Debi Krakar, Executive Director, CPDT-KA Debi has a BS in Math and Computer Science from the University of Illinois and MAS Degree in Accounting and Information Systems from the University of Illinois. She has been training dogs and their owners for over 15 years.
Carolyn Honish, Therapy Team Evaluator, CPDT-KA Carolyn holds a BA in Anthropology, a BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders/Deafness Studies, and an MA in Communication Sciences and Disorders/Deaf Education from the University of Texas at Austin. Carolyn has thousands of hours of pet therapy volunteer experience.
Paula Baker Prince, CPDT-KA Paula has a BA in art history from Moorhead State University in Moorhead, MN. Paula has 15 years of experience training dogs and their owners in both group and private lesson settings.
Kathleen Reish, Agility Program Coordinator Kathleen holds a BA in Education and has 11 years teaching experience.
Lindsey Ortiz,Associate Trainer and Outreach Coordinator Lindsey has years of experience in dog handling, dog behavior, and training as well as marketing and fundraising. In addition, Lindsey has worked for two pediatric clinics for children/teens with special needs and eager to incorporate both dogs and those with special needs through our programs.
Becca Young, Associate Trainer Becca has a BA in Wildlife Biology. She has been training dogs for the past 4 years and is currently working on her CPTD-KA.
Susan Windham, Summer Camp Director, CPDT-KA Susan has over 11 years experience as a Child Care Director. She is an active service dog and job skills trainer.
Nancy McIntire, Therapy Team Evaluator, Board Member, CPDT-KA Nancy holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is an active pet therapy volunteer and evaluator.
Maida Barbour, CPDT-KA Maida received a BA with honors in Psychology from Wesleyan University, and an MFA. with a concentration in Advanced Communication Technologies from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jason Heng, Nose Work Program Lead, CPDT-KA, CNWI Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from the University of Kansas. He travels the country competing in K9 Nose Work. Jason is a guest instructor for Nosework classes.
Marcella Slaughter, CPDT-KA Marcella has been working with dogs in shelters and boarding facilities for over 10 years. She has been a CPDT since 2007.
Danielle Calkins, Associate Trainer Danielle has a Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Oswego in Human Development. Two years ago, she became involved with Austin Dog Alliance as a foster for a service dog in training, and then, at the end of 2016, was able to join the team as an Associate Trainer.