INTERESTED IN BECOMING A MEMBER?
To see if you might be a good fit, read our club bylaws and commitment to mondioring. Once you have done that, you will submit a 'statement of intent' to our club secretary (an email to email@example.com is an excellent way to do this!)
For more information, read our membership FAQ here.
Dr. Kimberly Somjen, President
Kim (she/her) is a small animal veterinarian in central NJ that has been practicing for 15 years, and spends much of her current time focusing on canine physical rehabilitation and acupuncture. She has been training and competing with her dogs for over 20 years in AKC obedience and rally, APDT/WCRL rally and CDSP obedience, and in addition has titled her dogs in Nosework and Herding (AKC and AHBA). Kim currently has five dogs:
Bowie's Here Comes the Boom! UD BN RN TKP WAC CGC "CherryBomb", a senior Doberman who has earned her retirement!
Katwalk Calm Like a Bomb UDX2 PUDT OM4 BN GN RE HT TKP CD-C CGC JHD-s "Chill", a 10 year old Border Collie. Chill has placed in Novice at the All Star Tournament, placed in Open twice at the AKC Obedience Classic, and has competed in the National Obedience Championship. Chill is currently working on his started herding titles, is almost halfway to his RACH, and has 50 OTCH points and all of his wins.
Bowie's Atomic Bomb NW1 TKI "Gadget"- an almost 9 year old rescue pit mix, Gadget is retired from most dog sports due to orthopedic issues but is a phenomenal dog in scent sports.
Supercharged RN HSAs TKN "Blast" - a 3 year old Border Collie who is just starting his obedience and herding career!
Holiday von Moeller hof "Groove", a 16 month old Doberman who is learning the foundations of obedience and mondioring.
Kim is preparing to trial Blast and Chill for their OB/OBJ, and hopes that Groove will be ready for her Brevet in 2022! In her spare time... Kim has no spare time!
Dr. Rachel Hack, Treasurer
Hack (nickname of preference, she/her) has been training dogs in various sports using positive reinforcement for over 15 years, but always feels there is something new to learn! She has a large number of dogs (number likely to change without notice) that have titles in Rally Obedience, Agility, Trick Dog, Formal Obedience, Barn Hunt, Conformation, and training dogs for Dock Diving. In the last 3 years her focus has become on Mondio and Agility. Her current prospects for Mondio are her 3 year old Malinois, Lyra, and her 1 year old Malinois/ Shepherd mix, Calcifer. Hack has attended multiple seminars learning to be the decoy for Fearless Ring Sport.
Lorik Tamazian, secretary
Lorik (she/her) is currently working toward her Master's Degree in Animal Science and has been a long-time dog lover! She lives with her boyfriend and their three dogs and is new to Mondio with her 4 y/o German Shepherd, Bobby. They love learning all about the sport together and in their free time, they love to hike and explore new trails!
Alfredo miranda, Member-at-large and Field Chair
Alfredo (he/him) says:
"Hello my name is Alfredo Miranda! I’m from New Jersey I’ve had dogs my whole life; growing up always done just very basic obedience with pet dogs and rescued dogs. I’m new to Mondioring and I've been doing Dock Diving for about 2 years now in NADD. My dutch shepherd, Trigger, holds a few titles in Dock diving as well. Trigger is 2 years old and we love training as well as learning new things, meeting great people, and making new friends. My goal with all the sports that I involve myself and my dog with is to enjoy our time together and to have fun."
erin hensley, Social media chair
Erin (she/her) is new to Mondioring but was raised among dogs and dog sport. She comes by her love of off breeds honestly as when she was a child, her mother participated in Schutzhund with a Giant Schnauzer. Erin enjoys the creative challenge of handling strong and unusual dogs and looks forward to showing the Ringsport world what a terrier can do.
Carly (she/her) is from Delaware and new to Mondio. Her 3 year old German shepherd, Lola, is her first sport dog, with titles in agility, barn hunt, fast cat, dock diving, and more. Lola has also done animal acting and is a demonstration dog. This team is currently training for the brevet, and is excited to embark on this new journey together. In their spare time, you’ll either find them playing in the yard, or napping on the couch.
Beth (she/her) has been training dogs for over 30 years but didn’t start competing until about 10 years ago. She’s had fun putting various obedience titles (AKC, CDSP, Fenzi TEAM, and ASCA), rally titles (AKC AND WCRL), and agility titles (AKC) on her Great Danes over the years. She currently lives with a 7 year old Great Dane/Belgian Malinois cross named Piper (OTCH-C Abbey RD’s Piper VanWilliams CGC CD ACT2 TKP RI VHMA SN-C UDX-C2 VT-C TEAM 6H+ RL3 ARCH CCC2 VBN) and a Belgian Malinois puppy named Fiddler (Fiddler Du Bon Sang). Beth is new to Mondio and is looking forward to learning all that she can about the sport. In her spare time, she likes to travel with her husband and dogs!
Emily (she/her) brought home her older dog, Arlo the Frenchie (Marauder’s Lullaby CGC), while a senior at Princeton. Raising Arlo while writing a thesis proved to be a fun challenge! She quickly discovered that Arlo wanted to be more than a couch potato - in addition to mondio obedience, Arlo regularly enjoys 5 mile hikes, agility, trick training, obedience, and nose work. Arlo is also entered in his first Fast CAT runs and prepping for his BN! While Arlo was a great introduction to the sport world, Emily soon found herself looking for her first bitey dog. She found what she was looking for in Rave (Helium Sky of Wildrose), a working line Belgian Tervuren that lives up to her call name and loves being the life of the party! In her spare time, Emily enjoys hiking with her dogs, vegan baking, and pretending to be a coffee snob.
Meet Tai Luu, a dog training enthusiast and multi-talented individual. Tai graduated from Temple University with a bachelor's degree in biology, where he discovered his fascination with animal behavior through a variety of courses. However, it wasn't until recent years that his passion for dog training truly blossomed.
To perfect his skills, Tai enrolled in the prestigious NEPOPO® silver and gold program, led by renowned dog trainers Bart and Michael Bellon. Additionally, he honed his abilities in K9 detection and countless training in "Tactical Directional Canine Systems" under the tutelage of veteran animal trainer Pat Nolan.
Tai's passion for dog training extends beyond the classroom. He currently trains his own Mondioring and IGP sport competition dogs, a testament to his dedication to the craft. In addition to his canine pursuits, Tai is also an entrepreneur and real estate developer, as well as a devoted husband and father to three children.
Despite his busy schedule, Tai still finds time to pursue his hobbies. He practices Shotokan karate and enjoys playing golf with his kids in his free time. With a diverse range of talents and interests, Tai Luu is a truly inspiring individual.
Josh (he/him) lives with club member Lorik and their three dogs. He is new to dog sports and learning how to navigate training with 1 y/o German Shepherd, Milo! He is a rescue who is working hard to build confidence and is having fun doing so! In their free time, they love to go on walks and hikes together as well as cuddle on the couch to enjoy some television.