Education Committee

The Education Committee processes and reviews each application for continuing education units from education providers.  They also communicate with other organizations for approval of courses and submission of continuing education units for those who have taken qualifying courses.  Most importantly, the IAABC Education Committee provides a friendly point of contact for education providers, members, and non-members who have any event application or education-related questions.

Committee Members

Rochelle BurttRochelle Burtt
Chair

Rochelle is certified in Operant Conditioning Behaviour Analysis, Reading and Understanding Dog Behaviour, and Teaching (several public classes including puppy, adult and Canine Good Neighbour), and is a Certified Service Dog Trainer. She previously worked as a Software Developer for many years, but is now getting back to her true passion. She is currently a Supporting Member of IAABC working towards certification.

Rochelle shares her life with her husband, four sons, Service Dog in Training Gemma, a Certified Service Dog, and two cats. She and her family like to help out by fostering litters of kittens, often involving the kids' school classes with the kittens, taking the opportunity to educate them on kitten care, spaying/neutering, and husbandry.

Brennan Autry
Committee Member

Brennan received his Master of Science Degree in Health Sciences from University of Central Florida. He is continuing his education with a specialization in Applied Animal Behavior from Companion Animal Sciences Institute and the University of Tennessee in Canine Fitness

Brennan is a Certified Dog Trainer (Basic & Advanced Obedience, and Canine Problem Solving), Certified Service and Therapy Animal Trainer, and is certified in Canine Behavior by American Society of Canine Trainers (ASCT).  He is also a Certified Trick Dog Instructor, Certified American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator / Instructor and a Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) Instructor / Evaluator for the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. He is active in the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and Association of Animal Behavior Professionals. He is a committee member for Pet Professional Guild Social Media Marketing Committee and he is a member of the Education Committee for the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.  

Brennan's dedication shows through his service to his country to the work he is currently performing. As a Medical Service Corps Officer for the United States Navy, he has worked with and trained dogs in and out of combat. He has overseen veterinary clinics and has been a champion for service dogs in the U.S. Navy. He has made and instituted policy for service dogs and their handlers at several Military Treatment Facilities. At present, he is working with Maddie On Point, a not for profit organization dedicated to training rescue animals to become certified Service. He is also working with Kings Second Chance, a not for profit organization dedicated to giving disabled veterans needed service animals at little to no cost.

He currently works with the Animal Behavior College to provide their students with real world experience during their training program.  He works directly with these students to refine their skills utilizing the student's dogs, dogs at the Humane Society of South Mississippi and to assist training animals through Maddie On Point to complete a well-rounded understanding of dog training and behavior.

Chris Bevillard
Committee Member

Luisa DeptaLuisa Depta
Committee Member

Luisa is currently completing a two year Dog Training apprenticeship through Impawsible Possible, based in Calgary, Alberta.  She is a Behavioural Team Member with Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation and conducts initial assessments of dogs coming into the rescue, as well as assisting fosters once the dog is in their home.

Luisa currently shares her life with her husband, 3 dogs, hedgehog and turtle.


Colleen Griffith, BS, MS, CCAC, CNWIColleen Griffith, BS, MS, CCAC, CNWI
Committee Member

Colleen is the owner of Happy Tail Dog Training LLC (www.HappyTailDogTraining.com) based in Phoenix, MD (just outside the Baltimore beltway). She helps dog owners/guardians modify their dog's unwanted behaviors such as aggression and destruction behaviors; helps reduce their dog's stress during vet visits and grooming/handling procedures; helps shy and fearful dogs become more confident; teaches interactive humane-canine play to enhance relationships; and she teaches K9 Nose Work™.  

Before moving to Maryland, Colleen began her career working with hundreds of dogs, as well as with the general public and their companion dogs, at several animal shelters in the San Francisco Bay Area. She also had the opportunity to study canine behavior, in-depth and hands-on, under Trish King via her Canine Behavior Academy in Northern California.  As a result, she received a Certification in Canine Assessment and Counseling (CCAC) from that academy. She also obtained a certification as a K9 Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) through The National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW).  She regularly attends continuing education seminars from many different leading experts in the fields of canine behavior modification and training as well as scent detection.

Colleen currently shares her life with her husband and the household is currently down to just one very needy "project-dog" at the moment, a female working-line GSD, who has ultimately been the best teacher of all.

Kathy ReillyKathy Reilly
Committee Member

Kathy Reilly is a Certified Behavior consultant, working exclusively with behavior change plans for dogs with aggression, fears and anxiety. She has earned her CDBC, CBCC-KA, DipCBST, and CPDT-KA. Her practice is Sit Happens Behavior Consulting in Charlotte NC. Kathy is a founding member of FACT - Force Free Alliance of Charlotte Dog Trainers, a successful effort to organize local force free trainers and promote non-aversive training. She is an active member of the Membership Services Committee of the Pet Professional Guild and has now joined the Education Committee of the IAABC. Kathy loves assessing dogs and evaluating behavior. She offers free assessments for local rescues and volunteers regularly for the past 5 years at Charlotte-Mecklenberg Animal Care & Control evaluating dogs for adoption. Kathy and her husband have 4 children, 4 dogs, 2 cats and a chinchilla. She graduated with a degree in Accounting from Penn State University and in her former life was a CPA.

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