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About Us

The Humane Dog Training Advocates is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing owner relinquishment and strengthening the human-animal bond through owner support and education on humane dog training methods.

Leadership

Mara Velez, MA, CPDT-KA
Executive Director 

Master of Arts, Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
 

Animal behavior and training related programs completed

Trish King’s Canine Behavior Academy, levels I and II (CBA)
Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior (KPA)
Dr. Susan Friedman’s Living and Learning with Animals (LLA)
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) Principles and Practice

Aggression in Dogs Mentorship (IAABC)

Shelter Dog Behavior Mentorship (IAABC)

Summer Shelter Institute 

University of the Pacific Animal Shelter Management Program

Memberships and Certification
Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) - Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)
Pet Professional Guild (PPG) - Full Member Dog Training Professional
Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) - Member
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) – Supporting Member, Dog Division

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) – Affiliate Member, Shelter Division

Fear Free Certified Professional 

Mara is one of the co-founders of HDTA. She is a dog trainer and consults on animal behavior in the San Francisco, California area. Her love of dog training and behavior started with her own rescues, one of whom was semi-feral, and the other developed human-directed aggression as a result of vaccinosis. In addition to working as a dog trainer for private clients, Mara also has worked at open-admission and limited-admission shelters. She enjoys training not just dogs, but also other species. Mara believes that working with other species expands her training and observation skills. To date, she has worked with cats, bunnies, wolves, foxes, guinea pigs, coyotes, buffalo, donkeys, goats, alpacas, chickens, parrots, corvids, budgies, and a fish.

Kiem Sie, CPDT-KA
Director of Operations

Master of Fine Arts Candidate, Interdisciplinary Computer Science 
Master of Fine Arts Candidate, Instructional Technology
Bachelor of Arts, Urban Studies and Planning

Animal behavior and training related programs completed

Dr. Susan Friedman’s Living and Learning with Animals (LLA)
Trish King’s Canine Behavior Academy

dog*Tec: Dog Walking Academy & First Aid Certification

Pet Partners/LAPS: Animal Assisted Therapy Course

Memberships and Certification
Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) - Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) – Supporting Member, Dog Division

dog*Tec: Dog Walking Academy & First Aid Certification

Kiem is a key original member of HDTA and has been working across two sectors over the past decade: animal welfare and higher education.  Her commitment to assisting open-admissions shelters started when she was an active volunteer at Berkeley Animal Care Services (BACS).  While there she trained incoming volunteers, provided adoption counseling, performed home checks, and took dogs awaiting adoption to BACS-BADRAP.org’s Pit Ed training classes. These classes are aimed to strengthen the relationship between adopters and their pets while, learning basic obedience, leash handling skills, and training and support.  Kiem also served as a board member with Friends of Berkeley Animal Care Services, where she helped raise funds for educational and enrichment programs, adoptions, medical care, equipment, BACS-BADRAP.org’s Pit Ed training classes, and other necessities. She has also been a part of local rescues helping in various capacities, from vetting and coaching potential fosters, adoption counseling, fostering, training, and community support at pet health and wellness events around the Bay Area.  Three years ago, Kiem was asked to join the Behavior and Training unit at the Contra Costa Animal Services where she now conducts behavior evaluations, implements behavior modification plans, and trains dogs using positive reinforcement.

Ali Sutch
Social Media Manager

Bachelor of Science, Environmental Studies

Ali was formerly the Volunteer Manager for Rocket Dog Rescue and was an Education Specialist for the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. She is now a Care Navigator for the Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) program at the Shanti Project. Ali is the brains behind our social media strategy and is a crucial member of our team.

Board of Directors

The Humane Dog Training Advocates Board of Directors set the strategic direction for the organization and represent several stakeholder groups including animal trainers, rescue partners, and general dog owners.
 

Mena Kamel, CPDT-KA
Board President 

Master of Fine Arts Candidate, Creative Writing 

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Art

Animal behavior and training related programs completed

Trish King’s Canine Behavior Academy, levels I and II (CBA)

Memberships and Certification

Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) - Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) – Supporting Member, Dog Division

Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) - Professional Member

Mena is one of the co-founders of HDTA. He is a behavior consultant, content strategist, and instructor for several award-winning dog training organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. He established Dog Party Dog Training in 2013, which offers dog training services like private coaching, group classes, and dog-sitting, as well as content strategy and copywriting for training-related articles, videos, educational programs, curricula, and marketing materials. He is the lead copywriter for Choose Positive Design and Media, an organization that specializes in developing user-focused online content for dog trainers, veterinarians, therapists, and other service providers who support using positive reinforcement and humane science-based methods. Mena has a background in creative writing and visual communication, so he enjoys translating scientific concepts into user-friendly language to bridge the gap between scientific findings and the practical application of applied animal behavior science. He has volunteered with many local community-based organizations, including Berkeley Humane Society, East Bay SPCA, Native Bird Connections, Contra Costa County Animal Services, and PALS East Bay.

