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Darryl DiSanto – Training Day Planning and Preparation

Royal Canin – Dog Food Fixes that can Improve Performance

Bill Grant, DVM – K9 First Aid

Ken Furton, PhD – Chemistry of Scent

Cynthia Otto – Canine Behavior



Lane Critser – Tactical Patrol Class

Terry Fleck – Canine Legal Update for Patrol

Bill Lewis – Reasons We Get into Trouble

Bill Lewis II is a retired sergeant from the Oxnard [CA] Police Department where he served over 25 years on SWAT as an operator and team leader. Bill served as the CATO regional representative for Region 1A from 2007 to 2014. He was appointed as a Director to the CATO Board in November 2010 and currently serves as the Conference Coordinator for the annual CATO Training Conference. Bill also serves as the facilitator for his two web sites and

Joe Oberding – 

Joe has 22 years law enforcement experience.  He has been a Police K9 decoy/agitator since 1997, a Police K9 Handler of Detection and Patrol/SWAT based police dogs from 2003 to 2015, and he was the Head Trainer of a 10-dog K9 Unit in Southern Nevada from 2007 to 2015.  Joe was recognized as Officer of the Year on two separate occasions, and each award cited his work and efforts within the Police K9 community as a predominant reason for the recognition.  He is also a 2-time Medal of Valor recipient.  He has been a Certifying Official with CNCA since 2010, a Police K9 Trial Judge since 2009, and a K9 Nosework Trial Judge since 2015

Mike Ritland – K9 Aggression and Shaping

Jeff Schettler – Tactical Team Tracking



Dave Cochran, US Military – IED’s

Mike Digby and Gary Morgan, Retired LASD Bomb Squad – 

Mel English – 

Ken Licklider, VohneLiche Kennels – 

SMSGT, USAF (Ret) Kenneth Licklider, is the Owner/Operator of Vohne Liche Kennels, Inc
(VLK), a Service Disabled Veteran owned company headquartered in Denver, Indiana, with
additional facilities in California and Holland. VLK is widely known as the premier Private
Canine Training Facility and Detection Service Provider in the world and has been providing
superior service for the past twenty-three (23) years.
SMSGT Licklider has thirty-nine (39) years canine experience, including seventeen (17) years
serving in the United States Air Force (U.S.A.F.) in the canine career field. SMSGT Licklider
served in the U.S.A.F. from 1977-1993 and served in the capacity of Law Enforcement
Superintendent, Kennel Master, Police Service Dog Trainer, and as a Police Service Dog
Handler. During his military career SMSGT Licklider competed in and won several military K-9
competitions and was as the recipient of numerous service medals.

Derrick Simmons –



Seth Cimino – California Marijuana Legal Update for Handlers

Seth Cimino has been employed by the Citrus Heights Police Department for over four years. He is currently assigned to the Department’s Special Investigations Unit as a Narcotics Detective. Prior to working for the Citrus Heights PD, Seth spent over 11 years with the Del Norte Sheriff’s Office. During his career, Seth has spent over nine years as a narcotics detective and seven as a narcotics canine handler. His focus of investigation has been marijuana related crimes to include: possession, cultivation, transportation, sales and Butane Hash Oil manufacturing.  He has been involved in the investigations of several hundred drug related crimes. Seth has also qualified as a State court as an expert in marijuana cultivation, possession, possession for sales, transportation, sales, Butane Hash Oil investigations, medical marijuana case law, Proposition 215/Senate Bill 420 and their application. Seth is a POST certified instructor and frequently travels throughout the State and country and teaches courses about marijuana related crimes. Seth is also a State board member and instructor for the California Narcotic Officers’ Association and former member of CNCA. Before law-enforcement, Seth received his Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice from CSU-Sacramento.

Ted Daus – Legal Update

Rob Havice – Parcel Interdiction

Randy Hare – Shaping Behavior

James Hugar and Rafael Vega – Hidden Compartments

Robert Pennal – Meth Drug Update