Our Various Committees
We currently have four Standing Committees. If you are interested in learning more about the governance of our Club and getting your views heard, please let us know!
Breeders Advisory Committee
To contact the Breeders Advisory Committee (BAC), please click here.
Chairwoman, Dr. Megan Hilf
The ASA takes breeding seriously as the choices made in breeding inherently effect the health and welfare of the breed's success as a whole. Genetic diversity is essential and our team of Breed Advisors is well equipped to give our breeders the best advice possible in choosing a mate.
Megan Hilf is a licensed veterinarians. She brings not only her own experience through her practices, but years of ongoing training and education. With her input, the
committee can carefully control and assess any potential health risks within the breeding matches. She maintains a database of the health on all North American Stabys. Megan owns three Stabys - Burt 12 yrs, Stella 6 yrs, and Melanie 3 mos.
Cindy Pfister, is a dog trainer and behavior expert. Her knowledge into the "inner thoughts" and workings of the Staby make her an ideal candidate for evaluating
temperament. Owning a stable and mentally balanced Staby is a high priority for our members and we stress this aspect in shaping the pairings and in working with our
breeders during the first eight weeks of a puppy's life. Cindy owns Leeske, a 5 year old female.
Susie Nies and her husband Dennis Anest have been members of the ASA since 2007. Soon after adopting their first Stabyhoun, Brie, Susie became a volunteer with the club. Susie has served on the board, the Specialty committee, and the BAC. Susie and Dennis currently have 3 Stabyhouns: Diede, Haven, and Amerins. Brie is forever in their hearts and over the rainbow bridge. Susie has bred Brie and Diede, and looking forward to breeding Haven and Amerins. Susie is committed to the preservation of this amazing breed, and is thrilled to be working with our members as well as our partner clubs internationally.
Lee Brewer has been breeding dogs since 1989, including her experience with Flat-Coated Retrievers and Stabyhouns. With a solid knowledge of canine genetics, whelping,
socialization and rearing, Lee is the ultimate "mid-woof". Breeders can always count on her breeding advice, as she is willing to spend hours with pedigrees, studying
inbreeding coefficients, genetic disease carriers, and conformation details to suggest the best possible matches. Lee also travels at least annually to The Netherlands to meet with the Dutch breeding committee, the NVSW Board, other foreign Stabyhoun clubs, and Dutch breeders to exchange information about the breed. She is now heading up the Stabyhoun Diversity Project with the goal of lowering the mean kinship in the breed to improve litter size and longevity.
Lori Raymond previously serves on the ASA board as Secretary, and has been active on the ASA Education/Training committee and as a volunteer at the ASA Specialties in Latrobe. She imported her dog "Intske" in 2014 and "Anne" in 2019, from the Netherlands. While in the NL in 2019, she attended the spring Breeder Advisory Board meeting of the NVSW in Zutphen, NL and she has attended Fokkersdag (Breeders day in the NL, where litters are evaluated) in 2015 and plans to attend in 2020 to reunite with Anne's littermates. Her areas of interest includes canine genetics, puppy whelping and socialization, and positive training techniques. She has completed several courses with the Institute for Canine Biology (ICB), attended the 2018 Canadian Kennel Club Conference on Stud Dog Management with Dr. Gayle Watkins and small animal immunology expert Dr. Laurie Larson of the University of Wisconsin; the 2017 Care Conference in Montreal, PQ with Myra Savant-Harris and Gayle Watkins of AviDog International, the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Successful Breeding conference in 2016.
Ruth Georgia has volunteered to help with the
communication between the breeders and the new prospective
owners. We get so many emails and questions from
interested parties about our breed and Ruth is a wizard at
keeping this important area fulfilled.
Finally, our Breeders Advisors are always in close
contact with the Dutch advisors to stay on top of all new
developments in the Stabyhoun worldwide. Since 2006, our
association has been recognized by the Dutch Assocaition
for the Stabij- and Wetterhoun, the NVSW, for our careful
efforts to promote and protect this beautiful breed in all
of North America.
To contact the Communications Committee (PR), please click here.
Chairwoman, Susi Layton
Communication is a multi-layered process. The ASA needs to keep our membership informed about the club activities, new developments in the breed itself, and to also alert the general public about the Stabyhoun. For our members, the team prepares an annual calendar full of fun pictures of our Stabys and three newsletters which keep
them entertained and informed. The website and published articles are for members and dog lovers everywhere.
Beth Parker joined our committee in 2017 with a great new idea for our newsletter layout. She has a handsome male named Eddie, who is ready for a girlfriend! Ladies line up!
Susi Layton has been active in volunteer work for our club for many years. She is now taking on the added challenge of being the Chair of our committee! Susi has two Staby, Eelke a 12 year old female and Félix a 2 yr old male.
