Meet your Trainers

Erica McRell

erica_bio_picHead Trainer Erica McRell is a Louisiana native, born and raised in Lake Charles.  Currently she is a mother of 2, counting her fur baby.  Erica has always had an overwhelming love for dogs and dedicated countless hours working with the SPCA and Humane Society before joining the United States Air Force in 2006 and focusing all her efforts on becoming a Military Working Dog Handler.

After serving nine years, 5 of which were K9 dedicated, she has decided to focus her love for these animals in a different direction and join Off Leash K9 Training in Oahu, Hawaii.  She has training experience in basic to advanced obedience, detection capabilities, and personnel search.  Most recently, she has spent the last two years not only training dogs, but also training the handlers who are assigned to them.

Erica is extremely excited to take her love and passion for dogs and share it with those of Oahu, Hawaii, and really show how amazing “mans best friend” can truly be.

 

Sherry Valmoja

SherrySherry Valmoja was born and raised here in Hawaii. She comes to the OLK9 Ohana with experience as a TSA certified explosives detection canine officer that was assigned to the first K-9 Unit at the Honolulu International Airport with handlers that began with certification by the Federal Aviation Administration. In 2002, Sherry began her law enforcement career working for the Department of Homeland Security and later transferred to the National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program where she successfully completed training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas.

Sherry and her assigned K9 Grendo served a mission to save lives and protect the traveling public. Training experience includes dog breeds Collie, German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois in basic/advanced obedience, detection, patrol, canine maritime search, deterrence, threat response teams for aircraft, terminals, cargo, vehicles, baggage and suspicious items to identify potential threats. Sherry and K9 Grendo also traveled and supported other Hawaii airports as well as serving and protecting US Presidents, Dignitaries, Senators and Military Deployments. She has also actively participated in military competitions and joint law enforcement agency training in explosives detection and other canine task exercises.

Sherry also has 3 years working experience as a veterinary technician. Sherry dedicates her life to her retired K9 Grendo and is very passionate about working with animals and training dogs to live happier lives. Favorite Quote: “All Things That Are Dog”.

James Henry

Trainer James Henry is from the “windy city” of Chicago, and has had a fond affection for animals from a young age. His Child hood dream was to train Dolphins. After the Army, James attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa to study Marine Biology and fulfill this dream. After University and wanting to be more on land James came to work for Off Leash K9 Training. His two canine companions, Rhio and Lucifer, a German shepherd and malamute; served as the inspiration for his pursuit of a career in dog training. Having served 4 years as a paratrooper in the United States Army, James understands the importance and value of proper training. Working with both dogs and their owners, James has helped numerous Oahu residents realize their goals of a better relationship with their own canine companions.

Amie Falk

Amie Falk is From Salem OH move to Hawaii six years ago always had a love for animals she’s had experience in kennel work the last two years of High school attended vocational school vet tech program she decided to go in a career direction in something that she loved which was dog training I went through online dog training through Penn Foster. Then found offleash k9 training and now enjoy being a dog trainer and seeing the dogs we train go on their way being more confident and obedient.

Maria Hagood

Maria Hagood is from Europe. Moved from Germany to Hawaii 15 years ago to finish her MBA. She grew up with multiple strays in Bulgaria and has a soft spot for rescues. She loves giving dogs a second chance and enabling them to have a better life.
She has donated her time and funds to the Hawaiian Humane Society.
11 years ago, Maria adopted her fur baby Valentine (a 4 year old stray from Waimanalo) and had to train her from scratch.
Maria was working in military food distribution in Hawaii, Korea, Japan and Guam. Her true passion are K9s so when the opportunity presented itself to be a dog trainer, she decided to follow her heart.