Application Review Committee
The ARC is the committee assigned to evaluating all applicants for Associate Certification and Full Certification. Applications are received anonymously, and the reviewers score the application against a rubric designed to assess both practical experience and the critical thinking skills of the applicant.
Val Pollard, CDBC, Chair
Valerie has been working as a professional dog trainer since 1979 and has always been most interested in working with behavioral issues, focusing mostly on anxiety and aggression. She is a Charter Member of the APDT, a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and is currently serving as Chair of the Application Review Committee. Her passions include hiking the High Sierras, working with her German Shepherd Dog and living life with her husband and two rambunctious attack-trained Pugs.
Danielle Basciano, Committee Member
Danielle is a professional dog trainer and behavior consultant, working with dogs and cats through her business — CNY Pet Training & Behavior in Upstate New York. An active volunteer in her community, she consults regularly with local shelters, animal rescues and governmental and animal welfare agencies.
Danielle has served on the board of the IAABC since 2012. She has also served on a variety of committees, task forces and non-profit boards, including her local SPCA and PAWS of CNY, a therapy dog organization with approximately 180 teams where she was president and lead evaluator for 12 years. Since her retirement from the board in 2015, Danielle continues to volunteer with PAWS of CNY as a therapy dog class instructor.
Danielle is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and an Associate Certified Cat Behavior Consultant (ACCBC) with the IAABC as well as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and a Certified Behavior Consultant Canine (CBCC-KA) through CCPDT. Additionally, Danielle is a Professional Member of APDT, an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator, a mentor trainer for CATCH Canine Academy, a mentor for the IAABC Animal Behavior Consulting Principles & Practice Course and a member of the IAABC Application Review Committee.
She currently resides in Upstate New York and along with the humans in her life, shares her home with a dog and four cats.
Dr. Mary Cerreto, KPA CTP, CDBC, Committee Member
Mary is a Certified Canine Behavior Consultant and a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner. She completed her doctoral degree in clinical/behavioral psychology at the University of Washington, her internship in medical psychology at UCLA, and a bioethics fellowship at Harvard. Mary is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Boston University and a behavioral consultant for schools in New England, all with a focus on improving the quality of life for children with disabilities and their families. She is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and owns her own business - ClickerDog.Net, LLC. – in Natick, MA, 17 miles west of Boston. Mary serves on the Educational Task Force of the APDT and chairs the IAABC Mentoring Committee. She and her husband David Coulter, M.D., live in a big, old Victorian home in Natick with a Rough Collie, a Bichon, and her working dog, a Belgian Tervuren
Kris Crestejo, CDBC, Committee Member
Kris Crestejo is a Certified Dog Trainer and a Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant that promotes humane dog training methods. She owns her own Dog Training and Behaviour Consulting business (Modern Canine Training) in Langley, B.C. Canada where she runs dog training classes and behaviour consulting. On the side, she also has her Youtube Channel that was rated "Top 10 Dog Training Youtube Channels" where she provides free tutorials and resources to dog owners from puppies to aggression.
Kris's main focus is canine behaviour, specifically working dogs and aggression. This all started with the problems that focused around her Border Collie, Luna, that had behavioural problems from 3 months old. By dealing with behavioural issues so close to home, it gave Kris a new passion within the industry and she wanted to help others who have been wrongfully directed or who have naively understood their dog's behaviour.
Kris has 2 dogs, Luna (Border Collie) and Mookie (Flatcoated Retriever rescue).
She participates and has recently as of 2015, begun competing at herding trials with Luna, earning her first title JHD. She's an avid hiker, fisher and outdoor enthusiast, exploring as many places as she can with her dogs and husband.
- Has worked with dogs for 11 years
- Owned her training business since 2010
- Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant by the IAABC
- Certified Dog Trainer by Animal Behavior College
- Recognised as an expert witness for canine behaviour in the court of law
- Member of the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC)
- Member of Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers (CAPPDT)
- Member of Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)
- Member of the Pet Professional Guild - a site dedicated to force free trainers
- Writes training/behaviour articles for Pets Magazine since 2011
- Regularly Attends Seminars and Conferences for dog training and behaviour in Canada & U.S.
