Executive Board & Board of Directors
President: Renee Pearcy
Renee has been a member of the STCGH for 17 years. She has served as Club Recording Secretary and currently holds the office as the Club President. As a member of the Annual Specialty Show Committee she has served in the capacity of Advertising Chairman and Show Chairman. Renee owns two Scottish Terriers "Monty" (CH. Claudon's Alexander McKenzie) and "Luna" (CH. Kelwyn's Once in a Blue Moon) that she spoils as much as she can!
Vice President: Kelli Edell
Kelli has owned Scotties for 48 years and has been breeding and exhibiting for 13 years finishing 42 champions to date. Kelli has been a member of the STCA for 12 years and has served several terms on the STCA Board of Directors and two years as Trophy Chair. She has been an officer/director for the STCGH for 24 years serving as VP, Recording Secretary as well as Show Chair, Trophy Chair, Ring Steward and Banquet Chair. Kelli is also a founding member of the Houston All Terrier Club. She worked for Sulzer for 24 years and recently left her position of President of Sulzer US Holding Inc. to pursue a career in dogs. She now owns and manages The Parkland Kennel in Richmond, TX. Kelli holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Professional Accountancy, Specializing in Taxation.
Treasurer: Claudia Leffler
Claudia is a charter member of the club which began in 1974. She has had Scotties for 53 years and has been exhibiting since 1972. Her first show dog was Ch. Charves Dashing Dainity, one of her greatest show dogs who won in spite of her followed by her brother Ch. Charves Dashing Dino both purchased from her mentors Bob & Mildred Charves. Claudia has finished 42 champions to date, most home bred. She has served the STCGH as an officer/director for most of the years since the inception of the club. She has also chaired many club activities including grooming seminars, show chair, banquet chair, advertising chair, etc. She has served on the STCA Board and chaired the STCA Working Dog Committee to help AKC to sanction trials for this activity. She was also a founding member of the Tejas Earthdog club serving as officer/director for many years. Claudia is retired from a career of computer programming and consulting. She continues to exhibit and breed occasional litters.
Recording Secretary: Jan Merritt
Jan has been a member of the STCGH since 1975. Mariner’s Sailor Bill of Andycross was her first show dog in 1972. Jan is very proud to have finished all of her champions as “Owner Handled”. Jan has fond memories of her many years of showing, handling and breeding Scottish Terriers. She considers her litter out of Ch. MK’s Highland Melody x Ch. Mariner’s Sailor Bill of Andycross to be one of her greatest accomplishments. Jan’s contributions to the Club include President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Show Chairman and Ring Steward (for the past 30 years!). Not only did Jan groom and condition her own dogs, she has had a grooming saloon in Houston for the past 38 years (Tommy’s Canine Coiffures). She specializes in Scottie pet grooming as well as other small and medium size breeds. Jan is a strong believer that we should all do whatever it takes for the betterment of the breed and we should share our wealth of information and knowledge with each other and especially with those that are new to the breed.
Corresponding Secretary: Raenell Bailey
Raenell Bailey has been a Scottish Terrier enthusiast for the past 13 years. She is owned by two Scottish Terriers - Maggie May and Finn. She has served as trophy chairman for the past 4 years, and has served on various committees since joining the STCGH. Raenell's interests lie in education regarding the breed, natural and holistic integration of nutrition and wellness, and influencing pet owners to seek out responsible Scottish Terrier breeders when choosing a pet, in order to further the breed according to its standards.
Board of Directors: Linda Bassett
Linda has been owned by Scotties for 36 years and presently Harry Potter lives with Linda and her husband Bill in Austin, TX. She has served on the BOD for the STCGH, Trophy Chair, Banquet Auction Chair and is the STCGH Web Master. She is a member of the STCA and currently serves as VP of Texas Scottie Rescue Fund, Inc. Linda has previously shown in conformation however these days she enjoys spending time with Fiona out on the lure coursing field. Linda is an avid Scottie dog memorabilia collector which is divided by her other passion for cycling.
Board of Directors: Melanie Hovermale
Board of Directors: Marie Wilcox
Board of Directors: Lindsay Smith
Lindsay has been a Scottie owner for the past 23 years. She found her Scottie girl Daisy 9 years ago through STCGH Member/Breeder Kelli Edell, Kewlyn's Scottish Terriers. She joined the Club at that time and has been active ever since by serving on committees and supporting members at the annual Specialty and Sweepstakes in Houston each year in July. Along with Daisy her house is also home to her other Scottie love Molly and Roxy, the Bichon/Cavalier Spaniel mix. Lindsay retired in 2016 from Carefusion and now enjoys her days sailing on her boat with her husband and of course Daisy, Molly and Roxy!
Melanie has been a member of the STCGH for the past 8 years however, she has been owned by a Scottie for over 40 years! In fact, her very first Scottie was a puppy out of the famous Eng., Can., Am., Ch. Bardene Bingo! Melanie and her husband Gene are now owned by their Scottie Abe and extend their thanks and appreciation to STCGH club members Sandra and Ralph Shepherd, Canthook Scottish Terriers.
Marie is originally from San Antonio, graduated from Texas A&M University and now lives in Houston, TX. Her first purebred dog was an Irish Setter followed by Standard Poodles and finally settled on the wonderful Scottish Terrier. She has had Scotties for approximately 18 years. Her other interests include reading, Mexican food and Aston Martins...and not necessarily in that order!