meet our behavior & Training team
Director of Behavior and Training
James has more than 20 years as an animal trainer. Prior to joining East Bay SPCA, James was the Dog Training Program Manager for San Francisco SPCA, a Field Rep at Paws With a Cause, and has been an instructor with Canine Companions for Independence for more than 15 years. He attended Rutgers University and earned a bachelors degree in environmental and marine sciences. He is passionate about the human-animal bond and his mission is to help animals and people communicate, understand one another and foster that special relationship.
Behavior and Training Coordinator
Laurel knew she wanted to work closely with animals ever since attending her first petting zoo. Starting her career at Petco, she had the opportunity to graduate from the Dog Training Program and taught Puppy, Basic, and Intermediate classes for two years. Working directly with dogs and their parents and educating both quickly became a passion. While working at a daycare and boarding facility in Milpitas, Laurel became adept at reading canine body language in play groups and assessing behavioral issues such as resource guarding, separation anxiety, and fear. Finding a home at the East Bay SPCA, she believes that educating pet parents to better understand their dog’s behavior will help build stronger relationships between humans and their companions. Laurel is owned by a little and precocious cattle dog mix named Scout.
Behavior and Training Coordinator
Brittany was introduced to the world of dog training as a young child and actively competed in obedience trials throughout high school. After attending The SFSPCA Academy for Dog Trainers, she knew she had found her calling. Brittany has worked with dogs in a variety of positions including: playgroup leader, off-leash hiker, and private trainer. She enjoys helping people understand the dogs in their world, and how to better communicate with them. Brittany’s goals include helping shelter animals become their best as adoption candidates, and to help them thrive and bond in their homes. Brittany is owned by two pit mixes named Eva and Brutus.
Shane Stanis, CPDT-KA
Shane first became interested in animal behavior while studying chimps in college. As a volunteer at a local animal shelter, and became hooked on both animal welfare and dog training. Shane worked as a full time staff dog trainer at the East Bay SPCA from 2002-2007, including 2 years as the Canine Manager. She has continued to teach group dog training classes here from 2007-present. Shane worked with children as a music teacher early in her career, and she currently specializes in working with kids and dogs together. Shane teaches all levels of obedience and can offer training advice for a wide variety of issues, including inter-dog aggression, fear and anxiety. She currently is owned by a goofy pointer mix named Koobi and a feisty terrier named Taylor. She looks forward to meeting you and your dog in class!
Carol Wilson, KPA CTP
Carol Wilson discovered the depth of human-canine bond can be developed through training and shared adventures when she entered the world of competitive obedience almost thirty years ago. She has been training and playing with her own dogs and assisting with training classes in various companion animal activities ever since. After leaving a career in corporate marketing, Carol decided to spend time pursuing her passion for encouraging the bond between humans and their dogs She completed the Marin Humane Society Canine Behavioral Academics I and II, graduated with distinction from the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior, and as a believer in life-long learning, continues to pursue additional educational opportunities. Carol has experience in competitive obedience, rally, nose work, and agility. She continues to participate in a variety of canine activities with her two best friends, Border Collie-mix Maya and terrier-mix Dodge.