Board of Directors
Dawna Starr, President/Webmaster/Interim Newsletter Editor
Dawna moved to Seattle
where she now lives with her husband Steven. When her first
Bullmastiff passed away at a 4 from an unexplained and
likely congenital condition, Dawna's research led her to the American
Bullmastiff Association's Health & Research COmmittee.
Eventually Dawna became involved in the American Bullmastiff
Association's Rescue Service, fostering several bullmastiffs
until they found their forever homes, and now volunteering for
home inspections and transport.
Dawna enjoys competing in
conformation with her brindle Bullmastiff
also serves as the webmaster for the
Rainier Working Dog Club and the
and was also the
Banquet and Hospitality Chair for the ABA 2008 Nationals.
Dawna is an experienced paralegal
and project/event manager with more than 17+ years of experience. She worked in
large law firms and corporations on the east coast, before
moving to Seattle to work at Microsoft. Currently, Dawna is
the Corporate Paralegal and Project Superevisor at Rainier
Investment Management, Inc.
In her spare time, she develops and manages web sites (http://www.bullystarr.com)
- mostly bullmastiff-related!
Lynch, Vice President
Kris has been owned by Bullmastiffs since 1993 when she was
picked by her first bullmastiffs, Ch. Ol West Lily Langtre and Ch. Ol West Butch
Cassidy. It was only a matter of time before she was owned by several more
Bullies (Angus, Ellie, Rosa, and Murphy & Merlin). Kris met and married her
husband, Brendan, while showing Bullmastiffs. Bullmastiffs or Mastiff breeds are
now in the homes of most of her family. Kris has been very active in the local
breed clubs and has held several committee positions. She has a strong belief in
public education, rescue and Health and Research. Kris feels that cancer has
become a major problem in our breed and is working to help raise awareness and
promote research to fight this disease.
Kris recently realized a life long dream - she become the proud owner of a
Belgian Draft horse. Kris, with the help of Barb and Mark Worrell and the
support of her husband Brendan, adopted and saved from Slaughter a yearling stud
colt name Bo (short for Bodacious). Bo was on a feed lot in Yakima awaiting
shipment to a slaughter house in Chicago. Kris in now active in fighting against
slaughter and donating funds to save other horses from the same fate.
Kris currently lives with 4 Bullmastiffs (Tango, Captain, and Emme & Buzz) and
one Spinoni (Trooper). Kris has been married for almost 13 years to Brendan
Lynch. Kris and Brendan have 2 children, Son Casey (9) and daughter, Patty (4).
Kris has bred 7 litters, and is currently co-breeding with friend and mentor
Sharon Guthrie of Moonshine Bullmastiffs (Cogan Station, Pennsylvania). Kris
Breeds and shows under the kennel name of Tirnanog.
Kris is a senior loan officer with PrimeLending in Bremerton Washington.
Marti Edwards, Secretary/Membership Chair
Marti supports her dog habit as a pet dog
Groomer. She has been in dogs (mainly Bullmastiffs) for about 15 years. Her
current Bullmastiff is Am/Can/Intíl Ch. Ol West Frank James, RN, CGC, AAT/AAA
(Frankie). This year Marti and Frankie are working on Obedience and Rally.
Lynn Ferrell, Treasurer
After raising Akitas for 14 years, her family decided to change to Bullmastiffs. She is
married to TJ and has two daughters, Sarah and Victoria. They have traveled the
world with the Marine Corps and made Seattle their home in 2002. They are owned
by their new puppy, Victor (Ol West Bat Masterson) and 5 year old yorkie, Tyler.
Barbara holds a doctorate in Veterinary
Science/Immunology. She obtained her first bullmastiff in 1984 and began showing
in 1989 with Ch Ironwood's Buffalo Bill Cody, CD, NA, HIT. Cody and Barbara were
the 2nd bullmastiff team to receive our agility title in the history of the
breed (they missed being 1st by 1 week). Cody and Barbara also obtained a High
in Trial (HIT) in obedience at the ABA specialty.
Barbara and her husband Mark established
Bullmastiffs in 1990 and bred their first
litter in 1991. They have bred multiple group placing dogs, top 10 bullmastiffs,
obedience titlist, conformation titlist, duel and triple titlist, therapy dogs,
search and rescue dogs, and wonderful family members. They love to show their
dogs in conformation, agility and obedience and hope their daughter (Morgan-age
3 yrs) will one day be handling the bullmastiffs in Juniors.
Barbara and Mark have always been deeply involved in rescue. Barbara has
held the position of
American Bullmastiff Association (ABA)
national rescue chairperson multiple times. They have also won many awards and
have been recognized many times for their work in rescue by a number of national
breed clubs, law enforcement, animal control organizations, and the American
Kennel Club. Barbara is currently the Northwest Bullmastiff Rescue Coordinator
for the ABA and has served on the board. She currently sits on the board of the
Mt. Rainier Working Dog Club.
Barbara is a founding director and has been a past Secretary and President of the PNBF.