IAABC Board of Directors

Michael Shikashio Michael Shikashio

Board President

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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.

Danielle Basciano Danielle Basciano

Vice President

Danielle is a professional dog trainer and behavior consultant, working with dogs and cats through her business — CNY Pet Training & Behavior. An active volunteer in her community, she consults regularly with local rescue organizations and animal welfare agencies. She has served on a variety of committees, task forces and non-profit boards. In addition to serving on the board of IAABC since 2012, she is currently the board president, lead evaluator and therapy dog class instructor for PAWS of CNY, Inc, a therapy pet organization with approximately 180 members, where she has volunteered for over 15 years.

Danielle stays current on the latest training and behavior modification techniques by regularly attending workshops and seminars given by the leaders in the field. Danielle is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), a Certified Behavior Consultant Canine (CBCC-KA), an Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (ACDBC), a Professional Member of APDT and an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator.

She currently resides in Upstate New York and along with the humans in her life, shares her home with a dog and four cats.

Patti ThorpPatti Thorp


Patti Thorp is a seasoned IT consultant who has ventured into canine behavior and training. While obtaining her Master’s degree in linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania, Patti began a career as an IT Project Manager and systems expert that has lasted for more than two decades. During this time, she has provided project and change management services for multiple private and not-for-profit organizations, managed numerous technical staff, and written for LAN Magazine. She has also donated numerous volunteer hours as a technical consultant to a variety of organizations, including several AKC conformation clubs.

Patti began dog training and behavioral consulting part-time after discovering a talent for work under-socialized and reactive dogs. She is a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She is also a member of the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club, the Delaware Valley Toy Dog Fanciers Association, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club of Delaware Valley, the German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America, and the Diamond State German Shorthaired Pointer Association.

Patti lives in Southeastern Pennsylvania with her daughters, several dogs, and a budgie.

Donna Savoie

Donna Savoie

Board Secretary

Donna D. Savoie is a Professional Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant and the Founder and Owner of Pack of Paws Dog Training LLC in Southbridge MA. Donna is a strong advocate for continuing education for trainers and behavior consultants. Donna is a mentor trainer for Catch Canine Academy, and is a mentor trainer within her own business, Pack of Paws Dog Training. Donna has successfully mentored many fresh new trainers, and has successfully brought into the world of behavior consulting for fear and aggression some of the Pack of Paws Trainers.

Donna is the quintessential pet owner who found herself with a very difficult dog, couldn’t find a good coach or trainer and thus went to school (and stays in school). It was during this process it became clear that not only are training and behavior consulting different, they should be succinct and the goal was set; to keep these tough dogs in their homes.

Donna volunteers for the Friends of Charlton Animal Shelter, in her own home town and does volunteer work with Southbridge Animal Control as well. Donna’s residence training facility, in Spencer MA, offers extremely low cost residence training opportunities for American Lab Rescue, New England Bassett Hound Rescue and helps find these dogs a furever home during their training stay.

Embracing positive training methods means being positive with both ends of the leash and with peers and colleagues. Never being judgmental or argumentative, a good team player, an excellent team leader.

Donna also brings to IAABC 30 years of upper management office administration experience, in addition to experience in dog training and behavior consulting for fear and aggression.

Donna’s credentials include:
Certified by the Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT)
Certified TAGteach International Level 1
Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI)
Certified Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (aCDBC)
Pet Professional Guild, Full Member
Animal Behavior College, Honor Graduate
Catch Canine Academy Mentor Trainer
APDT, Professional Member
(Association of Professional Dog Trainers) AKC CGC Evaluator #34524
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants-IAABC, Associate Certified
Boston Trainer's Network, Member
National Association of Professional Women, Member
Director-Friends of Charlton Animal Shelter
Director-International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants

Renee Hall

Board Member at Large

Brian Burton

Board Member at Large

Marjie Alonso Marjie Alonso

Executive Director

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Marjie Alonso, CDBC, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP is a professional dog trainer and behavior consultant and owner of City Dog Training in Somerville, MA., where she lives with her two dogs and two sons. Marjie serves as behavioral consultant for the New England Dog Training Club, the oldest AKC club in the US,, is a member of the America Humane Association's Advisory Board for Companion Animal Behavior and Training, and is the co-founder of the Somerville Foundation for Animals, which hosts the Somerville Dog Festival each year. Marjie is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT), an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator, and a Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).


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