Advisory Board


Our Advisory Board is a volunteer position, comprised of very experienced instructors. Their mission is to provide expert guidance and strategic counsel to the organization, empowering us to make informed decisions and set clear goals. Members of the Advisory Board act as Task Force Manager on special projects. They advise our team of instructors and act as a liaison between instructors and the organization.

Meet Your Advisory board Members

Kelli Whitfield,

Advisory Board Chairperson, onboarding

Kelli has evaluated thousand of trick and fitness titles, including champion titles. Not sure where to go? She can point you in the right direction.


Dee Hart,

Animal Acting

A professional dog trainer for 23 years, Dee vets many of our new instructors through their Fastrack phone interview.



Patty Stafford,

TriDex Chairperson, Kennel Club outreach

As a Stunt Dog Grand Champion and judge, Patty can answer your questions about entering the Stunt Dog ring.



Natalia Nizker, CTDI, CCFC


Committed to helping others have fun learning experiences. 


Sherry Orich, CTDI, CCFC, SDJ, AACE


Sherry coaches a very popular Spark Team. 


Noeline Cassettari, CTDI, SDJ, AACE

Australia. Represents all species

Noeline has titled her own mini horse, sheep, donkey, fox, and poodle. If you have a non-dog species, she’s the one to talk to. 



Advisory Board Emeritus

Heather Coiner 2024

Sophie Penson 2024

Flip Collins, NZ 2022

Kelly Schumann 2021

Laura Respecki 2021

Lorrie Reynolds 2021

Daniele Pichette 2020

Melissa Fenstermaker 2020

Shelley L. McQuillin 2020

Tess Starr 2020

Elizabeth Frum 2020


Would You Like to Serve?

Do you have expert knowledge and would like to give back to the community by helping others with their dog training goals? As an Advisory Board member you have the opportunity to interact directly with our dog trainers and share your knowledge. You also help define rules and standards for the organization.

We believe strongly in having our best instructors help both our other instructors, and also our students; particularly our expert students. As part of the evaluating team on the Advisory Board, you will have a chance to not only learn by watching a wide variety of expert dogs and trainers, but also the chance to really give insightful advice to trainers who can’t get that top-level advice elsewhere. 
The Advisory Board is entrusted with information that is not intended for the general public. It is important to have a group that has as its priority and loyalty the success of the organization, the instructors, the students, and the dogs. We trust that Advisory Board members are, in every situation, helping the organization, speaking well of the organization, and representing the organization in a positive light. 

Advisory Board members  serve a 6 month term.
— Terms are April – September, and October – March

A good candidate for the Advisory Board:
— is the person who genuinely wants to help people and dogs
— wants to gain experience and credentials
— can contribute 40 hours over their 6 month term
— is an expert dog trainer, and preferably has several of our instructor certifications (CTDI, CCFC, SDJ, AACE)
— has a positive attitude

Main duties include:
— Evaluate Champion applications 
— Conduct CTDI Fastrack interviews
— Moderate Facebook groups and disseminate information
— Recommend changes to trick levels and additions to the tricks list and changes to the application forms
— Foster a culture that promotes positive training, enthusiasm, and skill
— Provide input on new programs
— Act as Task Force Manager on a special project

Yes! I’d like to serve on the Advisory Board