Nominating Committee Report
September 30, 2016
Members of the Nominating Committee:
Judith Martin(Chair), John Siperek, Bonita Uhte
The Nominating Committee is pleased to offer the following nominations for Officers of the LRCA Board for 2017:
President - Judith Martin of AZ
Founding President of Lagotto Club of America in 2007, Lagotto owner since 2005. Exhibitor Breeder since 1993. Currently serving on Judges' Education Committee, Editor of the Bollettino, Calendar Committee and Nominating Committee. Judith has served the Club as Past President, Membership Chair, Health and Education Committee, Awards Committee, among other tasks.
Vice President - Susan Sholar of NY
Currently serving the Club as a Director. Susan has been a LRCA member since 2014, She is an exhibitor breeder, Professional Groomer and was a Certified Professional Handler for over 20 years. For ten years, Susan served as the President of the California Federation of Dog Clubs. In this position she spent much of her time in Sacramento walking the halls on legislation that was pet oriented. She is an AKC Conformation Judge in 5 groups and Junior Showmanship in all breeds. She has served as Recording Secretary, AKC Delegate, Judges Education Coordinator, along with other activities for the Black Russian Terrier Club of America. She presently travels the country teaching the AKC Groomer Safety Certification program that she developed three years ago.
Treasurer - Hilarie Gibbs-Sykes of TN
Currently serving LRCA as Treasurer. Hilarie was the first to register the breed with American Kennel Club in 2001. Exhibitor breeder for 30 years and Charter Member of LRCA. Hilarie has served on and chaired many LRCA committees including Health, Judges' Education, Breed Standard, etc. and has mentored many new members and breeders.
Recording Secretary - Pattie Fischer of WA
An exhibitor breeder for 20 years, showing, breeding and training Lagotti for many years. Pattie trains dogs for Service Work, Therapy Assistance, and also for hunting truffles & Nose Work. She is the Executive Assistant to a college president and has served on various Boards.
Corresponding Secretary - Michelle Cross of AZ
LRCA member since 2013, involved in rescue dogs, has two 5 year old Lagotti. Michelle wants to serve where needed in planning and leadership and also has interest in health and marketing. She has served on several boards in the past such as non-profit and charitable organizations. Her experience is in real estate, marketing, strategy planning, executive development, and 30 years in human resources and leadership.
Director (2 year position) - Roberta York of CA
LRCA member and exhibitor owner since 2009. Roberta has served on an LRCA Dues and Membership Committee; hosted a "Meet the Breed" in San Diego and is currently on the Lagotto Rescue Board, and serves as Club Legislative Liaison. Exhibitor Breeder since 1983 and have served on the Boards of San Diego Collie Club, Vice President of American Smooth Collie Association, as well as volunteering for a variety of positions within other clubs.
Director (2 year position) - Mike Madrid of OR
Lagotto owner since 2012 and avid truffle harvester. Mike is interested in keeping this breed true to its roots, and keeping it healthy. He also enjoys obedience and agility. Mike is a business owner and has served on various Board of Directors.
Director (1 year position) - Debi Fischer of OK
Currently serving LRCA as interim Director and has two Lagotti. Debi assisted our National Specialty Chair for our first event in 2016, and is working on the 2017 Specialty. She has been a breeder/exhibitor since childhood, working with her parents, and has since worked in raising, showing and rescuing Irish Wolfhounds.
Director (1 year position) - Gwen Hubbs of FL
Owner Breeder of Lagotti for 4 years, Gwen has been involved with other breeds for many years. Gwen brings her experience in business, education, volunteerism in community and religion, combined with her education in Public Relations to work for our Club.