Meet Your Board of Directors-
President- Richard Peters, Noble, OK
I have been active in poultry and poultry shows since 1964. I have been a licensed APA General Judge since 1972 and a lifetime member of the APA since 1972. I serve as President of the Canadian Valley Poultry Club, ALFA (American Large Fowl Association) and the NAWA (North American Waterfowl Association). I also serve on the Cleveland County Fair Board in Norman, OK and am the past President and current Director of Promotions for the Cleveland County Fair. Welcome to NAWA! I attended the University of Oklahoma and was involved in Law Enforcement and Private Security for many years. I have owned and operated my own businesses for over 4 decades. I always found time to donate to our FFA Poultry Judging Team which placed 2nd Nationally and won several State Championships and now our Junior Program within our Canadian Valley Junior Poultry Club. Our club was selected as the #1 National Club by the Sav-A-Chick Corporation in 2018 and I was selected as the National Leader Winner as well.
Vice President- Cindy Rusk, Sarcoxie, MO
Hello ! My name is Cindy Rusk and I raise about 14 different colors of Call Ducks . I have Buff and Brown African Geese . I have been raising for 6 yrs and showing around 5 . They are truly a passion of mine. I’m here to help you with anything I can and if I don’t know the answers I know plenty of good people that do ! Let’s enjoy this Club and all work together as a Team . Thank you !
Secretary/Treasurer- Mary Lewandowski-Rekow, VA
Hello fellow waterfowl fanciers, it is a pleasure to join this new
club as your secretary/treasurer and look forward to a fun and
successful club!I am located in Virginia, at the base of the beautiful Blue RidgeMountains about 55 miles West of Washington DC. This is a great
location to hit all the shows in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania,
North Carolina and Ohio with ease. I started my chicken and
waterfowl fancy with my daughter who joined 4-H about 18 years
ago. Lucky for us we were introduced to the SOP and showing in
the beginning by many established exhibitors and judges. My daughter Camille was my only focus for many years, and she has grown to be an excellent breeder of Ameraucana and Langshan poultry as an adult. Now, as an empty nester, I am hooked, andfocus on MY breeding programs which East Indie ducks and Sumatra are my fancy! I am the past secretary and the current treasurer of the Virginia Poultry Breeders Association, past treasurer of the American Langshan Club, and a member of the ABA and APA.
If I am not at a chicken show, you will find me at extreme mountaintrail rides or in my barn with one of my Shire Draft horses. I look forward to serving the club and its members with honesty, transparency, and a goal for success!
I can be contacted at Marylewandowski@icloud or (540) 905-3794
District 1- Denis Dooley, OR
I’m Denis and I am the Region 1 (West Coast) Director. I am originally from Ohio, where I would spend summers on my Grandparents’ farm near Hillsboro, Ohio. I am an alumnus of the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. I moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1996 and work as a Certified Industrial Hygienist and Safety Specialist at a nuclear cleanup site in Washington State. I and my wife live on five acre hobby farm near Scappoose, Oregon. I have been interested in genetics and breeding since I was in grade school, starting with plants and then expanding into poultry in 2009. I began exhibiting American Game Bantams in 2013 and Runner Ducks in 2014. I raise several bantam chicken breeds, four varieties of Runner Ducks (Grey, Khaki, Black and Chocolate) and Black East Indies. In addition to NAWA, I serve on the board of the American Camellia Society and am the Meet Coordinator for my local poultry club, the Columbia River Poultry Exhibitors.
District 2 – Angel Stipetich, AZ
With the dream having ducks I started with 2 and it quickly grew to over 300. I now raise both domestic and wild type ducks. I am the Vice President of Preserving Heritage Ducks. Our mission is to preserve heritage and rare breed ducks for generations who follow. We connect and support breeders, raisers, and exhibitors of rare ducks, offering education, resources, and networking.
District 3 – Larry Dye, OK
I have been raising and showing poultry and waterfowl 40 years. We raise Pekin, Rouan and Cayuga ducks as well as Gray Pomeriaian and Embden Geese. I live on a farm in Northern Oklahoma that has been in the family for over a hundred years. Our main focus has been raising large fowl and large waterfowl that meets the APA standard that show well and do well for our customers. We work a lot with youth to provide them with top show quality poultry and how to properly take care of them. I am an APA Hall of Fame member and have six breeds that I am a Master Breeder of. When I am not in the chicken barn or at a show I am the Vice President of Physical Operations at Northern Oklahoma College, so working with young people is something I do every day. I am always available to help old and new people In in the fancy any way I can. Best of luck in the New Year
District 4 – Ashley Smith Foutch, NE
My name is Ashley Foutch and I represent District 4 of the North American Waterfowl Association. Our family is fairly new to the exhibition world but we have been raising birds for about 6 years. We raise Indian Runners, call ducks, black East Indies and geese. I am the YEPA representative for the state of Nebraska and assistant superintendent for our county fair. I am looking forward to meeting new people and getting the youth involved in waterfowl.
