Camp Dogwood Staff

Camp Dogwood is devoted to enhancing your knowledge about your dog, the bond between you and your dog, and the role of dogs in our community. Our staff members are experts in their field and each one helps to further the mission of Camp Dogwood. Our staff members emphasize the use of positive reinforcement training methods, the relationship between dog and owner, and FUN! We are fortunate to have many of the same core team of staff members since Camp Dogwood began in 2001.

Camp Dogwood carefully selects staff members who are as passionate about dogs as we are. In addition to training, many of our staff members are very involved with rescue groups and community organizations that benefit animal welfare.

Camp Directors & Founders


Dave Eisendrath
Dave Eisendrath

Graphic Designer, Dave Eisendrath has always shared his life and office freely with his dogs. When he is working, he knows that at any given point a four-legged friend will come give him a great excuse for a break. Only weeks before Fall Camp 2010, Dave lost his senior dog, Muddy, to a bad tumble down the stairs. Shazaam was still going strong and goofing around when a tiny “Speck” turned up and stirred the craziness even more. He’s fully enjoying getting to be the Older Brother finally. Dave’s full variety of clients provides him with a wide-open range of projects. His talents can be seen in logo development, publication & advertising design, as well as event marketing and promotion.

Dave’s past success with publication design and his avid love for his pets, first helped him to combine his passions by collaborating to create an award-winning pet magazine. Knowing the joy camping brings to his dogs, and seeing the charge that dogs get from a change of pace, made the challenges of Camp Dogwood all worthwhile! Best friend to “man’s best friend” and a true outdoorsman, each session reaffirms Dave’s belief in the value of there being a place “Where Your Dog Can Be A Dog.” And make sure to come meet his little lady, Speck!

Alysa Slay, Psy.D.
Alysa Slay, Psy.D.

Alysa Slay, Psy.D, is quite familiar with terms like “behavior management,” “positive reinforcement,” and “shelters.” She has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and currently works as the Director of Psychological Services for a child welfare agency, as well as a consultant in the Clinical Division of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. With over 20 years of experience working in, and consulting to, many summer camps for children, Alysa is excited to bring the “joys of camp” to dogs and their human companions. Alysa’s prior camp experience and knowledge of behavior has served as a strong foundation in the development of Camp Dogwood. Over the years, she has discovered many parallels between children and dogs. Primarily, both groups thrive when given love, opportunities for play, positive attention, clear communication, and a consistent environment.

Alysa is a regular contributor on pet care to Scoop, the online magazine for Abe’s Market, she writes the monthly column, “Around the Water Bowl,” for the Highland Park Landmark newspaper, she has collaborated with a public relations firm on the incorporation of pet events into larger community events, and she created the therapy dog program, Field Dogs at the agency where she works. She derived unparalleled joy and inspiration from her long-time furry friend and forever camper, Forrest. Long may you run little man, long may you run. Her current dog “love” is Stella Blue, an Aussie mix who loves agility, K9 Nose Work, and cuddling.


Staff


Lisa Balderstone
Lisa Balderstone
Agility Instructor
Biography
Carey Green
Carey Green
Weight Pull, Sledding
Biography
George Berlin
George Berlin
Illustrator, Arts & Crafts
Biography
Debbie Bickford
Debbie Bickford
Training & Behavior Instructor
Biography
Steve Dale
Steve Dale, CABC
Presenter, Author
Biography
Al Edelman
Al Edelman
Operations Guy
Biography
Sharon Eisendrath
Sharon Eisendrath
Canteen Lady, Arts & Crafts
Biography
Gary Gantert
Gary Gantert
Photo Editor
Biography
Jessica Ingles
Jessica Ingles
Agility Instructor
Biography
Karen Okura
Karen Okura
Training & Behavior
Biography
Lisa Hiller
Lisa Hiller
Arts & Crafts (Pet Projects)
Biography
Cheryle Homuth
Cheryle Homuth
CBCC, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP
Biography
Lisa Kluslow, DVM
Lisa Kluslow, DVM
Camp Veterinarian
Biography
Susan Knapp
Susan Knapp
Bookkeeper & Public Relations
Biography
Tresa Laferty
Tresa Laferty
Essential Oils & Holistic Healing
Biography

 

Melissa Manley
Melissa Manley
Flyball Instructor
Biography
Amy McManaway
Amy McManaway
Pet Massage
Biography
Renny Mills
Renny Mills
Photographer
Biography
Patti Muraczewski
Patti Muraczewski
Rally Obedience & Barn Hunt Instructor, Treatmaking Chef
Biography
Jim & Pat Perry
Jim & Pat Perry
Lure Coursing, Carting, Godzilla Game Setup
Biography
Mare Potts
Mare Potts
Flying Disc, Treibball, Trick Training
Biography

 

Tammie Riepe
Tammie Riepe
Grooming Secrets, Barn Hunt Instructor
Biography
Kathleen Sanderson
Kathleen Sanderson
Tracking & Weight Pull Instructor
Biography
LeeAnn Sharp
LeeAnn Sharp
Human Massage Therapist
Biography
Julie Thompson
Julie Thompson
Human Massage Therapist
Biography
John Wentz
John Wentz
Herding Instructor
Biography
Jean Wilson
Jean Wilson
Weight Pull Instructor
Biography
Janet Veit DVM
Dr. Janet Veit
Camp Vet
Biography