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Executive DirectorLearn More
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David Feldner, CAE, and ADPT's executive director, moved from Milwaukee, Wisc., to take over the leadership of the association. He has served as an association manager for over 20 years. He and his wife have two daughters and are very involved with tennis, their sport of choice. David is working to provide valuable new programs and enhance and expand the existing. "Leadership is the catalyst for positive change and evolution moving toward enhanced return on association investment and time."
Sophie Rose, the family dog, is a ten-year-old Cockapoo who was the second smallest in a litter of six. At about eight months of age, the family started clicker training at a wonderful facility in Wisconsin. Sophie, who is mostly a homebody, has a real affection towards seniors or anyone willing to rub her belly or behind her ears.
Marketing, Communications & Project ManagerLearn More
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Mandy Roberts serves as the marketing, communications and project manager. Mandy graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1999 with a bachelor's in Animal Sciences, equine option, and just completed her master's in Community and Leadership Development from UK. Throughout her college years, Mandy worked for several veterinary clinics and even had her own dog walking business.
She has worked with several member associations including the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners (KAEP); the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP); The Race for Education, a non-profit, college scholarship and youth outreach program and the UK Ag Equine Program. She has more than 16 years of communications, event planning, and marketing experience within the nonprofit sector, as well as strategic planning and volunteer management knowledge.
She and husband, Tommy, and have twin daughters, Hadley and Ava. She is an ordained deacon at Calvary Baptist Church and has served as a board member for The Lexington Children's Theatre and Partners for Youth. She has also served as the PTA president for Ashland Elementary School the past two years.
Sophie, Mandy's nine-month-old black Labrador Retriever puppy was adopted from Kentucky Lab Rescue. She is a great family dog and loves playing Frisbee and retrieving from the water. In her eyes, life's one big party but her natural curiosity sometimes leads her into mischief!
Exhibitor Relations ManagerLearn More
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Nita Briscoe is the exhibitor relations manager for APDT. She graduated from Towson University with a B.A. in Mass Communications, with a concentration in Advertising. Nita has many stories from her twenty years in radio advertising with Clear Channel Radio/iheartmedia. (Most she can actually tell you!) She also sold University of Kentucky sports sponsorships and event advertising during her tenure.
After a year with another association, Quest International Users Group, an amazing opportunity with APDT presented itself. Nita is grateful to use her sales, sponsorship, conference experience and the love for dogs in one career. Nita has two, four-legged children: Sherman (a twelve year old Pit Bull rescued during Hurricane Katrina), and Tank (a two year old English Bulldog/Boxer mix, rescued from a shelter in Ohio.) Nita is a foster mom and volunteer with Louie's Legacy Animal Rescue. Tank was one of her foster dogs who never left her house once he stole her heart.
Other volunteer work includes the American Cancer Society and production work with her church. Nita is a big supporter of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and has run a few half marathons with Team in Training. Her mother was one of the first bone marrow donors in 1989.
Sherman is a 12-year-old Pit Bull. He was found on a window ledge in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Nita adopted him through Casa Del Toro Rescue in Indianapolis, Ind. He had six months of training including a water therapist in New Orleans. Nita continued his training with Jason Mann, who specialized in Pit Bulls and rescue dogs.
Tank (not pictured) is a two-year-old English Bulldog/Boxer Mix. He was in a shelter in Ohio, and Nita fostered (and failed- as in adopted) him through Louie's Legacy Animal Rescue. He will soon be working with an APDT trainer. "He can't wait, and neither can I!" says Nita.
Director of Educational ProgramsLearn More
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Jennifer Franco, director of education, is an educator, a communicator, an accomplished equestrian and an aviator. She is committed to increasing learning opportunities by providing the membership a variety of multimedia outlets and options. Jennifer believes input and feedback from you is the key to supplying information you can use in enhancing your training, your business relationships and your professional growth. Her plan includes developing useful material and information to support your creativity and innovation as dog trainers.
There are many ways to learn, according to Jennifer. Taking advantage of APDT, your professional association is central.Â One of the most accessible ways is to take advantage of meetings and CE offerings. A good guide to the pertinent internet opportunities can save time and provide valid information. She is currently working on new material on CD, webinars, and video. School is never out for the professional.
Jennifer grew up on Long Island, N.Y.; holds a teaching degree and an MBA from Dowling College. She has worked in alumni relations for the State University of New York; served as director of Racing Officials for the Jockey Club; and director of KCTF, Chris McCarron's jockey school.
