Leslie Baumann

In the late 1990's Leslie Baumann's formal training career began providing behavior consultations for Lhasa Apso Rescue while also fostering some of their most difficult cases. After attending her first agility training class, Leslie recognized agility's potential to help owners build a strong, positive relationship with their dogs and she quickly developed a passion for this new dog sport. Throughout the past 17 years, Leslie has attended numerous agility seminars and dog training workshops to improve her skills as both an instructor and a competitor. Leslie's first agility dog, Winston (Ch. ShiSedo Winter Wind OA MXJ CGC), was the first Lhasa Apso champion to achieve advanced AKC agility titles, qualifying in 2007 and 2008 for the AKC Agility Invitational. Leslie has also put titles on three Border Collies, including Cloverdale Rock Maven MX MXB MXJ XF. With the passing of Winston in 2009, Leslie turned her attention to a younger Lhasa Apso, ShiSedo Reverie AX MXJ NF and they qualified for the AKC Invitational in both 2011 and 2012. In 2015, 10 year old Maven received her USDAA Performance Tournament Masters title and both she and 6 year old Border Collie Spy qualified for the USDAA National Tournament in Murfreesboro, TN. Leslie's agility students have also achieved multiple titles, primarily competing in AKC and CPE. Two of Leslie's earliest student teams, Terry Kish and Daisy and Judy Pierce and Crystal, now have their CPE C-ATCH titles.

Leslie Baumann graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Communication in 1975 and attended Valparaiso University for post-graduate teacher education courses in the early 1990's. Leslie was a founding member of Lhasa Apso Rescue, chaired the committee that rewrote the Code of Ethics for American Lhasa Apso Club and held the post of president of that organization for four years. An entrepreneur at heart, Leslie built a successful antiques business before her passion for dog sports led her to concentrate on dog training.

Donna Shaw

Donna Shaw is a lifelong resident of Porter County. She started her work with animals early as a 4-H member in the horse and pony program for 9 years and the dog program for 8 years. Growing up with dogs at home, her first obedience dog was Dutchess, a sheltie mix that followed her home one day while she was out riding. Donna and Dutchess were a team for over 18 years, one highlight of which included winning 4-H Grand Champion.

She attended school in West Virginia at an equestrian school and immediately got a job working for the Quarter Horse Stable as a manager/trainer in Kentucky. During that time she showed horses across the Midwest and got her first Doberman, a breed that quickly made its way into her heart. Involved with a dog club for over 25 years, grooming dogs for a living for 23 years, and instructing for over 10, she has trained and titled nine dogs through CD, two dogs through CDX, and four dogs through RE in rally. She has also shown in Conformation and has Champion titles on several of her English Cocker Spaniels. Having recently started training in Agility, she already has Novice and Open titles on two English Cockers and a Bearded Collie. She is also currently training a young, extremely enthusiastic Doberman named Annie.

Carrie Kelly, KPA-CTP

Carrie Cockerham Kelly got involved in dog training after adopting a very "independent minded and difficult to train" dog, Lacey, from the shelter. Traditional, correction-based training methods just shut Lacey down, so Carrie set out to learn a better way to train with positive reinforcement and clicker training. Lacey, learned to love the "training game" and has since earned over 50 titles in agility and flyball. After attending many dog training seminars in both the US and Canada, Carrie began her career as a dog trainer, teaching Clicker Obedience and Agility classes for the Calumet Humane Society in Munster and Agility at Paw Power Blues Dog Club.

Carrie continues to educate herself as both a dog trainer and handler. She recently completed the Karen Pryor Dog Trainer Foundations course and is now a certified trainer. Carrie competes in Agility, Flyball and Rally with her rescue dogs and has put 50+ titles, including Championship titles on them. Currently she is training her Australian Shepherd, Izzie, and recently rescued Border Collie, Pepper as her future dog sport champs.

Jim Kelly
Jim Kelly is a lifelong resident of NW Indiana and resides in Griffith, IN with his wife Carrie Kelly, 2 German Shepherds and Australian Shepherd. Jim is a retired Gary Indiana police officer, and is currently Corporate Security Manager for a large financial institution. Jim has a Master's degree in Public Safety Administration from Calumet College of St. Joseph. Jim is also doing volunteer work for The Coalition for Empowering Patriots to provide service dog training for veterans and first responders who suffer from PTSD.

Jim was first introduced to canine scent detection as a police officer working alongside the Gary police departments K9 officers. Because of his fearful and reactive, yet extremely high drive German Shepherd Xera, Jim got involved in the sport of canine scent detection back in 2013. Since then Jim and Xera have earned titles in NACSW Levels 1 and 2, and titles in UKC Nosework and C-Wags scent detection with placements including High in Trial.

In the past 2 years Jim has attended various classes and workshops while continuing to educate himself in the sport of Canine Scent Detection. This past year Jim decided to pass on the knowledge he has gained by teaching Beginner through Advanced Nosework classes.

Andrea Kutzko, CPDT-KA

Andrea is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and teaches a variety of classes that focus on developing the relationship between you and your dog. She works with a wide range of behavior challenges including aggression and separation anxiety. Andrea has a soft spot for reactive and rambunctious dogs. Her own dog, Tank, a 65 pound pitbull mix, has helped her learn how to live and work with the most challenging of pups.