We are always looking for new people to join our growing team of pet care experts. If you have experience working with animals, we’d love to learn more about you. 

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Darlene Hajduk


Originally from New Jersey and a lifelong animal lover, Darlene obtained her B.S. in Biology in 2004. During her college years, she worked as a professional dog walker and veterinary assistant. Darlene furthered her education at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) before co-founding Paws on the Hill with her brother, Donald, in 2009. She is owned by a Retriever mix and three cats and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, fostering kittens, working on house projects and going to wineries.

Donald Tropp


A New Jersey native, Donald graduated in 2006 with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Spanish. He has a background in business development and administration and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in management with a specialization in human resource management at The Catholic University of America. When he’s not working or studying, Donald enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, reading, traveling, biking, playing and watching sports and going for long walks. 

Pet Care Experts

Abigail Santos

Pet Care Expert

Born and raised in Hawaii, Abby completed her B.S. in Biology in 2015. She adores her two cats, Kaipo and Simba, and always says that a house without pets is not a home. Her biggest guilty pleasures are Korean dramas and animes and the Mango Habanero at Ice Cream Jubilee.

Alexis Pokipala

Pet Care Expert

Alexis was born and raised in Hawaii and has had a cockatiel named Bobo since she was 6 years old! Bobo is now over 20 years old and quite the grumpy old bird. Alexis is a huge fan of Star Trek, loves swimming in the ocean and thinks sorbet and vanilla ice cream is the best invention ever.

Catherine Wukitsch

Pet Care Expert

Catherine, who goes by Kitty, was born in Bogota, Colombia before relocating to Florida and then to DC. She has also lived in Rome, Italy for four years. Kitty graduated in 2018 with a B.A. in Communications and is owned by a white lab, Parker.