Meet Our Trainers
Kim Greco, Owner of Paws and Possibilities, knew from an early age that she was drawn to animals and has had pets of all kinds. Growing up in Northern Virginia, riding and showing horses were a big part of her life. Kim was ranked 3rd in the country while showing her horse, Harbor Bay, who has been mentioned in magazines as one of the best hunters to ever step foot in the show ring.
After graduating from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a concentration in Psychology, Kim began her professional career as a marine mammal trainer.
Kim had the opportunity to work with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, California sea lions, harbor, grey, and harp seals, African penguins, and exotic birds! Spending most of her marine mammal training career at the National Aquarium in Baltimore as a Senior Trainer, Kim helped to teach new trainers how to train the dolphins.
Kim's calm, confident demeanor make her interactions with animals remarkable to watch. In addition to working well with animals, Kim has a natural gift to relate well with people and has the ability to simplify complex ideas and present them in ways that enable people of all skill levels to understand and retain them. Both of these qualities have lead to a successful career working with dogs. Kim is a professional member of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP).
Kim enjoys spending time with her family - her husband, her two children, her three step-children, and her two dogs. Ballroom dancing is her favorite hobby and after competing at the Chesapeake Ball has declared salsa as her favorite dance! Kim has also competed in several triathlons, loves to read, and cherishes time spent with good friends!
"I never take Pippa out downtown in Annapolis without someone stopping me and telling me what a well-behaved dog she is!"
When Samantha was 4 years old she had open-heart surgery, during her long stay in the hospital she was visited many times by pet therapy dogs. Once she was discharged from the hospital she begged her parents for a dog and they got her two. Over the years her passion for rescuing animals grew.
Samantha has owned horses, guinea pigs, bunnies, turtles, lizards, geckos, cats, fish, and many more. In college she rescued two dogs, a few years later she rescued two more dogs, and after moving to Annapolis she adopted one more dog, Emma. Each dog had its own set of issues including fighting, separation anxiety, fear of sounds and quick movement, aggression towards cats in the home, hyperactivity, and extreme potty training issues. After attending Paws and Possibilities classes her home became a harmonious, and potty accident-free place. Through this process, Samantha realized her passion for dog training, and loves seeing the positives relationship changes between her clients and their dogs.
Annie has always loved animals, with a particular fondness for dogs. Graduating from Virginia Tech with a BA in Animal and Poultry Sciences, Annie aspires to combine her passion for animal behavior and service work to help train service dogs. Besides working with animals, Annie also spends her time with children as a camp counselor and as a day care worker. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and painting.
Jovone has always had a love for animals and a desire to help others. As a little girl she adored her family dogs and was always the first one to help a stray find its way home, or try to fix a bird’s broken wing. Jovone retired from a long career in public service. Her daughters, who had been campaigning for a puppy for quite some time, suggested that now may be the perfect time to get a puppy. That Goldendoodle puppy Riley, became Jovone’s companion and sidekick. Jovone often calls Riley her angel and proudly points to the black and white markings on Riley’s back that are in the shape of angel wings. A few years later, Jovone and her family decided that Riley needed a sister so they welcomed another Goldendoodle puppy to their family and named her Pippa. Fun fact – biologically Riley is Pippa’s aunt.
Jovone and Riley started training in our beginner class and advanced to become a certified Pet Therapy team. When Jovone is not teaching, she and Riley spend their days visiting patients at Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center, McNew, and Pathways; providing comfort to victims waiting to testify at the Anne Arundel County Courthouse; and participating in programs at the Anne Arundel County Library and Schools. Pippa recently passed the pet therapy certification and is now out and about in the community for pet therapy visits just like her big sister.
While training Riley, Jovone realized just how valuable pet therapy teams are to so many members of our community. In keeping with her passion and love for animals and to help others, Jovone joined the PNP team as a pet therapy trainer. Jovone runs our Pet Therapy Program and Leadership classes and challenges herself to find new training opportunities to train in real-life community-based scenarios. She is also a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. When she is not hanging out with dogs, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and looks forward to one day living at the beach.
Love for animals was always present at home. My parents taught me to be loving and responsible to the different animals we called pets, viewing them as a part of the family. I grew up to be a Pre K teacher and I learned that I really enjoyed teaching. Later when my husband and I rescued two dogs from Puerto Rico I discovered you could apply some of the principals of Pre K teaching to dog training and I was hooked! I loved reading dog training books and tried my best to train my dogs with good resulst. At the beginning of the COVID Pandemic I lost one of my senior dogs and I ended up with not one but two COVID puppies. I needed help, my previous knowledge of older dogs was a bit lacking when it came to puppies. I did some basic obedience in a different establishment with Sammy but I felt the curriculum a bit restrictive and it was not helping with his behavioral issues. From the first moment I loved Paws and Possibilities methodology and philosophy. The ability to modify the training to suit Sammy and the option to define my specific concepts for him was wonderful. I decided to bring my other dog, Lizzy, and we all enjoyed it so much that I decided to stay as well!
Krista has always had a love for animals - especially dogs; even though growing up, her family pet was always a cat. She got her fix of dogs by dog walking/house-sitting starting her senior year in high school. She even started her own pet-sitting business and has taken care of close to 60 pets including dogs, cats, and even a pig!
In 2017, Krista finally got her first dog, a Cavapoo named Kaden. She went to a few local dog events and found a Paws and Possibilities table tent. When she got home, she went online and immediately signed up for classes! Krista worked Kaden every day and thought, he was easy, why not add another dog to the mix, but this time a girl? A little over a year later, Kaden's true sibling, Adalynn, "Addie" was added to the pack! Kaden taught Addie a lot, but Krista admits she did not spend as much time training Addie as she did with Kaden, so you may see her attending some classes!
While Krista has another full-time office job, she firmly believes in Paws and Possibilities' philosophy and methodology and was honored to be brought on as an apprentice trainer. Krista has enjoyed watching the progress of handlers and their dogs transform to a loving, respectful relationship. In her spare time, Krista volunteers with Kaden at pet therapy visits, runs her dog's social media accounts, sets up local doodle events for the DMV area, enjoys hiking, can be seen paddleboarding with the pups in Annapolis during the summer, and loves spending time with her family and friends!