Susi's daughter, Isabella, has agreed to bring us into the 21st century by giving the ASA an Instagram presence!
Education and Training
To contact the Training Committee, please click here.
Chairwoman, Kathy Banks
- Ain't Misbehavin' - Cindy Pfister, Chair; Dr. Megan Hilf, Consultant; Kathy Banks
- Puppy Development, Ages 3-12 Months, - Jessica Angel, Chair
- Sports and Performance Activities, - Kathy Banks, Chair + 8 ASA Expert Coaches
Please refer to the Training Webpage and the Training Group Tabs: Behavior, Puppy, Sports.
The education and training of our Stabys is a key element in the mental stimulation and health of the breed. This is a sporting breed and as such these dogs will thrive when asked to perform a task, be it basic obedience or a challenging activity such as agility or following a scent wether in competition or the backyard.
Committee Chair and Sports and Performance Group Chair -- For contact, please click here.
Kathy joined the ASA in 2014 with her first Stabyhoun, Skylar. Kathy’s Ph.D. in education and 30 year business career prepared her well for her retirement hobby: training performance dogs and other trainers. She and her husband reside in the Phoenix, Arizona Vally with their 14 year old Springer Spaniel, Ruby Ellis, and their 5 and 1 1/2 year old Stabyhouns, Skylar and Dori, respectfully. She has competed in Agility, Free Style Canine Dance, Nose Work and Tracking. Skylar, age 5, has participated in Obedience, herding and rally. He competes in Agility in USDAA, AKC and ASCA. Both Dori and Skylar are beginning new careers in scentwork. The Sports and Performance Group is divided into sport and performance groupings: Scentwork, Field, Speed/Accuracy, Precision, Manners, Water, and Herding sports, as well as Canine Mental and Physical Conditioning. ASA Members volunteering as coaches for each of the sports.
Ain't Misbehavin Committee Chair and Consultant -- For contact, please click here.
Cindy Pfister is a dog trainer and a behavior expert. Her talents as a behaviorist and knowledge of the "inner thoughts" and workings of the stabyhoun make her talents essential in evaluating and helping with Stabyhouns remain stable and mentally healthy canine partners. Cindy has been able to turn around some fearful or "alpha" Stabys in to the perfect pet for several owners and is happy to contribute her time and resources to those in need. Cindy also serves as a coach and judge for Canine Good Citizen, Farm Dog and Barn Hunt.
Megan Hilf is a licensed veterinarian. She serves as a consultant on an "as needed" basis for the other members of the behavior committee when they determine that more than basic behavioral modification is needed. She brings not only her own experience through her practice but years of ongoing training and education. With her input to the Behavior Committee she can offer critical - as needed - advice with difficult behavioral issues.
Puppy Development Committee Chair -- For contact, please click here.
Jessica Angel lives in Edmonds, Washington with her husband, John Harrison. Jessica, not only has Finn, a young handsome Stabyhoun, but other furry, feathery and scaley pets. Finn is Jessica and John’s first Stabyhoun. Jessica combines her love of animals with her career. She works as a Veterinary Assistant. Her daily work is a constant routine of helping to solve problems – both owner and pet problem solving. Jessica brings a wealth of knowledge, creativity and experience to the American Stabyhoun Association. Jessica’s Training Philosophy includes confident leadership combined with positive reinforcement. She will promote and help our puppy owners work on early and appropriate socialization – tailored to our Stabyhouns, help our puppy owners learn desensitization techniques along with age appropriate activities. Jessica does a lot of activities with Finn: Parkhour, nose work, Positive Gun Dog Training, dock diving - to name only a few of their activities together.
To contact the Membership Committee, please click here.
Chairwoman, Peggy Anderson
Lee Brewer, Shelley Cameron, Darlene Zelazo, and Janet Hall.
The membership committee maintains a database of the
entire Stabyhoun population in North America, both members
and non-members. This data is also regularly sent to the
Netherlands Stabyhoun association to update the records
kept on the total population. Whether or not someone
wishes to join and contribute to our club, our membership
committee is there with open arms. No request for help is
turned down. They even work to rehome those "look-alike"
mixed breed rescues that resemble our pedigreed Stabys and
welcome these people to be contributing members. They
respect all dogs, pedigreed or not, and want to make sure
that we contribute money and our time towards those in
Peggy has newly joined the team, taking over the tasks previously performed by Page van Amson.
Peggy owns Traverse, a handsome and energetic male Staby of nearly two years. She will
continue maintaining our excel database for all known North American Stabys.
Shelley, Darlene, and Janet are assisting with
the multiple tasks of bringing members together with new puppies, welcome letters, opportunities to be ambassadors for the breed, and more.
We are grateful to have so many people helping Page to keep our members in touch with each other.