President Bob Futh
Bob Futh’s love for Collies started as a child with his family’s first rescued Collie; activity in the breed began fifty years ago when he started working for Trudy Mangels. Shortly after that he purchased his foundation bitch from her; Starberry today goes back to Folly. Ten years later Ed Pickhardt told him to apply to judge; he enjoys it still today, including another sixteen breeds.
In 1980 Bob changed jobs from the food industry and farming to education plus farming. He quickly found to teach effectively one must have good communication skills, starting with being a good listener, and to like people, even people with problems. He enjoys listening to people, especially when they share a passion. This fall after 27 years he retired from the school and kids he loved. He has been lucky to share his passion for Collies and horses with Sally for forty years.
He believes that the most important part of breeding is to put happy, healthy puppies into the arms of new families. However, he has enjoyed a good win, at the national specialty particularly, or new champion many times, mostly owner-handled,
He looks forward to continuing to work for the Collie’s future.
First Vice President Les Canavan
Les is a 50+ year CCA member, First V.P of Quarter Century Club, was First Vice President of CCA 1968-’73. She has chaired and served on many committees over the years, and is currently District Director of New York South, a position she has held many times over the years when needed. She was a Charter member of Collie Club of Long Island, and has continually held office over the years. She spent 20+ years as an all-breed professional handler and PHA member. She had the honor of handling Ch Black Hawk of Kasan and Ch Noranda Daily Double to BOB at Nationals and both to All-Breed BIS’s.; plus showing many other great Collie Champions over the years.
Les and her partner, Verna Allen formed Royal Rock Kennels and have bred in excess of 35 Collie Champions over the years and are still active in the show ring and whelping box. Les has been an AKC judge since 1986, has judged all over the country and Canada including twice judging at the National. She has also been on many educational panels as speaker or moderator, and has been moderator for Parts Match for the Gathering the past two years.
After all is said and done, Les has been an ardent collie person over the past many years, has been active in all phases of the game, understands it’s problems and pitfalls, and wishes once again to be a part of the solution.
Second Vice President Pati Merrill
Pati Merrill is the outgoing President of the CCA (2004- present).
Grant, her husband is the auctioneer for the wonderful Collie Health Foundation auctions at the national. They have 3 kids, 9 grand kids and 5 collies (and a poodle-inherited from her Mom).
Pati cares about the Collie -- all collies and is passionate that we protect the Collie and embrace all the different talents of our wonderful breed.
Director At Large Barbara Schwartz
Barbara Schwartz has enjoyed a life devoted to the Collie. She became interested in breeding and showing in 1961 and, along with her husband,Martin, became a member of the Collie Club of America in 1963. Barbara has been active in the parent club in many positions, including New Hamphire District Director, Director At Large and Gazette Columnist. She was a member of the Education Committee, the Judges Education Committee and in 1978, during the Corona outbreak, Barbara formed a committee of breeders to meet the emergency. That committee evolved into the CC of A Health Committee which she chaired for many years. Barbara was an original member of the CC of A Health Foundation and has been a frequent contributor to many breed-specific publications, including Collie Cues, Collie Review, Collie Expressions, Collie World, Collie Club of America Bulletin and the CC of A Yearbook. She is a former Chairman of Acconeus Collie College, a lifetime member of the Collie Club of New Hampshire, a member of Middlesex Kennel Club since 1968 and currently an AKC Delegate for the St. Louis Collie Club. Her long list of accomplishments includes being twice honored as a judge at the National Specialty as well as working with Rachael Page Elliott to produce the Collie movement video.