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Meet the Noble Beast Certified Trainers and Staff

  • Mindy Jarvis

    ABC-CPDT & CGC Evaluator – Owner/Obedience Trainer/Behavior Consultant

    Ever since Mindy was a little girl competing in 4-H for Horsemanship and Dog Handling, it was evident to family and friends that she had a unique and special relationship with animals, especially with dogs. As a matter of fact, there was never a time when she did not have a dog in her life. Mindy took her first obedience class with her Newfoundland Tina when she was 7 years old, and throughout life she continued to train all her dogs, not because she felt it was necessary (as necessary as it is), but because she loved connecting with her dogs. Mindy has continually educated herself by reading books and attending seminars held by renowned national trainers such as Brenda Aloff, Jean Donaldson, and Patricia McConnell. She started training dogs for friends and family by word of mouth, for folks as a part-time job or hobby. While doing dog training part time, she was also a CEO of a mortgage lending company. In her 12+ year mortgage career, she found that she also had a gift for working with people. Mindy prides herself with the fact that she is able to relate to all sorts of people, regardless of their different backgrounds and personalities. After a debilitating intestinal disease causing her to be unable to work for over seven months she and her husband simply could not afford to keep their home and lost everything. It was at that time that she looked in the mirror and decided that she had to do something that was good for her soul. That something was working with dogs. She immediately enrolled in Animal Behavior College, graduated with honors, and became a Certified Pet Dog Trainer! By founding Noble Beast Dog Training, Mindy combined her dog training knowledge and experience with her people skills to start a company that would improve the human/pet relationship. She aims to professionally develop and offer continuing education for her trainers, understanding that they are the key in helping as many people as possible. Her trainers utilize Positive Reinforcement techniques to help insure her clients have successful relationships with their pups, facilitating forever homes for our beloved friends! Mindy and her experienced staff of star trainers welcome you to join the Noble Beast Family in making a difference in both you and your dog’s lives!

    Harrie Kukowski

    ABC-CPDT/Training Manager/Day Trainer/Obedience Trainer/Behavior Consultant

    Harrie discovered her passion for training, and the means to gain a better understanding of her four-footed friends, after enrolling her newly adopted dog Torrey in training. She decided to pursue that passion and enrolled in Animal Behavior College to study both canine training and general veterinary care, earning certifications in both. Harrie did her externship with Noble Beast under the mentorship of Mindy Jarvis, while volunteering at a local shelter. Harrie also began honing her basic training skills in a big box pet supply store but found that what she really loved was learning about and working with different behaviors. After completing her externship, she continued working with Mindy in her Day Training program, providing individual and group training for dogs who were often socially challenged and for parents who wanted more personalized training. She successfully taught private and group classes as well. After earning her certification as a Victoria Stilwell Positive Trainer, she began teaching and further honing her skills with Mindy doing private lessons, classes, as well as Day Training. Harrie is passionate about teaching and helping others understand the benefits of positive training methods in building a relationship with their canine companions. She is proud to be a member of the Noble Beast family and continuing to work in the field she loves. Harrie is a member of the Colorado Dog Trainer Network and the Animal Behavior College Alumni, and will soon become a Canine Good Citizen evaluator. She currently lives in Denver with her two rescue girls -Torrey, her 4 ½ yr. Lab/Blue Heeler mix and Sara, her 5 ½ yr. Border Collie mix.

    Bex Smith

    Training Manager/Obedience Trainer/Behavior Consultant

    To Bex there is nothing more rewarding than being able to communicate with your dog. Communication is the key to any healthy relationship and her main goal is to help people develop strong, lasting relationships with their furry companions. Bex started on the path towards dog training when she got a puppy while living in New York City. In the big city she saw so many untrained dogs and struggling owners. She was determined to learn everything she could so she could turn her puppy into a well adjusted dog. Bex immediately started to educate herself by reading as many books and attending seminars by well respected dog experts like Jean Donaldson, Karen Pryor, Patricia McConnell, Ian Dunbar, Kathy Sdao, and Pat Miller. Bex started her doggie career as a dog walker for high end clients in lower Manhattan. Walking around the city taught her a lot about urban dog culture, and it was there that she decided to focus on training. In March 2011 Bex and her husband moved to Denver in order to enjoy the fantastic dog culture and for Bex to pursue a career in dog training. She worked at a small grooming shop where she managed the retail side, assisted the groomers, and organized several adoption events. She then moved on to a big box dog supply store where she became an Certified Trainer teaching basic manners & obedience classes, as well as advising customers about a multitude of dog training products. At the same time Bex joined the Colorado Dog Trainers Network where she learned of a great opportunity to work with Mindy Jarvis. There she accepted the position of Day Trainer, a training position where she help dogs not only learn obedience in a group environment, but also teach them how to respect boundaries, and mind their manners with other dogs and people. She has worked with multiple dogs to improve their overall obedience and learn effective social skills. In addition, she also taught puppy socialization classes and Good Behavior & Manners classes. She absolutely loves seeing the joy on owners’ faces when they see their dogs learning and problem solving. The one thing Bex wants all dog owners to know is that training should be FUN! If it’s not fun, you’re doing something wrong! 🙂

    Calisse Basada

    ABC-CPDT/Training Manager /Obedience Trainer/Behavior Consultant

    Calisse discovered her passion for training when she was only 12 years old while working with her mother’s parrot club.  Every year the club received many unwanted parrots, but with the commitment and help from Calisse and others in the club, all of the unwanted, aggressive, and ill parrots regained their status as a happy loving pets and are now thriving in wonderful homes. Through her experience training parrots she began using clicker training and positive reinforcement training to help her grandparents train their show dogs, as well as introduce a few to agility. In 2009 Calisse graduated from Animal Behavior College with a certification in dog training. Shortly after earning her first certification she decided to move away from home in search of more in depth training experiences.  When she arrived in Colorado her first stop was at Petco where she earned three more certifications; one in dog training, one in nutrition, and one in grooming. With a desire to become more than a simple pet store dog trainer, she joined the Noble Beast Dog Training Team where she could gain experience in multi-dog training and social skills, as well as continue with group and private training without corporate restrictions on public education. In addition to having great experience in working with and teaching the general public how to train not only their dogs, but really any pet they have, she is also a Mentor Trainer for Animal Behavior College teaching up and coming trainers how to be trainers!  Calisse’s passion for continuing her own education and teaching the public about pet training, pet care, and pet behavior is unbridled and continues to grow every day. In her free time she runs an exotic pet rescue and does educational shows featuring the pets that she rescues. When she is not working with animals Calisse is putting her fine arts degree to use in creating pet portraits and still life paintings. Noble Beast is honored to have Calisse as a Noble Beast Dog Trainer!

