Christine Hunsaker, Owner and Founder
Christine Hunsaker is the owner and founder of Paws, Whiskers & Wags. Being a pet owner and lover herself, Christine built Paws, Whiskers & Wags on the basis of love and commitment to animals.
Not only is Christine one of the nation’s leading cremationists, but she also continues to build and run some of the largest humans cremation companies.
Christine has built her business on a strong foundation of honesty and integrity, which is why she a highly esteemed and valued within the pet owner community.
Christine shares her home with her partner, Kellie Rowker, a pet lover and trauma nurse. The duo have a black lab, Myrtle; a small poodle mix, Suki; an orange tabby, Red; a chocolate standard poodle, Mocha Java; and a horse, Phoenix.
Dr. Cindi Branch, Co-Founder
As a devoted pet-lover, Cindi Branch co-founded Paws, Whiskers & Wags in 2005. With over 20 years of experience with the largest provider of funeral, cemetery, and crematory services, Cindi has brought her passion for service to her latest venture with Paws, Whiskers & Wags. Cindi works closely with pet owners and initiated our Grief Training program. Calling Lake Oconee her home, Cindi shares it with her two Poodle children, Rudy and Lucky Girl.
Nikki Hofland, General Manager
Nikki has called the Atlanta area home since 2003. Growing up, Nikki was the daughter of a GI, which gave her the opportunity to live in many places throughout the world. That explains her love of travel! However, her first love is spending time doting on her fur kids. Nikki’s extensive professional background as a Retail Operations Executive prepared her for the role as General Manager for all our Paws, Whiskers & Wags locations. She finds her role gratifying as she assists fellow animal lovers in their time of need.
Kevin Ledford, Manager
Kevin is a native of Atlanta and joined our team in January 2018. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Kevin was a funeral director on the human side of the death care industry for 25 years before deciding to come over to the pet side. He had been a client of Paws, Whiskers & Wags twice before. He wanted to share the same care compassion and kindness with others that had been shown to him during the loss of his four-legged children. Kevin is the proud papa of a Chihuahua-mix dog named Abby and a domestic short-hair cat named Rocky. He enjoys softball and bowling. He is also a proud member of the Human Rights Campaign.
Dawn M. Hickman, Sales Manager
Dawn recently joined the team at Paws, Whiskers & Wags as she has a deep commitment to offering the very best care and compassion for pets and the veterinarians that serve them. She feels a personal responsibility to helping as many pets to be returned to their loving families where they belong. Dawn has been very lucky to have had a career in the veterinary field for 27 years, where she spent the first 13 years of her career as a technician in several practices in Maryland. Her diverse sales career includes representing the first vet sponsored home delivery veterinary pharmacy, veterinary distribution and veterinary nutrition and nutraceuticals. Dawn has three cats (Buddy, Phoebe, and Aria), a Havenese named Amelia Bedelia, and can often be found baking for loved ones or taking care of horses at the barn.
Brittany Elmore, Team Lead
Brittany loves animals and has worked in the animal care field for three years as a veterinary tech. Her philosophy in life is to, “Count your blessings, not your problems. And count your own blessings, not someone else’s blessings.” She adds that jealousy occurs when you count someone else’s blessings, instead of your own. Brittany loves her pets, traveling, music, art and family events/parties.
Madison McDonald – Client Relations
Madison is currently working on her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and has been in the pet care industry for over two years. She started her career working in a grooming salon and then for two years at an animal hospital before transitioning to Paws, Whiskers & Wags. She is a strong believer in treating humans and pets just the same way that you wish to be treated or that you would treat your own pet. In her spare time, Madison enjoys gardening, as a self-proclaimed plant hoarder, traveling on her weekends off, and visiting family in Charleston.
Olivia Kaplon – Logistics & Operations
Olivia came to Paws, Whiskers & Wags just about a year ago with prior experience working in an animal clinic. She is currently working on completing her associates degree of biological science from Central Piedmont Community College. In her spare time, Olivia likes to dabble in digital art, listening to fantasy audio books, and playing dungeons & dragons with family and friends. Her passion for the job comes from the dedication and joy of taking care of every furry loved one just as if the baby was her own, and her love of animals doesn’t stop at PWW. Olivia and Ben, her husband of two years, share a home with Iroh, a bearded dragon, and Megalodon, a vizsla/pit mix pup with hopes of bringing more sweet babies into their home.
Jason Christenbury – Logistics & Operations
Jason enjoys being a part of the PWW family because he is given the opportunity to provide exceptional care and not only meet expectations but exceed them for our families. He has a B.A. in Mass Communications from UNC of Charlotte and enjoys bowling, movies, and food in a variety of venues from dinner parties to restaurants. Jason and his wife Amy have 3 dogs named Ozzy, Tango, & Cash.
Brian J. Bergamini – Logistics & Operations
Brian is currently working on his Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Religious Studies. He holds an Associate of Science degree in Laser Electro-Optics and has previous driving experience as a casket delivery driver for Matthews-Aurora. Brian enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters watching movies, listening to music, burning large amount of wood in his backyard, and going on annual adventures. He is a collector of stories in various forms from comics to books and movies and enjoys writing his own stories when time permits. Brian’s philosophy is that “Reality is overrated” and he perpetually searches for ways to make reality live up to the expectations of the imagination. Fun fact for Brian: He used to formally practice Aikido, which is a Japanese Martial Art technique based on Samurai battle tactics and now practices it and the use of historical weapons in the privacy of his own home.
James N. Neelin – Logistics
James has over 12 years of driving experience with various organizations. He is confident and able to drive different vehicles from dump trucks to vans with trailers attached. James enjoys gold mining and sand volleyball and has the philosophy that the outer world is reflective of our inner world and it is what we make of it.
Contact Us at Paws, Whiskers & Wags in Charlotte
The team at our Charlotte, North Carolina, pet cremation facility is available 24 hours a day by telephone:
980-819-2504. Please don’t hesitate to call us via phone or contact us through our online contact form.