Meet The Owners

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Amusement Bark is owned and operated by Kathy Wakai and Jeff Ironside. Kathy and Jeff were married in Kauai, Hawaii in May 2006.

Kathy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and has 30+ years of retail business experience in the Merchandising and Management of department and specialty stores. Kathy is currently a Buyer working in Oak Brook serving the College Bookstore Industry. Kathy is an avid dog lover and has been a member of breed and training clubs and a rescue organization. She has completed a course in Pet First Aid and The Pet Care Services Association Level 1: Certified Pet Care Technician Program. Kathy also received certificates for course completion for Effective Pet Massage, and Pet Massage Waterwork with Dogs.

Jeff earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Kent State University in Marketing and Transportation Management and his MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.  He began his career in operations at Continental Illinois National Bank. Additional experience includes employment in the Transportation and Insurance industries.  Jeff has owned two janitorial businesses and is very strong in Sales and Marketing, Operations and Management. Having had dogs all of his life; Jeff is an avid dog lover.  He is certified in Pet First Aid and has completed both Level 1 & 2 Certified Pet Care Technician Programs through the Pet Care Services Association.