- Mentor trainer for Animal Behavior College taking on and working with students studying to become dog trainers
Mikel Delgado, CCBC, Committee Member
Mikel Maria Delgado has been helping humans understand their cats for over fifteen years. She is co-owner of Feline Minds, a San Francisco Bay Area based cat behavior consulting business, and previously worked as a cat behavior specialist at the SF/SPCA. She has been interviewed about animal behavior for the New York Times, Washington Post, Cat Fancy, and the Huffington Post and has done presentations on cat behavior at the Bay Area Pet Fair and the Exploratorium Museum of Science. In 2016, Mikel served as a panelist at the Purina Better With Pets Summit.
Mikel is currently finishing her Doctorate in Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, where she studies animal behavior and human-animal relationships. Mikel has published her research in several academic journals, including the Journal of Comparative Psychology, the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Anthrozoös: A Multidisciplinary Journal of the Interactions of People and Animals.
Mikel served on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants for four years, and is a former Co-Chair of their Cat Division. She lives in Berkeley with her boyfriend and their two rescue cats.
Sarah Fulcher, CDBC, KPA-CTP, Committee Member
Sarah Fulcher is a dog trainer and Certified Dog Behaviour ConsultantTrail, British Columbia, Canada. Volunteering as a foster home for rescue organizations for many years provided Sarah more valuable experience. She lived with and trained many different canine personalities, and has experience and success with many traditionally difficult to train breeds. Sarah has also trained several species of animals including dogs, cats, chickens, parrots, and horses.
Dedicated to continuing education, she has background in animal behaviour at university, a Certificate in Canine Behaviour Science and Technology through the Companion Animal Sciences Institute, graduated with distinction from the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Professional Program, completed the Living & Learning with Animals course through BehavioR+ Works and most recently the IAABC Principles and Practice course. She also is a member in good standing with APDT.With her dogs (Siberian huskies (past), Belgian shepherd, Australian Shepherd, and newly adopted Corgi), Sarah has trained, competed, or titled in many dog sports including obedience, rally obedience, skijorring, dog sledding, agility, musical freestyle, herding, tricks, and nose work. Sarah specializes in behaviour problems such as fear, aggression, anxiety, and reactivity. Most of all, she loves helping people build strong relationships with their pets. She runs her business, Barks and Recreation Pet Services Inc., at home in Trail, BC with her husband Cameron. She and Cameron are active volunteers in their community, particularly for the local BC SPCA.
Justine Harrison - Committee Member
Justine Harrison is an IAABC certified horse behaviour consultant and trainer based in the North West of England. She is also the organisation's UK & Ireland Outreach Chair, a member of the application review committee, and a mentor for the mentorship program.
Justine provides horse behaviour consultations, trains horses and mentors students. She uses the science of behaviour and learning to help horse owners and trainers throughout the UK solve a wide range of behaviour problems including separation anxiety, aggression, phobias and stereotypies.
Justine also writes about equine behaviour, training and what's new in equine science. She is the behaviour expert for Horse magazine in the UK and has also written articles and contributed to a number of other equestrian publications worldwide. She has has also been employed as an expert consultant in legal disputes and court cases involving equine behaviour.
She is passionate about horses and has ridden for most of her life, competing successfully in both showjumping and dressage. She is also co-founder of a network of local equestrian information websites.
Dee Hoult, MBA, CPDT, CTDI - Canine Executive Officer, Committee Member
Dee won her first pet tricks contest is 1987 with Babe, a border collie mix. She can still vividly remember her father picking out Babe from a litter of pups on a relative's farm and putting the small black puppy into a cardboard box. That car ride home with Babe would be the beginning of a lifelong passion for animals. It wasn't until completing her undergraduate degree in Marine Biology and a Masters in International Business that she turned her hobby of training dogs into business and career.
