DOG SCOUT CAMP STAFF: Please note that various instructors may teach a number of different classes. Check to see which activities and instructors you will have at any given camp. Core Staff try to be at every camp. Auxiliary Staff are staffers that are regulars who are invited back repeatedly for one thing or another, and are usually teaching something during at least one camp per year. Guest Staff may be on a one-time basis, or may be hired on a regular basis. Lonnie Olson St. Helen, Michigan Camp Director, Core Staff; DSA Founder and CEO 1999-2010 DSA store manager during the year Clicker Training Instructor Agility Instructor Weight Pull Instructor Frisbee Instructor Dock Diving Instructor Water Rescue Instructor/Judge Preventing Aggression Presenter (been doing most dog sports long enough to be pretty much an “everything” instructor, but prefers to hire others to do the instructing so she can be the student) Lonnie created Dog Scouts back in 1995, but the idea was put into her head by her overachieving Border Collie, Karli. A dog obedience training class instructor for over 30 years, Lonnie has dabbled in most every dog sport, and has excelled in a few. She “wrote the book” on Flyball training, and authored the pages of the vast Dog Scouts web site and Manual. She has made “dogs” her life, and has become a serious advocate of responsible dog ownership and teaching the benefits of the human/canine bond. Dog Scouts of America was approved as an official 501 (c) (3) educational and charitable organization in 2000, with that mission set forth. Lonnie works 24-7 in the DSA office. Her forte is creative thinking, and her imaginative brain kicks into overdrive whenever she has the creative juices of her other core staff members around to brainstorm with. Lonnie says, “Dog Scout Camp may have been my idea, but without the input of my staff, it would still be struggling in its infancy. Camp is definitely a group effort.” Lonnie has three Dog Scouts: Saikou (Alaskan Husky/Border Collie), Gala (Alaskan Husky/Sighthound), and Panda (Alaskan Husky/Sighthound) Beth Duman Howell, Michigan Core Staff; DSA Board 1999-2010 Backpacking Instructor/Outdoor Educator Clicker Training Instructor Puppy Paddler Instructor Wolf Behavior Presenter Preventing Aggression Presenter Water Safety Instructor Beth Duman has been with the camp since it‟s beginning in 1996 and has been an integral part of the planning and execution of each of the camps since then. Beth wears many hats at camp, and is always willing to help out in new areas. Her refreshing ideas have helped build the camp into the well-run educational experience that it is today. Originally a high school biology teacher, Beth Duman has been doing wolf education programs in Michigan since 1972 and has been the Michigan representative for Wolf Park since 1974. She has lectured to over 1,000 groups, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Timber Wolf Alliance, and the Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers. Beth is a frequent speaker for animal control & law enforcement agencies throughout MI & has appeared as a court-qualified expert on wolf hybrids. As a former wolf owner, Beth speaks from direct experience about the wolf's majestic image versus the practical realities of wildlife in captivity. Beth has four Dog Scouts: Reggie (Belgian Shepherd), Anja (a North American Swamp Dog), Kaddi (African Village Dog), and Lacy (Aussie Mix). Joanne Weber St. Helen, Michigan DSA Board 1999-2009 Joanne has also been with the camp since it‟s beginning in 1996 and is an integral part of the planning and execution of each of the camps. Joanne works behind the scenes all year long, helping the camp director brainstorm and come up with new ideas for camp. She designs the original artwork for the camp T-shirt each year, and does a lot of work to help prepare for camp. Her innovative ideas have helped mold the camp into the wonderful experience it is today. She has used her artistic skills to design the camp brochure, and many other DSA projects. Her interpersonal skills remain one of her most valuable attributes, and she has helped many a camper overcome the initial shock of camp life by extending her warm smile and understanding shoulder in a time of need. Joanne recently lost her Dog Scout: Willie (a Golden Retriever PAWS Assistance Dog), who is her soul mate. Willie had achieved the rank of “Honor Scout.” Her new service dog should be in her home by the start of camps in 2008. Chris Puls Core Staff (all camps), DSA Board 2003-Present DSA Vice President Brookville, Indiana