USMRA Board of Directors

PRESIDENT

Mahogany Gamble
Vallejo, California
Synergy Ringsport Club
usmrapresident@gmail.com

VICE PRESIDENT

Zack Kiser
Escondido, California
Oceanside Mondioring Club
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SECRETARY

Rachel Vaccaro
St Louis, Missouri
Independent/No Club Affiliation
secretary@usmondioring.org

TREASURER

Linda Black
Melissa, Texas
Fire Pines Ring Club
treasurer@usmondioring.org

DIRECTORS AT LARGE

Tommy Verschueren
Dayton, Ohio
Independent/No Club Affiliation
tommyverschueren13@gmail.com

Shaina Zimmerman
Maplewood, Ohio
Heartland Mondioring Club

Donna Matey
Greenville, Pennsylvania
West Penn Mondioring Club

Tommy Verschueren
Dayton, Ohio
Independent/No Club Affiliation
tommyverschueren13@gmail.com


Shaina Zimmerman
Maplewood, Ohio
Heartland Mondioring Club


Donna Matey
Greenville, Pennsylvania
West Penn Mondioring Club


USMRA Committees

COMMITTEE CHAIR

Brian Reynolds
Denver, Colorado
5280 Ringsport



COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Alfredo Miranda (alt)
Franklinville, New Jersey
Fearless Ring Sport


Allison Seghetti
Temecula, California
Independent/No Club Affiliation


Maureen Haggerty (alt)
Lake Elmo, Minnesota
Motley Crew Mondio Club


Jessica Kirsch
Baden, Pennsylvania
West Penn Mondioring Club


Danika Taylor
Cedar Hill, Texas
TART Working Dog Club


BOARD OF INQUIRY
  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


a. 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 if 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.

b. 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.

c. The Board of Inquiry may conduct its business in person, by telephone, by electronic mail or by mail.

d. 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.

e. 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.

f. 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.

g. 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.

h. 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.
COMMITTEE CHAIR

Paul Salveson
Nunn, Colorado
5280 Ringsport



COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Anthony Sagstetter
Columbus, Ohio
West Penn Mondioring Club


David Wright
Scappoose, Oregon
Blackwood Bite Club


Zack Kiser
Escondido, California
Oceanside Mondioring Club


Mahogany Gamble
Vallejo, California
Synergy Ringsport Club


Joey Morris
Marthasville, Missouri
St. Louis Working Dog Club


DECOY COMMITTEE

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

b. 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

Jake Schneider
Pine City, Minnesota
Independent/No Club Affiliation



COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Donald Lee
San Marcos, Texas
Lone Star Mondioring Club


Shannon Faltak
Firestone, Colorado
Rocky Mountain Guerrière


JUDGES COMMITTEE

a. The Judges Committee shall consist of at least three (3) members. The Committee shall consist of the USMRA President, Director of Judges, one additional certified judge other members at large. In the event that there is no Director of Judges or certified judge in the USA, there shall be at least one judge applicant on the Committee. Amended December 2018

b. It shall be responsible for establishing the rules for becoming a judge, monitoring and training USMRA judges and any other tasks assigned.
COMMITTEE CHAIR

Gabrielle Locke
Wilmington, Delaware
Momentum Mondio Club



COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Emily Bruss
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Independent/No Club Affiliation


Samie Jones
Hadley, Pennsylvania
West Penn Mondioring Club


Jessica Huffmaster
Medina, Ohio
Bite Co. Ringsports


Maureen Haggerty (alt)
Lake Elmo, Minnesota
Motley Crew Mondio Club


Donna Matey
Greenville, Pennsylvania
West Penn Mondioring Club


Shannon Faltak
Firestone, Colorado
Rocky Mountain Guerrière


MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

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

b. 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.

c. 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

Shaina Zimmerman
Maplewood, Ohio
Heartland Mondioring Club



COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Rachel Vaccaro
St Louis, Missouri
Independent/No Club Affiliation


Rachel Hack
Silex, Missouri
Evolution Working Dog Club


Jessica Dalin
Ashtabula, Ohio
West Penn Mondioring Club


NATIONALS COMMITTEE
COMMITTEE CHAIR

Milan Hess
Centennial, Colorado
5280 Ringsport



COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Patricia Phillips
Berkeley, California
Spirit of Competition


Ann Putegnat
Bulverde, Texas
Lone Star Mondioring Club


INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE
COMMITTEE CHAIR

Pamela Wonson
Oakland, California
Independent/No Club Affiliation



COMMITTEE MEMBERS
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ELECTION/NOMINATING COMMITTEE

a. 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.

b. 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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