Karen Delise, Founder & Director of Research
More than twenty years of research and investigation have led to Ms. Delise being considered the nation's leading expert on dog bite-related fatalities. During this time, she has been instrumental in shitfing public attitudes toward canine aggression by focusing on reduction of risk through humane care, custody and control of companion dogs, as well as keeping the comparative risk of living with dogs in proper perspective. Ms. Delise has authored two books: Fatal Dog Attacks: The Stories Behind the Statistics and The Pit Bull Placebo: The Media, Myths and Politics of Canine Aggression. Ms. Delise retired from the Suffolk County, NY Sheriff's Office after twenty-nine years of service. She earned a degree in Veterinary Science Technology and is a licensed veterinary technician. Ms. Delise has worked for the East End Small Animal Emergency Hospital, the Long Island Game Farm, and the New York State Marine Mammal Rescue Program. She also volunteered, for seven years, in the Bide-A-Wee Pet Therapy Program. Read Ms. Delise's Research and Investigation Methodology.
Donald Cleary, Director of Communications & Publications
In addition to serving as the Director of Communications and Publications for the National Canine Research Council, Mr. Cleary serves as Treasurer for the Animal Farm Foundation. Mr. Cleary recently retired as Director of Business Affairs for the Jane Rotrosen Agency, a New York literary agency. In addition to researching, writing, and speaking for the animals, he offers lectures on ancient and modern military history in adult school programs. Mr. Cleary lives in New Jersey with his wife and their two adopted dogs.
Janis Bradley, Associate Director of Communications & Publications
Janis holds a B.A. in Philosophy and a Masters in English. She first pursued a career as a college teacher, counselor, and administrator. Leaving academia, she then took up professionally her passion for the human-canine relationship. From 2000 through 2009, Janis trained more than 400 professional pet dog trainers.
Janis is the author of Dogs Bite, But Balloons and Slippers are More Dangerous (James and Kenneth), the complete guide to research on dog bites; Dog Bites: Problems and Solutions (Animals and Society Institute); and The Relevance of Breed in Selecting a Companion Dog (NCRC Vision Series). All of this comes from an abiding interest in finding the very best information about the remarkable relationship between dogs and people. She lives in Oakland, California with rescued Greyhounds Henry and Annie.
Elizabeth Arps, Manager of Research and Public Policy Services
Ms. Arps attained a B.A. in Biology from Hiram College in 2010, during which she worked at the college’s field station caring for endangered waterfowl. During college, she also interned at animal shelters and sanctuaries, and traveled abroad extensively, all of which broadened her interest in studying a wide variety of animal welfare issues. Elizabeth was able to explore those interests as she pursued a M.S. in Animals and Public Policy from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011, where her thesis focused on the effects of a local dog breed-specific ordinance. She also spent time volunteering at feral cat clinics and with orphaned wildlife through the school’s wildlife rehabilitation clinic. Ms. Arps was delighted to join the National Canine Research Council in 2012, where she can apply her background in science and policy. Elizabeth lives in New York City with her adopted dog, Walter.