BTCA Committee Members

The Biewer Terrier Club of America Committees are the heartbeat of the club. They make sure that each aspect of the club is running smoothly and the rules of the AKC are followed and kept up to date.

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee is responsible for overseeing the design, coordination, procurement, and distribution of the club's annual awards. This committee plays a vital role in recognizing and honoring outstanding achievements within the BTCA, ensuring that deserving recipients receive their well-deserved recognition

Breeder Education Committee

The Breeder Education Committee of the Biewer Terrier Club of America is dedicated to promoting responsible breeding practices and the preservation of the Biewer Terrier breed. Our mission is to provide breeders with the knowledge, resources, and guidance necessary to make informed decisions about breeding, health, and breed standard conformance.

Constitution and Bylaws Committee

Responsible for reviewing and proposing changes to the Biewer Terrier Club of America's governing rules and regulations.

  • Bylaws Chair: Michele Lyons
  • Committee Member:  Maria Del Mar Busto
  • Committee Member: Pat Keen

Cyber Security Committee

Responsible for protecting the Clubs intellectual property.

  • Cyber Security Chair: Michele Lyons
  • Committee Member: Maria Del Mar Busto
  • Committee Member: Pat Keen

Ethics Committee

To enforce the Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics for which every member has agreed to abide by in a positive manner and hold those in violation accountable accordingly.

Events Coordinator Committee

To represent the Biewer Terrier Club of America (BTCA) and The American Kennel Club (AkC) with integrity and Sportsmanship. This committee will organize all conformation events and coordinate with members wishing to sponsors local all-breed events in performance and companion events. The BTCA is currently licenses for agility, obedience, rally, Fast Cat and CAT events. If you wish to suggest a venue for a regional speciality or organize a performance or companion event in your area, please reach out to the Event Chair.

  • Event Chair: Lisa Palanca
  • Committee Member: Andrea Cappillucci
  • Committee Member: Susan Hines

Fundraising Committee

To create fundraising opportunities that will benefit the BTCA's ongoing education programs, specialty programs, advertisting, etc.

  • Fundraising Chair: Jessica Caldwell
  • Committee Member: Elaine Hilton
  • Committee Member: Kamilla Szasz

Health & Research Committee

To help our Biewer Terriers live long, healthy lives. To provide education that promotes Biewer Terrier health and responsible breeding practices. To encourage health testing and self-reporting of illnesses, to aid in identifying health issues within Biewer Terriers and establish priorities for solving them. To encourage and support research on health problems and to make the latest research results accessible to Biewer Terrier breeders and pet owners.

Judges Education Committee

Educate Judges on the standard of the Biewer Terrier in a positive and unbiased manner. Provide breed information to all that inquire; Judges, breeders, and owners.

  • Judges Education ChairDebarah Billings
  • Committee Member: Pat Keen
  • Committee Member: Maria Del Mar Busto
  • Committee Member: Dale Martenson

Judges Nominating Committee

The Judge’s Nominating Committee actively seeks input and feedback from the BTCA membership regarding potential judges. They may conduct surveys, solicit recommendations, and take into consideration the preferences and insights of breed enthusiasts within the organization. The committee operates with the utmost transparency and fairness. Their decisions are based on merit, experience, and a judge's proven ability to assess Biewer Terriers objectively. All members of the committee are expected to act in an unbiased and ethical manner.

Junior Showmanship Committee

The Junior Showmanship Committee encourages the participation of juniors in activities with Biewer Terriers. Junior Showmanship offers children between the ages of 9 and 18, opportunities to develop handling skills, learn good sportsmanship, and become educated about dogs and dog shows.

  • Junior Showmanship Chair: Kelley Ruffoni
  • Committee Member: Jessica Caldwell

Local Clubs Committee

The Local Clubs Committee serves as a vital bridge between the central BTCA organization and its regional clubs, ensuring that the Biewer Terrier breed continues to thrive and flourish on both a national and local level. The committee's dedication and guidance help enthusiasts come together, share their passion, and work towards the betterment of this beloved breed.

Meet the Breeds and Expos Committee

As the parent club for the Biewer Terrier we will present the Biewer Terrier to the public with professionalism, honesty and integrity.

  • Meet The Breeds Chair: Whitney Aronson
  • Committee Member: Amy Cox
  • Committee Member: Debbie Haas
  • Committee Member: Crystal Suchocki

Member Support Committee

The Member Support Team is a resource for both new and existing members. They focus on creating a supportive and welcoming environment, ensuring that all members have access to information, assistance, and opportunities to connect with fellow Biewer Terrier enthusiasts.

Membership Committee

To assist anyone interested in becoming a member of the BTCA with their application. Review applications, interview applicants and sponsors and recruit new memberships. After a full investigation, the committee reports it's findings and recommendations to the board.

Newsletter Committee

Report on BTCA, Inc. activities and provide information about issues that may be of interest to the Biewer Terrier community. Post Biewer Terrier pictures and developing stories. Post the officers of the BTCA and newly accepted members. Include health and research information, articles from the membership, and AKC updates.

Performance Events Committee

Our club is licensed by the AKC to hold all-breed agility trials.

Public Relations Committee

The PR Committee for the Biewer Terrier Club of America is responsible for enhancing the visibility and reputation of our breed. This dedicated team focuses on activities such as crafting compelling press releases, executing strategic advertising campaigns, and producing engaging video content showcasing our members' dogs. Additionally, the PR Committee may organize PR events, contribute to our social media presence, and collaborate with media outlets to raise awareness about the Biewer Terrier breed, fostering a vibrant and supportive community of enthusiasts. The Board Liaison will be the Board President.

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Rescue Committee

Our mission is to place these dogs in safe, loving and permanent homes with approved applicants, and to provide a supportive network for our volunteers, who after all, make our goals possible.

Website Committee

To create and maintain a website that provides in-depth, accurate information about Biewer Terriers and the Biewer Terrier Club of America activities. Provide information and updates on health related issues and studies pertinent to the Biewer Terrier.

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