Board of Directors


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Liz Petko

Club President

Liz was born in the Buffalo, NY area and moved to Charlotte with her family in the early 80’s.  She grew up with German Shepherds as family dogs and showed in obedience in both 4-H and AKC earned CD Titles on several dogs.  As an adult she has had Dobermans mostly as companion dogs.  Liz started training dogs again after “retiring” from many years of showing Arabian horses.   In 2010 she bought her first Boxer “Rocco” and joined CDTC to begin his training.  Liz and Rocco have earned several titles in Obedience and Rally.  They are also doing training in Agility and are an active therapy dog team.




Bonnie Conrad

Vice President 

Bonnie moved to Gastonia with her family in the late 70’s.  She started out with Dobermans and Rottweiler’s. She joined CDTC in 1980. She earned her first CD on her Rottie “Huggie Bear” in 1981 and she was forever hooked. In 1999 she bought her first Bernese Mountain Dog, She has had many Berners since and has put Obedience and Rally titles on all of them. All were Therapy dogs also. At present, she has two Berners, Traveler and Montana. Both are rescues. Traveler is just starting his open training.


Lorelei Ross


Lorelei joined CDTC in 2009. She moved to Charlotte with her husband, Eric, in 2008 from Toledo, Ohio. They have three dogs. Daisy, mixed breed, is retired with an MXJP, OFP, and MXAP. Their sheltie, Brodie, is working on his MACH 2 and Libra is working on her excellent titles. Lorelei has been an active club member, helping at our agility trails as chief course builder for the last several years and also helped with judges hospitality.  She has been an assistant trainer for many classes, both agility and  obedience. She is a middle school teacher in Fort Mill, SC and has a future handler, Kayla, who is two years old.  She is excited to be a member of the CDTC board.


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.  



man dogJon Strong


Jon was born in Michigan and moved to the Charlotte area in the 1960’s.  He got into training dogs after retiring from teaching and coaching in CMS.  Jon joined CDTC in 2007 with his first dog Pepper, a flat-coated retriever.  Pepper was a Grand Champion Conformation dog and also had RE and NAJ titles.  She also got 2 BN legs and 1 Novice Obedience leg.  Now he enjoys training Pepper’s little girl Rosie.  She is close to her Championship and has her RN and has started Agility training.  Rosie hopes to get her Therapy Dog certification soon so she can visit with her Corgi buddies Katie and Eli.  Jon also enjoys assisting in the Beginner class.


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.


David Trone




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