The People Behind Circle Tail

Marlys Staley, Executive Director:

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Ms. Staley is the founder of Circle Tail, Inc, and is a Certified Master Dog Trainer. Previously, a Physical Therapist by profession, Ms. Staley came up with the idea for Circle Tail after touring a training center for guide dogs in Florida and learning of the great need for assistance dogs. The career change drew on her background and experiences with persons with disabilities, and the knowledge of the psychological trauma and financial hardships they face. Through incredible effort and dedication, Ms. Staley has propelled Circle Tail forward. She is a member of National K9 Dog Trainer’s Association and the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP). In 2012 she was awarded IACP Ambassador Status and also serves on the IACP Dog Trainer’s Certification Committee. In addition, she is an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and a Certified PetTech PetSaver Instructor. She lives onsite at Circle Tail to ensure the dogs are cared for in any type of emergency. While she used to be an ultra marathon runner, she now enjoys leisurely jogs and hiking with the dogs. Her home is filled with the joy of 3 German Shepherds, an Irish Wolf Hound mix and an occasional service dog in training.

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Jennifer Kiblinger, President:

Ms. Kiblinger began volunteering with Circle Tail in 1999 and just fell in love with the organization and everything it represents. She is amazed at how far Circle Tail has come. She has helped grow Circle Tail from a barn to a new Training & Education Center and kennel for service and hearing dogs. Professionally, Ms. Kiblinger works as a Scientific Affairs Manager for a small biotech company. For fun, she enjoys hiking with her dogs, traveling, and having good times with friends. She shares her home with her two cats Jasper & Lily, and Golden Retriever Nova, a Circle Tail adoptee who is now a registered Therapy Dog.

Dean Clarke, Vice President:

Mr. Clarke has worked in the Crop Insurance Division of Great American Insurance Company for over 30 years, where he is currently the Vice President of Product Management and Reinsurance. Growing up on a farm in western Canada, Mr. Clarke developed a love for dogs and an understanding of how they can enhance the lives of their families. He and his wife Marcy first became involved with Circle Tail in 2012 when they fostered and trained Gatlin, a black lab and from then on he was hooked. Since that time Mr. Clarke has taken on much of the building and facility maintenance work at Circle Tail. He joined the Board in 2014 and serves on the finance committee. He and Marcy live near Seven Mile, Ohio with their two dogs Thor and Shelby and a Service Dog in training.

Marcy Clarke, Secretary:

Marcy grew up in western Canada riding horses and surrounded by animals of all kinds. She has always loved dogs, meeting Marlys at Circle Tail when she signed up for a class with her pet, Thor, in 2008. She then attended Marlys’ pet first aid class and, as she got to know the people and mission of the organization, was drawn to be a part of it. She and her husband, Dean began fostering and training CT service dogs in 2012. Marcy’s passion is working with the dogs and honing her dog training skills. She loves to see them go on to be of service to someone in need. Together with Dean, she finds volunteering for Circle Tail rewarding and fun. She also works part time in the accounting department of Wetherington Golf & Country Club, and is proud to be the mother of 2 and grandmother of 1 beautiful little girl.