Our Team

Eric Bleile

Eric Bleile

Founder, Owner, Dog Hiker

Eric grew up in Maine, spending much of his childhood exploring the great outdoors and enjoying the company of his family dogs. Eric founded Active Dog in 2011 with his dependable, right hand “man” (or shall we say, dog) Tobias. Weighing in at a whopping 140 pounds, Tobias, a Greater Swiss Mountain dog, was a gentle giant and loyal hiking companion. Tobias crossed the rainbow bridge on Easter morning of 2018 at 10 and a half years old and will always be remembered as the reason for Active Dog’s inception. Eric currently lives in Weston, Connecticut with his wife Tara, sons Casen and Brayden, Golden Retriever, Cooper and English Cream Retriever, Cammy. He has a Master’s degree in Financial Risk Management from the University of Connecticut and enjoys playing golf, skiing and performing with his modern-country band, Hazzard County.

Alicia Andrianus

Alicia Andrianus

Director of Operations, Expert Dog Hiker

Alicia grew in Connecticut loving everything outdoors. She studied International Hotel and Tourism Management and has lived in Sweden and Switzerland. She most recently lived in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Colorado. From island life to mountain life, her love for dogs only grew more and more. She now has two dogs, Mr. Mac and Miss Maple who come to work with her everyday. On her days off, you will either find her in a coffee shop, at the beach or exploring some new trails with her own dogs. The most special part of her job is when she captures the moments of pure glee in an Active Dog’s life!

Stephanie Facciola

Stephanie Facciola

Director of Operations, Media Director, Expert Dog Hiker

Stephanie grew up in Garnerville, NY and currently lives in White Plains. She was brought up in a family of dog lovers and has been around dogs for her entire life. Stephanie graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a degree in Graphic Design. Her interests include hiking, the beach, and photography. She likes to spend her free time exploring new places and finding that perfect shot. Stephanie decided to leave the corporate world to pursue her passion for animals and her love of the outdoors.

Cristen Heavens

Cristen Heavens

Expert Dog Hiker

Originally from Connecticut, Cristen lived in Boston and NYC before moving back to her home state. She lives on a boat with her boyfriend in Stamford and enjoys the freedom and challenges that come with living aboard. Following her passion for education policy, she graduated with a masters degree in public policy in 2015. Cristen was raised by a family that encouraged her to love all animals, and she has wonderful childhood memories with her many furry siblings. She loves being active, rock climbing, yoga, reading, DIY projects, and swapping dog stories!

Catie Onorato

Catie Onorato

Manager, Media Director, Expert Dog Hiker

Catie was born and raised in southern CT and loves to hike all over the East Coast with her German Shepherd rescue Lenny by her side. She is a Uconn graduate who majored in History and Political Science before switching gears to pursue a career in fashion. After seven years in the industry, she is ready for a career that involves two of the greatest gifts life has to offer: nature and dogs! When Catie is not hiking she can be found crafting at home or seeking out live music.

Sarah Bonomo

Sarah Bonomo

Dog Trainer & Expert Dog Hiker

Sarah was born and raised in Westchester, NY. She‘s always had a love for animals and when she was nine years old her family adopted their first puppy, Diesel. Growing up together, Sarah became interested in dog behavior by observing and trying to understand Diesel’s "problem" behaviors. She pursued her passion for animals at SUNY Oswego, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Zoology and completed her thesis which analyzed the stress levels of shelter dogs. Afterwards, she became a Certified Dog Trainer through CATCH Canine Trainers Academy. In her free time, Sarah volunteers at a local dog rescue and helps with training and attends adoption events. She also enjoys working out and getting coffee with her friends.

Joanna Nevins

Joanna Nevins

Groomer & Expert Dog Hiker

Joanna grew up on a farm in Bedford, NY and now lives in Ridgefield, CT. She always had lots of pets, dogs, cats, ducks and even a pig. She graduated from Pace University with a major is Biology and a minor in Criminal Justice. Her interests include the outdoors, hiking, yoga, activism, gardening and being with her pets. For her 40th birthday present to herself, Joanna decided to leave the corporate world to pursue her passion for animals and her love of the outdoors.

Andrew Boush

Andrew Boush

Dog Hiker

Andrew grew up in Walpole, Massachusetts just south of Boston and spent most of his time outside mountain biking, hiking with his dogs and playing golf. His love for the outdoors never fades. Andrew spent two years after graduating High School working and studying to be a golf professional at country clubs in Nantucket, MA, Jupiter, FL, and Sanibel Island, FL. Since then his aspirations of owning a farm and plenty of land for an off-grid outdoor sport vacation resort has led him to Greenwich, Connecticut where he currently lives with his girlfriend. Together they will be studying different areas of naturopathic medicine and plant-based eating.

