Officers & Directors

Officers

President

Michael Lester
3238 West Snake Hill Road
Liberty, IN 47353

Michael and his wife, Roxanne, reside in Liberty, Indiana with their daughter, Lauren. Michael makes a living driving a semi with a company that he and his brothers started ten years ago. Roxanne works at the local post office.

Michael started hunting when he was just a child. He hunted whatever breed he had. He went from sunset to sunrise with a friend name Bill Barner. Eventually, Michael got hooked on the Walker breed with his female named Rainbow.

In the late 1990’s, he quit hunting to support his newborn and wife. He got back into hunting eight years later with some local friends. Since that time, Michael has had the pleasure to own and walk behind some great hounds, such as 2010 Purina Walker Breed Winner CH GR NITE CH ‘PR’ What’s Up Bullet Man, and GR NITE CH ‘PR’ Hanna’s Creek Rose, both owned by Mike Carmack, and the 2012 Treeing Walker breed hound of the year, GR CH GR NITE CH ‘PR’ Kalal’s MN Psyched Up Miss Pacman, owned by Michael.

MICHAEL FEELS THAT IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE PART OF THIS BOARD AND MAKE IT THE BEST IT CAN BE.

Vice President

Kyle Shelton
11384 County Road 17
Woodville, AL 35776
Cell: 256-647-3694

Kyle Shelton was born in Skyline, Alabama 48 years ago where he still resides in his grandmother and grandfather’s house they built over 60 years ago. 

Kyle started working in law enforcement back in 2002. He is currently employed with Scottsboro City Police Department and has been on the force for the past 18 years. Kyle loves being a part of his community and has served on the Skyline Town Council for the past 12 years.

He started hunting at a very young age with squirrel, turkey and deer. His love for coon hunting started in the early 80’s, When he started hunting with Ed Avans and Lonnie Prince. Coon hunting has been a big part of Kyle’s life for close to 30 years.  His favorite hounds include 

  • GRNITECH OCOEE RIVER BIG MAX
  • GRNITECH OCOEE RIVER SPIDER MONKEY
  • NITECH SKYLINES BLACK RAIN LUCY

GRNITECH OCOEE RIVER SPIDER MONKEY was also handled and co-owned with a close friend, Bubba Cornette. NITECH SKYLINES BLACK RAIN LUCY is Kyle’s most recent female Walker that he owns and hunts, and finished 5th in registered class at the 2019 Autumn Oaks at only a year old. 

Kyle’s goals are to be able to help others that coon hunt and help the younger generation get into the sport.

Grant Noeske
8206 Starr Grass Drive, #404
Madison, WI 53719
Cell: 815-275-6233
E-Mail: gnoeske@aol.com

Grant Noeske lives in Madison, WI and works as a financial analyst. He started coonhunting with his dad, Joe Noeske, a lifetime TWB&FA member, at five years old. He continues to hunt on land throughout northwestern Illinois that his grandpa coonhunted on over 100 years ago. Grant attended his first Treeing Walker Days when it was held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa back in 1987.

The best dogs he has owned are NITECH GRCH ‘PR’ Noeske’s Red Oak Boss, Dual GRCH ‘PR’ Hicks’ Rock River Drifter and Dual GRCH ‘PR’ Noeske’s Red Oak Kiss. He was lucky enough to make it into the Finals of the UKC World Hunt with Drifter three years in a row, placing 14th in 2001. He was also lucky enough to handle GRNITECH ‘PR’ Pec River Kate, owned by Jerry Bowers of Adeline, IL, to an 8th place finish at the UKC World Hunt in 2008.

Grant credits coonhunting for providing him with a lifelong hobby that will offer friends, fun and relaxation for years to come. Working with the TWB&FA is just one way that he can give back to the sport and Treeing Walker breed.

HIS TWB&FA GOALS ARE TO ENSURE THAT THE ORGANIZATION OPERATES WITH EFFICIENCY, INTEGRITY, TRANSPARENCY AND FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL MEMBERS.

