Director of Training and Operations
Rock has been training and working with canines since he earned his first dog sport title at the age of 14. In his early years, Rock worked as an obedience trainer and veterinarian technician before training in Germany. After that he moved into law enforcement where he was a police K-9 handler, working 13 patrol, narcotic, bomb, and cadaver dogs during his 28 years of law enforcement. Rock held positions including K-9 handler and K-9 line supervisor all the way through K-9 Commander.
After retiring from law enforcement, Rock became a Kennel Master and Canine Instructor in Afghanistan. Rock is a graduate of Command Officers Development Course, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Administration of Criminal Justice, and a Sports Security Management Certificate from U.S.M. He is also a graduate of “Train the Trainer” from Rollins College. Rock is a Certified Law Enforcement Evaluator, General, and High Liability Instructor for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and specializes in problem solving and dog psychology. He is an evaluator for the American Kennel Club (AKC) and has appeared on local and national T.V. programs, as well as radio talk shows. He enjoys assisting owners across the country with problem solving and foundation work.
As a small child, Rina Sullivan had a bond with a dog that forever changed her life. She knew working with dogs is what she wanted to do. Rina graduated from the University of Maryland with an Animal Management; Pre-Veterinary degree.
For the past 15+ years she has consistently worked with animals in the following fields including caretaking, veterinary technician, director of a rescue and a dog training center. She has trained therapy, service and personal protection K-9s.
Throughout her years of dedication to animals Rina has had unique experiences including rehabbing many wild animals, some bottle fed from birth. These once-in-a-lifetime experiences have given her the appreciation of all animals.
Rina believes training builds a strong relationship between dog and owner and that consistency and exercise are key in maintaining that bond. We are excited to have Rina join the team and we, along with our clients look forward to learning from both her experience and educational background.
TJ started showing dogs in the show ring at the age of 6 which led him to title his first dog in the sport world at the age of 13. TJ’s first Kennel Tech position began in 1990 and one year later he started his apprenticeship with Paws with a Cause in Moline Michigan. TJ completed a three-year intense trainers program and upon graduation became a trainer for service dogs for disabled children, then becoming head of the retrieve program where he continued to train canines for 17 years. TJ has also trained and titled dogs in both Schutzhund and Ringsport. He has trained hundreds of personal protection dogs, placing them with families across the country over the past 25 + years. TJ has also owned and operated two successful canine training businesses, one in Grand Rapids, MI and the other here in FL before joining the CFK9 team. TJ brings a wealth of knowledge and will be involved in our Advanced, Service, Contract Dog, Sport Dog and Personal Protection Dog programs.
Canine Instructor – Puppy Programs
Sarah holds a double major in Biology and Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Her studies included Animal Behavior, Herpetology, Conservation Bio, GIS and Advanced Animal Behavior. At age 11 when most girls would want a trip to Disney, Sarah asked for a Christmas present to the International Wolf Center for dog sledding and learning about wolf behavior. Sarah had found her passion and quickly entered internship programs with the International Wolf Center and trained under Dr. David Mech as a wolf educator. She also received internships at Central Florida Zoo as a Carnivore Keeper, Central Florida Animal Reserve and In Harmony with Nature. Sarah has also worked as a Sea World Educator and is currently a Board member and Trainer for The Renegade Dog Club. Sarah joined CFK9/NCT and quickly showed not only a passion but a real understanding of dog behavior and how it relates to our canine and puppy programs. We are excited to have Sarah join our training team as lead trainer over puppy programs.
The role of Business Manager requires a broad range of skills including planning, organization, communication and decision making. NCT-CFK9 found a perfect fit for Business Manager in Amy Morrell whose Master’s Degree and experience as an educator and in the private sector prepared her for the challenges of the role. Together with the Training/Kennel Manager and the Special Projects Manager, the team efficiently and effectively promotes the company’s mission, goals and objectives. If you need assistance regarding Business Relations, Human Resources, Marketing, Billing and Payment information please contact Amy at 407-926-8100 x3.