Our Instructors

Our instructors are national No Kill leaders and programmatic experts. They developed or improved the proven solutions Austin Pets Alive! and Austin Animal Center use to create the safest city for pets in the nation.

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Dr. Ellen Jefferson

Executive Director

Maddie's® Lifesaving Leadership Master Class


Carrie DeFeo

Dog Behavior Co-Manager

Maddie's® Volunteer Dog Handling Program Apprenticeship

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Casandra Mensing

Maddie's Neonatal Program Director

Maddie's® Neonatal Kitten Nursery Apprenticeship

Maddie's® Neonatal Kitten Medical Apprenticeship

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Dr. Nipuni Ratnayaka

Maddie's Lifesaving Academy Veterinarian

Maddie's® Clinic Apprenticeship for Veterinarians

Maddie's® Clinic Apprenticeship for Managers


Jordana Moerbe

Maddie's Medical Program Director

Maddie's® Clinic Apprenticeship for Veterinarians

Maddie's® Clinic Apprenticeship for Managers

Maddie's® Parvo ICU Apprenticeship

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Monica Frenden

Maddie's Director of Feline Lifesaving

Maddie's® Systematic Feline Lifesaving Master Class

Maddie's® Practical Ringworm Apprenticeship


Lorian Epstein

Maddie's Dog Foster Program Advisor
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Clare Callison

Maddie's Canine Lifesaving Advisor

Maddie's® Systematic Canine Lifesaving Leadership Master Class

Maddie's® Matchmaker Apprenticeship

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Regan Goins

Dog Foster Assistant Manager

Maddie's® Starting a Foster Program Apprenticeship

Maddie's® Growing an Existing Foster Program Apprenticeship

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April Moore

Engagement Manager, Austin-Travis County Animal Services

Maddie's® Pet Resource Center

Maddie's® Field Services Apprenticeship

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Mark Sloat

Program Manager

Maddie's® Field Services Apprenticeship

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Lara Cirkovic

Matchmaker Program Manager

Maddie's® Matchmaker Apprenticeship

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Faith Wright

Shelter Management Advisor