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The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club’s Board of Trustees meets throughout the year via periodic conference calls and communicates frequently via a private List-Serve.  Once a year the Trustees meet as a group during the week of our National Specialty to make decisions regarding the Grant Applications that have been received.  We are very proud of the work that the Charitable Trust has done since its founding in 2002. Through the generous support of our club’s members, friends of the breed and others worldwide, a significant number of Veterinary Research Projects have been funded. Our Trustees are all passionate about maintaining, improving and proactively preventing health issues in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and other breeds.





Name: Patty Kanan

Position: Trust Chairman

  • A Charter Member of the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club (ACKCSC) serving the club since its inception in 1993.

  • Multiple post graduate degrees assist her in her professional life of running the family business, but also serving in the various roles called upon with the Club and the Charitable Trust. (Currently she is President of the ACKCSC.)
  • Recognized as a go to person in the world of Cavaliers, if she doesn't have the information you are looking for, she knows who does and probably has that person on her cell phone.
  • Passionate about the improving the health of our Cavaliers she was a driving force for the formation of the ACKCSC Charitable Trust; she has been a Trustee since its inception.





Name: Bettina (Tina) Sterling

Position: Trust Grant Coordinator / Chairman of the ACKCSC Health Committee

  • Professional career in healthcare and practice management led to a position of Medical Administrator

  • 30+ years in the world of Cavaliers, from the beginning her interest has always been in the areas of CKCS health
  • Ability to interact with the AKC's Canine Health Foundation and to maneuver through the politics and detail needed to work effectively
  • Able to translate and interpret the details and nuances of the studies and grants being considered by the ACKCSC Charitable Trust


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Name: Carol Williams

Position: Trustee

  • Former President of the ACKCSC and one of the original three Trustees of the Charitable Trust

  • Active in the sport of dogs for nearly 50 years

  • Has tremendous insight into health issues and how they affect the breed

  • The ability to interpret and translate grant documents coupled with her dedication to the CKCS breed has been invaluable to the Trust





Name: Carl Tennille

Position: Trust Treasurer

  • Cavaliers first came into my life in the early 1970's and haven't ever left for very long.  
  • Actively support Cavaliers in performance events - obedience, agility and free style.  Who ever said that Cavaliers are just a pretty face has never met my Cavaliers.
  • Have had Cavaliers with the heart condition and other medical problems and recognize the value the Trust brings to addressing these issues.

  • As Treasurer my almost 50 years experience as a CPA help to keep our books in order so we can continue to fund research that will help our Cavalier's health.




Name: Luanne (Lu) Dunham

Position: Trustee

  • Retired Master's prepared clinician and administrator having worked the areas of Emergency, Trauma and Clinical Research.

  • I have been "in dogs" for more than 30 years; first with Shetland Sheep dogs and then Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.  Like all pure bred dogs, both of these breeds have significant known health issues.  I have seen first hand the positive impact that determined breeders can have on diminishing the occurrence of specific heath issues.

  • ACKCSC Officer and Trustee for the Charitable Trust since 2005.

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Name: John Ioia MD

Position: Trustee

  • I was a guest at the first ACKCSC National in 1997 and I treasure that experience and the breed.  Several years later I fell in love with a 3 month old Cavalier named Lucy and the rest is history.
  • My years in clinical practice provide a depth of knowledge and experience that helps me to see beyond the Cavalier's heart melting eyes.  It is not enough just to perpetuate the Cavalier's looks; we must work together to improved the breed so that they can live long healthy lives.

  • The ACKCSC and its Charitable Trust are some of the most educated, loving and generous dog people I have ever met.  They live to improve our breed by eliminating inherited disease and other health issues.





 Name: Helen Jesse MSN

Position: Director of Fundraising

  • I fell in love with Cavaliers around 20 years ago and have been a suppoter and advocate for the Charitable Trust since it's founding.
  • My healthcare knowledge brings an understanding that through the use of proper testing and breeding protocols it is possible to diminish and ultimately eradicate specific canine health issues.
  • I'm passionate about raising money for the Trust; I enjoy thinking of various options to get people to part with their money, all the while they are smiling and agreeing it's for a good cause.

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Board Member Emeritus


Joanne Nash




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