ALAA Board of Directors

ALAA Board of Directors

The board presents the ALAA year-in-review and next year’s goals at an annual conference call just prior to the election. Board members are elected each March by a ballot vote of ALAA membership. Members interested in a seat on the board may nominate themselves or be nominated by another person; a spot on the ballot requires a second nomination and a platform presentation during the annual ALAA conference call.

Candidates who wish to fill vacant officer positions outside the yearly vote are nominated and elected by current officers, as per the ALAA QA manual. Each officer holds one vote on governing board issues, which are limited to the recommendations of the Quality Assurance Board Member, Infusion Board Member, Budget. All officers may submit motions for discussion or vote to the governing board.

All officers, initiative directors and committee members are volunteers. In addition to the duties listed below, each officer can direct teams, assignments or initiatives.

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Alex McEwing
Green Mountain Australian Labradoodles

Duties: Handles the ALAA’s day-to-day issues, working with governing board and legal counsel and corresponding with ALAA breeders via bi-monthly emails. Furthers the work of the association by assembling teams who work under the oversight of the governing board. Responsible for ensuring the board and members are mindful of the association’s rules and regulations, charter and goals.

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Vice President

MaryPat Thate
Barksdale Labradoodles

Duties: The vice president performs duties assigned by the president or the governing board. At the request of the president, or in the president’s absence, the vice president will perform the duties of the president.

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Al Gordy
Barksdale Labradoodles

Duties: Maintains the ALAA non-profit association financials. Current assignment: annual budget planner.

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Michele Brodsky
Cotton Creek Labradoodles

Duties: Records all meetings and correspondence via electronic files. Handles online votes and agendas for meetings as required by the ALAA regulations.

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Information Technology Manager

Becky Roth
Southern Cross Australian Labradoodles

Duties: The Information Technology Manager will maintain, update, and edit the corporation’s website in addition to other computer-related activities that may be assigned, from time to time, by the President.

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Public Relations Manager

Duties: Prepares and distributes the ALAA newsletter, manages Facebook page and the ALAA Ads.


Quality Assurance Officer

Duties: Reviews ALAA member breeders’ programs for adherence to the ALAA breed standard and grading scheme. Has the authority to note infractions, make penalty recommendations to the ALAA board via the QA process and carry out penalty enforcement.


Can I volunteer for a committee?

Yes, there are always volunteer opportunities! The ALAA Officers & Committees page lists current committees and openings, and we’re constantly on the lookout for volunteers. If you are interested in serving on a committee, notify the leader of that committee. The committee leader will explain the committee’s needs.

We also hold an open request for members interested in joining a committee during our annual March vote.

Can I volunteer to serve on the board?

Yes. If you are interested in joining the governing board, you should become familiar with our current officers and the responsibilities of each of the seven board positions. Officers are required not only to hold a position but also to take on other duties, run teams and initiatives to help the ALAA achieve yearly goals. The current duties of each ALAA board member are listed on the officers page next to their personal information.

Candidates vying to become board members are nominated in two ways. The first method is through nomination by a current board member as part of the annual vote. Each March, the existing ALAA board nominates a slate of candidates, who are introduced to general ALAA membership during our yearly open conference call. Members are then polled during an online vote to be held within three weeks of the conference call.

Because the board nominates each individual via a slate, the board must know you’re interested! Contact an officer to tell them why you want to serve and what you have to offer the organization.

How are ALAA funds spent?

The ALAA is a nonprofit association which has both employees and volunteers tending to the needs of the organization. The ALAA staff includes but is not limited to the following employees: a Registrar and various assistants. This is subject to change as needed. The Registrar handles the registration of new Member Breeders, litter registrations, registration of breeding dogs, pet memberships, collects and checks on all health testing turned in which is required for membership, printing and mailing litter certificates and pedigrees, as well as maintains ALAA database services (DogTrack and StudFinder). The assistants do pedigree research, handle all the printing and mailing of the welcome kit for the new Pet Members after they have been processed by the registrar, which includes the pet’s pedigree, ALAA custom bandana, ALAA recyclable bag and a current issue of Modern dog magazine. They handle all the ordering and inventory for all the office supplies and custom items included in the new Pet Member welcome kit. They, also, handle all the promotional graphics used in the ALAA hosted events and assist the President with ordering, inventory, shipping supplies to various locations, managing the guest lists, name tags, printed material for guest speakers and event planning for all ALAA events. The ALAA conducts health clinics for the betterment of the breed, as well as organizes and hosts the yearly ALAA Breeder Roundtable, which is an educational conference to promote responsible breeding.