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Dr. Mary Helene “Mimi” Brown, MD – President
I was born in Cooperstown, NY, grew up in Niles, MI, and graduated from Kalamazoo College. I earned my M.D .from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1979. After a home burglary, I bought my first Doberman in 1984. Luckily, he was from a reputable breeder and after “Big Al”, Ch. Jan-Har’s Salute to Saracen, CD, ROM, won points at his first dog show, I was hooked on a great avocation that has brought me much joy.
I moved to Phoenix, AZ in 1985, with my friend, Cathy Willett, “Big Al”, and his 13 week old niece, “Asta”, CH. Naball’s Boreal v Anozira, CD, ROM. At my first DPCA Nationals, in 1986, “Asta” won WB/BW/BOS. We campaigned her into the top 20 for three years and she won 3 AOM at the Nationals, including one in 1993 from the veteran’s class. I also specialed her daughter, Ch. Anozira’s Adrastia,CD,ROM and had my biggest conformation thrill when she won the veteran bitch class and an AOM at the 2001 Nationals with me handling. I finished her great-grandson’s ,(Ch. Anozira’s Andante, CD,RN,ROM) CD title and won the 9-11 year old veteran class with him at the 2013 DPCA National. I lost him from DCM in January 2014.
I have been a member of the Desert Valley Doberman Pinscher Club since 1985, and have served as Treasurer and show chair for multiple terms. I chaired the DPCA Nationals when it was held in Chandler, AZ, in 1991. I am most proud of helping start the Friday night COPE fundraiser in 1988. I continue to chair this event in its new form, which fundraises for both health and rescue programs. I have attended 31 of the last 33 DPCA Nationals. I served as the 2nd vice-president of the Doberman Pinscher Club of America for 8 years. I am also the chair of the Lifetime Achievement Award Committee.
I retired in July 2016 after 30 years in private practice in Phoenix, AZ, as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist. I live in Phoenix with my wife, Cheryl and two cats and two Dobermans (Smack-Dab’s Knight of the Iguana AZ BN, RI, CD WAC & GCHB Excelsia’s Farewell to Arms BN, RI, WAC). I am a 14 year breast cancer survivor.
I am AKC approved to judge Dobermans, Boxers, Great Danes and Portuguese Water Dogs and am a permit judge for several other working breeds. I judged the 2006 DPCA National Futurity Puppy Classes and Grand Prize Futurity, the 2008 Adult Dogs and Puppy Bitches, and the 2016 DPCA Nationals Intersex and Jr. Showmanship. I have judged internationally in Canada, New Zealand, and Brazil.
I am honored to have served as DPCA president these past 2 years and hope to continue to serve for two more. I am dedicated to preserving and protecting the Doberman Pinscher and will support our members and their Dobermans in every way possible. I know our Dobermans excel in many activities and I want to be inclusive of all of these. I am very focused on continuing DPCA support of rescue and health research.
Tammy Rabold – First Vice President
I have been a member of the DPCA since before 1986. The first National Specialty I attended was New Orleans, 1983. I was of course in awe of what I saw and experienced. I think I have been to just about every National since, except Chandler, AZ and the first ST Charles, Ill.
I started with the Doberman Rescue of Broward County, INC, many, many years ago and the went in to learning more about the breed and breeders. I joined the Doberman Pinscher Club of Florida and my knowledge grew from there. What matters now is the present and the future of this breed and then of course, this club. I still actively help any Doberman in need and support the local Rescue venues anyway I can.
I have shown in Obedience over the years but my passion grew in trying to improve on every litter breeding phenotypically or genotypically, hence I joined Sharon Pflueger, of Goldgrove Dobermans , just about 25 years ago. We have bred and finished many quality Dobermans and still learn something new every day.
I have been the DPCA National Event Chair starting in 2009, then 2011, 12 and 2015.
I am the current President for the Doberman Pinscher Club of Charlotte for the last 4 years.
My goals for accepting this office of First Vice President is to do whatever I can, going forward, for the Breed and the members who supported my candidacy .
