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Fabian Romo-Vargas

Owner, Director

Fabian is the Owner and Director of Operations for Found Chicago Boarding & Training Center, President of Chi-town K9 Working Dog Club. Fabian is a Chicago Pet Industry veteran with 14 years of experience both in the industry and in training. Being a certified dog trainer, he holds a CPDT-KA, is a CGC Evaluator, APDT, and NePoPo© Silver Certificate.


Fabian attended City Colleges of Chicago and Southern Illinois University - Carbondale with a focus in Automotive Engineering and Business. With such focus and love for the pet industry, he continued his career with Found Chicago. Fabian and his wife, Brittney Romo (Executive Director, Canines & Company), own five dogs and actively compete and participate in PSA-K9 and K9 Toss and Fetch.

Brittney V. Romo

Co-Owner, CPDT-KA

Brittney Romo is the Executive Director of Canines & Company, NFP and co-owner of Found Training Center. Along with providing training and placement for C&C rescue dogs, she often provides mentorship to Found’s Training Department with over seven years of experience in behavioral modification work.

 

Brittney began her dog training journey as a junior handler at Found in 2013 after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Monmouth College, with a focus on Sociology/Anthropology, Psychology, and Women’s Studies. She was eager to combine her passion for helping people with her love of dog training and began as a full-time trainer shortly thereafter.

 

Brittney founded Canines & Company, NFP in July 2016 with a goal of rescuing dogs in need to prepare them for placement in the community. She has experience training and evaluating dogs for service work, therapy work, and has worked within community programs with her dog, Mona, for over five years.

 

Currently, Brittney and her husband, Fabian Romo, own five dogs that they participate in various dog sports with. You are likely to find her throwing a disc or teaching a complicated trick behavior to her dogs (or cat!). She is a true herding dog fan, and is always looking to build upon her arsenal of dog training knowledge.

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Ryan Topf

Senior Trainer, CPDT-KA, Behavior Specialist

Ryan has been working exclusively with dogs the last eight years. He has safely logged thousands of hours socializing and training dogs of all breeds. Ryan has used this experience, in addition to his B.A. in Philosophy, into successfully training and rehabilitation hundreds of dogs. Every interaction with a dog is an opportunity and he continues to hone his skills with Found on a regular basis. In a society that can treat dogs like humans more than ever before, he believes it’s incredibly important to educate an understanding of dog psychology and culture, so that we can fulfill their lives properly and better co-exist together. Ryan currently has two rescue dogs, Moo (Rat Terrier mix)/Annie (Dachshund mix), and has resided in the Andersonville area for nine years.

Justin Wilcox

Senior Trainer, CPDT-KA - Candidate

Justin Wilcox is a senior trainer and animal lover. He started his career in the pet industry working in dog daycare and boarding facilities. His passion for dog training comes from his natural want to help people and the love of animals. Being in the industry in his early 20’s he found frustrating that, there are little resources for owners that needed help with aggression and reactivity cases.

 

Seeking knowledge on how to help these pets and their owners Justin apprenticed and learned from other local trainers and shortly after that, found himself looking for seminars and many other ways to learn. As a trainer, Justin loves to focus on those dogs that need the skill, specialty, and experience that perhaps other trainers don’t always put in.

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Nicole Battaglia

Assistant Trainer, CPDT-KA - Candidate

Nicole Battaglia is a Training Assistant and up-and-coming trainer with the Found Chicago team. She completed her BA in Psychology at the University of Iowa and while studying joined the pet industry. Nicole started pet sitting for a local company and when returning to Chicago, she joined the Found team in August of 2018. Through hard work and on-going passion for the industry Nicole served the company a Senior Technician, Team Leader, and now Assistant Trainer.

 

Nicole has a natural passion for helping people and found an outlet for that passion helping people with dogs and communicating their needs to dog owners. As a behavioral science student, Nicole enjoys being part of the learning process for all the dogs in our training programs.

William Diaz

Professional Dog Trainer, CDT, CPDT-KA - Candidate

Will Diaz is a Professional Dog Trainer and avid Student in the art of dog training. Will Diaz started his career by completing a program with Animal Behavior College and then continued his development by apprenticing and shadowing with some of the local and world renowned trainers.

 

Traveling across the country to mentor and learn from the best, he’s also spent time working with rescue dogs in high-kill shelters and worked in Private Security handling K9 Security. Will is also PSA (Protection Sports Association) Decoy in-training and a competitor in the sport. Will is also an active member of Chi-town K9 Working Dog Club.

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Valerie Iehl

Assistant Trainer, CPDT-KA - Candidate

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