Mary Ellen has a B.S in Accounting from the University of Scranton and was a CPA for 3 years in one of the big firms and then spent another 9 years in private companies as accounting manager and controller. In 2003, she was laid off and spent the summer teaching dog agility to help make ends meet while she looked for another job. She enjoyed it so much that she didn’t think she could go back to the corporate world and she's been teaching agility full time ever since.
Mary Ellen's popularity as a seminar presenter has grown due to her ability to break things down for students and explain and clarify concepts. She has an excellent eye and is able to pinpoint simple training exercises for handlers to work on at home to improve coursework.
Mary Ellen is a OneMind Dogs coach, being selected as part of the first pilot group in 2015. The USA boasts only 6 original OMD Coaches and she is thrilled to be a part of teaching this method.
Mary Ellen has been involved in agility for 25 years and has had much success on both the national and international level. Mary Ellen has competed at the IFCS and WAO World Championships a total of 6 times with 2 different dogs and has won multiple medals at those events including 6 gold medals. She has placed on the podium at the USDAA Cynosport World games several times including placing 1st and 2nd with Maizy and E-Z at the 2012 Dog Agility Masters Team Tournament and placing 2nd with Maizy in the 2012 Grand Prix. Mary Ellen also coached the 2015 WAO team which competed in the Netherlands and is again coaching the WAO team in 2020.
Mary Ellen was a contributor for over 13 years to Clean Run Magazine and is the author of The Long Jump and Foundation Fundamentals which are both training DVD's and are available through www.cleanrun.com
Mary Ellen has been an instructor full time for 17 years and has taught seminars and camps throughout the U.S and Canada.
Shane has been competing in agility since 2009 when he started with his Rottweiler, Kalil. In 2011, wanting to be more competitive, he switched breeds to the Belgian Malinois and got a once in a lifetime dog named Luna. Since 2013 he has been a national and international competitor with Luna by his side. He has been a member of 9 different Team USAs since 2014 (5x EO, 1x AWC, 1x IFCS, 1x WAO, 1x FMBB) and has medaled in regional and national events in the USDAA and UKI organizations. He has also competed at the Incredible Dog Challenge in the agility and 60 weave pole challenges. He has now started the journey again with his 2 year old Malinois named Z.
Shane’s handling philosophy is to stay moving, stay connected, and use the natural cues of the dog to quickly and successfully complete the challenges presented. He focuses on timely cues and precise mechanics to effectively show the correct line to the dog. Shane has been fortunate to learn from some of the best agility handlers in the world who pushed him outside of his comfort zone to show him what was possible. He takes that pushing outside of the comfort zone belief with him when he teaches to try and show others what is possible regardless of physical ability.
In addition to teaching and competing, Shane is also a UKI judge who has a passion for course design and the desire to see it improve in the U.S. in all agility organizations. He shares almost all of his course designs via his Facebook page to encourage others to seek better courses from agility organizations.