Meet the team

Elizabeth Geisinger

Elizabeth Geisinger

CEO & Founder

Hi Doggy Parents! My name is Elizabeth. I grew up in Wellesley with three siblings and two dogs, Henry and Wally. I graduated from Bucknell University and created Doggy Dates because I love dogs, and I love entrepreneurship!

Ben Geisinger

Ben Geisinger

Chief Marketing Officer

Hi, everyone. I help my sister, Elizabeth, with all marketing material! Have you seen our doggy dates cars… or this website…? That’s me!

Marissa Nomakeo

Marissa Nomakeo

Chief Operating Officer

Hi! My name is Marissa. Dogs have always been such a big part of my life, and it feels like a dream to make them the focus of my career! I graduated from NYU in 2009 where I spent most of my free time volunteering for a rescue in Manhattan. I love learning anything I can about dog behavior, nutrition and training. I especially love hosting Doggy Dates dogs in my home with my fiancé–it’s a blast! Thanks for sharing your pups with me!

Erin Ritacco

Erin Ritacco

Vice President of Operations

Hi, I’m Erin! After graduating with my Masters and CAGS and working in human services for 4 years, I made the decision to change careers and focus on doggy services! I have always loved dogs and, with my two dogs at home, I know how important our furry family members can be. I look forward to helping your pup have the best playdate possible!

Brenna Maguire

Brenna Maguire

Field Manager & Playdate Supervisor

Hi everyone!! My name is Brenna and I am so excited to be a part of the Doggy Dates team! I have always loved dogs and have over 8 years of dog-sitting experience, as well as two furry friends at home. There is nothing I love more than being outside and creating a new adventure every day! 🙂

Niki Laskaris

Niki Laskaris

Brand Strategy and Creative Manager

Bonjour!! My name is Niki, and I love dogs (nothing unordinary here)!! I wear many hats as an employee at Doggy Dates, but my favorite responsibility is definitely providing overnight service on the weekends 🙂 I love meeting and spending time with all your lovely pets! Thank you for sharing them with me!

Haley Fredrickson

Haley Fredrickson

Playdate Supervisor

Hello, my name is Haley! After getting my master’s degree I decided to do what makes me happiest and work with dogs! I have over eight years of experience as a dog walker and love all of my furry friends at Doggy Dates!

Sally Brown

Sally Brown

Playdate Supervisor

My name is Sally and I’m so happy to be part of the Doggy Dates team! I have a big fluffy golden retriever named Tanzie whom I love taking for walks and snuggling with on the couch. Since I was little I’ve always had a passion for animals which drove me to make the journey to Africa where I volunteered with animals such as rhinos, lions and monkeys in rehabilitation centers for 3 summers.

Corey Hamel

Corey Hamel

Lead Playdate Supervisor

Hi, I’m Corey! I’m a very outgoing and energetic person. Looking forward to using my experience to love and care for each dog I have the pleasure of working with.

Max Ghannam

Max Ghannam

Field Manager

Hey, I’m Max! One of my greatest loves is the outdoors and two of my best friends walk on four legs so I find myself extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to meet great new doggy friends while I pursue my passion for creative writing in my free time.

Christian Hegland

Christian Hegland

Playdate Supervisor

Hi everyone, my name is Christian! I grew up with dogs before leaving for college to study English. Now that I am back, I feel so fortunate to get to work and play with dogs all day!

Joe Oliveri

Joe Oliveri

Playdate Supervisor

Hey, everyone! I am a US Army Veteran. I grew up with dogs my whole life. My wife and I adopted Copper–a hound mix–two years ago, which sparked my interest in fostering dogs. I have been fostering consistently for the last year and a half and recently became a proud member of the Doggy Dates team!

Lisa Wells

Lisa Wells

Lead Playdate Supervisor

I knew I wanted to work with dogs when I was about 10 years old. I convinced my neighbor to let me walk their large German Shepherd, and it was ” love at first walk.” I’ve been dog walking and sitting for years, and I have experience working in a veterinary clinic as well as grooming/ bathing dogs!

Rachel Perez

Rachel Perez

Playdate Supervisor

Hey there, my name is Rachel! I grew up on a farm in Cuba, thus I have cared for and loved animals since a very young age. I brought my love for animals to Boston with me (of course) and got lucky enough to have been hired by Doggy Dates to fulfill my dreams of working with dogs!

Sam Otten

Sam Otten

Lead Playdate Supervisor

Hi, I’m Sam! I recently graduated from UMass Lowell with a degree in mathematics and am currently pursuing a master’s in education. Although I have a passion for teaching, my real love has always been for dogs! I have two dogs: a Golden Retriever and a six-month-old Bernese Mountain Dog. I cannot wait to play with your pup!

