Meet the Team
Mike Seidel, Owner/Animal Enthusiast
Mike spent over forty years in the corporate world, and after encountering a few life-changing events, he decided to work for a non-for-profit organization that cared for injured and orphaned widlife. Mike realized his love for animals and in 2010 Barker, Meowski & Tweet was born. With just six clients to start, BMT now boasts over 600 clients in 2021.
His home is filled with his own cats, birds and pup, Juju. Mike is trained in basic first aid, administering oral medication and performing injections. He promises to treats his client’s fur babies needs above all else. His authentic, personalized and sincere approach places his company as one of the top professional dog walking and pet sitting companies in the Columbus area.
Olivia Carney, Manager/Professional Walker/Pet Sitter (Team Float)
Olivia was a General Manager in the hospitality for over 15 years. She met Mike in April of 2018 and joined the BMT team part-time to assist with the growing business. Within a year, business was booming and Olivia became full time manager of BMT. She currently has three rescued fur babies: Piglett (daschund), Token (cat) and Tiana aka, Baby Kitty.
It is important to Olivia to raise her two young daughters around animals to teach them the respect and love that our furry companions deserve. Olivia strongly believes that a work-life balance is important. She loves managing BMT and meeting and caring for hundreds of fur friends!
Sabrina Baker, Professional Walker/Pet Sitter (Worthington/Clintonville/UA/N Columbus)
Sabrina began with BMT in the Fall of 2020. She has always loved animals and dreamt of working with them even as a little girl. During the summers, Sabrina volunteered at wildlife rescue centers and veterinary clinics. Currently Sabrina is attending online classes and is a Technician Assistant at MedVet in Worthington. She lives with her own cat, Salem, and fosters cats for the CHA in Hilliard. She looks forward to spending her free time with BMT’s fur friends!
Jennifer Barnhart, Professional Walker/Pet Sitter (Powell/Dublin/UA/N Columbus)
Jennifer began with BMT in the Winter of 2022. She lives in Dublin with her two daughters and two fur sons. Jennifer’s passions in life are gymnastics and animals! She currently is a USA gymnastics judge and spends her free time helping dogs that enter her life in whatever capacity is needed; walks, baths, grooming, meals, rescuing and rehoming, care during illness and loving assistance while passing over the rainbow bridge. Jennifer is thrilled to meet more fur friends with BMT and to continue making a difference in dog’s lives.
Patrick Carney, Professional Walker/Pet Sitter (Hilliard/Dublin/Powell/N Columbus)
Patrick joined the BMT Team in the Fall of 2019, and he has been a cheerleader for his wife, Olivia Carney (BMT Manager), since her start with the company. Patrick has always had pets in his life, and with his wife, has rescued and adopted two dogs and three cats. He is looking forward to caring for BMT’s fur friends in his spare time.
Kirsten Brownlee, Professional Walker/Pet Sitter (Clintonville/Worthington/UA/
Kirsten joined BMT in the Spring of 2023. She graduated from National K-9 School for Dog Trainers here in Columbus and is a Certified Professional Trainer. Kirsten loves being outdoors with her dog, Pepper, and watching wildlife. She looks forward to meeting new BMT clients on the East Side and loving their pets as much as they do.
David Clark, Professional Walker/Pet Sitter (Dublin/Powell)
Dave began with BMT in the Spring of 2022. He is an avid dog lover and recently rescued Pierce, a young beagle husky mix, that Dave has helped gain confidence with his new life and separation anxiety. Growing up, Dave was surrounded by Saint Bernards and cats. He is confident with all animals and making them feel comfortable. He looks forward to spending his free time with more fur friends.
Kara Chitwood, Professional Walker/Pet Sitter (Hilliard/Dublin/N Columbus)
Kara Chitwood joined the BMT team in the Spring of 2023. She is an avid cat lover that also grew up with dogs. She shares her home with her high school sweetheart, now turned loving and supportive husband and their adopted orange tabby, Nala (inspired by the Lion King). Kara is a proud mother of three beautiful daughters and a new grand daughter. In her outside time, she is a personal shopper. She looks forward to sharing her unconditional love for animals with BMT's fur friends.
