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Kelly Gorman - President & Chairperson
Tina Merrill - Treasurer
Colleen Boyle - Secretary
Sharon Fletcher
Lisa Fine

Dr. Ian Dunbar - Consultant

Kelly Gorman
Kelly Gorman has been a professional dog trainer/behavior counselor since 1992. Kelly began her career in Chicago, where she developed Ain't Misbehavin', a private training business that focused on puppy development and difficult behavior problems in adult dogs. While in Chicago, she consulted for local pet care services, training staff and management in dog behavior and handling skills. She also managed a training, daycare and boarding facility for 3 years.

Kelly worked with the SPCALA's Outreach Department and Teaching Love and Compassion Program, an after school program for at risk adolescents that teaches communication / conflict resolution and builds self esteem through dog training. She relocated to the Bay Area to work with Dr. Ian Dunbar, renowned Veterinarian and Animal Behaviorist as well as the founder of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and Sirius Puppy Training.

Together they have launched Open Paw, a California non-profit organization designed to educate animal guardians and caretakers, improve the quality of life for abandoned animals, and "transform animal rescue facilities into institutions of higher learning."

Kelly is currently Director of Sirius Puppy Training and an active member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She earned a Behavior Counseling Certificate from the SFSPCA Dog Trainers Academy and is one of the first dog trainers in the country to earn a certification from the Certification of Pet Dog Trainers (CPDT). Kelly strongly believes most behavior problems can be solved or prevented with a sound training program. Education channels your dog's energy in a positive direction and allows him/her to understand your expectations.

Tina Merrill
Tina Merrill is the founder of Citizen Canine, a one-of-a-kind dog care facility located in Oakland, CA, which provides unique overnight and day care accommodations and customized care and service to its canine guests. Tina is committed to the philosophy of dog-friendly training; she and her staff incorporate the training principles of Open Paw into the daily routine at Citizen Canine. Tina has worked as a shelter volunteer and has helped foster and rehabilitate dozens of homeless dogs and puppies until they are placed in permanent and loving homes.
Prior to founding Citizen Canine, Tina spent four year developing renewable wind power facilities and worked as a management consultant. She received an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Tina lives in San Francisco with her companions Ruckus, a 9 year old American Pit Bull Terrier, and Belle, a 4 year old Schnauzer mix.

Colleen Boyle
Colleen Boyle became involved with Open Paw in October of 2000 when she was introduced to its unique coordination of approaches designed to help individuals, shelters, and communities work together to prevent animals from being surrendered and abandoned. She is convinced that only by attending to the source of unwanted animals will we solve the problem of the continued senseless waste of the lives of pet animals in this country.

Colleen is an adjunct professor of Philosophy at Contra Costa College in San Pablo, CA.

Sharon Fletcher
Sharon Fletcher is a marketing communications professional with over 12
years experience in the corporate world. Sharon's true passion is animals.
She has volunteered with animal organizations for over 10 years. In
preparation for adopting a dog for her family, Sharon began educating
herself on dog behavior and training methods. Sharon became a co-trainer
with Sirius Puppy Training, a volunteer foster dog trainer with Tony LaRussa's Animal Rescue Foundation and a volunteer with Open Paw's pilot shelter
program at the Berkeley East Bay Humane Society. She is an active member
with the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Sharon has worked as a sales
executive, marketing manager, graphic design production manager and
investor, and public relations manager in the Bay Area. She earned her B.S.
degree from CSU Sacramento in Marketing with an emphasis in visual
communications. Sharon lives in Oakland with the loves of her life: her
husband, Craig; Jake, a 5-month old Bernese Mountain Dog puppy; Oliver,
5-year old Himalayan mix; and Marvin, a 3-year old long-haired orange Tabby.

Lisa Fine
Lisa Fine served on the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society's Board of Directors for 9 years. Soon after becoming its Executive Director in 2001, she became dismayed at the number of under-socialized, unmanageable and unwanted pets being euthanized in municipal shelters - typically due to peoples' ignorance about basic pet care. Lisa integrated Open Paw's "4-level" training protocols into the daily routine of the animal shelter and initiated mandatory, intensive counseling for adopters before they went home with a new pet.

Lisa has an M.B.A. in Marketing and International Business from New York University. She has worked in marketing for Pacific Bell, Peet's Coffee, Chevron and Visa and, currently for Dosho Design, Inc. Lisa lives in Albany with her son, Noah, her terrier, Dybbuk, and her cat, Gezunt.

Dr. Ian Dunbar
Dr. Ian Dunbar is a veterinarian, animal behaviorist, and author of numerous books on dog behavior and training, and host of the British television series "Dogs With Dunbar". During the past 30 years, Dr. Dunbar has given over 750 one-day seminars and workshops for dog trainers and veterinarians in an effort to popularize the notions of off-leash, puppy socialisation classes, temperament modification and dog-friendly, lure/reward, fun and games dog training.
In 1993, Dr. Dunbar founded the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, which is now the largest association of professional trainers in the world.

Dr. Dunbar's books, videos and "Behaviour" column in the American Kennel Club's Gazette have all won numerous awards. In a recent National survey of dog books and videos, Dr. Dunbar's "How To Teach A New Dog Old Tricks" was voted as the Best Book and "SIRIUS Puppy Training" was unanimously voted the Best Video.

Dr. Dunbar has recently written two books especially for the Open Paw University program, "BEFORE you get your Puppy," and "AFTER you get your Puppy." His publishing company, James and Kenneth Publishers has generously donated BEFORE You Get Your Puppy for potential adopters and volunteers through Open Paw.

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