Meet Our Team

Jim and Jackie Foster – Owners

Jim and Jackie are lifelong members of the community and have remained committed to their family and their careers. Jim brings a diverse business and management background to Blue Prints and believes in a customer-first, family business model. For 12 years, Jim successfully ran a landscaping business before transitioning into higher education grounds management. Jim...

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David and Melissa Spicer – Owners

David and Melissa have lived in the area for 6 generations and currently live on the family farm in Manlius, New York. In 2006, David retired from a 20-year, successful career in the masonry business. He now oversees all operations of the family’s grass-fed beef farm. Melissa is the original owner of Blue Prints Dog...

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Shea – Manager

Shea is a graduate of Canastota High School and has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Le Moyne College. Shea has worked in her family business since its inception in 2011 (The Pink Pug) and has always had a love for dogs. She loves to create a sense of family at Blue Prints and...

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Alexis – Assistant Manager

Alexis is a graduate of Fayetteville-Manlius high school and has an associates in Business Administration from Onondaga Community College. She joined the Blue Prints family in 2016 and brings new ideas and organization to the training team. Alexis has loved and cared for animals her entire life and is a Certified Dog Obedience Trainer through...

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Sam – Daycare Coordinator

Sam is a lifetime resident of the area and graduated from C.W. Baker High School in 2010. She received her associate’s degree in computer information systems from Onondaga Community College. After receiving her degree, Sam pursued a career in animal behavior and enrolled in the Animal Behavior College dog training program. Sam is now a certified dog...

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Cait – Certified Trainer

Cait is a Certified Dog Obedience Trainer through the Animal Behavior College and a graduate of Fayetteville-Manlius High School. She completed her Animal Behavior College internship through Blue Prints Dog Studio. Upon her graduation, Blue Prints immediately asked her to join the team as a Certified Dog Trainer. Prior to working full time within the...

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Lishelle “Elle”- Canine Behavior Consultant

Elle joined the Blue Prints team in 2017 as a trainer and behavior consultant, a class instructor, and an instructor for Blue Print’s Puppy Socialization Program. She is a board-certified CPDT-KA, APDT member, and AKC CGC evaluator. Overall, Lishelle has 15 years of experience as a trainer and behavior consultant. She has collaborated with many...

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Brian Slick – Daycare Trainer

Brian was born and raised on Long Island N.Y. He’s a 1986 graduate of Centereach High School and moved to Syracuse in 1990. He and his wife Tammy were married in 1995 and have two children. Currently working the 2nd shift as Service Supervisor at Tracey Road Equipment, Brian finds the morning shift, and care for...

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Kathryn – Daycare Trainer

Kathryn is a lifetime resident of Central New York and graduated from Fayetteville-Manlius High School in 2014. She continued on to Onondaga Community College and is now in the process of completing her associate’s degree in communications. She joined the Blue Prints team in 2015 and hopes to continue her growth and knowledge in this...

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Claire – Daycare Trainer

Claire grew up in Buffalo, NY but spent her summers at her family’s cottage on Lake Erie. This time by the beach fostered her love for animals and the natural world. In 2018 she graduated from SUNY-ESF with a B.S in Aquatic Science. After college, she spent six months working with the seal and sea...

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Lizbeth – Daycare Trainer

Lizbeth grew up in New York City and has recently moved to Syracuse to continue her work with canine training. Her interest in behavioral training began in 2008, with the NY Aquarium Sea Lion Behavioral Program. Here she assisted with the maintenance and training of the California Sea Lions. From there, Lizbeth attended SUNY Cobleskill...

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Cara – Daycare Trainer

Cara grew up in Pompey New York and is the youngest of seven siblings. She and her family moved to Boulder Colorado in 2012 to be near relatives. She recently moved back to Syracuse for school and work opportunities. She graduated from Silver Creek High School in 2018 and has spent that time afterwards traveling...

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Melly – Daycare Trainer

Melly was born in Florida and moved here with her family at 6 years old. She graduated from Syracuse Academy of Science in 2015. Following high school, she enrolled at Onondaga Community College. There she fell in love with American Sign Language. Melly very much enjoyed the ASL classes and participated in the ASL Club...

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