    Monica Jacques

    Obedience Trainer/Behavior Consultant

    Monica’s life has gone to the dogs! Born and raised in Denver, CO she attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where she studied Molecular Biology and Spanish Language & Literature with every intention of someday becoming a doctor. After realizing that even the most carefully thought out plans have a way of falling apart without warning, Monica shifted gears and began a successful career in Information Technology. She welcomed a highly reactive Papillion / Poodle puppy into her life in 2012 and after being told to use a prong collar on her 8 pound puppy she took matters into her own hands and started educating herself on all things related to positive reinforcement training. What started as a desire to help her own dog has grown into a passion for force-free, science-based training and behavior modification.

    Whether you think of your dog as a faithful companion or a kindred spirit one thing is for certain – dogs are a constant source of love, affection, laughter and entertainment. It’s because of this that Monica believes in building a relationship with your pup that is based on mutual respect and trust. She understands what it is like to have a problem pet (or two or three!) and feels that there is nothing more rewarding than being able to help misunderstood pets and their frustrated human companions. Her goal is to provide pet parents with the necessary tools and education to manage behavior so that they can care for, appreciate and enjoy time with their 4-legged, faithful friends in the most stress-free way possible!

    Monica shares her home with her 3 reactive dogs: Rainbow (pappy-poo), Wednesday (Pomeranian) and Metallica (Border Collie/Blue Heeler mix). In her spare time you can find her chasing imaginary monsters in the backyard bushes with her 3 dogs.

    Lynn Maedel

    Obedience Trainer/Behavior Consultant

    Lynn has loved dogs from the time she was a small child, in fact she loves pretty much all animals!  Lynn remembers the D book within the set of encyclopedias her family had, automatically fell open to the pictures of all the dogs when taken from the bookshelf.  She has owned and successfully trained 2 dogs and 2 horses, and reflects on these experiences as having enriched her life tremendously.  After 40 years working in the field of medical laboratory science and retiring from teaching hematology, the study of blood cells and diseases of the blood, Lynn decided to follow her heart and lifelong passion of working with dogs.  Training dogs and their owners seemed like the right path to pursue since most of her career involved teaching.  Lynn is starting with simple basic obedience and manners training as she feels she has much to learn about behavior training through positive reinforcement methods, but is extremely excited about her opportunity with Noble Beast Dog Training and fully knows this second career will fulfill many of her dreams and allow her to contribute to society in wonderful ways.  Watching dogs and their human parents open up the doors of communication, allowing them to learn and create that special bond of trust, respect, and love is something that simply makes her own heart flutter!

    Pam DeSantis

    CCDT/CCMT – Obedience Trainer/Behavior Consultant

    Pam is a Colorado native who has always loved being around dogs. Her dad would always tell her, “You sure have a way with dogs!”  Even though Pam’s life path did not lead her immediately into the dog world, she stayed continuously active doing volunteer work at the local humane society, helping dogs in shelters for many, many years. In 2008 she obtained a certificate in canine massage therapy, where she was able to further help the dogs in shelters, but it just was not enough for her.  Shortly after that Pam decided that she needed to find a career that not only involved working with dogs on a level that would allow her to incorporate her love and natural connection with dogs, but also put her skills to work to help owners have the best relationships they could with their pups as well.  She enrolled in and graduated with honors from the Animal Behavior College as a certified dog trainer, then was fortunate enough to find Noble Beast Dog Training!  Pam currently has two dogs of her own – both rescues.  A Newfoundland/Golden Retriever mix named Jamie and a Cattle Dog mix named Emma, who helped her get certified as a dog trainer by assisting her in the externship portion of the college course.

    Alison Grove

    ABC-CPDT / Obedience Trainer / Behavior Consultant

    Alison has always had a passion for animals. She originally discovered this during her time in Girl Scouts. Beginning at age nine, she had ambitions of becoming a veterinarian but decided that wasn’t the career for her. Instead she decided to volunteer at a local humane society to work with the residents in need. After working with dogs at the shelter she concluded that obedience instruction was inherently significant in the adoptability of dogs needing a forever home. After graduating from college she decided to change careers from finance to obedience instruction in order to pursue a more fulfilling life. In 2015 she attended Animal Behavior College, and during her externship she had the pleasure of working with Calisse Basada who introduced her to the Noble Beast family. Alison finds facilitating communication between dogs and their parents very beneficial and rewarding, and she currently lives in Broomfield with her boyfriend Adrian and their German Shepard, named Charlie. Alison plans on adding more dogs to her family when space allows, hopefully an Irish wolfhound and a Doberman! But that is currently a little ambitious. Alison primarily encourages and enforces positive reinforcement to maintain a healthy relationship between dogs and their families.