Administrative Assistant Everything Instructor! Scoutmaster Trainer Certification Program Director Chris is the Administrative Assistant (who am I kidding… she is the administrator and I‟m the assistant!) at each camp. This gal “Friday” walked into the job and made herself indispensable. She‟s been helping out here at every camp since she found us, and if you want the correct answer to any questions, just ask Chris. She has also been instrumental in the development of some of the procedures and physical organization of the camp. She was a professional organizer with her own business in the OH, KY, IN area, but is now a full time volunteer with DSA and President of a disaster response group in her area. Chris is employed part time as an instructor for the American Humane Association‟s disaster preparedness course and bite prevention course and she is a professional speaker. She often shares her law enforcement and martial arts background by giving presentations about her book: Safe Home Visits, for people that work in the homes of others. Chris is the Leader and Scoutmaster of Troop 107 in the Ohio tri-state. Chris instructs many of the badge activities and has developed some of the badges. She will be the next CEO of DSA in Sept. of 2008 when Lonnie retires from that position. She has three dog scouts: Coyote “Cody” and Buster (Australian Cattle Dogs), and Baron von Beaglestein “Bear” (Beagle.) Her husband‟s beagle, King is a Cadet Scout. Martha Thierry Core Staff (all camps), DSA Board 2006-Present St. Clair Shores, Michigan Photographer Counselor Martha‟s smile can light up the room. She was always a favorite camper, and in 2006, was asked to join the Board of Directors of DSA. She is a great missionary for our organization and believes in and epitomizes the dog scout way. Martha is a graphic artist with the Detroit Free Press, and shares her home with her Border Collie mix, Murphy (who is a Dog Scout), and cat, Stewart. Martha enjoys photography, horses, and helping people. She has been attending camp since 2001. Chris Kloski Fraser, Michigan Core Staff (all camps) Recognition Program Awards Chairperson Poop Police Flyball Instructor Shaping/Tricks Instructor Auctioneer Fun Director Chris says: I’ve been married almost 40 yrs, have 3 Children (2 boys & 1 girl), and 6 grandchildren. We share our home with 4 dogs :Happy (JRT) & Trixie (Aussie) and two Papillions- Maverick and Indy. All are Dog Scouts. We also have 4 Lovebirds, a Robin, & a 26 yr. old turtle, Mr. T. I’ve been training dogs since 1972, I teach a Puppy Kindergarden Class, a Beginner Obedience Class, and a CGC Class, thru the Mt. Clemens Parks & Rec. We have been doing flyball since 1986 and I am captain of the Fuzzy Lightning Flyball Team. We are a family oriented team and all family members are welcome to be part of the team, whether they are running a dog, loading the box, or being part of the “pit crew”, picking up balls, holding dogs, etc. All dogs get to run on our teams fast or slow, when they learn the game. Jill Moore Lowell, Michigan Core Staff (all camps) Craft Instructor Agility Instructor Games Leader Camp Store Manager Counselor Jill is another “gal friday.” You may see her doing anything from teaching agility, to changing light bulbs. She competes in agility and obedience with her dogs, and enjoys a lot of other fun dog hobbies, like herding, sledding and Frisbee. She is a 4-H leader for dog training and a carriage driver part time. She adopts, clicker trains and raises wild horses taken off the free range at the Pempro facility in Canada. She is a fabulous scrapbooker and is skilled at most crafts. She has several dogs of her own as well as foster dogs and the occasional puppy in training for PAWS with a Cause. Mary Schuenemann Winfield, Illinois Regular Staff (all camps) Art of Shaping Instructor Dock Diving Instructor Water Safety Instructor Counselor Mary has been coming to camp since about 1997. She competes in agility, obedience, dock diving and Frisbee with her dogs, Dumpster (mix) and Nike (Golden). At her first year of camp, Dumpster painted by rolling on the paper with paint on him, because Mary wasn‟t getting the “hang” of clicker training. She has since become an excellent clicker trainer, and now teaches the Art of shaping class. She also has experience with Dock Diving, which she may instruct at camp this summer. She‟ll be helping out in many other areas of camp, too, now that she is a regular staff member. GLORIA VOSS – Gladwin, Michigan Regular Staff (all camps) Canine Musical Freestyle Instructor & Judge Gloria has been teaching