Your 2020 - 2021 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: Darlene Judd
I have a certified search dog who is a Belgian Malinois. I also have another Malinois who is retired, an older black lab, and Trinket our Chihuahua. I also participate in Schutzhund and am the founding member of Southern Utah Schutzhund club, an affiliate of AWMA. I host a yearly rattlesnake aversion class (sometimes more) and I also enjoy gardening, riding my horses, and camping.
Training Director: LeAnn Sawyer
LeAnn has been training and showing dogs for 30+ years. She has competed and titled dogs in obedience, rally, confirmation, flyball, nose work, dock diving and agility. She is a certified evaluator for Therapy Dogs International, Inc., and AKC's Canine Good Citizens, and a member o f APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers). LeAnn has been a SUDS member for 8+ years, and previously served on the SUDS Board. She also enjoys hiking and kayaking with her dog Charlie.
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: Summer Hampy
I was born and raised here in St George. As a young girl I loved dogs. I spent all of my free time researching dog breeds, walking neighborhood dogs, and pretending to be a dog, haha. Even back then I loved powerful breeds like shepherds, Rottweilers, and Dobermans. Then my parents surprised me with a beagle puppy one Christmas. I loved that dog, but could never quite train her the way I imagined that I would. Throughout my teenage and young adult years I owned pit bulls, Boston terriers, a boxer, and a chihuahua. I watched a lot of training shows and videos, but never felt confident with my training skills. I did always think that I would be a veterinarian, but plans changed as I went through life. I worked as a veterinarian technician at Red Hills Animal Hospital for 5 years, before staying home to raise 3 boys, and really enjoyed my time there. Recently my husband and I discovered and fell in love with mini Aussies, we now have four. I have been so glad to find SUDS and have enjoyed learning all that I can about training dogs in general as well as how to get into dog sports. Now that my oldest mini Aussie is getting old enough to compete in sports I look forward to working with her more and hopefully earning some titles
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.
At large: Keith Jackson
I am new to both the St George area and dog sports. After buying a home outside St George my wife and I decided to adopt a dog. We found Brisby (a Red Heeler) at RSQ Dogs and signed him up for obedience hoping to try him in agility. We all enjoy the sport and the bonding it gives us. He's a much faster learner than I but we are having fun. We will hopefully start competing in NADC and/or AKC events.