Mary Alverson is the founder and president of The Real Pit Bull, Inc. She is also the head of the Behavior & Training Department. She is a professional, full time dog trainer and owner/head trainer at Pawsitive Energy, LLC Canine Training & Services. Mary has been working professionally with dogs for over 20 years and has been working with Pit Bulls since 1994. She has achieved the following certifications: Speak Dog Certified, Certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, Certified Professional Dog Trainer-KA, Certified Master Reiki Practitioner with a focus on animals, Registered Healer with the INHA, and is currently working on a science degree with a focus on psychology and behavior. In addition, Mary has many hours of continuing education in the field of dog training, behavior and science. Mary's main focus is on Pit Bulls, and using modern, science-based methods to teach all breeds and heal problem behaviors in a holistic fashio
Shahrina Ankhi-Krol is an attorney licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey and is the owner of Ankhi-Krol Law, a New York City based boutique law firm focused solely on the needs of start-ups and small businesses through these areas of law: business, contract, trademark, copyright. She has a niche practice in the pet industry with a nationwide clientele and she often gives talks on legal and entrepreneurial topics throughout the country. This year, she was elected Rising Star Super Lawyer, an honor given to less than 2.5% of all lawyers in a State, for the fourth consecutive year.
Nicholas and Adriana Bradley are Certified Dog Trainers with over 10 years of experience in pack training and socialization. They have been involved in rescue for almost the same time, providing shelter evaluations, fostering and rehabilitation of shelter dogs. Owners of the Bradley K-9 Academy, The Doggie Chalet, and founders of NJ STRAYS, this team of husband and wife, are committed to saving lives or homeless pets and to prevent the surrendering of others through education and the correct placement of dogs into new homes.
Ryan is a National Sales Manager for Holistic Blend with a background in pet nutrition. He educates pet store managers and sales people on the benefits of holistic nutrition.
Val is a pet portrait photographer and dog trainer based in southern New Jersey. In her spare time, she photographs adoptable animals for several local shelters, rescues, and fosters. She’s driven by some of her favorite things in life: shooting the night sky and capturing the stars, teaching photography to shelter staff and volunteers as a photography instructor with HeARTs Speak (http://heartsspeak.org/), and cuddling with senior cats (orange tabbies are her favorite!). Her work has been seen in several publications, including American Dog Magazine, Local Living Magazine, The Unexpected Pit Bull Calendar and the Petco Foundation Calendar.
Dr. Gerald Buchoff (Dr. B) is a practicing veterinarian and the founder and CEO of Dr. B’s Longevity Raw Pet Food. Tired of seeing far too many pets suffer from ill health, including allergies, autoimmune disorders, and cancer, Dr. B began formulating his own raw pet food based upon many years of study in pet nutrition. Dr. Buchoff received his pre-vet B.S. degree and an M.S. in Immunology from Rutgers University in New Jersey. He received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (BVScAH) from G.B. Pant University in India. He has completed numerous courses in alternative modalities including homeopathy, Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (chiropractic), acupuncture, glandular nutritional therapy, cold laser therapy, and Reiki. He is the owner and director of Holistic Pet Care, PA, in Little Falls, NJ. Before moving to Little Falls, Dr. Buchoff owned and operated North Bergen Animal Hospital in North Bergen, NJ for almost 20 years. Professionally, Dr. Buchoff served four years as President of the Northern New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association and more recently as Vice President and President of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (2002-2006). You may see him on reruns of The Pet Stop (New 12 NJ-TV), which he hosted for 50 episodes. He has also been featured in newspapers, magazines, and on television, and radio for his expertise in animal wellness.
Fern is a dog behavior consultant and trainer in Northern New Jersey, where he focuses on in-home behavior consultations. He's also the host of the The FernDog Podcast and the author of three books, including “A Better Life with Your Dog,” and “The Dog Rescue Handbook.” In 2012 Fern created The FernDog Trainer Academy, where he helps people take their passion for dogs and turn it into a career as a dog trainer. He loves to help dog businesses meet and exceed their potential by doing in-person consulting and with his online coaching program, DogBiz Rocketship.
