Dr Shelley Lake (Why Are Our Greyhounds So Special? and Greyhound Q
and A) Shelley has worked with Greyhounds since 1993, when her love of dogs drew her to The Woodlands Race Track in search of a summer job. She started out working with track vet and greyhound farm owner, Dr. Rob Gillette, as a vet assistant and cared for the greyhounds on his small farm. Later she went to work for Harvey Brown, trainer for Max Trice Kennel, at The Woodlands as a kennel helper and to Beckner Kennel as an assistant greyhound trainer.
Shelley adopted her first greyhound, Hand Picked, in 1994 and decided she
wanted to be a vet. She continued working at the track on weekends and in summer, while at Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine, until she graduated in 1999. Between the years of 1999-2008 Shelley juggled working at vet clinics with working at the track as both trainer and assistant trainer for many different kennels.
Since she took in her first foster greyhound in 1996, Shelley has been busy
adopting out greyhounds as pets, as they retired from the track. Dr. Lake started her ongoing greyhound cancer study in 2009. In 2010 she became the adoption rep for Flying Eagles Farm in Abilene KS and now works with 15 farms getting adoptable greyhounds to groups and into homes. Shelley has now moved over 4,300 greyhounds into adoption and is still a practicing veterinarian as well. She has 15 current greyhounds and 36 angels.
Roy Scarborough (Canine Conversations) Roy became interested in training in 1984 after joining an obedience club in Georgia. He participated in training conducted by Drs. Nicholas Dodman, Karen Pryor and Michael Williams. Roy started Critter Sitter and began teaching dog obedience professionally in 1997. In 2003 Roy was hired by Animal Behavior College of Northbridge, CA to train their students, that were completing their Dog Training Certification Program. He was active in competition obedience and his dog Prince earned several awards. In 2006 Roy was granted the Status of Certified Mentor Trainer, and now all graduation students from ABC in the Southeast Georgia area serve a two to three month internship with him before they can be certified as a professional dog trainer.
Roy has been associated with the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia since the late 1980’s. He provided training there for volunteers and staff in canine behavior and training. Roy served three full terms on the Board of Directors for the HSSCG. In 2010 he was appointed as the Trainer/Behaviorist for the Humane Society. He provides a free follow up visit for adopters of animals from the Humane Society and Glynn County Animal Services. Roy has been a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers since it was started by Dr. Dodman in the 1990’s as the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Roy is also a certified Trainer and Evaluator for the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen
and Canine Community Citizen Programs since 2010.
Roy currently operates a business called Canine Behavior Services. He also
provides classroom training at a doggie day care business, St. Simons Puppy Paradise and The Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia. He conducts orientation training for all new volunteers at the Humane Society and offers individual in-home training and canine behavior problem solving services.
Dr. Ashley Oliphant (Shark Tooth Hunting Beach Walk and Seminar) Dr
Oliphant is an Associate Professor of English and the Chair of Humanities at
Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, N.C. She is the author of three books. “Shark Tooth Hunting on the Carolina Coast,” the only guide to fossil shark teeth found in the Carolinas. “Hemingway and Bimini: The Birth of Sport Fishing at ‘The End of the World,’”. Her third book, a novel titled “In Search of Jimmy Buffett: A Key West Revival,” was released in April 2018. Dr Oliphant has a forthcoming book about Jean Laffite, the New Orleans pirate in the works. Oliphant is an animal welfare advocate in her local community. As the founder of the Humane Voters of Lincoln County, she spearheaded the successful movement to end the use of the gas chamber at the county shelter. She now works with HATS (Helping Animals to Survive) in the county’s effort to make the local shelter the first no-kill municipal facility in North Carolina. In her spare time, Oliphant likes to read, garden, cook for her family (including her son Miller and her husband Chris) and float in her swimming pool. She has two cats, Irish Kevin and Schooner Wharf. Her life-long dreams are to own a signed first edition of Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea” and to meet Jimmy Buffett.
Paul and Tara Noia (CBD Products for Greyhounds) Paul Noia is an en-
trepreneur that has worked in the health and wellness industry for over 20 years. He found his passion for health and wellness upon losing his ability to speak for a year. Tara Koker-Noia has been a pediatric speech-language pathologist specializing in feeding, swallowing, nutrition, orofacial myofunctional and PROMPT therapies for nearly 22 years. They decided to join forces to open a specialized pediatric therapy business in 2011 to meet a need that was lacking in the area regarding gut/brain and body/brain approaches. In 2015 they both became very ill and it was discovered in
early 2016, that they both had stage 3 Lyme Disease. They researched and tried lots of therapies and CBD products without much luck until they found UltraCell by Zilis. Within weeks, they had their lives back. After trying CBD products on themselves for a month, they started giving it to their greyhounds. They started seeing unexpected results with their greyhounds,
especially their spooky, storm/firework/gun fire petrified boy, Axl. In just 4 short months, Axl has become a more confident, relaxed, goofy, playing boy. JoJo’s shoulder/back pain that sometimes made him lame hasn’t occurred once in 4 months and it was at least a weekly occurrence. Paul and Tara have a new passion to help educate and bring this life changing product to their beloved greyhound community. Paul and Tara will be vending at BBH so be sure to visit their booth.
