MEET THE TEAM
Co-Founder / Lead Trainer
Ela is a credentialed trainer with a background in Behavior Science and Canine psychology. She is an A.K.C. Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and holds the credentials to administer the A.K.C. S.T.A.R. Puppy program, C.G.C., A.K.C. Community Canine (the advanced level of C.G.C.), Urban C.G.C., and Trick Dog tests. Ela also holds a certificate in Canine Psychology and is certified in Pet First Aid Safety, Pet C.P.R., Pet Respiratory, Safe Pet Moving, Emergency, and Pet Poisonings. Ela is also an established business entrepreneur and member of The Humane Society Animal Rescue Team (A.R.T.), Association of Professional Dog Trainers (A.P.D.T.), and the International Association of Canine Professionals (I.A.C.P.). She has combined her business background and love and passion for all things dog into a dog training career in Southern California since 2014. Before launching Pawminded, she was training and overseeing C.O.R.E., a premier dog boarding and training company in Los Angeles. Ela continues to enhance her expertise by studying under expert behaviorist James O'Heare (Doctor of Behaviorology and writer of "Empowerment Training" and "Dog Training") and is on track to earn her Dipl. C.B.S.T.
Co-Founder / Business Development & Management
Paloma worked in the entertainment industry for over ten years. As an executive and creative, she's honed her skills in project/business development and management. Paloma uses her experience developing and pitching multimillion-dollar projects and managing over 100 person teams to maintain and enhance Pawminded's short term and long term goals. Paloma holds a Master's degree from the University of Southern California (USC) and two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Paloma is grateful to be working with such an inspiring team and truly believes in the mission to empower the dog-human connection.
We also have a small team of cleaners and dog attendants who support #doglife at Pawminded.