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. Both Daisy and Luna are mixed breeds and Libra is a Sheltie. Daisy is retired from competition, Libra is working on her MACH, and Luna is just starting agility. 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. Since then, Eric has been training at CDTC since 2010, he has been the Agility Chair of the CDTC from 2014 to 2017, he has helped with many agility trials, he has assisted with class, and he has organized several seminars with some of the world’s best agility competitors. He looks forward to serving as President and continuing the success of the club.
Tina Whisnant was born in Massachusetts but got down to God's country as soon as she could, at age 9. She began to research dog training clubs in the 1980's, found CDTC, joined in '84 and has held various positions in the Club, developed and taught at least 8 different classes over the years, with German shepherds, a mini poodle, Borzoi, and Australian shepherds. She has competed and titled in conformation, lure coursing, obedience, rally, nosework, and agility, as well as doing pet therapy with all 10 dogs since 1984 to the present, helps with the therapy dog testing which the Club does three times a year, and intends to keep going as long as she has a dog to do sports with!
Michelle has lived in several states, including WV, Florida, Illinois, Texas and more. A graduate of both WV University and Ohio State University she spent years working in Veterinary medicine and then several years working in IT as a Technical Analyst. She has been involved with animals all her life, working in hospitals, zoos and volunteering in animal rescue. Many kinds of animals have found a home with her, including dogs, cats, birds, reptiles and even a racoon. She now works “fun” temporary jobs like Discovery Place museum docent, Renaissance Festival manager and Standardized Test Administrator for Mecklenburg County Schools. This leaves time for training and rescue. Michelle is currently the Applications Administrator and Board Member At Large for Carolina Border Collie Rescue.
While dogs were always present in her life, actual dog training was a more recent activity. She knew that after spending years in the Corporate World that she wanted to get back to the things she loved the best. Dogs! She started getting involved in training for agility in 2013 and there were plenty of frustrations and failures. She had taken some puppy classes at CDTC but never officially joined. Determined to keep moving forward she and Steve joined the CDTC to see if the club could help. That was really a turning point. So many people have given assistance. We have learned so much and received a lot of encouragement.
This last year has been wonderful as success and learning have multiplied, resulting in 11 titles for her two dogs Bandit (Aussie) and Maggie (Corgi) this last year. The people at the CDTC have really helped us to be a better team with all of our dogs and have taught me so much. It has been a great year, filled with fun and successes. I look forward to all we are going to do in the future.
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.
Lori was Born in Syracuse, NY and moved to Charlotte with her husband Gio.
They have one son.
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.
David was born in Asheville, NC, but moved around the country and overseas while in the US Navy. He worked in the industry as a Logistics Manager supporting P-3 and EA6B aviation military programs. After leaving industry, David and his wife Linda moved to Fort Mill, SC in 2008 to be near family.
David had dogs in his life from his birth, but when they got their Golden Retriever, Sailor, they joined Charlotte DTC because they realized they would need a lot of help training their puppy.
Sailor is the first dog David and Linda set out to train for specific trials. David began training with Sailor in obedience and agility until Linda took over the obedience and rally training.
David is currently training in agility in hopes of competing in trials in the future.