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, 2 dogs, and 3 kids.

Operations Manager & Behaviorist Jessica Ward

Director of Operations & Behavior 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

General 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 General Manager, Michael works closely with the Director of Operations, and oversees day-to-day operations at the Shirlington and Old Town locations. 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

Old Town Site 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. Ray’s responsibilities include, staff training and development, and daycare operations at our Old Town location. In his spare time, Ray enjoys graphic novels, anime, movies, video games, DC sports, asian food, and playing soccer.

Shirlington Site Manager Liz Brantley started with The Board Hound in early 2019 after gaining invaluable experience in dog walking and in-home pet sitting. Liz ‘s responsibilities include staff training and development, and daycare and boarding operations at the Shirlington location. She can be found at the front desk most evenings handling daycare and boarding departures. Liz graduated with a Bachelor or Arts in English and Communication & Digital Studies in 2017 from the University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, VA).

Old Town Assistant Manager Allie DeVan has volunteered helping animals for 8 years. She joined The Board Hound in 2018 to build on her professional experience. You can find Allie at the front desk at Old Town in the evenings! Allie also supports new staff staff on-boarding and training, as well as continuing education for current staff. She currently attends classes at Northern Virginia Community College, and in her spare time, enjoys the outdoors and fun craft projects!

Shirlington Morning Manager Carlo Blanco has been with The Board Hound since 2014 and has been an asset to our management staff since 2018. Carlo oversees morning operations at our Shirlington location where he is responsible for greeting clients and checking in daycare and boarding dogs, supervising dog behavior and daycare operations, as well as conducting new dog evaluations. Carlo has a great sense of humor and enjoys goofing around with the dogs. He always makes sure everyone is having fun! Outside of The Board Hound he enjoys taking apart computers and exploring the hiking trails in the area.

Shirlington Assistant Manager Lina Vitale