Jeanne Meldrim - 1st Vice President
This upcoming term will be my second on the PCOTC board. I joined the board two years ago as 1st vice president and then stepped in as president for a few months when that position became open. I have enjoyed my time on the board, it has been a wonderful opportunity to get more involved in the club, learn more about disciplines I had not previously been involved in, as well as meet many members.
My husband Matt and I have three wonderful dogs, two Dutch Shepherds and a Belgian Malinois. The activities we are currently involved in are French ring sport, obedience and Barn Hunt. All three love to spend time at PCOTC.
I would like to thank the nominating committee for having the confidence in me to nominate me for a second term on the board.
Mary Skirchak - Treasurer
Mary has an MS in Accounting and over 25 years in accounting experience. She is currently a Controller at a non-profit and oversees all accounting functions. In a previous position at a CPA firm, she was the QuickBooks Pro Advisor and manager for the small business group. She specialized in the setup and implementation of accounting systems and employee training for startups and small/medium business.
Mary and her dogs Emily and Daisy became members of PCOTC in 2011 enrolling in nosework classes. She has found that the trust formed between dog and human through nosework can help rehabilitate even the most fearful or reactive dog. With Emily, she has earned the NACSW Elite Champion, earning the Harry Award in the process. With Daisy as her competition companion, she has earned all four NW3 elements titles, currently working on their NW3 title.
She has recently become an instructor at PCOTC and earned her CNWI in May 2018. She has dedicated most of her free time to learning everything she can about nosework and dog training. She is certified as an AKC Scent work judge for Novice and Advanced levels, as well as a USCSS judge.
Olga Kornienko - Corresponding Secretary
Morgaana Menzel - Director
Morgaana Menzel has been a “dog enthusiast” all her life. She was “born into Boxerdom,” as her family founded Sirrocco Boxers and has bred conformation and performance boxers for 45 years. She remembers that “From a very young age I helped to breed, whelp, imprint, train, and show dogs.” Morgaana first heard about PCOTC through longtime member Barbara Dille, as Barbara enjoyed Boxerdom with Morgaana’s Mother and boxer breeder, Kathleen Gould. Later on, when Morgaana wanted to expand her knowledge of other dog disciplines, she started in Foundation Agility at PCOTC. She says, “I was thrilled to finally see the facility and was happy taking classes with Stephen McKay and wanted to join in all the fun. So I became a member right away.” Morgaana began her journey training at PCOTC with her late great Boxer Dog Sirrocco's Private Party "Phouka", who sadly is not with us anymore. Phouka's niece, white boxer Sirrocco's Song Of The Sea "Rhoswyn" continues's his legacy. They currently enjoy training in Agility, Rally, Obedience, Barn Hunt, Lure Coursing, Dock Diving, Disc and delight in training tricks. Morgaana adds that the team “also enjoys training in the pool and on the beach, and love to swim and Kayak.” She also recently rescued a Parsons Russell Terrier named Prince Pippin that she is currently training in Barn Hunt. Why did Morgaana answer the call to become a PCOTC Board member? “Being a loyal member of PCOTC for over seven years and having been a dog enthusiast all my life I feel that with my knowledge and interpersonal skills, having me on the Board of Directors will benefit the club as we look towards the future and evolve with the times. I have proven over the years to be a valuable and enthusiastic member of the club. I am passionate about photography and have taken countless photographs over the years of current events for Sit n’ Stay Quaterly.” Morgaana also encourages the CGC program and Junior Handler programs. She is a knowledgeable Chief Ring Steward (AKC/ WCR/BHA), has been on multiple Trial Committees, is competent in set up, and helps run many of the clubs trials in all disciplines. She says, “I take pride in our club and enjoy being supportive to my fellow members celebrating their successes.”
PCOTC awarded Morgaana its AKC Outstanding Sportsmanship Award in 2015.