USMRA Board of Directors

PRESIDENT

David Broderick
Lake Point, Utah
Utah Protection Sports
president@usmondioring.org

VICE PRESIDENT

Paul Anthony
Industry, Pennsylvania
Steel City Working Dog Club
vicepresident@usmondioring.org

SECRETARY

Angelyn Leonberger
Killeen, Texas
Texas K9
secretary@usmondioring.org

TREASURER

Maureen Haggerty
Lake Elmo, Minnesota
Motley Crew Mondio Club
treasurer@usmondioring.org

DIRECTORS AT LARGE

Michon Mills
Carson City, Nevada
Utah Protection Sports
dal1@usmondioring.org

Heather Ratynski
Elizabeth, Colorado
Mile High Mondioring
dal3@usmondioring.org

François Massart
Temecula, California
Marvel K9 Ringsport Club
dal2@usmondioring.org

Michon Mills
Carson City, Nevada
Utah Protection Sports


Heather Ratynski
Elizabeth, Colorado
Mile High Mondioring


François Massart
Temecula, California
Marvel K9 Ringsport Club


COMMITTEE CHAIR

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COMMITTEE MEMBERS

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AUDITING COMMITTEE

  1. The Auditing Committee shall consist of at least three (3) members. The President shall appoint the Auditing Committee with the approval of the Board by a majority vote. The USMRA Treasurer and Secretary cannot be members of the Auditing Committee. Amended December 2018
  2. The purpose of the Auditing Committee will be to make decisions to determine if an audit is necessary for the financial records of USMRA. The Auditing Committee will be responsible for selecting an independent auditing firm and/or accountant qualified to review the financial status of a non-profit organization. The Auditing Committee will act as the liaison between the auditor and the USMRA. They will work with the Treasurer to provide all the documentation and/or information necessary to the auditor to conduct the audit. Amended December 2018
  3. Any current USMRA member(s) may recommend to the Auditing Committee that a financial audit be conducted for USMRA financial records. Any recommendation for an audit shall include documentation justifying the recommendation. The Auditing Committee will then determine if an audit is necessary based on the member(s) recommendation. Amended December 2018
COMMITTEE CHAIR

Brian Reynolds
Denver, Colorado
Mile High Mondioring

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Allison Seghetti
Temecula, California
Marvel K9 Ringsport Club