Secretary

Danielle Champ
1601 Mountain Home Road
Ivydale, WV 25133
E-Mail: gchamp56@hotmail.com

Danielle and her husband, Gary, reside in Ivydale, West Virginia, with their three children, Gracey, Bryton, and Benzley. Danielle is a stay at home mother while Gary works for NiSource Gas Company.

Danielle’ husband owned walkers and she quickly favored the breed. She has since been showing them in bench shows in both state and national events. Her favorite hounds that she has owned are GRCH ‘PR’ Southfork Rv Backwoods Barbie, Nat’l GRCH NITECH GRCH ‘PR’ Southfork River Wonderboy, and NITECH ‘PR’ Champs RockStar Mud Zombie HTX2. Although she is growing a keen eye for their offspring as well. Danielle and her husband own and operated Champ’s Bottom Side Kennel where they offer stud services for their males.

Her biggest highlights include winning the 2017 UKC World Opposite Sex & winning the 2017 Purina Race.

She is also the treasurer of the West Virginia State Association.

HER GOALS ARE TO HELP CHILDREN BECOME MORE INVOLVED IN THE SPORT AND TO HELP STRENGTHEN THE BREED.

Treasurer

Alan Kalal
25585 Hall Ave
Faribault, MN 55021
Phone: 507-332-1960
Cell: 612-251-3184
E-Mail: alank@lakes.com

Alan and Kristi Kalal have three children, Kylie, Logan and McKenzie. Alan is employed with an asphalt contracting company, and Kristi is a registered nurse at Mayo Clinic St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

Alan has been coon hunting for over 39 years, 38 of them with Treeing Walkers. He has raised Walkers for about 35 years and normally raises a few litters per year, if time permits. He calls his kennel Kalal’s Minnesota Treeing Walker Kennels. Some of the best hounds he has hunted with are: Dual Grand McCallister’s Finley River Banjo, Dual Grand Spring Creek Black Jack, GR NITE CH World Champion Bellar’s Pac Man, GR NITE CH Ketring’s Seven Mile Sue, GR NITE CH Kalal’s Minnesota Misty, GR NITE CH Kalal’s Minnesota Queen, Dual Grand Kalal’s Minnesota Insane Jane and Dual Grand Kalal’s Minnesota Destiny in the Wind.

His Walker highlights thus far have been: winning High Scoring Walker Female on Friday night at the 1987 Walker Days with Kalal’s Minnesota Lightning Star; winning High Scoring Dog of Friday Night, High Scoring Walker Female at the 1991 UKC Winter Classic with Kalal’s Minnesota Queen; in 2000, having Kalal’s Minnesota Destiny in the Wind win Queen of the Show at both Ada, Oklahoma, Walker Days; winning the 2000 Lee Crawford Invitational; being the very first PKC Silver Show Champion; being fortunate enough to win High Scoring Dog at 2002 Walker Days; and placing 2nd and High Scoring Female at the 2002 Lee Crawford Invitational with Dual Grand Champion Kalal’s Minnesota Insane Jane.

2022 Directors

Rodney Bastin
1068 Sterling Heights Drive
Menasha, WI 54952
Cell: 920-475-7531

Rodney lives in Menasha, WI with his wife Margie of 26 years. He has one daughter, Cassandra who is married to Jason, his son in law. He has two grandsons Blayke and Bentley, who he takes coon hunting and to coon hunts as often as he can. Rodney has owned and operated Bastin Gate Distributing since 1976. He is a native of Yosemite, KY but has resided in Wisconsin for the last 20 years. He is a lifetime member of the TWBFA.

Rodney started coon hunting at the age of 8 with his grandfather. His first dog was a walker dog named Hites Creek Mike that he made a NITE CH. He lived in Clayton, IN from 1971-1973 with Herman and Ruby Grider who also owned the legendary Boone Creek Mike who is undoubtedly, in his opinion, the greatest that ever lived. His goal is to promote the treeing walker breed and entice more youth to start hunting.

