IAABC Board of Directors

Michael Shikashio

Board President

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Michael ShikashioMichael 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

Vice President

Danielle BascianoDanielle 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 Thorp

Treasurer

Patti ThorpPatti 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

Board Secretary

Donna SavoieDonna 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

Renee HallRenee Hall is a professional dog trainer and certified Dog Behavior Consultant through her business Let's Speak Dog Training & Sports Studio in Nazareth, PA.  Renee is an active member of her community, offering pet, sports and behavior modification at the Studio as well as consulting services for local veterinarians, rescue and shelters.  An active mentor, Renee enjoys working with instructors new to the field and introducing a scientific approach to animal training to new students.  Teamwork and team development has been paramount to her business plan and offering the best educational environment for learners the theme for continued growth of the business.  Renee has been involved with animals most of her life, switched gears from Property/Business Management to open Let's Speak Dog ten years ago.

An active member in dog sports, Renee currently lives with 5 golden retrievers, 2 cats and is usually out playing with the dogs on her day off.  A long time sports enthusiast, Renee is currently an active obedience and rally judge, working with NATE developing a competitive venue for Treibball, as well as mentoring for a number of organizations. 

Professional Credentials/Affiliations:  CPDT-KA, CDBC, APDT Professional Membership, IAABC certified member, IAABC BOD, NATE BOD,  NATE CC Chair, P&P Mentor, CWRI, PPG member, AABP, Dogs & Storks, AKC CGC evaluator, CDSP judge, WCRL judge

Brian Burton

Board Member at Large

Sarah Fulcher, CDBC, KPA-CTP

Board Member at Large

Sarah Fulcher, CDBC, KPA-CTPSarah 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.

Molly Sumridge, CDBC, CPDT-KSA, CBATI

Board Member at Large

Molly Sumridge, CDBC, CPDT-KSA, CBATIMolly Sumner CDBC, CPDT-KSA, CBATI, is a professional dog trainer and behavior consultant. She is also the owner and founder of Kindred Companions LLC. It was her passion and curiosity for primitive dogs that ignited her interest in behavior and training, and propelled her on a whirlwind journey into bettering the lives of owners and dogs, around the world. She believes there is no better teacher than the dog in front of her, because every dog has an important voice, a valid reason, and a personal identity.  Always wanting to make a difference, Molly helps owners and their dogs via one-on-one instruction, video consultations, blog articles, and seminars. In her spare time she volunteers with her therapy dog at local school reading programs, raises money and awareness for suicide prevention.  Molly resides in Frenchtown NJ with her loving husband, patient parrot, and a cast of colorful canine characters. When not working on her company she can be found in the competition obedience ring with her Shibas and New Guinea Singing Dog, doing Canicross on the trails with her Tibetan Mastiff, or in her office finishing her first book on primitive dog ownership and training, inspired by passion for everyone to have a successful and immersive relationship with their primitive breed dogs. 

Marjie Alonso

Executive Director

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Marjie Alonso, CDBC, CPDT-KA, KPA CTPMarjie Alonso, CDBC, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP is the Executive Director of the IAABC.

She was a professional dog trainer and behavior consultant and owner of City Dog Training in Somerville, MA. for decades, during which time she also served as Training Director, and then behavioral consultant for the New England Dog Training Club, the oldest AKC club in the US, and as a member of the America Humane Association's Advisory Board for Companion Animal Behavior and Training.

Marjie 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 Training Partner of Karen Pryor Academy; a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers; an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator, and a Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)

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