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Board of Directors

2018 Board of Directors

Megan Stanley, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA | APDT Chair

Megan Stanley, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA

APDT Chair

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Megan Stanley, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA | APDT Chair

Megan Stanley, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, owner of Dogma Training & Pet Services Inc. in Calgary, Canada, has joined the board of directors of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).

Stanley was appointed by the board of directors to fill a vacancy on the Board until the completion of a special election.

Dogma is a canine education center that offers daycare, training and retail services with a team over twenty between two facilities.

Dogma is an innovative canine center that specializes in modifying complex behaviors and offers full range programs to integrate dogs back in with their canine companions and the urban world. Through Dogma, Megan developed a unique and comprehensive dog training apprenticeship program that is one of a kind in Canada. The first session began in November 2009, and to date, there have been over 50 successful graduates.

Megan started as a professional dog trainer with The Calgary Humane Society where she held the position of Internal Canine Behavior coordinator for a year and a half before starting Dogma. Megan was also a founding member and President of the Board for a local animal rescue organization, pause4change Rescue Foundation, and served on the board for the Animal Rescue Foundation. She was the designated trainer for the Alberta Rescue Foundation (ARF) and a consultant for Cochrane Humane Society, transitioning both of these organizations to become leaders in training. She has also been a certified mentor trainer for Animal Behavior College.

Megan has over 10 years as a professional dog trainer and education is the core of her business. She recognizes the strong need for regulation in the pet care industry and has set the standard for dog training and daycare in Calgary through Dogma. She provides education through her business, free online resources to dog owners and trainers and through speaking engagements, such as the APDT Conference. Most recently, Megan launched www.everydoghasitsdayblog.com to create a community of support and sharing for entrepreneurs. She believes life is too short to not do what we love, and strives to inspire and encourage others to follow their dreams.

Nick Hof, KPA-CTP | APDT Vice Chair

Nick Hof, KPA-CTP

APDT Vice Chair

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Nick Hof, KPA-CTP | APDT Vice Chair

Nick Hof is a dog trainer in Cincinnati, OH and is the owner and trainer of Paws Look Listen, LLC which is about to celebrate it's fifth year next month offering training services. Nick is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed, Karen Pryor Academy-Certified Training Partner, a licensed presenter for Family Paws, and a Professional Premium Member of the APDT.

Nick believes that having a good relationship with other trainers, both in his area and from afar is an integral component of his business. He often networks with other trainers bouncing ideas off of them, requesting assistance or referring out cases that he does not have the skills to properly help. Nick works closely with both veterinarians and other animal professionals to ensure that his clients receive the best service possible.

Khara Schuetzner, MA, CPDT-KSA CNWI | APDT Secretary/Treasurer

Khara Schuetzner, MA, CPDT-KSA CNWI

APDT Secretary/Treasurer

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Khara Schuetzner, MA, CPDT-KSA CNWI | APDT Secretary/Treasurer

Khara Schuetzner, MA, CPDT-KSA CNWI, has worked with animals most of her life. As a teenage, she helped train herding dogs and horses on the family farm. Khara earned a bachelors of science in Zoology; during college she did an internship working as biologist at Disney World. In graduate school she worked on a master of science in aquaculture and fisheries in Arkansas. Khara moved to Chicago, where she started volunteering with the Anti-Cruelty Society, while working on her masters of arts in teaching. She furthered her expertise by graduating from the Anti-Cruelty Society School of Dog Training. While in Chicago, Khara work on various science committees and won awards for teaching. After living in Argentina and picking up a street dog, Francisco, Khara moved back to her home state of Oklahoma to take care of her family, continue in the science field and start her private training business in 2010.

Khara left the science field to pursue her passion for educating other in animal behavior. She opened The Doggie Spot, which was the first training facility in Shawnee. Khara was the first CPDT-KSA and Canine Nose Work Instructor in the State of Oklahoma. She conducts behavior evaluations and does private lessons for those dogs that need extra attention. Khara serves as a behavioral consultant for local shelters, a first animal responder during Tornado Recovery Efforts, and host educational and nosework events. She gives talks to the public regarding multiple dog households, housetraining, dog and kids safety, and dog language.

Khara is a certified AKC CGC Evaluator and an American Red Cross Pet CPR Instructor. She is a member of the Animal Behavior Society, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and American Chemical Society. Khara's household includes: eight rescue dogs, 1 HRD dog, three rescue cats, one donkey, Bunny, flock of ducks, chickens, three goats, Manny, Larry, Ketchup, two paint horses, Spartacus and Freya, and herd of Dorper sheep, and a patient husband, Gabriel. Khara has two strong beliefs in life, "Live in the moment, but don't forget to make a moment, and humans need to listen more to what the animals are telling us and learn to work with them not against them."

Lisa McCluskey, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA | APDT Director

Lisa McCluskey, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA

APDT Director

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Lisa McCluskey, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA | APDT Director

Lisa McCluskey enthusiastically strives to teach others about humane training and behavior practices in the complete care and needs of pet dogs. Her background of working with dogs most of her life was the force that drove her to register at her first APDT annual conference in 1997 and has kept her involved with the organization as a professional member for almost 20 years.

For more than five years she also served the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) board as: an inaugural certificant, an exam committee volunteer, their secretary, a director and/or the
CPDT exam chair. Additionally, McCluskey regularly offers her time pro-bono to conduct AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluations and teach various workshops for volunteers, shelter staff and trainers in our industry.