Treeing Walker Coonhounds that Rodney has hunted and handled throughout the years are: NITE CH Hites Creek Mike, GRAND NITE CH Boone Creek Mike, GRAND NITE CH Red Oak Lightning, NITE CH Red Oak Kimo, GRAND NITE CH Bear Creek Queen, NITE CH Red Oak Ann, GRAND NITE CH June Bug, DUAL GRAND CH Sugar Bee, DUAL GRAND CH Pocket Rocket, DUAL GRAND CH Thomas Ridge Ruby, NITE CH Insane Pain.

It was a huge honor to receive the Laverne Miller Sportsmanship Award and the Presidential Outstanding Member Award.

It is an honor to serve on the board with everybody.

Doug Keaton
6810 State Route 34
Culloden, WV 25510
Tel: 304-824-5263
Cell: 304-840-3943
Email: keatondoug@yahoo.com

Jacob lives in Tullahoma, Tennessee with his wife, Meredith, and their daughter, Claudia Grace. Jacob and Meredith have been married for 6 years. Jacob works at Nissan, North America, and his wife is a kindergarten teacher.

Jacob has been coon hunting since the age of 8 with his friend Doris Weddington. His first hound was a Treeing Walker. He is a licensed master of hounds and bench show judge with UKC. He holds several offices in his local coon clubs. Jacob’s hobbies include rabbit hunting, fishing, and coon hunting. His goal is to get the youth involved to keep the sport of coon hunting alive.

Scott Garner
495 County Road 220
Scottsboro, AL 35768
Home: 256-599-6782

Coming Soon.

2023 Directors

Jeff Cole
3134 N 450 W
Ligonier, IN 46767
Cell: 260-894-0979

Jeff Cole is 52 years old and lives with his wife and daughter in Northern Indiana. He and his wife were married on oct 17, 2009. Their first daughter was born September 8, 2010 and gained her angel wings on November 15, 2010.  16 months later they were blessed with another daughter, Faith Ann Cole, who is now 8 years old.

Having the tradition of coon hunting passed down from his father and grandfather, Jeff has had a passion for coon hunting his whole life.

Tiffany Schmersal
12561 Salem Hollow Road
New Straitsville, OH 43766
Cell: 740-343-3469
Email: tiffanyschmersal@gmail.com

Tiffany & her husband Damien have been married since 2016. They live in New Straitsville, Ohio with their son Tucker. She is a Certified Veterinary Assistant but currently is a stay at home mother. Damien is an Officer with the State Corrections System.

She was born into coonhounds, growing up with Plotts & English Coonhounds. She started showing Beagles when she was 10 and quickly moved in to the coonhounds. She has owned coonhounds herself since 1999, when Buckeye Valley Kennel was born. Not long after she decided to pursue her show career with the Treeing Walkers. She remembers when her dad asked her why she would want to have a breed that there is always so much competition in, she stated because if I’m going to win I want to do it with the best. But she has her Dad to thank for teaching her & allowing her to continue their family tradition of coon hunting. She tries to be involved in as many events as possible from bench & conformation shows to nite hunts & field trials. While Damien enjoys the nite hunts & also duck hunting with his Labrador Retriever.

Her biggest highlights would be winning the 2012 Treeing Walker Days Overall Show Champion, 2014 Lee Crawford Invitational Show, 2015 TWBF&A High Point Bench Show Handler of the Year, 2017 National Grand Show Champion Treeing Walker Male, 2018 Ohio State Overall Show Champion, 2018 Pink Event Overall Show, Hunt, & Field Trial winner the same year, & competing for the first time at the 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Her most memorable Treeing Walkers she has owned are CCH GRCH CH CSG ‘PR’ Stackem Up He’s How Pros Play & GRCH CSG ‘PR’ Buckeye Valley Sheza Barbie Girl.

She tries to be actively involved in as much as she can with our sport. She is the Event Coordinator for the Trimble Twp. Coon Hunters Club in Glouster, OH, as well the Secretary & Youth Program Coordinator for the Ohio Sportsman & Sporting Dog Association, and she helps with the Pink Event at the Tuscarawas Co. Coon Hunters Club. She also been a bench show judge with the UKC since 2010 for Coonhounds & Beagles. She is also a licensed bench show judge for the AKC, WTDA, & CHKC.

