About Us

Our Staff

Rosanne Eigel – Owner & Professional Dog Trainer

In October of 2014, I graduated from Training Cesars Way, after spending 5 days with our dog Henry and Cesar Millan. This renewed my commitment to my self, to follow my passion and find a way to begin a career with dogs. In July 2015 I graduated from K9 Lifeline’s Shadow Program with Heather Beck (a top trainer with Cesar Millan). Most recently, I attended a 3 day TrainSmart Workshop in Delaware, Ohio with Heather Beck (K9 Lifeline), George Cockrell (Companions Dog Training) and Scottie MacConachie (K9 Ponderosa). In March of 2016, I attended the 3D Difficult Dogs workshop at K9 Lifeline with Heather Beck and guest Jason Vasconi (Transform My Dog in Dickinson, Texas). I was extremely fortunate to meet and learn from a real class act in the dog world, Wendy Volhard. I attended the Healthy Dog Conference at K9 Ponderosa in Delaware, Ohio. As a result of this wonderful conference, I now recommend and feed my own dogs, fantastic product line. Wendy has been researching and developing supplemental feeding formulas for over the past 35 years, and I feel fortunate to be a part of this wonderful company! In June, I attended and graduated from National K9 in Columbus, OH as a Certified Professional Trainer, in Basic Obedience, breed identification, puppy temperament testing, development and preschool, behavior modification, and utility. This experience allowed me to increase and use theory and development to change behavior and increase compliance through obedience. In August of 2016, I attended a Daycare Shadow Program with Heather Beck, at K9Lifeline in Utah, provided hands-on experience for introducing new dogs, creating and overseeing calm-play, and using the dog daycare environment to train other dogs. Following my trip to Utah, I attended a Puppy Primer Workshop with Linda Kaim (Lionheart K9), covering everything about raising a happy, healthy puppy. In September 2017. I attended the International Association of Canine Professionals Conference in MO, where we heard from many professionals about the industry and best practices. November 2017, I attended the Raw and Natural Dog Summit in Chicago, IL. This was an amazing conference about what is the best food for our dogs. Most recently, I hosted Ian Grant of Vermont Dog Trainer for a 3 day Daycare workshop, here at our facility. It was AMAZING, and the staff all gained valuable hands on training. Most recently, I attended Training Between The Ears with Stephanie and Mark McCabe in Streetsboro, OH. I look forward to attending more clinics and seminars, and implementing that knowledge to be the best trainer I can be.

Kris Kroner – Professional Dog Trainer

Born and raised in Athens, I moved out to California for a number of years and worked at a facility training guide dogs for the blind. After doing that for over 15 years, it came time for me to move back to my home town. I met Rosanne and knew that her dream of owning her own dog training & boarding facility was something I wanted to be apart of. I’ve had 12 Newfoundlands throughout the course of my life and am absolutely biased towards that breed of dog- they are the best! I love working with dogs and using my years of knowledge to improve their temperament and behavior, and through that process teaching the owners how to better understand their dog to make it a better addition to their home and family.

Gabriella W.- Kennel Manager/Trainer in Training

Growing up on a small farm with horses and dogs introduced Gabriella to spending time in nature and with animals at an early age. Throughout her twenties and early thirties she’s worn a variety of professional hats, but her time at Calm Companion has truly made her feel at home. Gabriella is dedicated to providing the highest quality and compassionate care for the dogs at Calm Companion, and is learning true leadership and training skills thanks to the guidance of Rosanne and Kris. While Gabriella may be a familiar face, the shining star is actually her German Shepherd puppy Iris.

Hannah Cahall – Trainer in Training

Hannah grew up on a farm in a small town in the great state of Ohio. Growing up, Hannah participated in 4H and FFA, also known as the Future Farmers of America. Animals have always played an important role in Hannah’s life, both personally and professionally. In 2021, Hannah graduated from Hocking College in Nelsonville with a degree in their unique Animal Assisted Therapy Program, during which she began her internship and soon-to-be career at The Calm Companion. Dogs have always been a huge part of Hannah’s life, and her special experiences both academically and professionally enable her to embrace her love of our special canine friends everyday. When you call Calm Companion, don’t be surprised to be greeted by Hannah’s kind and friendly voice as she has temporarily taken the position of Office Manager while awaiting the arrival of a very special guest- her sweet baby boy!

Stephan Weaver- Kennel Assistant

Stephan developed a love for working with dogs thanks to farm experience working with English Mastiffs in his late twenties. His time at Calm Companion has expanded his love of canines, and now includes all pups ranging from a two pound toy poodle to his special love of the giant breeds. Stephan has said that his time at Calm Companion never feels like a regular, boring job but instead feels like something he can continue to grow with.

Olive Rhys Steelman- Kennel Assistant

Oliver is an art student from Glouster, and an avid lover of animals. Growing up, her pets were an integral part of her childhood. She has spent the last twenty years of her life caring for animals of all shapes and sizes, and considers her own dog, Jojo, to be one of her dearest companions. She is very excited to care for all of your furry friends!

Wes McDonald – Kennel Assistant

From the time Wes can remember he has been a lover of all animals! Wes has had a wide variety of pets, including reptiles, ducks, and birds as well. He can’t recall a time his family and him didn’t own a dog,  Wes is excited to officially begin his journey into proper canine training, and as an Athens local, he looks forward to getting to know everyone and their dogs over time! 

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.

Josh Billings