Our Kuddlers



Nancy is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is an avid LSU fan. After spending many years working as a surgical technician in cardiac surgery, she decided to pursue a career with her first love…animals. Since moving to Knoxville she has become a volunteer at Horse Haven of TN. She is married and has a dog of her own who she considers her child.


Kennel supervisor/kuddler

Cori worked in the beauty industry for over 10 years before coming to Dream Katcher Lodge in 2014. Having always been a huge animal lover, she was ready to get back to doing something she truly enjoys. Cori lives in Maynardville with her husband, two beautiful sons, and three fur babies.



A Chicago native, Amanda is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Criminology.  She and her significant other share their home with three cats, Biggins, Jade, and Marmalade. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys hiking, reading, and cooking.



“Mom” to two cats (Westin & Fiona) and Olivia (a yellow Lab), Lacy was born and raised in East Tennessee.  Her spare time is spent with family and friends; she particularly enjoys being outdoors, exploring what nature offers.



Fran and her husband have three grown children, four grandchildren, and one fur baby. She is full of common sense and a sense of humor and loves animals and people. They have had many dogs and cats during their lives and are animal lovers. Their current baby is a small black lab mix from the Blount County animal shelter. She is about one year old. Fran has been on staff at Dream Katcher Lodge since its opening in 2004. She had never worked with animals before but Dream Katcher has been her dream job. She really enjoys the hands-on with all the guests. Taking care of our guests and getting to know them is such a joy for her.



Sam has been a member of the Dream Katcher Lodge family since 2013. She was born in Switzerland and has lived in the States for many years. She has had many different jobs all over the world, but has always dreamed of finding a job working with animals. In 2014, a feral kitty adopted Sam as her mom, and a year later her family expanded when she married a local guy.



David is an Army Veteran, and is currently studying nuclear medicine as a full-time college student. David has one dog, Jojo, who is a lab mix. On his days off you will usually find him with Jojo kayaking, hiking, or at the dog park.



Although born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, Randie now lives near her mother’s home town of Mascot, TN.  She’s the owner/caretaker of 7 dogs and 3 horses, and looks forward to possibly starting a senior dog sanctuary.  Her spare time is spent riding horses, and traveling whenever she gets the chance.



Born and raised in the Nashville area, Haylie moved to Knoxville and got married in 2013. After working for Starbucks for nearly 4 years, she decided to redirect her career path into her lifelong dream of working with animals.  She is mom to two rescue furbabies, Simba and Toki, and is anticipating another rescue joining her family.  When Haylie isn’t working, she enjoys reading, DDP yoga, and creating art.



Currently a student at Pellissippi State Community College, Shea’s love of caring for animals is taking her on the path of eventually pursuing a career in veterinary social work. Shea has two cats, two dogs, and a pet pot-bellied pig.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, spending time with her family, and taking naps with her four-legged friends.



Bre is from Knoxville and is part of a big, loving, musical family who enjoy singing together.  They have karaoke nights whenever they have the chance.  Although she loves all animals, dogs have always been a big part of her life.



Although she was born in Illinois, our kuddler has lived all her life in Knoxville.  A lover of animals, Audrey shares her home with a dog and a cat.  She enjoys visiting new places, caring for animals, and spending time with family and friends.