McCluskey, husband and son reside in Seattle, Washington’s Queen Anne neighborhood with their cat, Punkin’ Kitty, and dog, June (her two horses, CC and Tuff, live in the Kent/Covington region). Lisa's community-based curriculums have been featured at numerous APDT conferences and she looks forward to continuing her work on creating universally available public-access canine education programs internationally.

Heidi Meinzer, JD, CPDT-KA, CNWI | APDT Director

Heidi Meinzer, JD, CPDT-KA, CNWI

APDT Director

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Heidi Meinzer, JD, CPDT-KA, CNWI | APDT Director

Heidi Meinzer, JD, CPDT-KA, CNWI is an attorney focusing on animal law and the pet care industry. She serves on the boards of the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies and Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. Heidi has her CPDT-KSA and CNWI certifications and teaches general manners and K9 Nose Work™ with Fur-Get Me Not and Canine Copilots in Northern Virginia. She shares the company of a beautiful German Shepherd mix, Sophie, who has made great strides with reactivity and confidence issues. Heidi lives in Alexandria, Va., with Sophie, her boyfriend Bill, and Bill's adorable black lab, Boomer, who earned his NW3 title in 2015.

Fanna Easter, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, ABCDT-L2 | APDT Director

Fanna Easter, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, ABCDT-L2

APDT Director

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Fanna Easter, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, ABCDT-L2 | APDT Director

Fanna has been instructing group classes and in-home behavior consults for more than 25 years with a special focus on dog reactivity and super excited dogs. She owns Positive Pooch Dog Training and Behavior, which offers in-home and off-property consultations in the Dallas, Texas area. Also, Fanna teaches Nose Work and reactive dog classes at Veterinary Behavior Solutions—The Training Studio.

When not working with clients and their dogs, Fanna has authored several articles for Dogs Naturally magazine, Animal Wellness magazine and numerous online blogs. She is certified in pet massage and passionate about incorporating essential oils into dog training. Also, Fanna volunteers at the Bridge, the only homeless shelter that allows dogs, where Fanna and her co-workers offer group classes and one-on-one training for pet guardians.

Fanna shares her home with Miss Stella Mae (miniature Bull Terrier) and Sobek (Rottweiler), and Rick, her “darling hubby.”

Mark Forrest Patrick, CDT, VA, CMT | APDT Director

Mark Forrest Patrick, CDT, VA, CMT

APDT Director

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Mark Forrest Patrick, CDT, VA, CMT | APDT Director

Mark Forrest Patrick left a corporate customer service management role in the fall of 2008 to live the dream of working with animals. In 2009 that dream became reality when Mark opened a dog training, day care and boarding facility in Rochester, New York. He conducts several levels of training classes in a group class setting or private in-home sessions. Today, the facility continues to grow with a focus on a 24-hour a day staffed operation.

Mark’s goal is to expand his business to a second location focusing on training for shelter and rescue organizations and adoptions. His motto: “Always keep your eyes open to new opportunities because they may be right before you.”

Continuing education has always been important for Mark to keep up-to-date on training, behavior, and clinical studies. He attended seminars at Service Dogs, Inc., Alfred University and Cornell University. As part of Mark’s training toolbox, he uses massage, essential oils and TAGteach. He also has served his community as a volunteer to assist local rescues and shelters with behavioral and training classes.

Mark owns seven dogs—five Tibetan Spaniels, an English Labrador Retriever and a Pomeranian mix. He is an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen evaluator, published author in two local pet publications and sponsors a pet corner for an online publication. His business has received Angie’s List Super Service Award three years in a row.

Robin Bennett, CPDT-KA | APDT Immediate Past Chair

Robin Bennett, CPDT-KA

APDT Immediate Past Chair

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Robin Bennett, CPDT-KA | APDT Immediate Past Chair

Off-leash play can be both a wonderful outlet for a dog and a dangerous environment for a dog. There are some real benefits dogs can receive from playing with other dogs, but not all playgroups are created equal. Robin Bennett is committed to raising the bar of safety in off-leash play to help keep the dogs safe. Her philosophy is that if you are going to be around dogs, especially if you are in the pet care industry caring for dogs, they should leave you and your facility behaviorally better (and certainly not worse!) than when they came to you. Robin will help you learn the best practices for off-leash play that will provide you with better staff training, lower payroll, and ultimately the safest possible environment for all the dogs in your care.

Robin Bennett is an author and consultant for pet care facilities on the subjects of dog daycare, training, and off-leash dog play. Her book All About Dog Daycare: A Blueprint for Success is the number one reference on owning a daycare, and her book, Off-Leash Dog Play, co-authored by Susan Briggs is the key reference on supervising dogs in playgroups.

Robin has a passion for educating pet care facility owners on safe handling techniques and canine body language with the Staff Training Program she developed with Susan Briggs called Knowing Dogs. Together Robin and Susan (better known as "The Dog Gurus") have recently launched the best resource for off-leash play at www.TheDogGurus.com.

Robin is an active member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and has a B.A. degree from Roanoke College. She regularly attends dog training seminars and has earned certification through the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers (CCPDT), the first national certification for dog trainers.

Robin is a retired Colonel, United States Marine Corps Reserves, and is married with two children. She lives in Stafford, Virginia.

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