Trainers

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Natahnee

President

Natahnee is an Associate Certified member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She holds a BA in Animal Behavior from Franklin and Marshall College, an MS in Biology from Shippensburg University, and has completed the Aggression in Dogs Master course with the esteemed Michael Shikashio. Natahnee has experience documenting and quantifying animal behavior “in the wild” in Yellowstone National Park and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and more than 15 years of experience evaluating and rehabilitating shelter and rescue of dogs. She is co-creator of Cheddar Paws Dog Art, an artist collective with a mission to paint long-term shelter and rescue dogs (and cats) to help them gain exposure and get adopted. You can find Cheddar Paws paintings on display at various local businesses. Natahnee also volunteers with the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art’s Saw- Whet Owl research program.

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Rhonda

Trainer

Rhonda is an Accredited Dog Trainer (IAABC-ADT) through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She has completed the Aggression in Dogs master course taught by the highly sought-after Michael Shikashio. Growing up in northern Pennsylvania on the family farm allowed Rhonda to spend time with an array of animals. As early as she can remember, she’s always had a love for all animals, especially dogs.

Rhonda volunteers at two local shelters walking dogs as well as helps local rescues with reference calls, home visits and events. She is the cofounder of Tahoe’s Legacy Fund, a fund created to educate and advocate against animal cruelty. She enjoys researching and learning about all things dog – she’s currently exploring how nose work can be used to help train and enrich her canine clients. Outside of volunteering, Rhonda enjoys hiking, biking and golf but her absolute favorite pastime is playing with her own two rescue dogs, Bella and Bentley.

Board Members

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Andrew

Founder and Vice President

While working in downtown Harrisburg, Andrew saw a need for both education and quality humane dog training in Harrisburg City. In 2012, he started Harrisburg's Great Dog Program with free dog training classes at the Allison Hill Community Center. Andrew currently works as a free-lance horse trainer.

Andrew's life has always revolved around animals. He grew up in the rodeo and horse community and has trained both horses and dogs.

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Charlotte

Secretary

Charlotte graduated with a B.A. in Mass Communications from Bloomsburg University. Her interest in dog behavior was piqued while she and her family raised eight puppies for the Seeing Eye.

After raising their eighth dog for the Seeing Eye, Charlotte began working at the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area, first as Humane Educator and then as Director of Animal Care. Charlotte was involved with the development of behavioral programs for the canine residents.

Through her work at the Humane Society, Charlotte has helped to evaluate, socialize and rehabilitate hundreds of dogs over her 14 years there. Over the years, Charlotte and her family have shared their lives with 23 dogs.

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Jeffrey

Treasurer

Jeff was licensed to practice law in 1995 and specializes in family law. He serves as County Solicitor for Tax Assessment Appeals as well as various charitable organizations including the Panther Ram Foundation and The Hanna Foundation. He also advises the Assessors Association of PA.

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Jennifer

Jennifer was a YWCA of Greater Harrisburg Tribute to Women of Excellence awardee in 2013. She currently serves on the following nonprofit Boards of Directors: Estate Planning Council of Central PA., Feel Your Boobies Foundation, Harrisburg Great Dog Program, National Standards Foundation Board (Council on Foundations affiliate), and West Shore Wildlife Center.

She actively volunteers with the following: Speranza Animal Rescue, Humane Society of Harrisburg Area, Pitties Love Peace and West Shore Wildlife Center.

Jennifer is the co-founder of Tahoe’s Legacy Fund. This fund is in honor and memory of Tahoe – a young victim of animal cruelty – specifically dog fighting. Tahoe’s Legacy Fund will provide support to local organizations around animal abuse and welfare issues in an effort to elevate awareness of them, so that Tahoe’s life and too early demise, was not in vain.

Special Thanks

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Cindy

We would like to give special thanks to Cindy Armour-Helm and her family and staff for supporting Harrisburg’s Great Dog Program in countless ways, including use of the Better Homes and Garden’s Office and grounds as our training facility!

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Dan Boreman

We would like to give special thanks to Dan Boreman of Boreman & Babb for graciously providing his accounting services to Harrisburg's Great Dog Program.