours, I am a student at NJCU majoring in accounting. You can think of my as pet lover by day, accounting aficionado by night! Including all your fur babies, my world revolves around my two daughters, Leah (morkie) and Karma (chow/pit mix).


Eunice Lead Walker

Jersey City, NJ.

Hey there! My parents were huge animal lovers so I’m lucky to have grown up around lots of dogs. Helping care for their pups as well as my four cats made me realize that working with animals was what I was meant to do! I’ve been working in the pet care industry for 2+ years and am currently working towards receiving a certification in Dog Training. I am very proud to be a part of such an amazing team and feel so grateful to get to spend my days with so many furry friends.

Franchesca Dog Walker

Jersey City, NJ.

Hey! My name is Franchesca, and I was born right here in Jersey City. Dogs will always hold a special place in my heart. Especially my toy Yorkie Terrier, Peyton. I moved around all my life, from all around the city, to states around the country. So I know first hand how it feels to meet new people and to make new friends. I am currently enrolled at Rutgers University-Newark and want to major in Biology! My dream is to one day get a husky pup of my own. I am beyond lucky to find a job here at Bark Buildings, where I get to spend my time with the cutest pups on the planet and helping out whenever I can.
Lea Dog Walker

Jersey City, NJ.

Bio Coming Soon.

Alexa Dog Walker

Jersey City, NJ.

Hello! I’m a dedicated undergraduate student in the Animal Science field. My hobbies include taking long walks with my cute sheltie named, Holly and visiting animal shelters to give some adoptable fur babies some lovin. I aspire to be a veterinarian in the future. I’m so excited to expand my knowledge and skill set while being a part of the amazing Bark Buildings team. I can’t wait to meet all of you guys!

Rosalia Dog Walker

Jersey City, NJ.

Hey, I’m Rosalia!  In addition to working at Bark Buildings, I am also enrolled in Rutgers – Newark as a Biology major, and I hope to become a doctor one day. I currently live in Bayonne, just one train ride away from all the adorable pups! All my life, I’ve been surrounded by dogs, and my love for them grows every single day! I can’t wait to meet every single one of your furry little friends.

Connor Lead Walker

Soho Lofts

Hello, my name is Connor and I’m a lifelong resident of the Hudson county area, born in Hoboken and currently live in Jersey City. I have 5+ years of experience in professional pet care service, not to mention a lifetime spent around dogs! My deep and unabiding love for dogs stems from the several dogs my family and grandparents had over the course of my childhood. I currently am not allowed to have dogs of my own, so getting to work with dogs all day is the next best thing for me!

Julia Dog Walker

Jersey City, NJ.

Bio Coming Soon!

Toni Dog Walker

Jersey City, NJ.

Hello, my name is Toni and I grew up in Jersey City. I left JC to study Graphic Design & Photography in Cleveland and got my Bachelors Degree. I started dog walking there and came back to Jersey with 4+ years of professional pet care experience on top of currently housing 3 dogs. My dogs are my world and I love teaching them new tricks and bonding with them. My dream is to one day own a doggy safehouse. There are so many older dogs in shelters that haven’t been adopted and I would love to take a couple of them in and give them the best rest of their life!

Cindy Lead Walker

Cast Iron Lofts

I’ve always been an animal lover but it wasn’t until my rescue pup Chase came into my life that my passion for animals was truly realized. Chase has taught me so much and continues to amaze me every day. Since adopting him, I have volunteered at shelters and rescues in whatever way possible. I’d been working as a Chemist for 10 years before joining Bark Buildings and I haven’t looked back since. I consider myself pretty lucky to get to spend time with different dogs and watch them grow and progress on a daily basis.

Ariella Dog Walker

Jersey City, NJ.

Hey there, I’m Ariella, a natural born animal lover! Born and raised in Jersey City, I am currently studying to earn my BS in Biology. One thing is certain, I want to work with pets. Since I was a kid, I have dreamed about becoming a Veterinarian, specifically for Big Cats, but there is a very special place for man’s best friend in my heart! Although I’ve never had any dogs of my own, I’m more than ready and excited to give your pups of Bark Buildings all of the love and cuddles!

Luis Amenity Coordinator

Jersey City, NJ.

Hello all, my name is Luis and I am a lifelong New Jersey resident. After spending the past 5+ years working in Hospitality Management and assisting people with their wants and needs, I decided to take my customer service and operations skills into a new type of field. This is where dogs came into play! I have been surrounded by dogs via family and friends my whole life, and am truly excited at the thought of being able to work alongside them and coordinate exciting Canine Club events at all of our partner properties.

Arati Staffing & Social Media Coordinator

Jersey City, NJ.

Hi, my name is Arati and I am an animal lover, nature enthusiast, and a lifelong learner. 
My deep admiration for dogs started when I was living in Vermont. I decided to foster my first dog and she taught me so much about patience, love, and how incredible the human canine bond truly is. I have been volunteering 5+ years for my local animal shelter – I simply love to support and promote the resiliency of these dogs. 
I am grateful to be part of the Bark Buildings community. I love meeting new dogs and plan to continue learning and growing within the pet care industry. 

Tracie Canine Specialist

Jersey City, NJ.

I’m a certified dog trainer with Catch Trainer’s Academy and have a Master’s degree in social work. I’ve had a lifelong love of dogs and started volunteering in animal shelters at 12 years old. Before Bark Buildings, I worked for multiple shelters and am also an advocate for animal welfare, working against puppy mills in the state of NJ and nationwide. Currently I have a two rescue dogs, Stella an ACD/Catahoula mix who loves playing Frisbee, and Tyrion, a Maltese/Yorkie who loves stealing Stella’s Frisbees.

Shannon Lead Walker

Columbus Towers

Loving animals came naturally to me from birth. I specialize working with canines of all breeds, but I also love and work hands on with exotic pets. I began studying forensic psychology and became nationally recognized as an NSLS honor student, but something was missing…dogs. It’s all the about the dogs! The empty gap has been catered to by 10 wonderful years of experience in pet care, but wasn’t filled until I started at Bark Buildings where I’m able to provide exceptional care to lots of incredible furry pals in Jersey City.

We believe our team is our greatest asset, and it’s our responsibility to help them succeed. From Dog Walkers to Community Managers, the Canine Crew is made of full and part-time W2 employees.



Each new team member receives extensive training, evaluations, and continued education and training sessions.



We pride ourselves on high standards and attention to detail. Less than 10% of Bark Buildings applicants make the cut.



All team members are carefully vetted through background checks, multiple interviews, and are bonded and insured.