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Board of Directors

IAABC Board of Directors

Barbara Davis CDBC


Barbara Davis, CPDT-KA, CDBC, owner of BADDogsInc Family Dog Training & Behavior, is a certified dog behavior consultant. Barbara specializes in working with families to resolve serious 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, group and boarding training programs, as well as a comprehensive trainer development program.

Barbara is a Professional Member of APDT and holds a CPDT-KA from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. She’s an Advisory Board Member of AABP,and an AKC CGC evaluator.

Barbara has been a contributing columnist for the APDT Chronicle of the Dog’s "On Behavior”, which featured several of her challenging case studies. She’s also been featured as a contributor to the IAABC Journal.

Barbara has been actively involved in large breed dog rescue, and supports many canine rescue organizations in her region. She has served on the boards of two charitable foundations supporting large breed dog rescue and the local county animal shelter, and has accumulated 20 years experience volunteering for 3 local animal shelters.

Image: Barbara Davis and a Golden Retriever

Barbara’s been with IAABC since 2004, motivated to join by her desire to contribute to an organization poised to promote standards and professionalism in the field of animal behavior consulting. In her tenure with IAABC, she has served in a number of volunteer roles, including Regional Coordinator, Exam Committee, RPC/ARC, and Dog Division Chair.

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


Executive Director

Image: Dot Baisly and a Smiling Bully Breed

Dot Baisly was most recently the shelter division chair for the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and is the director of behavior for Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, MA. Dot is a certified professional dog trainer (CPDT-KA), a certified dog behavior consultant (CDBC), certified cat behavior consultant (CCBC), and certified shelter behavior specialist (CSBS).

She also holds a master’s degree in Animal Behavior from Tufts University. She has been working in animal welfare and behavior for over 20 years, both in animal welfare and rescue organizations in New York and New England, and with private clients as a consultant, evaluating dogs, and educating staff and volunteers.

Philip Sun


Beyond a plethora of oddball skills and experiences, Philip joins the IAABC as a certified dog trainer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, but can also frequently be found in the shelters of Taiwan. Having grown up in Taipei, Philip is focused on further improving animal welfare programs among municipal shelters and private rescues. Stateside, Philip works with local and international rescues, hoping for the day when dogs no longer need to fly halfway across the globe to find a home.

A lifelong learner, Philip’s area of emphasis revolves around alleviating fear for his own Taiwanese mix, Alisa. Philip strives to further his mechanical skill and theoretical knowledge, with eyes set on becoming a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) with the IAABC. Besides animals, Philip is a reluctant activist, as well as a bonafide gearhead and music lover.

Image: Philip Sun and a Rescued Taiwanese Street Dog Relax in the Sun

Suzanne Turner CDBC IAABC-ADT


Image: Suzanne Turner smiles while gently cuddling a patient mule

Suzanne has worked and volunteered within animal welfare and local communities for several years and has experience as a Board member of the oldest animal welfare organization in Australia (Est 1935). She also successfully managed a local shelter volunteer program of over 250 volunteers in accordance with the goals and vision of the organization. Suzanne was a clinic lead managing free kerbside clinic providing the community with free wellness examinations, vaccinations, and heartworm / combo tests for over 100 cats and dogs per event, and has been an Executive Committee member for a local not-for-profit sporting organization.

In addition to her experience of animal behavior and training, Suzanne has a Masters with Distinction in Engineering and Business Management and European Studies. She has worked internationally as a professional engineer and project management specialist for over 15 years and can bring on board knowledge and experience in project management, communications, financial management, compliance, stakeholder management, and extensive global experience. She also speaks fluent French, intermediate German, and very basic Japanese.

Renee Hall CDBC

Vice President

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, switching 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.

Image: Renee Hall and a Joyful Golden retriever heel as one in the obedience ring


Board Member at Large

Image: Maria Muradas beams next to a happy black Labrador Retriever


Maria is the lead behaviorist for Dog Matters. In Spain, Maria’s home country, she earned an MSc in Education Psychology and she worked as a researcher at the University of Santiago de Compostela College of Education, where Maria was responsible for developing new and better methods of teaching and learning.

The insights gained from that experience have elevated her services in dog behavior modification today as she is able to create better teaching and learning methods for her furry clients and the owners that love them.

