Meet Your Team

Malena's Staff

Carmaleta Aufderheide

Genevieve Cahill

Rachel Thornton

Tara Houser

Ally Verba

Maia Huff-Owen

Tiffany Lovell

Lynn Webb

Kathryn Gabriele

Fanna Easter

Carol Peshman

Kristine Adams

Tina Flores

Jenna Powell

Joann Rechtine

Bob Ryder

Jane Wolff

Parker Stillwater

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Carmaleta Aufderheide

Carmaleta (Carm), M.S., KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA, CSAT, owns Northstar Training Solutions in Eugene, Oregon. Her engagement in graduate school research into the human animal bond with vulnerable populations sparked her career in dog training, behavior, and commitment to helping families and their dogs through difficult times. Carm is also trained in mediation & facilitation and brings remarkable compassion and commitment to her work.

Genevieve Cahill

Genevieve Cahill, MA, RVT, CSAT, CCFT found her love for animal behavior at a very young age. She has been a registered veterinary technician for over 20 years, and operates her business Modern Animal Behavior, working in her community with local vets and shelters as a fear free certified professional and certified canine fitness trainer. She takes a holistic approach to helping dogs and owners with their behavior struggles using only the most current science-based techniques. She is a lifelong learner and can often be found consuming the latest and greatest information in the animal behavior world. She loves to help owners and their dogs find the peace and harmony they truly deserve.  

Rachel Thornton

Rachel, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA, CSAT, Faculty Advisor for Victoria Stilwell Academy of Dog Training and Behavior. Rachel is the owner of Cold Nose College, Natchez Trace as well as a well-known trainer and mentor in the service dog community. Rachel has expertise in breeding and raising puppies and enjoys continued study of dog behavior. She delights in assisting dogs and their owners to work through behavioral challenges, like separation anxiety, to achieve less stress and more fun.

Tara Houser

Tara, MS, CSAT, KPA-CTP, PMCT2, CPDT-KA, has been training professionally in her business, Real Pet Behavior, since 2010. Her compassion for both ends of the leash grew from her experience in helping her dogs thru challenges with separation and noise sensitivities. She now enjoys helping dogs and their people overcome similar struggles and build stronger relationships using evidence based, force free training techniques.

Ally Verba

Ally, CPDT-KA, CSAT, has been helping families attain their training goals since 2010. Though Separation Anxiety and puppy training + socialization are her specialties, she is happy to take on additional behavior cases of all shapes and sizes! Ally’s approach to training is based on choice, empowerment, and positive reinforcement. She believes that allowing our pets to navigate their worlds without unnecessary fear and anxiety helps to not only create healthy human-canine bonds, but also sets up our pets for the years to come.

Maia Huff-Owen

Maia, M.A. M.Sc., KPA-CTP, CSAT, is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy, a Fear-Free Certified Professional and a passionate student of animal behavior. Having come to professional dog training by way of research in graduate school, Maia has been lucky enough to have extensive and ongoing training from some of the most respected specialists in the animal behavior world. Among her best teachers, however, she counts her wonderful dog, Cliquot, whose recovery from a long list of phobias has cemented her passion to help change the lives of fearful dogs and their guardians for the better.

Tiffany Lovell

Tiffany, CPDT-KA, CSAT, AAI owns Cold Nose College, Space Coast, FLA and is the only Fear Free Certified Professional in her area. Her written work can be seen in Whole Dog Journal and Barks from the Guild. Tiffany’s focus is education, and she is truly passionate about working with separation anxiety.

Lynn Webb

Lynn, M.A., KPA CTP, CSAT, CTMT, started her journey into dog training when she and her husband adopted their American Staffordshire Terrier. To help their dog, she turned to the internet and found a lot of conflicting information, which inspired her to learn and work towards helping others with anxious dogs. After she became certified through the Karen Pryor Academy, she went on to earn certification in canine massage and Separation Anxiety. Through her company, The Proficient Pup, Lynn focuses on helping shy, nervous, worried, and reactive doggies and the people who love them.

