Our Staff

Bobbie Ruth Langley

President & Owner

In 2013, Bobbie Ruth and Bill Langley founded Life Cycle Pet Cremation, Inc. (see Our Company for the full story). In preparation, the couple traveled to Kansas City, MO where they trained with Steve Rohleder of Therm-Tec and Pet Cremation Services (PCS). In addition, Bobbie Ruth travelled to Rochester, NY where she worked with the staff of Pets at Peace by Harris Funeral Home.

In January 2017, Bobbie Ruth assumed full ownership of Life Cycle when the couple divorced. (They remain very good friends.) Then in December 2017, the company re-branded and began doing business as (dba) Radiant Heart After-Care for Pets.

Bobbie Ruth is an International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories (IAOPCC) Registered Pet Funeral Director, Certified Pet Bereavement Specialist II, and Certified Pet Crematory Operator. She is also a Therm-Tec Certified Crematory Operator.

Directing the day-to-day operations for Radiant Heart allows Bobbie Ruth to combine her love and respect for pets and the people who love them with her varied education and professional background.

Bobbie Ruth earned a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from Millikin University in Decatur, IL. She spent her junior year of college studying and working in Milan, Italy. From 1992-1994 Bobbie Ruth was a full-time student working toward a Masters of Divinity at the University of Chicago in Hyde Park, IL. She interned at churches in Oak Park, IL and St. Louis, MO, helping children, elderly and disabled shut-ins, terminally ill persons, and survivors of loss. Ultimately Bobbie Ruth realized that ministry was not the right path for her, and she left the University of Chicago prior to earning a degree. However, she took with her a keen interest in the topic of grief — the actual timelines of grief, the vastly different ways in which humans grieve, and how this information can help individuals and families move through the grief process with compassion for each other and themselves.

From 2006 to 2013, Bobbie Ruth served as owner and manager of The Placid Pet, Inc. (dba Placid Pets) a pet care organization that at its peak employed 13 pet care providers and actively cared for more than 350 pets across 200 households. From 2013 to 2018 she continued to provide professional pet care for a handful of clients via a new company, B.R. Petcare.   

Bobbie Ruth has served as a case manager for the Alternative Humane Society of Whatcom County (AHS) and Happy Tails, Happy Homes (HTHH). She and her family have fostered more than 60 dogs and puppies. Bobbie Ruth and her daughter Tatiana regularly volunteered at the Whatcom Humane Society (WHS) Horse Shelter/Farm for a number of years. Bobbie Ruth also volunteers as a facilitator for the WHS Pet Loss Support Group.

Bobbie Ruth is a member of Women’s Professional Network.

Elizabeth Zimmerman

Pet After-Care Specialist

Elizabeth earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2014, during which she was a research assistant. Upon graduation, she was employed as a mental health crisis clinician in North Eastern Pennsylvania.

In 2021 she completed a master’s degree in Human Resource Management.

She has raised many animals including dogs, cats, smaller mammals, fish, and reptiles.

Elizabeth enjoys combining her love of animals and her passion for helping others at Radiant Heart.

She earned her Certified Pet Crematory Operator designation from IAOPCC and CANA in October 2017.

Elizabeth has worked at Radiant Heart since July 2017.

Kim Wagner

Pet After-Care Specialist

Kim joined the team at Radiant Heart in 2020. Raised on a farm in northwestern Minnesota, Kim has been an animal lover her entire life.

After raising four children and spending 27 years in Fargo, North Dakota, Kim and her husband Dave relocated to Bellingham in 2017. She has worked in the funeral industry for many years and continues to work as a Life Celebrant with Westford Funeral Home in Bellingham. 

Kim has degrees in Speech/Theatre and Business Management from the University of Mary, Bismarck, North Dakota. Kim is a cancer survivor and her hobbies include singing, collecting fabric, spending time with her four grandchildren and being entertained by her two dogs, Reggie and Wilson. 

After battling cancer, Kim authored/edited two amazing books.  They are both available from Amazon:

No Lumps, Thank You.: A Bra Anthologie. Special Edition with Stories of Breast Cancer

Saying Goodbye to the Girls


Karin Artmann

Pet After-Care Specialist

Karin was born and raised in Germany and immigrated to the United States in 1978.  She became a U.S. citizen in 1990.

Karin graduated with Merit from Bryan Institute for Dental Assisting in Tulsa, OK and worked in private practice and at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.

After moving to Bellingham in 1991, Karin was employed as an Office Assistant in Government positions for nearly two decades.

Ready for a change in profession, Karin explored being a Prep Cook and Sales Representative, but she has always longed for a career where her creativeness and love for animals could flourish.

Karin has been involved in animal rescue for many years.  She is particularly experienced in feral cat rescue and has raised numerous feral cats as her own pets.  Although many rescue dogs and cats have graced her life, Karin’s heart truly belongs to senior pets.  She has acted as the Bellingham Area Foster Coordinator for Old Dog Haven, and continues to only adopt senior dogs and cats.

Karin joined Radiant Heart in June 2021.

Ty, Spike, Butterscotch (“Scotch”) and Ralph

Office Greeters
Ty (Minature Pincher), Spike (Chinese Crested / Chihuahua) and Scotch (Lhasa Apso) can often be found in the office ready to greet visitors with barks, whines, wags and smiles. Sometimes goofy and often empathetic, these canines play a very important role in making visitors feel more at ease.

Ralph the Goldfish is also a working companion — his tank is right in the middle of our shop work space. Ralph loves to watch us work as much as we love watching him.  He’s a super-communicator who brings beauty and life to our day.