IAABC Board of Directors

Michael Shikashio Michael Shikashio

Board President

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 - in Upstate New York. An active volunteer in her community, she consults regularly with local rescue organizations and animal welfare agencies. She has served on a variety of non-profit boards and is currently the board president, lead evaluator and therapy dog class instructor for Sunshine Friends, Inc. Therapy Pet Programs where she has volunteered for over 12 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 - Knowledge Assessed, a Certified Behavior Consultant Canine - Knowledge Assessed, an Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through IAABC, a Professional Member of APDT and an approved AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator.

Samantha MewbourneSamantha Mewbourne


Samantha has been working in the veterinary industry since 2003. She is a member of the APDT and the CT State Representative for the SVBT, and is a certified C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator as well as an American Kennel Club authorized Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. Her passion in the veterinary industry is animal behavior and training, and she is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA).  She currently works at Bolton Veterinary Hospital in Bolton, Connecticut.

Samantha is currently working on a B.S. in Neuroscience-Behavior at Trinity College (Hartford, CT). In her spare time she volunteers maintaining several websites in addition to climbing, camping, kayaking, traveling and reading.

Samantha with her Shetland Sheepdogs, Rock Island Renegade CGC (Renny) and Dvot'd Free Spirit (Lucy), are Registered Reading Education Assistance Dog (R.E.A.D.) Teams and volunteer a couple of hours each week working with children ages 3-7 as a part of this program. She also shares her home with her fiancé, one cat (Linus), and a third Sheltie, Rock Island Tangerine Dream (Tanya).

Dr. Mary Cerreto, KPA CTP, CDBC


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.

Patti ThorpPatti Thorp

Board Member-At Large

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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.

Marjie Alonso Marjie Alonso

Executive Director

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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