Dee currently serves as head trainer and CEO of Applause Your Paws, Inc., Miami's largest privately owned positive dog training company. Her company's mission is to help dog owners improve their quality of life through enjoyable, connected relationships with their canine companions by providing engaging, positive education and non-intimidating training so that in any environment they can have the well-behaved dog they always wanted. Although Dee dedicates her training time to helping clients with their canine behavior concerns, the thing she is most passionate about is developing her business. A large part of business development includes all of the networks that Dee is part of. In addition to managing her staff and assisting her own clients Dee is the founder of the APDT's Networking Group in South Florida, Miami Dade Animal Service's "go to" professional for canine evaluations and volunteer training, an Animal Behavior College Mentor Trainer, a CATCH Academy Mentor Trainer, Training Director for Miami Dade Corrections Second Chance Dog Training Program, a member of the Miami Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association, as well as the University of Miami Alumni Association's Young Alumni Council. Dee recently served a four year term on the Board of Directors for the South Florida Veterinary Medical Association & Foundation and has also served on the Board of Trustees for the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Dee is also Miami's only licensed Family Paws presenter. In 2014 Dee was honored to be recognized as LEAP's Female Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2015 Dee was recognized as a top three finalist for the Coral Gables of Chamber of Commerce's AXA Business Women of the Year awards and as a finalist for the Rising Star Awards through the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce in 2016.
Dee is what you could call a "serial networker." If there is an opportunity to meet people and connect, you can be sure to find her there!
Dee shares her home with two cats, two border collies, a yellow labrador and her English husband. With her dogs she enjoys competitive canine sports including agility, frisbee, rally obedience, competition obedience, tricks, as well as week-long hiking, paddling, biking, camping and kayaking trips.
With a love for social media and blogging, you can follow Dee at @DoggieDeeva on instagram, Friend Applause Your Paws on Facebook, or read Dee's blog at www.applauseyourpaws.com.
Lauren Fraser, CHBC, Committee Member
Lauren Fraser is a Certified Horse Behavior Consultant in Squamish, BC. She provides horse behavior consultations, horse training, and horsemanship coaching, as well as educational presentations for both horse owners and professionals.
Lauren's career experience with animals has been diverse; she has worked as a small and large animal veterinary assistant, as shelter manager and executive director of a non-profit animal shelter, as an animal control officer, boarding facility owner, and certified riding instructor. She is both Horse Chair and a member of the Application Review Committee for the IAABC. Currently completing a Diploma in Equine Studies and an Equine Welfare certificate from the University of Guelph, Lauren also enjoys keeping up-to-date with current research into equine behavior, management, and training. When not working with her own horses, she can be found mountain biking, or enjoying her property with her husband, their four dogs, two cats, seven horses, and one pony. For more information, www.goodhorsemanship.ca
Jacqueline Munera, CCBC, PCBC, CAP 2, Committee Member
Jacqueline Munera is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and is co-instructor of the Companion Animal Sciences Institute's Diploma of Feline Behavior program. She has a B.A. in Honors Biological Psychology from New College of Florida, where she pursued studies on animal cognition and behavior, and thesis work on coat color as an indicator of cat personality. Jacqueline presents and publishes on a variety of cat and dog training and behavior topics.
She also co-created "What is My Cat Saying?" Feline Communication 101 as a way to help people better understand cats.
She is especially interested in promoting positive attitudes about cats through her consulting business, Positive Cattitudes. You can see some of her cat training videos, and read articles and resources on her website at www.PositiveCattitudes.com.
Dilara Parry CCBC, Committee Member
Dilara Göksel Parry grew up in Istanbul, Turkey and holds degrees in Psychology and in Comparative Literature from Oberlin College. She has worked with animals since 1991, and was the Cat Behavior Program Coordinator at the San Francisco SPCA for over 12 years.
In addition to Feline Minds, Dilara currently works as Behavior Coordinator at Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation, focusing on shelter cats. Dilara is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant, and has been interviewed by msnbc.com, Animal Sheltering magazine, catchannel.com, KittensUSA, The Daily Cat, served on the Best Friends/No More Homeless Pets Forums, and written for Maddie's Fund.