Jennifer lives on a farm in Lexington, Ky., with various creatures great and small: her husband, Brian; son Lucas; Cocker Spaniel, Milo, and three horses.
Milo is a 14-year-old parti-color Cocker spaniel. He was adopted from the local shelter when he was a year old. Milo loves being outside doing chores with us on the farm and he can always be found hanging out at the pond looking for birds!
Chronicle of the Dog EditorLearn More
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Devon Hubbard Sorlie just joined the APDT staff as the editor of The Chronicle of the Dog, APDT's quarterly magazine. Devon graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor's degree in Public Relations with an emphasis on journalism. Her career has taken her from Kentucky, where she first worked at the Elizabethtown News-Enterprise and The Winchester Sun, to The Miami Herald in Florida, as editor of a monthly chamber of commerce newsletter in Gilroy, Calif., to owning her own weekly newspaper with her late husband in Belgrade, Mont. After her son graduated from high school, the family moved closer to family in Virginia, where Devon covered the military for a weekly newspaper owned by Military Newspapers of Virginia. Shed then became the Suburban Team's assistant editor, which covered Chesapeake for The Virginian-Pilot, and editor of its community twice-weekly publication, the Chesapeake Clipper. After moving to northern Virginia in 2013, Devon was an editor for the Air Force Times before transitioning back into public relations producing articles, blogs and feature stories for the Naval History and Heritage Command located at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. Devon recently returned back to Kentucky to be closer to her mother in Winchester.
Devon has a son, Cameron. She plays handbells and sings in the choir at the First United Methodist Church in Winchester.
Devon's love of animals began early, trying to save or keep the critters the family's cats would bring home. She often brought home strays for her family to adopt. She has a soft heart for Golden retrievers, having shared her home with several, along with her cats and a few horses while living in Montana. Her last two Goldens were adopted from a Golden Retriever rescue in the Hampton Roads area, Chessie and Charlee. She is currently without a doggy friend, but hopes to rectify that after she purchases a home in Winchester.
Member Service CoordinatorLearn More
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Rachel Gates, member services coordinator, believes she cannot fix what she doesn't know.Â Therefore, as the face of the association, Rachel is in daily direct contact with the members who make inquiries and spends 80-90 percent of her office time on the phone listening to their input and concerns. She puts great effort into her charge to aid current members and bring in new. Customer service is her top priority.Â
Rachel is a self described Navy brat, having spent most of her life in or near Buffalo, N.Y.Â Her college major was Technical Theater. She worked for three other associations and spent almost three years with Lockheed Martin and the Air Force. Husband Jeff works for the Veterans Administration.
Both of her dogs, Dolly and Oliver, are working towards becoming therapy dogs to work with Jeff's clients (homeless veterans and their families).
Dolly is a six-year-old Mini-Pinscher/Boston Terrier mix. She was rescued from the Jessamine County Animal Shelter and has gone through three levels of training with Pet Smart (although she failed her CGC test the first try). Her favorite things to do are sleeping on her blanket, barking at the dogs in any neighbor's yard, trying (and usually succeeding) to jump the fence and any gate we try to use to contain her, going anywhere there might be someone to pet her, and bossing Oliver around. Oliver is a three- year-old, Mini-Pinscher/Pug mix. He was rescued at an adoption event from Kentucky S.A.V.E. and has gone through two levels of training with Pet Smart. His favorite things to do are hiding from any loud noise, curling up in the smallest spaces he can find, playing "chase" with Rachel's dad, going to work with her husband, Jeff, and scamming as many treats as he can by looking cute.
Sales CoordinatorLearn More
Emily Vollmar is the Sales Coordinator for the APDT Chronicle of the Dog magazine. Emily graduated from Valparaiso University with a B.S. in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing. Over the past couple years, Emily has worked in sales at other associations involving sports and professional coaching.
Emily grew up in northern Indiana with two yellow Labrador Retrievers who definitely contributed towards her love for animals. After college, her and her husband Noah moved to Lexington, KY for jobs. Shortly after moving to Lexington they adopted their first dog Vader. Vader is a 3 year old Black Labrador Retriever mix, who was rescued from PetSmart (through the Lexington Humane Society). Vader enjoys playing outdoors, making new dog friends, but his favorite thing to do is to hang close to his pack (family).