Our Committee

APDT Australia Committee


APDT Australia is administered by a group of volunteers elected annually by the membership. The current Committee comprises: 

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Louise Ginman

President – APDT Spokesperson – Conference Coordinator

Louise owns Positive Dogs, is Delta Accredited and is a Professional Canine Trainer – Accredited (PCT-A) Dog Behavioural Trainer. Louise has served on the committee since 2008 and has been President since 2012. Louise has several qualifications, including a Bachelor of Science Degree and Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services. Louise has over 32 years of experience with domestic and exotic species in training and husbandry/management capacity.

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Kathleen Kemp

Vice President – Member Benefits, Newsletter Editor, Regional Representative Coordinator, Workshop and Seminar Coordinator

Kathleen is a learning facilitator of both companion animals (including horses, dogs, cats and even goldfish!) and humans. As part of her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics, she also completed minors in Zoology and Psychology. A Diploma in Education and her Professional Dog Training Science and Technology Program Diploma, through CASI, pre-empted a long career as an educator of both humans and companion animals. Kathleen’s favourite canine companion is her 14-year-old Aussie girl, Jazz.

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Christine Woodgate



Sharon Carroll


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Rhonda Sclanders
Website Administrator and Membership Secretary

Rhonda is one of the longest-serving members on the Committee and has filled various roles over the years, including Click Editor and Newsletter Editor. Rhonda, an Accredited Delta Trainer amongst other things, runs a successful business in the Lower Blue Mountains and is owned by two dogs, Toots and Jess – the joys of her life.

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Alisa Sannikova

Coordinator Community Events,
Awards and Online Shop


Jude Tuttleby

Click! Magazine Editor, Facebook Administrator


Tom Heeren

Tom has lived with and owned dogs all his life. Tom currently operates Heeling Hounds, an in-home dog training business based on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula. Tom is a certified Absolute Dogs Pro Dog Trainer and Geek! He has two science degrees, a Master in Education and loves helping owners build great relationships with their dogs.