JAMES KURI: Founder / Goose Manager
James started Geese Guys, LLC in 2010 after experiencing the extreme impact Canada geese can have on the landscape. An avid golfer, James became frustrated by the levels of goose poop covering the local golf courses. According to James, “Playing golf was more like an excursion through a huge litter box. The greens and fairways were covered in oily, disgusting landmines.” This prompted him to begin exploring effective Canada goose control methods. He discovered the effectiveness of border collies and the rest, as they say, is history.
KRISTEN GROMPONE: President / Goose Manager
Kristen joined the Geese Guys Team in 2012, bringing with her 12 years of professional experience in wildlife research, organizational development, and environmental education. She holds a MA in Environmental Leadership and is passionate about connecting people with nature, especially wildlife. She believes education is the best way to create sustainable change in our complex world, and views Geese Guys as the perfect venue to engage and share her love of animal behavior, dogs, and science with the community.
LIZ CLUNE: Associate Account Manager / Goose Manager
Liz joined the Geese Guys Team in February 2014. She has a degree in Zoology and spent the past 12 years working as a Zookeeper – where she spent her days training and caring for primates, marine mammals and large carnivores. Over the years, she has also had the opportunity to work with dogs as a dog trainer and adventure guide. While contemplating her next career move, Liz remembered how much she enjoyed working with border collies and geese in the Midwest years ago. A serendipitous moment brought Liz to Geese Guys and she couldn’t be happier! For Liz, Geese Guys is the perfect mix of animal behavior and problem solving.
GABE WILSON: Goose Manager
Gabe enthusiastically joined the Geese Guys Team in November 2014. He is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) with 6 years of experience in reward based/positive dog training, using only methods approved by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB). He also works at a local doggy daycare creating all sorts of fun-filled days for pups of all breeds. Gabe is the proud dad of 2 border collies, Icy and Legs Diamond. When the three of them are not doing humane geese wildlife management, you can find them playing canine frisbee, trick training, hiking in the woods, or out and about at neighborhood parks.
WILL CROWSON: Goose Manager
Will joined the Geese Guys Team in November 2014. He is an ardent naturalist, dog lover, and conservationist. He has a degree in Riparian Ecology from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Since 2008, Will has been working with both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species as a Biologist and Scuba Diver. He has also led and participated in numerous habitat restoration projects throughout the Pacific Northwest. Most recently, he was involved with Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s project to trap and relocate hatchery origin Chinook salmon in an effort to keep them away from the wild stock’s spawning grounds.Will has also trained working and sporting dogs since 1996.
VANCE KIMBALL: Goose Manager
Vance joined the Geese Guys in October of 2015. He has a B.S. in Biology from Washington State University and a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems from Portland State University. An avid birder and avian ecologist, Vance has spent several years working with northern spotted owls in the Oregon Coast Range. He’s also interested in plants that are endemic to the Willamette Valley, and his volunteer work at Metro’s Native Plant Center has helped him to develop a broader understanding of local ecology. In his spare time, Vance enjoys reading, sports, listening to music and spending time with his family.
DAZE: Co-Founder / The Stare Master
Daze was the first Geese Guys goose dog! But don’t let this little girl’s size fool you – she is tenacious when it comes to the geese! Her intense border collie stare intimidates even the most stubborn of geese. Outside of goose herding, Daze loves playing ball and snuggling up on the couch with her dad, James. She is an extremely sweet and hard working girl who is ready to get the geese off your property fast!
FISH: Director of Swimming
This handsome devil took to the task quickly. True to his name, he loves nothing better than to exuberantly plunge into the water after the geese. When not working, Fish loves to catch Frisbees, chase balls, and play agility with his mom, Kristen. He is a non-stop ball of energy that would love to keep the geese off the land, out of the water, and into the air!
ZENGO: Director of Senior ARFairs
Zengo is proof that dogs are always young at heart! This sweet, older gentleman spends most of his days relaxing at home, snuggled up with his stuffed animals. From time to time, retired life can get a little mundane, and Zengo joins us out in the field. He loves nothing more than to chase some geese. His mom, Kristen, says he likes to be the bowling ball and the geese are the pins!
DINO: Secretary of Shenanigans
Dino, a 10 month-old border collie, joined the Geese Guys Team in October 2014. This charming fellow was raised on a sheep and cattle farm in Texas. He is an adorably goofy, clumsy puppy. He is settling in well and adores his new big sister, Daze. While he has a lot to learn, he is showing great promise in becoming a wonderful goose chaser!
PIPER: Secretary of Sweetness
Piper, a 2-year old border collie, joined the Geese Guys Team in October 2014. She came to us from a sheep and cattle farm in Colorado. She is sweet as pie and is quickly learning that geese are the new sheep. When not working, she loves playing with her stuffed animals and snuggling with her human family.
ICY: Manager of Mind Control
Icy, a 6 ½ year old border collie, joined the Geese Guys Team in November 2014. True to the border collie breed, Icy’s intense stare changes the behavior of every unwanted goose guest she encounters. This pretty girl just loves to work 24/7 and aims to please! She has trained with Gabe for 6 years and is a quick study. She took to the role of humane goose management quickly and loves every second of it! When she’s not staring at those pesky geese, she loves to learn new tricks, catch frisbees, and go for hikes with her parents and canine sister.