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Application Review Committee

The Application Review Committee evaluates all applications for certification. Applications are received anonymously,and the reviewers score submissions against a rubric that assesses both practical experience and the critical thinking skills of the applicant.

  • Val Pollard

    Committee Co-Chair

    Valerie has been working as a professional dog trainer since 1979 and has always been most interested in working with behavioral issues, focusing mostly on anxiety and aggression. FULL BIO

  • Katrin Hawkins, CDBC, CBCC-KA

    Committee Co-Chair

    Katrin Andberg Hawkins CDBC, CBCC-KA has owned Maplewood Dog in Sharon, MA since 1996. FULL BIO

  • Sarah Filipiak

    Chief Operating Officer

    Sarah Fulcher is a dog trainer and Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant. FULL BIO

  • Zach Atteberry

    Committee Member

    Zach Atteberry is a certified cat behavior consultant and registered veterinary technician in the state of Missouri. FULL BIO

  • Danielle Basciano

    Committee Member

    Danielle is a professional dog trainer and behavior consultant, working with dogs and cats through her business — CNY Pet Training & Behavior in Upstate New York. FULL BIO

  • Tom Candy

    Committee Member

    Tom Candy is an Accredited Animal Behaviourist with the animal behaviour and training council and a certified canine behaviour councilor with IAABC. FULL BIO

  • Lisa Stemcosky

    Committee Member

    Lisa works as the Feline Behavior Manager at the Humane Rescue Alliance, Washington DC's open intake shelter. FULL BIO

  • Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado

    Committee Member

    Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado has been helping humans understand cats for almost twenty years. FULL BIO

  • Justine Harrison

    Committee Member

    Justine Harrison is an IAABC certified horse behaviour consultant and trainer based in the North West of England. FULL BIO

  • Beth Friedman

    Committee Member

    Beth Friedman is the owner of Canine Companion Consulting and has been training canines, one human at a time using positive, research-based methods since 2007. FULL BIO

  • Lauren Fraser, CHBC

    Committee Member

    Lauren Fraser is a Certified Horse Behavior Consultant. She is also the organization's Horse Chair and a member of the application review committee. FULL BIO

  • Renée Hall, CDBC, CPDT-KA

    Committee Member

    Renée Hall, CDBC, CPDT-KA is a professional dog trainer and certified Dog Behavior Consultant through her business Let's Speak Dog Training and Sports Studio in Nazareth, PA. FULL BIO

  • Heather Luedecke

    Committee Member

    Heather Luedecke has been a professional dog trainer and behavior consultant in the Central Ohio area since 2013. FULL BIO

  • Dilara Parry CCBC

    Committee Member

    Dilara Göksel Parry grew up in Istanbul, Turkey and holds degrees in Psychology and in Comparative Literature from Oberlin College. FULL BIO

  • Camille Personne

    Committee Member

    I’ve always been drawn to animals and have been surrounded by them since I was born. FULL BIO

  • Emily Scott

    Committee Member

    Emily Scott has been training dogs professionally for 30 years. FULL BIO