Debbi Fichter, Professional Walker/Pet Sitter (Lewis Center/Polaris/Westerville/Worthington/Clintonville/N Columbus)
Debbi began with BMT in the Summer of 2021 and is the proud mom to fur baby, Sophi, her 12 yr old mixed peek/pug/poodle. She has lived in Columbus most of her life and is Nana to three wonderful grandsons. Now that her grandkids are in school fulltime, Debbi looks forward to spending her retirement sharing her love with animals.
Lynn Gottschalk, Professional Walker/Pet Sitter (Upper Arlington/Hilliard/Dublin)
The BMT Group welcomed Lynn to the team in the Spring of 2023. Lynn recently moved to Columbus to be closer to family after retiring from a career in the hospitality industry. Always a fur Mom, she currently has a dog, Maggie, and a cat, Lulu. Lynn is a die hard Buckeye fan, who recently enrolled in Spanish classes at Ohio State. She is excited to be a part of the team and looks forward to getting to know your pets!!
Kate Goudy, Professional Walker/Pet Sitter (Clintonville/Short North/Upper Arlington)
Kate joined the BMT Group in the Spring of 2022 and is the proud mom of two amazing young boys, Goldendoodle and cat, Chia. She grew up in a small town north of Columbus on a farm, always having dogs, cats, bunnies and plenty of nature to explore. Kate attended Ashland University and the Art Institute in San Francisco, and has continued her love of art through animals and nature with pet portraits and nature inspired watercolor. She is excited to be involved with this great team, spend time outdoors, and most of all meet new fur babies to love!
Jana Hakes, Professional Walker/Pet Sitter (German Village/S Columbus)
Jana has taken care of animals her entire life. She has worked for various cat sitting and dog walking businesses; and in 2014, Jana began working for a Cat Welfare clinic as a care technician. She joined the BMT team in 2018. Jana’s personal mission is “To improve the quality of pet’s lives through exercise and love.” Jana believes that the love given is returned tenfold.
Theresa Henry, Professional Walker/Pet Sitter (Powell/N Columbus/UA/Dublin)
Theresa, aka Terry, Tia and “T” lives with her son in the house she was born, in Delaware County that four generations of her family has lived. She has been around animals since birth including farm animals, cats, dogs, birds, fish, snakes, lizards, and even a horny toad. At the age of nineteen, Theresa began working at the Columbus Zoo as a keeper in the Children’s Zoo. Critters and fur babies have played an important role in her life. Theresa is one of the original BMT Team Members and has been with the company since 2014.
Lexi Hornish, Professional Walker/Pet Sitter (Hilliard/S Dublin/UA)
Lexi joined the BMT team in the Winter of 2022. Since childhood, she has been an avid animal lover and began pet sitting for friends and family and working at a boarding facility at the age of 15. Lexi also spent a couple of years working at a dog grooming salon where she gained knowledge in animal care, handling dogs and connecting with clients. Lexi adores nature and the outdoors and firmly believes humans can learn about life through their animal companions and the great outdoors.
Lisa Killinger, Professional Walker/Pet Sitter (Team Float)
Lisa began with BMT in the Summer of 2021. She always had a family dog while growing up and held a fascination of all types of animals. Through the years Lisa has had dogs, rabbits, birds and reptiles. Lisa truly understands the incredible bond and unconditional love that we have with our pets; and her pup, Wilhelmina, is a true testament of how an animal can get a person through the toughest of times. Lisa worked in the medical field as a receptionist for over 25 years. She enjoys singing, yoga and cuddling with her pup.