    Mary Blanton

    Obedience Trainer / Behavior Consultant / CGC Evaluator

    Professional dog trainer, Mary Blanton, is a certified Canine Good Citizen

    Evaluator, and belongs to the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, as well as the Pet Professional Guild. She regularly attends workshops, seminars and conferences, keeping her abreast of the latest research on canine behavior.  She uses her many years of dog training education and experience to help dogs  and their owners better understand each other, and thus live more fully together.  Mary has been working with dogs professionally for over 20 years as a dog trainer, and has been a volunteer dog trainer at the Denver Dumb Friends League, where she used clicker training (marker) to teach people to get their new dog adoptions off to a great start.  Mary has two dogs of her own. Max is a beautiful Standard Poodle whom she does Freestyle Dance, and Dock Diving with.  Smokey, is her rescued MinPin Dachshund mix pup, who weighs all of 10 lbs., and loves to cuddle and play fetch.  Mary thoroughly enjoys working with dogs, big or small.

     

     

    Cierra Kirk

    Obedience Trainer/Behavior Consultant

    Animals of all varieties have fascinated Cierra from an early age – from goldfish to reptiles, hermit crabs to chinchillas, dogs and cats to horses and goats. Cierra is a Colorado native who has a deep passion for animals of all kind! From volunteering at animal shelters to periodically fostering dogs with her Aunt, Cierra found her passion in helping dogs.

    Cierra continued down the canine path by working at a doggy daycare for a few year, but realized she wanted more one on one time with the dogs and the ability to help their humans better understand them, at which point she pursued a career in dog training and is so honored to be a part of the amazing Noble Beast Dog Training team.

    Cierra comes home each day to her 145 pound St. Pyrenees mix named Guinness! He is her absolute best friend, if he wasn’t so huge, she would take him everywhere with her! They partake in activities such as hiking, running, and taking frequent trips to the dog park.

    Cierra strongly believes in the importance of training your dog and educating yourself so that the process of raising your dog will be fun and rewarding! Building a connection with your dog is one of the most amazing experiences you will have! Cierra is so excited and eager to move forward with her career in training dogs! She goes by a specific quote that she carries everywhere with her, “animals are here with us, not for us”.

    Mehak Greenberg

    Obedience Trainer/Behavior Consultant

    Mehak has always been an animal lover but wasn’t allowed to have a dog growing up.  When she moved into her first house in California, she and her husband adopted their first dog within a month of moving in, before even buying any furniture.  They had their priorities straight!  A year later, they rescued their second dog.  She cannot imagine a life without them.  She is thankful for how much her dogs have taught her and indirectly encouraged her to learn more about.  Mehak believes that they are the ones who have steered her in the direction of working with dogs, even though it took a few years to realize.  

    Mehak graduated with a Bachelors in Information Technology and then a Masters in Computer Science while working full time as a Software Engineer.  In her many years working in her successful career in the software field, she felt like something was missing.  She took a year to travel with her husband and dogs around the country.  On her travels, she volunteered with several organizations and animal rescue organizations while she decided what was next.  She kept getting drawn back to dedicating her life to working with dogs.  Mehak ultimately decided to settle down in Colorado and start a modest pet sitting and dog walking business.  She has learned a lot about group dynamics, play styles, respecting boundaries and compassion on the job.  She has also been self-educating herself on animal learning and behavior by interning with a professional dog trainer in her area, attending her first APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers) conference, reading several books, watching videos and attending seminars on humane dog training methods by well-renowned dog professionals such as Patricia McConnell, Suzanne Clothier, Karen Pryor and Ian Dunbar.  Mehak is a member of APDT and the Colorado Dog Trainers Network.

    She is so grateful to have met Mindy and have been given this great opportunity to become part of the Noble Beast Dog Training Team and pursue her new career in dog training.  Mehak looks forward to helping families attain the best relationship they can have with their dogs – a relationship built on mutual respect and trust, and in bringing joy to each other’s lives.

    Elly Beyer

    ABC-CPDT/ Obedience Trainer/Behavior Consultant

    Growing up in a small town in Iowa, Elly was surrounded by animals of all shapes and sizes. This is where she found her love for working with animals. Working on the farm with, horses, dogs, chickens, ducks, cats, snakes, rats, spiders; you name it! When she was 20, she started to investigate working with dogs as a career by working in doggy daycare’s. Here she learned how to work with social and play behavior in dogs. Studying and understanding group dynamics. Shortly after starting work there, she began Animal Behavior College, deciding that dog training was the right career choice! Through the years, she worked at 3 different doggy daycare’s (moving around the state and country), she also started her own small-time dog training company. After some time in that practice, she found Noble Beast!

    Joining the Noble Beast team, Elly expanded has expanded knowledge by attending seminars with some of the top science-based behaviorists, ethologists, and canine cognition experts in the country; Clive Wynne, Michael Shikashio, Pat Blocker, Sarah Stremming, Patricia McConnell, Suzanne Clothier. She plans on attending many more to continue to stay up to date on the best science-based training. In her time with Noble Beast, she has spent a considerable amount learning how to communicate with anxious, aggressive and fearful dogs. As well as working on basic to advanced obedience! Understanding that foundation skills are key to helping set up any dog and person up for success. She has found a deep love for the sensitive pups and devotes her time to helping the people and their pups gain confidence in dog handling and the world around them.

    Vanessa Church

    Obedience Trainer / Behavior Consultant

    This dream of working with dogs started long before Vanessa ever began working with any dogs except her own. It was 2012 and she was living and working in Utah for one of the largest mutual fund companies in the country. She had a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree under her belt; but she was working in a position that largely had her sitting behind a desk and working all hours of the day and night. As much as she loved her coworkers, where she was living, her boss and the company, she felt drained of energy all the time. She wanted a job that was active, kept her wanting to learn more, would allow her the freedom to set her own schedule, and would allow her to work with dogs every single day.

    After moving to Colorado in 2013, she started pet sitting and dog walking for a local company. She quickly became the company’s top dog walker/pet sitter and was inspired to do more! After attending a dog trainer academy in 2014, she started working for herself, soaking up more knowledge, and practicing what she learned with her own dogs. She joined the Noble Beast team in 2018 to expand her knowledge even more and to allow her the chance to work with more owners and their pets – she loves learning more, watching dogs learn and grow, and teaching their owners how to better communicate with their beloved pets!

