Our Team of Expert Dog Trainers

Experts and Industry Leaders You Can Count On

Highland Canine Training, LLC boasts an expansive team of expert dog trainers and dedicated specialists with a tremendous amount of relevant, hands-on experience.  Many of our staff have considerable years of various experience in law enforcement and military operations.   Our experience and commitment to customer service has made us a leader in the industry.

Erin Purgason

Erin Purgason

Owner

Erin Purgason is the founder of Highland Canine Training, LLC, a diverse dog training and industry leading, canine education business. 

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Jason Purgason

President

Jason Purgason is the President of Highland Canine Training, LLC and has over twenty-five years of experience in working with dogs and their owners.

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Sharon Rollings

Sharon Rollings

Business Office Manager

Sharon joined our team in 2017 and has been an essential part of our daily business office procedures. With her extensive background of 25+ years….

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Michelle Hemric

Director of Operations

Michelle is the Director of Operations at Highland Canine Training, LLC, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge in a number of areas.

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Deb Livingood

Deb Livingood

Director of Service Dogs

As a retired Naval Officer and Director of Training/Operations for both national and international companies, Deb brings extensive leadership and…

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Magdalena Szymanska

Instructor, Canine Education Programs

Magdalena is a key part of our School for Dog Trainers, providing a wealth of dog training experience to students attending our programs.

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Greg Vaughn

Trainer, Service Dog Division

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Greg brings a wealth of knowledge to our Service Dog division. Greg attended SUNY Rockland and …..

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Carlos Hernandez

Carlos Hernandez

Trainer, Service Dog Division

Carlos is a veteran of working with people to create a better life with their dogs.  He is a native of Puerto Rico and spent most of his life in San Juan….. 

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Shana Parsnow

Shana Parsnow

Manager, Working Dog Division

Shana began her career with animals at a national retail pet chain and later continued working as a veterinary assistant at a local animal hospital. 

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Amber Seibsen

Amber Vaughn

Trainer, Working Dog Division

Amber grew up around dogs and animals and has always had a passion for training dogs.  She attended our 24-week Master Dog Trainer Program at…

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Morgan Ellis

Trainer

Originally from Indiana, Morgan works alongside our Kennel Team and working dog trainers to help various divisions of Highland Canine Training.

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Makayla Gaddis

Manager, Kennel Team

Makayla manages our kennel staff at our dog training center in Harmony, NC. Originally from Athens, GA, Makayla moved to North Carolina in…

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