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Anika Marinakis grew up loving animals and throughout her life has owned dogs, cats, rabbits, fish, hermit crabs, guinea pigs, tortoises, and even a hedgehog. Anika lived in New Mexico for many years, but she moved to California in 2003 to attend UC Davis where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology, with a specialization in Animal Behavior. Soon after graduating Anika became Behavior Associate at PHS in September 2007. Anika earned her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed) from APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) in 2012. Anika strives to merge her scientific background with shelter work and dog training. She works one-on-one with shelter dogs and cats with behavior issues, trains volunteers, and counsels members of the public who are experiencing behavior issues with their pets. Anika also thoroughly enjoys teaching Puppy Playgroup and The Bark and Lunge Club. She currently resides in San Mateo, with her cat Maeby and the occasional PHS foster. Back to top


Lisa Yanagihara has loved animals ever since she was a young girl in Japan and has owned dogs, cats, birds, fish, turtles, and the occasional lizard. She once wanted to bring home a hamster but her mom put her foot down on that one. As an adult, when she decided to make a career change, she knew she wanted to work with dogs in some capacity. With that in mind, she took classes in canine behavior and training, then started volunteering at the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA as a dog training assistant and as a dog handler in the Second Chance classes for shelter dogs. During that time, she discovered that she really enjoyed the process of teaching families and their dogs how to live together by building happy, trusting relationships. Lisa is a graduate of Trish King’s Canine Behavior Academy, Levels 1 and 2, as well as the Pat Miller Academy, Level 1. She continues to stay current by taking classes and seminars by respected trainers. Currently, Lisa has a mixed-breed Superdog named Rocky, whom she adopted after fostering him, and also enjoys fostering other dogs from time to time. Back to top

Maria Eguren has an advanced degree in biology from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a specialization in animal behavior. She has also been certified as an Animal Behavior Consultant by IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants). During her 15 years in the animal behavior field, she has focused on ethology, enrichment programs, training, and consulting for wild animals in captivity and pets. She worked on behavior research projects for several zoos in Argentina and the U.S.A. Among the species she has worked with are gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees, Rheas, red pandas, and Patagonic hares. She is currently head of the Behavior Department for the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA. Her responsibilities include temperament assessments for cats and dogs going up for adoption, developing and implementing training plans for animals who need behavior modification before being placed up for adoption, teaching training classes for shelter and public dogs, consultations with the public during the adoption process and follow-up after the adoption has been completed, as well as consultations for people whose pets present challenging behavior issues. Back to top

Mandy Tisdale (CPDT-KA) is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology. Mandy's love for dogs is apparent and she has been involved with them her entire life. Her experience includes all levels of obedience training, behavior modification, off-leash socialization, and just-for-fun agility classes. Mandy uses a positive approach to help dogs and their guardians communicate and work together as a team. Mandy's commitment to helping dogs excel is reflected in her deep knowledge, enthusiasm, and gentle approach to working with her clients. She and her husband share their home with their two adopted dogs; Bailey (Shepherd/Labrador Retriever mix) and Breeze (Labrador Retriever), and two Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA adopted cats; Roxy and Rex (both domestic shorthairs). Mandy continues to learn and attends professional seminars to remain current on new dog training methods. Back to top

Margaret Daul (M.A., CTC, CPDT-KA) has been a dog lover and owner all her life. She began her more serious dog involvement by raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind in 2004. She raises the GDB puppies from two months till they return to Guide Dogs for formal training. She socializes the pups and teaches them house manners and basic obedience. They return to Guide Dogs at about 16 months. Margaret has raised five pups for Guide Dogs for the Blind and has been a leader for a local Guide Dog for the Blind Puppy-Raising group on the Peninsula since 2005. In this capacity, Margaret's responsibilities include planning for and leading Guide Dog training sessions, teaching raisers how to identify and manage behavior issues while focusing on obedience training in large group, small group & individual settings. Margaret took the SFSPCA Dog training course and got her CTC (Certificate in Training and Counseling.), taught by Jean Donaldson, Janis Bradley and John Buginas. Margaret also completed her internship at the SFSPCA earning a Behavior and Training Certificate. Margaret has her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed) from APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers). Margaret took Master the Growlies taught by Veronica Boutelle, MA, CTC, of dog TEC and Kim Moeller, CTC, who is well known for her work with aggressive dogs. She has traveled to North Carolina and Belgium for the 10-day Dog Training and Behavior Solving courses with John Rogerson. Also took his Canine Welfare and Rehabilitation Course and Puppy Development Course. She is enrolled in the Karen Pryor Academy this fall for further training. Margaret loves working with people and their dogs and is looking forward to meeting you and your dog in her training classes. Back to top

Samantha Lundquist is a bay area native who has been surrounded by dogs, cats, horses and other farm animals for as long as she can remember. She began volunteering with the Behavior Department at PHS/SPCA in 2007 as a high school student and was hired on to the team in early 2013. She attended Trish King’s Canine Behavior Academy (Levels 1 and 2) in Marin and has fostered some 25+ dogs all varying in breed, age, size and temperament. As a staff member at PHS/SPCA, she works with dogs who have behavioral issues, trains volunteers to work with the shelter dogs, and counsels members of the public before and after adoption. She grew up with Labradors and a scruffy terrier mix but has grown to love and admire the Pit Bull Terrier. Back to top

Sharon Hall is an animal lover and grew up with a wide range of mixed and pure bred dogs. Sharon pursued her interest in dog training by volunteering for the Peninsula Humane Society in 2006. She enjoyed working as an assistant in numerous courses including: puppy classes, level one classes, and intermediate classes. She also took part in specialized classes for bully breeds, shy dogs, children with dogs, and clicker training. Sharon began teaching classes at PHS in 2009, and graduated from the Marin Humane Society's Canine Behavior Academy taught by Trish King in 2011. Sharon enjoys working one-on-one with her students and learning the latest insights into our canine companions. She has taken seminars on; Dog to Dog Aggression, Dog Aggression in the Family, Multiple Dogs, and Dog Socialization. In addition to her work at PHS Sharon is an active member of the Mid-Peninsula Guide Dogs for the Blind Group. Back to top

Tasha Suda has grown up with dogs her whole life and has been active in training and behavior since 2000, when she started volunteering as a dog training assistant at PHS. In late 2001 she started teaching classes at PHS. She also has a background in grooming; working as a groomer in Half Moon Bay for 6 years. Tasha is a graduate of the Marin Humane Society's Canine Behavior Academy taught by Trish King. She has attended numerous seminars that focus on animal behavior, learning and training by many of the top leaders in the dog training community. Trish King, Ian Dunbar, Pia Silvani, Jean Donaldson, John Rogerson, Patricia McConnell, Nicole Wilde and Sue Sternberg to name a few. She continues to attend seminars and read books to keep up on the latest information available. Tasha currently teaches the following classes at PHS; companion dog level 1 for small dogs, puppy pre-school, puppy kindergarten, and the canine good citizen class. She also does behavior consultations and works with some of the shelter dogs. Tasha currently resides with a deaf border collie mix named Grayson, a cat named Ember and a border collie named Phoebe that came to her home as a PHS foster. Her passion is dogs and she has a soft spot for the special needs dog whether it is physical or mental and likes to take on the challenge that comes with these dogs. She feels the true reward of teaching is being able to see the change that takes place. Back to top


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