​​​Our Team

​"Science First"



​​​​​Meet the NGHWDF 3C Discovery Team

The NGHWD is so very pleased to introduce our 3C Discovery Team.  After the 2016 expedition that allowed field researchers to confirm the presence of HWDs in their native habitat for the first time in over 50 years, the foundation has been working hard to assemble the leading experts from the top canid research and genetics universities to act as advisors and participating scientists.  We've also engaged other top experts in a variety of respective disciplines, posturing the NGHWDF to be a premiere global asset.  And we continue to grow, adding some of the most prestigious names in the canid scientific community daily.  We are very proud of what we've accomplished to date and even more excited to see what the future brings.

All those participating in the NGHWDF 3C discovery effort of are of like mind and commitment in regard to our Science First core value and 3C Philosophy.  We are all dedicated to putting science before self interest and eager to continue collaboration with the scientific community, interest groups and enthusiasts.  The NGHWDF is humbled to be able to offer such a rich collection of resources unlike that available anywhere else.  We hope you will consider lending your talents to this incredible organization and endeavor.
​​James K McIntyre, Founder/President/Director of Field Research​​; ​Director, Southwest Pacific Research Project

​James McIntyre was born and raised in New Jersey, and left home at the age of 17 to attend Emory and Henry College on a football scholarship.  After transferring to the University of Idaho, he completed his undergraduate work and graduate studies with degrees in Zoology, Chemistry and Education.  McIntyre’s diverse career path includes work on a cattle ranch in north Idaho, animal control, lab animal technician at Idaho State University, veterinary technician, head mammal keeper at the Bronx Zoo, Okapi capture campaign team member in the Eturi Forest in the Congo, and in Vanuatu, where he was first to document a population of intersexual pigs found nowhere else in the world,  He also served as a  Zoologist at White Oak Plantation, a private breeding facility for endangered species.  Since his first trip to Papua New Guinea in 1996, he and his friend, colleague and mentor, Dr. I Lehr Brisbin, have strived to unlock the secrets of the world’s rarest and most elusive canid – The New Guinea Highland Wild Dog.  McIntyre, a retired high school biology instructor and track coach, resides on beautiful Amelia Island in Northeast Florida with his pitbull mix Deacon.
Southwest Pacific Research Project
​​Dr. I Lehr Brisbin, Cofounder/Vice President​​

​Dr. Brisbin is the Senior Research Ecologist Emeritus at the University of Georgia Savannah River Ecology Laboratory.  Areas of expertise include Vertebrate ecology, radioecology, ecotoxicology, animal behavior, canine olfaction, fate and effects of nuclear and non-nuclear contaminants, fish and game as vectors of human contamination.  Dr. Brisbin is credited with discovering and naming the Carolina Dog, which is native to his home state of South Carolina.  Dr. Brisbin owns and resides with a number of Carolina Dogs and NGSDs.  The rediscovery of the HWD is largely due to his tireless, persistent efforts.

​Lisa L Wolf, Secretary/Behavioral Sciences Committee Chairperson

Lisa Wolf is an internationally recognized expert, lecturer and writer in regard to primitive canids, canid ecology and behavior.   Her 35+ years of experience has resulted in a career as a canine researcher and consultant, with focus on neurobiological cognitive behavior, canid-human coevolution and migration, reproductive science, genetics, diagnosis and treatment of extreme agnostic and aberrant behaviors, and conservation.  Lisa also donates time to shelter and rescue efforts, is active in legislative issues and serves as an advisor to various state and federal agencies.  She has also studied and contributed to field research on canid prey species, such as northern whitetail deer.   Her educational pursuits include studies at Wright State University, Ohio State University and in excess of 100 hours of annual continuing education.  In addition to her other achievements, Lisa is proud to be a veteran of the US Air Force and retired from federal civil service after serving 25 years as a USAF Program Manager.  Lisa is happily owned by seven NGSDs, wolfdogs, arctic foxes and a Tamaskan Dog.
Dr. Ben Sacks, Geneticist, University of California, Davis

Dr. Ben Sacks an Associate Adjunct Professor of Mammalian Genetics and Ecology at University of California, Davis, and director of the Mammalian Ecology and Conservation Unit of the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory.  He and his students employ genomic and field-based methodologies to study evolution, ecology, and conservation of canids and other mammals, including village dogs, HWDs, NGSDs and dingoes containing genomic information about their evolutionary origins.  Dr Sacks was the first to extract genetic sequences from the HWD and confirm the presence of the A29 Haplotype.  His important groundbreaking work proved definitively that the HWD was alive and well in it's native ecosystem, and not extinct as was once feared.
Dr. Adam Boyko, Geneticist, Cornell University

