Jen Reeder
Jen Reeder

Freelance journalist Jen Reeder has been a member of DWAA since 2012. She started writing frequently about dogs after she and her husband adopted a goofy Lab mix named Rio. Her work has appeared in Family Circle, The Christian Science Monitor, Modern Dog,, The American Animal Hospital Association’s Trends Magazine, AKC Family Dog, The Dallas Morning News, PawCulture, Shape, Just Labs, Zuke’s “Dog Blog,” The Huffington Post, PBS Next Avenue and many other publications.

Jen is proud to have received numerous awards from the Cat Writers’ Association and the Dog Writers Association of America, including the AKC Microchipping Awareness Award. She volunteers on the bio writing team for PawsCo, a Denver-based animal rescue organization, and for Therapy Dogs International as Rio’s therapy dog handler.

Jen shares her home office in Southwest Colorado with her husband and their beloved dogs, Rio and Peach.

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Marsha Pugh
Marsha Pugh

Marsha Pugh has been a member of DWAA since 2004 and has been treasurer since 2009. She is a second generation dog person and has been showing and breeding dogs since her earliest memories. Marsha writes a bi-monthly pet care column for The Italian Greyhound Magazine. She conducts handling classes and judges 4-H competitions.  Until her retirement in March 2010, she was the administrator of a multi-million dollar pension fund.

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Laura Coffey
Laura Coffey
Vice President

Laura T. Coffey has been a professional member of DWAA since 2014.

She is a writer, editor and producer for the website of NBC’s TODAY show and the author of the bestselling book My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts. A journalist with more than 25 years of experience, Laura has written and edited hundreds of high-profile human-interest stories for since 2008. In recent years, she has won first-place writing awards from the Society for Features Journalism and the Dog Writers Association of America, and headline-writing awards from the American Copy Editors Society.

Before she started writing for, Laura worked as a reporter, columnist, and editor for, social issues editor at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, deputy business editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune, managing editor of The Prague Post in the Czech Republic, a reporter and editor at the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, a reporter at the Peninsula Clarion in Alaska, and a reporter and columnist for the St. Petersburg Times in Florida. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, PBS NewsHour Online, Best Friends magazine, and many other publications.

Laura lives in Seattle with her husband, Michael, their son, Tyler, and their two senior dogs, Frida and Manny.

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Ida Estep
Ida Estep, Esq.
Past President

Ida Estep, Esq. is an attorney with a postdoctoral degree in tax law, also holds a master’s degree in social work. She has been active in dogs for most of her life and is involved in dog rescue, both as a foster and as legal advisor to rescue groups.

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Laurren Darr
Laurren Darr

Laurren Darr has been a member of DWAA since 2012 and has been ‘owned’ by pug dogs and pet fashion since her first pug rescue of White Pines Tuttie when she was just six years old. She studied and worked in the field of marketing for over twenty years specializing in trade show marketing for corporations and clients — leaving a corporate executive position to start her first business in 2004. In 2008, she started studying book publishing and launched the imprint Left Paw Press that publishes medical, racing, pet fashion, coloring, and pug children’s books including her Maxwell Medallion winning book Lipstick On A Pug.

In 2013, Laurren combined her love of pet fashion and knowledge of marketing to launch the International Association of Pet Fashion Professionals with the vision of creating programs and books to support people building closer bonds with pets through pet fashion.

Darr lives in the Chicagoland area with her geneticist husband, stock car racing teenage son, and stylish pug Bella.

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Board of Directors

Caroline Coile
Caroline Coile, Ph.D.
Class of 2019

Caroline Coile, Ph.D. writes about dogs full-time, with 34 books and hundreds of articles published. Her work has appeared in print, television and online. She holds a Ph.D. with research interests in canine behavior, senses, genetics and neuropsychology. Caroline has competed in dog events since 1975. She has bred, owned and handled top-winning Salukis in conformation, lure-coursing, agility, and obedience.

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Gail Parker
Gail C. Parker
Class of 2018

Gail lives and writes in the Mayfair area of Philadelphia with Danny, an Irish Setter, and six cats, Magic, Patrick, Misty, Brandie, Athena and Leo. Married to Carl Weber since 2003, Gail writes about collectibles and new finds in dog-themed items for the Canine Collectibles Courier. Gail also writes for the Irish Setter Club of America’s Memo to Members Magazine. These columns alternate with collecting Irish Setter memorabilia and her pet therapy and Dog Walker Town Watch activities. Members of the nationwide group Dog Walker Town Watch, she and Danny check out and report back to the local branch’s leaders when they see anything amiss in the neighborhood. They’ve found two abandoned cars and clothing bins, and reported graffiti. Formerly a pet therapist with two of her late Irish Setters, Parker currently volunteers for Irish Setter Rescue. Her work is published in magazines and newspapers. She was a featured speaker at the Academy of Natural Sciences at their exhibit honoring dogs, and is a two-time Maxwell winner.

