WALA Board of Directors

President
Kristi Coopshaw
Ohio, United States

Starting with a Labrador Retriever breeding program in 1988, Kristi found, fell in love with, and transitioned to the Australian Labradoodle in 2005. Her focus was to maintain the style, temperament and health of the amazing family dog she loved. With her two daughters grown, her life has been fulfilled with the joy of adorable puppies. Kristi and her husband Chad share a love and passion for travel.

 

Vice President
Anita Main
Florida, United States

Anita discovered Labradoodles searching for a breed for her youngest son who had dog allergies. Her family loves the breed so much that her three adult children all have a Labradoodle, including the youngest, who nine years later still has that first Labradoodle. Anita spent 20 years in education as a teacher and librarian. She now loves bringing joy to families with puppies from this wonderful breed. Along with her dogs and puppies, Anita enjoys writing, hiking, and travel. 

 

Correspondence Secretary
Kathy Waggener
Oregon, United States

A life-long dog lover and owner, Kathy found her perfect breed when she brought home her first Labradoodle in 2006. Her twenty year career in human healthcare (now retired) lends itself to her passion for the careful development of the Australian Labradoodle breed. Her husband, children, grand-children, and wonderful dogs and puppies fill her life with joy and activity.

Recording Secretary
Alice Cobb
Florida, United States

After raising and loving many different dogs and other pets over the years, Alice was drawn to the Australian Labradoodle’s temperament and their amazing personality. It wasn’t until she retired after working in leadership positions in the non-profit sector for over 30 years that she felt she had the time to devote to starting a small, home-based Australian labradoodle breeding program. With the support of her three adult children, her two grandchildren and her husband, Alice devotes her time to improving this wonderful dog breed through health testing, genetics, and puppy development.

Treasurer
Don Robinson
New York, United States

Don Robinson is a Certified Public Accountant who was born on a farm in Texas where he was active in Vocational Agriculture.  He saw the possibility of engaging with his twin daughters in his love of working with developing new breeds. This interest led to his focus on the creation of new Australian Labradoodle lines. Located in New Jersey and the New York City Metropolitan Area, Don's life is filled with family, career and Labradoodles.

 

Roy Alcorn
Oregon, United States

Roy retired from his career as a mechanic in 2015. Since then, he has enjoyed helping grow the Australian Labradoodle business begun by his wife in 2005. A rancher at heart, often with a grandchild or three in tow, Roy is usually found outside with his dogs, cows, or sheep.

 

Max Barker
Utah, United States

Max gained his passion for breeding dogs when he bred his first litter of German Shorthaired Pointer hunting dogs in 1993, and he has been breeding dogs ever since. In 2017 Max, along with his wife, Cindy, made the transition from breeding and training hunting dogs to breeding Australian Labradoodles. Max is an accountant for a public school district. He loves spending time with his wife, seven sons, and nine grandchildren.

 

Karen Cherry
Florida, United States

Karen is a breeder of the Australian Labradoodle and is passionate about genetics and bettering our breed. She worked over 25 years in the Graphic Arts/Advertising industry. She has two lovely grown boys and one grandson. Besides her breeding program, Karen's passion is driving and riding horses and lives with her husband Mark and four ALD's on their horse farm near Ocala, Florida.

 

Carolyn DeBar
Montana, United States

Carolyn, her husband and three children fell in love with the Labradoodle breed in 2006. Since developmentally appropriate practices, educational enrichment, and nutritional programs are equally important to babies and puppies, she has found her early childhood degree and philosophies translate directly to advancing the Australian Labradoodle breed. She enjoys learning and applying the latest research while communicating with the breeding community and concentrating on the breed standard.

 

Annapetra Plooij
Netherlands

Annapetra leads a busy life with a large extended family surrounded by many dogs and loves every moment of it! She is a proud mother of three grown up children and foster mother of two. By personal experience she has seen and lived the magic this breed brings to a family and, hence, decided ten years ago to start a breeding program focusing above all on the mellow character and kindness her dogs bring. Her hope and wishes for the future; not to change a thing in her life!

Gail Tighe
California, United States

In 2014, after over 30 years as Program Director of a Foster Family & Adoption Agency, Gail retired. Gail has been breeding and showing dogs since 1974. Since 1983 she has served as a committee member for a National dog club and in various position as a Board Member for a local dog club. She met her first Australian Labradoodle while shopping at Camping World. Loving what she saw, she researched the breed. She was impressed with the breed’s intelligence, wonderful temperament, and the breeder’s commitment to health testing. She loves her daily ‘hug’ from her Australian Labradoodle.

Petra Visser

Netherlands

 

Petra lives with her husband and two sons in the Netherlands. Thirteen years ago she came into contact with the Australian Labradoodle due to allergy problems for her son and herself. Her first Australian Labradoodle. pet won their hearts, and her enormous passion for these dogs grew. She wanted to share the joy her dogs bring and to make it available to others. Dedicated to responsible breeding, Petra ejoys investigating medical and genetic issues as well as being fascinated by the behavior of humans and animals. Her home and life is filled with the unconditional love of her dogs.

Karen Yapp
Oregon, United States

Karen is a proud Mum to four beautiful daughters and seven delightful grandchildren. Loving life on her 20-acre ranch nestled in a valley of southern Oregon, Karen spends her days (and nights) caring for her beloved Australian Labradoodles in addition to horses, goats, a pet pig, and miniature donkey. Karen enjoys all aspects of her breeding program, teaching her grandchildren to embrace nature and hard work, gardening, and swimming with her doodles.

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