General Information


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:

  • to encourage and promote quality in the breeding of purebred Akitas and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection;
  • to encourage the organization of independent local Akita Specialty Clubs in those localities where there are sufficient fanciers of the breed [to meet the requirements of The American Kennel Club, Inc. (AKC);
  • to urge members and breeders to accept the standard of the breed as approved The American Kennel Club, Inc. as the only standard of excellence by which the Akita shall be judged;
  • to do all in its power to protect and advance the welfare and best interests of the breed and to encourage sportsmanlike competition at dog shows, obedience trials, and tracking tests (field trials);
  • to conduct sanctioned matches, specialty shows, obedience trials, and tracking tests (field trials) under the rules of The American Kennel Club, Inc.;
  • to disseminate accurate information about the Akita specifically and dog care in general and to educate the public.

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:

  1. I will follow the rules of good sportsmanship which will be a credit to the breed, the club and myself in all Akita competition and activities. 
  2. I will fully explain to all prospective Akita purchasers the advantages as well as the disadvantages of owning an Akita.
  3. I will attempt to help and befriend novice exhibitors and owners.
  4. I will keep well informed in the field of genetics and work to eliminate hereditary defects from the breed.
  5. I will, before entering into a breeding agreement or doing any breeding of my own dogs, carefully analyze the conformation and pedigrees of the prospective sire and dam. I shall refuse the mating if, in my opinion, it will not be in the best interest of the breed. If I deny stud service, I will fully explain my reasons to the owner of the bitch.
  6. I will participate in a program of hip x-raying and eye examinations by qualified veterinarians to eliminate hip dysplasia and congenital eye problems. 
  7. When an Akita has hereditary faults of such nature as to make his or her use for breeding detrimental to the furtherance of the breed, that dog shall be neutered/spayed.
  8. I will refuse to deal with dog wholesalers or to sell puppies to pet shops and I will include in all stud contracts an agreement to be signed by the owner of the bitch that no puppies resulting from the mating will be wholesaled, sold or given to pet shops or wholesale dog breeders or dealers.
  9. Furthermore, I will refuse to wholesale (buy or sell) any registered breed of dog, singly or in litter lots realizing that we as dog fanciers are responsible for not only our own breed but for others as well. 
  10. All puppies or adults sold as pet quality and at pet prices should be sold on spay/neuter contracts with written agreement that no AKC registration papers will be issued until the seller has received veterinary certification that surgery has been performed and a copy of that sent to AKC.




JEC Mission/Purpose:

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.

JEC Vision & Goal:

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.

JEC Committee Chair:

California — Sylvia Thomas

JEC Committee Members:

Arizona — Sophia Kaluzniacki, DVM

California — Carol Foti

Georgia — Rebecca Kestle

New York — Mona Shaw

Texas — Nancy Amburgey