Her goals would be to continue supporting the next generation of coon hunters & doing all that she can to keep them involved in our great sport & pushing to implement more youth & educational programs & events. As well as bettering the Treeing Walker breed by breeding & promoting for correct type, movement, & hunting ability.

It’s truly an honor to be a part of the Treeing Walker Breeders & Fancies Association.

John Seginak
2035 Comer Road
Comer, GA 30629
Cell: 706-338-1430

John Seginak is originally from Nesquehoning, PA, but moved to Comer, GA in 1979. He is a retired wildlife biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service & Department of the Interior, where he worked for 38 years. John graduated from Colorado State University with a Wildlife Management degree. He got his first Treeing Walker in 1969 and has had them ever since. His first Treeing Walker was NITECH ‘PR’ John’s Speedy Buck, who was out of the Hershberger and Motley’s Missouri Major lines of dogs. He entered his first UKC nite hunt October 10, 1970 in Sunbury, PA, won fifth place and still has the trophy! His favorite hounds that he owned are GRCH GRNITECH ‘PR’ Swampy Bottoms Superbad, GRCH GRNITECH ‘PR’ Valley Creek Faith, and GRNITECH ‘PR’ Haynes Creek Scout, who was out of Yadkin River Champ. John has been a UKC Bench Show Judge for as long as he can remember. Besides coonhunting, he loves to deer hunt and REALLY loves to turkey hunt.

2024 Directors

Jeremy Kidd
5611 N County Road 975 W
Middletown, IN 47356
Cell: 765-520-1552

Jeremy Kidd resides in Middletown,IN with his wife Carrissa and son Brayden and daughter Kharter. Jeremy is a union Lineman for Duke Engery and has been in that profession for 10 years. If he’s not keeping the lights on he’s got the hounds out. Jeremy has been around hounds his whole life, but has been coonhunting since he was 15 years old.

His most memorable moments in competition hunting has been placing 2nd at the Winter Classic and Placing in the Grand 16 at Autumn Oaks with GRNITECH STYLISH REX. Also placing 18th at the 2018 UKC world hunt with GRNITECH MEET JOE BLACK. Both dogs were born at Jeremy’s and a product of his program, both off his prized female GRNITECH JR’S JANEY.

Jeremy’s goal with the TWBFA is to help keep this breed he’s so fond of, the superior breed in this sport. And to help give the members of this association a voice.

Gary Champ
1601 Mountain Home Road
Ivydale, WV 25133

Gary and his wife, Danielle, reside in Ivydale, West Virginia, with their three children, Gracey, Bryton, and Benzley. Danielle is a stay at home mother while Gary works for NiSource Gas Company. HIS GOALS ARE TO HELP CHILDREN BECOME MORE INVOLVED IN THE SPORT AND TO HELP STRENGTHEN THE BREED.

Earl Parker
999 St Hwy 474
Olive Hill, KY 41164

Directors at Large

Darrell Hall
103 Sandhill Church Road
Irvine, KY 40336
Phone: 606-224-5414

Darrell and Lou Ann Hall have been married for 15 years. They have three children: Whitney, Tanner and Greg. They are also blessed with three grandchildren: Michael, Sarah and Rylan. Darrell and Lou Ann reside in Irvine, Kentucky.

Darrell retired after 28 years from Teco Mechanical in Lexington, Kentucky, working as plumber/estimator. Lou Ann is currently employed with the Social Security Administration where she has worked for 31 years.

Darrell has been involved in coonhunting all his life. He can recall his very first coonhunt with his dad, Billy Hall, at the age of six. Even though Darrell has hunted other breeds of dogs, he has always hunted and owned Treeing Walkers. Some of the most memorable dogs he has had the pleasure of hunting with are: Goose Creek Slugger, Minkler’s Kansas Thunder, Hanna’s Creek Mac Attack, Bellar’s Striker and his all-time personal favorite Hall’s Ringo. Darrell previously served on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Houndsman Association for eight years.

