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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 15 years of experience both in the industry and in training. Being a certified dog trainer, he holds a CCPDT-KA, CGC and NePoPo© Gold Certificate.

Fabian attended City Colleges of Chicago and Southern Illinois University - Carbondale with a Focus in Automotive Technology and Business. With such focus and love for the Pet Industry he continued his career with Found Chicago. Fabian & His wife Brittney Romo (Executive Director, Canines & Company) own 5 Dogs and actively compete and participate in PSA-K9 and K9 Toss and Fetch.

Fabian is a board member of the IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals) and oversees the Protection Sports Committee.


Brittney V. Romo

Co-Owner, CPDT-KA

Brittney was born into a family who has always appreciated animals and welcomed many a dog and cat into their home. Her dream of working with dogs began when she went door to door asking to walk the neighbors’ dogs as a child and proceeded into high school when she worked as a kennel technician at a puppy store. With her added experience as a dog handler in a dog daycare and volunteer work in shelters, Brittney hoped to combine her love of dogs with her love of people and graduated from Monmouth College, where competed on the cross country and track teams. Her major included a concentration in Human Services, where she was able to complete an internship at a Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center, learning even more about animal behavior as it relates to humans. She continued in her training career by volunteering at a service dog organization, where she realized an interest in helping people learn to handle their dogs and work effectively as a team. After receiving her CPDT-KA, she has enjoyed working with Found Chicago’s rescues to better her handling and training skills. She enjoys her work representing Found Chicago Boarding and Training in helping clients’ to create a lasting training relationship with their dogs because she feels she is impacting lives daily. Brittney has two rescue dogs, lab mix Jolie and border collie mix Mona, who she spends most of her free time with.


Justin Wilcox

Training Department Manager - CCPDT-KA

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.


Nicole Battaglia

Professional Dog Trainer, CPDT-KA

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.


Valerie Iehl

Professional Dog Trainer, CPDT-KA

Valerie started her career with dogs by volunteering with multiple dog rescue organizations. After spending close to a decade in retail management, she decided to transition into something she has always been passionate about - dogs! Valerie joined the team and immediately fell into the Found's dog training approach and lifestyle. Valerie is now a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and looks forward to participating and helping create dog training programs for all the dogs in Chicago!

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