Elaine Hopper – Second Vice President
I have been involved with Dobermans since 1987. I started competing in obedience then acquired my first conformation dog. I have continued to compete as an owner handler along with showing dogs for others. I have finished many champions, added obedience titles, handled two DPCA Top Twenty conformation finalists as well as DPCA AOM recipients and other local and national award winners. Under the Starlaine prefix I have bred conformation champions as well as obedience and agility titlists. I have attended most nationals since my first one in 1988. I am a member of the Puget Sound DPC and I have held every office and I am currently on the Board. I have also been show chair, obedience chair, breeder referral, judges selection, legislative committee member, website coordinator, and trophy chair. I am also a member of the Mt Hood DPC. Within the DPCA, I have been on the Nominating Committee, the FRAC Committee and the Show Site Selection Committee. I started the DPCA Holter Project and I was enlisted to revamp the Breeder Referral rules as well as the DPCA Code of Ethics. I currently serve on the committee updating our online forms and I am now working on updating our disciplinary procedures.
I feel very strongly about the preservation of our breed. I have been employed in the communication industry for over 40 years and offer the DPCA my experience in communication, project management and organization. I have spent the last two years as the DPCA 2nd VP working on updating the WAE and Specialty application process and have more ideas I would like to implement. I have assisted several chapter clubs with updates to their bylaws and my goal for the future would be to have each club as up to date as possible. I am also working on plans to put together a guide for new show chairs to assist in putting on a specialty. My personal interest lays in research into health issues that affect our breed and I would like to promote more health-related testing to be made available. I plan to continue being an advocate for the membership as I feel it is possible to balance the requirements of the organization with the needs and desires of its members. I strongly believe all members deserve a voice and all aspects of Doberman activity should be embraced and celebrated.
Lisa Burroff – Recording Secretary
I have been involved with Dobermans since 1993 and a member of the DPCA since 1994. I am a member of the Black Mountain Kennel Club, a past board member of the Silver State Kennel Club and a 20+ year member of the DPC of Las Vegas. I have held many positions within the DPCLV including President, Secretary and I am currently the Delegate.
I have bred and handled Dobermans under the prefix of Winmar and co-bred litters under Pennylane, Royal Tudor and Aldenhans. These litters have produced over 60 Champions as well as many performance and therapy dogs. I professionally handle dogs. I believe all Dobermans need to have the best conformation, temperament and health possible to do whatever job the owners want to do.
I am a nurse by trade and worked in that field for 25 years. I have many years of experience managing medical practices, working as Floor Nurse and Charge Nurse and I was involved in setting up the first Alzheimer care unit in the Las Vegas area. I have done a lot of community work and family outreach for Alzheimer’s patients and their families. These experiences have given me insight on how to best work with people. I share my home with 10 Dobermans, a Bouvier De Flanders and a toy poodle.
I have served the DPCA as Recording Secretary for the past 4 years. I have found it both challenging and fulfilling . The DPCA is now fully operational with electronic -balloting. This has saved the DPCA a substantial amount this year.
I would like to see the members of the DPCA all find some common ground so we can work together for the benefit of all Dobermans. It is thrilling to me to watch our great Dobermans excel in all the great sports that are now offered.
DPCA faces many challenges from AR groups and legislation. I would truly like to see the DPCA take a more active role in legislation at the Community, City and State level. Our right to own the dogs we love, cropped and docked as our Standard calls for depends on it.
Leslie Hall – Corresponding Secretary
My life in the sport of dogs began at birth. My mother Bobbie bred Poodles and together we breed Pajant Dobermans. Our 100-or-so puppies produced since 1981 include 15 Breed Champions, five ROMs, Top 20 contenders in all three venues, the first male Doberman Ch/MACh and fabulous companions!
Many important issues face our breed. I will help create and implement broad reaching efforts to educate the public, the AVMA, and insurance industry in order to preserve and protect not only this breed we love, but the privilege of Doberman ownership, cropping and docking, while working against AR agendas.
