WALA Board of Directors
The first provisional year of the WALA, 15 November 2018 to 14 November 2019, will be guided by a Board of Directors comprised of eleven volunteer members of equal positions with no titles. Five Directors have been assigned three-year terms; six Directors have been assigned four-year terms.
Listed in alphabetical order
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.
An allergy to dogs led Linda to Australian Labradoodles; their wonderful temperaments led her to breeding so she could share these lovely dogs with others. Linda’s analytical mind (she is a Chartered Professional Accountant) drives her desire to make science-based breeding decisions. She is the mother of two adult boys and a house full of Australian Labradoodles. Her home is filled with kisses, wagging tails, wet noses, and love.
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, FL.
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.
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.
North Carolina, United States
A quest for a service dog for Jenny's quadriplegic husband led them to their first Australian Labradoodle in 2005. Amazed at how quickly Scooby learned any task, Jenny was immediately hooked! Jenny uses her degree in animal science and background as a research scientist to advance the characteristics of this wonderful breed. She lives with her husband, two college-aged daughters and six spoiled ALDs.
British Columbia, Canada
Cheyene is mama to a beloved daughter, a collection of barnyard critters (many of whom have special needs), and a small pack of doted-on-doodles. Her life-long obsession with the well-being of animals, combined with her values-based work in non-profit leadership, set the tone for her breeding program. Cheyene enjoys nature, literature, and doing what she can to make the world a better place.
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.
Texas, 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.