Cinimon Clark started her business Turnaround Training in 1999. She has specialized in The American Pit Bull Terrier and all levels (and breeds) of canine aggression for well over twenty years. In addition to her work with canine behavior, Cinimon is also a psychic medium and animal communicator. This helps her to truly understand what an animal feels so the behavioral outcome is mutually beneficial for all. She has also trained horses and cats, fostered hundreds of Pit Bulls, was a veterinary technician for fifteen years, worked at the South Central Los Angeles animal shelter, helped many Los Angeles rescue groups, ran a program for Pit Bulls and parolees for LA City Animal Services and Tia Torres (of the Animal Planet TV show Pit Bulls and Parolees) as well as being the current behaviorist and animal communicator for Tia Torres’ Villalobos Rescue Center. In addition to speaking to many schools in California, Cinimon has also been the keynote speaker for several seminars and workshops in the Los Angeles and San Diego area.
Deirdre Franklin is the founder, president, and soul behind Pinups for Pitbulls, Inc., an education and advocacy group that helps shelters and animal rescues around the country. She earned her Master's degree in public policy at Drexel University and wrote her thesis on breed discriminatory laws. She has garnered many accolades for her efforts in dog advocacy, including the Wallace Award, by championing the relationship in the human-canine bond.
It has always been my life goal to one day be an animal cop, just like the show on Animal Planet. As I grew older my vision for myself changed slightly but still had animals in mind. At 26 years old I decided to start my own non-profit animal rescue. Miffy’s Animal Rescue, named after my rescued poodle, was established in March of 2016. In two years’ time I saved 400 sweet souls from high kill shelters and have placed 100% of them into loving FURever homes. I am very excited to be speaking at World Dog Expo this year to share my experience and knowledge on how to open a non-profit animal rescue. There more rescues we have, the more lives we can save.
Nancy Hassel is the founder and President of American Pet Professionals, an award-winning business networking, educational and multimedia organization for the pet industry since 2009. Leading over 100 in-person educational networking events, seminars, fundraisers and online events for pet industry professionals. A Public Relations specialist for the pet industry, Nancy works with pet companies in many aspects of PR, event planning, media relations and training for pet professionals. Nancy co-hosts the boutique B2B trade show, NYC Re-Tails & Sales Pet Expo with Dana Humphrey every spring. Also, Nancy is a speaker at various pet industry conferences, a writer for pet trade and consumer magazines, blogger, photographer, and was a TV producer and production coordinator for 10+ years. Nancy created a Responsible Dog Ownership program and taught over 2,500 pet parents in a 5-year period. Recently awarded the 2018 Women of Influence by Pet Age Magazine and her organization was voted Best Networking organization three years in a row by LI Press Newspaper. Nancy resides on Long Island, NY and is the proud pet parent of Cody, a rescued American Pit Bull Terrier.
Robbi Hess is an award-winning author and is multi-petual: She shares her home with two Devon Rex kittens, two adult rescue cats, her Diva Poodle, Henrietta, a Goldendoodle, three lizards and two ferrets. When not caring for her pets, she is an editor, speaker, time management and productivity guru, content creator, social media manager and blogger. She writes at All Words Matter, My Divas Dish, and is the story editor and chief cat herder at Positively Woof.
Chrissy, DMWYD Certified Trick Dog Instructor, Canine Conditioning Coach, has devoted her life to improving the lives of animals around her and thoroughly enjoying the outdoors. A graduate from Delaware Valley College with a Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies, she has a diverse and extensive track for working with animals. Other than training horses and dogs, Chrissy enjoys hiking new parks, photography, and trick training her rescued dog Beasley who is a Titled Champion Trick Dog. She also owns Bountiful Hound, a pet photography and dog product review business. Did you know Chrissy has been in several TV shows, commercials, and movies? Chrissy is a SAG-AFTRA actress who has appeared in several TV shows including Gossip Girl, 30 Rock, The Good Wife, Damages, and the Rachael Ray show. She has even worked closely with A-list actors such as Robert DeNiro and Bradley Cooper. Using her talent from being on set, she has begun the BFF Talent Group – which is a strong roster of dogs available for production work.
