2012 APHE National Conference

  • March 01, 2012
  • March 02, 2012
  • Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation in Walnut Creek, CA


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Join APHE for two great days packed with amazing presentations and professional networking opportunities. This is the national conference for humane educators!
Click here for the most current conference program filled with helpful conference information. 

Conference Sponsors
Thanks to the generous sponsors supporting the 2012 APHE National Conference and the Nathania Gartman Memorial Scholarship Fund.  For sponsorship opportunities, please contact treasurer@aphe.org.


Nathania Gartman Memorial Scholarship Fund Sponsors

 Conference Location
The conference will take place at Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation located at 2890 Mitchell Drive in Walnut Creek, CA.  Tours of the facility will be available during the conference.
For a map of the Bay Area including some of the conference locations, click here. 

Conference Schedule
Wednesday, February 29th: Pre-Conference Mixer from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 1st: Conference Sessions, including Sharing Corral, from 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m., APHE Membership Meeting from 4:15-5:45 p.m., Dinner and Auction starting at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, March 2nd: Conference Sessions from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 
Saturday, March 3rd: Optional Service Dog Row Excursion from 8 a.m.-3:45 (additional fee) 

Topics and Speakers
Thursday Sessions
Mango and Bananas: Role-Play and Storytelling Techniques for Teaching Anger Management and Conflict Resolution with Early Childhood Populations
Karina Naumer, HEART: Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers
Shadowing at the Shelter: A High School Veterinary Science Education Initiative
De Daltorio and Dr. Brittany Watson Tisa, Charleston Animal Society
Think Outside the Classroom: Spreading Humane Values via Partnerships
Allison Lindquist, East Bay SPCA
Clay Foley, Champaign County Humane Society
Elaine Schmid, East Hillside Patch
Using Art and Photography in Humane Education
Maggie Howe, San Diego Humane Society and SPCA
Debbie Duel, Washington Animal Rescue League
Friday Sessions
Eco Impact: How Our Choices Affect the Earth and Its Inhabitants
Lisa Forzley, Detroit Zoological Society
Vicarious Modeling & Self-Efficacy: Applying Social Learning Theory
Robert Lucius, Kairos Coalition
Show Your Worth: Promoting the Value of Humane Education Roundtables 

Dezarae Jones-Hartwig, Wisconsin Humane Society
Kelley Uber Sterner, Humane Society of Northeast Georgia

Compassion in the Classroom: Creating the Humane Standard
Stephanie Itle-Clark, Humane Society University
Kate MacFall, Animal Shelter Foundation
Sandy DeLisle
Using Cultural Values to Bring Humane Education to Life
Mele Brewer and Carol Everett, Kaua'i Humane Society
Saving Audie and BAD RAP Overview
Charity Jara and Donna Reynolds, BAD RAP 

Sharing Corral
The Sharing Corral is an APHE tradition where educators can showcase their innovative programs, lessons, and ideas.  The deadline for submitting Sharing Corral requests for the 2012 National Conference has passed, but keep your great program ideas in mind for next year. 

 Pre-Conference Mixer
Join us for food and fun while connecting with old friends and making new ones.  The mixer will take place on Wednesday, February 29th in the evening at the Renaissance Club Sport Hotel.  Reserve your space when you register for the conference.  

Dinner and Benefit Auction
Join us on Thursday, March 1st for a complimentary dinner coupled with silent and live auctions to benefit the Nathania Gartman Scholarship Fund. Quality humane education materials as well as fun items in a range of prices will be included.

Contributions from individuals, businesses, and organizations are critical to the success of the benefit auction.  The valuable and unique items contributed from around the country are what make this auction so special.  APHE encourages its members to solicit donations or to donate your special purchases to help raise money for this vital cause. 
Click here for more information and a sample letter to solicit donations and click here for the APHE tax exempt letter if you need it to solicit donations (click here for a .doc version of the letter and required paperwork).

If you would like to volunteer to help with setting up for the auction, conducting the auction, or cleaning up after the auction, please contact us at

Reserve your space at the dinner and auction when you register for the conference and don't forget to bring a suitcase for all the goodies that you win!
Special thanks to Southwest Airlines for its contribution to the Nathania Gartman Memorial Benefit Auction.

Optional Service Dog Row Excursion
On Saturday, March 3rd from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. we've planned tours of three inspiring organizations that highlight the human-animal bond, the Bergin University of Canine Studies, Forget Me Not Farm Children's Services, and Guide Dogs for the Blind.  The $60 fee for this optional excursion includes transportation, a boxed lunch, snacks, and donations to each organization.

You can register for the Excursion on-line when you register for the conference or by mail using
this form

Registration Information
Registration is $225 for APHE members and $275 for non-members.  This fee includes two days of conference sessions with lunch and break refreshments, the pre-conference mixer on Wednesday evening, and dinner on Thursday evening. 
All food provided by APHE will be vegetarian or vegan. 

You can register on-line using the link above or by mail using
this form.

Not an APHE member? 
Join now to receive the discounted member price. 

Refund Policy
Registration transfers are allowed.  They must be coordinated by the individuals involved and communicated to the conference coordinators via conference@aphe.org

If a refund is required, a full refund minus a $25 processing fee up until 10 days before the first day of the conference can be requested. 

No refunds with less than 10 days notice given, but distributed conference materials, such as a cd or other media device distributed by APHE to conference attendees, can be requested.

No refunds for the excursion will be given.  However, excursion fees can be transferred to someone else in case of cancellation.

Scholarship Information
APHE members may apply for financial assistance though the Nathania Gartman Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Scholarship awards are intended to offset part of the costs of attending the conference (travel, registration, lodging).  The deadline for applying for scholarships for the 2012 National Conference has passed, but keep in mind this opportunity for future conferences. 
New this year, we will be offering Vendor booths during our breaks and at lunch on Friday, March 2.  Vendor booths should appeal to an audience of humane educators.  Application deadline has passed, but please keep this opportunity in mind for future conferences.

Thanks to the following vendors for participating in the conference:


  • Humane Society University is dedicated to advancing human-animal interdisciplinary scholarship by training current and future professionals to provide ethical and sustainable leadership.


 Hotel Information
The Renaissance Club Sport at 2805 Jones Road in Walnut Creek is offering rooms for $139 plus tax per night.  To make a reservation at this rate contact Lauren Ciesleicz, Event Manager, directly at 925-942-6306 or email Lauren.Cieslewicz@clubsports.com and ask for the Association of Professional Humane Educators.  Be sure to mention the Renaissance Club Sport Hotel.  As long as they have rooms available, they will honor that rate, but you must contact Lauren directly.    

APHE will provide transportation between the hotel and ARF each morning and afternoon.
Parking for registered guests will be $10 per night.  It is $19 for non-registered guests.

Airport Information
Walnut Creek is in the San Francisco Bay area in California.  You can fly into either Oakland Airport or San Francisco Airport.   The hotel does not provide airport transportation to/from either airport, but from both you can access BART (Bay Area Rapid Transport) to get to Walnut Creek. The hotel is about .2 miles from the Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa BART station. 

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact us at conference@aphe.org.


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