Meet Our Instructors!


Diane Ahti
Linda Alkema

Shirley Belcher
Kim Cassida
Peg Clark

Owen Deatrick
Marilyn DeRoover

Mel Flesberg
Dick Hemmer

Deb Huff

Cindy Jones
Terri Korthals

Beth Lange
Margo Maidlow
Cady Ness-Smith
Pete Ostlund

Chris Reedy

Cindy Rice
Brenda Royer
Mary Ann Schropp
Lisa Sheldon
Roxann Wilkinson

Betsy Woodard


Linda has been training dogs for about five years. In addition to her own dogs, she works with rescue dogs from various organizations. She and her dachshunds compete in dachshund field trials, earth dog, barn hunt, conformation, tracking, and rally. She uses mostly positive reinforcement based techniques. She believes that dogs want to work with us; we just need to figure out how to communicate our expectations to them. Her cores are focus, relationship, and fun!


Kim has been training dogs since she could walk.  She has been showing since 1989 in many sports including  obedience, rally, agility, tracking, herding, and conformation. Her Belgian Tervuren have earned multiple UD, RAE, TDX, and upper level herding and agility titles. Kim has a balanced training philosophy where specific methods are tailored to the individual dog.



Marilyn has been training/competing in obedience, rally and conformation since 1995. Her dogs have earned numerous titles, and they have recently begun competing in agility and nose work. Marilyn uses positive reinforcement in her class.


Dick has been training for over 40 years. He has titled dogs in obedience, tracking, rally, and field trials. His current dog is a Grand Champion with rally titles in three kennel clubs. Dick's training style is more of the traditional "old school" style.

Deb has been training dogs since the mid 1980s and is an AKC tracking judge (TDX). She and her dogs have competed in obedience, rally, tracking, agility, and conformation.  She believes that training has to be based on your relationship with your dog. Dogs learn best by choosing for themselves and being rewarded for making the right choices. Our time with our dogs is far too short and a working partnership can be among the most satisfying experiences we get in this life.


Terri has been training for 49 years. She competes in obedience, conformation, tracking, flyball, herding, hunting, barn hunt, and coursing aptitude. She uses a combination of positive motivation, correction when needed, and self problem solving geared to the particular dog in training. Dogs are intelligent and can figure problems out!



Pete has been training dogs since 1985. He and his dogs have competed in obedience, rally, dog sledding, agility, scent work, and flyball. Pete enjoys doing anything his dogs like to do. He believes that when dogs make mistakes, it is usally handler error or improper training. If you and are your dog are not having fun, rethink your approach; make it a game!



Mary Ann


Roxann has been training dogs since she was 13. She is a certified trick dog instructor and a certified dog trainer. She fosters and trains dogs with behavior issues for her local animal shelter and is active in Dog Scouts. She believes in a positive, relationship first, hands off training style.