Rick Kesler D.V.M is now a Senior Service Veterinarian with Royal Canin in the corporate affairs office. His duties meld well with Royal Canin’s philosophy of sharing knowledge to all breeders and working dog handlers. He graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 1985. Since then he has practiced with a special interest of working with breeders of cats and dogs and active with working and service dogs across all the country. He has lectured throughout the United States and also internationally, writing for journals dedicated to pets and being a consultant to breeders and handlers of working and service dogs worldwide. He also has served as consultant to two large veterinary distributorships in the United States. Dr. Kesler has worked diligently to reduce the incidence of Brucellosis throughout the world. He is a co-author of Best Practices for Breeders regarding Brucellosis published by the USDA. He lives with his wife Julie in Kansas and spends his precious free time cooking new dishes with Julie, bicycling and reading Civil War books.
Andrea Kilkenny, M.A., CPDT-KA is the owner of Our Gang Pet Services, LLC - a training and behavior consultation business in River Vale, NJ. Andrea has always been an animal lover, but her initial career was in Education; she was a high school Special Education teacher for students with behavior disorders and also taught University classes for college students preparing to become educators. She studied Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis at University of Iowa where she completed her teaching certification, masters degree, and one year of a doctoral program. She worked in the Self-Injury and Aggression Clinic, and Bio-Behavioral Unit at U of I. During that time, she was also working at a city animal shelter, where her love of behavior and teaching others, drew her into the animal welfare field where she found she could apply her education skills and knowledge of behavior modification. Andrea has worked at several municipal animal shelters and private shelters. She has served in those shelters as volunteer coordinator, animal care technician, clerk, animal control officer, adoption counselor and animal handler and trainer. She is also a responder with the ASPCA and has worked on the behavior team in their emergency shelters with animals seized from cruelty and neglect cases. It was a breakthrough - and career changing - moment when Andrea found she could combine her love of teaching and knowledge of behavior to working with animals. Her unique background in education and behavior with humans, and her experiences working in a wide range of roles in animal sheltering for two decades, help her bring a high level of expertise to her clients and their training needs. Andrea has worked as a trainer and behavior consultant at other agencies before starting her own business in 2012 and opening her 'brick and mortar' business in fall of 2013. Our Gang offers group obedience classes at all levels, canine fitness and sport classes, CGC prep and testing, behavior modification services for dogs and cats, consulting services, and a day training program. Andrea shares her home with her dogs Finn, Maceo, Charlie and Page and two orange tabby cats, Viggo and Mush. She trains and competes in a number of dog sports and enjoys playing and hiking with her dogs.
Kate LaSala, CTC, is an honors graduate of Jean Donaldson's The Academy for Dog Trainers. She owns Rescued by Training and offers private training in NJ and NYC, primarily focusing on fear and aggression. She is a rescue advocate and has volunteered in various capacities fostering, training and volunteering. In addition to her private training, she is the trainer at Animal Haven, a 50-year-old, non-profit, private shelter in NYC, where she trains shelter dogs, provides post-adoption training support and runs their pet behavior hotline, to help provide community support and reduce surrenders due to behavioral issues. Kate is also a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluator, Family Dog trainer, Bright and Beautiful therapy dog evaluator, IAABC & PPG and a proud Fear Free Professional. You can follow her on Facebook or Instagram @RescuedByTraining
Before coming up with the concept of DOGTV, Ron Levi was creating television for humans; as a well known TV and radio host, a tv content developer and writer ("The Amazing Race") and a media university teacher , Ron has been working in the media industries for the past 20 years. As a New York born and raised dog lover, Ron is constantly researching, developing and creating new ideas for DOGTV, in a goal to improve the lives of millions of home alone dogs worldwide.