Kathryn Gabriele

Kathryn, CSAT, FDM, VSA-CDT (Online), is a passionate student of animal behavior and brings nearly twenty years in public education to her work with dogs and the humans who love them. Her journey into dog training began after adopting her first dog, Cyrus, and she has continued to learn from and work with many respected professionals in the animal behavior world since. Kathryn’s experiences helping Cyrus to overcome his fearfulness and separation anxiety, as well as her experiences as a shelter volunteer, are her “why” for working to better the lives of both dogs and their guardians

Fanna Easter

With over 30 years of experience, Fanna focuses on separation anxiety and compulsive disorders. Fanna makes it her personal mission to continue learning. She has earned multiple national and international certifications in animal behavior and dog training. Recently, she he expertly advised and developed a new separation anxiety course for all Petco stores. Also, she’s authored several articles for Vice News, Dogs Naturally Magazine, Animal Wellness Magazine, and numerous online blogs. Currently, Fanna serves on the board of directors for the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and shares her home with Eli Joseph (Miniature Bull Terrier).

Carol Peshman

Carol is a VSA-Certified Dog Trainer (Online) and has been passionate about animals since an early age. She supports shelters through volunteering and fostering. Carol continues to learn more about animal behavior, with a focus on dog aggression.

Kristine Adams

Kristine, CTC, PCBC-A, CSAT, CPDT-KA, is a proud graduate of Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers and holds certifications as a Fear-Free Certified Professional and a lifelong learner. With a career that began as an off-leash dog walker in San Francisco, CA, Kristine became immersed in the science-based, behavior-focused community in the early 2000s, sparking her unwavering dedication to understanding canine behavior. Kristine is currently working towards her MSc in Clinical Animal Behavior.

Kristine’s approach to dogs and their behavior is holistic. She firmly believes in utilizing science-based training methods that prioritize agency, positivity, and freedom from fear, coercion, or pain. Her mission is to help owners achieve their goals while nurturing a healthy, lifelong bond with their beloved companions.

Tina Flores

Tina, KPA-CTP, CSAT, and Puppy Start Right instructor is the owner of Doggy Einsteins Training. Her passion for helping pet guardians learn to effectively communicate with their dogs through the use of scientifically based, force-free training methods stems from her experience and love of her own (recovered) separation anxiety dog, Chile.

Jenna Powell

Jenna, CSAT, CPDT-KA, Puppy Start Right Instructor, and AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator is the owner of Cold Nose College West. Jenna credits her own recovered separation anxiety dog, Bentley, for inspiring her to help other dogs and their guardians overcome this devastating phobia. It is her top priority to use the most humane and effective training methods to help you and your dog connect and thrive.

Joann Rechtine

Joann, MS, MPH, RN, CPDT-KA, FDM, CSAT has been working with dogs professionally for over twenty years and specializes in separation anxiety work. She is a graduate of the Turid Rugaas International Dog Trainer Education program, is a Family Dog Mediator, and a Fear Free™ Certified Trainer. A keen student of animal behavior, Joann is always learning and uses kindness, compassion and science when working with clients and their dogs. In addition, she organizes educational events for dog professionals around the world.

Bob Ryder

Bob, CSAT, PMCT-4, CPDT-KA. Bob has been training his own family dogs for over 30 years, and working professionally since 2009 when he and his wife Susan launched Pawsitive Transformations Dog Training. He is a perpetual student of canine behavior science, devoted to gentle/friendly training techniques, and deeply enjoys helping clients and dogs make the most of their relationship by living happily and safely together. Bob and Susan live in Bloomington, Illinois with their “Labra-daughter” Daisy.

Jane Wolff

Jane, CTC, CPDT-KA, CSAT is an honors graduate of the Academy for Dog Trainers whose interest in training really took off after working with her own separation anxiety dog (now recovered), Nina. When she is not working with separation anxiety, Jane loves teaching group classes and helping fearful dogs feel better about the world. She is currently working with her second own separation anxiety dog, Asha.

Parker Stillwater

Parker, CSAT, is a graduate with distinction from both the Karen Pryor Academy and Victoria Stilwell Academy. She is also trained in grief recovery education. Parker’s training journey began nearly 20 years ago, and was inspired by the first two dogs she adopted as an adult. Parker strives to create a safe, supportive environment for all learners – dogs and humans alike. She considers it an honor to support you and your dog in this journey to overcome separation anxiety. Parker enjoys mentoring other trainers, teaching yoga (RYT 200), and overcoming their fear of heights through rock climbing. They are fluent in Spanish and learning to speak Husky.

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