Gavin Kinghorn, Professional Walker/Pet Sitter (Dublin/Hilliard/N Columbus)
Gavin began with BMT in the late Summer of 2022. He currently works for the City of Dublin and volunteers at the Columbus Humane Society. Gavin grew up around dogs and cats, and he views the companionship of dogs as a means to fulfilling a soul. He recently lost his best fur friend of 13 years, Buster, in the Fall of 2021. Gavin looks forward to meeting new fur friends with BMT while he searches for his next best friend.
Charles Lease, Professional Walker/Pet Sitter (Dublin/Powell/Hilliard/N Columbus)
Charles, aka Charley lives in Dublin with his wife and two fur babies, Lilly (yellow lab) and Callie (Shiba Inhu). Charley left the world of law to pursue a writing career and has published a few books. He met Mike by chance in 2015 and realized his love for dogs and began walking for BMT. With the assistance of his wife, Charley created a dog treat company called Callie Coo. The company features organic and gluten free dog treats. Charley feels it’s important to feed our fur babies as well as we feed ourselves.
Danielle Michael, Professional Walker/Pet Sitter (Westerville/Worthington/Clintonville/Upper Arlington)
Danielle, began with BMT in the Fall of 2021 in addition to her full-time job in the healthcare industry that she has held for over ten years. In her spare time, she attends school online and enjoys long walks with her rescued pup. Danielle has grown up around animals since childhood and can’t imagine life without them. She looks forward to caring for the many fur friends she will meet with BMT!
Rob Menon, Professional Walker/Pet Sitter (Worthington/Clintonville/UA/
Rob joined the BMT Team in the summer of 2022. He currently lives in Weinland Park and loves to hang out with animals! He has a cat of his own and also enjoys fostering kittens. Rob also works at the library and is passionate about teaching children about a wide variety animals. He looks forward to using some of his spare time to help out BMT's many fur friends.
Lisa Kuhlman, Professional Walker/Pet Sitter (Hilliard/Upper Arlington)
Lisa began with BMT in the Winter of 2023. She has been around animals most of her life; whether they are her own or caring for her family or friend's fur families. Lisa enjoys the outdoors, hiking through metro parks, and horseback riding. She loves the presence of horses and strongly believes in the therapy and joy that all animals give. Lisa recently lost her best furry friend, Artie, and understands the unconditional love and bond a pet brings to our lives. She currently has a bird named Betty and hamster that goes by "Hammy". Lisa looks forward to making new fur friends with BMT and caring for them as they were her own.
McKinsey Rankin, Professional Walker/Pet Sitter (Grandview/UA)
McKinsey joined BMT in July of 2018. She has loved animals since she was young and currently has a cat named Nigel. McKinsey believes that “pets make a house a home!” She is happy and excited to join BMT to spend more time with animals and to develop personal relationships with their owners.
Kathleen Radcliff, Professional Walker/Pet Sitter (Clintonville/Upper Arlington/German Village)
Katheleen joined the BMT team in the Spring of 2022. She is a woman of many trades from a licensed realtor, Mary Kay consultant, and ballroom dance instructor. Kathleen grew up with dogs and especially holds a special spot in her heart for American Eskimos. She lost her furry companion, Reagan, and looks forward to the day that she is rescued again. Until then, she looks forward to meeting many new fur friends with BMT.
Janine Roberts, Professional Walker/Pet Sitter (UA/German Village/Clintonville)
Janine began with BMT in the Spring of 2022. after living around the US, she is now settled closer to home and her family. She and her wife have 3 small dogs and 3 small cats that have their favorite spaces around their home. Janine loves taking her dogs hiking and exploring around the Ohio parks. She works full time from home for a local nonprofit and looks forward to getting out of the house to spend time with her BMT fur family.
Scott Sloan, Professional Walker/Pet Sitter (Polaris/Westerville)
Scott joined BMT in the Winter of 2022. He lives in Sunbury with his wife, two daughters, three dogs and two cats. Scott grew up with dogs and holds a deep love and finds true joy spending time with them. He is excited to spend more time in the outdoors with new fur friends.