Our Staff

Joseph P. Dorrian, Director

Joe has had a lifelong passion for birds of prey and the sport of falconry since the age of 12, when he first read the book My Side of the Mountain.  Dorrian is married to his wife Kim and they have two children, Mason and Lainey.  A graduate of The Ohio State University (with an MA in Workforce Development), he has worked for over 20 years as an Organizational and Leadership Development Consultant.  Soon after completing his graduate work, Dorrian began his journey towards becoming a licensed Apprentice Falconer and became a state licensed Master Class falconer in 2012.  It was around this time that Dorrian began to see the connections between what he taught in his leadership courses and his efforts training and hunting with birds of prey.  The Ohio School of Falconry is the meeting of these two worlds.  With each program that he facilitates, Dorrian strives to help individuals understand and appreciate, not only birds of prey and the sport of falconry, but also the important role that trust plays in the development of healthy working relationships, whether it be with humans… or hawks! 

Amy Mihalik

Amy is a General Class Falconer and has been working with raptors since 2010.  Besides her experience training and hunting with birds of prey as a Falconer, Amy has worked with a number of well-known raptor rehabilitation organizations, as well as with the Cleveland MetroParks Zoo, where her focus has been on educating the public on these amazing birds.  She has had experience handling and working with a wide variety of birds, including everything from from saw-whet owls to bald eagles. 

Lainey Dorrian

While Lainey is the youngest member of the OSF falconry team, she has a lifetime of experience with raptors.  She has a keen passion for birds of prey in general, and for her boy Ki-Lo in specific. When she is available, Lainey assists us with all of our falconry programming.