She shares her life in Richmond, CA with her family of humans, cats, dogs, and chickens.
Renee Premaza CDBC, Committee Member
Renee Premaza is a graduate With Distinction from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute (formerly known as Cynology College). She is the owner of her own business, The Jersey Dog Trainer and has been professionally training dogs since 2001. She is a Certified Member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) – Dog Division, as well as a Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT).
Renee provides in-home obedience training for puppies and older dogs and works with all breeds. She also is very experienced in doing behavior modification training for dogs that are fearful, reactive and aggressive. Renee hosted her own radio program, “Thursday in the Doghouse” for several years. The podcasts for all of her shows are available on her website
Mike Shikashio, CDBC, Board Liaison
Michael is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant who primarily offers private consultations through his business, Complete Canines LLC, based in Mystic, CT. He is also a member of the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) and a Mentor Trainer for Animal Behavior College.
As a volunteer behavior consultant for several animal rescue organizations including American Lab Rescue Inc. and For the Love of Labs, Michael enjoys assisting adoptive and foster families with their canine companions. He has also been fortunate to open his home to over 100 foster dogs of various breeds and temperament, who have all helped him grow as a trainer and consultant.
Michael is a strong advocate for continuing education, professionalism, mentoring, and positive regard for his peers. He embraces these characteristics of the IAABC and plans to carry these attributes forward as a board member.
He currently resides in Mystic, CT with his wife Jodi, two boys, two dogs, and a very understanding bunny.
Jessica Wheatcraft, CDBC, CPDT-KA, Committee Member
Jessica is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers. She is also a Professional Member of the Pet Professional Guild, an AKC CGC Evaluator, a mentor trainer for the CATCH Canine Trainers Academy, and serves on the Application Review Committee at IAABC.
She owns Synergy Dog Training in San Diego, CA and offers a wide variety of services including behavior consulting for aggression, anxiety, and fear related behaviors, puppy training, specialty classes for reactive dogs, trick training, and CGC prep/testing. She specializes in working with reactive and impulsive dogs, and has over 14 years of experience working with shelter dogs. She is the former training director of Pit Bull Rescue San Diego, and has worked with numerous pit bull advocacy and education programs.
Jessica lives with her pit bull Milo. In her free time you'll find her practicing Canine Freestyle routines, hiking, playing soccer, or cooking dinner from scratch at home.
Gail Fisher CDBC, Committee Member
With over 40 years professional experience, Gail's background in dogs covers virtually all aspects of the field - breeding, showing, competitive obedience and agility, and training dogs from household pets to problem solving to training specialties such as dogs for the hearing impaired. She bred Mastiffs and Vizslas, handling many dogs of her own breeding to breed championships and obedience titles. She operated a boarding, grooming and training kennel, worked for a professional handler and developed professional skills in grooming as well.
While Gail's direct involvement with dogs has been the mainstay of her professional life, she has made even more significant contributions to the field as a "teacher of teachers." Gail developed the first ever university course for dog trainers and instructors, a two-year certificate program, which she taught at the University of New Hampshire.
Named one of the top five lecturers in the world on dog behavior and training by England's "Our Dogs Magazine," her entertaining and educational seminars spread the word of humane dog training and a greater understanding of dog behavior to audiences throughout the United States, Canada, England and Switzerland. Gail's commitment to learning and sharing knowledge benefits dog owners, professionals and the dogs themselves.
Many organizations and institutions recognize the depth and breadth of Gail's expertise. She was on the Board of Directors of the APDT, and was the 2011 President of the APDT. She is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). Her most recent book, The Thinking Dog, has been called the quintessential book on "marker training." Gail is also author of two award-winning books, several dog-training manuals, and a contributor to the AKC Gazette and the APDT Chronicle of the Dog. She has been featured on numerous national and regional network and cable television broadcasts, and on the documentary "Tough Love." She is in her eighteenth year as a weekly columnist for the New Hampshire Sunday News, and has testified in court as an expert witness.