IAABC Staff

Marjie Alonso, CDBC, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP

Marjie Alonso, CDBC, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP

Executive Director

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)

Mychelle Blake, CDBC

Mychelle Blake, MSW, CDBC

Project Manager

Mychelle Blake is the Project Manager for the IAABC and is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) through IAABC. She has been a regular contributor on cat and dog behavior for the Pet Health Network since 2014. She also served for many years as editor for both the IAABC and the APDT journals, as well as working for several years for the APDT. Currently she also serves as the Web News Content Editor and Web/Social Media Coordinator for the United States Dog Agility Association. She runs her own web development and design and social media consulting company, www.firelinkonline.com, which specializes in affordable, effective web sites and online presence building for small businesses and the pet industry.

Mychelle also has over 13 years' experience working in animal sheltering both as a staff member and a volunteer, and is passionate about promoting training and behavioral health for dogs and cats to increase adoptions and reduce pet relinquishments. She has a Masters of Social Welfare from UCLA with a specialty in community organizing, development and planning and a Bachelors in Political Science from New York University. Mychelle lives in Las Vegas, NV with her husband and three pit bull mixes: Kaylee, Jack and Odie. A portfolio of her pet-related writing can be found at www.bheanmadra.com.

Sarah Filipiak CDBC, BSJ

Sarah Filipiak CDBC, BSJ

Director, Communications and Member Services

Sarah Filipiak CDBC is known for her problem-solving and coaching skills with both clients and trainers. Sarah served a five-year term on the board of and is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, where she works as member services coordinator and on the Education Committee. She has seen clients professionally and been a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers since 2001, and teaches the APDT's popular course, "Dog Training 101: What Every Dog Trainer Should Know."

Sarah raised and trained European-line German Shepherd Dogs for more than 12 years, and has competed in disc, agility, AKC and UKC obedience and rally. In 2010, she obtained her first whippet, Fanfare's Crazy Train RA BN RL1 CGC. She holds a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

She has a fierce fondness for starry Wyoming nights, which are difficult to see from her home in beautiful southeastern Ohio. 

Adrienne Hovey

Adrienne Hovey

Editor, IAABC Journal

Adrienne Hovey is the owner of Fresh Start Writing, a consulting business dedicated to helping pet professionals put their best foot forward when it comes to the written word. She also serves as a classroom assistant and social media manager for Pets in Motion, Inc., in Wayne, Pa. 

Adrienne has an undergraduate degree in biology from Mount Holyoke College, and spent five years as a veterinary radiology and nuclear medicine technician at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. After relocating to Philadelphia, she realized that animal behavior was her passion. She attended a four-month canine training and behavior program in Texas and then returned home to Philadelphia intending to start her own training business. However, she quickly realized that writing and editing for dog trainers was her true calling. She served as managing editor, and then editor-in-chief, of the APDT Chronicle of the Dog from 2010 to 2015, and when she left there, she founded Fresh Start. 

Adrienne shares her home with the world's most recalcitrant tuxedo cat, Satchmo, who makes her laugh every day. His sidekick is the world's most concerned Lab, Cruzan, who loves to swim and chase a ball, but wishes thunderstorms, fireworks, and the haunted couch in the living room would just go away. When she isn't working or walking a dog, Adrienne enjoys crossword puzzles, sudoku, and conversations that start with "Let me tell you about this amazing story I heard on a podcast last week..." 

Chris Lee

Chris Lee

Director, Digital Communications and
Web Development

Originally a television editor for ABC Television, Inc., Chris has been a professional web developer for over 18 years. He brings a vast and diverse background of design creativity, usability, and digital media into the web application medium. He regularly works with application development, software development, cloud, Microsoft .NET Framework, VB.NET, C#, jQuery, JSON, ASP.NET, HTML5, XML, CSS, video production and editing, database design, and electronic newsletter automation.

He is also a specialist in the use of HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript responsive design technologies for web portal applications and corporate intranets, as well as mobile apps on iPhone and Android. He also regularly serves as a technical consultant for clients looking to incorporate additional web and newsletter strategies into their online presence. Chris regularly conducts lectures at seminars around the world and advises corporations on adopting a standards-based architecture for their web applications.

Chris resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, two children, and one amazing Shetland sheepdog.

Jesse Miller, Ph.D SBA

Jesse Miller, Ph.D SBA

Managing Editor, IAABC Journal
Representative, Advertising and Promotion

Jesse Miller, Ph.D SBA is the managing editor of the IAABC journal, lead author of the monthly newsletter, and Chair of advertising and promotions. He lives in San Francisco with his partner and a rather demanding chihuahua, where he volunteers at the SFSPCA and writes in his spare time. His favorite thing about working for IAABC is the chance to bring together people with unique and interesting perspectives on animal behavior.

 

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