Meet the Team
Rob ShewmakeOwner / K9 Handler
The love and affection that Rob shows to his dogs are beyond impressive. There is no better example of what a good clear-headed obedient sport dog is if you were to meet his beloved Ado. Rob has always had a love of dogs and this drew him into the K9 world. He is a good handler and takes the time to travel the country to attend as many seminars as he can to continue learning different techniques and current training methods to keep his dogs on their toes. Competing in Protection Competitions has become a passion for Rob and his dogs. Rob served an honorable 4 years in the Army as Military Police. following that Rob served an additional 3 years in the civilian law enforcement sector.
Adam NewbyOperations Manager
Adam is a native of Northeast Arkansas. Whether it be dogs, farm animals, or wildlife Adam knew at an early age that he and God’s creatures had a special relation.
Adam served an honorable 5 years active duty in the Marine Corps and during his time of service, Adam was able to interact, train with, and serve alongside Military K9’s. Adam’s love for K9’s grew fonder when he became a Police Officer. Adam served as an officer for 5 years and always had an interest in one day, having his own K9 to work with. Adam feels that his prior service, supervision skills, and love for animals combined make him a great fit for the Joint Forces K9 Team.
Mike HayesProfessional Dog Trainer/Decoy
Tristan BivensDog Trainer/Police K9 Handler
My name is Tristan Bivens. I am a Texas native and spent the last 6 years
serving in the Army as a Military Working Dog Handler. I have had the
opportunity to work with many agencies both foreign and domestic in dog
training and strategies. I have extensive knowledge in police dog handling
and training. I graduated from Military Working Dog Handlers Course in
Lackland Air Force Base, the Army’s advanced off-leash obedience and
detection school, and dog behavioral short course given by the United States
Army. Over 1,900 hours of obedience, aggression, and detection training. I
look forward to bringing my extensive knowledge and passion for training for
Alicia PotenzaProfessional Master Dog Trainer
Hi, my name is Alicia! I’m originally from Carver, Massachusetts where I was a dog daycare attendant for two and a half years. It was around two years into that job that I realized, dog training can really be someone’s career?
I looked into dog training schools in the country and found Highland Canine Training, LLC in North Carolina and enrolled in their extensive Master Dog Trainer Program for six months. I learned and experienced many aspects of dog training, including dog body language, how to teach new behaviors, obedience, behavior modification, trick training, dual purpose police K9s and service dogs. After six months, I interned with Highland Canine Training for another five months. I was able to get even more extensive training and hands on experience than I could have ever imagined!
Over a year ago, I fostered and adopted a Red Heeler named Johnny. He had some major aggression issues with humans that we are still working on to this day. I truly understand what it’s like to have a tough dog and to feel all the pain that comes along with it. My goal is to help people enjoy their time with their dogs, to have a better relationship with them and to make a difference in human and canine lives.
Alexander OuimetMaster Dog Trainer
Alexander was born and raised in Wilbraham, Massachusetts. While growing up he was always outdoors. Whether he was outside playing with his dog or looking for different types of snakes and bugs to analyze. Alexander also would love to volunteer at the local places in his community such as Thomas J O’Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center, Life Care Center of Wilbraham, coaching youth sports teams, and many more.
After high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as a Military Police Officer where he was stationed at Camp Pendleton, California. While stationed there, Alexander was selected to attend the Basic Handlers course at Lackland Air-force Base in Texas to become a Military Working Dog handler. Shortly after completing that course and returning to California, he was selected to attend the Combat Tracking Dog Course which is a specialty school where he fell in love with tracking. Upon getting out of the military he decided to further his education for what he is passionate about by attending Starmark Academy’s Master Canine Trainer and Animal Behavior Course in Hutto, TX. While there Alexander became a certified Master Trainer and Animal Behavior Specialist, Advanced Pet CPR & First Aid Certified, and even got the title of Canine Good Citizen through AKC for his rescue dog, Rusty.
Alexander is proud to be a part of the Joint Forces K9 family. No matter how difficult the problem, you can put your trust in Alexander to help you and the man’s best friend achieve your goal. Above is a picture of Alexander with his late father’s police K9 Dalka.
Bryan GibbyProfessional Dog Trainer
Bryan is an Oklahoma native who has spent most of his life in Arkansas. His passion for dogs has led him to a 5 year career immersing himself in animal health. This intense drive has only grown his love for them and has inspired him to pursue a lifelong commitment in mastering and training dogs. Bryan has joined the Joint Forces K9 team and is excited to become proficient in all aspects of training dogs for your every need.
Zach StreetCanine Behavior Specialist
Zach graduated with a BA in Psychology, as well as a double minor in Biology and Business from Ouachita Baptist University. While getting his undergraduate degree he gained experience working with primates and learned how they are trained in a zoo setting. He is now certified as a Canine Trainer and Behavior Specialist from Starmark Academy. Dedicated and prepared to handle whatever training or behavior modification you might need, Zach is excited to work with your dog and be apart of the Joint Forces K9 team.
Madeline Olivia Houston-TedrickKennel Technician
This is Madeline with her family dog Lily. Growing up she was a military brat, never staying in one place for too long. She grew up with a plethora of experiences with people, places, and animals. Meeting new people and visiting many places she has learned to appreciate people from all walks of life. Throughout everything, the one thing that remained constant was her family, and in her opinion, no family is complete without a pet. From day one pets have always been a huge part of her life and her love for them is undying and is ultimately what brought her to Joint Forces K9. After completing college, she furthered her education with the goal of helping animals. She has completed her first tier of veterinarian assistant courses and received her certificate. This knowledge in tandem with her love and dedication to all of our four-legged friends will motivate her to ensure the best care possible as a kennel technician at Joint Forces K9.
Felicia HopkinsKennel Technician
Felicia was born in a small town in Oklahoma and raised on a farm. Growing up she was always surrounded by horses and many other different animals. She learned to appreciate all of the animals that God brought into this world. This is where her love of animals came from and what brought her to JFK9. She hopes to one day instill the same love she has for animals in her children. She is very excited about the new adventure and opportunities she has at JFK9.