Co-founder & Director
Mel has spent over five years working in Animal Management in NSW and previously in dog training and kennel work. She holds a Cert III in Dog Behaviour and Training from the National Dog Trainers Federation.
In 2013 & 2014 she embarked on two self-funded education trips to the USA, attending internships and conferences with various well respected organisations such as BAD RAP, Animal Farm Foundation and the Humane Society of the United States. She gained insight in to pet owner support programs, the enormous value on keeping pets with their families, and preventing surrenders. She also gained a fascinating insight in to the evolution of Breed Specific Legislation and the successful techniques that have been used to combat it, and instead promote effective breed-neutral animal management legislation.
Her passion lies with open minded and caring approaches to pet owner interactions, and positive legislative reform.
When not working, she loves Yoga, Stand-Up Comedy, Netflix and Food. Every bit of food.
Elena grew up at the south end of the Royal National Park of NSW surrounded by bushland, wildlife and local horse riding farms. Her love for animals is as old as she is.
Elena holds a Bachelor of Animal Science and enjoys assisting with animal-related research projects. She has attended a range of conferences, including the Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Expo in 2013. She also recently completed an internship with the Mayor’s Alliance for New York City Animals in New York City. Elena has applied the knowledge gleaned from her experiences in roles with local councils, state government, national bodies, private businesses, charity organisations and public education agencies.
Elena is passionate about sustainable animal management, legislative development, community education, and the psychology behind human-animal interactions. She always makes time for activities – her favourites being beach adventures and yoga – and loves spending time with the dog, who is also a huge fan of yoga and beach adventures (luckily).
Community Support Worker
Marcia grew up in a pet-loving home, surrounded by dogs & cats of all shapes & sizes. She rescued her first dog from the threat of euthanasia in 1994, since then working in various formal & informal rescue settings.
In 2010 after training with Hanrob Animal College (now IDA), Marcia started her dog training business Pawsonality #ShamelessPlug. She then studied feline behaviour and recently completed her Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services.
After spending 2 years in a large Sydney pound, seeing many animal and social welfare issues first hand, Marcia joined Team Dog in 2014 looking to affect real change in the industry.
Guilty pleasures include chocolate, mystery novels, chocolate, fashion reality television and chocolate.
Community Support Worker
Jeremy has been part of Team Dog since 2014, and enjoys being an active part of the animal industry.
He has a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences (Hons) and a Cert IV in Companion Animal Behaviour and has worked in rescue and rehoming for several years. Now he is getting some great experience into training service dogs as he trains his dog, Frankie, to be his psychiatric service dog.
Jeremy believes that empathy is an extremely special and important supportive tool that we can utilise to help each other, one of the main reasons why he first joined Team Dog.
Community Support Worker
Emma grew up on a large property surrounded by all sorts of animals and has always been passionate about working in the animal industry.
She has a Bachelor of Animal Science (Hons), Diploma of Captive Vertebrate Management, worked in animal rescue for 5 years and until recently worked as an Animal Management Officer in Sydney.
She became involved with Team Dog in early 2014 with one of our first big cases; ‘Ruby the Restricted Dog’.
Emma believes strongly in science based legislation and animal management strategies. She has empathetic, open minded approach to pets and people.
Outside of Team Dog she enjoys spending time with her animals and training her French Bulldog to do agility and tricks.
Courtney joined the Team in January 2016; she has a background in event management, grant funding and corporate sponsorship as well as Secondary education. Courtney has two rescue dogs, Chance & Fate, as well as a cat, Pepper. Courtney’s fur family regularly move around Australia and have seen a lot when it comes to animal care and varying state and council policies.
She has been involved in animal welfare for several years in different volunteer positions and was drawn to Team Dog after experiencing discrimination against her own Staffy; she believes that advocacy and understanding will change the way legislation is created for pets and improve the relationship between dogs, cats, and humans in the long term.