IAABC Board of Directors
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 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.
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.
Kim Brophey, CDBC, CPDT-KA
Board Member at Large
Kim Brophey, CDBC, CPDT-KA, is the owner of The Dog Door Behavior Center in the mountains of beautiful Asheville, NC.
Following an academic background in applied ethology, Kim has worked as a professional behavior consultant and trainer in her area for over 15 years. She has a passion for mediating the relationships between people and their dogs through creative problem solving in everything from puppies to complex behavior cases. Service and Therapy Dog training, as well as advocacy and education, are additionally integral aspects of her business. Kim has been honored with a number of awards, including the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Outstanding Trainer of the Year (2009), and her local Best of WNC Dog Trainer/Training Center (2013, 2014, and 2015).
Kim has lectured extensively at colleges and universities, veterinary facilities, and other animal interest groups as well as nationally at such events such as the APDT Annual Conference. Kim serves on the board of the Asheville Humane Society, working to further integrate and raise the standards for behavioral health in companion animals in her community. When Kim is not working with clients and other dog lovers at her downtown behavior center, store, and tourist welcome center she spends a great deal of time writing, hiking, reading, and playing around with her beloved two-legged and four-legged family members. Kim is the mother of two incredible children and a total fool for one amazing man, three completely ridiculous dogs, and two darling cats.
Board Member at Large
Renee 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
Board Member at Large
Sarah Fulcher Dixon, CDBC, KPA-CTP
Sarah Fulcher Dixon 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.
Sara Russell, KPA CTP
Board Member at Large
Sara Russell, KPA CTP is a professional dog training and behavior consultant at When Hounds Fly in Toronto.
Sara previously worked at the Toronto Humane Society for over 10 years managing the Feline Behaviour Department where she incorporated positive reinforcement in the shelter's feline enrichment program, designing and implementing protocols and behaviour modification plans for both animals in the shelter and when assisting pet parents experiencing behaviour concerns at home.
Sara is always dedicated to continuing education whether it's attending yearly conferences, online seminars or reading books to sharpen her training skills and behavior knowledge. Just in 2016, she completed Terry Ryan's Chicken Camp Workshop, and most recently became certified through the Fear Free Initiative to assist veterinarians, pets and pet owners in making veterinary visits a fear free experience for everybody involved through prevention, management, modification and force free handling.
She is also a trainer for the 2017 Jackson Galaxy Foundation's Cat Pawsitive Initiative which aims at teaching shelter staff and volunteers clicker training skills to modify behavior in shelter cats and assist in making them more adoptable.
Molly Sumridge, CDBC, CPDT-KSA, CBATI
Board Member at Large
Molly 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, 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)