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Charlotte Dog Training Club Board of Directors

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Eric Ross

A graduate of Michigan State University, Eric was born in Michigan.  He moved to Toledo, OH and then moved to Charlotte with his wife, Lorelei, in 2008.  The two of them have a daughter, Kayla, and three dogs.  Libra (a Sheltie), Luna (a Mix Breed), and Captain (a Golden Retriever).  Both Luna and Libra compete and Captain is starting training.  Eric got the bug of competing in agility after Lorelei tore her ACL in late 2009 and he was the only person her dog Brodie (aka MACH Brodie’s Haven Fun, 2006 – 2016) would run with while she recuperated.  Now, he is running agility with Luna.  Eric has been training at CDTC since 2010, he has been the Agility Chair of CDTC from 2014 to 2017, served as the club's President from 2017 - 2019, he has helped with many agility trials, he has assisted with class, and he has organized several seminars hosted by some of the world’s best agility competitors.  

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Dawn Heath

Born in Maryland, Dawn and her husband, Shawn, moved to Charlotte in 2002. Dawn has had a passion for obedience and agility training since she was 10 years old and building agility courses in her backyard, using picnic tables and lawn chairs. She began training at CDTC in 2009 with her boxer, Grady. Dawn and Shawn are now owned by 3 boxers, Rubi, Bauer and Miles, and Dawn is active in Rally, Obedience, Nosework, Agility and Conformation. Dawn works as a Marketing Manager for a footwear retailer and also enjoys running.


image.pngLorelei Ross

Lorelei and her husband, Eric, moved from Ohio to the Carolinas in 2008. She has been a member with CDTC since 2009 and has been an instructor, assistant instructor, secretary, board member,and agility trial chair.  She has earned titles in agility, rally, and obedience. Their family has three dogs; Libra (Sheltie), Luna (Lab mix), and Captain (Golden).  Libra is shown by Lorelei and her daughter, Kayla.  They compete in agility, rally, and obedience with Libra.  Eric runs Luna in agility. Captain is the youngest and most recent addition to the family. He has started with dock diving but will be shown in agility, obedience,and rally with Lorelei and in junior handling with Kayla once she is old enough


Antoinette Carpenter

Antoinette was born in Cincinnati, OH but moved to various places throughout her life as her family worked for the government.  Then after college, she met her husband who as a military officer, took her to more places and many more homes.  Antoinette was also an officer in the USAF, serving as the Advertising and Publicity for various organizations.  After her military life, she had 4 children, and that allowed her to be able to serve on multiple PTA boards in the capacity of several key positions such as VP and President.  She also served as the President of the Georgia SPCA for 2 years.  Her recent position allowed her to be a Director for Sales and Marketing for a major cable company in GA and AL, managing a multi-million dollar budget that supported 45 retail and satellite offices.  But her passion is to rescue and home dogs.  She has always had animals in one form or another, and began training long haired collies for obedience in her early college years.  Her love of Border Collies began when they were transferred to PA in the early 80’s.  She was amazed how these dogs had the ability to herd sheep and cows with no supervision.  She has trained and owned several Border Collies over the past years.  In 2011, she and her husband opened a senior sanctuary for elderly dogs that were abandoned, abused, or close to euthanasia.  Currently she is training a young border collie, Cheyenne, for obedience and agility, and is a new member to CDTC.  She is excited to be a member of the CDTC and wants to be a valuable addition to the organization.  And she can’t wait to have Cheyenne competing in various trials earning her titles, and suffixes after her name


Lori DeCarlo

I've been a member of the club for about 6 years. In addition to being on the board of directors I have previously been Training Committee Chair as well as currently serving as the Scentwork Committee Chair. I have a Labrador named Sonny and hoping to add another in the fall of 2020. I enjoy training & trialing in obedience, scentwork, lure coursing and dock diving. I've assisted several classes and enjoy helping people train their dogs. I am a very active club member, you can find me or my son volunteering at most of our events.


Bryan Simms 

I became a member of CDTC in 2013 when I was looking for training opportunities for my first cane corso, Valentina, and me.  I quickly found what a great organization we have and have continued training her and my new corso, Echo, in many of the areas that the club  offers training, lately focusing on agility and scentwork.  During my time with CDTC, I have volunteered for multiple roles including class assistant, member of multiple committees, board member, and chairperson of training committee since 2016. As training committee chair, I have worked hard to modernize class enrollment and add new course material to supplement our class offerings.  I would like to continue this pursuit as training committee chair and would like to join our board of directors in order to promote synergy between the committee and board. My goal is to continue to develop new training opportunities for our members as well as the public, encourage new people to become members and volunteers, and maximize the value of our fantastic array of existing training options.


Anne Nored

Anne moved to Charlotte in 2005 with her husband, children, and a basenji. In 2009, she brought home her first Newfoundland, Lizzie, and joined Charlotte Dog Training Club. Lizzie became her first competition dog, and she has now added two more Newfoundlands, Magic and Flash, and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Oliver. She is on the Scent Work Committee and teaches Scent Work at Charlotte Dog Training. She competes in scent work, rally, obedience, water rescue, draft, and conformation, and is active in therapy visits with her dogs

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