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Cat Division

Mikel Delgado Mikel Delgado

Co-Chair

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Mikel Delgado is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and co-owner of Feline Minds, a consulting partnership offering home and phone assistance for cat owners, and training for shelters and rescue groups since 2008. Before co-founding Feline Minds, Mikel worked as a full time Cat Behavior Specialist at the San Francisco SPCA for several years. She has done presentations on cat behavior at the Conference on Homeless Animal Management and Policy, the Bay Area Pet Fair and the San Francisco Exploratorium Museum of Science. She has been interviewed about cat behavior by Cat Fancy, Cats USA, the Valley News, the San Francisco Chronicle, and PBS Next Avenue.

Mikel is a PhD candidate at the University of California at Berkeley, where she studies animal cognition and behavior, and the relationships between humans and animals. Mikel was a graduate student instructor for the courses Animal Cognition and Statistics. She has presented her research on laboratory pigeon welfare, human attitudes about cats, learning in zebrafish, and emotions and decision making in free-ranging fox squirrels at conferences of the Comparative Cognition Society, Animal Behavior Society and the International Society for Anthrozoology. Her research has been published in the journals Anthrozoos, the Public Library of Science (PlosONE), and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Mikel served on the IAABC Board of Directors for four years and is currently a member of the Application Review Committee. She lives in Berkeley, California with her partner and their two rescue cats.

Ingrid Johnson Ingrid Johnson

Co-Chair

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Ingrid is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant (CCBC) through The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She is also employed at Paws Whiskers and Claws, a feline only veterinary hospital, as a veterinary technician and feline groomer. Ingrid has been working exclusively with cats since 1999. Ingrid operates Fundamentally Feline, providing both in home and phone consultations for clients experiencing behavior challenges with their cat(s). Fundamentally
Feline publishes educational blog content for clients as well as managing Facebook and Twitter pages. In addition to behavior consultations, Ingrid also
makes her own line of feline foraging toys, scratching posts and scratch pads, and litter boxes. Ingrid and her husband Jake will also design and install
custom built vertical space for families.

Perhaps one of the most exciting opportunities was her home, cats, and environmental enrichment expertise being featured on Animal Planet’s Cats101 show, the episode featuring the color-point short hair. Ingrid recently filmed for the website WebMD and created educational videos on proper litter box maintenance and on the prevention and management of hairballs. You may view these segments on Fundamentally Feline’s website. She is also a writer for the IAABC’s Cat Blog. Most recently she has been appointed Co-Director of the Paw Project Georgia chapter, working towards ending the cruel practice of de-clawing cats.

Ingrid’s home was featured in Cat Fancy magazine’s 2008 “Home Issue” showcasing all of the feline friendly accommodations that she and her husband have made to their home. This spread illustrates the aesthetically pleasing ways you can provide for your cats innate basic needs while still having a home the humans can enjoy.

Ingrid currently shares her home with husband Jake, twelve cats and Elsa, a rescued Bernese Mountain Dog. You can find Ingrid on her website or on Facebook.

Dog Division

Barbara Davis Barbara Davis

Chair

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Barbara Davis, CPDT-KA, CDBC, owner of BADDogsInc Family Dog Training & Behavior and the Southern California School For Dogs, is a certified dog behavior consultant. Barbara specializes in working with families to resolve behavior problems with their companion dogs; she also works extensively in rescue dog rehabilitation and integration with fosters and permanent placements. Her company also offers a wide range of individual and group training programs.

Barbara has been a contributing columnist for the APDT Chronicle of the Dog’s “On Behavior” column, which featured several of her challenging case studies. She also posts regularly on her blog “A Doggone Minute” and is preparing to publish a trainer’s workbook detailing an aversive-free hazard avoidance training program.

Barbara’s been actively involved in Golden Retriever rescue since 2001, and supports many canine rescue organizations in her region. Barbara serves on the board of directors of the ASK Foundation, which supports the Riverside County Department of Animal Services, where she also volunteers as a consulting behaviorist for the shelter. Barbara is also proud to represent Pets For Vets, an organization that matches returned and retired US veterans with shelter dogs, providing training and ongoing support to our wounded warriors and their rescued pets.

