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Meet the Staff of Eli’s Friends

Barrett Rae

Meet Barrett Rae

Barrett Rae is the president and co-creator of Eli’s Friends. Owning a premier kennel and day-play facility in Goldsboro, North Carolina, was a realization of Barrett’s and her husband Ron’s when they were looking for an interactive boarding and day-play spot for their beloved Eli 2 years ago. Leaving Eli for over 1 week demanded more interaction for him and for them to be comfortable leaving him. And that’s how the dream for Eli’s Friends Inc. began.
Barrett’s interaction with animals began at an early age. She had her first pony, Daisy, at age 7 and multiple horses up to age 18. She showed in local horse shows, 4-H, N.C. State Fair, and the NC/SC Palomino Association. The family always had several cats and a Boston terrier around. Barrett learned at an early age she had a special way with animals and wanted to spend lots of time with them. Barrett graduated from Meredith College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and has spent the last 20 years in a professional selling/marketing role—focusing on print management and pharmaceuticals. Her passion for a successful atmosphere for animals drives the energy behind Eli’s Friends, and the hard work and perseverance it has taken to open this facility has paid off.
Barrett’s pastimes include spending time with Ron, Eli, Leia and their 2 cats Brandie and Becca. She also is active with St. Francis Episcopal Church, Faith Alliance Church and the Wayne County Humane Society. Please stop by, meet Barrett, and see how she can help with your needs for your beloved companion.

Benjamin Parker

Meet Benjamin Parker

Please meet Barrett’s Dad, Benjamin Parker, who will be running the front desk at Eli’s Friends. Mr. Parker has over 27 years of experience in banking and 21 years in long-distance truck driving. He is a graduate of East Carolina University and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Parker has been involved with farming all his life, and animals have always been very important to him. He has a special fondness for horses, beagles, and Boston terriers, having had multiple companions over the years.
Mr. Parker always taught Barrett to respect animals, and growing up, they had horses, dogs and cats. He has many cherished memories of days spent with the horses and traveling to horse shows when Barrett was younger. Mr. Parker’s hobbies include spending time with his wife, Beebe, and memberships at Pine Level Baptist Church and Pine Level Lions Club. He also enjoys his seven grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren and all of their activities. Please stop by and meet “Mr. Benny,” and he’ll assist you with your reservations and questions.

David Parker

Meet David Parker

David is a seasoned dog trainer and day-care specialist, learning from working beside his brother Drake at Top Dog Academy in Greenville, North Carolina. He is glad to be in Goldsboro; it brings him back closer to home. Growing up in Micro-Pine Level as an Eagle Scout with dogs, horses, and cows, David has developed a love for all types of animals. He has fostered many dogs waiting to help them find a forever loving home, specializing with American pit bull terriers and herding breeds. He has helped hundreds of pet owners in the Goldsboro area develop skills for themselves and their dogs to create happier relationships. He resides in Grantham and enjoys competing in agility competitions with his dog Havoc. Come see David today to discuss your dog's behavior and habits—you'll be happy you did and will enjoy the positive results!

Susan Baldwin

Meet Susan Vick

Since high school, Susan knew she would have a career working with animals. She began her career at an animal hospital as a vet assistant and began to learn grooming there. She has been grooming for more than 20 years and loves the interaction with the animals and their families. Susan’s favorite dog breed is the dachshund. She has 2 adopted dachshunds named Skittles and Austin. Stop by today and talk to Susan about your pet’s grooming needs. She is ready to discuss with you your pet’s skin and hair types.

Kimberly Wise

Meet Kimberly Wise

Kimberly works in every area of Eli's Friends from the front desk to boarding and day play. She is highly skilled with all dog types, specializing in their care, nutrition and social skills. She combines her medical skills to provide a compassionate experience for your loved one. Kimberly resides in Grantham with her husband and their little boy. She and her family hope one day to adopt a dog of their own to add to the family. Stop by and meet Kimberly—she wants to meet you and discuss your individual pet's needs.

Other Key Staff Members Include:


Kayla Wise


Billy Vick


Sarah Shultz


Leaj Cosico


Aileen Arthur


Cheryl Hall


Annie Gray Wituk


Daisy Martinez