Our Team

Meet our dog groomers and trainers at Sandy Hill Kennels. 

Sandy Hill Kennel's Staff


'Will MahaffeyWill Mahaffey, Kennel Supervisor
Will Mahaffey came to the kennel in April 2015 after running his own business.  Will started out at Sandy Hill Kennels as a bather in groomer.  He knew this was his new home almost immediately.  Whether he is washing a dog, changing a light bulb, or helping your dog out of the car, he is always glad to help wherever he is needed.  Will has always loved animals, especially dogs.  He loves all types of dogs - from giant Mastiffs to little Shih Tzu's.  Some of his favorites are Bulldogs (any kind), Basset Hounds, Labs, Beagles, King Charles Cavalier, and any dog that loves to play and cuddle.  His specialty is getting the nervous or apprehensive dogs to trust him and Will helps make them as comfortable as possible during their stay.  Will treats every dog that comes to the kennel as if they are his own and he expects every staff member to do the same.  You can always find him with one of the dogs that are currently boarding with us.  In addition, Will has an English Bulldog named Mr. Eko.

Francesca Pettinato, Kennel Supervisor
Francesca Pettinato began working at Sandy Hill Kennels the summer of 2014.  Francesca has been a kennel worker throughout her high school and college years.  Since graduating from Kent State University in the spring of 2019, she has taken on the role of a supervisor.  Francesca plans on attending medical school in the near future but will continue to work at Sandy Hill Kennels until then.  Francesca loves all dogs but has an extra soft spot for Bulldogs.

Liz Pursh, Kennel Supervisor
Liz Pursh joined Sandy Hill Kennels in January 2020.  Liz has 13 years experience in the pet industry, from retail to daycare and boarding.  She has spend the last 4 years managing boarding facilities in Florida.  Liz grew up with dogs, birds, and hamsters, and currently has two cats.  She loves all animals and dog breeds, but has a soft spot for Huskies. She also produces original content for the Sandy Hill Kennel's Facebook page.  We are thrilled to have Liz ont the Sandy Hill Kennel's team.

Pet Groomers

Kris (Groomer)
Sandy Hill Kennels is happy to welcome Kris to our grooming staff.  Kris recently relocated to the Pittsburgh area and comes to us with over 20 years experience.  She has a variety of grooming training including hand stripping, Asian fusion, and cat grooming.  She has won numerous awards including Best All Around Groomer and Potpourri First Place at grooming trade shows.  She has rescues several dogs and cats and loves grooming all breeds of dogs, but has a special fondness for terriers.

Jessica (Groomer/Bather)
Jessica Artana started working at Sandy Hill Kennels in February 2016 as a kennel worker.  She quickly moved into grooming as a bather and immediately took a liking to bathing/grooming.  Fellow groomers say that Jessica has a special way when working with the dogs to help them relax. Jessica has become an irreplaceable part of the Sandy Hill Kennel's grooming team.  In addition to bathing, Jessica has started grooming dogs.  We're glad Jessica is part of our team.