Your 2021 - 2022 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: Nancy Carlton
I am a Utah Native, originally from Ogden. I moved to Santa Clara in 2012 after marrying Bruce Carlton who lived here. I am a newbie to Dog Training but love all the learning opportunities that SUDS provides. I love meeting new people and new dogs especially. I enjoy participating in club functions and try to “show up” to all.
Vice President: Senecca Corsetti
I'm Senecca Corsetti and I'd like to be considered for the available board positions. I have some skills in technology and video editing that I think would be useful for SUDS. I've taken many classes through SUDS with my service dog, Murphy, and have very much enjoyed it. I discovered that I absolutely love dog training when I was accepted into my dog's agency, Loving Angel Service Dogs, and learned how to keep him sharp throughout his career. I enjoyed it so much that I go back to his agency regularly to volunteer to help other service dogs in training learn hot to work with a disabled handler.
Training Director: Krishna Abel
Krishna Abel has been training dogs for over 40 years. She has worked with many different breeds in several disciplines including AKC obedience, conformation, Search and Rescue and service dogs. Although she used to be a traditional trainer, she has been certified in Positive Reinforcement training and now exclusively teaches with a least invasive, minimally aversive mindset. She is also a certified Canine Good Citizen instructor and evaluator. Her goal is to help create a fun and positive working relationship between dogs and their partners. She is currently training two laid-back English Bulldogs, one crazy Frenchie and her son’s cat.
Treasurer: Dawna Drake
My name is Dawna Drake and I am one of the original members of SUDS. A small group of us in So. Utah actually began training, showing and traveling together in about ‘81 and formally organized SUDS in the early ‘90’s. I was instrumental in securing the training field for club use and have served the club in various capacities. I have put numerous titles on my dogs in conformation, obedience, flyball, agility, dock diving and scent work. I also did therapy dog visits. I am currently owned by a 2 1⁄2 year old Aussie named Ellie. After several years of limited involvement with SUDS I am looking forward to the future of what SUDS has to offer its members.
Secretary: Gail Schilling
I am a semi-retired nurse. My husband and I moved to St George last November from Northern California where we lived for 14 years. Prior to that, I lived in Yuma Arizona-so I am no stranger to hot summers. We love the area and were excited to see that there was an organization like SUDS here. As an older couple with an active breed dog, being part of this organization, I feel I can expose my dog to many options as well as socialize with other pet owners. I look forward to participating with my dog in more of the training activities that are offered here.
Member at large: Polly Pierce
I started in dogs in 1972, with Alaskan malamutes. I put a Champion on one female and a C.D. on another. I got my 1st Aussie in the mid 1980s and never looked back. I raised 2 guide dog puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind, both became working guides. I am a founding member of SUDS, holding several positions in the early years, president, secretary, and newsletter senderouter. I was also secretary for our first NADAC/ASCA trial. I started serious agility in 2000 with “Cracker” in NADAC and AKC and achieved several upper level titles. “Willow” is my 2nd agility dog with upper level ASCA titles, ASCA Rally Excellent title, and an ASCA Nationals Finals 4th place Novice O bedience award. “Elka” is my current project and is competing in ASCA and N ADAC, legs but no titles.
Member at large: Kris Brown
Kris Brown moved to St. George from Washington state in 2014 where she previously began agility training. She has three Border Collies currently competing in AKC and NADAC agility trials, having titled dogs in both venues. She just recently returned from a successful AKC trial in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Her Australian Cattle Dog enjoys nosework and she has also titled one of the BCs in Rally. She attends classes and seminars in Las Vegas to learn new training techniques to include distance handling and more. Kris spent 25 years in the race horse industry training Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses, racing throughout the Pacific Northwest and Northern California. She also enjoys hiking with her dogs. When not working with the dogs, she works as a medical and legal transcriptionist.