Geoffrey Lewit - Owner
Geoff was born and raised in Park Slope. From an early age, he knew that he wanted to be involved with animals in a meaningful way. After college and spending time as a touring drummer and professional poker player, Geoff decided to create something that would allow him to make a living by doing what he enjoyed the most, spending time with animals. In 2011, he created Brownstone Dog Walkers and has worked with over 700 dogs, cats, and other pets since then. In 2015, Geoff met Abby when she inquired about becoming a dog walker. The two became a tight team, and in 2017, they got engaged. Now, they share their love for animals and each other while looking after the pets of Brooklyn!
Abby Jensen - Manager
Abby is an Arizona State graduate who moved to Brooklyn in July 2015 from Phoenix, Arizona, where she lived from 4th grade through her junior year of college. During her freshman year of college, she fell in love with caring for dogs and began building experience by working at doggy daycares and resorts, and spending time with rescues. While caring for rescue pups, the most adorable, fearful Cane Corso rescue got attached to Abby and convinced Abby to adopt her- the best decision Abby ever made! Abby wanted to mix things up and flee the desert. She ended up in New York, where she started walking dogs for Brownstone, and now manages the day to day operations for Brownstone. Her long term goal is a business of her own, working with animals every day.
Laura Douthit - Office Manager
Laura, originally from Colorado, graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Jazz Studies and teaches private piano and voice lessons in the evening. She moved to Brooklyn in 2017 During the morning and afternoon hours, she's excited to be at BDW helping the walkers have a successful day out with your pets! She owns two black cats, Picard and Q (any Star Trek fans in the house?), who she loves dearly. When Laura is not at work or teaching music lessons, you can find her out on the town listening to live music with her fiancé.
Gabriel Dolecal - Hiring & Staff Manager
Gabriel was born and raised in Brooklyn, but has worked and lived all over the city and has spent a considerable amount of time in the service industry as a chef for various restaurants. Wanting to get into something completely different, Gabe joined Brownstone Dog Walkers to start a career that would satiate his love of all animals. He has owned cats almost his entire life and has been taking care of his former stray, now the most friendly cat, Ruby, for over 9 years. He also owns a turtle by the name of Koopa who at one point, had more real estate in his aquarium than Gabe and his wife had in their first apartment! They're both looking to add a dog to the equation now that they live in the spacious dog friendly neighborhood of Kensington.
Moriah Shapiro - Field Manager & Canine Enrichment
Moriah was born and raised in Park Slope. She initially started dog walking and boarding as a young child as a ruse to get dogs in the house, and quickly moved up to fostering dogs in her teen years. She’s worked at a few Animal Clinics in NYC and North Carolina as a Veterinary Assistant, and has decided to take a break from the Clinic life in the name of adventuring with her favorite species again. She currently does not have any furry companions of her own to speak of, but eagerly awaits the right canine companion for her future!
Vanessa Turi - Walker
Vanessa Turi is a visual artist and filmmaker born and raised in Bergen County, NJ. She received her BFA from Parsons: The New School for Design in NYC in 2013. Since then she's continued her practice touching a plethora of different and unique artistic realms and moved to Bushwick. To support her practice she searched for a job that she can care for just as much as her art. She grew up with her best friend Siberian Husky Bella who passed away at 17 years in May 2016. Since then she's been looking outward for a job that caters to her love for animals especially cats and dogs. Then Brownstone came along and swept her away. As a child she's always wanted to be a veterinarian but cannot fathom the death of animals. Dog walking and taking care of animals who love unconditionally answers to her interests in furry creatures and melts her heart.
Teresa Galus - Walker
Teresa, commonly known as T, is an artist and professional puppy wrangler living in Brooklyn. She grew up in the suburbs of Buffalo, NY with her family and a few mythologically-named dogs. After receiving a degree in Computer Art and English Literature from SUNY Oneonta, she moved to New York City to pursue graphic design in 2010. She quickly discovered this was not the field for her. Thankfully, though, she learned of a job opening at a dog daycare in Manhattan and hasn't looked back. After her time there, she joined the Brownstone team to apply her years of experience and love of dogs to more personalized care, as well as dedicate more time to creating art.
Ella Cerdas - Backup Walker
Ella Cerdas has been around animals all her life. Born in Costa Rica, she grew up playing with her grandma and aunt's two Rottweilers, parrots and cat. She moved to the States when she was ten, and since then has become an avid and passionate animal activist, especially fighting for Wolf Rights and anti animal abuse laws. Ella is studying acting at the Stella Adler Studio in Manhattan. She now lives in Ridgewood with her cat.