District 5 – Mark Phillip, OH
I am so pleased to be helping get NAWA up off the ground by serving as a district director. I have been involved in the fancy for more than 30 years. Breeding and showing poultry began as a father and son affair in the mid 1980s, and it has been an important part of my life ever since.
Over the years, I have bred and raised many of the breeds of waterfowl from Calls to Africans. I currently raise Cayugas and have taken over the well-known line of “Kelley Cayugas” of Ohio. I also have Buff Saddleback Pomeranians at this time. I am also kicking around the idea of taking up Australian Spotted Ducks with the intentions of getting them in the Bantam Standard and the Standard of Perfection. I judge about 20 county junior fairs and volunteer to judge various sanctioned junior shows each year and have dedicated much time and effort in making investments in the youth that participate in our great hobby over the years. In addition to judging junior shows and junior fairs, I have previously served in multiple leadership positions within various poultry clubs over the years, and I am currently the District #5 Director of the American Bantam Association.
If I can ever be of service, please feel free to contact me.
District 6 – Mackenzie Hager, KY
“Hi my name is Mackenzie Hager and I am excited to join the NAWA Board as a District Director! I’m am also the Dominique Club of America President, EKPA Junior Show Chairman and 4H Poultry Leader for over a decade. I raise and show Call Ducks. Exhibition is my favorite part of owning poultry due to meeting new and old friends on the show floor. I enjoy seeing people meet their goals and set higher ones and learning along the way. I love to travel the world along with reading and writing”
District 7 – Vacant
District 8 – Gage Thompson
My name is Gage Thompson. I live in Ontario Canada and I’m the district 8 director. I’ve had waterfowl for around 8 years and have raise many of the breeds in the standard but my breeds I’m focusing on as of now and likey always is the Pekin, and the Rouens. I also have Call ducks and a breed not yet accepted by the APA known as Shetland ducks. I also have some geese the Exhibtion toulouse and Embdens. I put my every blood sweat and tears into my poutlry and take my most pride in my waterfowl, as the pekins I’ve raise since around 8 years ago!
Special Events Coordinators – Kris & Jason Bell, KS
Jason and Kris Bell are from Salina, KS. Jason has been exhibiting poultry since he was six years old. He has traveled all over the United States showing poultry. Jason enjoys helping the youth get started in the poultry project and is the County 4-H Superintendent for Open Class. Jason and Kris raise the following breeds: Muscovys, Brown China, Blue Fawn and White Call Ducks, Buff Orpington, White Wyandotte, Bantam Black Wyandottes, Black Cochins, and Guinneas. Jason enjoys training horses and raising his Bucking Bulls. Jason works for the Saline County Expo Center. Kris works at Pinnacle Park Nursing and Rehabilitation as a Marketing/Admissions Director. She also coaches Jr High Cheer and High School Girls Softball at Ell Saline. Jason and Kris have been married for 10 years.
Junior Youth Director- Blake Bell, KS
Howdy everyone, My name is Blake Bell and I am currently residing in the position of Youth Director. Growing up in a small Kansas Town, I have been involved in exhibition Poultry for several years. Sticking close and dear to breeding according to the standard. Often I call it my Poultry Bible, Although I wasn’t introduced to big shows until later 10 years old; a mentor asked me to go with him to one weekend. There I started my exhibition career there and continue my passion for Poultry. Which includes building show boxes, conditioning coops and breeding pens, traveling to farms for farm visits and hands on help culling. Seminars on Showmanship, Husbandry, Conditioning and nutrition and in my free time exhibiting our birds at shows close and far. I have shown at many shows throughout the years, and have traveled to many states to do farm visits and seminars upon topic requests for clubs, and other groups whom may have an interest. My partner Kirsten and I run a Poultry Conservancy, in an effort to properly educate, Youth and adults alike in the importance of Heritage Breeds and why they are vital to not only the food chain, but to our past and future. We have had the once in a lifetime opportunity to work with Frank Reese, while also purchasing his entire flock of Dewlap Toulouse. We currently raise the following breeds, Buff & Grey Toulouse, Brown African’s, Brown China’s, Grey & Blue fawn Rouens, Silver Appleyard’s, Cayugas, Penciled Runners, Pekins, White Wyandotte Largefowl, Black & Blue Sumatra Largefowl and Bantams, White Rock Largefowl and Bantams, along with Black, White, Mottled, Birchen and Brown Red Wyandotte bantams. I hope to serve you, and your family’s well. With nothing but the most correct knowledge I can give. If you may be interested in seminars, chatting or maybe bird evaluations feel free to contact me! You may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Bellsconservancy.weebly.com Sincerely, Bell’s Conservancy ~ Blake Bell ~