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.