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The Rover Oaks Katy Team

Claire Ellington

Claire Ellington, Senior General Manager

As Senior General Manager of Rover Oaks Pet Resort, Claire oversees all operations at Rover Oaks Houston and Rover Oaks Katy. Claire spent the first 25 years of her working life in the high-tech industry, wishing she could work with pets instead. Her dream came true in 2010 when she joined Rover Oaks and she hasn’t looked back. Claire is allowed to live with, and serve, several demanding cats and dogs.

Joy Lee

Joy Lee, General Manager

After a career of over 20 years in marketing, corporate strategy, consulting and executive leadership in the medical and chemical products industries, Joy left corporate life in 2001 to pursue her passion for animals. She spent several years as a full-time volunteer for the Humane Society of Missouri, where she worked primarily with large dogs on socialization and basic obedience to improve their chances for successful adoption. During her time with the Humane Society, she attended several behavior and obedience training courses and also volunteered one day a week in the veterinary clinic assisting with surgical and post-op care of dogs and cats. Of course, she couldn’t resist adding several shelter dogs to her family during this time, including Sylvie, a poodle who was rescued in a puppy mill raid and Rusty, a shepherd mix. After moving to Houston in 2003, Joy worked for several years as an independent consultant in the biomedical industry. She joined the Rover Oaks staff in April 2005 and worked initially at the Houston location in customer service, doggie daycare, pet care management and as Director of Operations. Joy and Steve Smith  became partners in Rover Oaks Katy in late 2005 and worked throughout 2006 to oversee the construction and operations of the new Katy facility. Joy has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Smith College in Northampton, MA and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, and has completed Levels I and II of the Outstanding Pet Care Learning Center courses. Joy lives in Houston with husband Tom and six rescued canine kids.

Amy Hoffman with three dogs

Amy Hoffman, Resort Manager

After years in corporate Human Resources Management, Amy joined the Rover Oaks team as a 2011 as a Customer Service Representative. In 2013, Amy began managing our Training Department and in 2017 she became Assistant General Manager. As a volunteer for the Women’s Humane Society in Bensalem, PA from 1996 -2000, she fell in love with and adopted her first Afghan Hound, Cory.  Amy relocated to Katy, TX in 2000, and has since spent many years as a volunteer with Citizens for Animal Protection and Afghan Hound Rescue.  She currently shares her home with two Afghans (Harley and Thor), a Sheltie mix (Wyatt), and four cats (Remus, Mitzi, Lucy and Casey).  She can often be found at the dog parks in Katy and participating in the Meet the Breed events at the annual Reliant Dog Shows every July.

Karen Olmstead

Karen Olmstead, Pet Care Manager

Karen started her career in pet care services in 2000.  She worked at a vet clinic as a pet care technician while she attended school.  In 2001 she graduated 3rd in her class from the Veterinarian Paramedic program at HCC.  Upon graduating she gained a position as a veterinary technician.  For the next several years she learned many things at several different clinics about all aspects of pet wellness, diseases, medical treatments and emergency care.  She started with Rover Oaks in 2006 as a part-time Pet Care Supervisor.  She was able to use her knowledge of pet medical care to provide excellent service to the pets lodging at our facility.  Working at Rover Oaks has enabled her to learn a vast amount of information on animal behavior with self study and working very closely with the training staff. She was promoted to Pet Care Manager and continues learn and grow for the benefit of the pets and employees in her charge.  Karen lives in Sealy with her husband of 26 years, 2 sons, 10 dogs, 3 cats and 5 chickens.


Danika Rice, CPDT-KA, Doggie Daycare Manager

Danika oversees all operations relating to our Doggie Daycare program and loves making every day at Rover Oaks a blast for the dogs coming to play in daycare. Danika has created and successfully implemented both our Puppy Playschool and Senior Dog Daycare programs, along with Gold Star recognition and Pawsitive Play socialization programs, and continues to strive toward developing new concepts and structures to help our daycare become as inclusive and successful as possible. Danika brings a special skill set to our daycare program, including her certification as a Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT), AKC Evaluator, and her years of serving our clients as a professional trainer prior to leading our daycare program. Danika has been professionally training dogs for the last five years, with a passion for sporting breeds and AKC competition. She currently has thee dogs of her own; a 12 year old Austrailian Shepard named Charlie, a 5 year old English Setter named Ellis and a 1 year old German Shorthaired Pointer named Marshall.

Sandra Argueta

Sandra Argueta, Grooming Salon & Spa Manager

Sandra joined the team at Rover Oaks Katy in 2016 and LOVES taking special care of each pet that comes into the grooming salon at Rover Oaks Katy.  She is known at Rover Oaks for her ability to make pets feel at ease during their trip to the grooming salon with her calm, gentle approach and her focus on safety and well-being. Sandra has been a professional groomer for over 8 years and worked as a groomer at a veterinary clinic in Virginia prior to joining the Rover Oaks team. Sandra loves spending time with her Labrador Retriever / Chow Chow  mix named Dakota.

Amanda Stubblefield, Client Relations Manager

Amanda Stubblefield, Client Relations Manager

Amanda joined the team at Rover Oaks Katy in 2014 as a Customer Service Representative. In 2015, she transitioned to a Reservation Specialist where she enjoyed meeting new clients and showing them what a great place Rover Oaks is for their cherished pets. With over 15 years experience in customer service and a degree in Marketing and Business Administration, she now leads our customer service team as the Client Relations Manager. Amanda is a proud mom of two Pitties, Aria and Dallas, who you can often find hanging out behind the front desk. When she is not at Rover Oaks, Amanda enjoys traveling and watching football with her Fiancé Jared.

New Clients Get Their First Night FREE!

Special offer for new clients only. Cannot be combined with any other discount. Holiday dates may affect availability.

New Clients Get Their First Night FREE!

Special offer for new clients only. Cannot be combined with any other discount. Holiday dates may affect availability.