Melanie

Melanie McLeroy

Melanie met William in 1994 when her two dogs were out of control. She was so impressed, they soon went into business together. Never envisioning ending up an entrepreneur, Melanie has degrees in History/Classical Civilization from UT, a Masters in Environmental Ethics and Philosophy from UNT, and attended UT Law School.

Melanie focuses on the development of the Taurus Pack in training and operations. She also spends time giving back to the Austin community by serving in a variety of volunteer positions, including:

Emancipet Board of Directors, whose mission is to improve the lives of pets and their owners by providing high quality, high volume spay/neuter surgeries and wellness services free or for a low cost.

Off Leash Area Advisory Committee Member, a committee of citizen volunteers that advises the Austin Parks and Recreation Department on matters relating to off leash areas and dogs on parkland.

Queen b with the b club, a group that raises emergency funds for breast cancer victims and survivors.
When she’s not working with various non-profits, Melanie is reading, gardening (she’s often accused of being a plant addict), scuba diving, traveling, practicing yoga, or training for sprint triathlons.

Our Team

Jeff Huenemoerder

Jeff Huenemoerder, VP of Operations

Jeff combines a background in science with a lifelong love of dogs.

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Kassy Coleman

Kassy Coleman, Development Coordinator

Kassy gave up being bored behind a desk for an exciting career getting dirty.

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Wallace McElyea

Wallace McElyea, Chief Learning Officer

Wallace is Taurus' "walking Wikipedia".

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Michele Hale

Michele Hale, Billing Administrator

As an Austin native, Michele has 20+ years of accounting experience and loves working at Taurus Academy because who doesn't love being surrounded by dogs?

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Loren Barry

Loren Barry, Pack Leader

Loren is a cat person surrounded by dogs.

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Lindsey Ortiz

Lindsey Ortiz, Pack Leader

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Rachael Hawkey

Rachael Hawkey, Pack Leader

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Kaitlyn Deckert

Kaitlyn Deckert, Pack Leader

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Jacob Lackey

Jacob Lackey, Pack Leader

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Crystal Dunn

Crystal Dunn, Pack Leader

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