Your 2018-2019 Board Of Directors
SUDS strives to have 7 Board Members at all times and Elections happen every August. Board Members serve a 2 year term, with their position on the board to have the ability to change each year (ex: One can serve on the board for 2 years, but only be President for 1 year).
We strive to keep our Board ever changing, but we don’t want new board members to be completely in the dark upon the start of their term. To solve this issue, our members terms are on alternating years. On even numbered years, 4 terms will be up for elections (4 new board members) and on odd years the other 3 terms will be up for elections. This means we have new people joining our team each year, but some members also stay on the team to help make the transition of duties and introduction to policies/procedures as fluid as possible.
President: Preside over all meetings/activities, including making agendas, and shall exercise general supervision over the clubs affairs.
Vice President: Assumes the duties of the President in their absence.
Secretary: Records all meeting notes and sends to board for approval
Treasurer: Records all financial transactions and receives all club funds and distribute accordingly.
Board Member at large: Serves as member on board and helps with duties in absences of other members.
President: Cathy Parks
I’m originally from the Pacific Northwest, where we had a small farm and for many years I taught horsemanship, raised and trained horses. As I lost the ability to ride, I began developing an interest in dog training. Many dogs later, I’ve learned that while I may have made mistakes with my dog training, I’ve learned so very much from those mistakes made with each dog. When we bought our first German Shepherd, I became involved in dog sports. Holly taught me so very much about training and competition - and also about my limitations. She is the dog that has sparked my interest in continually learning all I can about training dogs and my love of serious working dogs. My current dog, Fels, is kept busy as my service dog and by training in herding, nose work, barn hunt, agility, obedience, hiking and swimming.
Vice President: Kris Brown
I have been a member of SUDS for four years. I have served as president and also fulfill the duties of Social Secretary – sending out cards, updating the “Welcome Letter” to new members, and putting together the new member packet. I have been in charge of lawn maintenance at the field, adjusting sprinklers, etc. Our membership has grown this year and we have many active new members. We have had agility demos, an agility seminar, invited speakers to our meetings, and enjoyed fun times with our four-legged friends. I have two Border Collies and an Australian Cattle Dog and compete in AKC and NADAC agility trials, titling dogs in both venues. I have a twenty-five year history of training Thoroughbred and AQHA race horses in the Pacific Northwest. I work from home as a legal transcriptionist. I’ve enjoyed SUDS and the many friends I’ve met and new adventures that keep coming up!
Training Director: LeAnn Sawyer
I have been a member of SUDS for 6 years, and am currently serving on the Board as Vice President and Training Director. I have been training and showing dogs for 30+ years. I have competed and titled dogs in obedience, rally, confirmation, flyball, dock diving, tricks and agility. I am a certified evaluator for Therapy Dogs International, Inc., and AKC's Canine Good Citizens, and a member of APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers). I also enjoy hiking and kayaking with our dog Charlie.
Treasurer: Heidi Folks
Heidi has been a SUDS member since January 2014 when Moki, their miniature Australian Shepherd, enrolled in puppy class. In August 2015 she was elected to the board and became treasurer in August 2016. Heidi has both a BA and MS in mathematics and taught both college-level dance and math. Currently Moki is a therapy dog and is working toward agility titles with 6 Q’s to her credit.
Secretary: Hanna Crawford
I have served on the Board since 2013, mostly filling the Secretary position. I joined SUDS after getting a new puppy and wanting to teach her agility. My eyes were opened to the world of dog sports and my heart filled with joy. I now enjoy Obedience, Rally, Agility, Dock Diving, Disc Dog, Barn Hunt, Lure Coursing, and, Paddleboarding and Tricks with my 4 dogs. I am always looking forward to more!