Canine Musical Freestyle at DSC since 2009. She and her husband Steve are originally from St. Clair Shores, MI and have lived in Gladwin since 1994, since their two daughters moved out on their own. Gloria lives just 20 miles from the camp in St. Helen. Dogs have always been a part of Gloria’s life and she began training seriously in 1988 having adopted a rescued Border Collie that had been abused. Obedience, then agility and even dog behavior were her main focus for a time especially when she adopted another rescued BC with fear aggression issues. She was very involved in Therapy Work with her Delta Certified TD dog Casey for about 10 years and recently retired Casey at age 13. Along the way as a mom, Gloria spent numerous years helping her daughter through dance classes and recitals. Being artistic, she was a graphic designer/sign painter and commercial artist by trade and began designing and creating sets. In 2000 the sport of Canine Musical Freestyle was introduced to the area at Brenda Aloff’s by 4 gals from Oakland County who were 4H leaders & just starting in the new sport and forming the Michigan WCFO club. All of Gloria’s creative background was united with her love of dogs when she found freestyle and is now at the forefront so that she is a master at the inventive side of canine freestyle! One of the very first members of the active Michigan club, “Freestyle Fanatics” and served as V.Pres and Pres of the club. Gloria became a certified WCFO Judge in April 2006. She now competes, judges and presents workshop & classes in freestyle while continuing to entertain and delight people of all ages with her demonstrations of freestyle at Events, Fairs and Nursing Homes! Along with Freestyle, Gloria also teaches Puppy Classes, Basic Home Control, and does “In Home” private sessions for basic training and behavior modification. Gloria currently has 3 dogs. All her dogs are rescues… Casey 13 yrs. (Sheltie/Aussie Mix). Starr 10 yrs. (Smooth Border Collie from Wisconsin BC Rescue) Fancy 4 yrs. (Border Collie from Buckeye BC Rescue in Ohio) Casey and Fancy are both Cadet Scouts and Fancy is training toward becoming a Dog Scout. Fay Reid Guest Staff (all camps) Bay City, MI Overnight Camping Instructor Foil Dinner Organizer Fun Director Photographer Counselor Fay has been a Girl Scout leader for over 20 years and attended her 1st Dog Scout camp in 2000, when her Black Lab, Cassy become a Dog Scout and at which time Fay says she learned a lot about positive reinforcement training. “It was at Dog Scout camp that I learned the value of clicker training and really watching the „light bulb‟ turn on for Cassy.” Fay has raised several PAWS with a Cause foster puppies and now spends time puppy-sitting for other foster parents. Her Golden Retriever, Ivy, was in training for PAWS, when she had a “career change” after deciding that she didn‟t like people stepping over her. Fay was then offered Ivy back, as a companion dog. When not working at Delta College or doing Girl Scout events, Fay and the girls spend time educating the public on proper dog approaches and training; fundraising for such organizations as the Salvation Army Bell Ringing, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Bay County Humane Society; volunteering at the Saginaw Bay Recreation Area for public events like Halloween trail guides, reading programs for kids; training puppies at Heaven on Arf, attending agility classes, competing in Agility and Rally trials, practicing hunting retrieving and tracking hoping to compete some day. In her spare time, Fay likes to take photos and scrapbook. Jennifer Riess and Gary Riess Columbia, Missouri Guest Staff Water Rescue Instructor Water Racing Instructor Tracking Instructor Agility Instructor Drill Team Instructor Earth Dog Instructor Steeplechase Instructor ATTS Apprentice Tester Counselor Jennifer and Gary have been attending camp since 1998. They train and show German Shepherds and Border Terriers in Columbia, Missouri. Jennifer has been training and competing in a wide variety of dog sports since 1984 including Obedience, Tracking, Agility, Schutzhund, Rally Obedience, Versatility, Earthdog, Flyball, Backpacking, Weight Pulling, and Herding. She has taught Agility, Water Rescue training , Earthdog, Steeplechase, Carting, and Drill Team for us in the past. Jennifer enjoys any activity that will promote responsible fun and a working relationship with our canine friends. As the founder and co-leader of Troop 102 she and her dogs have participated in bellringing for the Salvation Army, appeared on local talk shows