Head Trainer Erica McRell is a Louisiana native, born and raised in Lake Charles. Currently she is a mother of 2, counting her fur baby. Erica has always had an overwhelming love for dogs and dedicated countless hours working with the SPCA and Humane Society before joining the United States Air Force in 2006 and focusing all her efforts on becoming a Military Working Dog Handler.
After serving nine years, 5 of which were K9 dedicated, she has decided to focus her love for these animals in a different direction and join Off Leash K9 Training in Oahu, Hawaii. She has training experience in basic to advanced obedience, detection capabilities, and personnel search. Most recently, she has spent the last two years not only training dogs, but also training the handlers who are assigned to them.
Erica is extremely excited to take her love and passion for dogs and share it with those of Oahu, Hawaii, and really show how amazing “mans best friend” can truly be.
Sherry Valmoja was born and raised here in Hawaii. She comes to the OLK9 Ohana with experience as a TSA certified explosives detection canine officer that was assigned to the first K-9 Unit at the Honolulu International Airport with handlers that began with certification by the Federal Aviation Administration. In 2002, Sherry began her law enforcement career working for the Department of Homeland Security and later transferred to the National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program where she successfully completed training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas.
Sherry and her assigned K9 Grendo served a mission to save lives and protect the traveling public. Training experience includes dog breeds Collie, German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois in basic/advanced obedience, detection, patrol, canine maritime search, deterrence, threat response teams for aircraft, terminals, cargo, vehicles, baggage and suspicious items to identify potential threats. Sherry and K9 Grendo also traveled and supported other Hawaii airports as well as serving and protecting US Presidents, Dignitaries, Senators and Military Deployments. She has also actively participated in military competitions and joint law enforcement agency training in explosives detection and other canine task exercises.
Sherry also has 3 years working experience as a veterinary technician. Sherry dedicates her life to her retired K9 Grendo and is very passionate about working with animals and training dogs to live happier lives. Favorite Quote: “All Things That Are Dog”.
You may also recognize Deanna from Kailua Beach where she loves to walk dogs, teach puppy manners, and work dogs with behavior challenges. After adopting her dogs Jake and Chloe in 2010, she realized she had more than a love for dogs, but also a talent for dog handling. She began studying dog psychology and behavior in earnest, putting her skills to work with friends, neighbors, and even strangers with their dog-related issues. She built a reputation for helping transform owners into the leaders their dogs need, and witnessing the dogs’ transformation as a result.
After proudly serving eight years in the Marine Corps, she moved to Oahu in 2012 to continue her service to the Corps as a federal employee, spending her off-time working with dogs. In 2016 she finally decided to leave her steady desk job and pursue her full-time passion as a full-time job. Deanna believes that any dog of any age or size can be trained, and that every owner has the potential to be the leader their dog needs. She is excited and honored to join the OLK9 Oahu team.