Our People

Christian Stickney, Owner & Chief Trainer

Christian has been a police officer with the Portland Maine Police Department since 1993. He is certified as a K9 handler and trainer, and as a K9 decoy with the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. He is a certified Patrol and Narcotics instructor with the USPCA. He was a SWAT team member and is still utilized with his K9 partner. Christian has raised and trained numerous police K9s that are actively protecting communities in New England and beyond.

Tina Stickney, Finance & Logistics

Tina has many years of advanced finance and accounting experience, making her an invaluable asset to the team. She also provides logistical help with our dogs, scheduling support and strategic planning.

Dominic Rozzi, Trainer & Kennel Manager

Dominic's experience during his 35 year law enforcement career and his keen knowledge of the Belgian Malinois make him an invaluable asset to our team. He has successfully competed in all major dog sports and supplied K9s for police work, search and rescue, and detection of narcotics and explosives, as well as for tracking game. Dominic's breeding experience is showcased by multiple litters of highly successful working dogs. He is also actively involved in a program that trains service dogs for military veterans with PTSD.

Tom Chard, Trainer

Tom has been an active police K9 handler since 1994, and he has supervised many teams as a certified K9 trainer with the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. Tom is a certified K9 decoy and a SWAT team member with his K9 partner.

Tynette Kerrigan, Trainer/Office Assistant

Tynette joined our clinic and is establishing herself as a wonderful team member. She is beginning to work with the programs, including private training and group classes. She grew up raising and caring for a variety of canine breeds. She has a 2 year old German Shepherd mix, Cricket, that she started training from 11 months old. She specializes in obedience and domestic home life training. She enjoys the agility aspect of canine training, but is also expanding her knowledge and skills with canine protection. She looks forward to meeting you and helping you strengthen your bond and relationship with your canines.

Michael Sawyer, Trainer

Michael has been a police officer since 1997 and a K9 handler since 2002. He is certified as a K9 handler and trainer and as a K9 decoy with the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. Mike has worked multiple K9s during his career and has trained numerous K9 teams. He is also a SWAT team member along with his K9 partner.

Alan Twombley, Trainer

Alan has almost three decades of experience as a police officer in Maine and served the majority of his career in patrol work and retired as a sergeant. He subsequently started his second career path with the Falmouth Police Department assigned to the Marine Unit and currently serves as a K9 handler with his partner Greta, a German Shorthair Pointer.

Steven Stubbs, Trainer

Steven has been successfully working the streets with his K9 partner Vader in the Greater Portland area. Steve joined North Edge K9 early on and has been contributing in many ways. He has significant decoy experience and is trusted member of our team.

Robby Hermans, Consultant

We are very happy to have a partnership with Robby Hermans of K9 RobbyFarm. Robby is a former federal military police K9 handler and trainer in Belgium with 20 years of experience. We work with Robby at his facility in Florida and overseas.

Nellie Stirling, Apprentice Trainer

Following my Master's program, I moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota where I worked as a Criminal Investigator for the State of Minnesota at the Hennepin County Public Defender's Office. At that time, I was also able to pursue my passion for training dogs at the Animal Humane Society. There I assisted the certified trainer in obedience levels 1-4 along with the Canine Good Citizen training. Canine training is something I envision always being part of my life. Whether it be basic obedience, protection work or the training of a police dog, I am excited by all of it. I am beyond grateful to have the opportunity to learn from the best at North Edge!