    Barb Schultheis

    Obedience Trainer / Behavior Consultant

    After a successful career as a middle school English teacher, Barb finally found her true calling as a dog trainer. Much of her interaction with dogs in training, as well as people, has been shaped by her background in the field of Education. “I was a middle school teacher for about 14 years.” Having a BA in Psychology, was key to her understanding of the science behind positive reinforcement dog training, including Classical Conditioning and Behaviorism. In addition, having an MA in Curriculum and Instruction, has greatly enhanced her ability to conduct group and private dog training classes.

    For Barb, dog training is not as much about the money, but more about helping dogs find forever homes, and leading loving productive lives with humans who love, understand, and successfully care for their needs. She adopted two rescue dogs, a Vizsla mix, named Cooper, and a Pitbull named Samantha, who have both thrived in her loving, structured home. Her main objective as a dog trainer is to help keep as many dogs in caring homes as possible! She has worked in dog daycare as well as dog training, and is quite used to working in challenging, and strenuous positions with various dog sizes and temperaments. Because much of canine training is centered around human training, Barb is very comfortable working with and around both adults and children, as well as dogs! She has worked in retail at both PetSmart and Petco as a dog trainer, and has trained many people along with their canine companions.

    Barb has been with and in love with animals, especially dogs, since she was a young girl. Growing up in a small row home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, her love of animals began when Mom and Dad surprisingly bought home two baby green iguanas. Who would have thought in the middle of Philadelphia, there was a tiny row home with exotic reptiles in a dining room? They had “Billy Green” and “Jimmy Green” for many years and eventually gave them to the Philadelphia Zoo, when they grew gigantic! Next came Schnitzel, a cute, standard Dachshund puppy! That spirited little “doxie” was the beginning of a lifelong love, respect, and appreciation for canines! 

    Barb is super excited to join the Noble Beast Dog Training Team and share her passion and talent with the Noble Beast Clients!

    Tyler Parsons

    Obedience Trainer/Behavior Consultant

    My name is Tyler Parsons. I am a recent transplant to Colorado from Kansas and have lived in the area for almost 2 years. While growing up, I lived in a house with four German Shepherd dogs which I helped to train as cadaver dogs. Currently, I live with my wife and two dogs, a lab/shepherd mix named Karma and a miniature schnauzer named Stasia. While in Kansas, I was the lead trainer for the Kansas Humane Society where I would lead classes such as puppy and basic manners. During my time I also assisted with reactive dog classes and was a Canine Good Citizen evaluator. After working for the Kansas Humane Society, I was the owner and lead trainer of Outside the Box Pet Solutions. I provided services such as private consultations and worked to find unique solutions for individuals who live with disabilities to be able to build bonds with their pets. Since moving to Colorado, I have worked as an adoption counselor at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley and have also volunteered with their behavior team. I look forward to working with your whole family to help bridge the gap between family and pet.

     

     

    Keecia Reid

    Obedience Trainer/Behavior Consultant

    Keecia has loved all animals since birth and has had animals in her life since she can remember.  Keecia has had a few diverse careers, from cosmetology to production supervisor for a major snack food corporation, but after receiving a life changing diagnosis, Keecia felt that life is too short to not spend every day doing what you love – which for Keecia is training dogs!  She is highly passionate about dog training, dog behavior and coaching pet parents on the training their dogs and how to better communicate and understand their furry best friends, as well as how to incorporate what they have learned into their everyday lives ensuring a lifelong bond. 

    Keecia is a fierce Pitbull and Bully Breed advocate and has filled her life and home with bully breeds for over 20 years.  Keecia currently shares her home with Azi (blue and white pitty) who is 2 years old and Diesel who is an 8-month-old American Bully who is a typical teenage boy of course.  Keecia also rescues any and all dogs and once a miniature horse she found running down the street. 

    When Keecia is not dog training, she enjoys volunteering at one of the local animal shelters and has also started hospice pet sitting for owners that have a pet with a serious diagnosis, but still have to go to work.  While they are at work Keecia visits their furry best friend and feeds, administers medications or just hangs out and keeps these sweet and needy pets company. 

    Keecia is excited to be a part of the Noble Beast Dog Training Team and can’t wait to work with our amazing clientele!

    Kat Salcedo

    Obedience Trainer/Behavior Consultant

    Kat has had a strong passion for dogs since she was a little girl.  Before she could read, all she wanted was books with pictures of dogs; her parents eventually bought her a breed encyclopedia.  To this day, Kat wants to talk all about dogs all of the time, driving friends and loved ones a bit nuts with it all, but she has owned dogs her entire life and has worked really hard training them all.  She just never thought it was viable as a career.

    Her love of dogs was reinforced on a whole new level when she adopted a stray from rural TX with severe anxiety and named him Kyle. She studied all she could by herself to help her new four-legged family member. With the help of books, podcasts, videos, and her own passion, she helped build up Kyle’s confidence and now he’s a wonderful little member of society. He loves meeting new people and hiking in unfamiliar places with her.

    After visiting Denver, she loved how dog-forward (not just dog-friendly) Denver is and fell in love with the mountains! She decided to leave her corporate job in NYC and pursue her dreams of working with dogs. She started dog handling and dog walking, and has been able to hone in her instincts at understanding dog body language and behavior. Kat’s mission is to not only help dogs cope with their new environments, but to teach dog owners how to communicate with their friend and is so excited to be a part of such an amazing dog training team!

    Sara Murgulies

    KPA-CPDT – Obedience Trainer/Behavior Consultant

    Sara first found her love for training and behavior in her childhood dog. Cody, a rescued German shepherd-border collie mix, was completely shut down, poorly socialized, and very likely abused in his prior home. He was found as a stray and had no trust of people at all. Sara delighted in taking the time to earn Cody’s trust and teaching him how to reintegrate into human society. This turned into a college carrier, studying Animal and Equine health and behavior. After working with horses for a few years, Sara decided to return to the canine world. She first joined a doggie daycare service up in Fort Collins and learned about group behavior for 2 years as a daycare attendant. She decided the next step was to learn about training and joined Karen Pryor Academy. She loves staying up to date on the science of dog training and takes joy in teaching people that training is simply learning to better communicate and live in harmony with our furry family members. She now has three wonderful dogs Rei (below), Peeko, and Turtle and is excited to be a part of the Noble Beast Dog Training Team!

