Wildrose Kennels Staff

Mike Stewart: President, Wildrose Kennels

With forty years of association with dogs, pointers, flushers, retrievers, as well as hounds and obedience companion dogs Mike developed the Wildrose facilities creating a comprehensive gundog-training program focused exclusively on the English Labrador, specifically for the wingshooter and outdoor enthusiasts. He developed the unique, positive, training methodology, "The Wildrose Way," which is being recognized across the country. Over the past nine years, he has appeared in a variety of television programming featuring retriever training including "The World of Ducks," with Drake and Deke, the Ducks Unlimited mascots, " Benelli's American Bird Hunter," The American Sportsman," and other sporting programs. He has produced a series of best-selling DVDs, for hunting dog training, "The Gentleman's Gundog" series. Mike retired as Chief of Police, University of Mississippi in 2000 after a 25-year career in law enforcement, a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a BPA and MCJ, as well as the FBI National Academy in 1989. He retired from the US Navy Reserves as a Commander in 2005 with nine years as a NCIS credentialed agent.

Cathy Stewart: Vice President, Wildrose Kennels, Sales and Business Manager

Cathy is a retired educator with twenty years of classroom experience and ten years of teaching on the University level. She obtained her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction in 1995 and became certified with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 1997. For twenty years Cathy directed the annual Faulkner and Yoknaptawpha Conference at the University of Mississippi, which brought people from around the world to study William Faulkner in his hometown. Cathy is the business manager and sales coordinator for Wildrose. She brings her experience in education, curriculum and instruction, and event organizational skills to Wildrose to enhance its mission.

Tom Smith: General Manager

Tom is general manager of all Wildrose operations at the Oxford facility. His responsibilities include oversite of training, health care services, retailing, and facilities/grounds. Tom bought his first dog, Dixie, from Wildrose in 2008, and became an associate trainer in 2010. He received his bachelor's degree in history from University of Kentucky and served in the military from 1990 - 97 in Georgia, Alaska, Thailand, Japan, Egypt and Virginia as an infantry officer. He is originally from Tell City, Indiana. Before becoming the General Manager at Wildrose, Tom owned an industrial construction company. His military, leadership, and business skills enhance his work as Wildrose General Manager

Lanette Drewrey: Veterinarian Technician and Manager of Health Care Services

Lanette joined Wildrose in June of 2002, as an animal health care specialist and was promoted to veterinarian technician in February, 2004. While pursuing a biology degree at the University of Mississippi, Lanette worked part time, as vet tech, for the Lafayette Animal Clinic from January, 1999 through February, 2004, assisting in surgery and on farm calls. Currently, Lanette supervises the Wildrose husbandry programs and health care for our sires and dams along with the dogs in training. She is responsible for supervising the Wildrose Super Learner Program (SLP) and the Super Scent Series (SSS).

Alex Cabunac, Animal Health Care Specialist

Alex is a native of the Oxford area and joined our health care staff as a part-time health care assistant in January 2015 and was promoted to full time December 2015. Alex's love of animals prompted her to start working at Crossroads Animal Hospital and then later join our staff at Wildrose. She supervises the Super Learner Program and Super Scent Series and assists with monthly health checks and exercise programs. Alex enjoys hunting, fishing and various outdoor activities with her fiancé and son.

Clint Swinney: Facilities Manager

Clint is the manager of all Wildrose facilities and grounds. He is responsible for the care, maintenance, and improvement of the grounds, structures, landscapes and equipment. Clint is a native of Hamilton, Alabama and he is currently completing his final work on a degree from Mississippi State University. His past experiences on the farm and outside labor jobs complement his vast skills needed to address the responsibilities of facility manager. Clint relocated to Oxford with his wife, Anna and son, Nathan. He also provides off-site training support for dogs in the Wildrose DAD program.

Steven Lucius: Senior Trainer

Steven is senior trainer at Wildrose and is a legacy following his brother, Charlie Lucius, who worked three years at Wildrose. Originally from Marietta, Georgia, Steven is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a degree in marketing. Steven began working for Wildrose in March of 2008 as a part-time, kennel assistant. He was promoted in 2010 to training apprentice working directly with Mike's string of started and finished dogs. June 1, 2011, Steven was promoted to assistant trainer working with the gundog and adventure dog training programs. As senior trainer, he coordinates all training operations at the Oxford facility which includes gundogs, adventurers and obedience dogs.

Blake Henderson: Trainer

Blake began working for Wildrose as a part-time kennel assistant in January, 2007, while attending the University of Mississippi. He was promoted to Keeper in 2008 with responsibilities that included maintenance, facilities, grounds and exercising sires and dams then moved to a full-time position in 2010. Blake was promoted to apprentice trainer in 2013 and advanced to trainer in 2014. His keen interest in waterfowling and hunting sports along with his exceptional communication skills have proven invaluable to his success as a trainer and to the Wildrose client experience.

