Our Pet Care Certified Staff in Flagstaff Arizona
Kingsmark Kennels is a proud member of the International Boarding and Pet Care Services Association as well as the only kennel in Northern Arizona that is part of The American Kennel Club. Kingsmark employees go through vigorous training and Pet Care Certification. Our entire staff is independently certified for Advanced Pet Care Technician. Our employees are focused on exceptional service to our clients as well as our guests. Each staff member is an essential part of the Kingsmark team and serves to make our reputation even stronger.
John Kavanagh (Founder)
John Kavanagh was born March 3rd 1948 and passed away August 5th 2010. He attended ASU and graduated with honors and a Bachelor of Science degree. His love for dogs began in 1962 when he followed his passion for breeding collies, thus was the beginning of Kingsmark Kennels. He then went on to becoming a professional handler in 1975, where he traveled all over the country. He had successfully showed Kingsmark Collies for over 49 years. He has had over 50 champions and were still counting! John’s dedication to animals also turned into a career of caring for them. He was Northern Arizona’s most experienced kennel owner! He will forever be missed and never forgotten!
Shannon Gottschammer (Owner)
John left an amazing legacy for his daughter Shannon Gottschammer to carry on. She was born and raised with animals her entire life. Shannon began Showing dogs at the age of 5 and had her first champion at 7.She is going to continue showing and breeding her father’s amazing line of champion collies as well as mainting the distinctive mark on the collie breed. She is Passionate about four legged friends and could not be happier to take over the family business. With almost 30 years of life experience, you could say she is now Northern Arizona’s most experienced kennel owner!
Rich Gottschammer (Owner)
Rich Gottschammer has lived in Flagstaff, AZ since the year 2000. Shannon and Rich were married in 2007 and thus began his journey into the family business. He was originally a small town boy from Belleville, IL who went right into the Marine Corps at age 18. After accomplishing his goals as a marine, he became a hardware representive for a company out of Texas, which led him to Arizona in the year 2000. Rich has always been involved in the inner workings of the kennel and now has accompanied Shannon in making Kingsmark the finest pet facility Flagstaff has to offer.
Jeni is a native to northern Arizona, growing up spending most of her time in the outdoors. Adventurous and energetic, she has traveled most of the United States but found that Northern Arizona is where her heart lies. As an inspiring entrepreneur, Jeni looks forward to opening a family business of her own one day. She has always had a passion for animals, growing up with dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rats, ferrets & reptiles. Her dedication and meticulous attention to detail allows her to manage our amazing staff and wonderful guest’s at Kingsmark Kennels.
Teresa (Assistant Manager)
Teresa has been working with animals for 18 years in Northern Arizona. She grew up practicing the art of dressage with hopes to compete in the sport. Teresa is currently attending Coconino Community College, where she has completed her EMT certificate, and is working towards becoming a paramedic. She enjoys spending time with her dogs; hiking, playing disc golf and having quality time with her two young boys. Her knowledge and years of experience give Kingsmark a hard working team member that dedicates her time and love to each and every guest. We are honored to have her as a part of the team!!
Terry attended Tulsa Jr. college in Oklahoma. Soon after studying Liberal arts he felt that he needed a change of pace, then found himself in Flagstaff, AZ. Terry has been in Flagstaff since 1980 and started at Kingsmark Kennels in 1995. He’s a well-rounded animal enthusiast who does an amazing job caring for our guest.
Ariel was born and raised in upstate New York. She came to Arizona in 2013 with plans on pursuing her dream of working with animals. As a child Ariel was raised with animals both large and small, where she developed a deep love with pets of all kind. She has been riding horses for the last ten years and is inspiring to own a doggie day camp in her home state with a NO KILL shelter attached. Ariel is one of our certified day camp counselors here at Kingsmark and is an essential part of making each and every guest’s experience exceptional!
Jessie was born and raised in Flagstaff, growing up with animals her whole life. She developed a passion for animals at a very young age, taking care of her own as well as close family pets while they were away. Jessie joined our family in 2009 as a Pet Care Technician for Kingsmark’s Champion collies. She was blessed with a baby boy in the year 2012 and is an amazing mother! Her responsibilities over the years have blossomed into becoming one of Kingsmark’s most dedicated employee’s!
Taylor was born and raised in Gilbert Arizona. In late 2013 she relocated to Flagstaff to be closer to the great outdoors. Her hobbies include the love of rock climbing and hiking with her boyfriend and dog. Taylor is an animal lover and has always had a passion to work with them. She is currently attending Coconino Community college to further her career in life. Her upbeat and spunky personality make a fun and uplifting addition to our team!
Ria has worked with animals for the last seven years on ranches all throughout Northern Arizona. She has been an animal lover her whole life, having family pets since she was a young child. Ria loves spending time outdoors as well as with her loved ones. She adores all of our guests and is a fabulous addition to the Kingsmark team!
Patrick was born and raised in Washington State where he enlisted in the army at the age of 19. After serving our country for 5 years, he decided that he wanted a change of pace and started to take advantage of his skills in the construction Industry. Patrick came to Northern Arizona in 2011 where he was lucky enough to work with amazing animals in Bearzona, building their habitats. He realized that he truly had a passion for animals and found that we would be a great fit for him! Kingsmark is lucky to have this talented young man as a part of our team!
Tori was born on the Navajo Reservation, though has lived all throughout the South West. She has now relocated back to Flagstaff, Arizona to pursue her Biology degree and stay on track to become a veterinarian for dogs and horses. Her hobbies include running, traveling, bull riding and spending quality time with her family. She has a beautiful personality and is a pleasure to have on the team!
Peter Casey was born in Albuquerque N. M. in June 1975 & came to Flagstaff in Oct 1981, where he resided until he passed on August 12th 2013. He attended St Mary's, Cromer elementary, Flagstaff middle school and graduated from Coconino high school. A good portion of his life was spent in the dog show business, riding horses and in the boarding kennel industry. He had also been engaged in construction and the heating and cooling industry in multiple commercial areas in Flagstaff. His sister and brother-in-law were fortunate to have him be a part of the family business and miss him more than he will ever know.