    Kelly Kohlhagen

    Obedience Trainer/Behavior Consultant

    Kelly has always had a passion for animals. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri alongside an escape artist beagle named Louie. Throughout her childhood, she had a menagerie of fish, insects, hamsters, rats, a guinea pig, a cockatiel, and Louie, of course. Her favorite pastime was teaching them new things. Her cockatiel knew a variety of songs and her rats quickly learned basic commands. Kelly always loved dogs, but when Louie passed away, much to Kelly’s horror, her family decided to go dog-less. To continue having dogs in her life, Kelly started her own dog-walking and pet-sitting service for her neighbors. She maintained this small business all through middle school and high school. Kelly always enjoyed learning and teaching others, so she pursued and completed her Bachelor’s in English, with a minor in Psychology, then went on to complete her Master’s in Elementary Education at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Following her love of working with animals, Kelly joined the Equestrian Team and learned a new skill: showing horses. Practicing each day and working with such gorgeous creatures was a dream come true!

    After graduating from college, on one cold February day, Kelly moved to Colorado and began a career as an elementary school teacher. Something was missing, however; Kelly had always wanted a dog in her life again. She adopted a mutt who needed a lot of love and a lot of help becoming socialized around other dogs. Her new pup Archer was fearful, insecure, and reactive; he lashed out aggressively at dogs and had a hard time reading the body language of other dogs. Kelly did research and began socializing Archer with much patience, treats and toys galore, and with the help of friends and their dogs. They made progress, but Kelly wanted to know more and make sure that her training was in line with best practice, so she turned to Noble Beast Dog Training. There, they both learned how to be a better team. This challenging and enjoyable training experience inspired Kelly to pursue a career as a Dog Trainer. Since then, Kelly has also started a dog-sitting, dog-walking, and dog-boarding business. This has given her years of practice managing behaviors in a variety of different types of dogs and in making sure these dogs stay calm, safe, and happy while their owners are away. Dogs and their parents learn from each other when they have a healthy relationship, built on trust and respect. Kelly loves helping more dogs and dog parents become a better team and live their best lives!

    Lydia Rakov

    Dog Trainer/Behavior Consultant

    Lydia Rakov has been involved in the Animal Welfare field for over ten years. She has worked with dogs in several shelters around the US including several in New Jersey, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. Lydia has been focusing on dog behavior for the past five years and has been lucky enough to work with a large variety of dogs from an array of situations, such as emergency evacuations, hoarding conditions and cases of neglect or fighting rings. She has also been fortunate to work with dogs from Puerto Rico, Mexico, and South Korea. Lydia loves teaching both dogs and humans and believes that learning should be enjoyable and informative for both parties. She is a firm believer in dog individuality and force-free fear-free training.  Lydia is excited about moving to Colorado, and is looking forward to making many more four-legged friends!

    Rachel Williams

    Dog Trainer/Behavior Consultant

    I have been an animal lover ever since I can remember. When other young girls were playing with dolls and dressing up as princesses, I was busy with my stuffed animals and pretending to be a vet. This passion inspired me to pursue a career in the animal care industry, and I received a Bachelor of Science degree from Otterbein University in Zoo & Conservation Science. Thanks to this program, I was able to take college courses on animal behavior and was introduced to training methodology. I completed two internships at accredited zoos, where I got to witness firsthand the magic of positive reinforcement training. While working as a zookeeper was fun, I did not feel it would be a lifetime career for me. I realized I was more interested in working with companion animals, and throughout college I worked at a doggie daycare/boarding kennel and two different animal shelters. During my senior year of college, I began fostering service dogs and absolutely fell in love with training, especially service dogs since I knew they would go on to make a huge difference in someone’s life. Thanks for a very supportive family, I was able to pursue this passion and work full time as a dog trainer after graduation in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I continued working with service dogs as well as many wonderful pet dogs. I recently made the move from Michigan to Colorado and am super excited to be a part of the Noble Beast team!

    Amanda Sanchez

    Dog Trainer / Behavior Consultant / Certified Dog Guru / CPR/1st Aid

    I grew up on Long Island with my parents and 3 brothers. In 2001, we moved to rural Pennsylvania where my love for animals blossomed. I started out having family pets (a few dogs and cats), and soon began rehoming the neighborhood stray cats.

    I’ve always have had a huge passion for learning about human and animal medicine, but my love of animals took the lead. After graduating high school, I traveled around the East Coast looking for my calling. I enrolled in an accredited school and graduated March 2013 with my Vet Assistant degree. Not long after, I moved to Colorado and began my journey in the animal care industry.

    Despite my deep passion and love for animals, I just couldn’t work in an animal hospital or shelter environment – as the work is simply to heartbreaking, at which point I turned to a career in doggie daycares where I could not only help the dogs be the happiest they could be while in group play with me, but also really assist with the education and problem solving of dog behaviors in this capacity with their owners.

    I’ve worked in 2 previous dog daycares over the past 4 years and decided to learn more about the behavioral aspect of working with dogs. I have a huge love for constant learning, and continue to do so every day. I’m currently working on my second degree, it is for Dog Obedience and Training.

    I’m looking forward to the growth of my knowledge and love for dogs. I’m absolutely ecstatic and honored to be working with Noble Beast and feel that I was meant to be part of this company.