We must engage and encourage young Doberman lovers to remain in the sport – and the breed – as they are vital to the future of dogs and Dobermans.
We all start as unknowns: Our top breeders were first fans, falling in love with the breed – then someone took a chance and placed a Doberman in their lives!
From the beginning I was blessed to be surrounded by Doberman experts sharing knowledge when asked, and I asked! I will welcome input from and listen to my fellow board members and the membership, treating all with equal respect.
Since graduating from college, my professional life has centered around publishing. My skill set includes the ability to motivate people and develop teams in deadline-driven environments.
Joining a Chapter Club and the DPCA around 1974, I have served at the local and national level. I am willing to devote the time and energy required to advocate for ALL Dobermans and ALL members of the DPCA.
I work and play well with others, approach conflict with diplomacy and I believe I can be an asset as Corresponding Secretary!
Ann Wulbrecht – Membership Secretary
I’ve been a member of the DPCA for nine-years. I’ve packed a lot of experiences into those 9 years. I started off with a performance prospect in 2007 and that single Doberman blossomed into four. Sound familiar?
Club Experience / National Attendance
I am a member of the DPCD (Detroit) and took on the role of show chair 8 years ago, holding 4 independent specialties per year. Last year a dear friend, Heidi Boettcher, recommended me for the position of National Show Chair. I am pleased to say that the 2016 National was one of the most profitable and best organized (based on your feedback). Thank you to all of the volunteers that planned the event. I enjoyed meeting many members last year at the National. I’m currently serving as 2017 National Show Chair and DPCA Membership Secretary. I’ve attended the 2012, 2014-2016 Nationals.
Protecting the breed standard both through breeding programs and maintaining the current written standard is crucial to the existence of our beautiful Dobermans. Providing our breeders with the health tests they need to produce healthy Dobermans is a priority.
I have whelped 4 litters, co-owning several of those pups.
I have owned-co-owned four Top 20 Finalists, including the number one Doberman in 2014.
I have served in leadership positions as a volunteer that demonstrate my ability to work well and contribute within a volunteer run organization.
I have 30 years of work experience managing the delivery of Professional Services. Before I retired, I was the Director of Global Program Management.
Mother of 2, grandmother of 2. Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Kettering University and MBA, University of Chicago.
I will be accessible, serve professionally, and serve with integrity. We are all in this together and I am respectful of all opinions.
Linda Zaeske – Treasurer
I have been a Doberman fancier for 19 years and currently live with 2 Dobermans. During this time I have participated in conformation and trained and competed at the top levels of agility. My dogs Zena and Dylan have been DPCA Top 20 Agility Finalists 5 times. Zena won the Top 20 event in 2006 at the Denver National. Zena also qualified for the AKC Invitational 3 years as one of the top 5 agility Dobermans the country.
I have been very active in my local chapter club, Mt. Hood Doberman Pinscher Club, since joining in 2005. Currently I am Vice-President, on the agility committee, and have previously served as Treasurer and Newsletter Editor. I played a key role in helping get the MHDPC agility program off the ground and chairing our trials for several years. I am currently serving on the DPCA TT-Agility Committee and was the DPCA TT-Agility Statistician for many years.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and have been in corporate accounting for 20+ years, including working for Fortune 500 companies.
I have had various roles and responsibilities including internal auditing, in which I performed operational audits and made recommendations on process improvements; budgeting, where I led business units in preparing and analyzing their annual budgets; and cost accounting, where I was responsible for determining the costs to produce products and various analyses to assist management with making business decisions to maximize profitability. In addition to these key roles, I have also been involved in various team projects including corporate re-design teams, cross-site best practices team, and teams to implement new corporate software.
My core responsibilities in my accounting career have always had me working closely with multiple departments of an organization. Experience has taught me how to build strong working relationships with all levels of an organization. I believe my skill-set well qualifies me to serve in the role of DPCA Treasurer, and I look forward to serving on the Board.
