Current BOD

Laura Gibson
President
Term Till 2018
249 Gallagher Dr
Canyon Lake, Tx 78133
(940) 733-1914
I fell in love with Australian Shepherds in Colorado in 1984 when I met my first one. I was student teaching in Boulder, Colorado, and another teacher brought her Aussie to the end-of-school picnic to play with the kids. That blue merle bitch captured my heart, and after that day, I knew that my next dog would be an Aussie, but I had to wait until 1995 for that dream to come true. I finally got my first Aussie, Chase, in 1995 and immediately joined ASCA and I have been a continuous member for 20 years. My husband, Scott, and I live with our six bred-by Aussies, which carry my kennel name, Chase, named for my first one. My Aussies and I have trained in agility, obedience and stockdog trialing; we have titled in conformation, obedience and agility, and we qualified for Conformation Finals three times. I strive to be a steward of the versatile Australian Shepherd. I feel that Aussie breeders have an obligation to preserve the intelligence, the athleticism and the instinct that makes this breed special to us all. I have been a very active member of ASCA, serving on the Board of two different affiliates, Heart of Texas and Hill Country, including president, treasurer, and affiliate representative. I am currently serving as the president of Hill Country A.S.C. I served as the Chairman of the 2014 ASCA National Specialty in Bryan, Texas. My team and I enjoyed that so much, that we will be hosting Nationals again in 2017. Since 2011, I have also had the honor of serving as an ASCA Conformation Judge. The privilege of judging has not only given me a deeper appreciation of our breed but also for the people who love it. I LOVE ASCA and I am deeply honored to serve on the Board. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to give back to the club that has given me so much for the past twenty years.
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Ann DeChant
1st Vice President
Term Till 2018
13950 S Shalfsburg Rd
Perry, MI 48872
(517) 675-5538
When my friend, ASCA Director Sandy Tubbs, died of Cancer is 2000, I applied to finish her term as a tribute to her. I was appointed in 2001. I was later elected to two terms. I served for about 7.5 years, completing my service in 2008 at the Las Vegas Nationals. I ran for another term in 2012 and was elected again. I treasure ASCA and believe in the Mission Statement and in all of ASCA’s programs. I am proud of all that we do to preserve the breed.
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Rachel Vest
2nd Vice President
Term Till 2017
1494 Hog Mountain Road
Jefferson, GA 30549
(770) 634-5582
Jan Wesen
Treasurer
Term Till 2017
7210 Worline Road
Bow, WA 98232
(360) 333-7131
I grew up in Salinas, California on a 500 cow dairy farm. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Dairy Science. I am married to Ron Wesen and live on his family dairy farm in Bow, WA. We acquired stock dogs for the farm in 1985 and our first Aussie in 1999. We operate 2 Organic Dairy Farms with 700 cows with Ron’s family. Member of ASCA since 1985 and also several ASCA affiliates. I am a judge of Tracking, Obedience, Rally, Stockdog and Agility.
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Cindy King
Secretary
Term Till 2019
18 Riverview Dr.
Canterbury, CT 06331
(860) 546-6367
Ken Silveira
Board Member
Term Till 2019
42793 Valley View Dr.
Scio, OR 97374
(503) 779-4652
I am honored to have been elected to another term as a Directors. I am committed to serving all ASCA Members. I am excited to be part of this team in helping to lead ASCA. I live in Scio, Oregon with my wife Rhonda and some of our kids. We run a small ranch here and help out the neighbor ranchers who have much bigger operations. I work as a Tech at the Emergency Department in Salem. It's an offshoot of a thirty-year career as a Firefighter/Paramedic. We have been with Aussies since 1974. I found ASCA in 1981 when the International Australian Shepherd Association merged their Registry and programs with ASCA. We have been proud, active participants of ASCA since then. I look forward to sharing ideas with you and conducting the Memberships business.
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Linda Gray
Board Member
Term Till 2018
68 Bourne Ave
Tiverton, RI 02878
(401) 625-5926
My life with Aussies and ASCA began, strangely enough, at the 1975 Quarter Horse Congress where I bought my first ASCA registered Australian Shepherd, Taylor’s Blue Prissy B-1063. The Australian Shepherd Club of New England had a booth there and I joined the ASCA Affiliate. Before bringing Prissy home she was bred to Sorensen’s Red Man A-241 and on Aug 11, 1976 she presented me with 11 happy, healthy puppies of which I kept two. Since 1975 I served ASCNE as President, Vice-President, Director-at-large, Show Coordinator, Membership Chair and spent 10 years as Newsletter editor (long before the computer age). Along the way I joined a few other Affiliates. When ASCA had an Affiliate Council I was elected to serve for the duration it was in existence. Late in 1992 when a director resigned I was appointed to fill his seat in Jan of 93. When this term is up in 2018 I will have served on the ASCA Board for 20 years and while I hear people saying ASCA will die if it doesn’t get new blood, there is something to be said for longevity/history and consistency within the organization.
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Jean Roberts
Board Member
Term Till 2019
217 Rainbow Dr. #11742
Livingston, TX. 77399
208-243-5242
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Preston Kissman
Board Member
Term Till 2017
4213 Serrano Ct
Bryan, TX 77802
(979) 774-6093
Kalla Jaco
Executive Secretary
9617 Great Hills Trail, Apt 624
Austin, TX 78759
(737) 704-1685