Stephanie Mattera is an award-winning philanthropist, passionate animal welfare advocate, media personality, and professor. Stephanie’s passion for helping animals began as a child growing up in a household with rescued pets. Today, Stephanie shares her home with five rescue dogs and one rescue cat who thinks she is a dog. In 2018, Stephanie was appointed President of Pet Philanthropy Circle, a national charity that provides a platform for recognizing animal welfare organizations that demonstrate a commitment to improving and protecting animals’ lives, and fosters community building among the leaders in animal welfare. Since 2010, Stephanie has served as the Spokesperson for the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, a private non-profit organization that works with more than 150 partner rescue groups and shelters to offer important programs and services that save the lives of NYC's homeless animals. In this role, Stephanie raises awareness of the organization’s mission, spaying and neutering pets, and rescue and adoption on news segments and at community events. She created the Charity by Design Partnership between Alex and Ani and the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, which generated 1.2 million dollars over three years for the non-profit's life-saving mission (2011-2014). Stephanie is also an on-air host for Celebrity Catwalk TV on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network. Her segments focus on inspiring the next generation of change-makers. Stephanie is an Adjunct Professor in the Public Relations and Corporate Communication Master’s program at New York University’s School of Professional Studies (SPS), and is a 2009 graduate of the program. She also holds an M.B.A. in Global Business Leadership from Johnson & Wales University, a B.A. in English from the University of Rhode Island and a Certificate in Digital Journalism from New York Film Academy in partnership with NBC News. Stephanie was the recipient of Rock & Rawhide’s VIP Award (2017), the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Office of the President of the United States (2016), Celebrity Catwalk’s Animal Activism Award (2015), and the Bart Lawson Alumni Award for Professional Service and Outreach from NYU SPS (2013).
I retired from law enforcement after 25 years of service. 20 years of that was as an award-winning K-9 handler, trainer, and administrator for one of the largest K-9 units on the east coast where I built one of the largest contingents of K-9 Drug Detection teams from rescued dogs. To further my knowledge of animals I also pursued a Veterinary Assistant Certificate in 2007 along with earning numerous credentials for attending Tactical K-9 First Aid Courses. After retirement I opened my own business, Bone-A-Fied Friends Forever Pet Services which has trained and coached the most award winning AKC Rally Obedience Competition Team in Southern Maryland. Some of my other accomplishments include: APDT, AKC CGC Evaluator, UKC SPOT Evaluator, NACSW Judge, AKC Scent Judge, DMWYD Stunt Dog Judge, CTDI Instructor/Evaluator.
Jill Pipino started grooming in 2000. She bought a turnkey operation, turning it into a successful business offering her clients everything from daycare to spa services and personality trims to show styles. She began regularly attending seminars and trade shows at the beginning of her career and started competing in 2007. She has been a regular in the competition circuit ever since. In an effort to further her understanding of pet styling, she has trained privately with top stylists and breeders. She also works with breeders and handlers at dog shows and is looking forward to showing her field spaniel, Brucie.
Sean Raub is 31 years old, and has lived most of his life in Pennsylvania, living in the greater Pittsburgh area for the past 15 years. Sean is married and has four children, three boys and one girl, ages 11 through under a year old. Rounding out the family are two dogs! Sean has an extremely strong sense of family, and very obviously makes his children his number one priority! Interests are shared with his children and include fishing and a huge love of the Pittsburgh Penguins! He also never hesitates to assist the coaches on his son’s soccer teams! One of Sean’s most notable assets is his work ethic, with years of experience in customer service positions including both medical equipment service as well as manufacturing experience in an engineering capacity. Kurapet was developed by Sean and his partner nearly a year ago after extensive research into the health benefits being seen from use of the cannabis oil products. Always having an entrepreneurial spirit, the timing for developing such products for use in the veterinarian / animal products field seemed perfect! His enthusiasm for the benefits being seen from the use of these products is contagious.
Joan Smith-Reese, originally of Williamsport, PA. is the Executive Director of the Animal Care Sanctuary. The Board of Directors hired Smith-Reese to preserve the trust of Lesley Sinclair for generations as well as begin to secure statewide and national recognition for the sanctuary. In 2015 she was named the Business person of the year by the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce. Prior to this, Joan Smith-Reese was the president and owner of Keystone Home Health Services, Inc. in Wyndmoor, PA which she formed in 1992 and founder of the non-profit Keystone Hospice PA, in 1995. In 2006 Joan won the Journalism Award from the Pennsylvania Hospice Society for an article on the right to die at home, even if you live alone. In September 2009 she sold the home care business to Keystone Hospice. Joan is a member of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as well as a member of the Board of Trustees for Guthrie Healthcare Services. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Lycoming College and a Masters in Holy Spirituality in Health Care from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA. She has one son, Drason who is presently serving our country at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. Joan resides in Waverly with her five senior dogs – Leroy, Daisy, Lucky, Marley and Buster.
