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
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, Regional Representative 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

Christine's bio coming soon.


Position Vacant

The APDT Treasurer’s role is an executive committee position and is responsible for the financial running of the association. The role requires approximately 1–2 hours of work per week. Here is a list of duties the APDT treasurer will perform:

  • • Track all financial transactions (incoming and outgoing)

  • • Pay suppliers

  • • Maintain accounts via MYOB

  • • Reconcile all bank, PayPal, and credit card accounts each month

  • • Routinely monitor the balance in each account to ensure adequate funds for periodicals

  • • Transfer money between accounts as needed

  • • Produce a monthly treasurer’s report to the committee

  • • Produce a detailed annual treasurer’s report to the membership

  • • Submit annual financial details to the NSW Department of Fair Trading.


If this is something you can do to help the APDT, we would love to hear from you.


Denise Bergin
Membership administrator

Denise grew up in Ireland with a love of German Shepherd dogs and, in 1991, moved to Australia with a young family. In 2007 after completing a professional dog grooming course with a Master trainer in Ulladulla, she opened a successful dog grooming business, Magic Mutts.

She first joined APDT in 2008 and has attended numerous conferences. In 2020 Denise completed the Delta Institute Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services and became an Accredited Professional Canine Trainer. She has over 15 years of experience working with dogs through grooming and training.

For Denise, pictured here with her beloved Rufus, each day is an opportunity to spend time with dogs and work to make their grooming experience positive. Equally, each class or training session is an opportunity to educate and communicate with guardians and dogs using positive reinforcement.


Tom Heeren
Click! Magazine and e-Newsletter Editor
Website coordinator and design

Tom has lived with and owned dogs all his life. Tom currently operates Heeling Hounds, a 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.

Tom manages our communications and is the Click! and e-Newsletter editor.

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Alisa Sannikova
Coordinator Community Events, Awards and Online Shop

Alisa has a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) and completed an Honours project on horse behaviour with Professor Paul McGreevy. She is passionate about all aspects of animal behaviour. As well as her pet training business, you will often see her at APDT's community stalls and conferences, promoting the organisation's educational resources.


Rhonda Sclanders
Membership Secretary

Rhonda is one of the longest-serving members on the Committee and has filled various roles over the years, including Click! Magazine and Newsletter Editor. Rhonda, an Accredited Delta Trainer, among 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.


Jude Tuttleby
Facebook Administrator, Workshop and Seminar Coordinator

Jude's bio coming soon.