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About the American Kennel Club

AKC Board of Directors & Executive Officers

Board of Directors

Dr. Thomas M. Davies, Chairman
Dr. Thomas M. Davies, Chairman
Dominic P. Carota, Vice Chairman

Class of 2025

  • Rita J. Biddle, Esq, Delegate, Ingham County Kennel Club, Inc.
  • Dominic Palleschi Carota, Delegate, Pharaoh Hound Club of America
  • Dr. Thomas M. Davies, Delegate, Springfield Kennel Club, Inc.
  • Thomas Powers, Delegate, Kennel Club of Beverly Hills

Class of 2026

  • Christopher L. Sweetwood, Delegate, Trap Falls Kennel Club
  • Harold “Red” Tatro III, Delegate, Fort Worth Kennel Club
  • Ann Wallin, Delegate, Atlanta Kennel Club

Class of 2027

  • Dr. Charles Garvin, Delegate, Dalmatian Club of America
  • Steven Hamblin, Delegate, Pekingese Club of America
  • Daniel J. Smyth, Esq., Delegate, Burlington County Kennel Club

Class of 2028

  • Dr. Carmen L. Battaglia, PhD, Delegate, German Shepherd Dog Club of America
  • Sally Fineburg, Delegate, Hatboro Dog Club, Inc.
  • Dr. Michael Knight, PhD, Delegate, Texas Kennel Club

Ex Officio

  • Dennis B. Sprung


AKC Officers are responsible for the day-to-day operations and carrying out the rules, regulations, policies and decisions as directed by the Board and/or delegate body.

Dennis B. Sprung
President and Chief Executive Officer

Gina DiNardo Executive Secretary

Gina M. DiNardo
Executive Secretary

Theodore Phillips

Theodore Phillips
Chief Financial Officer