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.

Guy C. Guckenberger, Vice President:

Guy has been on the board of Circle Tail since 2005. He is a retired judge, who still sits by assignment. Prior to becoming a judge, Guy was a member of Cincinnati City Council for 22 years and a Hamilton County Commissioner for 5 years.

Guy has devoted many hours to Circle Tail, both as a foster parent as its webmaster. He is very proud of the growth and progress Circle Tail has experienced over the years. He looks forward to Circle Tail's bright future.