Emily Okun

Emily Okun

Lead Playdate Supervisor

Hi! I’m Emily! I have always loved dogs and will always love them! I am an outgoing person who loves to spend time with animals and humans! I am an alumni of the Norfolk County Agricultural High School in Walpole. I was a 4-H member with canines and shortly after started showing pure bred dogs in American Kennel Club. Thank you for sharing your family with me!
Tessa Paolino

Tessa Paolino

Lead Playdate Supervisor

Hi, everyone! I’m Tessa, a lover of all animals! Some time in the near future, I hope to pursue an education in the vet tech field as well as help rehabilitate pets and wildlife. Thank you for sharing your furry friends with me 🙂
Lauren Cerrato

Lauren Cerrato

Lead Playdate Supervisor

Hi! I’m Lauren. I have grown up with all different species of animals, but have always been extra passionate about dogs. I went to UNH to study Small Animal Care so that I could better understand dog behavior and proper care. I look forward to meeting all the new dogs and their owners!
Jessica Collins

Jessica Collins

Playdate Supervisor

Hi, everyone, I’m Jessica!! I have over seven years of experience working with dogs, and now I am a proud member of the Doggy Dates team! I have a (nearly-five-year-old) springer spaniel, Rocko! I enjoy being outside and working with animals! Thank you for sharing your pups!
Jessiana Vaughan

Jessiana Vaughan

Lead Playdate Supervisor

Hi, I’m Jessiana! I worked with dogs for three years while studying at the University of Central Florida before moving to New England. When I heard the best dogs go to Doggy Dates I had to come up here to see for myself! I’m so happy to get to spend time with all your amazing dogs!
Nina Comando

Nina Comando

Playdate Supervisor

Hi I’m Nina. I love all animals, especially dogs. I’m so glad this job gives me the opportunity to work with them day in and day out, rain or shine! Thank you for sharing your pets!
Jack Harris

Jack Harris

Playdate Supervisor

My name is Jack, I’m twenty-two and I currently live in Needham. I love the outdoors and summertime as well as playing with doggos!! Being a part of Doggy Dates is a dream come true!
Mary Constantino

Mary Constantino

Playdate Supervisor

Hi, I’m Mary! I have always had such a strong love for dogs! I’m so excited to be a part of the Doggy Dates team and look forward to meeting and playing with all of the pups!
Gwen Creutz

Gwen Creutz

Playdate Supervisor

Hi, my name is Gwen, and I have a passion for all things furry and outdoor! Animals have always been a huge part of my life; I used to bring home any stray or injured animal I found as a kid. I have previous experience as a veterinary technician and have also spent much of my time caring for cats and dogs as a pet sitter/dog walker. I always love making new four legged friends, and this is the best opportunity to do so!
Caitlin Maynard

Caitlin Maynard

Playdate Supervisor

Hi! I’m Cait, and I am a dog lover full of fun energy! It’s been just about five years since I began my journey and career in dog care and dog services. I love Doggy Dates, because it incorporates my two greatest passions: outdoors and dogs! Every day is a new adventure!
Kasey O'Neil

Kasey O'Neil

Playdate Supervisor

Hiiii everyone, I’m Kasey! I am currently pursuing my dream of becoming a vet tech, but my greatest aspiration is to work with dogs specifically, and bring them as much happiness as they bring me! I have a doggy of my own–my four-year-old Bernese named Tucker. He is my giant fur baby! I look forward to meeting and playing with your fur babies! 🐶
John Mcintosh

John Mcintosh

Playdate Supervisor

Hi, my name’s John. I’m an Air Force vet, and I’ve been rescuing dogs for the past six years. I’ve always loved dogs–have had big, lovely Goldens since I was born! I’m very proud and excited to be part of the Doggy Dates crew and family!
Hailey Estes

Hailey Estes

Playdate Supervisor

Hi, I’m Hailey! I have been fortunate enough to grow up with all kinds of animals, and, from a very young age, I knew working with them was my true calling! I am so thrilled to be onboard with Doggy Dates! Can’t wait to meet your furry friends!
Kasey Ruiz

Kasey Ruiz

Playdate Supervisor

Hello! My name is Kasey. I grew up in New York, and always with numerous dogs! After attending college, I joined the U.S. Military. Now, and finally, I’m living in Massachusetts, and super pumped to be a part of the Doggy Dates team/family!
Erin Johnson

Erin Johnson

Playdate Supervisor

Hi, doggy parents! My name is Erin. I am a rising senior and psychology major at Stonehill College this fall. Moreover, I am an avid animal lover. I currently have two dogs (Milo and Ollie) and a horse (Aztec). Can’t wait to meet your beloved pets!
Tony Nomakeo

Tony Nomakeo

Engineer

Hi, my name is Tony. I have worked as an engineering technician in Windsor, CT for the past 30+ years, but in my free time I work as a consultant/builder for Doggy Dates. For the past two years I have enjoyed tweaking and perfecting the custom design inside the Doggy Dates vehicles to ensure that your dogs have a safe and comfortable ride to and from playgroup. I also love to spend time with my three children, two grandchildren and my labrador, Maddie.