Dr. Jill A. Richardson is a veterinarian with over 20 years of experience in the Animal Health Industry. Previously she was the Director of Technical Services at a global pet product manufacturer and a Consulting Veterinarian in Clinical Toxicology at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. She has written dozens of scientific articles for peer reviewed journals and lives in Northern New Jersey.
Mark C. Robinson is the inventor of the Walkin’ Wheels dog wheelchair and the owner/founder of Walkin’ Pets by HandicappedPets.com, an online pet product company serving the needs of aging, disabled, and injured pets and their caretakers. Mark created the company in 2001 in memory of his dog to give caretakers the information they need to make informed decisions for their furry family members. The website is filled with stories of hope and healing, as well as products and support for caretakers of disabled and aging pets. In 2008, Mark invented the fully adjustable Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair, ready to be shipped upon ordering. This revolutionary product meant that there was a practical and affordable alternative to euthanasia when a dog faced mobility challenges.
You know Shorty Rossi for his television show “Pit Boss.” However, he is more than just a TV star; he is a Pit Bull advocate. For years, he has been on tour promoting breed awareness, fighting BSL (Breed Specific Legislation), fighting for Animal Rights, encouraging spay and neuter clinics and promoting his book Four Feet Tall and Rising.
Rachel Rossiter joined Animal Care Sanctuary (ACS) in 2010 as the Community Liaison. Rachel assisted with attaining recognition for Animal Care Sanctuary locally, regionally & nationally: Locally Rachel organized the Mutt Strut dog walk & fun fest, which was ACS’ most profitable fundraiser for five consecutive years. Regionally, she participated in PA Lobby Day in Harrisburg & nationally she represented ACS in Washington D.C. for Take Action for Animals. In 2015 Rachel transitioned to Director of Canine Care where her love of dogs is renewed on a daily basis! In her current role, Rachel is fostering the personal growth and development of the canine care team, planning for a major remodel of the kennel building, and continuing to improve the quality of life for the dogs in our care. Prior to Animal Care Sanctuary, Rachel worked in human services and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Mansfield University in Leadership for Adults & Children with Disabilities. She enjoys designing humane education programs that will suit your needs. Rachel & her family share their lives with two rescue dogs.
Erik serves as Mika & Sammy’s Gourmet Pet Treats pack leader. Mika & Sammy’s Gourmet Pet Treats is a Philadelphia based treat company specializing in American sourced & American made jerky treats & smoked beef marrow bones. What began as a hobby, Mika & Sammy’s Gourmet Pet Treats is now sold in over 100 retail locations in five states. As pack leader, Erik is responsible for company direction, strategy and overall company performance.
Megan has been involved with rescue for four years as a foster and photographer. She is a teacher, mother to three children and two rescue dogs, one being a special needs foster fail.
Speranza Animal Rescue is a non-profit, 100% volunteer run rescue, rehabilitation center and sanctuary, committed to saving the most abused and neglected animals with the goal of finding loving homes for as many of them as possible. Janine Guido, our President and Founder, has been dubbed our “Pit Boss” And we volunteers...we’re her “Pit Crew”! Speranza has a volunteer base of about 100 dedicated individuals and we have all become great friends who support one another. The Pit Crew is made of a diverse group of people who would have never met each other if it weren't for their shared love of the dogs and the desire to help. Speranza doesn’t judge dogs based on their appearance or background, nor do we judge each other. The rescue is just as therapeutic and rehabilitative for humans as it is for the dogs. In fact, most volunteers will say that they started to help the dogs but have come to rely on the “dog-therapy” we experience when volunteering. SAR has built an amazing community of like-hearted people, who genuinely enjoy spending time together. We pride ourselves on creating an environment where the volunteers all work together and focus on the animals.
Maureen is a Brand Ambassador for Holistic blend. She heads up their breeder program, attends trade shows and dog shows, and speaks to dog clubs about pet nutrition.