Meet the Staff

Owner Meg Long-Sappington

Owner Meg Long-Sappington is an avid dog lover who is particularly fond of homeless, scruffy mutts. She first embraced the benefits of Dog Daycare while living in Atlanta with her first dog, a somewhat challenging mutt named Bruno. Seeing the results of a dog surrounded by positive experiences whenever at Daycare opened her eyes to a new way of owning dogs. Upon moving to Northern Virginia, She couldn’t quite find just the right facility she and Bruno had become accustomed to. Thus the idea for The Board Hound emerged to bring Boarding and Daycare to another level. Meg has her PetSaver PetTech CPR, First Aid & Care certification. She received her Bachelor of Science in Information Management from the Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University. Meg lives in Falls Church with her husband, 3 dogs, and 2 kids (with one on the way – due Oct 2019!).

Operations Manager & Behaviorist Jessica Ward

Operations Manager & Behaviorist Jessica Ward has worked in the dog daycare and boarding industry since 2010, and as been with The Board Hound since 2012. She oversees all operations for The Board Hound. Jess is an Arlington native. She grew up just down the street from a Veterinary hospital, where she spent a lot of time during her childhood. This grew her curiosity and, eventually, her passion for the proper care of dogs and animals alike. She now strives to make The Board Hound the best dog care business in the area. She has volunteered the with the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center as a Foal Watch Volunteer, and is an avid supporter of rescue foundations and second chances for animals. Jess earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Marketing from Franklin Pierce University (Rindge, NH) in 2009 where she began her studies of human and animal behavior. She then earned a Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Washington, DC) in 2018. She also holds her PetSaver PetTech CPR, First Aid & Care certification, and is certified in Pet First Aid & CPR through the American Red Cross. When she is not at The Board Hound, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, rowing, traveling, trying new foods and spending time with with her two rescue mutts, Charlie Brown and Fizzy Pup!

Assistant Manager Michael Arevalo

Customer Service Manager Michael Arevalo joined The Board Hound team in 2014 and has worked with animals for over 10 years. He began his career with animals in 2006 working for a local veterinary clinic. He has worked in many areas of the animal care industry including grooming, daycare, and boarding before finding The Board Hound. As the Customer Service Manager, Michael is responsible for overseeing account management, scheduling, managing email and phone calls, and overall customer relations. He is currently studying for his Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA). Michael enjoys being outdoors, reading, spending time with family, and trying new restaurants in and around the D.C. area!

Ray Blackiston

Shirlington Morning Manager Ray Blackiston is a Washington, DC native with a passion for animals. He is an avid dog lover and started working in the animal care industry in 2016. He enjoys learning about different dog breeds of all shapes and size. He studied Video Production and Photography at The Art Institute of Washington (Arlington, VA) before finding The Board Hound. At the Board Hound, he can be found greeting dogs and their owners at the front desk most mornings. He is responsible for overseeing daycare and boarding drop off, daycare operations, and new dog evaluations. In his spare time, Ray enjoys graphic novels, anime, movies, video games, DC sports, asian food, and playing soccer.

Shirlington Evening Manager Dagny Bates joined The Board Hound in 2018 with a drive to gain knowledge of dog behavior and care. She currently supervises the end-of-day responsibilities, and loves telling you all about your dog’s day! Dagny also oversees new staff training and continuing education. You can find her at the desk most days at pick up. In her free time, she enjoys creating art and playing video games.

Shirlington Assistant Manager Allie DeVan has volunteered helping animals for 8 years. She joined The Board Hound in 2018 to build on her professional experience. Allie currently supervises weekend operations, and handles end-of-day responsibilities on Saturday and Sunday. Allie also supports staff training and assists other managers in their daily tasks. She currently attends classes at Northern Virginia Community College, and in her spare time, enjoys the outdoors and fun craft projects!