Meet Our Staff


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Jamie Milan Wannemacher, Manager

Jamie has been the Manager of Astro Kennels since shortly after they opened their doors in April 2008. After graduating from the University of South Carolina, Jamie moved back to Simpsonville and fell in love with her family’s newest adventure: Astro Kennels. As a child her family raised and bred English Springer Spaniels until they discovered the world of the German Shepherd Dog. Now they breed and train German Shepherds for everything from pets to police work dogs and Search and Rescue. Her dog, Denali, is trained in personal protection. When she isn’t working at the kennel she is busy volunteering for Search & Rescue, enjoying the outdoors and spending time with Astro's newest family members, her daughter Bristol and son Milan! She is also a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.

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Ellen Parker, Accounting

Ellen Parker has been working at Astro since shortly after opening and is one of Astro’s longest running employees. Sometimes you’ll see her smiling face in the office or at events, but she is usually working hard behind the scenes taking care of business. She recently graduated from USC Upstate and earned her Bachelors in Business. Ellen has always loved animals and even considered being a veterinarian for some time. Her two loves include a mixed breed puppy named Sandy and Leo, her Search & Rescue German Shepherd.


Blayton Thompson, Marketing

Blayton recently joined our team after completing her MBA studies at Coastal Carolina University. While in school she was working in human resources but she is excited to be back working with animals. Blayton enjoys spending her spare time kayaking, hiking, or anything else outdoors with her Shepherd mix Malibu. She is helping with marketing and coordinating events for Astro, so you will see her and Malibu all over!

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