ACA Officers are responsible for the day-to-day operations and carrying out the rules, regulations, policies and decisions as directed by the Board and/or delegate body.
ACA is governed by an elected slate of officers and Board of Directors. Officers include the President, Vice President, Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, two (2) Directors at Large, and six (6) Regional Representatives, all of whom are residents of the United States. The Directors and Officers serve for two (2) year terms. The Regional Representatives in even-numbered Regions are elected in even-numbered years, and those from odd-numbered Regions, elected in odd-numbered years. General management of the Club's affairs is entrusted to the Board of Directors.
Officers and Directors serve in their respective capacities both with regard to the Club and its meetings and the Board and its meetings. The Directors carry out the duties of their office and as well as any other duties duties prescribed in the bylaws. All Officers and Directors have the authority to make and vote upon motions in Board and Club Meetings.
The ACA has established 6 regional areas, with each represented by a Regional Representative and is a elected board position.
Directors at Large and Regional Representatives are accessible to the membership in general. Whenever possible, they offer assistance and guidance to the membership. Through them, the membership's concerns and opinions are presented to the Board. The two Directors at Large reside in different states from each other. Regional Representatives reside within and are elected by the membership within the Region they represent.
Keith Venezia President
Elizabeth Rayner Fulgrum Vice President
Matthew Dimon Treasurer
Sandi Soto Corresponding Secretary
Tamara Larson Recording Secretary
Mary Mignogna Director-At-Large
Kim Holmes Director-At-Large
Sherry Wallis AKC Delegate
Steve Lisker Region 1
Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont
Linda Walker Region 3
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Missouri
Vikki McConnell Region 5
Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, and Foreign Memberships
Barbara Renegar Region 2
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington D.C. and Maryland
Ronnie Moore Region 4
Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota and Wyoming
Tracy West Region 6
California, Hawaii, and U.S. Territories and Possessions
The Akita Club of America (ACA) was founded in 1960 as a non-profit organization. The official breed standard was completed and approved by the American Kennel Club (AKC) on April 4, 1973. About the same time, the stud books were closed.
As of March, 1974, Akitas born in Japan and registered with one of the Japanese registry systems such as Akiho were no longer eligible to be registered with the AKC nor were there get (i.e. puppies that they produced). With AKC recognition of the Japanese Kennel Club beginning in 1993, registration of imports registered with the JKC can now be done. Imports registered with AKC are considered AKC-registered dogs and can be bred and shown just as any AKC-registered dog.
The main objectives of the ACA are the preservation and protection of the breed and improvement of the character and conformation of the Akitas as described in the official breed standard. The ACA hosts an Annual National Specialty Show and Annual Meeting, which rotates throughout the country. This is generally held in October each year. A major goal of the ACA is to provide educational information about the breed to club members, the general public, and to prospective judges.
When exhibited at shows, Akitas are judged in accordance with the AKC Akita Breed Standard which was developed by the ACA and approved by its members before submittal to the American Kennel Club. National breed clubs are the custodians of their breed standards and any changes to that standard must be formulated by the club and approved by the membership before they can take effect. In the United States and Canada, the Akita is a member of the Working Group.
The most recent development in the continuing growth of the Akita Club of America, Inc., was its acceptance as a full member club of The American Kennel Club in 1995
The following are the objectives of the Akita Club of America as set forth in the Constitution:
In order to promote the highest ideals among Akita owners and breeders and aim for the continuous improvement of the Akita breed within the framework of the approved breed standard, I pledge that:
The mission of the Judges’ Education Committee is to provide education to current and prospective Akita judges who intend to apply to the AKC for approval to judge the breed. The JEC also provides continuing education to licensed Akita judges as appropriate.
The JEC seeks to educate prospective and current Akita judges by developing educational materials based on the AKC Akita Standard, delivering seminars, serving as breed and ringside mentors, providing judging techniques, and disseminating information. To achieve this goal, the JEC reviews, revises and updates educational materials on a regular basis, develops new materials, and seeks on-going feedback/assessment from JEC participants/attendees and others that is used to improve the quality and delivery of seminars and materials.
California — Sylvia Thomas
Arizona — Sophia Kaluzniacki, DVM
California — Carol Foti
Georgia — Rebecca Kestle
New York — Mona Shaw
Texas — Nancy Amburgey