Our Team

Jill Owen, Board President

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 and was elected President in January 2018.

Jill currently has 4 dogs: 13 year old GSD, Jack ; 10 year old GSD, Ivy; 6 year old Australian Kelpie mix, Siri, and 5 year old Australian Kelpie, Luna. 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 passed his therapy dog tests also. Luna is retired from the River City flyers flyball team.

Jill is active in rescue, fostering, transporting, home visits, and networking. Her passion is keeping dogs and cats out of the shelters and eliminate back-yard breeding.

Contact Jill at president@potcdogs.com

Kim Farlin, Treasurer

Kim joined the Peoria Obedience Training Club in 2015 after adopting an American Staffordshire/Sharpei mix from the Stray Animal Midway Shelter in Hanna City, naming him Grif, and realizing that she and her dog needed some obedience training. Within a year Kim rescued another dog, a Brittany/Terrier mix, from the ARK in Lacon and named her Ruby. Running Ruby Rose now participates in agility after attending Obedience 1 and 2 classes, plus the Beginner Agility and Advanced Agility classes. Kim has helped with maintenance in the building and decided to use her accounting skills as the Treasurer and was elected to the Board in January 2019. Kim is retired and likes to fish, golf, and whatever else she wants to do with her time when not busy with her two beloved dogs who are the true owners of the household. Kim also serves as the bookkeeper and volunteers for the Central Illinois Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired where she sees guide dogs working to help their blind owners. This is not Kim’s first experience with the Peoria Obedience Training Club. Years ago in 2002, Kim brought her dog, Rose, a lab mix, so that they could get trained. It was that positive experience that brought Kim back with her current two dogs.

Contact Kim at treasurer@potcdogs.com.

Joe Clark, Vice President

Judi Gullickson, Director of Training

Linda Doerfler, Webmaster

Linda Doerfler is an honorary member who joined the club in 1995 with her first obedience dog.  She has held various board positions over the years including secretary and director of training.  Linda is currently webmaster for the POTC website as well as trial secretary for various obedience/rally/agility events sponsored by the club.  She is also an AKC ACT evaluater for agility.

Over the years, Linda has trained and shown her toy poodles in obedience and agility across multiple venues.  She currently has three dogs at home including her youngest 4 pound toy poodle, who can be seen most weekends burning up the agility rings.  In her spare time, she is also a dog sports photographer, acting as show photographer for many different dog sport events.

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.

Cathy D’Souza, Newsletter Editor

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.”

Dale Bush, Advisor to the Board