    Jonnah Ginn

    Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant

    Training dogs is the most rewarding and significant aspect of my life!  The experiences I have encountered are both challenging and gratifying. I am enthusiastic over the results I am already seeing, proving that my methods are accomplishing families goals. I grew up with my Weimaraner, her name was Blue. With my Dad by my side we trained her to be an amazing hunting dog. From a young age my Dad always told me I had a special way when it came to not only Blue, but dogs in general. Blue lived a long 16 years with our family and taught me what having a connection really means. Having a bond like that was something I wanted everyone to experience. I worked at a Dog Day Care throughout my high school career, caring for up to 50+ dogs a day. At that time, I realized how many owners struggle with their pups and I wanted to help make a change. I started training my friends and families dogs on the side. I began to understand more about dog behavior and was curious as to how I could further educate myself.  After High School, I enrolled in Animal Behavior College, where I started digging deeper into achieving my calling.  I love keeping up with local trainers and reading books to see where else my mind can travel.  I currently live with my three dogs Kloe, Yorkipoo, age 8, Gus, Toy Poodle, age 15 and recent addition Dave, Pomeranian, age 5 months! Also, my first cat Rue, the Tabby, age 1 who is good at basic obedience! She even knows a few fun tricks like spin and shake! I couldn’t imagine life without animals because I’ve never experienced it. I want to take my passion and turn it into something that will not only help the dogs, but the owners as well. I love making connections with my clients, getting an understanding of their way of life in order to better understand their dog’s way of life. Connections, consistency and kindness is what I strive to show through my training.

    Emmy Broce

    Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant

    Emmy has always had a passion for raising and training animals, or even just spending time in their company! She had cats, dogs, fish, frogs, lizards, parakeets, and even a small parrot named Winnie as pets, but she also attended several horseback riding camps as a kid. She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to Denver when she was nine years old. The Lawrence Hall of Science and Tilden Park in the Bay Area were her favorite places, but the Rocky Mountains hold a special place in her heart as well! She graduated with her BA in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a certificate in Event Management from the Metropolitan State University at Denver. She is always looking for opportunities to expand her knowledge base through classes, workshops, books, podcasts, documentaries, and talking to her fellow dog trainer peers!

    She became interested in pursuing a career in dog training in 2016 after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). With her diagnosis, she realized that she needed to find a job where she could be happy and thrive. She enrolled in the Animal-Human Health certificate program at DU, and not long after graduating, she enrolled in and graduated from the Master Class program at Catch! Canine Trainers Academy and joined the Colorado Dog Trainers Network. In 2017, she became a puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). It was difficult to give the puppy back for puppy college (especially after spending a year and a half raising her) but seeing how much an assistance dog changes a person’s life is an amazing experience! She is currently raising her second puppy for CCI (her first puppy was matched as a hearing dog), and the puppy seems destined to do great things as well, even if it means being a professional couch potato/pet! Emmy is also on a waitlist to receive her own assistance dog through CCI!

    Emmy volunteered as a dog walker with the Dumb Friends League from 2010 to 2013, and in 2019 decided to go back and volunteer at the shelter again, splitting her time between dog walking and training. She finds it motivating to work with and help fearful and anxious dogs. Helping the dogs relax, overcome their fears, and learn new behaviors makes her heart happy! She even developed a bond with two particular dogs during her shifts and knew right away that they HAD to come home with her! She now lives with her two dogs Abbey (nine-year-old collie/border collie mix) and Peaches (1.5-year-old border collie/yellow Lab mix).

    Through good communication and positive reinforcement, she believes a lot can be accomplished to help better the lives of others, especially for those who have experienced trauma. Her goal in life is to use what she has learned from her schooling and other life experiences to help improve the lives of people and their animal friends/family! She looks forwards to working with the awesome team at Noble Beast and their human and canine clients!

    Dana Brown

    Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant

    My love for dogs goes back as far as I can remember and I was fortunate enough to have parents that enjoyed having dogs around as well.  The first dog in our family was a black German Shepherd name Dude who was an amazing boy and my best friend!  Soon after, we adopted a dog named Bruno.  A black lab mix pup who lacked training.  He was quite challenging for my parents as they worked a lot and did not have time to work with Bruno, but Bruno and I got along great!  After Bruno’s passing, we did adopt an adorable Afghan hound/chow mix – but had to find her another home as I was busy with high school and my mom and dad were working long hours – so we could not give this pup the home she needed.  At that point, given our love for animals, Mom was ready for nothing but cats, however, my love for dogs carried on and led me to a dog training career.  I became extremely interested in dog behavior and how to help them through common behavioral challenges, further helping them to connect with their owners as we all know that dogs can and are extra special companions for us.  I had a keen understanding of their body language and how they actually communicate, so I found it rewarding to work with them to help improve some of the behaviors that were causing them problems in their human family unit so that all involved were happy!  Prior to Noble Beast Dog Training, I completed my dog training education and became a Certified Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant, training hundreds of dogs.  I am excited to be a part of the Noble Beast Dog Training team and have to say, I am constantly learning new and improved training methods through this organization so that I can continue to make dogs and their families happy.

    Noble Beast Trainers and Daycare Providers care very much about our k-9’s and that is something that attracted me to them.  They truly want to do whatever it takes to help dogs and their owners succeed.  What I love most is listening to and being a part of the brainstorming to figure out ways to help dogs be the best they can be, as well as the team being genuinely concerned about team members as well.  I am happy and grateful to be a part of Noble Beast Dog Training.

    Kasey Dugan

    Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant

    Animals have always been a huge part of my life! Lucky for me, my mom also has a big heart when it comes to rescuing animals. Together we have rescued a variety of animals, from dogs and cats to a few snakes, a couple of lizards, and a lot of birds!

    I was also fortunate to grow up with horses since my mom is equally horse crazy! I spent a lot of my youth and teenage years with riding coaches who used force and dominance to get these amazing creatures to behave and cooperate. I knew there was a different and better way, left this type of interaction with horses, and formed a relationship built on mutual trust, respect, and understanding with a Thoroughbred mare, Gracie. Gracie and I did many wonderful things together before Gracie’s retirement, including riding bareback and with a bit-less bridle. I used to teach horseback riding lessons and train rescue horses before shifting my focus to dog training and behavior. I love to help others realize the importance of recognizing animals as fellow, sentient beings and growing and nurturing relationships based on trust, respect, patience, and love.