Jamie Elrod LVT (Greyhound Eyes) Jamie has been a licensed veterinary
technician for 15 years. For the past 11 years, Jamie has worked at a specialty/referral hospital, starting out in the surgery department for 5 years and has spent the last 6 years as an ophthalmology technician. Veterinary ophthalmology is Jamie’s passion, to the point of attempting to become a specialized technician in the field of veterinary ophthalmology.
Through her work in ophthalmology, Jamie first met, fell in love with, fostered, and then officially adopted P’s Hitch Winner (Hitch), who was a special needs retiree through Greyhound Crossroads. Hitch has severe dry eye that led him to 2 emergency eye surgeries and then later a salivary re-routing surgery to help his dry eye. All of this led Jamie to fostering for Greyhound Crossroads!
Norma Ceaser (TTOUCH – Tellington Touch) Norma established her practice, The Animal-Human Connection in 1995. Since that time, she has utilized her animal communication and TTOUCH skills to help thousands of animals across the USA and Canada. In addition to individual private sessions, both in-home and via telephone, Norma conducts workshops for small groups, including Nutrition, TTOUCH, Animal Communication, Essential Oils, Natural Products For Healthy Animals, Science-based Vaccine Protocols and Behavior Modification. Her totally holistic approach to animal care, health, behavior and well-being has proven successful in countless cases. Norma also was the trainer for the H.O.P.E. Program (Hounds of Prison Education) at Camp Hill State Prison in Pennsylvania from 2013 – 2014, which involved inmates training rescue dogs for adoption. Norma has given lectures and conducted workshops animal rescue groups, various dog breed clubs, equestrian groups and veterinarians.
Amy Halliwell (Lucet Braiding Workshop) Amy is a South Carolina based
bead designer and teacher teaching individual and group classes. She has been doing beadwork for about 20 years specializing in kumihimo, right angle weave, peyote, square stitch, and loom work. Amy has designed and made jewelry professionally for weddings and proms. A volunteer in the Augusta GA area for Greyhound Crossroads for several years, Amy has 2 greyhounds, Girlfriend and Frosty.
Sam Fulton ( Steve Wirtz – Papier-Mâché Greyhound Sculpture Craft) Sam has enjoyed making papier-mâché sculptures since she took her first class with artist Steve Wirtz in March of 2017. She likes to think of herself as Steve’s prodigy…wannabe. Sam is hoping when life slows down this coming year she will be able to spend even more time practicing this art. For now, she is truly enjoying teaching others the basics of papier-mâché.
Sam has owned greyhounds and has been active in greyhound adoption for
over 20 years. She was co-founder of CSRA Greyhounds in Augusta, Ga. which merged with Greyhound Crossroads when Sam moved out of Augusta. Sam spends half of each year in Indiana and the other half of the year in Jekyll Island, Ga. She shares her life with her husband and 3 very spoiled greyhounds. Besides fostering many greyhounds for both adoption groups, she has been involved with, Sam is also one of the long distance adoption reps for Greyhound Crossroads.
Joanne Johnson (‘Leave It’ Training Class) Joanne has been volunteering for
Greyhound Crossroads since she adopted her first greyhound in 2001 and is
one of the Core Members. She has fostered around 500 greyhounds and is still counting. She also is the dog haul coordinator, and does photography and website work for GC. Volunteering for the Alabama Greyhound Adoption Center in Birmingham AL, she also transports Greyhounds all over the US and Canada to adoption groups. Joanne enjoys dog training in her spare time. Her personal greyhounds have been Therapy dogs, Canine Good Citizens and have earned Rally Excellent, Lure Coursing and Amateur Racing titles over the years. Some of her greyhounds have also done Barn Hunt, Obedience, Agility, Dock Diving, and Herding. Joanne also is a member of the Hounds of East Fairhaven, a reenactment group, that performs with their dogs at Renaissance Festivals in NC, SC and GA. Joanne currently has Greyhounds Happy Stutz (Stutz), CTW Notgonnabeg (Sugar) and Peanut/Peewee Italian Greyhound.
Susan Colflesh (Lucet Braiding Workshop and ‘Leave It’ Training Class)
Susan is a Core member of Greyhound Crossroads, and an AKC Canine Good
Citizen Tester. She has been involved in competitive Rally, Obedience and RagDog Racing, and has done training seminars for dog obedience and CanineGood Citizen (CGC) for 15 years. All of Susan’s Greyhounds and Whippets havebeen CGC certified, participated in pet therapy and competed successfully inAKC Obedience. Susan enjoys crafts and art of all types will be assisting in ourLucet workshop. Susan has an AKC show Greyhound, a Whippet and 2 ItalianGreyhounds, making sure she has one in every size.
Kim and Robert Owens (Lucet Braiding Workshop And Viking Chess)