Committees, Coordinators, Officers & Directors

ATCA Officers & Board of Directors

(Unless as otherwise shown below, please see ATCA membership roster on members page for contact information.)


Philip Weinberger


Anne Barlow

Tom Dilworth

Devon Allen


Virginia Latham Smith


Kristi L. Burrus


Alana Duttlinger


Jean Surfus


Aletta Moore

Board of Directors:

(Note:  For contact information for the Board of Directors see the ATCA membership roster on the members page.)

Class of 2019

Rhonda Davis
Anne Curtis
Cathy Gaidos

Robert Lucas
Ted Hollander

Class of 2020

Anna Brinker
April Clyde
Linda Coates

Dee Corboy Lulik
Richard Schlicht

Class of 2021

Maeve Gagnon
Ellen Gordon

Martha Graham

Scott Lichty

Margie Sinex




2017 ATCA Committees & Coordinators

A significant part of the work carried on by the Airedale Terrier Club of America is done by its Standing Committees, ad hoc Committees, and Coordinators. Additionally, our Constitution provides that a Nominating Committee and an Executive Committee be appointed by the Board. The President is authorized to appoint other committees to advance the work of the club and carry on its objectives. For more specific information on any of these activities, contact the Committee Chairperson or Coordinator or the ATCA Secretary.


This Committee is charged with developing programs to support and encourage agility work by Airedale Terriers. The Committee also oversees the ATCA annual Agility Award and the selection of Agility Trial judges.

AKC Gazette:

The AKC Gazette Coordinator is responsible for the informative articles about Airedales that the ATCA is allowed to regularly place in the breed columns section of the AKC Gazette.

ATCA Awards Committee:

  • April Clyde, Chair,
  • Anne Barlow
  • Alana Duttlinger
  • Elizabeth Mattison
  • Margie Sinex
  • Cindy Smith
  • Terry Younkins

Breeder’s Education Committee:

Breeders’ Referral List and Puppy Buyers Guide/Breed Mentor List:

This Committee oversees the preparation and presentation of ATCA’s Breeder Referral List, Puppy Buyers Guide and Breed Mentor List, so that this useful information is available to respond to inquiries. In addition, this Committee is responsible for receiving complaints.

Click here for a resouce prepared by the Breeder’s Services committee: Information for Creating Puppy Packs

ATCA Breeder Relations Committee:

  • Linda Baake Jarvis, Chair,
  • Patricia Gregg
  • April Clyde
  • Myrna Whatmough

Bylaws, Policies and Procedures and Operating Guidelines:

Donations and Disaster Relief Fund

  • Susan Lucas, Chair,
  • Anne Curtis
  • Linda Baake Jarvis:
  • Marilyn Martin
  • Melissa Sibley

The Committee assists those in need due to loss resulting from natural disaster.

Executive Committee

It is the duty of the Executive Committee to function on any matters pertaining to the business of the club in accordance with the powers delegated to them by the Board.

Floating Specialties:

This Committee accepts and screens applications from regional clubs or other groups wishing to host ATCA Floating Specialty shows. Final decisions are made by the Board.



This Committee receives and responds to inquiries regarding the overall physical well being of the breed, and recommends areas in which additional efforts are needed to promote breed health. Currently, this Committee is overseeing the collection of information on the breed by means of an extensive Health Survey.


The Committee keeps a record of all pertinent events of a historical nature that occur during the year. The Historian also has charge of historical Club files and other Club items of historical significance.


  • Diane Turba, Co-Chair,
  • Andrea Sanders, Co-Chair,
  • Linda Baake Jarvis
  • Leslie Apple
  • Joanne Austin
  • Rhonda Davis
  • Elizabeth Joseph
  • Jaime Rogers
  • Margaret Salzman
  • Carol Scott
  • Margie Sinex
  • Jan Vernie
  • Joy Wells
  • Myrna Whatmough
  • Maeve Gagnon
  • Rhae Drijber
  • Susan Lucas
  • Amy McDermott
  • Dianna McKenna

Hunting & Field:

  • Scott Lichty, Chair
  • Lisa Berglin
  • Kimberly Burrier
  • Sandra Cooley
  • Lexi Nordahl
  • Matthew Nordahl
  • Constance White
  • Kyle Inks

This committee actively promotes the Airedale as a hunting and field dog.

Judges Arrangements:

  • Rhonda Davis, Chair,
  • John Turba
  • Susan Rodgers
  • Shirley VanOver

The Judges Committee contacts judges and secures commitments for assignments according to ATCA Guidelines for Judges Selection; the Committee also recommends to the Board revisions of the Guidelines, as needed.

Judge’s Education:

  • April Clyde, Chair
  • Anne Barlow
  • Rhonda Davis
  • Dianna Fielder
  • Charles Foley
  • Mareth Kipp
  • Diane Schlicht
  • Virginia Latham Smith
  • Valeria Rickard
  • Todd Clyde

This Committee provides educational materials and seminars about Airedale conformation, temperament, and interpretation of the breed Standard to approved and provisional judges, as well as to those applying to judge Airedales.

Legislative Advocate


The Coordinator responds to all membership inquiries and handles all administrative aspects of the membership approval process.

