Our Team

The human side of JAB Canid Education and Conservation Center


Amy and Dave Bassett

Amy and Dave Bassett

Amy: Amy has the passion, persistence, and fight to bring the topic of canid conservation into mainstream.  Through the JABCECC, she will develop relationships with diverse organizations, academics, experts, industries, companies and people to find targeted ways to work together to better understand the key issues affecting canids, realistic solutions, and barriers to the implementation of those solutions.  Amy has worked closely in the scientific space with not only the ICG, but with other key opinion leaders and those driving efforts in research and conservation.  She is an expert in clinical trials and the execution of clinical protocols for publication and regulatory review.  Using this expertise and her love for animals, she will direct the research efforts at the JABCECC.   Above all, it is her unyielding motivation to fight for those animals that have no voice, no audience, and no solutions.  Whether it is the horrific use of animals in the fur industry, culling wolves, coyotes and wild dogs,  destroying the precious genetic integrity of primitive dog breeds, or rescuing shelter dogs, she will put her entire soul and heart into making a difference.  Using the Ambassador foxes and other canids, she will strive to demonstrate the value of each species and each individual within the species and provide evidence based solutions and strategies for conservation.

Dave:  Dave is not only our animal behaviorist, he is the creative intelligence of the JABCECC. Dave has over 40+ years in K9 breeding and training, specializing in obedience and utility work.  He has also spent his life as an entrepreneur as a biomechanical engineer developing prosthetics.  Dave is truly an out of the box thinker who is able to bring technology and concepts from various professions and combine them together to create novel solutions to a new area.  If it doesn't defy the laws of physics, Dave will find a way to make it happen. It is fairly evident he is Judi's son, and has taken the "watch me" philosophy to how he lives his life.  This skill-set combined with his intelligence and ability to connect with and understand animals will be instrumental in developing the foundation for the direction of the JABCECC.   Dave's passion for animals, canines in particular, and his confidence,  with the support of Amy,  can truly change the landscape for Conservation groups. This has inspired him to create the JAB Canid Education and Conservation Center with Amy.  Through interactive education, research programs, and animal assisted therapy programs with our Ambassador canids, the JABCECC can truly make an impact on the lives of their wild and captive bred counterparts. 



 Ashley:   Ashley is our expert handler of Ambassador canids.  She has and is involved in numerous non-profit animal focused organizations to provide the public a better understanding of these amazing animals.  She spends her weekends supporting canid conservation efforts.  Currently, Ashley has Teddy Bear, a wolf-dog, and cares for the wolf/dogs at the Wolf Education Project as well as spearheading outreach and activities for our Ambassador foxes, wolf/dogs and primitive dog breeds.  Her Native American heritage brings a commitment and respect for nature to the team in a very spiritual and pure way.  We are thrilled to have this remarkable woman a part of our team.

Matt: Matt is our expert wildlife conservationist.  Not only is Matt a natural animal handler, he has experience with numerous types of wildlife and dogs in a rescue, veterinary, and exhibition context.  His love for animals, intelligence, and focus in animal conservation is a huge asset to our organization. Matt will be pioneering our animal conservation efforts and programs on a global scale.

We have many other critical humans behind the scenes providing guidance and direction for various aspects of our center.  Many you will see at our events, in our newsletters, at our center, or during our programs.  If you want to volunteer and be part of our team, please contact us at foxes@siberiancupcakes.com.  Currently, we could use some support in social media, marketing, web-design, and fundraising.

Some animals featured are not owned by the JABCECC

Russian Domesticated Fox, Georgian White

Russian Domesticated Fox, Georgian White