Sylvia & Andrew Mayon

Meet Sylvia & Andrew Mayon - Founder & VP

Being a voice for those who can't speak is my passion.

Sylvia was born in Germany and her family immigrated to Wisconsin in 1968.  At the age of 7, her mother unexpectedly abandoned her family and left the U.S....deciding to return to her native Germany, leaving behind her husband, daughter and son. Since Sylvia's dad was young and working 3 jobs he thought it would be best for Sylvia to live with a foster family while he took care of her brother and tried to build a life for them in the US. This traumatic event greatly affected Sylvia, and allowed her to understand first hand, what abandonment feels like.  So, Sylvia can identify with neglected and rejected animals which is why she feels it is her purpose in life to help them.

Sylvia moved to Maui, Hawaii in 1998 to be with her now husband Andrew, whom she met online.  In 1999, Sylvia rescued her first dog from the Maui Humane Society, an abandoned puppy from Upcountry Kula.  She had never had an animal growing up.  After picking up their little Furever Friend, they were searching for a name for him.  One evening after dinner, they walked the pup down to their favorite ice cream shop, Lappert's, in Kihei.  Their new pup's fur matched the color of her favorite ice cream flavor, "Kona Coffee," which became the origin of Kona's name.  It was Kona who taught Sylvia the incredible power of a dog's unconditional love.  Kona would become her shadow and best friend (photo on the right).  They also have a rescue cat from Maui named "Kekoa" (Hawaiian translation: "Brave") who turned 17 in 2012.

After moving to Greensboro, NC, she and her husband, Andrew, adopted their second rescue dog, "Zeus," who was found in an abandoned crack house.  Kona and Zeus became best friends and spent hours playing and sleeping together.  In May 2007 they welcomed into the world their son Ethan.  On June 23, 2010, the day Susie's Law was enacted in the state of North Carolina, Kona was called suddenly to the "Rainbow Bridge," which devastated the Mayons (especially Sylvia as her shadow was gone).  In September of 2010, Kona sent Sylvia an angel, playmate and companion for Zeus. So, "Wrigley," another rescue joined their family. Adopted in 2013, "Makena" is their youngest. A pit mix, she was an 11th hour rescue off Death Row. She is the official "mascot" of BTCKK as her image is prominently featured in our logo. With much sadness, Zeus was called to the Rainbow Bridge in March 2019 to join Kona, but he sent our family a new angel, “Kalani,” (Hawaiian for “Heaven Sent”) who was a stray found in Madison, NC.

Sylvia & Andrew have been involved in helping a local rescue group save animals off death row. Sylvia has served as their Director of Fundraising. They also donate alot of their time maintaining the rescue's Facebook page and Website as well as doing alot of their graphic design work.  One of the many ways Sylvia helps raise money was creating and publishing a cookbook with the help of animal lovers in the community titled "Recipes for Rescues," which was featured by Julie Luck of Fox8 News in one of her "Inspired Living" segments. She also started making animal rescue bracelets and that is how the vision for "Gifts 2 Help Rescues" was born.

By day, Andrew is a financial advisor with Edward Jones as well as a professional Architectural Photographer (together they own Triad Real Estate Photography).  They have a 12 year old son, Ethan who is currently in the seventh grade.  As a family they enjoy traveling, exploring new foods/restaurants, giving back to the community, gardening...just to name a few. 

William Jones

Meet William Jones

Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, William Jones has always been an animal lover; primarily to include dogs & cats alike.  Until 2012, when met with divorce, there was Nina (his beloved cat) from the time she was born in 2001 and don Cicci (his beloved dog) who was a rescue from Petco. Everyone lived as a happy family.

Fast forward to 2014, William moved to Raleigh to pursue employment with the Marriott corporation. Since then, there has been Max (a beagle/jack Russell terrier) mix and more recently Ca$h (Pit/Boxer/Lab) Mix & Diamond (Multiple terrier mix).

Due to his experiences in the security industry and having a heart and a compassion for his wonderful dogs; He decided to expand his horizons to assist with animal rescue, animal welfare and assisting families with providing additional resources.

Break the Chain Kennel Kru has enabled him to reach into the community and become a conduit for advocacy and help connect families and many fur babies with options for continued care and forever homes.  He is forever passionate about spreading joy, love and building lasting relationships that will push people to ‘PAY IT FORWARD’ in our communities.

Bre & Josh Lopez

Meet Bre & Josh Lopez

Josh and Bre live in Greensboro with their fur-children who were adopted from the Guilford County Animal Shelter. Their love of dogs and Josh’s need to stay busy and build things as well as Bre’s passion to help dogs and families, led them to join Break the Chain Kennel Kru in 2018. They both grew up and lived in Illinois until moving to Greensboro in 2017. It wasn’t until moving to the south that they realized there was a need to help unchain dogs. They both possess a unique passion for helping animals and others. Josh’s background in geophysics allows him to help the Kru solve physical/design challenges that may be encountered when constructing kennels.

Amy & Will Frost

Meet Amy & Will Frost

Will and Amy Frost live in Greensboro with a houseful of children of both the 2-legged and 4-legged variety.  Both have a passion for dogs and teen outreach.  Through Break The Chain Kennel Kru, they are able to serve the canine community while mentoring and educating the next generation of dog lovers.

Frances Ehrlich

Meet Frances Ehrlich

A few years ago I was at a fundraising event and found a car magnet of a paw with “Speak Up They Can’t”.  That said it all to me.  Who will champion the weak?  They are the ones that are abused and neglected in multiple ways on a daily basis.

I began my volunteer work with Project Bark providing free dog houses and low cost spay and neuter.

With the Greensboro tethering law, I saw a need for a new group to take the lead and address a solution for the community.  Two people made this group happen and I was excited to join Break the Chain Kennel Kru.  Working with them has made such a difference already.  The faces and the actions of these dogs says it all.

The time we give is well worth it and we are all part of a new growing family.
Thanks to all that participate in our cause.

Jenilyn Smith

Meet Jenilyn Smith

Hi! My name is Jenilyn Smith.  I joined BTCKK in 2017.  My love for animals and wanting to help led me to Break the Chain Kennel Kru.  Working alongside other outstanding volunteers to unchain our dogs is the most rewarding and heartfelt experience.  I live in Greensboro with my husband Tommy and we have a daughter Rachael, which also volunteers with Break the Chain Kennel Kru.

Lisa Lee

Meet Lisa Lee

Lisa Lee is the Community Engagement Manager for Guilford County Animal Services.  Lisa recently relocated from Florida where she was an Animal Control Investigator and Field Training Officer for Lee County.  Lisa has over twenty years investigative experience in both law enforcement and the private sector, and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and the Administration of Justice from Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA.  She is also a Certified Humane Investigator through the University of Missouri’s National Animal Cruelty Investigations School. 
She currently lives in Greensboro with her husband and two dogs, Ollie and Kona Bear.