Our Team

Paul Mooney, Board President

Paul Mooney has been a member of POTC since 2009. He served as Jr.Board for 4 years and has now been our Board President for the past 3 years.

He and his wife Peggy have taught puppy class, manners class, and CGC Prep.  Paul states, “My wife and I love instructing class and passing on all we have learned so other people can enjoy the life with their dogs even more.”

Their home currently consist of 4 dogs: Sydney, Samantha, Cinder, and Gideon. They have been a foster home to about 12 Aussies for Midwest Aussie Rescue. Their dogs are involved in Agility, Rally Obedience, Canine Freestyle and now flyball, as well as their AKC Canine Good Citizen titles and members of Dog Scouts of America.

Contact Paul at president@potcdogs.com

Linda Doerfler, Webmaster

Peggy Mooney, Volunteer Coordinator

Anne Headings, Courtesy Chair

Anne has been a member since1964.  She currently trains Border Collies in obedience and canine freestyle.  Anne is a retired Registered Nurse and owner of Just Right Gloves, making gloves for the obedience competitor.

Mary Lou Gerace, Newsletter Editor

Mary Lou Gerace has been training dogs since 1994 when she acquired her first Golden Retriever, Boomer (UAGI, UCDX Gerace’s Boomer Rang A Dang UD CGC). She has since competed in both AKC, UKC & CDSP obedience, as well as AKC Conformation & Rally and UKC Rally, Agility & Field. She and her Golden Retrievers have earned multiple titles, including a UD, CDX, CD (HIT-FFX/OG), RE, UCD, UCDX, AGI, SHR, as well as an AKC breed championship. Barn Hunt and Dock Diving are the latest adventures she has enjoyed with her current Golden Retriever, Brew – earning Dock Diving Senior Distance titles in both UKC and NADD and garnering an Invitation to the 2016 UKC National Dock Diving Championship competition and the Novice Barn Hunt title.

Mary Lou was a previous active POTC member from 1997 through 2003 and rejoined in 2014.  She became POTC’s Newsletter Editor in early 2015.  Mary Lou is also a member of Town & Country Kennel Club, where she is the club’s Treasurer, Trainer and Life Skills Coordinator.  In addition, she is a member of the Golden Retriever Club of America.

Andy Kolesar, Sr. Board Member

Vickie Gordon, Jr. Board

Vickie was elected Junior Board Member in 2014.  Along with assistance from other members, she coordinates the maintenance of the outside of our POTC building and grounds.  She also manages the key-FOB system that provides members access to the building.  Vickie states, “I love the team work that is required to run the POTC organization.”

Vickie joined POTC in 2009 and became active in the agility program.  She currently has 7 rescue dogs.  She boasts, “They all are wonderful and loving dogs.”  She recently retired and hopes to soon do some RV traveling with the dogs.

Vickie says, “POTC is a great place to learn and play for both you and your fur-family members.  We emphasize positive reinforcement training and there are many opportunities to participate and learn something new.”

Kim Krusemark, Director of Training

Jennifer Lanhardt, Advisor to the Board

Jennifer was originally a member of POTC in the early ‘80s when she trained a Sheltie in Obedience and earned a AKC CD (Companion Dog). Fast forward a few decades later and she joined POTC again, becoming a member in 2011. In 2014, she was elected Advisor to the Board.

Currently, Jennifer has an eleven year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Jennifer states, “She excels at being a house dog.” She also has a six year old Standard Poodle who has titles in Obedience, Rally, and Agility. Her newest addition to her family is a one year old Standard Poodle. Jennifer says, “He needs one more major win for his AKC Championship. When he finishes, we will start his Obedience career.”

Jennifer also assists the instructor in our Beginning Obedience classes. She confirms she enjoys Obedience probably the best of all venues. Jennifer states, “I enjoy meeting the people who sign up for our classes and helping problem solve some of their issues that they have.”

Jill Williamson, Secretary

Jill joined Peoria Obedience Training Club in 2009 after participating in obedience classes with her youngest son and two German Shepherds.  After assisting with Beginner Obedience classes, she began as a lead instructor for that class in 2011, as well as Manners and Puppy classes since then.    She is currently an AKC CGC evaluator. Jill became Secretary to the Board in 2016.

Jill currently have 4 dogs: 11 year old German Shepherd Dog, Elch; 10 year old GSD, Jack ; 6 year old GSD/Chow, Ivy; and a 3 year old mix, Siri.  They are all rescues or rehomes.  Team Jack and Jill have participated in Rally and are also an ATD registered therapy dog team.  Siri has participated in AKC agility as a novice, and is currently testing to be a therapy dog also.

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