Jeri Robinson-Lawrence, Lancaster, PA
Vice President, 2017 - 2018
Jeri has been breeding and raising Wensleydale sheep since 2009 with her daughter, Irina. Her overall goal with the Wensleydale sheep is Preservation Through Education. She is a vendor at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, the NYS Sheep & Wool Festival, and Vogue Knitting Live in NYC. Her sheep have also gone to the Mother Earth News Fair in Pennsylvania and several county fairs. Additionally, she and Irina own Flying Fibers, a brick and mortar fiber arts store where they specialize in Wensleydale products.
Sheryl Meacham, Sellersburg, IN
Secretary, 2018 - 2019
Sheryl Meacham, owner of Gwenyth Glynn Longwool sheep farm has been breeding quality rare breed Wensleydale and Teeswater sheep since 2005. The flock has certified complete monitored status in the USDA voluntary scrapie program. As a part of the upgrading program in the US they started their flock with purebred ewes of Cotswold and Lincoln breeds and imported semen from England, the origins of Teeswater and Wensleydale sheep.
Virginia Scholomiti, Delanson, NY
President,2018 - 2019
My involvement in the sheep industry began with a visit to a farm, borrowing a spinning wheel and learning to spin. I began my flock with Border Leicester, Romney crosses, then added a Moorit, and was hooked. I purchased Wensleydales - three percentage ewes and a ram, and we are thrilled with the breed and the fiber. I would like to see the Association broaden its base, continue to stimulate lots of enthusiasm for the breed, and serve as an educational conduit for all the diverse interests that draw us together.
Cory Simpson, Lewistown, MT
2018 - 2019
Cory's main livelihood has always been raising sheep and he first fell in love with Wensleydales in 2001 after searching for a better breed of sheep. Due to the limited availability of Wensleydales at that time, Cory's first longwools were registered Lincolns and they provided him with the opportunity to learn about longwool fleece characteristics and build a wool business. He believes Wensleydales have a bright future both for cross breeding and purebreds as we increase our numbers and strengthen our flocks.
Wendy Hanson, Scio, OR
Treasurer, 2018 - 2019
Wendy hugged her first sheep in the fall of 2003, and the rest is history. She and her husband, Chris, now raise 39 breeds of fiber animals (including the elegant and magnificent Wensleydale) just for their fleeces. Wendy focuses her efforts on the promotion of the less-known and rare breeds of sheep and goats to anyone who will listen and sells their fiber products up and down the west coast of the US.
D'Andrea Tyree, Worden, IL
D'Andrea raises only Wensleydale sheep but also has angora rabbits and chickens on a small family owned farm in south central Illinois. Her desire is to help promote the breed and work toward obtaining the goals and mission established by the founders of NAWSA.
Nan Fickett, Monroe, ME
Integrity Farm is located in Midcoast Maine. She raises the finest quality Wensleydale sheep and fleeces and create heirloom quality tapestry, weavings, and knitted items which are hand spun from our sheep. From sheep to product, Nan does it all!
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