Meet the Dedicated APLSA Officers
PRESIDENT...Loana J Shields...Naples, NY
585-394-8073 email... President
33 years plus with the Polish Lowland Sheepdog and owner of seven: breeder, owner-handler, and obedience; finished several champions which became AKC stock foundation; 1st U.S. Champion --conformation and obedience. Active in both SKC and ARBA became founder of parent club; 10 years plus on AKC parent club
newsletter editor; 3 reliable, informative websites on the PON; program chair national specialty 2011; author Nov.2012 Showsite Magazine article about the PON and also author about the PON in the AKC's New Complete Dog Book; pet owner concerned with the breed welfare. Always open to helping others!
VICE PRESIDENT...Benigne Dohms--Payson, AZ (928)478-6233 email-- Vice President/newsletter
Owner handler of two PONs who have been trained/titled through AKC, UKC, ARBA, AHBA, IABCA in Agility, Conformation, Herding, Lure Coursing,Obedience, Rally, Tracking ; through the Barn Hunt Association trained first PON to receive instinct and Novice Barn Hunt titles; served as parent club treasurer, 2010 National Specialty Chair; 2011 National Specialty Co-Chairand trophy chair,participated on C & B committee; arranged for herding clinics.
CORRESPONDING SECRETARY...Sara LaPointe--Indialanatic, FL (321)) 446-9108 email-- Corresponding Sec "I've always loved dogs, from a young age, and adopted my first dog when I was fourteen (I told my parents it was either a dog or i was going to breed gerbils..they chose prudently.)
I learned of PON's thru a strange event after adopting a mixed breed in Virginia in 2000--I had reason to believe that dog was a PON mix although knowing what I know now that was probably unlikely. After much breed research and waiting/watching we were fortunate enough to have Romi, my first PON, join the household in 2007. She has been a learning experience! I am completely enanmored by the breed and hope to have others following Romi. I feel fortunate to be a part of such a great group dedicated to the breed."
RECORDING SECRETARY...Karen Nielsen--Minneapolis, MN (612)522-1979 email -- Recording Secretary
I was introduced to the PONs in 2003 by a co-worker,then to the world of conformation showing in 2005. I acquired my first PON, Romeo ,on 12/30/2006, and I have been involved in PONs ever since. I am currently owned by 2 PONs, Romeo (CH Polish Hill's Heart Throb, born 11/06/05) and Kate (CH Awangarda Lucarz Katarzyna, born 7/19/2009. Prior to my PONs, I had mixed breed rescue dogs, and have been involved in dog rescue and fostering since 1997. I served as a Board Member for the parent club from 2012 to 2014. I am 1/4 Polish, my Polish great-grandparents were farmers near Warsaw and could possibly have had PONs on their farm!
TREASURER...Simona Stoyanova-Romeoville, IL (708)557-8237 email-- Treasurer
I have loved dogs for as long as I can remember. I was a German Shepherd owner for 22 years, when in 2012 I had to say goodbye to my last German Shepherd due to health problems. This is when I started looking for another furry friend. After taking a couple questionnaires on a couple of websites, the PON was the first pick for me. After more research I decided a PON was for me, and I got my first PON in May of 2012. Today I have three lovely PONs.
BOARD OF DIRECTOR...Thomas M Wason--Oxford, MS (713)863-1731 email-- Board of Director
20 years plus with Polish Lowland Sheepdogs; breeder, owner-handler; several champions became AKC foundation stock; first U.S. champion owner;founder of parent club; treasurer of parent club; presently pet owner interested in maintaining the health and integrity of the breed.
Board of Director... Abby Bayer ...Houston , TX (303) 933-4795 email-- Board of Director
I have loved dogs all my life. I started out by adopting a terrier mix who I was lucky to have 16 years. Since then I have had a mixed breed, a Golden Retriever and two Old English Sheepdogs. I rescued my Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Paco,when he was just over a year old. He had been abused by his first owner and had become a biter so he was set to be euthanized. When he found his fourth home with me it was forever. He required a lot of work on impulse control, basic obedience, and lots of love and he became my baby. I had quite a scare in February when he had to have his gall bladder removed and he developed pancreatitis. It was touch and go for over a week. While still on some meds he is doing great. I appreciated all the phone calls and being able to talk to the APLSA President and others when I needed to talk.
BOARD OF DIRECTOR...Linda Wozniak... Halifax,Nova Scotia (902)-477-3798 email-- Board of Director
My first dog was a mixed breed terrier that the SPCA nicknamed "the biter." He lived up to his name and in 17.5 years he taught me a great deal about dogs. Over the years I have owned a Lab, four Bernese Mountain dogs, and have been involved in my local all breed club. I've competed in conformation, obedience, agility,rally, draft and some field work. In 2010, I investigated the PON. Frodo was my first PON, earning CH with group placements with me on the lead. Viktor is his alter-ego brother from a second breeding. He may not have a title, but has a blog. I adore these shaggy souls, who keep me on my toes and entertain me every single day.
GENERAL COUNSEL...Mary Von Drehle--Bernice, OK (918)520-8486 email-- Mary VonDrehle
Owner of PONs since 1986. Breeder, owner, handler, and co-founder ofVon Marja Kennels. Charter member and General Counsel of national parent club through 2004. Experienced breeder of champions and registered therapy dogs.
PON POST EDITOR (pro temp)-- Benigne Dohms...see above
As you read through the list of the APLSA officers you will notice that not all of them breed. Among the leadership are many APLSA officers who have and enjoy their PON(s) and never want to be a breeder.There several PLS breeders on our list, but make sure you search for a good one. There are also many owners who want no more than to look out for the well being of the breed amd have fun with other PON owners. A PON has many talents as do the owners of the breed. Their interest in the breed is very varied and thus this association of Polski Owczarek Nizinny (as they are called in Poland) owners should help meet the needs of many people including ,but not limited to, PLS breeders. The Association is here to support both you and the breed regardless of your interest or needs. To find good PLS breeders see the Association's list of breeders or visit our site set up to help you which is ponpuppybuyersguide.com . Enjoy your PON!
BOARD OF DIRECTOR...Mark Jackson...Oregon, WI (608) 516-9134 email--Board of Director
I have loved dogs for as long as I can remember. Growing up we had several mixed breed dogs which my father called farm dogs. These dogs were our extra friends.When I was growing up, I was very interested in the German Shephard dog. I had learned a great deal about the breed, but as I grew older I became skeptial of the breed beause of their health issues due to how they have been bred mainly for appearance. My wife had been discussing getting a dog for years when during a dog show we saw a Polish Lowland Sheepdog, a dog that was not too large, but still a working dog. We spent several months doing research on the breed and one of the things we found was a breed that seemed to be bred for working rather than appearance; a breed that was fairly healthy compared to some breeds. Before we visited our breeder we found a force free trainer who taught us to speak dog after our puppy arrived. And our PON has been the most amazing dog I have ever met The goal I have as a member of the APLSA board is to support efforts to help maintain the health of this breed and to support the breed in general.