Barks & Recreation | Eau Claire, WI


Meet Our Staff!

Here at Barks and Rec we pride ourselves on our caring and experienced staff.

Hannah Matteson

Trainer, Facility Manager, Media/Marketing Manager

Dogs, and all animals for that matter, have always consumed my life. I grew up with a grandma who bred Standard Poodles and my mother who shows Newfoundlands in conformation, so a quiet household has never been the norm. I pride myself is the knowledge I’ve gained from working with animals from all walks of life, from the medical field, to behavioral. When I’m not spending my days with all the Barks and Rec dogs, I devote most of my spare time to my two amazing pups, Meeka (my American Akita) and Mercy (my bully mix). On the days I’m not covered in drool and hair, I’m usually enjoying the outdoors either hiking, biking, shooting archery, or snowboarding. I am pursuing a business degree and plan to open my own sanctuary to help rehabilitate and provide second chances to animal’s who need it most.


 Jenna Burchesky

Kennel/Daycare Supervisor, Receptionist

I am originally from Boston, Massachusetts, but moved to Eau Claire to pursue my dream of one day being an Olympian! I am currently a member of the US National Curling team. When I’m not training or competing, I’m a student at UWEC finishing up a degree in Organizational Communications. However, my life wouldn’t be complete without dogs! That’s why I always look forward to coming to work every day.




Kim Studinger

Office Manager

I was raised in a family that bred and showed Golden Retrievers. Today I work with Lil' Rascals Refuge out of Thorp, Wisconsin, fostering rescued puppy-mill breeder dogs. We have had many dogs in our home over the years! Currently we have a 9 year old Blue Heeler/Labrador mix and an English Bulldog puppy. In my spare time I enjoy snow shoeing and kayaking with my boyfriend and kids!


Haylee Lechleitner

Trainer, Kennel/Daycare Attendant

I enjoy spending time with my dogs Miles, who’s a Treeing Walker Coonhound/Alaskan Malamute and Parker, who's a Dachshund. They helped spark my passion for dogs. In my free time I enjoy doing CrossFit, hiking, watching movies, and training dogs of course!


Hannah Lechleitner

Trainer, Kennel/Daycare Attendant

I currently own an American Bully named Kudo, and a Dachshund named Banner. My family also has a chiweenie named Baylee and a Teddybear named Bella. In my spare time I enjoy doing CrossFit, hiking, and training my dog, as well as others. I also enjoy hanging with all the dogs who come to Barks and Rec!


Cherie Lun

Kennel/Daycare Attendant

I’ve always had a passion for animals, and I grew up fostering animals for the Coulee Region Humane society! Aside from fostering, I’ve also worked alongside a groomer at Yuppie Puppy in La Crosse, WI and worked as an exam room assistant at Hillside Veterinary Clinic, also in La Crosse. Aside from animals, I love traveling, boating, and spending time with my family!


Ashlyn Jaquish

Kennel/Daycare Attendant

I just started my first year at CVTC, where I am taking my generals and plan to transfer to UW River Falls to pursue a major in Animal Science. I currently live on a hobby farm and have lots of animals including goats, chickens, rabbits, and many more! I have a collie/lab mix named Lily, who loves to watch over and take care of all the animals with us. I enjoy working with animals so much, that I plan to make a career out of it in the future!


Kylee Sauk

Receptionist, Kennel/Daycare Attendant

My name is Kylee and I am in love with training and taking care of dogs. I have my own two, a silver standard poodle and a husky/lab mix! My family also has a black Labrador Retriever and a Yorkie! My lab/husky mix has earned her Trick Dog Novice and Intermediate title so far. I plan on getting more titles in the future for both my pups and doing sports like dock diving! A few of my other hobbies are fishing, hiking and sewing. Working at Barks & Recreation has opened my eyes to so many new things and opportunities. Everyday is a good day at work taking care of all the regulars and new dogs that come in!


Mati Ihinger

Receptionist, Kennel/Daycare Attendant

Hello! My name is Mati and I have always loved animals of all kinds. My childhood dream of adopting a canine friend finally came true with the newest addition to our family, Kaia! It is my senior year pursuing my degree both at the Paris Institute of Political Studies and Northwestern University. I love all outdoor activities, writing, painting, and travel.


Crystal Louden

Kennel/Daycare Attendant

I'm an avid pet lover with a special attraction to dogs - especially "special needs" (be it medical of behavioral). I am a Veterinary Technician with over a decade of experience working in the Chippewa Valley. I enjoy spending time with my husband, son and our zoo of pets; a house full of dogs and cats. I also enjoy the great outdoors, especially hiking, kayaking and horseback riding. I'm so honored to be apart of the Barks and Rec team and to get to know all the great dogs and clients!


 Peyton Kittelson 

Receptionist, Kennel/Daycare Attendant

I am from Madison Wisconsin and moved up to Eau Claire to attend the University to get my bachelors degree in marketing. I have a rabbit named Beebop and two dogs back home named Bella and Koda! I have always had a passion for animals and have been working with them for almost 5 years now. I hope to one day own a hobby farm! 

Cyarra Rossano

Kennel/Daycare Attendant

My name is Cyarra and I love working with all types of animals, and I enjoy riding my horses in my free time. I have 3 wonderful step-children, 2 cats (Ollie and Lucy) and my dog Zoey! Working with dogs isn't just informative, it's also a joy!

Shasta Chamberlain

Kennel/Daycare Attendant

Casey Roff

Kennel/Daycare Attendant

Grace Hanko 

Kennel/Daycare Attendant

Elizabeth Bauchle

Little's Attendant

My name is Elizabeth and I love animals! I love making keychains and jewelry for people. I also love playing games with my family!