Leon Giguere is a racing greyhound trainer. In his words:
My career has literally gone to the dogs! In March of 1987, I separated from the Air Force and moved back to Sarasota, FL. Upon returning home I contacted a high school friend who was working at the Sarasota Kennel Club. I was invited down to visit one evening and he took me into a racing kennel where he worked. That was the moment my life went to the dogs. I was introduced and hired as a helper within days, working for Jackson kennel.
Within a month I was offered another job with Don Abernathy Inc. Kennel which I accepted, and there I learned most of what I know about training racing greyhounds. Working under Jim Abernathy Sr. for the next several years, we leased a greyhound farm not far from the Sarasota Kennel Club and began raising, boarding, and schooling dogs for myself and many clients.
I got my first trainer job with System Kennels in Sarasota and ran the racing kennel as well as working at the farm. Eventually the farm shut down and I trained at several locations for System Kennels over the next ten years, including Sanford Orlando Kennel Club, Seminole Kennel Club, Mile High, Cloverleaf, The Woodlands, Tampa and Derby Lane in St Petersburg, FL.
From Derby Lane I was hired by Charter Kennel and was sent to Birmingham Alabama to train for thirty days before we moved the kennel to Southland Greyhound Park in West Memphis, AR, where I trained for fifteen months. I was then hired to train for Seastrom Kennel in Dubuque, IA. For the next nearly ten years, I trained for Seastrom every summer in Dubuque and either the Valley Greyhound Park or Hollywood Kennel club in the winter.
I then trained for Lonnie Boyle Kennel at the Gulf in TX for fifteen months until they closed. I also drove a dog hauler and helped in Julia Ward's kennel at Dubuque for nine months until I was hired to train the Legg Kennel at Southland Greyhound Park, where I stayed until they closed at the end of 2022. My current job is trainer for Online Racing at Tri State Greyhound Park in Cross Lanes, WV.
Gillian Lee is a dog behaviorist/trainer with vast experience working with active and retired racing greyhounds. After nine years of waiting, she began the slippery slope into NGA world with her first greyhound, RJ's Theadore, that many may know as Teddy Lee on social media. Being a researcher at heart, she wanted to learn more about the amazing world of greyhound racing, and Teddy's trainers, the Piquettes, welcomed her into their kennel, home, and family. During her vacations from her full time employment, Gillian could be found at Steubenville Kennel at the crack of dawn doing kennel-hand duties and learning the ins and outs of the greyhound racing world.
She is the founder of Gillian's Greyhound Adoption located in Orillia, Ontario. GGA specializes in retirees that may need a little polishing and a little more assistance in the transition from professional athlete to professional pet. GGA also provides behavioral assistance to adoption groups throughout North America.
When not working, looking after her pack, and GGA affairs, Gillian works to support the greyhound industry in any way she can including legislation session support, education, and countless hours of Greyhound Data entry.
Pastor Susan Roy is Director of Pastoral Care at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). She has been instrumental in developing programs to recognize the beneficial nature of allowing patients’ pets to visit them in hospitals. Pastor Roy focuses on the spirituality of our animal companions and, in her presentation, she'll be discussing ways to process the experience of losing a beloved pet.
Dr. Allison Gedney is a veterinary oncologist. She is a Delaware native and attended the University of Delaware for her undergraduate degree in Pre-Veterinary Medicine while running competitively for UD for 3 seasons all 3 years.
Dr. Gedney started her veterinary schooling at Ross University in St. Kitts, but transferred to Oklahoma State University after her first year to get more involved in the world of oncology. During her time at Oklahoma State, she assisted in a laboratory researching temperature sensitive nano-particles for chemotherapy delivery. After completing her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2016, she returned to Delaware, completing her rotating internship at the former Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware.
After her rotating internship she became a member of the University of Pennsylvania Comprehensive Oncology Team as their intern, managing radiation, medical and clinical trials oncologic cases. After completion of this position at UPenn, she traveled to Colorado State University to be a doctor working specifically on their Clinical Trials Team. In this position she was one of two doctors responsible for the care of patients in a multitude (up to 38) of clinical trials.
In 2022 Dr. Gedney completed her Residency in Medical Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania. While she has no specific oncologic interests, her research and publications were focused on canine splenic hemangiosarcoma and a commercially available mushroom extract. She is currently on the staff at Pet Emergency Treatment and Specialties in Lancaster, PA.
Nicole Argue is a licensed veterinary technician at Nickel City Animal Hospital in Buffalo, NY. From a young age, she knew wanted to work with animals. With her job, she enjoys surgery and dental procedures.
She has been lucky to know three of her six greyhounds while they were racing due to her family, the Piquettes and the Ungs. Nicole was able to work as a kennel hand at Steubenville Kennel and enjoyed learning the daily routines of the greyhounds.
While not working, she enjoys photography, traveling, and spending time with her greyhounds, cats, family and friends.