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New York, NY – At the Annual Meeting of the American Kennel Club on March 10, 2015, the AKC Board of Directors Class of 2019 was elected. The three Directors elected were:

  • Dr. Carmen L. Battaglia, Delegate from the German Shepherd Dog Club of America.
  • Dr. Thomas M. Davies, Delegate from the Springfield Kennel Club, Inc.
  • Steven D. Gladstone, Delegate from the Waterloo Kennel Club, Inc.

In addition, Ronald H. Menaker (Memphis Kennel Club, Inc.) was elected as the Chairman of the Board and Carl C. Ashby III (United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club, Inc.) was elected as the Vice Chairman of the Board at a meeting of the AKC Board of Directors, convened after the Delegates Meeting.

The Board of Directors of the American Kennel Club is also pleased to announce the re-election of executive officers Dennis B. Sprung (President and Chief Executive Officer), James P. Crowley (Executive Secretary), and Joseph Baffuto (Chief Financial Officer).


About the American Kennel Club

Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function.  Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog.  For more information, visit

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