Meet the Teams!

Kathy & Centa

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Kathy & Centa at the 2015 L.E.T.S. Certification Seminar

Kathy Newman has been involved with K-9 search and rescue for over 30 years. Kathy is a NASAR Sar-Tech II. She has attended over 80 seminars on Search and Rescue and spent 3 weeks at the Connecticut Police K-9 training center, training in Cadaver.

Kathy’s K9 partner is a Belgain Malinois named Centa. Kathy has trained and certified her dogs in Air-Scent, Trailing, Land and Water Cadaver, Diasater, and Evidence. She has also trained and handled her own dogs in the areas of Obedience, Rally, Conformation, and Schutzhund. Kathy has trained dogs to aid the deaf, Police k-9’s, and other service dogs. She was a part-time licensed police reserve for 26 years. Kathy has taught at several seminars around the country and enjoys helping people train their dogs.

Jackie & Zeus

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Jackie joined MinnSARDA in 2004 and has served as base and field support. Her first SAR dog, Storm (Border Collie), was Trailing and Land cadaver certified and is now very reluctantly retired. Jackie’s  current partner is Zeus, a German Shepherd/Great Dane mix. The team is certified in Land and Water Cadaver. Storm and Zeus share Jackie’s home with her human family as well as Dusty the cat. Jackie has done in-home dog training with various clients in the metro area and has also been a service dog trainer with PawPADS out of Lakeville, MN. When she is not working with dogs, Jackie enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and hiking.

Greg & Lincoln

Greg became involved in SAR in 2016 with his Doberman partner, Lincoln. Greg, originally from Flint, MN, resides in Minneapolis and holds a degree in audio electronics. Greg is a social worker with the Salvation Army and primarily assists individuals in shelter and experiencing homelessness. Greg is also a member of the Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services in the northern U.S. division, where he assists in their Incident Command System after disasters occur. Lincoln was born February 22, 2016, a pup of Edward, an international agility and obedience champion bred by Terri Nelson of Kings Ransom Dobermans. He is AKC registered and holds his Canine Good Citizen certification. Outside of SAR, Greg enjoys hiking, camping, range shooting, and watching Detroit sports teams with the ever loving, loyal, and intelligent Lincoln.