The USSPWD Club Board Members are voted on during the Annual Meeting held each December.  The purpose of the Board is to guide the future direction of the Club and implement the vision and strategy.  Directors shall each serve no more than two (2) consecutive two (2) year terms.  After which a Director much wait one year before being reelected to the Board.  

USSPWDC is a Non-Profit volunteer organization – we are ALWAYS looking for new people to join in our commitment to support Portuguese Water Dogs, their people and each other. Please click the Contact US button below to reach any of our Board Members or Chair Persons or to get information about volunteering your skills.  

Board Member – Officers   

Lizette Wagoner, Celebration FL


Blue, Lizette’s first PWD, joined their family 2016.  Their introduction to the USSPWD came when, Java, joined then in March 2018.  They are grateful for all the support the club has provides.

Fun Fact:  Lizette’s hobbies include camping and growing orchids. She is a Volunteeer and Members of Go Team Crisis and Therapy Dogs.

Karen Childers, Jacksonville, FL

Vice – President and WAC Committee Co-Chair

Karen and her husband Gary have been members of the USSPWD Club since 2011 when they got their first PWD.  They currently share their life with PWD’s Sailor and Chilly.

Fun Fact: “I lived in the UK during the mad cow disease outbreak so I am not allowed to donate blood.”

Debbie Jackson, Oldsmar, FL


Debbie got her first PWD Maggie  in 2011 after moving back to Florida permanently.  Debbie and Husband Tracy currently own three PWDs; Molly, Sophie and Mason. Molly and Sophie hae competed in Water and Sophie and Mason have completed in confirmation.  Mason is currently showing in conformation. 

Fun Fact:  Debbie used to be a cat person! She always had a cat as a child and owned her first dog when she was an adult. 

Pam Oberst, Gainesville, GA


Zelda Zee Dogg is Pam’s first PWD (2017). What a trip of her life ever since. USSPWD Club has been of the utmost help to her in her journey with this special girl. 

Fun Fact:  Pam is a great golfer.

Board Members – Committee Directors  

Lori Torriero, North Port, FL

Membership Director

Lori has had a PWD since  May 2001 and currently lives with her 4th and 5th.  Lori has titled dogs in Agility, Obedience, Rally, Scentwork and Water work, but most of all she loves the  process of training and the relationship it builds with her dogs. Living in FL since 2019 she is grateful to have found a regional club that offers so many member activities.

Fun Fact:  Lori used to crochet baby sets as a hobby.

Zac Crump, Georgetown, KY


Zac’s PWD journey began with Brooklyn in 2020 after traveling the world. He joined USSPWD Club the same year where he and Brooklyn dove headfirst into water work and haven’t looked back.  Brooklyn is active in conformation, obedience, rally and his absolute love, water!

Fun Fact:  Zac has lived in China and Seycelles and traveled to over 30 Countries.

Leigh Stafford, Sarasota, FL

Events Chair

Leigh has been a Member since 2012 and she and husband Landon currently live with three PWDs.  You might see them going down the road with an airstream tagging along.

Fun Fact:  Leigh had an amazing impromptu vacation in Oman as a result of Arab Spring. Muscat is magical!

Non-Board Member Committee Chairs  

John Brock, Cumming GA

Co-Chair Water Activities Committee

John’s path to PWD’s and water work began with him training Siberian Huskies to run in sled dog teams.  One of his great pleasures is watchng dogs perform the tasks for which they are bred.  John and wife Sarah train 2 PWD’s. John and Amazing Ace won earned their MWD5 Title in 2021. John is a water trial Judge and a great mentor to club members.


Meg DeFore, New Smyrna Beach, FL

Regional PWD Rescue

Meg is the original founder of the Club and supports many events throughout the year, including water camps  and the Annual Holiday Play Day.

Vickie Baker, Seneca, SC


Vickie and her two PWD’s joined the USSPWD Club in 2016.  They complete in multiple venues and love water work and the friends they have made thru the Club.