HE WILL STRIVE TO WORK HARD TO THE BEST OF HIS ABILITY TO ENSURE THE BETTERMENT OF THE TREEING WALKER BREED. THE ONE THING HE WOULD LIKE TO SEE IS TO PUT MORE TRACKING ABILITY BACK IN THE WALKER BREED.

Draven Sullivan
682 Hebron Church Road
Bentonia, MS 39040
Home: 601-906-1926

Draven Sullivan lives in Phoenix, MS with his wife, Megan. Megan is a school teacher and a volleyball coach at NWR, and Draven works for CF Industries in Yazoo City, MS. Draven has been chasing dogs since he was 14 years old. He has always hunted Treeing Walkers and currently has a Treeing Walker named Dixie Lynn. If Draven isn’t coon hunting, he’s on the water fishing, in the woods hunting deer, or watching his wife coach volleyball. Draven’s goal is to keep the sport of coonhunting alive and encourage the future generations to also participate.

Jacob Maxey
332 Dale Haven Lane
Tullahoma, TN 37388
Cell: 931-273-4721

Jacob lives in Tullahoma, Tennessee with his wife, Meredith, and their daughter, Claudia Grace. Jacob and Meredith have been married for 6 years. Jacob works at Nissan, North America, and his wife is a kindergarten teacher.

Jacob has been coon hunting since the age of 8 with his friend Doris Weddington. His first hound was a Treeing Walker. He is a licensed master of hounds and bench show judge with UKC. He holds several offices in his local coon clubs. Jacob’s hobbies include rabbit hunting, fishing, and coon hunting. His goal is to get the youth involved to keep the sport of coon hunting alive.

Gary Starns

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Brett Hall

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Chris Waller

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Rick Stretch
6034 Goldstone Drive
Grove City, OH 43123

Rick and his wife, Sonya, and sons, Adam and Isaac, reside near Columbus, Ohio. Rick has been hunting since a very young age. Many of you know his father, Bud, who has tuned and trained some famous Treeing Walker Coonhounds in the past. He credits his dad for always being able to help keep him in a good hound. Rick placed in the top 10 of the 1980 ACHA World Hunt at 15 years of age and caught the competition bug shortly after that.

The hounds he has favored the most include Cross Roads Killer, Tar Heel Henry, Jukebox Maude, Bellar’s Psycho, Downtown Brown and most recently, Feelin’ Frisky. He and Frisky won Autumn Oaks in 2010 and the World Hunt in 2012. The most memorable hounds he has ever hunted with include Bellar’s Striker, Wick’s Thunder, Red Eagle Dick, Medley’s Swamp, Tom Again, Mojo and Mr. Clean. Rick is a licensed Realtor in the state of Ohio. His favorite pastime is watching his sons compete in high school and YMCA swim meets.

HIS PASSION IS TO SEE THE YOUTH OF OUR SPORT BE AFFORDED THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT HE HAD.

Dwayne White
11954 Shady Dell Road
Mt. Hope, WI 53816

Dwayne and Selma White have been married for 17 years. Dwayne has two sons, Dwayne Thomas White of Appleton, Wisconsin and Michael and Trisha White; and also two grandchildren, Kylie and Arron, of Paris, Missouri. Selma has four children, Michelle and Robert Shaw of Indianapolis, Indiana; Eric and Shannon Bakkum of Dickeyville, Wisconsin; and Alisha Bakkum of Los Angeles, California.

Dwayne retired from dairy farming and is renting out the farm. He is currently employed at Premier Cooperative in Lancaster, Wisconsin. Selma is retired from managing and is working part-time cooking and bartending. Dwayne has hunted Walkers all of his life, except for one good Bluetick hound. His father never hunted, but always encouraged him to go hunting with his uncle and grandpa. He started coonhunting with his uncle Roger White when Dwayne was around six years old. He bought his first dog when he was 12 years old, and has owned dogs ever since. He currently does as much bear and coyote hunting as he does coon hunting.