Tiffany Broderick
Elk Ridge, Utah
Utah Protection Sports

Jessica Kirsch
Baden, Pennsylvania
Independent/No Club Affiliation

Patrick Bell
Beaver, Pennsylvania
Utah Protection Sports

BOARD OF INQUIRY

  1. The Board of Inquiry shall consist of five (5) persons. Three (3) of these persons shall be full members of the Board of Inquiry. The other two (2) shall be alternate members. USMRA Judges, Officers and Directors shall not be eligible to serve on the Board of Inquiry. Board of Inquiry members shall normally serve for a term of two (2) years or until their successors are appointed. If successors are appointed while one or more cases are ongoing, however, the Board members hearing those cases shall continue in their former capacity until those cases have been resolved. They shall not hear any new cases that arise once their successors have been selected.
  2. It shall be the duty of this Board to investigate cases of alleged misconduct and alleged violations of USMRA regulations. The Board of Inquiry shall submit its findings, a summary of the investigation and recommendation for action to the Board.
  3. The Board of Inquiry may conduct its business in person, by telephone, by electronic mail or by mail.
  4. Should any full member of the Board of Inquiry be the subject of charges, that member shall be suspended from hearing cases until cleared of charges and the chairman shall by drawing lots choose one of the alternate members to hear any cases that arise during the term of the suspension.
  5. No member of the Board of Inquiry shall hear charges against any person who is a member of his/her own local club. The chairman shall chose by drawing lots an alternate member to hear the case.
  6. Any Full Member of the Board of Inquiry may request to be excused from hearing a specific case. No reason need be given. He/she shall make this request to the chairman in writing who shall by drawing lots choose one of the alternates to hear the case.
  7. If charges are sustained against any member of the Board of Inquiry, the recommendation for discipline shall include this member’s removal from the Board of Inquiry for the duration of his term.
  8. In the event the chairman of the committee cannot act in that capacity for any reason, the chairman shall be chosen by lot from the remaining full members.
  1. Any Full Member or Club may prefer charges against a member or a club for conduct prejudicial to the interests of USMRA. The allegations must be submitted in writing and must be sworn to before a Notary Public. The charge(s) shall be forwarded to the USMRA Secretary with a deposit of an amount predetermined by the Board of Directors for each charge. The deposit shall be forfeited for each charge that is not sustained or determined not to be relevant. To be heard, charges must be filed within three (3) months of the date of the alleged misconduct. Charges that solely concern business deals between USMRA members shall not be heard.
  2. The “filing date” is the date that the charges were received by the Secretary. The Secretary shall send copies of said charges by mail or electronic mail (using read receipt), whichever is most efficient for the President and Board of Inquiry Members, to the President and each member of the Board of Inquiry within fifteen (15) days after the filing date. Amended December 2018
  3. The Secretary shall send one (1) copy of the charges to the accused member by mail or electronic mail (using read receipt), whichever is most efficient for the accused member, not more than fifteen (15) days
    after the filing date. Amended December 2018
  4. The accused may respond to charges in writing and may obtain written testimony from witnesses. Each written document must be sworn to before a Notary Public by the author of the document. All documents must be presented together, to the Secretary, within sixty (60) days of the filing date. The “response date” is the date the Secretary received the response, or 60 days after the filing date, whichever comes first. Within 15 days after the response date, the Secretary shall forward copies of the response and any written testimony to all members of the Board of Inquiry by mail or electronic mail (using read receipt). If no response is received from the accused, the Secretary shall so inform the Board of Inquiry. Amended December 2018
  5. Within fifteen (15) days from the date the Board of Inquiry receives the response from the accused, or the information that no response is forthcoming, the Board shall determine whether the charges are relevant and whether they shall be considered by the Board of Inquiry. If not relevant, the accuser and accused shall be notified by the Secretary within fifteen (15) days of the Board’s decision.
  6. If the charges are determined to be relevant, within forty five (45) days the Board of Inquiry shall, by majority vote, sustain or not sustain the charge(s). The accuser and accused shall be notified by the Secretary within fifteen (15) days of the Board’s decision.
  7. If the charges are sustained, the Board of Inquiry shall recommend an appropriate disciplinary action which may or may not be imposed by the Board of Directors.
  8. A member who has been suspended or expelled by USMRA may not participate in any activities sponsored by the association, or in activities sponsored by any of its clubs, for the duration of the suspension or permanently if expelled.
  9. Disciplinary action taken by a local club against a member or members is an internal affair of the club and does not affect a person’s membership in USMRA. Such local disciplinary actions need not be recognized or honored by other local clubs.
  10. If the charges fail to be heard by the Board of Inquiry within the time frame specified by Article V Section 3-7, as provided in these bylaws, all money deposited with the USMRA by the member filing charges will be refunded and a full report will be made to the Board of Directors. The Board of Inquiry or the accused may ask for reasonable extensions of the deadlines to deal with unforeseen circumstances. These deadline extensions shall be approved by the Board of Directors and shall be in the best interest of all concerned.
  11. The Board of Directors by a majority vote may file charges against individual(s). The procedure shall be the same as described above for members.
  12. Expulsion may be recommended by either the Board of Directors or Board of Inquiry, as a result of continued violation of the by-laws, code of conduct or major infractions as determined by either the BOD or BOI. In order to expel a member, there must be a majority combined vote of the Board of Directors and the Board of Inquiry present. Said vote will be via a special meeting combining both the BOD and BOI, in order to allow discussion amongst both the BOD and BOI. A quorum of the BOD must be present as defined in Article VI Board of Directors, Section 1(3). Three members of the BOI, which may include an alternate must also be present. Expulsion from the USMRA will be for no less than 3 years. Added December 2018

VIEW THE BY LAWS

COMMITTEE CHAIR

Carlos Aguirre
Northbrook, Illinois
Motley Crew Mondio Club

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Allison Seghetti
Temecula, California
Marvel K9 Ringsport Club

