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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 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

  • Gail Fisher, CDBC

    Committee Member

    With over 40 years professional experience, Gail's background in dogs covers virtually all aspects of the field. FULL BIO

  • Zachariah Atteberry

    Committee Member

    Zachariah 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

  • Michael Baugh, CDBC, CPDT-KSA

    Committee Member

    Michael has been helping families with their dogs since 1999. FULL BIO

  • Kris Crestejo, CDBC

    Committee Member

    Kris Crestejo is a Certified Dog Trainer and a Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant that promotes humane dog training methods. FULL BIO

  • Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado

    Committee Member

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

  • Sarah Fulcher, CDBC, KPA-CTP

    Committee Member

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

  • Dee Hoult, MBA, CPDT, CTDI

    Committee Member

    Dee currently serves as head trainer and CEO of Applause Your Paws, Inc., Miami's largest privately owned positive dog training company. 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

  • Jacqueline Munera, CCBC, PCBC, CAP 2

    Committee Member

    Jacqueline Munera is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and is co-instructor of the Companion Animal Sciences Institute's Diploma of Feline Behavior program. 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

  • Renee Premaza, CDBC

    Committee Member

    Renee Premaza is a graduate With Distinction from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute (formerly known as Cynology College). FULL BIO

  • Mike Shikashio, CDBC

    Board Liaison

    Michael Shikashio, CDBC, is the president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and provides private consultations working only with dog aggression cases through his business Complete Canines LLC. FULL BIO

  • Jessica Wheatcraft, CDBC, CPDT-KA

    Committee Member

    Jessica is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers. FULL BIO