and in newspapers, and many other public demonstrations. In 2008 , Jennifer will be teaching (Lonnie hasn't told me what I'm doing) at camp. Gary has been training and showing dogs in Tracking, Obedience, Rally Obedience, and Schutzhund since 2000. He has taught Puppy Paddlers, Backpacking, Tracking, and Beach Buddies at past camps. He will be doing Maintenance and (haven't heard what all he's doing) at camp this year. Jennifer and Gary have several Dog Scouts: Puzzle ( Shar-Pei mix), Chipper (Cocker Spaniel mix), Casey, Lance and Jet (German Shepherds) and Star and Terra (Border Terriers). Kat Vogtmann Kalamazoo, Michigan Guest Staff Sign Language for Dogs Instructor Rally Obedience Instructor Buildings and Grounds Technician Kat Vogtmann and Chelsea (black Labrador Retriever) have been members of DSA since 1998. They have been coming to the DSA Camp every year since 1998. They are members of Troop #108 - Kalamazoo. Kat tutored Lonnie in sign language when Lonnie was learning ASL back in the 1980's! (And that was pre-DSA!) Brenda Aloff Midland, Michigan Guest Speaker; DSA Board of Directors 1999-2004 Clicker Training Instructor Musical Freestyle Instructor Tracking Instructor Preventing Aggression Presenter Brenda has been with Dog Scout Camp since 1998, when she came to camp the first time as a “guest instructor.” She was so popular with the campers and staff that we decided to do what the campers wrote over and over on their evaluations: “Get her on the permanent Staff!” Brenda is a clicker trainer, and has written a book on obedience training with the clicker has a video on how to train puppies, as well as two books on aggression. Those are her two areas of expertise. She has an eye for dogs like I have never seen on anyone. She can spot body posture or eye-contact that your average person would miss, and she is able to assess and predict aggressive behavior quite accurately. Brenda has been involved with animals her entire life. For the past seven years She has owned and operated a commercial boarding kennel/training center, presented numerous training seminars, provided private and group lessons, produced a canine television program and served as a consultant in canine behavior for local media sources. She has worked in a consultant capacity for Leader Dogs for the Blind in Michigan. She has trained and shown competitively in Obedience, Agility Tracking and Musical Canine Freestyle. Her specialty is using operant conditioning to eliminate aggression in dogs where traditional methods have failed. Kim Jarvis Guest Staff Agility Instructor Earthdog Instructor Kym Jarvis loves to play games with dogs! She has been an instructor and activities director at Competitive Edge Sports Camp and has completed the Instructor Training Course with Dogs of Course. Kym has also attended the DogSense course at Legacy Canine with Terry Ryan and is a member of the APDT. She sold her Romp and Roll Doggie Playground which was a full service doggie activity center in Newbury, Massachusetts to move back home to Ohio and start a new business- Anything Goes...for Dogs!! Kym shares her life with her husband and five Mini Schnauzers which keep her involved in agility, herding, earthdog, flyball , rally-o , freestyle and any other doggie activity that they can find for her to do!! She competes in AKC, USDAA, CPE, and NADAC agility events with her dogs. Allison Holloway-Frazee Guest Staff Agility Instructor Animal Communicator Allison Holloway-Frazee started competing in obedience 15 years ago with her first dog, a Samoyed named Kelsie. But after Allison and Kelsie discovered agility, they never returned to the obedience ring! Agility appealed to Allison because it was fun, and positively motivated. Allison had been training with traditional choke chains, and loved the idea of building a partnership in agility through positive reinforcement. It was about that time that she also became involved with the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and learned positive motivation techniques for all aspects of dog training. Allison quit her previous training position and formed her new business, Liberty Good Dogs! to teach pet owners the benefits of training positively and gaining the dog's respect through trust, not fear. Currently Allison is the Executive Director of the Humane Society Serving Logan County in Bellefontaine, Ohio, where she lives with her eighteen dogs and one husband. She competes in agility with her speed-demon Pomeranian, Skye, and her laid-back Border Collie, Punch.
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