Kristi Nolde-Morrissey, (with dogs "Ziggy" CGCA, CD, BN, RE, TKI , "Ozzy" CGCA, SBN and "Mojoe" CGCA, BN, RA, TKN)- Kristi is the lead hearing dog trainer for Diamond Dogz. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator, and an AKC Temperament (ATT) Evaluator. Kristi has been training and certifying hearing dog teams for over ten years. Kristi also trains and competes with her own three Labs in obedience, scent work, and rally. Diamond Dogz is named after her "Diamond Dog Dutch." At an early age, Dutch taught her the amazing potential dogs have for learning, love, and service to their partners.
Mike Adler (with hearing dog "Wilson" CGC) - Mike has been assisting with class ever since he and Wilson became a certified team. With profound hearing loss, and a cochlear implant, Mike understands a hearing dog could potentially save a life. The experience of training Wilson inspired Mike to volunteer in order to help others realize the satisfaction and freedom that training and owning a hearing dog can achieve. Mike likes to joke and he and Wilson actually "trained each other."
Terri Keasler (with hearing dog "Echo" CGC) - Terri raised her service dog from a puppy. Terri and Echo earned their certification over six years ago but has continued training Echo advanced obedience and hearing alerts. Terri is an American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator and trainer for Diamond Dogz. She has serves as a member of a task force for the Arizona Commission for the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH) and has been a a volunteer for the Arizona Walk for Hearing. Terri wants every person with a hearing disability to experience how a service dog can change their life.
Jan Martin - Jan has worked alongside Kristi training hearing dogs for nine years. Jan has a cochlear implant. Her last certified hearing dog, Waco, was inducted into the Leonberger Hall of Fame in 2014. She recently completed training of her second hearing dog, a poodle mix, "Shiloh."