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Karen A. Harbert
Karen A. Harbert
Class of 2019

Karen Harbert has been a breeder and exhibitor of Cardigan Welsh Corgis for over 40 years with approximately 100 championships in dogs she has owned and/or bred, many of them obedience titled as well.  She has served multiple terms on the Board of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America, and been president of two regional Cardigan clubs.  She has judged a national sweepstakes in Canada and a CWCCA supported sweepstakes at home.  She has served as editor of national and regional magazines, written breed columns for the AKC Gazette and is author of the ‘Murder at the Dog Show’ mystery series.  Her professional background is in management in mental health and Child Abuse Investigation.

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Martin Deeley
Martin Deeley
Class of 2017

Martin Deeley internationally recognized dog trainer, writer, and commentator inducted into the International Association of Canine Professionals Hall of Fame in April 2011. Martin has been training dogs for 35 years. He has not only trained with the best but also trained the best in his workshops. His dogs have won competitions in Britain, and in America. He has made up both Hunting retriever Champions and Master Hunters. He runs dog training workshops throughout Europe, Great Britain and America. He has been a feature writer for leading American and European magazines, and is the only journalist ever granted a personal interview with Her Majesty the Queen of England. Martin has written three top selling books Advanced Gundog Training, Working Gundogs, and Getting it Right with Gundogs. Commentated on over 80 European championship videos, and for 28 years provided the commentary at the International Gundog Competitions held at the Country landowners Association Game Fair. The largest Game Fair in the world. Martin was presented with the Dog Writers Association of America Special Award for the Best Training Article of 2001. In 2007 Countryman’s Weekly, a leading European dog magazine, selected Martin as Gundog Trainer of the Year, a highly esteemed award voted upon by readers and fans of his books and videos.

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Patricia Cruz
Patricia Cruz
Class of 2018

Patricia Cruz began “stringing” for the NY Times in 1967 and wrote a weekly column for the original Long Island Press, New York Post and Newsday. I joined DWAA in 1971 and Approved to judge by AKC in 1972. I became an AKC Field Rep in 1978, and was elected to the AKC’s Board of Directors in 2012. I picked up a column in 1989. I judge all breeds outside the US including India, Cuba, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and most of South America and Central America.

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Joel Gavriele-Gold
Joel Gavriele-Gold, Ph.D.
Class of 2017

Joel Gavriele-Gold is President of the Metropolitan Dog Club, NYC. He is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. Joel has published articles on the use of his dogs with his patients in the AKC Gazette, The Psychoanalytic Review and in other publications. He also writes about psychological mechanisms operating in humans in their relationships with pets. Joel has appeared on radio and television programs including: Good Morning America, Men Are From Mars, MSNBC and local TV news guest spots. He is a member of the Stewards Club of America and the American Canine Education Foundation. Joel is an instructor and supervisor to psychoanalytic students and has Skype sessions in Louisville. KY and Beijing, China. His Bouvier des Flandres, Dova accompanies him in his Manhattan therapy practice.

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February 2013 – February 2017 Ida W. Estep, Esq.

September 2012 Dr. Carmen Battaglia, Freelance

February 2009 – September 2009 Debra Eldredge, DVM

July 2008 – February 2009 Dr. Carmen Battaglia, Freelance

February 2008 – July 2008 Chris Walkowicz, Freelance

February 2007 – February 2008 Amy Fernandez, Freelance

February 2005 – February 2007 Ranny Green, Seattle Times

February 2005 Jan Mahood

2001 – 2004 Chris Walkowicz, Freelance

1994 – 2000 Mordecai Siegal, Freelance

1992 – 1993 Job Michael Evans, Freelance

1985 – 1992 Hal Sundstrom HalMar Publications; Dog World; Freelance

1981 – 1985 Bill Denlinger, Denlinger Publications

1981 Maxwell Riddle (Acting Pres.) Dog World; Freelance

1980 – 1981 Louis Iacabucci

1973 – 1979 John Marvin

1971 – 1972 John W. Ingram

1968 – 1971 Arthur Frederick Jones AKC Pure-Bred Dogs

1965 – 1967 M. Lewis Sharpley Louisville Courier-Journal


1963 – 1965 Louise Rucks, Daily Oklahoman

1962 – 1963 Louise McMahon Philadelphia Inquirer

1960 – 1962 Harvey Barcus

1958 – 1959 Evelyn Monte

1955 – 1958 George Butz, Philadelphia Inquirer

1954 LeRoy E. Fess, Buffalo Courier Express

1952 – 1954 John Rendel, New York Times

1951 – 1952 Wentzle Ruml, Jr.

1950 Dwight Young

1949 Ronald Kilborn, NY World-Telegram and Sun

1947 – 1948 Maxwell Riddle, Dog World; Freelance

1943 – 1946 James D. Strachan Kennel and Bench; Dogs in Canada

1942 C.E. Harbison, Conde Nast

1941 Roslyn Terhune, Baltimore News Post

1940 George Butz, Philadelphia Inquirer

1939 James D. Strachan Kennel and Bench; Dogs in Canada

1937 – 1938 Will Judy, Dog World

1936 Alice Rosenthal, Dog News

1935 Milton Danziger, Springfield Republican

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