Meet our Current Board of Directors and others serving GLCKCSC
President – Kathryn Yonkers
Kathryn Yonkers is an AKC Breeder of Merit of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with over twenty years’ experience in the breed. She has proven dedication to the breed by service. On the national level, Kathryn is a voting member of the AKC Parent Club, The American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club. In the parent club, she has serves as a member of the health committee for last 12 years. She has written breed articles for parent club publication, The Royal Dispatch Magazine and also The Universal Cavalier Magazine. Ms. Yonkers was a Trustee with the ACKCS Charitable Trust for over 10 years, and is a Grand Donor Founding Partner of the Trust. In addition, Kathy is being recognized and honored in the Royal Dispatch as a rescue scholarship sponsor of the ACKCS Rescue Trust, Inc. Ms. Yonkers is the owner of the “All About Cavalier’s Forum”. This forum is a private international CKCS breed discussion list for Cavalier’s show owners, breeders and breeder-judges. On the local level, Kathryn served as the founding President of the CKCSC of Greater Kalamazoo (currently name the Great Lakes CKCSC, Inc.) during its two years of development. She is currently serving the President of The Great Lakes Cavalier King Charles Club, Inc. Professionally, over the last forty years, Kathy has been devoted to sharing her knowledge through practice, instruction, research and leadership; contributing to the areas of dentistry, education, emergency preparedness, primary and public health. Kathy has served as a university professor, academic advisor, researcher, mentor, and consultant, grant writer, clinician, emergency preparedness coordinator and continuing education presenter & course developer. Ms. Yonkers is a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority and former president of the University Panhellenic Council (UPC)
Vice President – Brenda Bromley
Brenda is a retired RN who grew up on a farm in western Michigan, where animals were always the central part of life. Her mom bred Boston Terriers so they always had dogs and puppies to love and train. Brenda fell in love with Cavaliers and began showing and breeding them in 2002. Her mother Jean later partnered with her until she passed away in 2017. Jean always loved her Bostons, but there were several things about them she would like to have changed. In her eyes the Cavaliers were perfect and she wouldn’t change a thing. Faith, the first champion Brenda bred, will be 15 this summer. She is still the reining queen of the house, although she sleeps a lot more these days. Brenda is also very proud of her Lenny, who was the #10 ranked AKC Champion Cavalier in 2014.
Brenda has been a member of the Great Lakes Cavalier Club since 2010, and has served as Vice President since 2013.
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Treasurer – Deborah Hamblen
Deborah Hamblen is an AKC Breeder of Merit of the Cavaliers King Charles Spaniel. She worked for over 20 years as a dental assistant. Deborah is retired and married to James Hamblen and lives in Canton Michigan. Deb is a mother and grandmother. She taught Mixed Martial Arts for over 20 years and has promoted several black belts. Deborah competed professionally in Boxing and Kick Boxing in her younger years. Started in 1995 in Rottweilers and then onto Akitas. Deborah injured her knees and had several surgeries. This made it difficult to handle her large breeds. She acquired her first Cavalier in 2006 and was hooked on the breed for life. Deborah has been a member of the Great Lakes CKCSC since 2012.
Secretary / Breeder Referral / Webmistress – Jennifer Lee
Jennifer and her husband had 4 children and later adopted 3 more into their family. In 2018 they added a 13yr old boy to their family, who was an orphan in Bulgaria most of his life. Jennifer served as the Director for Horse North Rescue Inc. a 501c3 nonprofit for 7 years, housing and rehabbing rescue horses. In 2012 she began pursuing her dream of Equine Assisted Therapy and Therapeutic Horseback riding. In 2013 she helped birth the vision of Reining Liberty Ranch a 501c3 nonprofit that serves area Veterans and others in need using the horse/human relationship as a catalyst for healing. Jennifer currently serves at Reining Liberty Ranch as the Stable & Instructor Coordinator, Relational Horsemanship Instructor and is a member of the Board of Directors. Jennifer has always had a passion for animals and helping people, so merging the two was natural.
The Lee family inherited their first cavalier from a breeder friend years ago. Jennifer became interested in breeding and showing in AKC Conformation classes and found a mentor in Brenda. Jennifer joined the Great Lakes CKCSC Club in 2014. She began helping with flyers and graphic design related projects within the club. She has made many wonderful friends withing the Great Lakes CKCS Club. In 2014 the Lee family became a foster home for Cavalier Rescue USA. In 2015, Jennifer was blessed with the opportunity to combine her love of cavaliers, photography & design and began to reconstruct the Great Lakes CKCSC website that was launched in 2016. In 2017 she began serving as the club Secretary, and continues to serve as the Breeder Referral and Webmistress.
Director – Kari Selinger
Kari Selinger was clinically trained as an Athletic Trainer specializing in Aquatic Therapy following college at Central Michigan. Having been raised with German Shepherds and other large breed dogs, it was in 1997 when Kari began her dog training business that Cavaliers entered her life. She made dog training her full time career in 2002 with a focus on behavior issues and performance. Professionally she is a member of the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors, certified agility instructor, founding member of German Shepherd Rescue of MI, and active foster home for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
Personally Kari has put advanced performance titles in agility, obedience, rally, tracking and Schutzhund on more then 15 German Shepherds and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Currently home to six CKCS. Among them is Trinket, AKC’s Top MACH dog for 2013, the first and only Cavalier to earn the award. Trinket was also a finalist at the 2014 AKC Agility Nationals and Agility Invitationals. Kari is the proud mother to a high school son Clayton and has been with her husband Chuck for over 25 years. She lives and trains at her home in Ceresco with her six Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and three German Shepherd Dogs.
Director – Joyce Quinlan
Joyce Quinlan has always had a passion for animals. As a young girl, she would rescue ducks from freezing in the ice on Lake St. Clair. Her family started raising Labradors for Leader Dogs for the blind school in 1996. They have whelped and raised over 50 puppies for the school, which has been a very rewarding experience.
She met her first Cavalier in 2003 and became instantly in love with the breed. Her first Cavalier is twelve years old now and is still the life of the household. She enjoys conformation, rally and therapy visits with her dogs. To date she has four AKC Champions.
Her husband of 36 years also shares in her passion of animals. They live on a horse farm and have foaled thirteen Missouri Fox Trotters. They enjoy camping and trail riding across the U.S.A.
She was a 4-H Youth leader and coached her children’s drill team and equestrian team. The drill team performed at Equitana and the Michigan State Fair yearly. They also volunteered their horses for Community Mental Health and Handicapped Riders.
She is proud to have raised three beautiful daughters and enjoys their four grandchildren that share in the love for animals.
Having always enjoyed art and working with her hands she is a dental ceramist making crowns and veneers since 1975. She is the founder of White Dove Concessions serving a Mexican menu at fairs and festivals during the summer months.