K-9 Seminar
May 18-21, 2017
Sponsored by:
Kent County Search and Rescue
Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States
Instructors: Mary Carson, HRD
Ann Wichmann, Area Search
Teresa MacPherson, Area Search
Denise Alvord, Trailing
Location: Camp Roger
8356 Belding Road, Rockford, MI 49341
Cost: $250.00 Handler + Canine
$100.00 Auditor
Free Volunteer
Includes lodging in group cabins at this spacious 285 acre facility, meals, and instruction.
Registration will be limited to 8 teams per instructor. Seminar will run from noon
on Thursday until noon Sunday. Check in 10:00 – 12:00 Thursday

SARDUS Certifications will be offered pre-seminar. (additional SARDUS testing fee will apply)

Register Here: https://goo.gl/forms/jhrrXLYszXlRWOQ03
Contacts: Julie — jjohnston@kentcountysar.org
Kim — kveldheer@kentcountysar.org
Intstructor Bios:
Denise Alvord is a firefighter/paramedic in Colorado, and has been heavily involved in multiple
aspects of mountain search and rescue for over 12 years. She currently has 3 certified dogs; working
in Trailing, Air Scent, Cadaver (land and water recovery), Avalanche and Disaster. She is a K9
testing evaluator for state and national certification organizations. Denise responds regularly to K9
requests across Colorado, and has had opportunity to work and train in a variety of terrain and
climates across the United States and internationally. She enjoys training and working with handlers
to assist in developing individualized training plans to maximize their dogs’ potential.
Mary Carson has been a K9 Handler since 2007. She is a founding member of Independent
Search & Rescue Canine Handlers, Inc. (ISRCH) an all-volunteer team of SAR K9 handlers located
throughout the US. She is also a member of her local volunteer fire department, SCVFD. As a
Canine Response Team (CRT) for ISRCH she currently works three certified Bloodhounds who have
been successfully deployed locally as well as across the country, in HRD and Trailing. She has
attended numerous schools and seminars both in the US and in Europe focusing on Mantrailing,
HRD, dog training/behavior as well as Lost Person Behavior & Search Strategies. She continues to
attend domestic & international seminars both as an instructor as well as student in the belief that
one should never stop learning. Mary has owned and trained numerous breeds of working dogs for
over 30 years including Australian Shepherds, Corgis, and Anatolian Shepherds-Livestock Guardian Dogs.
She first became involved with Search & Rescue in 1994 when she lived in Collbran, Colorado working
as an outfitter in the Western Rocky Mountains.
Teresa McPherson is a member of Virginia Task Force One and Virginia Search & Rescue Dog Association and
has responded to numerous missions on a local, State, Federal and International level, including the OKC bombing
of the Murrah building, Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Ike, the Bam, Iran earthquake, the school collapse in Haiti,
the Haiti earthquake, the Japan earthquake/tsunami, Super Storm Sandy, the Oso mudslide, the Nepal earthquakes, as
well as responses to call-outs by the FBI, CIA, NCIS and local law enforcement agencies. Teresa has certified multiple
canines in wilderness, water, Human Remains and disaster search and chaired the FEMA Canine Sub-Group for 9 years,
which oversees the federal Urban Search & Rescue canine program. She is also a member of the NIMs SAR Working Group
as well as several other canine organizations, giving her a broad knowledge base of canine search.
Ann Wichmann began training service dogs in 1975, when she became the first female park ranger in the
State of Colorado. Co-founder of Front Range Rescue Dogs, Ann has also co-founded a park ranger service dog program,
Search and Rescue Dogs of Colorado, and Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States. She served on the FEMA Canine
Subcommittee for many years, helping to develop both the teaching curriculum and national standard for the Disaster
Search Canine Readiness Program. Ann has taught throughout the country and internationally and has certified five canines
to the FEMA disaster standard and four canines to wilderness airscent standards. In addition, Ann has trained and handled
dogs in water, HRD, evidence and avalanche