About Us

Reimagining dog friendly offices
Facilitating safe, desirable, and worry-free pet friendly offices

Meet the Leadership Team

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Jeff Skalka

Jeff Skalka


Jeff founded Connected Canine in 2020. Before then, he was the first employee hired into a Fortune 250’s retention and engagement department where he earned his Six Sigma Black Belt by designing and implementing processes that control how work gets done. 

Jeff’s data-driven approach to his work led him to a role in finance where he advised some of the largest companies in the US. Now through Connected Canine he is able to use his unique background to create a program that is valuable to companies of all sizes.

Jeff earned his MBA from Duke University and bachelors in business management from North Carolina State University.

Nikola Vouk

Nikola Vouk

Chief Technology Officer

Nikola is a senior technology professional and cybersecurity thought leader with over 20 years experience in software engineering, IT networking, and cybersecurity.

His experiences at Amazon, McKinsey, and other top-tier companies, have shaped his powerful blend of technical and business acumen that is evident in our secure, user centric, and high performing technology platform.

Nikola earned his MBA from Duke University and masters and bachelors degrees in computer science from North Carolina State University.

Ariel Fagen

Dr. Ariel Fagen, DVM, DACVB

Lead Veterinary Behaviorist

Ariel is 1 of 90 of the most highly trained veterinary behavior specialists in North America and a Diplomate of The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. Her research and career has been devoted to studying animal behavior and helping others understand the relationships between an animal’s health, environment, experiences, and behavior. This led her to establish The Veterinary Behavior Center.

Ariel’s understanding of animal behavior allows us to offer tools, resources, and programs specifically designed to facilitate a healthy and productive office environment for pets and people.

Ariel earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University, Board Certification from The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, and BA in comparative cognition from Wesleyan University.

Heather Lewis with her dog Luna
Heather Lewis

Heather Lewis, AIA, NCARB

EVP - Facility Design

Heather has spent more than 20 years creating environments that bring people and animals together. She leads facility design for Connected Canine with a focus on creating collaborative spaces that enhance the wellbeing of people and dogs.

Since 2000 Heather has managed the drawing production and construction administration of pet care facilities across the US and internationally through Animal Arts. She has received design awards from renowned organizations such as the American Institute of Architects and Veterinary Economics, and she has spoken on pet care facility design at local and national conferences.

Heather earned her masters in architecture from The University of Texas at Austin and bachelors in biology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Conor Blanchet

Dr. Conor Blanchet, DVM


In 2016 Conor cofounded Lacuna Diagnostics, the first company to digitize veterinary cytology and reduce the time it takes to diagnose sick pets from days to hours. In 2021 Conor successfully sold his company to a publicly traded veterinary diagnostics company.

Conor earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, MPA, MBA from Colorado State University and BS in biology from Colorado College.

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Tim Davis

Tim Davis


Tim Davis recently retired as the Chief Human Resources Officer at Truist Financial Corporation (formerly BB&T), the 6th largest bank in the US. For 22 years Tim led the human resources division and 300+ HR professionals in the development and management of programs supporting 38,000+ employees. Under his leadership, the company was recognized as:

  • The top large bank among America’s Best Large Employers–Forbes;
  • The 29th “Best Benefits” company in the US–Money Magazine;
  • A “Fit-Friendly Company,” by the American Heart Association;
  • Achieving the highest possible score of 100 on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index.

Additionally, Tim’s passion for working with people and animals was recognized by the Governor of North Carolina who appointed Tim to the North Carolina Zoological Park Council to advise public officials on the state zoo.

We handle every aspect of establishing and managing your dog friendly office.


Our diverse team has years of industry experience in human resources and pet care.


Leverage our expertise to enhance flexible workspace in a dog friendly environment

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