ARBA Committees

The following committees established by the ARBA Board of Directors, provide valuable service to the American Rabbit Breeders Association and its members by performing preparatory work which is helpful in guiding Board decisions that will serve the best interest of the ARBA and its members.

Special Committees prove themselves invaluable by carrying out tasks on behalf of the Board in areas which include fundraising, research, and interractions between members, government, and technologies which have the potential to impact rabbit and cavy hobbiests as well as commercial enterprises, to name but a few. These committees are vital in implementing various operations and activities such as the annual ARBA National Convention.

The opportunity to serve on a committee not only facilitates the various operations of the ARBA, but can serve as a training ground for those members who aspire to further serve the ARBA in the future by becoming Board members themselves. Members who have an interest in serving their hobby interests beyond the local level should contact their District Director to make this willingness to serve known.

Standing Committees

Advertising & Publicity

James Brown, PA-Chair
Joe Buchanan, CA
Mike Huston, TN
Laurie Penterman, WI
Amber Tondre, TX
Sandra Wight, GA


Dave Freeman, OH-Chair
Becky Forney, PA
Linda Oneal, NY

Commercial Dept.

Andrew Gauck, IN Chair
Blake Foraker, KS
Tracy Gouette, CA
Terry Grubb, OH
Don Mersiovsky, TX

Constitution Committee

Brock Meanor, PA-Chair
Wendy Lange, WA
Debbie Sandoval, CA

Credentials Committee

Kathy Lugo, CA-Chair
Loretta Odabashian, CA
Becky Ormond, UT

Election Committee

Dr. Amy Mersiovsky, TX-Chair
Dr. Karen Morgan, TX
Loyd Morgan Jr, TX
Jennifer Schimpf, TX
Donna Stone, TX
Alternate-Amie Klaus, TX
Alternate-Don Mersiovsky, TX

Resolutions Committee

Josh Humphries, TN-Chair
Matt Fuller, CA
Eric Mixdorf, IA

Research and Development Committee

Andrew Miles, PA-Chair
Linda Clevenger, TN
Susan Craythorn, UT
Lee Engle, LA
Jeanne Fisher, IA
Ashley Garza, OH
Marion Katz, CO
Ruby Rezac, SD
Heaven Roberts (OR)
Adam Schuller (ID)

Rabbit Standards Committee

Briony Smith, KS-Chair
Mike Avesing, IA
Erik Bengtson, MN
Rob Frizzell, MD
Andy High, AL
Bruce Ormsby, IN
Alan Rafferty, CA
Tiffany Wayne, MN
Chris Zemny, CA

Cavy Standards Committee

Mary Lou Eisel, ON-Chair
Sara Buchanan, CA
James Goodrich, NY
Dana Kolstad, ID
Linda Loucks, ID
Melissa Magee, CA
Ken McCracken, TX
Cindy Newton, WA
Faith Storms, MD

Youth Department

Tom Berger, IN-Chair
Teresa Christian, WI
Don Mersiovsky, TX
Dale Mize, III, MI
Bruce Ormsby, IN
Kelli Slack, MO
Valerie Uptagraft, WA
Lynette Williams, IN

Show Rules Committee

Phil Humfleet, GA-Chair
Tony Bell, TX
Arian Dworzecki, NV
Bruce Ford, GA
Jamie Green, GA
Griffin Harrah, CA
Carrol Hooks, NC
Tara Parker, OH
Julie Spier, CA
Rich Steinberg, MN
Reed Tibbetts, TX
Carolyn Wright, TX

Youth Scholarship Committee

Christi Ringelstetter, WI-Chair
Amanda Behee, OH
James Brown, PA
Maryann Chmura, NY
Linda Eubank, OR
Kyla Gierke, CA
Ethan Harvil, TN
Yvonne Michaud, KS
Sheri Singer, AR

Membership Services

Kelly Hinde, CA-Chair
Teresa DeSautell, TX
Kathi Groves, CA
Laurie Penterman, WI
Sandra Wight, GA

Special Committees

Airline Committee

Maddie Pratt, MI-Chair
Shari Albrecht, CO
Sara Buchanan, CA
Betty Chu, CA
Janet Forrest, WA
Joe Kim, OR
Kevin Whaley, CA
Lisa Wittrock, WA

Special Committee – Club Liaison

Brock Meanor, PA-Chair
Lonnie Harper, OH
Wendy Lange, WA
Debbie Sandoval, CA
Kendal Bledsoe, CA

Complaint Investigation

Appoint as needed

Convention Liaison

Ted DeLoyola, OR

Domestic Rabbits

Sandra Wight, GA-Chair
Eric Stewart, PA
Kathi Groves, CA
Debbie Vigue, ME

Equipment Manager

Bob Price, IN
Ted Deloyola, OR

Judges Continuing Education Committee

Louis Potter, FL-Chair
Mike Adams, OH
John Backman, NY
Allen Barr, CA
Kendal Bledsoe, CA
Cheryl Eng-Link, HI
Lauralee Erbe, CA
Allan Gerhart, OH
James Goodrich, NY
Tracy Gouette, CA
Jeff Hardin, NC
Kevin Hooper, OH
Melissa Magee, CA
Jordan Miner, CA
Pam Nock, PA
Kattie Reilly, OH
Shane Ringdahl, ND
Randy Shumaker, CA
Briony Smith, KS
Kate Smith, CA
Mary Ellen Stamets, NJ

Judge Review

Steve Lussier, TN-Chair
Molly Covert, MI
Jamie Green, GA
Gail Krall, TX
Bill Patrick, OH

Legislative Liaison

Karen Horn, NJ

Library Committee

Ellie Bonde, MD-Chair
Sharon Barnes, KS
Amanda Behee, OH
James Brown, PA
Jean Parker, OK
Nancy Walker, AR
Kevin Whaley, CA


Membership Recognition

Clarence Linsey, KS-Chair
Kendall Bledsoe, CA
Lorena Ferchaud, CA
Matt Fuller, CA
Karen Heintz, MN
Bruce Johnson, WI
Dallas Meyer, IL
Lois Rawlings, PA
Kattie Reilly, OH

Rabbit & Cavy Health

Dr. Jay Hreiz, NC-Chair
Denise Ancharski-Stutler, PA
Dr. Tiffany Bohlman, IL
Dr. Wendy Feaga, MD
Dr. Alfred Mina, HI
Dr. Fritz Trybus, IL
Kimberly Weems, MD

ED Performance Review

Deb Morrison, OK-Chair
Johnny Haussener, PA
Dr. Chris Hayhow, OH

International Liaison Committee

Arie Wardhani, Indonesia
Richelle Briones, Phillippines
Josee Maher, Canada
Masako Miyazaki, Japan
Kamarulazwa Muhammand, Malaysia
Jed Lawrence Ong, Philippines
Sally Turner, Australia

ARBA Checkoff Program Liaison

Sam Albrecht, CO

Judge Mentor Program

Cheryl Eng-Link, HI-Chair
Molly Covert, MI
Steve Lussier, TN
Randy Shumaker, CA


Sandra Wight, GA
Jane Burt, MI
Cheryl Eng-Link, HI
Ramie Grissom, OR
Maddie Pratt, MI
Lindsey Vaught, CA
Shannon Wallace, CO
Amanda Wampner, WI

FFA Committee

Katelyn Metzger, OR
Matt Detert, CA
Kristin Hamilton, CA
Allison Horvath, IN
Michael Walsh, AZ
Kate Smith, CA

Educational Video Committee

Allen Mesick, CA

Guidebook Committee

Susan Weaver, TX
Ken McCracken, TX


Youth Ambassador

Ethan Harvill, TN