Adam Boyko is an assistant professor in Biomedical Sciences at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. His research focuses on genomic investigation of dogs as a model of genetic disease and evolutionary genetics. One aspect of this work is understanding the evolution and genetics of village dogs, the semi-feral pariah dogs found in much of the world today. Dr. Boyko is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and received an MS in Computer Science and a PhD in Biology from Purdue University before his postdoctoral research in the Department of Biological Statistics and Computational Biology at Cornell University. He served as a Research Associate in the Genetics Department at the Stanford School of Medicine before beginning his faculty appointment at Cornell in 2011.
Dr. Boyko is a member of Cornell's Center for Vertebrate Genomics, the Center for Comparative and Population Genomics, and the fields of Comparative Biomedical Sciences; Computational Biology; Genetics, Genomics and Development;  Molecular and Integrative Physiology and Zoology and Wildlife Conservation. He also serves as Founder and Chief Science Officer of Embark Veterinary, a canine genetic testing company.
Dr. Kylie Cairns, Geneticist

Dr Kylie Cairns is an Australian based expert in canid genetics, she is particularly interested in the evolution and biogeography of canids in Oceania. Dr Cairns completed her PhD at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 2015 entitled “Population differentiation in the dingo: biogeography and molecular ecology of the Australian Native Dog using maternal, paternal and autosomal genetic markers”. She is experienced in the use of DNA testing technology to estimate hybridisation in dingoes and NGSD, trained by the late A/Prof Alan Wilton (UNSW). Dr Cairns has a passion for the conservation and preservation of dingoes and NGSD and using scientific research to further these aims.
​​Dr. Brian Davis, Comparative Genomicist, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine; Assistant Professor, Research, Veterinary Integrative Biosciences

Dr. Brian Davis is a comparative genomicist interested in the topography of genomes of any species, and how they contribute to heritable disease.   His focus is on how similarities and differences in phenotypes within an individual, population or species, are reflected in the genome.  He constructs bioinformatic pipelines that utilize high throughput genomics, exomics, and transcriptomics to inform on multiple aspects of biology, from natural variation to aberrant conditions.  During his undergraduate career, Dr. Davis constructed two iterations of a radiation hybrid map for the domestic cat.   Master’s research involved the most comprehensive phylogenetic study of the great cats within genus Panthera (lion, leopard, jaguar, tiger, snow leopard and clouded leopard) resulting in an alternative interpretation of the history of pantherine lineage.  His graduate work used hybrid felines as a model to examine the genetics of speciation and the interactions of genes on the Y chromosome posing prezygotic barriers to reproduction.  Please see  Brian Davis.
​​Dan Maloney, Deputy Director of Animal Care and Conservation, Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens

Dan’s 32-year career has given him the opportunity to work for some of the world’s top zoological institutions, including the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx and Queens Zoos, the Philadelphia Zoological Garden, the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, and Australia’s Royal Melbourne Zoo.  As Audubon Zoo’s General Curator, he led the Hurricane Response Team.  Dan and 13 others remained at the zoo through Katrina in August 2005, and many staff lived on premises for nearly two months.  Staff was well prepared, and Dan credits Audubon’s triumph to the remarkable dedication of the team, solid preparation and good fortune.
As Deputy Director of Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens since 2010, he’s responsible for animal husbandry and health care, regulatory compliance, environmental enrichment, animal transport, keeper training, exhibit design, species conservation programs, and effective guest interpretation and engagement with the animals.
​​Dr. Patrick Thomas, Vice President and General Curator Wildlife Conservation Society; Associate Director, Bronx Zoo

Pat Thomas has spent his professional career in the conservation and husbandry of mammals, specializing in behavioral ecology and reproduction, and developing protocols to ensure the long-term persistence and genetic viability of captive populations. He is a firm believer in utilizing WCS’s captive collections to enhance the management and conservation of wild populations.
Recent projects include an evaluation of various scent attractants to non-invasively collect hair samples from African felids for DNA analyses, a comparison of the efficacy of oral vs. intramuscular canine distemper vaccines in African wild dogs as a means of potentially providing disease protection for this highly endangered canid, and an assessment of the short- and long-term consequences of live-shearing wild guanacos, which is being tested as a possible conservation strategy.
​​Paul Murphy, Senior Advisor at Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold Company

​Paul Murphy is the Senior Advisor for Freeport McMoRan Cooper and Gold Company.  Paul was instrumental in the 2016 HWD expeditions and will continue to serve as liaision, advisor and logistics support consultant for the NGHWDF in regard to future expeditions.

