Meet Our Team
Carroll Robertson Ray – President
A native Houstonian and life–long animal lover, Carroll is the proud mom of Rose, Lex Hochner and Harley and Bay Bear, her rescue dogs. She has been an active business woman all her life. Carroll studied the kennel business extensively before assembling a team of dedicated experts to assist in the design, construction and staffing of her own unique pet resort, named after her favorite childhood street. Carroll is involved with many Houston area community organizations. Governor Rick Perry recently appointed her a Regent of the University of Houston. She serves on the boards of the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Houston Ballet Foundation and the Neuhaus Center.
Laura Koch – Executive Manager
Laura’s life–long passion for animals began at the tender age of 14 when she began work at a pet store. Her many years of animal care experience include shelters and zoos, most notably the Houston Zoo – with over 4,500 animals for whom Laura helped provide sanitary housing, meals, medical care and even education. Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Laura moved to Houston in 2004. Her family includes her husband Dave, daughter Savannah, son Aaron, Boston Terrier Fenway and Rottweiler mix Lambeau. She is delighted to be part of the Meadowlake family and to provide exceptional care and love to all the animals at their “home away from home.”
Tori Hankey – Pet Services Manager
Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed
Tori has been training dogs for seven years. She has successfully trained a wide variety of breeds of all ages using positive training methods. Through group classes and private consultations, Tori has experience with obedience, Canine Good Citizen, therapy dogs and agility training. She also has several years of experience working hands on with dogs in boarding facilities and animal shelters all over Texas. Tori has a special talent connecting with the dogs. She recently earned certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). Tori now joins nearly 2000 Certificants worldwide. On a personal note, Tori has a five year old Border Collie, Oakley and a 10 month old Pit Bull, Sookie that she has trained from puppyhood. Their favorite activities are attending Doggie Daycare, going to the dog park, playing with tennis balls and frisbees, practicing their obedience training and playing tug of war.
Brenton Newhouse – Daycare Counselor
Brenton, a Dallas, TX native, moved to Houston in 2009 to study Computer Technology Engineering at Texas Southern University. He has had a lifelong love and passion for animals. He has been an active volunteer with local animal organizations such as the SPCA for the past five years. Brenton has a five year old Pitbull name “Jigga”, who currently lives in Dallas, and a four year old Miniature Chihuahua named “King” who he recently adopted here in Houston. When he is not working or studying, he enjoys traveling and fine dining!
Jody Lawrence – Lodging Manager
Jody is a Houston native and comes with over 5 years experience in the animal industry. Although Jody has a special place in her heart for dogs she currently has two cats, Shade and Darkness. Jody graduated from University of Houston with an art and biology and plans to be a high school art teacher once she graduates. She has always had a passion for animals. Her favorite part of this job is building a bond with the pets during their stay.
Kane Colon – Customer Service Manager
Born and raised in Brooklyn New York, Kane got his degree in Psychology at the University of Illinois and he also has a background in Real Estate. He is the proud owner of three English Bulldogs. When he is not spending time with his fur babies he enjoys bodybuilding, weight training and scuba diving.
Stephanie Martinez – Community Relations Supervisor
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Stephanie has always had a passion for animals. Her interest in animals stems from attending Sea World camps and volunteering at the Houston Zoo while in high school. She later began to work at the Houston Zoo as a Keeper. After graduating from Texas A&M in 2006, Stephanie worked at the Pearland Animal Shelter and Banfield Pet Hospital before joining the Meadowlake team. She has 2 rescue boxer named Roxy and Loki whom she adopted from Lone Star Boxer Rescue. She bleeds Maroon and is a Cheesehead lover (GO PACKERS!)
Domonique Davis – Reservation Specialist
Domonique joins Meadowlake with previous experience in the pet care industry. For several years she worked with various hotel chains as a reservation specialist and front desk personnel. Domonique has also worked with patients from MD Anderson Cancer Center. When she isn’t working with clients, Domonique spends time with her son Dustin and Chihuahua Germani.
Hi there! I am a west Coast transplant, making myself at home in this big beautiful city we call Houston. I moved here from Las Vegas, Nevada almost 3 years ago and I am loving every moment in this fun and fabulous city. I was drawn to the city for its nationally recognized medical center, outstanding educational programs, diverse eats, and eclectic art scene. In search of an adventure that’s exactly what I’ve found. In Houston, I have a wonderful boyfriend and four fur-babies; Rocky, Rockette, Romo, & our newest addition Remi Rue. Out west, I left my adorable family and miss them every day. We try to keep our time apart to a minimum, however, my loving mother and I spend most of our spare moments chatting on the phone. When I’m not having a great time at Meadowlake, I am a full time student, blogger, foodie, and volunteer at MD Anderson.
Chris Haynes – Dog Trainer Assistant
Chris moved to Houston from Dallas, Texas in 2006. He currently attends Texas Southern University where he studies Political Science. Growing up Chris enjoyed caring for all types of animals from snakes and turtles to rabbits and guinea pigs. It was his love for dogs that eventually lead him to Meadowlake where he started his journey as a lodging tech and then landed a position in the training department. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family at the Houston Zoo, Hermann Park or fishing near the gulf.
Trinette Flannagan – Accounting Manager/Bookkeeper
Trinette has been with Meadowlake since September 2009. She comes from a strong accounting back ground in the animal industry and has a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Business Management.Trinette is pleased to be surrounded by a warm and wonderful group of co-workers. On a personal level, she has two wonderful human children and two adorable furry children (cat, Taylor and dog, Odie). Trinette loves anime, sci fi conventions and festivals; all of which she will drag her co-workers to every chance she gets.
Tina Fields – Customer Service Associate
Tina moved to Houston from Spokane, Washington in November 2011. Tina has owned all kinds of animals during her life, but her true love is dogs. She is currently the proud owner of a three year old female English Bulldog named Mandara. Tina has worked in administration for the last 13 years and is now mixing her love of animals and administrations here at Meadowlake!
Silvia Castro – Customer Service Associate
Silvia was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She is currently studying to get her BSN as a Registered Nurse then plans to get her Masters as a Nurse Anesthetist. She has a soft spot for people and ANIMALS! Silvia and her boyfriend own a beautiful grey fluffy cat, Malichi that they love to pieces. They recently added a sweet Husky to their family, Abby. Silvia loves Meadowlake and continues to enjoy getting to know all of the wonderful clients as well as animals!