Jennifer Michelle Phillips, CPDT-KA
Secretary

Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute

UCLA Writers' Program

Animal behavior and training related programs completed

Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior (KPA CTP)

The Academy for Dog Trainers (attended)

Living and Learning with Animals/Living and Learning with Parrots - Susan Friedman, Ph.D.

Cornell Lab’s Ornithology: Comprehensive Bird Biology Program

Dog*Biz Dog Walking Academy

The Los Angeles Zoo Zookeeper Training Program

Memberships and Certification

Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) - Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)

Certificate in Applied Animal Behavior (UW-AAB) - University of Washington

Certified Canine Fitness Trainer (CCFT) - University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine/FitPaws

Puppy Start Right Instructor - Dr. Kenneth Martin and Debbie Martin

Fear Free Level 3 Professional and Trainer

 

Jennifer Phillips is a certified, professional animal trainer and the owner of Broadway Dog Training, LLC in Los Angeles, California. In her former career, Jennifer worked in a variety of positions for several of the top New York and Los Angeles entertainment law firms.  She has worked with private and public zoos as an exotic animal keeper, and various volunteer positions as educator and wildlife rehabilitator (including Bronx Zoo, California Wolf Center, Project Wildlife, California Wildlife Center, and the Los Angeles Zoo).  In 2010, Jennifer adopted two dogs from the East Valley Animal Shelter that challenged her to expand her training skills and delve deeper into behavior work.  After living in the Pacific Northwest and working for a veterinary behavior practice, Jennifer returned to Los Angeles with her two dogs, three African Grey Parrots, and two Green Aracaris (small Toucans). She specializes in working with on-leash reactivity, fear-based behavior issues, and creating a balanced dog through training, enrichment and conditioning.

Lawrence Padua
Treasurer 

Laurence has a background working in fund cultivation and capacity building for community-based organizations. He has experience in business and curriculum development, project management, and community organizing. He currently works in Public Health, focusing on professional development, advancing internal learning communities, growing communication channels, and quality improvement.

 

He is an editor and author, and will be published in the forthcoming California Dreaming from University of Hawai’i Press. As a Rockefeller Fellow, he conducted research on the creative contributions of Filipinos in Hawai’i from the first wave of plantation workers to their descendants. He has a special place in his heart for senior dogs and toy breeds.

Anne Baranski
Member-at-Large

Bachelor of Arts, English Literature and History

Memberships and Certifications

Licensed Professional Realtor

Anne is the owner of Forever Home Real Estate in Madison, WI.  As a broker and Realtor, Anne specializes in residential real estate and helping clients achieve their home ownership goals.  She functions as a mentor for new Realtors, passing her knowledge along to those who want to learn.  Anne is the recipient of the Realtor of the Year award in 2014, her rookie year, which is presented to the outstanding realtor for the previous year.  She is consistently ranked in the top 5% of the South Central Wisconsin MLS realtors in volume.

Anne’s love of business and real estate is only outstripped by her passion for “unadoptable” rescue dogs: those who are elderly, the chronically ill, those who are deaf, blind, or missing legs, the behaviorally challenged.  She and her husband currently have nine such amazing rescue dogs in their forever home, after which her real estate company is named.

Anne also serves on the Tellurian Celebrity Golf Outing board, the board for Sunshine Place’s Sunshine Ball, is a director of the Realtors Association of South Central Wisconsin, the RASCAW Budget Committee, the responsible director for the South Central Wisconsin Affordable Housing Committee, and sits on the Wisconsin Realtors Association Annual Convention Board.  Anne is also the Lifeguard Captain for Ironman Wisconsin and serves as a judge for National History Day in Wisconsin.

Anne has a Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University in English Literature and History.

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Humane Dog Training Advocates is a 501(c)3

EIN: 83-3737347

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Banner photo by Choose Positive.

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