John Lugo
Mocksville, North Carolina
West Penn Mondioring Club

Jake Schneider
Pine City, Minnesota
Rogue Ringsport

François Massart
Temecula, California
Marvel K9 Ringsport Club

David Broderick
Lake Point, Utah
Utah Protection Sports

DECOY COMMITTEE

  1. The Decoy Committee shall consist of at least three (3) members. At least two (2) members must be certified decoys. Amended December 2018
  2. It shall be responsible for the rules of certification and re-certification of trial decoys, education and training of trial and training decoys, decoy books, recognition and awards and any other relevant tasks assigned.
COMMITTEE CHAIR

Lisa Geller
Harris, Minnesota
Rogue Ringsport

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Kevin Bain
Hoffman, North Carolina
Fire Pines Ring Club

Ann Putegnat
Bulverde, Texas
Lone Star Mondioring Club

Marie Skello
Akron, Ohio
West Penn Mondioring Club

Jake Schneider
Pine City, Minnesota
Rogue Ringsport

David Broderick
Lake Point, Utah
Utah Protection Sports

Jake Scott
Cleveland, Ohio
West Penn Mondioring Club

Aida Flick
Lakeport, California
Motley Crew Mondio Club

JUDGES’ COMMITTEE

  1. The Decoy Committee shall consist of at least three (3) members. At least two (2) members must be certified decoys. Amended December 2018

  2. It shall be responsible for the rules of certification and re-certification of trial decoys, education and training of trial and training decoys, decoy books, recognition and awards and any other relevant tasks assigned.

COMMITTEE CHAIR

Gail Marit
Lewisburg, Ohio
Heartland Mondioring Club

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Alisha Cole
Saint Louis, Missouri
St. Louis Working Dog Club

Lynn Fitzgerald
Many, Louisiana
Independent/No Club Affiliation

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

  1. The Membership Committee shall consist of at least three (3) members. Amended December 2018

  2. It shall be the liaison between the Board and the membership and clubs and shall perform any duties to promote the training and trialing activities of the members and any other relevant tasks assigned.

  3. It shall review the status of all USMRA Clubs and report the results of this review to the Board at least once per year. For any club not meeting the requirements for a USMRA Club, the Board shall inform the club, in writing, of remedial actions that must be taken by the club and the time period (not to exceed 1 year) within which the club must accomplish these actions to maintain status as a USMRA Club.

COMMITTEE CHAIR

Jake Scott
Cleveland, Ohio
West Penn Mondioring Club

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Sara Brueske
Villa Ridge, Missouri
Evolution Working Dog Club

Jeremiah Pullinger
Zelienople, Pennsylvania
Bite Co. Ringsports

Brianne Durham
Lenexa, Kansas
Motley Crew Mondio Club

Shaina Zimmerman
Lakewood, Colorado
Mile High Mondioring

Gina Gaetano
Springville, Utah
Utah Protection Sports

David Broderick
Lake Point, Utah
Utah Protection Sports

NATIONALS COMMITTEE

COMMITTEE CHAIR

Lianne Shinton
Fallbrook, California
Marvel K9 Ringsport Club

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

George Manley
Louisville, Kentucky
Heartland Mondioring Club

Ann Putegnat
Bulverde, Texas
Lone Star Mondioring Club

Heather Ratynski
Elizabeth, Colorado
Mile High Mondioring

Gail Marit
Lewisburg, Ohio
Heartland Mondioring Club

INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE

COMMITTEE CHAIR

Michon Mills
Carson City, Nevada
Utah Protection Sports

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Samie Jones
Bozeman, Montanna
West Penn Mondioring Club

David Broderick
Lake Point, Utah
Utah Protection Sports

FCI COMMITTEE

COMMITTEE CHAIR

Jessica Kirsch
Baden, Pennsylvania
Independent/No Club Affiliation

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Samantha Adams
Pinellas Park, Florida
Heartland Mondioring Club

Tiffany Broderick
Elk Ridge, Utah
Utah Protection Sports

ELECTION/NOMINATING COMMITTEE

  1. The Board shall elect the Nominating Committee by plurality from nominations by the Board of Directors. No member of the Board of Directors may serve on the Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee shall consist of three (3) members.

  2. The Committee shall provide a slate of candidates for Officers and Directors-at-Large to the Secretary in accordance with Article VI, Section 5 of these bylaws.

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