ATCA Membership Recruitment Committee:

Montgomery County Specialty & Sweepstakes Committee:

This Committee is responsible for overseeing all arrangements concerning the ATCA’s annual specialty show with MCKC and sweeps in early October near Philadelphia.

 New Member Committee:

Newsletter: ( The American Airedale )

Newsletter Staff:

  • Editor in Cheif: Bruce Jones
  • Assistant Editor:  Caron Jones
  • Editorial Board: Suzanne Kubin and Steven Lehrer
  • Coordinator for ATCA Committee Reports: John Turba
  • Coordinator for ATCA Perfromance Events Reports: Anne Barlow
  • Coordinator for MCKC Event Reports – Martha Graham

Committee Reporters:

  • Agility: Dee Corboy-Lulik
  • AKC Delegate’s Report: Aletta Moore
  • ATCA History: Lisa Berglin
  • ATCA Health Committee: Cathy Gaidos
  • Breeder’s Education: Susan Rogers
  • Hunting & Field: Scott Lichty
  • Legislative: Deirdre Dawon
  • Membership: Richard Schlicht
  • New Titleholders: Jean Surfus
  • Obedience: Suzanne Tharpe
  • Public Information: Caron Jones
  • Rescue & Adoption: Rebecca Preston
  • Website: Jan Vernie
  • Advertising Manager: Leslie Apple
  • Ad Sales: Caron Jones
  • Regional Reports Editor: 
  • Regional Correspondents
  • New England: Susan Rodgers
  • New York Area: Anne Curtis
  • East Coast: Karl Broom
  • Lower Northeast: Linda Leonardi
  • Southeast: Elizabeth Joseph
  • Ohio & Vicinity: Ellen Gordon
  • Midwest: Les Luck
  • Northern Lights and West: Scott Lichty
  • Texas & South Central: Carol Scott
  • Rocky Mountains: Judy Howell
  • Pacific Northwest: Lynn Mathers
  • Northern California: Patty Gregg
  • Southern California: 
  • Western Canada: Helen Arnold
  • Eastern Canada: Carole Kane
  • Europe: Open
  • Pacific Rim: Diane Barclay
  • Russia: Ekaterina Senashenko

The official newsletter of the ATCA, The American Airedale is a magazine published quarterly as a courtesy to all its members. It is available to non-members for an annual subscription rate of $18. For information on subscribing, contact Dick Schlicht at The American Airedale contains entertaining and informative articles that underscore the official conformation standard of the Airedale Terrier and celebrate the all-around versatility of the breed in hunting and performance activities. It keeps members abreast of issues affecting the Airedale and the dog world in general. It covers Airedale-related events in this country and abroad, collected via a system of regional correspondents who help gather the news.


  • Chair:  Constance White,
  • Amy McDermott
  • Christie Williams
  • Dee Corboy Lulik
  • Anita Smits
  • Sandy Shaffer
  • Maeve Gagnon

The purpose of this Committee is to address issues regarding the Airedale as an obedience dog and to focus obedience activities. This Committee also administers the process for selecting Obedience Judges for the Montgomery weekend specialty.

Public Education:

The Coordinator has an important role concerning the education of members and non-members alike with regard to the Airedale Terrier, and also provides information to the public at various events of national significance.

Rescue & Adoption:

  • Becky Peston, Chair,
  • Barbara Brown
  • Rusty LaFrance
  • Myrna Whatmough
  • Denise Lucas
  • Cathy Biersack

The mission of Rescue and Adoption is to facilitate the rescue, fostering and careful placement of lost, abandoned, abused or unwanted purebred Airedale Terriers into new permanent homes. National Airedale Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit corporation. For more information on Rescue and Adoption check out the site at

Roster (Official Membership Roster & Information Booklet):

  • Richard Schlicht, Database Administrator


  • Robert Lucas and Susan Lucas, Co-Chairs
  • Helen Arnold
  • Barbara Brown
  • Todd Clyde
  • Ken Cook
  • Rhonda Davis
  • Deirdre Dawson
  • Tom Dilworth
  • Virginia Latham Smith
  • Stephen Lehrer
  • Elizabeth Mattison
  • Sue Oury
  • Alex Wheeler

The Trophy Committee is responsible for seeing that ATCA trophies are properly ordered and ready for all ATCA-sponsored specialties. The Airedale Bowl and other perpetual trophies are also entrusted to their care.

Ways and Means:

The Ways and Means Committee is the fundraising committee for ATCA. Their purpose is to put forth fundraising ideas and projects for ATCA.


This Committee is responsible for guidelines, revisions, and updates related to the content of the ATCA’s worldwide web page. The Committee works with a web page administrator service hired for this purpose.

Website Development:

  • Bob Lucas, Chair
  • Anne Barlow
  • Nancy Dirgo
  • Ted Hollander
  • Aletta Moore
  • Dick Schlicht

This Committee is responsible for guidelines, revisions, and updates related to the content of the ATCA’s worldwide web page. The Committee works with a web page administrator service hired for this purpose.

Stud Registries/ Pedigrees/Database:

Stephen Dwyer,