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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

  • Maria Eguren

    Committee Co-Chair

    Maria Eguren has an advanced degree in biology from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a specialization in animal behavior. FULL BIO

  • Katrin Hawkins, CDBC, CBCC-KA

    Application Review Committee Administrator

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

  • Barbara Davis

    Committee Member

    Barbara Davis, CPDT-KA,CDBC, owner of BADDogsInc Family Dog Training & Behavior, is a certified dog behavior consultant. 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 and is the owner of Pawlitically Correct. FULL BIO

  • Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado

    Committee Member

    Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado is a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis, where her research explores the behavior of cats in multi-cat households and the health and development of orphaned neonatal kittens. 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

  • Sandy Crosby, CPDT-KA, IAABC-ADT

    Committee Member

    Sandy is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal and Strasbourg University in France. FULL BIO

  • Uli Grodeke

    Committee Member

    Uli has been working as a dog trainer and behavior consultant for over 25 years. FULL BIO

  • Susan Gammage

    Committee Member

    Susan Gammage is an IAABC certified dog behaviour consultant based in the south-east of the UK. FULL BIO

  • Stephanie Edlund

    Committee Member

    Stephanie Edlund, CPBC has spent most of her life learning about animal welfare, behavior, training and enrichment. FULL BIO

  • Dot Baisly

    Committee Member

    Dot Baisly, MS, CPDT-KA, Associate Shelter Member-IAABC is the behavior and enrichment manager of the Animal Rescue League of Boston, overseeing the behavioral care of all animals in 3 shelters. FULL BIO

  • Katie Barger

    Committee Member

    Katie Barger is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC). FULL BIO

  • Alison Carpenter

    Committee Member

    After living with several second-hand dogs with a variety of behaviour challenges over the years, Alison decided she might as well formalise all that learning and experience. FULL BIO

  • Liz Droke

    Committee Member

    Liz Droke is an IAABC Accredited Dog Trainer who has been working with families and their dogs since 2005. FULL BIO

  • Joey Tylka

    Committee Member

    Joey Tylka is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant with IAABC and Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed with CCPDT. FULL BIO

  • Linda Keehn

    Committee Member

    Linda is the owner of Positive Canine Training in New York, and has been training dogs and their human families to live more successfully together for 10 years. FULL BIO

  • Marie-Elisabeth Gagnon

    Committee Member

    Marie-Elisabeth is a Certified Parrot Behavior Consultant (CPBC) and Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP). FULL BIO

  • Kristy Gibson Simmons

    Committee Member

    Kristy is a Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant, and has been consulting for around 8 years, starting with vet clinic puppy classes, and eventually running her own successful consulting business on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. FULL BIO