Advisory Board

 

With over four thousand Certified Instructors and over 70,000 titles awarded you are bound to have questions. Our Advisory Board is here to help you. Their mission is to assist with special projects within DMWYD to help clarify and coach others in the DMWYD program and act as a liaison.

Meet Your Advisory board Members

Kelli Whitfield
CTDI, CCFC

Terms Served: 2020

Kelli is a CTDI with over 850 titles witnessed through her Dog Trick Fairy Spark Group. Kelli is also a Stunt Dog Judge, CCFC, CGC evaluator, AKC Temperament Test Judge and Farm Dog Judge. Kelli competes in multiple performance events with her 3 terriers in NADAC, AKC and NACSW. Kelli grew up on a hobby farm and showed registered quarter horses for 15 years before switching over to dog sports. Kelli and her dogs have earned more than 150 titles. Kelli teaches scent work, STAR puppy/CGC and performance foundation classes.

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Dee Hart
CTDI, CCFC, TriDEx SDJ

Terms Served: 2020

With over 270 titles witnessed, SDJ at TriDEx, Professional dog trainer , CGC evaluator, All Star Performance Team Captain, CCFC, Professional dog trainer for 23 years

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Melissa Fenstermaker
CPDT, KPA-CTP, Victoria Stilwell Faculty Advisor, CCC, CTDI, SDJ, AKC-CGC Evaluator

Terms Served: 2020

Melissa has always had an interest in working with dogs. She started working professionally with dogs in 2003. Melissa enjoys working with every dog that walks through the doors. Training dogs to learn behaviors that make their owners happy is what she enjoys most. This might mean obedience or trick training, confidence building, or any other behavior. The look on an ownerโ€™s face is the most satisfying reward. Her goal is to improve the bond between owner and dog by opening lines of communication through positive reinforcement training. Melissa finds that the more she learns about the dogs and dog training the more her passion grows. She not only enjoys teaching dogs new tricks but also teaches humans quite a few too.

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Laura Respecki:
CTDI, CCFC, SDJ

Terms Served: 2020

At the age of 10 Laura Respecki experienced her 1st competitive sport showing her Collie. Later on she learned that her true passion was not actually competing, but producing the events and helping rescue dogs.

For 25 years Laura road raced sports cars and produced vintage car racing events in combination with concours car shows. When the team sold their last race car her husband told Laura to return to her 1st love; dogs.

Lauraโ€™s current rescue, Kassie, has kept her busy while she earned 25+ titles and has worked for over 9 years as a therapy dog. She helped Laura transform as a trainer. Kassie helped embed in her that she personally will always rescue, rehabilitate and celebrate with dogs.

In 2010 Laura started volunteering as a trainer with a local club; teaching AKC S.T.A.R puppy, obedience, AKC CGC and therapy dog preparation. She is the Clubโ€™s AKC Family Dog Program Rep and has produced several AKC tests at obedience shows for the group. Laura is certified AKC CGC and ATT. DMWYD CTDI, CDJ & CCFC. She is currently working on her professional dog training and behaviorist certifications.

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Tess Star:
CTDI, CCFC, SDJ

Terms Served: 2020

Tess Starr is a CTDI, CCFC, Stunt Dog Judge, AKC CGC Evaluator and Temperament Test Judge. She has been competing in dog sports since 1985 and has earned over 170 titles on her dogs including Trick Dog Champion (TDCH) titles on three dogs her Australian Cattle Dog, Layla and her two Border Collies, Ziggy and Chance. Chance has been has been deaf since birth. Trick training was instrumental in developing a relationship with Chance. That experience inspired her to start her spark teams dedicated to providing accessible free information on positive reinforcement training for all animals and people from all geographic, social and economic areas. In addition to her dogs, she shares her life with her husband Richard, chickens, one cat and sheep. She is also a licensed falconer and has worked with a variety of wildlife species as ambassador animals for wildlife rehab centers and sanctuaries. Her trick dog students have earned over 1000 trick dog titles.

Daniele Pichette:
CTDI, CCFC, SDJ

Terms Served: 2020

Daniele is training dogs since 2010 and had been working in the tv/film industry for 6 years now. She is one of the fastest growing Certified Trick Dog Instructor in Canada of the most prolific in the world with over 500 titles approved. She is also a Certified Canine Fitness Coach.

She trained, competed and titled in almost every dog sports with her four Jack Russell Terriers and contributed to many other dogsโ€™ successes as a trainer and coach.

She worked with many great companies for ads like Fido and Chewy, and major movie productions like My Spy and the animation movie Sgt. Stubby: an unlikely hero.

She is also bilingual (French & English) and can help with any questions or issues you could be facing in regard of the language barrier.

 


Would You Like to Serve?

Advisory Board members are asked to serve a 6 month term and contribute a minimum of 60 hours.
โ€” For this full term, you will be compensated in credits and/or swag such as logo jackets
โ€” You will be listed as an Advisory Board Alumni
โ€” Terms are April – September, and October – March
โ€” Please turn in your timesheet at the end of your term