Owner & Director of Behavior & Training

Elisabeth (“Liz”) Catalano, M.A., CPDT, CDBC is a professional dog trainer and a behavior counselor with nearly 20 years of experience in dealing with canine behavior problems. She is the Director of Behavior and Training of The Coventry School, Inc. for Dogs and Their People. Liz is skilled in behavior modification techniques and is committed to scientifically-based positive reinforcement animal training. Liz is passionate about making training fun for both people and dogs, increasing their bond and helping them achieve success.


Vincent (“Vinny”) Catalano is a professional dog trainer and behavior counselor with 20+ years of experience in dealing with canine behavior problems. He specializes in aggression and multiple dog issues and has counseled countless owners over the years. He is the President and co-owner of The Coventry School, Inc., for Dogs and Their People. Vinny co-developed a group of courses designed to rehabilitate dog-aggressive dogs. This program has since become the model for other growl classes and is recommended by Behaviorists across the country. The program focuses on calming reactive dogs using classical conditioning and positive reinforcement.

SHELLEY, General Manager

Stephanie has over 15 years of animal instruction experience; initially teaching, training, and coaching horses and riders before shifting her focus to dogs. Stephanie focuses on providing a welcoming, fun, and effective training environment for all of her students, both human and canine. She trains using a scientifically-based approach proven to change behavior and is committed to the use of positive reinforcement methods with an emphasis on building a strong relationship between dog and handler. 

LAURIE, Trainer

Laurie is a professional dog trainer with over five years experience training and working with dogs. A dog lover since childhood, Laurie grew up surrounded by dogs on her family’s farm. She and her Labrador, Moose, were a therapy team for several years and participated in a children’s reading program. Laurie began assisting and teaching puppy and beginner classes locally and quickly became focused on learning about dog behavior in 2012, when her second dog, Pickles the pit bull entered her life.


Charlotte was born with a passion for dogs and training. When training her family dogs, a German Shepherd mix, an Australian Shepherd, and a Jack Russell Terrier, wasn’t enough, she helped friends and neighbors with their own pets and horses. Charlotte started her formal career as an animal professional, by working at horse farms, children’s pony camps, and then ultimately moved onto large training barns that specialized in hunter jumpers.


Elizabeth has been working with Coventry and assisting in dog training classes since 2014. Elizabeth first connected with Coventry when she and her pit bull puppy, Mouse, came to the school for lessons in 2011. Elizabeth and her husband also have a son, Ryan (2013), and a daughter, Cassidy (2016) that shares her house along with their canine sibling. Elizabeth has continued to pursue continuing education to become well-versed in manners training classes and dog behavior. She HAS expertise is in facilitating training geared towards families and helping kids and dogs live safely and happily together. 

JOHANNA, Trainer

Ron is a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI™) and has been teaching K9NW® classes since May 2017. He completed his CNWI Internship (March-December 2017) at Coventry. In keeping with Coventry’s principles, his training philosophy is no force training and aims to create a fun, positive environment for dogs to explore and learn to solve odor puzzles.

CLIONA, Day Camp Manager & Trainer
BRETT, Day Camp Manager
RACHEL, Day Camp Counselor & Trainer

Rachel has worked at Coventry for 2 years. She is the ACE program supervisor and a trainer for the Puppy Prep School program. She has a corgi named Guster who works as her demo dog when she teaches FitDog Strength and Conditioning classes.

STACEY, Day Camp & Trainer
ALYSE, Day Camp Counselor

Alyse first got involved with The Coventry School in December 2019 when she began assisting in their training classes and was brought on as a Day Camp attendant the next February. She previously worked as a professional dog trainer at a big-box pet store teaching group classes. Alyse currently has a 3-year-old German Shepherd named Hunter whom she initially raised to be a Seeing Eye dog. Unfortunately, he was rejected from the program for a medical reason but lives a wonderful pet life with her and her husband, always working on obedience, tricks, rally, and more! Alyse is pursuing her Certified Professional Dog Trainer certification in September 2020.

VERONICA, Day Camp Counselor

Veronica has been working at Coventry since February 2019 after moving to Maryland from San Diego, CA.  Veronica has both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Marine Biology and has been studying and working with animals on and off since 2006. She was able to complete a hands-on animal care and training internship with the U.S. Navy’s Marine Mammal program in 2015 where she cared for and helped train bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions.  Though she does not have a dog of her own, she loves coming into work and getting to play with and love on all the dogs at day camp.

BRANDON, Day Camp Counselor
ANGELA, Day Camp Counselor

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7165 Oakland Mills Rd.
Suite KL
Columbia, MD 21046
Day Camp Drop-Off: 7am - 8:30am
Day Camp Pick-Up: 4pm - 6:30pm
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