Our Speakers

Please note, speakers are being added and more will be announced soon! Many more tracks and speakers are pending!


Karen Deeds

Bio and photo to come!


Jessica DolceJessica Dolce

Jessica Dolce is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator via The Figley Institute and the Green Cross of Traumatology. She teaches compassion fatigue classes, both online and around the country, to help people who work with animals be well, while they do good work. With a background in pet care, communications, and animal welfare, Jessica brings more than a decade of experience working with and for companion animals to her classes. The author of The Official Guide to Living with DINOS, Jessica is currently earning her master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education at the University of Southern Maine. Her resources, writings, and classes can be found at http://jessicadolce.com


Stephanie EdlundStephanie Edlund, CPBC

Stephanie Edlund, CPBC has worked with a myriad of different species from dogs and domestic cats to farm animals and exotics, in different settings such as zoos and vet clinics since she graduated as a zookeeper in 2009. Her main focus is on birds, and she has been in love with parrots in particular ever since she adopted her first parakeet at the tender age of eight. To date she is the only certified parrot behavior consultant in Scandinavia and she is also the chair person for the parrot division of the IAABC. She is currently studying biology at the university of Stockholm and is the consulting trainer for an educational free flight bird facility in Sweden, where she lives. She runs ’Understanding Parrots’ that offers online courses, articles and behavior consultations to parrot owners internationally via the internet. Through her small company ’Djursmart’ she also offers hands on classes, presentations and courses as well as private training and consulting services for parrot- and other pet owners, as well as professional animal caretakers in Sweden. When she’s not working or studying she spends as much time as possible attending classes and conferences to soak up everything she can on animal behavior. Her main area of interest is how we can apply the general principles of learning in practice to increase the wellfare of all learners, no matter the species.


Adria Karlsson, MAT, EdS

Adria Karlsson, MAT, EdS, is an Applied Behavior Analyst and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant working out of Cambridge, MA. Her main focus professionally is on dogs and cats, but she finds the behavior of any species of animal, particularly humans, is endlessly fascinating. Her early professional training was in elementary education and working with dyslexic children. When she adopted a dog, Beskow, with behavioral issues she soon became immersed in the world of dog training. As Beskow’s issues became more pronounced she began to seek out and meet with different trainers and consultants in New England. It soon became obvious that this was a new calling and through volunteering, assisting, and teaching at the MSPCA in Boston while completing a second masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Simmons, she moved completely into the world of animal training.

Since then, she has continued to pursue further education through conferences, professional workshops (including getting to work with birds at Natural Encounters, Inc!), and courses (including Living and Learning with Animals and TagTeach).

Currently she is working for herself through her business (Dog Willing), mentoring for the IAABC Principles and Practice course, collaborating with the Darwin’s Dogs project, and raising four young sons alongside her two dogs and two cats.


Dr. Elinor Karlsson

Elinor Karlsson is an assistant professor in Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the director of the Vertebrate Genomics Group at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. She is excited by the potential for using our own evolutionary history to understand how the human genome works, and in how that knowledge can lead to advances in healthcare. By investigating evolutionary history using high throughput genomic tools, Elinor aims to identify genes, pathways, and functional variants underlying polygenic traits, including susceptibility to infectious diseases, like cholera and viral hemorrhagic fevers, as well as psychiatric disorders (using dogs as a model organism).

Elinor received her B.A. in biochemistry/cell biology from Rice University, and earned her Ph.D. in bioinformatics from Boston University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University before starting the Karlsson Lab at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2014.


Dr. Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB

Dr. Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB received his veterinary degree from the University of MN in 2002 and worked as a general practitioner for two years in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area prior to the start of his residency program.  He operated a house-call behavior practice in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area until 2010 and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2010.

He is currently the owner of the Animal Behavior Clinic in Portland, OR, lectures regularly throughout the US and Canada, and has taught courses in veterinary behavior at the University of MN and at the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.  He has published research on feline water consumption preferences, wrote a book chapter on Intercat Aggression for the May 2014 issue of Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice, and is co-author of an forthcoming book chapter on Pet Selection for Animal Assisted Therapy.


Dr. Lynn Seibert

Bio and photo come!