Meet Our Staff

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Pete and Paula

Owners

Paula and Pete received a cockatiel as a wedding present 50 years ago. Their love for birds eventually grew into a hobby, breeding birds in their home, and then into a business. They opened into a retail store 30 years ago. "We are blessed that the shop is now in the capable hands of our daughter, Bernadette". They are currently enjoying semi-retirement as Bernadette learns all the facets of the business.

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Madison

Assistant Manager

Madison has been a vital part of our staff since 2019 as well as caring for all of our store birds and babies. While she doesn't have a pet bird yet, no matter how many Bernie tries to convince her of, she does love to watch wild birds and wildlife photography.

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Gloria

Head of Morning Nursery Care

Gloria’s first day with us was in April of 2016, and she heads feeding and caring for the baby birds in the Baby Room in the mornings.  So in the evening and afternoons at home, she looks after her Cockatiel, 2 Bourke Parakeets, 2 Parrotlets, and a Canary.

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Liz

Baby Care and Sales Staff

Liz is essential in making sure babies are hand fed, customers are up to date on their birds, and early morning feedings.  Along with her two dogs, she and her husband have a Red Rump Parakeet, two Saffron Finches, 3 Owl Finches, 2 Gouldian Finches, 2 Society Finches, and a Koi Fish. 

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Andy

Sales Staff

Andy first started working here as a volunteer in 2019 and now he works as a stocker and helps keep the birds' cages clean. At home, he has a White Faced Cockatiel named Leo and a dog named Sugar.

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Mary

Sales Staff

While Mary started with us first as a volunteer in 2020, she has been part of our sales staff since 2021. Mary’s favorite thing to do is help new customers handle birds and discover a love for birds.  Mary has a big heart for the little birds especially and shares her home with a menagerie of animals including 9 budgies, 2 button quail, a dog, and a hamster.

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Ceci

Seasonal Volunteer 

Although she's not old enough for a bird of her own yet, she's been preparing for one for years and hopes to get a Bourke soon. 

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Bernadette

Manager

Since the store opened the year Bernie was born, she’s been around the birds from the beginning. Bernie has managed the store since 2010 after her graduation from The Ohio State University. Her focus has been on educating customers specifically on nutrition, enrichment, and toy making. At home she has an Umbrella Cockatoo, 2 Blue Head Pionus and 2 Cockatiels.

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Bev

Head of Store Pet Care

Bev is responsible for our store birds' care and has worked here for ten years .  Bev shares her home with an Umbrella Cockatoo, Goffin Cockatoo, Congo African Grey, Indian Ringneck, two Lovebirds & three Cockatiels.

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Nathan

Sales Staff

Nathan was hired in December of 2018 and plays a huge part in helping customers on the weekends.  He takes a high tech approach when it comes to charting the health of his own birds which include a Sun Conure, Blue and Gold Macaw, and a Curl-Crested Araçari.

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Tracy

Volunteer Coordinator

Tracy has been with us since 2019 as our Volunteer Coordinator as well as helping care for our birds during closed days. She has a house full of kids, animals, and birds that her husband Scott "puts up with". She has a Greencheek Conure, an African Grey, Cockatiel, Goffin Cockatoo, Quaker, 3 Rosey Bourke Parakeets, 2 guinea pigs, 3 dogs, rabbits, oh and 4 human children, too.

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Ivy

Sales Staff

Ivy has been with us since Fall 2021 after being a long time customer. She helps take care of our breeders and store pets and is happy to help our customers on our open days. At home she shares her life with a Cockatiel, Greencheek Conure, and several budgies. She is currently in school in agriculture science and has a huge love for fish and aquatics as well.

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Lucy

Sales Staff

Lucy joined the SBF staff this Spring after moving here from Texas. She is now helping in all aspects of the store in pet and breeder care, as well as a sales associate on the floor. She is excited to get her first bird soon, hopefully a Greencheek Conure.

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David

Head of IT and Graphic Design

David is in charge of graphic design, behind-the-scenes tech, and our website and online store. At home, David has an HP Envy X360 laptop, OnePlus 6T, a mid-range gaming PC, a Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series S, and 6 plants.