Glenn Lajeski – AKC Delegate
Growing up with family Miniature Pinschers in New Jersey I decided in college that I wanted a larger dog. After researching in the day before Siri I purchased a Great Dane puppy from one of the early pioneers in the breed, “Pop Gilbert”, from what was his last litter. Pop led me to Kitty Kolyer who was breeding some of the top Danes in the country and working for Kitty on weekends, assisting at dog shows. Before long I was a professional handler while working full time at Arista Records with artists such as Barry Manilow, Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston. At that time there were only dog shows on weekends, other than two circuits, so it was easy to juggle a full time job while handling.
Getting a job offer at MCA Records in LA led me from handling to getting a judges license. All the while I was also breeding and showing Standard Poodles with my partner Joseph Vergnetti. We had the good fortune of having the #1 Non-Sporting dog of 2009, Ch Hillwood Dassin DeLovely.
Dobes, having always been a passion since handling several to their championships in my youth, allowed me the opportunity to sponsor Ch Cambria’s Must Be Fate who was a top winning Dobe and breeding two of her get who were WD and RWD from the puppy class at the last National held in LA. Since then I have shown and bred many other champions.
At MCA Records I progressed to Senior VP of Artist Development working on the careers of Elton John, Tom Petty, Bobby Brown and many others. Due to the opportunity I had in working on all soundtracks I was offered a job in the film division of Disney working on music in their live action films. While there I expanded by duties to include music in and animation, Pixar films, Disney Channel and home video. This offered me the opportunity to work with any artists whose music used in our films from Kelly Clarkson to Carrie Underwood, Pit Bull to Tina Turner and many, many more.
After retiring as Executive Vice President Of Disney’s film division I thought I’d subsidize my retirement by planting 1,500 olive trees making organic olive oil. Well, the olive oil is subsidizing many retirements, just not mine.
But, retirement gives me lots more time for the dogs. I currently judge breeds in the Working, Toy and Non-Sporting groups. I am also on the board of Morris & Essex, Assistant show chair and Decor Chair Of Santa Barbara KC, and hospitality chair of Malibu KC.
I currently own too many dogs, but they are all family and my partner, Gerry Etcheverry, is a saint for putting up with us all.
Darlene Young – Director
I have been married to Alexander Young for 42 years and have one Doberman, Bo. Bo is a Grand Champion and is now retired from showing. I live in a quiet community in the Stanislaus National Forrest near the Yosemite National Park gate. In 30 years, I have bred 8 litters under the name of Darwin, producing 10 homebred champions. From this breeding program, along with my co-breeder and friend, Marilyn Altheide, came Ch. Darwin’s Dance Of The Hour, WAC who was a multiple BISS and Working Group winner. “Dandy” was a multiple DPCA AOM winner and Top Twenty contender as well as the 1996 DPCA National Futurity Winner.
I have been a DPCA member for more than 30 years. During which time being involved with Breeders Education and Health Seminar Chairperson as well as other committees such as the Dobequest database review committee.
I have been a member of the Doberman Pinscher Club of Northern California for over 30 years as well, having served in many official positions from President to Membership Secretary, Show Chair and many others. I am currently serving as President and Assistant Show Chair. In my capacity as President of DPCNC I have lead my board to redesigning our website and updating or bylaws. We have made significant progress in both areas. Also on our future agenda is the development of our own Administrative Procedural Manual. In past years, while being a member of this club I was actively involved in rescue operations in the Northern California area, taking in and placing many unwanted Dobermans.
I have attended DPCA National Conventions as both an exhibitor and judge on numerous occasions. I am a significant contributor to the annual Health/Rescue fund raising event by donating several of my quilts over the years. I was also involved in the sponsoring of this fundraising event along with Judy Dodd, Mimi Brown, Ann Lanier and Marsha Sheppard. While contributing financially toward the dinner I also worked on set up and selling raffle tickets during the event.
