Meet Our Family

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Mark Olesen

Owner

Meet Mark Olesen, one of the owners of Woofs & Waves in Sioux Falls. Mark has worked in the pet and aquatic retail industry for over 22 years. He has provided aquarium maintenance and setups for 20 years for personal and business aquariums.

Mark is your fish expert. He is well versed in salt and fresh water fish and is here to help you with the purchase of your next aquarium. 

Outside of working, Mark enjoys hunting, fishing, fish aquariums, dogs and family.

If you are interested in setting up a fish aquarium, or have an aquarium of your own, come visit Mark and the staff at Woofs & Waves!

 

 

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Justin Shatto

Owner

Justin started working for Mini Critters in Sioux Falls when he was just 14 years old. While there, he performed many roles from sorting and stacking 17 pallets of dog food in an evening to helping a customer setup their dream aquarium for their home or business. After high school, Justin attended The University of South Dakota where he received his Bachelor's degree in Marketing with an Associate's degree in Advertising. Following college, he held a couple of sales positions before he made his way back to a retail environment with The Diamond Room. His passion for animals pushed him to partner up with Mark and open up Woofs & Waves.

Justin was always known as the African Cichlid expert, but dabbled in all aquarium livestock.

When Justin isn't at Woofs & Waves you can find him spending time with his family and friends, playing baseball, remodeling homes, or hunting with his loyal hunting companion Ava.

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Christine

Sales Associate

Meet Christine Gillick. Christine is your friendly pet expert here to help you with all of your pet care needs.

Christine has over 14 years of customer service experience, with eight of those years working at another local pet store. Christine is known for her expertise with all types of dog breeds as well as assisting customers' pets with behavioral issues and potty training. 

Outside of work, Christine enjoys spending time with her family and two dog of her own. 

Stop on in sometime to meet with Christine!

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Ginger Butterworth

Purchaser/Sales

Meet Ginger. Ginger is responsible for assisting customers in picking the right food that suits their dogs' or cats' special requirements, such as a special health issue.

Ginger is seen it all in her many years of experience in the pet care industry. She is known for helping customers find the right food, treats, and supplements for her customers' pets that are suffering from any intolerances or allergies. Ginger is also a certified dog food nutritionist by the Natura Company

Outside of work, you can still find Ginger hanging out with pets of her own. She has three old cats that keep her busy, as well as maintaining her aquarium, and her neighbor's koi pond. 

 

 

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Austin

Sales Associate

Meet Austin. Austin is one of our helpful associates you may see around the fish area the next time you stop into Woofs and Waves. Austin comes to us having 4 years of experience working in the pet industry. 

In his free time, Austin is the owner of Lucky Pup Adventures an in-home pet sitting business, and works closely with local rescues to foster dogs.  He also is very active in the curling league.

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Kayla

Sales Associate

Meet Kayla. Kayla is one of our helpful associates you may see the next time you stop into Woofs and Waves. Kayla comes to us having over 15 years customer service experience with 6 working in a Pet Store. Kayla is your go to for nail trims. 

Outside of work, Kayla enjoys spending time with her dog Addy, reading and going to the lake. Kayla's family is very involved in the El Riad Shrine 

Kelsey

Sales Associate

Meet Kelsey. Kelsey is one of our helpful associates you may see the next time you stop into Woofs and Waves. Kelsey comes to us having 6 years of experience working in a Pet Store. Kelsey is right there welcoming customers and helping them with any questions they may have with their pets.

Kelsey keeps a very busy lifestyle with school and work. Outside of work, Kelsey enjoys playing with her dogs, Nala, Prince, Kia and her new puppy Kona and running in marathons.  Stop on in and say Hi to Kelsey!

Luke

Sales Associate

Meet Luke. Luke is one of our very energetic, outgoing, part-time sale associate. Luke is very eager to learn all there is to know about working in the pet industry. 

In Luke's free time, he is actively involved in his Boy Scout Troop. Luke received a high honor this year and was asked to lay the wreath at the tomb of the unknown solider at Arlington National Cemetery. 

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Allie

Sales Associate

Meet Allie! Allie is one of our helpful associates you may see the next time you stop into Woofs & Waves.  Allie comes to us having 3 years of experience working in a pet store.  Allie enjoys spending time with customers and helping them with any questions they may have with their pets.

Allie keeps a very busy lifestyle with school and work.  Outside of work, Allie enjoys playing with her dog, Jade.  She also enjoys mentoring middle school students, participating in student council, HOSA, and choir.

Stop in sometime to meet Allie!