Barbara’s been with IAABC since 2005, motivated to join by her desire to contribute to an organization poised to promote standards and professionalism in the field of animal behavior consulting. Barbara has served in a number of volunteer roles, including Regional Coordinator, Exam Committee, RPC/ARC, and most enjoys her service as “booth babe” at APDT conference exhibit halls, where she enthusiastically sells the benefits of IAABC membership to prospective members.

Barbara lives in Corona, CA with her husband, Wayne, kids Chris and Kate, and the family’s three golden retrievers.

Horse Division

Lauren Fraser, CHBCLauren Fraser

Chair

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Lauren Fraser is a Certified Horse Behavior Consultant in Squamish, BC. She provides horse behavior consultations, horse training, and horsemanship coaching, as well as educational presentations for both horse owners and professionals.

Lauren's career experience with animals has been diverse; she has worked as a small and large animal veterinary assistant, as shelter manager and executive director of a non-profit animal shelter, as an animal control officer, boarding facility owner, and certified riding instructor. She is both Horse Chair and a member of the Application Review Committee for the IAABC. Currently completing a Diploma in Equine Studies and an Equine Welfare certificate from the University of Guelph, Lauren also enjoys keeping up-to-date with current research into equine behavior, management, and training. When not working with her own horses, she can be found mountain biking, or enjoying her property with her husband, their four dogs, two cats, seven horses, and one pony. For more information, www.goodhorsemanship.ca

Parrot Division

Kashmir Csaky Kashmir Csaky

Chair

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Kashmir Csaky is an international speaker, writer and behavioral consultant. Her papers have been translated into Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Dutch and Czechoslovakian. Her articles have appeared in Bird Talk, Companion Parrot Quarterly, Parrots Magazine, Parrot Information Pages, Psittascene, Watchbird, the German and Czech publication Papageien and Nova Exota and in numerous newsletters and journals. She has advised zoos and private aviculturists on breeding Macaws, artificial incubation procedures, hand-raising chicks and parent-rearing chicks. Kashmir was the first breeder known to co-parent Hyacinth Macaws.

Working Animals Division

Janet Velenovsky division-janet-velenovsky

Chair

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Janet is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed(CPDT-KA), a graduate of Purdue University's 2004 DOGS course, and holds a Counseling Certificate from the San Francisco SPCA's Academy for Dog Trainers. Janet is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Trainer Partner (KPA CTP). Janet was honored with the "Animals as Other Nations" award at the 3rd annual IAABC conference held in Houston April 24-26, 2009. Janet has gained the respect of veterinary and training professionals nationwide and followed Dr. R.K. Anderson and Dr. Lore Haug as the recipient of this award.

Janet is a past president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and the current chair of its Working Animals division. She is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and an Associate Certified Cat Behavior Consultant (ACCBC) with IAABC. Janet has spoken at national training and behavior conferences including the APDT and IAABC. She has also presented at veterinary programs and conferences. Janet has published articles in Off Lead & Animal Behavior, Animal Wellness, and APDT Chronicle of the Dog.

Janet currently teaches puppy socialization classes, basic obedience, Rally, Nosework, and agility through the Dude Ranch Pet Resort in central Virginia. In addition, she offers private behavior consultations and expert witness testimony. She has titled in agility and Rally with her dogs. In addition to living and working with four wonderful dogs, Janet also has a strong feline side. She has been owned by cats since the age of six, and has a special interest in both finding ways to enrich the lives of indoor cats and in helping owners understanding the enigmatic feline. Janet shares her home with Griffin, Puck, and Nisse, and a very understanding husband. Janet is a co-creator of the patented "Come With Me Kitty" Cat Harness and Bungee Leash by Premier Pet Products, where she served as Training & Behavior Education Department Manager for eight years.

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