Meet the Staff
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 Brandon, 3 dogs Bruno, JD & Porter, and twins Bridget and Brennan.
Operations Manager & Behaviorist Jessica Ward has worked in the dog daycare and boarding industry since 2010. She manages all day-to-day and long-term operations for The Board Hound. Jess grew up in Arlington, just down the street from a Veterinary office, 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 business in the area. She has volunteered the with the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center as a Foal Watch Volunteer, and is also an avid supporter of rescue foundations and second chances for animals. She holds her PetSaver PetTech CPR, First Aid & Care certification, and is certified in Pet First Aid & CPR through the American Red Cross. Jess received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Marketing from Franklin Pierce University (Rindge, NH) where she focused most of her studies on the learning and behavior of animals. She is currently working towards obtaining her Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Washington, DC). When she is not at The Board Hound, she enjoys spending time with friends, hiking, camping, rowing, trying new foods, and relaxing with her two rescue mutts, Taz & Charlie Brown.
Manager Victor Revollo an Arlington native, has had a fondness for animals since he can remember. Growing up with a variety of pets throughout his life including dogs, cats, birds, and even a gecko, has allowed him to appreciate and welcome all sorts of fuzzy and feathered little friends. Vic has grown to love working with dogs since The Board Hound opened in 2013. He understands what it means to take care of man’s best friend and what they need in order to live life to the fullest. He holds his certification in PetSaver PetTech CPR, First Aid & Care. Vic has his Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, with a concentration in literature, from Thomas More College of Liberal Arts (Merrimack, NH). Vic hopes one day to take his knowledge of dog behavior and apply it to his pursuit of becoming a K-9 Police Officer.
Customer Service Manager Michael Arevalo joined The Board Hound team in 2014 and has worked with animals for nearly 10 years. He began his career with animals as a junior in high school 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. Starting with The Board Hound as a daycare attendant he quickly advanced to part of our management staff. You can find Michael greeting dogs and their owners at the front desk most mornings. As our Customer Service Manager, Michael is responsible for overseeing account management, scheduling, managing email and phone calls, and overall customer relations. Michael enjoys being outdoors, reading, spending time with family, and trying new restaurants in and around the D.C. area!
Staffing and Daycare Manager Naroe Palacios Cruz has loved animals since she can remember, and even formed her very own Animal Club in elementary school. Growing up, she had many birds and fish but her true love was the rescue dog her family adopted. Later, she adopted one of The Board Hound foster dogs, Kurt, who stole her heart (you may see him sleeping in the lobby now and again). Naroe joined our staff in 2015 as a daycare attendant and is now primarily responsible for staff education, which includes: appropriate daycare practices, dog behavior and handling, teamwork, and leadership. She also manages all our social media accounts. She studied Management and Film at Cornell University and is happy to be able to use what she learned to benefit all our furry friends. In her free time she enjoys writing, making short films, traveling, and playing volleyball.
Front Desk and Head Floor Manager Damaris Deras grew up with five dogs in her hometown of Puerto Cortez, Honduras and now has two of her own, Riley and Toby. Her experience and interest in dogs led her to take an Animal Science class in high school and volunteer at Fairfax Animal Shelter as a bather/groomer. At The Board Hound she has been able to further explore her passion for dogs and expand her knowledge of dog behavior. She holds her certification in PetSaver PetTech CPR, First Aid & Care. Damaris can be found at the front desk most afternoons, and on others she is managing play groups for optimal fun! In her spare time, she loves reading fiction (of the supernatural sort) and eat at her favorite local restaurants.