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
Chairwoman, Dr. Megan Hilf
Cindy Pfister, Susie Nies, Lori Raymond
Administrative help: Ruth Georgia and Shelley Tarbox
Consult on Genetics and diversity: Lee Brewer
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 veterinarian. 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 – Stella, Melanie, and Asher
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, Saga and Nynke.
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 two litters and is looking forward to breeding again. 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. Susie and Dennis own Diede, Haven and Amerins.
Lori Raymond previously served 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). 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 and Shelley Tarbox have 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 they wizards at keeping this important area fulfilled.
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 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.
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
Beth Parker (calendar, communication, newsletter), Susi Layton (Facebook), Isabella Layton (Instagram), Susie Nies and Blis DeVault (Website)
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. 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 and Félix.
Susi’s daughter, Isabella, has agreed to bring us into the 21st century by giving the ASA an Instagram presence!
Susie Nies and Blis DeVault have volunteered to take over the Website monitoring. Thank you to all of the team!
Education and Training
To contact the Training Committee, please click here.
Chairwoman, Elaine Wallace
- Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Cindy Pfister
- Puppy Development, Ages 3-12 Months, – Jessica Angel, Dawn Gilkison
- Sports and Performance Activities – Elaine Wallace
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 whether in competition or the backyard.
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.