I am a retired Second Level Manager with AT&T where I held numerous administrative positions in my 22 years. I have spent the last two years on the DPCA board as a director where I worked with the publisher to produce the first ever DPCA Year Book.
Cindi Huckfeldt – Director
I purchased my first Doberman in 1975 and I have been involved with the breed since. I joined the DPCA in 1977. I have belonged to both the Doberman Pinscher Club of the Rocky Mountain Area and the Greater Kansas City Doberman Pinscher Club. I became an AKC licensed handler in 2000, and for the last 25 years I have bred Dobermans under the kennel name Ciden in a partnership with Mona Fasth , DVM of Gallant Dobermans. Together we have produced over 70 champions, including three consecutive DPCA Grand Prize Futurity winners.
I have been married to Dennis for 44 years. Together, for the last 35 of those years, we have owned and operated Huckfeldt Trucking , where I serve as the secretary/treasurer of the corporation.
I believe we all need to be united as Doberman owners whatever interests we have. All aspects of the Doberman are important and must come from one standard , a standard that I believe must not change.
I feel it is important to keep an open mind and consider all opinions. It is very important to use common sense for decision making within the DPCA. My reason for running is very simple, to protect and preserve the breed . The only side I am on, is the side of the Doberman. For everything the breed has given to me, it is the least I can do for the breed. What needs to be remembered is, none of us is more important than the breed.
I have served as a director of the DPCA for the last four years. It has been a very positive learning experience although not always a pleasant one. I have greatly appreciated serving our breed and the people who love the Doberman breed as much as I do.
I do not participate in on-line social networking such as Facebook, Twitter or internet chat lists. However, if anyone has a question please call me directly, I will be happy to answer. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve.
Michelle Santana – Director
I have devoted my life to the purposeful breeding of Doberman Pinschers and have been a member of the DPCA for 36 years. The DPCA was formed in 1921 to promote, preserve and protect the Doberman Pinscher and those objectives are now part of our cultural heritage. Over these many years, the DPCA has had different factions that have not always gotten along but at least every faction held the same common belief that we must preserve and protect the Doberman breed including its historical appearance and functionality. We accomplish this through:
- Strong DPCA governance;
- Supporting our breeders who are dedicated to breeding healthy, mentally and structurally sound dogs that are true to breed type;
- Supporting research that advances the health of our breed;
- Supporting our Chapter Clubs to ensure that they are healthy, financially secure and able to meet the requirements of the DPCA while promoting the Doberman breed at the local level;
- Supporting our juniors by grooming them to become the future leaders of our club and custodians of our breed; and
- Providing education specifically tailored to AKC judges, breeders, the public, and the DPCA membership.
I have invested a lot of my time to education that promotes the Doberman breed and supports the necessity of preserving the historical appearance of the Doberman as a cropped and docked breed. I have done this by writing numerous articles, participating in interviews and on social media. Most important, however, is that my years of experience in the purebred dog sport have enabled me to establish close relationships with breeders from other breeds. I have also networked with a community of people from organizations that represent the wider sector of animal ownership such as NAIA, The Calvary Group and Protect the Harvest. I have come to understand that partnering with individuals and organizations that are outside of our immediate sphere is critical if we wish to protect our freedoms and defend our traditions. This is what I have brought to the DPCA as a Director. Meeting the basic requirements of the position is no longer enough in today’s adverse climate. I believe that we all need to leverage our experience, skills and outside contacts to provide the leadership necessary to preserve and protect the Doberman breed and the DPCA.
Doug Jensen – Director
Dobermans are our only breed and have been for over forty years. Breeding under the kennel name of Cedar Knoll, my wife Cheryl and I, have bred and co-bred Dobermans since 1975 including partnerships with Kyjur, (Tama “Talkington” Johnson) and most recently with Gallant (Mona Fasth), Ciden (Cindi Huckfeldt) and Ojaden (Brenda Piper). It has been our pleasure to have owned and co- bred many Top Twenty dogs over the years including the 2004 Top Twenty Obedience winner Can CH OTCH Kyjurs Show Me Glory, UDX owned and shown by Audrey Peterson. Mentored by the best, Frank Grover and Peggy Adamson I have filled my life with the breed.