Danielle Drewrey: Trainer

Danielle originates from Theresa, Wisconsin. Throughout her high school years she worked as a gardener and for the Humane Society. She joined the army in 2011 and was medically discharged after one year. Danielle was employed at Wildrose in 2012 as a health care specialist, then advanced to trainer apprentice and later assumed the position of obedience trainer. She also is the director of the popular Wildrose Adventure Dog Training and Certification Program.

Associate Trainers

Jay Lowry: Associate Trainer

Jay is a practicing dentist in his hometown of Vandalia, Illinois. He has a wife, Erin, and two children, Jack and Piper. Jay bought his first Wildrose dog in August of 2003, and two and a half years later Jay won the Wildrose British Championship in April of 2006. In September of 2006 Jay assumed his position as associate trainer for our started dog program. Jay provides training support for on-the-road Wildrose seminars and demonstrations.

Craig Korff: Associate Trainer

Craig has been a Product Manager for one of the Midwest's largest wood truss manufacturers for the past 30 years. Craig began training retrievers in 1974 and has shown German Wirehaired Pointers and trained them in the field as well. He bought his first Wildrose dog in 2001 and has been training "The Wildrose Way" ever since. In 2004, Craig became an Associate Trainer for the started dog program. He has trained and handled Wildrose dogs to a first place finish in the Wildrose Retriever Championship in 2005, the Gun's Choice Award in 2006, and the Gun's Choice Award at the Double Gun and Retriever Classic in 2007. Craig and his wife, Carol, reside in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin.

Tim Clancy: Associate Trainer

Tim is a Lieutenant Firefighter/Paramedic on his hometown fire department in Whitman, Massachusetts. Tim is married to Danielle and they have one daughter, Kiley. Tim bought his first Wildrose dog in 2007 and has been training "The Wildrose Way" ever since. Tim assumed his position as an associate trainer in the fall of 2009, expanding our training capabilites into the Northeast. Tim participates in the started dog program and assists with on-the -road Wildrose seminars and events, including the Orvis Cup at Sandanona.

Joe Dan Robinson: Associate Trainer

Joe Dan is the manager of a 7,000-acre farming operation in the Mississippi Delta, Maxwell Farms. Joe Dan bought his first Wildrose dog, Preacher, in 2005 and trained him "The Wildrose Way." He bought his second Wildrose dog, Smoke, in January, 2009. Joe Dan and Preacher won the Wildrose British Championship in October, 2009, at which time he joined the Wildrose team as an associate trainer. He is also an exceptional waterfowler and experienced guide. Joe Dan and his wife, Carly, live in Stoneville, MS, with children, Katie and Addison.

Sarah Barnes: Associate Trainer

Sarah is a Civil Engineer for Alabama Power in her hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She is an avid animal lover and enjoys all things outdoors. Sarah bought her first Wildrose dog, Gunner, in September of 2009 and immediately adopted "The Wildrose Way" of training. She won the Gun's Choice Award at the Double Gun and Retriever Classic in 2011. Sarah joined the Associate Trainer staff in the spring of 2011 and works with the started dog program and the DAD dog program.

Clinton Hinebaugh: Associate Trainer

Clint works as a wildlife biologist at a private consulting firm in Fort Collins, Colorado. Thanks to his father, Dave, a practicing veterinarian, he grew up around sporting breeds and traveled to wing shooting destinations throughout the American West. In 2005, he purchased his first Wildrose dog, Titan, and has been training the "Wildrose Way" ever since. Clint assumed the position of associate trainer in the summer of 2012, expanding our capabilities in the West year-round. Clint will help support Mike with dogs on the Colorado Trail and assist at workshops and seminars. During the fall and winter months Clint and his dogs can be found guiding waterfowl hunts along the northern front range of Colorado, and introducing others to the ultimate "Gentleman's Gun Dogs".

Erin Shay Davis: Associate Trainer

Erin joined Wildrose as an associate trainer is 2015 with her focus on obedience and backgrounding. She is based in the Chicago suburbs specifically in Valparaiso, Indiana. She is also an emergency nurse who specializes in trauma.

Erin is a lifelong learner of animal psychology, healthcare, and husbandry specifically related to dogs, horses, and exotic parrots. Her passion for animals was professionally developed as a domestic and exotic veterinary technician, as an Indiana DNR research assistant studying sport fishing in Lake Michigan, and as a horseback riding instructor. She is a member of the National Association of Dog Obedience instructors and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. She is an active waterfowl, upland, small and large game hunter with her husband, Alec.