Board of Directors 2020

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President, Judy Mitchell

Stabyhoun experience: Proud dog parent to two Stabyhouns,
Tuukka and Stella, Judy hosted two gatherings of Stabyhouns at our horse farm including Staby games and barn hunt, attended both Specialties, Specialty Committee Member, working at the most recent specialty doing registration, selling merchandise,
answering questions. Attended hunting/field Stabyhoun training
in NY, attended New Jersey gathering for Stella evaluation,
and attended the “meet the breed” at the AKC show in New York.

Prior organizations:

  • New England Pinto Horse Association – treasurer/board
    member and show management – 1998-2007
  • Mass Bay Girls Lacrosse League – Treasurer 2006 – 2008
  • Institute of Management Accountants – Treasurer then
    President 1998
  • MBA, Principal Financial Analyst – EMC
  • Nationally Registered EMT
  • Lean Six Sigma – Green Belt (process improvement)

Both My husband Chris and I love our dogs and are committed to the breed and the ASA. I have a long history of volunteering with different organizations, serving in many leadership roles. I feel the experience I gained from the previous boards can be used to help the ASA and for me to be successful in the position of VP supporting the membership and our many Stabys.

Vice President, Rich Harwell

Rich and Sky

My wife Theresa and I are life-long dog lovers and currently share our home with our 6 year old Stabyhoun female, Sky, and our 7 year old flatcoat mix, Rocket. We are avid supporters of this lovely breed and Sky has had one litter of 8 puppies. We have attended both specialties and local Staby get togethers. In addition to the ASA we are active members of the Milwaukee dog training club, participating in agility with both Sky and Rocket. Outside of the dog world I have participated in multiple professional organizations in my engineering career, including 7 years as the chair of the technical review board for a major industrial networking association.





Treasurer, Gail Brown

Gail and Tessa

I am Gail Brown, the ASA Treasurer. We love our Stabyhoun Tessa. She will be 4 years old next month. We were privileged to have a litter of 5 puppies last Christmas. I live on a farm with my family in North Carolina. In my past I lived in Florida and worked for a CPA firm. I have a Masters in Taxation. As a CPA and Certified Financial Planner I worked for the bank on The Island of Palm Beach on the wealth management team of First Union and then Wachovia. After I retired from the bank, I began to teach at several colleges in North Carolina. I am presently teaching at Louisburg College in Louisburg, NC. I teach Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, and Business Math. It is a privilege and an honor to be the Treasurer for the next three years.






Secretary, Erin Hoverson

Hello ASA members! I am thrilled to be able to contribute to this wonderful organization as the Secretary of the ASA. Dogs and horses have always been part of my life, and certainly a passion of mine over the years. I was fortunate enough to bring my first Staby, Shadow (middle dog in picture) into the family about 4.5 years ago. I can honestly say, he is one of the best dogs I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Shadow was awarded “Best of Winners” at the ASA National Specialty in 2019, which was a thrill and a real honor. Shadow and I have also been enjoying participating in AKC Agility trials this year, where he has currently earned his Novice, Open and Excellent Agility titles. A couple years after bringing Shadow into the family, my Wetterhoun Wylie joined us as well. She is a very sweet girl, and she enjoys the simpler things in life (sleeping on the couch, accepting belly rubs, chasing squirrels). I was fortunate to have the opportunity to breed Shadow in 2020, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bring home one of his pups! Kimber has been the sweetest, feistiest, love sponge I have ever met! He looks to be following in his father’s footsteps, showing some real talent for Agility as well!


Member-at-Large, Peter van Amson

Peter and MollyPeter is the proud co/owner and co/breeder to Molly, a 6+ year old Stabijhoun. With my wife, Page I am a frequent attendee at local club events, specialties and informal gatherings. At the latest specialty in Latrobe, PA I worked with Dutch judges taking notes on evaluations and as a Dutch/English translator. I have a long history of being a volunteer in my community. My style when it comes to community involvement has tended toward the retail get it done type of work. Recently, I have been involved as an English as a second language instructor for immigrants and as a financial literacy teacher for high school students. Professionally, for the last decade or so I have been a risk manager for an asset management firm in Boston. In the past, I have been a university Instructor, teaching Accounting, Finance and Statistics, a CPA, a software product manager and a management / strategy consultant. My views on dogs are best summarized by a Roger Caras Quote: “dogs are not our whole life, but they make our life whole.

Peter is an avid kitesailer, shown here with his beach pal Molly .