Opal Kocher

EDUCATION • Associates degree, Electronic Communications Technology – Community College of the Air Force TECHNICAL TRAINING • Electronic Signals Analyst• Instructed in 3 foreign countries (Italy, Germany, England) • Instructed in 8 US states (VA, NY, NJ, KS, MD, TX, GA, WI) • Instructed Law Enforcement handlers from Italy, Germany, England, New York, Wisconsin, Virginia, […]

Kevin Pirtle

Kevin is a firefighter/paramedic at DFW International Airport. He is an Instructor for INBTI and a Trainer for American Mantrailing Police Work Dog Association.  Kevin is a member of MARK9 Search and Rescue in Dallas, Texas where he is a trailing trainer and canine handler. He has instructed mantrailing seminars in Oklahoma, Indiana, and Texas. […]

Brianna Acevedo

Brianna Acevedo graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor degree in Animal Science. She currently works full time for Global Training Academy (GTA), an internationally recognized training facility providing dogs to law enforcement, military, and fulfilling overseas contracts. She is an instructor/trainer for GTA and produces dogs fully trained in narcotics detection, explosive detection, […]

Robin Gruebel

Robin Habeger Greubel has been involved in canine search and rescue since 2001, starting in wilderness and human remains detection and expanded into disaster work. She trains and deploys with Nebraska Task Force 1 and Iowa Task Force 1 and is a FEMA instructor and evaluator for both live and HRD. Robin is also a […]

Jennifer Failla

Jennifer Failla is Vice Chair and lifetime member of Texas Search and Rescue (TEXSAR). She has diligently worked to increase her skill set and experience with well over 50 deployments and holds multiple ICS certificates. Because of TEXSAR, she has continued to complete her training in GSAR 1, FAST 1, and is a PADI Dive […]

Kimberly Kelly

International rescue/response/recovery specialist: Kimberly has lectured, trained, consulted, deployed, or coordinated search missions in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, Japan, Namibia, Israel, Nepal, and more. NASDN Instructor and Evaluator for both HRD and Area. Founder and Executive Director of Project Far From home. Project Far From Home is a national educational group, designed […]

Tammy Robertson

Tammy started training dogs 20 years ago, certifying and working with Therapy Dogs International. In 2011, Tammy & K9 Calie passed to became part of TDI’s Disaster Stress Response team and have been deployed to work in this capacity to natural disasters in multiple locations. She has also trained Calie in the hunting/retrieving world, achieving […]