• President of an All-Breed Club, I teach conformation class every week and have trained National Breed winners in several breeds.
• I am currently the Educational Materials Chair for the DPCA and past Chair of the Judges Education Committee.
• I have judged the breed since 1989 throughout the United States including Dogs at our Nationals as well as the Top Twenty. I have judged in many foreign countries since 1990.
My professional life was in education and I hold several graduate degrees including Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, and School Administration I retired after 40 years in education as a High School Principal of a building of 2200 students and was named Administrator of the Year in 2012.
I spend my time in my art studio surrounded by Dobermans as I work to produce bronze art that represents our breed and strive daily at maintaining a single digit golf handicap.
Dr. May Jacobson, PhD – Director
Dr. May Jacobson resides in Sudbury, Massachusetts and has been a Doberman fancier. For over 40 years. During that period she has bred, under the kennel name Chalmar, or owned the sire of over 30 American Champions and among them two multi-all-breed Best in Show winners. Her interests have extended to working dogs with the participation in the Sport of Schutzhund . She Is the breeder of the second Doberman ever to achieve an American championship (ROM) and Schutzhund 3 title. Owner Handled. He produced a Champion (ROM) Schutzhund 3 son. She and her Doberman twice qualified to be a participant on the working team that represented America at the FCI World Championships. She was the first American to put a Life Time Korung, owner handled, on a Doberman. She has Schutzhund titled 3 Dobermans.
She is licensed to judge most of the Working Group and has judged these breeds in Germany, Scandinavia, Europe, Australia, Asia and South America and Canada. She has been elected six times by the membership of the Doberman Pinscher Club of America to judge the National Specialty.
Her club activities include serving on the Board of Directors of the Doberman Pinscher Club of America, President of an all breed club, President of the Pilgrim Doberman Pinscher Club, and is presently on the Board of the DPCA and Pilgrim DPC. She is a founding member of the United Doberman Club. She also serves on the Board of an all Breed Club. She was the liaison from the DPCA to the AKC for the Working Dog Sport and helped write the rules for the sport for the AKC. She has also chaired several Shutzhund Trials for the DPCA.
Dr. Jacobson received her Doctorate degree in Biochemistry and is a medical staff member in the Department of Hematology at Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. She has numerous publications in the field of Hematology and Stem Cells.
Lloyd Fulcer – Director
I have been a Doberman owner since 2002. After a few years of training I started competing with my two Dobermans in 2008 in AKC Obedience and this began my “dog habit”. We loved competing and they both scored well enough to be among the DPCA Top 20 Obedience. We started training Agility with the dogs and the following two years got both dogs qualified for T20 Obedience AND T20 Agility. One of the dogs retired with Wobblers, the other continued to be in both T20’s for another 5 years. Currently I train and compete in Obedience, Agility, IPO and Tracking with my 3 Dobermans. While I do not compete in the Breed ring I do understand that proper conformation is the foundation that gives us the dogs we compete with in all these other venues. I am a member of the Doberman Pinscher club of Greater Milwaukee which has raised over $50k for Special needs and Rescue efforts. I am also a member of United Doberman Club as well as local Chicagoland all-breed AKC, IPO and Boxer clubs.
As a 25 year electrical engineer by trade, currently I am electrical department manager overseeing a dozen people of varying capacities at an industrial equipment manufacturer. I am responsible for directing engineering and automation design practices, cost analysis and working with manufacturing to implement designs efficiently.
My wife and I are also Real Estate investors in both single and multi family properties. We take ugly houses, fully remodel them- sometimes selling them and sometimes renting them. Improving neighborhoods one property at a time. It seems I am constantly working with a variety of contractors, real estate agents, financial paperwork and some of the day-to-day involvement with managing properties.
Thank-you for allowing me on the DPCA Board, I trust my broad experience and perspective will be beneficial toward our causes.