    My love of interacting specifically with dogs started when I was a teenager and had a very unique dog enter my life; a Border Collie/Giant Schnauzer mix who I named Piper. I was tasked with raising a puppy that was not only wicked smart and obsessive but also fiercely protective. I had to be creative and think outside of the box when it came to training this amazing and often perplexing little creature. There really wasn’t anything that Piper couldn’t learn or do (some of her favorites were crawling and turning the lights on and off) which lead Piper and I on the quest of Piper becoming a Canine Good Citizen. Piper and I had plans to work towards therapy dog certification, but she, unfortunately, went into kidney failure and I was forced to say goodbye to her after only 8 years together.

     

    Before training horses and dogs, I spent some time post-college in the field of working with individuals with special needs and disabilities. I had the opportunity to work with some amazing service and therapy dogs and this sparked even more of an interest in dog behavior and training.

    I really enjoy helping to bridge the communication gap between humans and canines and to help each part of the relationship be successful independently, so they can grow and be successful together. I realized that my philosophy with training and interacting with horses directly translates to working with dogs as well. Anything can be accomplished with understanding, respect, love, and patience. I also love teaching tricks and mentally stimulating and challenging dogs and helping them to realize that learning and training are fun!

    When not working with dogs, you can find me hanging out with horses, ‘nerding’ out on animal behavior, reading, going on adventures with my husband and dog Tucker (a super fluffy German Shepherd mix), traveling, or snuggling with my cat, Butters.

    Maretta Hamman

    Champagne Room Director of Dog Daycare

    I started my first doggy daycare job when I was 21, and from the moment I walked through the doors I knew I had found my purpose. I started reading and studying everything I could about dogs. On weekends when I had split shifts I would go to the library and read about dogs, and other animals. This research sparked my interest in ecology and ethology, and I went to college to pursue a bachelor’s degree. I have a degree in research biology/ecology with a minor in psychology, to create an animal behavior degree. I put myself through college working as a barista and dog daycare guardian. This is where I got interested in training and how dogs and humans interact with each other, and how the interaction changed them. After I graduated I struggled with finding a way to turn my passion into a career, until I took a step back and started looking into myself, this is when I realized I wanted to work as a trainer helping dogs live their best life. I share my home with a cat named Lancelot, he is my best friend and most constant companion, though we are both looking forward to the day when we can add a dog to our little family!!

    Cormisha Garner

    Lead Dog Guardian

    I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, and living and growing up in Colorado greatly influenced my automatic love for animals, especially for dogs!  I would always try to bring home stray dogs, or help hurt dogs.  As a young girl, I would pretend to be a vet or a dog trainer and would set time aside to watch any show dog related!  I found my knack for dog training when I became a dog trainer with the Women K-9 Program. This is where I found my passion and it grew!  It was at this time I knew I wanted to become a professional trainer for dogs.  When I relocated, I took a position in a doggie daycare as a daycare attendant, which further expanded my dog knowledge through experiential learning.  Working in a group pack environment gave me the knowledge and understanding of a dog’s body language and the intricacies of dog/dog socialization.  I also became aware of how many dogs had behavioral issues, and how many parents needed solid help and direction with training from basic obedience to serious behavior challenges.  My passion and my goal are for dogs to be better pets for their owners – and owners to be better owners to their dogs – through training & education.  I want to save homes and to make homes, as well as ensure safety for all involved.  As a guardian in the Champagne Room, I’m here to make sure the dogs have fun, and stay mentally, emotionally, and physically safe, and continue their training in this dynamic environment.

    Adam Miller

    Guardian – Champagne Room Dog Day

    I have a love for the natural world that began in childhood, growing up in the woods and hills and mountains of rural Western New York state. With an educational background heavy in science and biology, and experience at an animal shelter and veterinary clinic, a job working directly with animals is where I feel best suited to be.  Even while spending time in Philadelphia earning a BFA in Photography, I focused heavily on nature, and even now continue to explore ways to use my drive to create visual arts to bring attention to the natural world. Dogs have been a part of my life since birth, and most of my best childhood memories come from going to various state parks and weekend camping trips into the woods with them. I’m looking forward to making similarly rewarding memories with the dogs coming to Noble Beast, as well as making memories exploring the beautiful state of Colorado.

     

     

    Kevin Poremski

    Guardian – Champagne Room Dog Daycare

    Kevin’s life has literally, figuratively and happily, “gone to the dogs”. While he has been around these amazing fur-ever friends in some shape or form for the majority of his life, that life with dogs was taken to an entirely new level when he and his wife moved to Denver 10 years ago.  Making that move from the suburbs of Chicago, our super dog-friendly state of Colorado quickly became Kevin’s heaven on earth. With the opportunity to meet so many new dogs on a daily basis, his wife often jokes that they always need to factor in an extra 30 minutes to get to and from places, because Kevin has to stop and say hello to every dog he sees along the way. He prides himself on being able to gain the trust and build that special connection with each dog he meets.  

    After a long career in Information Technology, Kevin eventually decided to leave the corporate world to pursue his true calling as a full-time dog lover. He immediately set out to learn all he could about what it would take to make the jump in career paths and obtained certifications in basic dog behavior and K9 CPR and First Aid.  He is so grateful to have been given this opportunity to become part of the Noble Beast Dog Training family and build his skills while pursuing a new career in dog care and training.  Kevin and his wife still live in Denver and love visiting all the many amazing breweries we have in Colorado, hiking in the mountains and taking in/supporting the local art scene with their Labrador, Matilda.

