The People Behind Circle Tail



Marlys Staley, Executive Director:

Picture of Creek, Marlys and Aztec Ms. Staley is the founder of Circle Tail, Inc, and is a Certified Master Dog Trainer. Previously, a Physical Therapist by profession, Ms. Staley came up with the idea for Circle Tail after touring a training center for guide dogs in Florida and learning of the great need for assistance dogs. The career change drew on her background and experiences with persons with disabilities, and the knowledge of the psychological trauma and financial hardships they face. Through incredible effort and dedication, Ms. Staley has propelled Circle Tail forward. She is a member of National K9 Dog Trainer’s Association and the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP). In 2012 she was awarded IACP Ambassador Status and also serves on the IACP Dog Trainer’s Certification Committee. In addition, she is an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and a Certified PetTech PetSaver Instructor. She lives onsite at Circle Tail to ensure the dogs are cared for in any type of emergency. While she used to be an ultra marathon runner, she now enjoys leisurely jogs and hiking with the dogs. Her home is filled with the joy of 3 German Shepherds, an Irish Wolf Hound mix and an occasional service dog in training.


Jennifer Kiblinger, President:

Picture of Jen Kiblinger and NovaMs. Kiblinger began volunteering with Circle Tail in 1999 and just fell in love with the organization and everything it represents. She is amazed at how far Circle Tail has come. She has helped grow Circle Tail from a barn to a new Training & Education Center and kennel for service and hearing dogs and now a brand new building to comfortable house and train our adult dogs.  Professionally, Ms. Kiblinger works as a Scientific Director for a small biotech company. For fun, she enjoys hiking with her dogs, traveling, and having good times with friends. She shares her home with her two cats Maisy & Ramona, and Circle Tail's ambassador & demo dog, Bernese Mountain Dog Ozone. 


Guy C. Guckenberger, Vice President:

Guy has been on the board of Circle Tail since 2005. He is a retired judge. Prior to becoming a judge, Guy was a member of Cincinnati City Council for 22 years and a Hamilton County Commissioner for 5 years.

Guy has devoted many hours to Circle Tail. He is very proud of the growth and progress Circle Tail has experienced over the years. He looks forward to Circle Tail's bright future.



Jackie B. Napp, CPA, Treasurer:

Jackie joined the board in early 2019. She is a CPA and has worked for BKD, LLP for about 7 years as an auditor specializing in the not-for-profit industry. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two yorkie mix pups and her husband and one-year old son. She is excited to see all that Circle Tail has done and looks forward to seeing Circle Tail grow and thrive.