Samantha Hanna - President
I am a Field Operations Medical Responder for the ASPCA, dog trainer, and a veterinary technician. My consulting company sets up best practices and surgical suites within animal shelters and helps them institute staff proficiencies and training programs. I have been training and competing in dog obedience since approximately 1997. In 2003 was introduced to the Dutch Shepherd and protection sport and I and haven’t looked back. I am a foster for the North American Dutch Shepherd Rescue and have been involved with pure breed and “all-breed” rescue since 2004. I began competing in The Protection Sports Association (PSA), then dabbled in French Ring Sport, and most recently IPO. I first joined WDSAA in 2013 when I started competing in IPO. I have been WDSAA recording secretary for 4 years. My current dog, BISS URO1 CH Hoeksteen Idyllic Destroyer IPO3x3 FH1 FH2 AD IPO-FH (AKA-Cada), is 5 years old and we have had a great couple of years of competition. We train Nosework, Dock Diving, Rally, Conformation, and IPO. Our next big adventure will be competing in the World Dutch Shepherd Federation World Championship, in 2018.
Les Flores - Vice-President
Les has been involved in dog training for over 30 years. He has competed at the national and international level with different dogs in multiple working dog activities, and founded the Working Dutch Shepherd Association in 2011.
Heather Sather - Membership Secretary
Heather has been involved in dog sports since 1989. She bought her first Dutch Shepherd in 2003. She has participated in conformation, obedience, rally, tracking, flyball, weight pull, Schutzhund/IPO, nosework and Mondioring.
Craig Lewis - Treasurer
Craig has been training dogs since 1997. He has been involved in Schutzhund/IPO as both a handler and a helper since that time. He has also trained various working dogs in narcotics detection, mantrailing and dock diving. He purchased his first Dutch Shepherd in 2013 and joined the WDSAA in 2014.
Christie Meyer - Recording Secretary
Christie got her first Dutch Shepherd in the spring of 1999. He was a 2 year old Police K9 washout, and ended up being the perfect starter dog for her. Together they competed in agility, obedience and protection sport.
That dog opened her eyes to the breed, and Christie has never looked back. The amazing versatility of the breed has allowed her to compete in IPO, PSA, agility, dock diving, flyball and weight pull. Christie's love for the breed also led her to begin the North American Dutch Shepherd Rescue, along with others, and she currently still fosters dogs in need. Christie has served on the Working Dutch Shepherd Association of America's Board of Directors for a few years now, and is grateful for the opportunity to promote the working qualities of the breed and responsible ownership.