Melissa Miller

Melissa Miller

Dog Hiker

Melissa has always had a strong love for dogs. She grew up in Westchester and graduated with a degree in teaching from Florida State University. When living in Westchester, she volunteered at a local Animal shelter. After working with Sephora for almost a decade, she decided to pursue her dream of working with dogs. In Melissa’s downtime, she loves to play beach volleyball and ski. She now lives in Fairfield with her fiancé Cameron and dog Oscar. They plan to adopt a sibling for Oscar soon!

Leslie Singer

Leslie Singer

Dog Walker

Leslie was raised in NYC and then CT before heading to college in Boston with a major in Communications. Animals have always been a big part of her life having brought up 4 dogs and 3 cats as well as being an avid horseback rider. She helped raise money to fund an animal sanctuary with Mary Tyler Moore and most recently worked for The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk. Her interests include, travel, outdoor activities, photography, cooking and spending time with her Maine Coon cat Raya.

Sebastian Martinez

Sebastian Martinez

Dog Hiker

Sebastian was born in New York City and grew up in Fairfield County where he’s always taken full advantage of the outdoors. Hiking, trail running and rucking have always been some of his favorite activities during his free time. He’s always found them to be a great escape from the pace of his previous occupation in the Emergency Medical Services. After ten years of public service he’s decided to come join us at Active Dog where he can continue to experience the great outdoors alongside all of our furry friends!

Kat Rose

Kat Rose

Dog Hiker

Kat was born in Louisiana and raised in Westchester, New York. Growing up she had two German shepherds named
Jake and Pete, and then a Jack Russell terrier named Annie. From early on, Kat started to ride horses and compete
in horse shows. Her love of all animals had no bounds. When it came time for college, Kat was considering becoming
a veterinarian, but ultimately chose a major of art & design. Upon graduating from Marist College with a fashion degree,
she wound up in Manhattan designing and illustrating active wear clothing, which was an unforgettable experience.
Now, back in Westchester, Kat loves to stay active at the gym, hone her cooking skills, and play with Mason, her favorite
French Bulldog. To her, dogs aren’t merely animals—they are the best friends that anyone could have!

Giana Colavito

Giana Colavito

Dog Hiker

Giana grew up in Haverstraw, NY and is now residing in Nyack, NY with her dog Max and two cats Luna and Nuvem. Before going for her degree in Math and Science, she had traveled to volunteer on organic farms! She spends a majority of her time hiking new trails and testing her knowledge. Equally so, she loves being on the road and exploring new places. After she had graduated she was looking for a more unique job, something that’ll keep her on her toes. Shes very excited to spend the day hiking with your four legged friends!

Robyn Mola

Robyn Mola

Dog Hiker

Robyn was born and raised in Fairfield County, and has spent most of her time outdoors for as long as she can remember. She moved to Florida to attend Full Sail University to study Show Production. Following an 8-year career in Television Broadcast and time spent in Australia, Robyn found herself missing her outdoorsy roots and happily made the transition into the Active Dog family. Robyn now lives in Norwalk with her partner Jess, and in her spare time enjoys snowboarding, kayaking, and hiking with her rescue Pitbull, Marnie!

Brandon McKenzie

Brandon McKenzie

Dog Hiker

Brandon grew up in Queens, NY and over the years made his way to Westchester County. He‘s been a lover of animals and music from an early age. Before Active Dog, Brandon worked as a Behavioral Specialist (working as a Teacher’s Assistant for children with autism), a Mental Health Worker and a Canine Coach & Boarder. His love for animals and people alike made Active Dog an easy "yes" for him. Brandon is excited to take his recent experiences with dogs to new heights with all these new little faces!

Allie Shulman

Allie Shulman

Dog Hiker

Allie grew up in Old Greenwich, CT, and currently lives in Stamford, CT. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a major in Communications and a minor in Human Development and Family Services. She grew up riding horses and was around all sorts of animals from a young age. Her love for them has only grown over time! She has a 9-year-old Shih Tzu named Harper, who is her whole world. Allie’s interests include traveling, cooking, and taking care of her plants. Dogs have always been Allie’s passion, and she can’t wait to meet yours!

Tess Judge

Tess Judge

Dog Hiker

Tess grew up in Westchester, NY. She has always loved animals and nature. She grew up with dogs and now has a border collie named Tuxedo who loves to hike with her. She graduated from the University of San Francisco with a degree in environmental studies. She has worked in a dog kennel throughout high school and college. During her time in San Francisco she was actively involved in the dog adoption program on campus. In her spare time she enjoys modeling and in fact, recently walked the runway with Tuxedo by her side!