Meet Our Staff


Tom England, Owner
A one-time scientist for the government, Tom switched his focus in 2000 to something a little more light-hearted and rewarding…owning a toy store. He loves what he does, plans never to grow old, and will tell anyone who asks: “I’m excited to get up every morning and go to work because it’s always an adventure.”

Lisa Shinn, Manager
Lisa came to the Bear family in July 2013 from the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. When you hear someone hollering “Ya’ll come back!” you’ll know you’ve found her. She has been the buyer and general manager for the store since late 2014, and she will happily tell you it’s the best job she’s ever had.

Bonnie Monnier, Marketing and Events Coordinator 
Is a Frederick native and recently graduated from Hood College with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts. She loves working for both the Bear and the Iguana and most of all, working in her beloved hometown! She loves playing, reading, and petting the dogs that visit the store!

Josephine Valois
Josphine has lived in Frederick her entire life and loves everything downtown has to offer. She has a passion for cosplay and Japanese street fashion, so she’s a pretty creative and crafty person! Her favorite things are frozen yogurt, video games, and pugs!

Kellen Franklin 
Kellen is 18 years old and studies social work at Frederick Community College. She has been going to the Bear since she was but a wee one, so you can imagine her joy upon her hire! She loves to have fun and play around– she invites you to do the same!

Andie Hoffrichter
Andie is a rising senior at Tuscarora High School and wants to pursue a career in child psychology. She has been with the Bear since October of 2016 and absolutely loves it!

Sam Nelson
Sam, a Frederick native, recently joined the team at Dancing Bear Toys, but you might also spot her working around the corner at Curious Iguana! She studies public relations and political science at Boston University, so shes’s happy to come back during her breaks to visit friends and family. Sam enjoys reading, listening to music, and playing with Thinking Putty!