Cheryl A. Johnston, Ph.D. is a board certified forensic anthropologist and a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. She earned her doctoral degree at the Ohio State University in 2002 and is a lecturer in the Center for Life Sciences Education at OSU. In 2005 she joined the faculty at Western Carolina University where she designed and carried out the human decomposition research program at the Forensic Osteology Research Station (FOREST) an outdoor human decomposition facility. She is a former director of the FOREST and the Western Carolina Human Identification Laboratory (WCHIL). Dr. Johnston has worked as a consultant in forensic anthropology since 1991 for numerous agencies including the Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Macon, and Clay County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Departments, The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Division, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and numerous Ohio Coroners’ and Sheriffs’ Offices. Her major interests in forensic anthropology are human decomposition and taphonomic processes, and methods of field location and recovery of human remains.
Athena Haus is a 26 year retired Captain of the Fire Service and USAR System. Before joining the Fire Service she worked with animals in many capacities including as a keeper at the Cincinnati Zoo. She has been involved with FEMA Urban Search and Rescue since 1993 serving as a Technical Search Specialist, Search Team Manager, Canine Coordinator, Instructor, Canine Evaluator and Canine Search Specialist. Athena responds locally with Ohio Disaster Search Dogs and Ohio Region 3 Rescue Team. Athena has had several partners of various breeds and disciplines over the years and is a member of the Greene County SWAT Team where she serves as a tactical medic. Her training business K9 Karma, keeps her busy training various working dogs as well as, basic pet obedience.
Robin Greubel has been involved in canine search and rescue since 2001, starting in area search and human remains detection (HRD), which expanded into disaster work. She is an instructor and evaluator for both live and HRD with various national organizations and is an instructor for managing land search operations (search management).
She’s certified numerous dogs in area search, wilderness HRD, disaster and disaster HRD. She trains and deploys with Nebraska Task Force 1 and Iowa Task Force 1 and responds to requests by various law enforcement agencies in and around the state of Iowa to aid in search management and to resolve cases with her canines. Robin in the President and CEO of K9Sensus. K9Sensus has now replaced Paws of Life Foundation to expand its reach to focus on all working dogs, training the other end of the leash to better serve and collaborate with our canine partners.
Robin instructs throughout the nation in diverse specialties. By training the trainer/handler, she provides students with a deeper understanding of the behaviors they are trying to achieve. Robin’s focus remains on meeting the dog at its level, decoding animal perceptions and responses to stimuli. Her progressive, research-based training translates theory into practice, empowering people to truly collaborate with their canine partners.