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Melissa Evans, Human Resources Coordinator

Originating from Titusville, only after getting a short taste of life in Virginia, Melissa ended up in Sarasota purely on a whim. She had visited her friend in the area several times before realizing it was just the change she needed and welcomed her new life and opportunities with open arms. According to her, she’s always been passionate about mountain life but claims to have stayed a Florida girl.

Melissa knew during her first tour of Bayside that this would be the place she calls her forever home. Boasting an incredible twenty years of experience in the animal industry, she brought a plethora of wealth in knowledge to our team. She worked specifically with Greyhounds in racing, training, and boarding. Before moving to Sarasota she was even a proud contributor to the team of Greyhound Pets of America – Central Florida Branch. Working with animals, especially dogs, has always been her passion and she wouldn’t have it any other way. We are grateful she found us and to have spent the last eight wonderful years with her.

She now resides happily on the Suncoast with her 3 dogs; Jake, a lab mix whom she found abandoned at Bayside in 2015, Buttercup, a sassy little retriever mix rescued from the Humane Society of Sarasota, & Finn, a mix from the Humane Society of Sarasota that she refers to as a likeness of Master Splinter from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Melissa loves to laugh, if you see her, stop to say hi or share a funny story!

Evan Bronson, Facilities Director

Originally from Nashua, New Hampshire, Evan moved to Florida with his family when he was 8 years old. Growing up, Evan lived in a home with 3 German Shepherds which sparked his love and passion for dogs! At the age of 17, he started working with Bayside Pet Resort as a Pet Pal and 8 years later has become our Facilities Director.  After spending so many years with the dogs at Bayside, it was only right for him to have his own.  Evan rescued a German Shepherd Black Lab mix, Atlas, when she was abandoned at 3 months old. Atlas is now a daycare regular and enjoys nothing more than spending her days with her friends and dad at Bayside Pet Resort!