    Kenneth Salinas

    Guardian – Champagne Room Dog Daycare

    As a Colorado Native, I’ve seen and worked with dogs of all shapes and sizes.  I became fascinated with working with dogs through a not so good experience that brought out compassion, empathy, and a love for dogs that is unmatched by anything else in me!  Since that day I have always wanted to set dogs up for success, succeed in the world we live in, and open other people up to the special love you can only get from a dog.   I personally love taking my dog on walks and spend a good amount of my time simply playing with him.   I love the psychology of animals, as it is the key to making the human/animal connections.  I treat every dog I meet as a friend, my friend – as if they were my own dog naturally.  I’ve been working with dogs happily for 2 years now!  When they say find a career that makes you so happy that you don’t feel like you’re working at all – well that life has come true for me!  I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the Noble Beast Dog Training Team!

    Seth Manzano

    Guardian – Champagne Room Dog Daycare

    Greeting! I’ve always believed that you have to love your work and I LOVE dogs!  I love to provide care, affection, protection, and most of all butt scratches and belly rubs to all pups! I have had and been around dogs my entire life and am currently working on getting my Vet Assistance Certificate, which I hope then to add Vet Tech at a future date!  Currently, my focus is joining the amazing Noble Beast Dog Training Team where I can do what I love, but also add to my existing knowledge and soak in as much education and learning from the trainers about dog training and behavior!  When I’m not at work, I enjoy hiking, bicycling, walking, and frolicking in the snow.  More activities that relate to indoors include cooking, creating both alcoholic and non-alcoholic mixed drinks (or cocktails if you will), as well as playing challenging video games.  I am so excited to be able to spend my days with your pups!

     

     

     

    Ari Philip

    Client Relations Team

    Arianna is a California native, but relocated to Colorado because of its rugged, natural beauty.  She has a passion for nature and animals, and lives with her husband, dog (Kahlua), and cat (Momo) in the Denver area. She loves helping others and is looking forward to building relationships with Noble Beast clients. While not working, she and her husband love hiking, camping, and reading.

     

     

     

     

    Mackenzie Earls

    Client Relations Team

    Mackenzie is a Chicago native but moved to Colorado because of the adventurous way of life. She loves animals of all kinds, but dogs have always held a special place in her heart. Her hobbies include reading, writing short stories and poetry, rollerblading, and playing with her dog. She lives in Denver with her boyfriend and her dog, Marina. She has worked in the restaurant industry for 5 years but recently chose a career helping other people and their dogs with Noble Beast. She is very excited to continue learning about dogs and people each and every day.

     

     

     

     

     

    Diana Billingslea

    Client Relations Team / Admin Assistant

    Diana Billingslea is a 35-year-old mother of 3 beautiful daughters that are 13, 10, and 9. Alongside, the company of her girls, she is a proud dog mom of a 5-year-old Yorkie / Chihuahua mix named Cayla. Being a Colorado native, her passion lies within nature and its variety of wildlife. She enjoys taking hiking trips and seeking adventures that allow her to explore the vast world that we live in. To experience new things, people, and cultures are what makes life so grand, but being able to share those experiences with her 3 inspirations makes it even better!

    In her professional career, she became a Certified Professional Coach and Social Media Manager. She enjoys being able to help people and see them thrive in the life that they deserve with the utmost authenticity, compassion, love, and awareness. Creativity is her strongest suit. She loves being able to create content to inspire! She loves to write, organize, and illustrate products and services. The most important thing is, she loves to engage people and communicate. She is super excited to be a part of the Noble Beast Dog Training Family!

    Lindsey Milner

    Client Relations Team / Admin Assistant

    Hi! My name is Lindsey and I have been a dog owner for most of my life! I currently have 2 pups, Iris and Jasmine, who are full of personality! I moved here from Texas in 2014 and I absolutely LOVE Colorado life! I am excited to join the Noble Beast team so that I can help people and their pups learn to communicate and have a happy home life! In my free time I like to paint and go out dancing. I am passionate when it comes to anything to do with animals and I look forward to helping you with your fur babies!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Brandy Simmons

    Client Relations Team / Admin Assistant

    Brandy is a Florida native but moved to Colorado in October of 2019 for the beautiful mountains and city life. She loves animals and grew up with many wonderful dogs in her life. Her hobbies include weightlifting, hiking, acting, reading, and playing with her dog. She lives with her boyfriend and two fur children, a cat (Maisie) and dog (Beo). She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies from Portland State University and looks forward to putting her communication and people skills to work in a position she is enthusiastic about. She is passionate about helping others and is excited to be a part of the Noble Beast team!

     

     

     

     

     

    Ryan Bole

    Client Relations Team / Admin Assistant

    Ryan spent most of his life living in California, and made the move to Denver in early 2019 to be closer to nature and his partner. He’s been a huge animal lover his entire life, and has always wanted to work with animals in some capacity. He lives with his girlfriend and two dogs, a beagle (Blu) and a corgi (Winry). He loves video games, television, running, lifting, and hiking. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from San Jose State University. He loves being a problem solver, and is excited to put that skill to use as part of our Client Relations team!

     

     

     

     

     

    Jamie Fesus

    Vaccine Manager

    Jamie is a Denver native who currently lives in Colorado Springs. She has a 4 year old son, provides administrative support in the Air Force Reserve, and recently married a wonderful Hungarian who loves dogs as much as she does. They have a gentle Siberian Husky named Cody and a sweet Scotch Collie puppy named Kamilla. She loves dogs and loves helping people, and is excited to be a part of connecting people with services that can help them communicate with their dogs in a positive way. Outside work she loves hunting for the best local coffee and exploring the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her family.

     

     

     

     

    Brooke Hepler

    Day Service Scheduling Team / Admin Assistant

    Brooke moved to Colorado in late 2018 from Kansas City, Missouri.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Human Relations and has over 10 years of experience as an analyst and in customer service at the Treasury Department.  She is an animal lover and enjoys any time she can spend with them, especially dogs.  She also has a desire to help people! She has been married to her husband Scott since 2016.  They love traveling, being outdoors and finding new adventures.  She is so happy to be a part of the Noble Beast Dog Training family.