After moving to the U.S. in 2010, Maria began focusing her education and career efforts more specifically on dog training, earning an Associate of Science in Chemistry/Biology at Atlanta Metropolitan State College. Maria has worked at a dog daycare and also taught obedience and Nose Work© classes. She then mentored under Dr. James Ha who introduced her to the world of dog behavior modification. Maria now works for Dog Matters as a behavior consultant.

Maria's other credentials include a Certificate of Applied Animal Behavior from the University of Washington, an Associate Nose Work Instructor Certification, an M.Sc in Clinical Animal Behaviour and a Professional Development Certificate in Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law and an IAABC Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant Certification.

Alice Chau

Board Member at Large

Alice Chau is a cat behavior consultant, writer, radio host, and educator. She speaks 4 languages: English, French, Cantonese, and Mandarin. She’s the founder of the longest-standing, award-winning pet sitting business in Ireland – Maow Care – and the founder of Ireland’s first cat-centric festival, Dublin Cat Fair. She’s also a Pet First Response instructor and Missing Animal Response Technician, and she’s working on a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Animal Behaviour.

During the pandemic, Alice obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. She then used her new skillset to start an online school on cat behavior that helps the public to learn about all things feline. We look forward to having Alice’s expertise to help the IAABC reach a wider audience, especially in French-speaking and Chinese-speaking countries.

Image: Renee Hall and a Joyful Golden retriever heel as one in the obedience ring

Sara Ondrako CDBC

Board Member at Large

Image: Sara Ondrako proudly stands with a grey pit bull in a shirt that reads veterans and pit bulls


Sara is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant with a background in veterinary nursing. Sara began working with and learning about wild animals, zoo animals, and domesticated animals from an early age having family falconers, family farmers, and being naturally drawn to animals above everything (and everyone) else.

Sara's love for teaching sparked at age 12 when she became the youngest volunteer at a zoo where she was fortunate to have two very impactful mentors from the education department.

Under their guidance, Sara began teaching educational classes with live animals to the public. Since then, Sara has gone on to train veterinary staff members, pet parents, volunteers, and other professional teams on a plethora of topics such as emergency response, low stress handling techniques, reading behavior in group play environments, and canine communication. In 2019, Sara started her YouTube channel for pet parents encompassing a "Whole Dog" approach to behavior and training to help navigate life with canine family companions.

Sara has been involved in rescue, the sheltering system, and emergency response for dog fight busts and hoarding cases since 2004. Her love for animal behavior, while always present, really took off when Sara began working with pet parents one-on-one through her nonprofit organization, the American Pit Bull Foundation, to help reduce shelter intake and euthanasia due to behavior concerns. Sara pioneered a Shelter Dog to Service Dog program with the organization beginning in 2015 to rescue, raise, and train pit bull type dogs as service dogs for veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Sara considers herself an open-minded knowledge junkie and enjoys learning from and collaborating with peers and experts, especially as it pertains to elevating behavior practices.

Client Testimonials

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  • Here I get support, information and training on current, evidence-based knowledge. A great community of international consultants offers great exchange on each relevant topic to support each other helping animals, their owners or even organizations that take care of animals of different species.

    By Sylvia Czarnecki, Certified Horse Behavior Consultant

  • I am proud and honored to be certified by, a member of, and educator for the IAABC. I consider the organization to be the industry standard for well-rounded, quality, ethical animal behavior information that is disseminated in a supportive, effective, collaborative environment. The IAABC works very hard to produce not only quantity of educational resources, but also quality.

    By Katenna Jones, Certified Dog & Cat Behavior Consultant

  • As a member, I get to network with experts in my field all over the world. This allows me to expand my knowledge in cat behavior as well as shelter behavior. As the feline behavior manager in an open intake shelter, this opportunity to learn from the best has allowed me to ensure the mental health and behavior needs are met for the cats in our care. The IAABC is the "go to" place for people all over the world to find experts in animal behavior. As a certified member my profile is available for the public to view. Since I earned my certification, I've seen my private business almost triple.

    By Lisa Stemcosky, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant

  • IAABC has been an invaluable learning tool for both myself and staff. As a shelter professional, the webinars provide relevant and up to date information to be used in multiple formats. The online convenience allows for continuing education, minus the travel.The mentorship programs are nothing short of amazing, including the pricing . This organization is always looking forward and growing.

    By Amy Schindler, Shelter Behavior Affiliate

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