OUR TEAM

President & Owner

Bobbie Ruth Langley

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, and Bill still provides assistance transporting pets as well as advice regarding the facility.) Then in December, the company 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 the present, Bobbie Ruth has 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. Bobbie Ruth has personally provided care for hundreds of animals, earning the trust of pet owners across Whatcom County. Most mornings Bobbie Ruth can still be found hiking with client dogs on local trails.

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.

Pet After-Care Specialist

Kim Wagner

As a farm kid growing up in Minnesota, Kim was raised riding horses, playing with barn cats and enjoying the company of numerous dogs. She can not recall a time when pets were not an integral part of her life.

After living in North Dakota for 27 years, Kim and her husband Dave moved to Bellingham in May of 2017. She joined the team at Radiant Heart in March of 2020. Kim feels very fortunate to work in the area of pet loss and loves creating beautiful After-Care Packages for those experiencing the heartache of losing a family pet. She also works as a Life Celebrant, conducting services at Westford Funeral Home. Kim is an excellent listener and communicator while being a compassionate professional. She holds BS degrees in Speech/Theatre and Business Management from the University of Minnesota.

The Wagner’s have four adult children and five grandchildren. Kim is a breast cancer survivor, and her hobbies include singing, caring for their two dogs Reggie and Wilson, collecting fabric and drinking coffee (or wine) with friends.

Kim is a Certified Pet Crematory Operator (flame) through the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) and the International Association of Pet Cemeteries & Crematories (IAOPCC).

 

Front Office Coordinator

Mary Jo Peterson

Mary Jo Peterson is a life-long Washingtonian. She came to Bellingham in 1995 to attend WWU and met her husband. They live together in Whatcom county with their two girls and their rescue dog, Donnie.

Mary Jo joined Radiant Heart in September of 2021. She loves pets and appreciates having the opportunity to help people.

Pet After-Care Specialist

Kenzie O’Brien

Kenzie came to Radiant Heart in October 2021. Kenzie lives in Blaine and has deep roots in Whatcom County.

With a deep love of animals and family, Kenzie spends her free time with her husband and two dogs. She takes great care in her work and will always put the utmost care into every animal that comes through the door as if they were her own. Kenzie loves to help people and has tremendous empathy.

Aquamation Crematory Operator

Maren Peterson

Maren is a 2020 graduate from Bellingham, Washington’s Sehome High School. She joined the Radiant Heart team in October of 2021, beginning as a shop assistant and moving up to become Radiant Heart’s key aquamation crematory operator. 

Maren is pictured at left with shop dogs Ty and Donnie.

Welcoming Staff

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

Ty (Miniature 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. Behind-the-scenes in our work area, Ralph (a very social goldfish) keeps his eye on everything.