Speakers: February 20, 2016


February 20, Morning Speaker


Tom Schenek pictureSGT. THOMAS SCHENEK, K9 Handler

Police dogs – How they are trained and how they work.

Tom will be demonstrating with his K9 Dog. 

Tom is a Tucson Native who as a boy, first became introduced to dog training through 4-H. He attended several schools in the Tucson area and then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps upon graduation. During his four year enlistment he served in the Infantry and participated in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Sharp Edge. Upon completion of his service, he returned home and became a Police Officer. During his 23 year career in law enforcement he has served as a Patrol Officer, Motorcycle Officer, K-9 Handler and SWAT Operator. Tom is currently working as a Patrol Sergeant for the South Tucson Police Department.


Tom is married to his wife Donna Schenek who is a Realtor for Coldwell Banker in Green Valley. Tom and Donna have four adult children and are currently enjoying  four grandchildren.


Tom is the owner of IronDog’s Cottonwood Kennels which specilizes in dog boarding and training. He is also running for political office this year for the position of Pima County Constable in Justice Precint #7.


81dd4fikOdL._UX250_ (1)Stacey Cochran Afternoon Speaker:

Stacey will talk about the Amazon Scout Program and publishing


Stacey Cochran is the author of Eddie & Sunny, In Love with Eleanor Rigby, Claws, and The Loneliest. He was a finalist for the 1998 Dell Magazines Award and earned his graduate degree in Creative Writing in 2001. He currently teaches in the English Department at the University of Arizona.

In Love with Eleanor Rigby was the Rebel Literary Magazine First Prize Winner in 2000 and was originally published in CutBank in 2001. It became a bestselling Kindle novella in 2011 following several bestselling ebooks (Claws, The Colorado Sequence, and The Loneliest).

His novel Culpepper was a finalist for the St. Martin’s Press/PWA Best First Private Eye Novel Contest in 2004. In 2011, an excerpt from his novel Eddie & Sunny was a finalist for the James Hurst Prize. Eddie & Sunny was among the first ten ebooks selected for publication through Amazon’s Kindle Scout program and was published by Kindle Press in March 2015.