Growing up in Central Florida, Maddie always aspired to be an animal trainer. She spent countless hours as a child going to Disney’s Animal Kingdom and SeaWorld learning everything she could about animals and their behavior. That led her to start training her dog and the dogs of her friends and neighbors. Throughout her childhood and into her young adult life, Maddie also pursued her interest in animal behavior by working and volunteering at different horse stables around Central Florida. In college, she studied Experimental Psychology at UCF to learn more about why both animals and people do what they do. During her time in college she worked at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the United States Secret Service. After graduating in May of 2019 she was ecstatic to land a position at NEI. She is grateful every day for the opportunity to learn and grow in the job she always dreamed of as a child.