Tanisha Wright - Backup Walker
Tanisha is a Costa Rican-American writer, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She likes to consider herself the oddball in her immediate family since while her parents and siblings were born in Costa Rica, she was born in the United States. To further prove she’s the oddball, she’s the only one out of all of them that has an interest and love for animals. Although her family wouldn’t let her get a dog or a cat, she got the next best thing: turtles (named Tarzan & Tiger). Tanisha has two passions: animals and writing. Even though she completed four years of college, gained a degree in creative writing, and even successfully published her first book, she still felt like something was missing. Tanisha has always wanted to work with animals, but she also wanted to be a novelist. That’s when she found Brownstone Dog Walkers, where in the day she can spend time with and care for animals. While at night, she focuses on her writing to chase her dreams of becoming a successful novelist. It’s truly the best of both worlds; all that's left is to get her own dog.
Ryan Boivin - Backup Walker
Ryan was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and is a recent Northern Arizona University film/video graduate. In Arizona, he gained professional experience in video content creation and digital marketing. Now, he is a freelance cinematographer, photographer, and video editor. He has a strong passion and love for animals and has been involved with animals all his life. He has been an owner of cats, dogs, and guinea pigs! Now, recently moved to Brooklyn and missing his animals in Arizona, Ryan is spending his spare time meeting and caring for the animals at BDW! What’s next for him? A film about talking dogs? The answer is: absolutely.
Michael Brooker - Backup Walker
Michael moved to Brooklyn six years ago, and has been a denizen of Park Slope ever since. After finding himself working in offices and ad agency’s for the better part of a decade, he decided he would rather have a career that allows him to be active and outdoors. He also has prior experience in both veterinary offices and dog training schools, which made going heading back in to animal care a natural decision. Michael is an aspiring graphic designer and musician who spends most weekends working on a number of different creative projects.
Asiza Flores - Walker (On Hiatus)
Asiza has lived with cats her whole life or at least since she can remember. It wasn’t until the summer before her freshmen year of high school when she bonded with an ex Marine named Gunner that she got her first pup. They even shared the same birthday! She moved to New York in 2014 to study and live the life that all small town kids want having to leave her loving pup behind with her parents to care for until she could send for him. When her pup passed in 2016, she just knew she had to find work with animals. Since her roommates still don’t see the pros in getting a pup, she now lives with a baby corn snake named Cheese and a Maine coon named Krypto. And after a few months working on her own she found Brownstone! Now every walk makes her feel a little closer to her old friend.
Havika Joseph - Summer time Walker (On Hiatus)
Havika was born in Brooklyn, but moved to Long Island at age 6. Now having returned to Brooklyn, she's attending school. Havika is a bio major with aspirations of being a veterinarian. She joined Brownstone Dog Walkers to gain more experience with animals and to steal some cuddles. Havika admits she's not really a people person but has found a great love for animals. Her family aren’t animal lovers, so Havika doesn’t own her own pet, but plans to rectify that in the future. For now, giving hugs and kisses to our furry friends at Brownstone Dog Walkers is enough till Havika can adopt her own best friend!
Ty Choi - Walker
After years of being a desk jockey, Ty got tired of the rat race. She found herself spending more time in the office than outside, so she quit. She also realized that she might prefer dogs to people 92% of the time. As a dog lover living in a non-dog friendly building, she had to nurture her love of dogs by walking and tending to her friends’ dogs until she discovered Brownstone Dog Walkers. Because what can be better than to spend time with even more dogs! (By the way, she thinks cats are okay, too.)
Lauren Neidenberg - Walker
Lauren was raised in a small town called Ellsinore, Missouri. She grew up in the country with animals around her since she was born. She graduated form East Carter High School, then moved to Arizona to study Audio Engineering. Afterwards, she decided to move to New York for an internship in the music industry where she interned for a while and then decided a job with dogs sounded much better! She has a dog named Zoey, who is almost 12 years old, but lives back with the family in Missouri, which inspired her to want a job with dogs. She is constantly listening to or playing music, or watching new shows while thinking about her goal to make a record one day and get a dog of her own!
Daniel Dickson - Walker
Daniel was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. From an early age he was exposed to animals through his late pet turtles, Max and Sam. Unable to have a dog due to his mother’s allergy to the fur, his only opportunity to be with dogs was through caring for his friends pets, and later his side gig as a Wag Walker. After realizing that he thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the canine companions he began to hone himself through experience. With an open mind and heart he embraces everything, with love and respect.