Officers & Directors



Alan Kalal
25585 Hall Ave
Faribault, MN 55021
Phone: 507-332-1960
Cell: 612-251-3184

Alan & Kristi Kalal have three children, Kylie, Logan and McKenzie, and has a daughter in law Kelsie, along with four grandchildren, Caden, Harper, Charley and Hendrix. Alan is employed at Bituminous Roadways an Asphalt Construction Company as a Maintenance Supervisor and Krist is a Registered Nurse at Sattuck-St. Marys Campus in Faribault.

Alan has been coon hunting for 52 years and 50 of them with the Treeing Walker Coonhound. He has always been committed to the Dual Purpose hounds and has mostly always hunted females. He does try to raise a few litters of pups per year if time allows it to happen with his work schedule.

Through the years he has hunted with some of the Best Walkers in the History of the Breed. He feels very blessed to have been able to travel and hunt with many people and strike up many friendships.

His Highlights with the Walkers have been many, but one of the best and most proud of is what he has strived for from day one is winning the National Dual Champion at the 2021 Autumn Oaks with the help of Mr. Michael Lester with National Dual Champion, Dual Grand Champion ‘PR’ Kalal’s Minn. Psyched Up E-Z Money, which is a pup out of a cross he made out of one of his Dual Grand Champion Females.

His TWBFA Goal is to always have the work ethic to strive to keep the Association on the top of the Breed Associations.

Vice President

Danielle Champ
1609 Mountain Home Road
Ivydale, WV 25113

A little background on myself, I married my high school sweetheart Gary in 2006. Together we have five kids Gracey, Bryton, Benzley, Phoebe, Emerson Coy, and my brother Eli. We live in the mountains of West Virginia in a small town called Ivydale. We own and operate Champ’s Bottomside Kennels, a kennel primarily of Walker Coonhounds.

I first became interested in coonhounds around 17 years ago when my now husband took me coonhunting. I had never walked so much in my life but for some very odd reason, I seen the joy and fulfillment people got from listening to a hound stand up on the side of a tree. I decided then, that while I may not be equipped to climb the hills of West Virginia I was going to learn all there was to learn about coonhounds. I soon got a national-level Treeing Walker Coonhound and became involved in bench shows and learning the form and function of all the coonhound breeds.

I’ve been so fortunate with my hounds. They have truly blessed me with many wins throughout the years. Some of their winnings include UKC World opposite sex, UKC world treeing Walker female for three years straight, Treeing Walker Days Overall, Southeastern Overall, overall Purina Outstanding Coonhound, and many state shows. I believe my biggest accomplishment is breeding my male NGCH GRCH NITECH ‘PR’ Southfork River Wonder Boy and my female GRCH’PR’ Southfork River Backwoods Barbie and achieving the cross that I did. Many of the pups out of that litter have went on to win huge titles in all registries.

I’ve been fortunate enough to judge a few shows in my bench judging career. Some of which include Grand American, Southeastern Treeing Walker Days, Bluetick Fall Round Up, Redbone Days, Winter Classic and multiple state shows. The Treeing Walker Breeders and Fanciers Association means so much to me. It’s because of the TWBFA that I strive by their motto. “Where the search for superiority never ceases”


Lauren Lester


Chris Waller

Grant Noeske
8206 Starr Grass Drive, #404
Madison, WI 53719
Cell: 815-275-6233

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.


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
1609 Mountain Home Road
Ivydale, WV 25133

Gary and his wife Danielle, reside in Ivydale, West Virginia, with their five children, Gracey, Bryton, and Benzley, Phoebe and Emerson Coy. Gary is a pipeliner for TC energy and has been in that line of work since 2004.

Gary has owned hounds since he was young. He would fall over logs because he was so little, just to go out with his dad. He has walked behind many good and bad dogs but the best he’s walked behind and owned is NITECH ‘PR’ Champs Rockstar Mud Zombie HTX2. He has sat behind the wheel many miles to promote his dog and stand along side his wife while she ran the PURINA Race.

His goals are to give the members a voice to be heard and to better the breed for the future of our sport.

Earl Parker
999 St Hwy 474
Olive Hill, KY 41164

2025 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.

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

Scotty lives in Scottsboro, Alabama, where he is the shipping manager at Scottsboro Aluminum Industries. Scotty has been coon hunting his whole life. His father and grandfather were both coon hunters. He has one son, Chris, and three grandchildren, Taylor, Hunter, and Autumn. His goal is to set up youth events so we can keep this sport alive and prosperous.

Brett Hall

Brett is from Coeburn, Virginia, a small town deep in the Appalachian Mountains.  He is a criminal defense attorney by day and a Walker Coonhound enthusiast by night. 

Brett’s dad, Rocky, took him coon hunting for the first time when he was a child, and he was instantly hooked.  Brett and Rocky have owned some great hounds over the past two decades, with the most notable undoubtedly being GRCH GRNITECH ‘PR’ Hampton’s Stylish Jewel.  Brett handled Jewel to a record-setting five top 100 UKC World Championship appearances in a row, three of which were top 20 finishes.  Jewel was the high scoring Walker female at the 2015 Grand American and she led Brett to be named SETWA handler of the year in 2011.  She further earned many other prizes and accolades in other registries, including a final four appearance in the 2014 AKC World Championship.

Brett is proud to continue the tradition his dad taught him.  He enjoys watching his nephew, Gunner, learn the sport and win competition hunts.  Brett hopes to further the Treeing Walker breed and to continue getting our youth connected through his participation on this Board.

2026 Directors

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.


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, Kelice, Rylan, and Mason. 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.


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.

Directors at Large

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.

Tim Ealy

Tim and his wife Nneka, reside in Boyers, Pennsylvania with their daughter Zelyah. Tim works at Standard Bent Glass where he’s been for the last 10 years. Nneka works at a local long term care facility as a registered nurse where she has also worked for the last 10 years.

You could say coon hunting is in the families blood as almost all of Tim’s family is involved or has been involved in the sport over the years. Tim started hunting at the age of 2 and hasn’t stopped since while in the woods with his hounds it brings him clarity. Zelyah followed right along in her father’s footsteps and also began hunting at the age of 2.  Not only is Tim lucky enough to hunt as a family, but when training or conditioning for a competition Nneka and Zelyah will split off on their own as well. Tim has been lucky enough to find not only himself, but dogs from the kennel in the winners circle over the years, but what he finds to be his biggest accomplishment would be spreading his passion and love of the sport to everyone he gets hooked. Especially to his wife and daughter and being able to share the experience and make so many memories with them through the sport.

Damien Schmersal
Damien Schmersal was born into an outdoors family that spent their days on the Lake and their nights in the woods. “I can still remember following dads light through the river bottoms with mom and listening to the dogs from the truck.” After a few years Coon hunting got pushed to the back burner as school and sports consumed most of the family’s time. After not owning a dog for years Damien met the love of his life, Tiffany, who was completely consumed with hunting and showing coonhounds and Damien had no choice but to take to the hounds again. Since that time Damien’s life events have revolved around Walker day’s and following Tiffany and her hounds. At the 2016 Walker Days he proposed to his wife and at the 2018 Walker Days Tiffany went into labor with their son Tucker. So life, for Damien, has revolved around the Treeing Walker. Damien looks forward to helping promote the breed and working with the association for years to come.

Eric Brooks

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.


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.