Paul's other skillsets include program management, environmental management, coorporate planning, mining, strategic planning, geology, business strategy, strategic communication, sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

Paul also acts as an advisor for the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility.
​Denise Wetzel, Rescue Committee Chairperson/Rescue Coordinator

​Denise Wetzel has over 10 years experience as a veteran canine  expert and rescuer.   Specializing in rare and primitive breeds such as Tamaskan Dogs, wolfdogs, dingoes and NGSDs, Denise has successfully rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed countless dogs that were thought to be unadoptable and beyond hope.  She now uses this experience in a leadership role to mentor and assist others.

In addition to her many success with individual rescue cases, Denise has also coordinated and worked large rescue efforts involving over a hundred animals.  Nationally recognized and respected, she is highly sought out as a consultant/advisor in regard to not only the unique needs particular to primitive canid rescue and placement, but behavior, rehabilitation, behavioral modification and containment solutions. 

Denise is the proud mother to two sons and lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Mike, and their three NGSDs and three Tamaskans. 

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Terrie Hayward MEd, KPA Faculty, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, CSAT, ACDBC
Terrie Hayward is a certified, professional animal trainer and the owner of PAW-Positive Animal wellness, LLC in Rincon, Puerto Rico. She is the author of the pocket guide to working with deaf dogs titled, "A Deaf Dog Joins the Family, Training, Education, and Communication for a Smooth Transition."​ 

Additionally, Terrie specializes in canine separation anxiety cases. She works with families and their animal companions, presents workshops, travels, and consults focusing on positive reinforcement interactions and modifying behavior through applications in behavior analysis. She has written behavior and training articles for Bark’s Magazine, Grooming Business, Pet Business, Deaf Dogs Rock, and the Karen Pryor Academy. 
Terrie holds a Master’s Degree in Education, is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and Faculty Member. She is also Certified by the Council for Professional Dog Trainers and is an Associate Certified Member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, as well as being a Professional Member of The Pet Professional Guild.
A Deaf Dog Joins the Family
Pawsitive Animal Wellness
Karen Pryor Academy
Molly Sumridge (Sumner) CDBC, CPDT-KSA, CBATI, CWRI
Molly Sumridge (Sumner) is the owner and founder of Kindred Companions LLC. She is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and Certified Professional Dog Trainer with a deep passion for the human animal bond.  With over a decade of experience, Molly pursues ongoing education by attending multiple seminars and conferences to stay current on methods, science, equipment and industry standards while pursuing her Masters Degree in Anthrozoology.  In her role on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Molly helps shape the profession of animal behavior consulting and it's relationship with the veterinary field.  A certified Compassion Fatigue Educator, Molly works with pet professionals struggling with same, and is also an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and a Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dog Evaluator.
Molly shares her home with her primitive dogs, who she trains for competition obedience, rally, lure coursing, barn hunt, and animal assisted activities. She is credited as being the first to attain competition titles for a New Guinea Singing Dog.
Kindred Companions
​Gayle Person, Registry/Administration/History Committees

Gayle Person is an independent NGSD researcher and longtime active member of the primitive dog community.  From her 28 year career as a Senior Program Manager for USSI Global based in Melbourne, FL,  Gayle brings with her a professional skill set that includes Program Management, Telecommunications, Digital Media, Network Management, Operations, Sales, and Organizational and Leadership skills.

Knowledgeable in the areas of NGSD behavior, genealogy, history, and reproduction, Gayle takes a special interest in conservation through best breeding and husbandry protocols.  A strong advocate for preservation through genetic diversity, Gayle is credited with legitimizing and ensuring the continuation of the Canadian lines, and her NGSD Nora is part of the conservation breeding reserve.

Gayle resides in Florida with her two sons, Matthew (also a member of the NGSD community) and Ethan. She is the proud caretaker to five NGSDs and a foster failure deaf Great Dane. 
​YOU!  The NGHWDF welcomes all scientists, behaviorists, interest groups, owners, breeders and enthusiasts to join us with your contribution or interest.  Please click here or visit our ENGAGE  page to  learn more.

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