Who We Are
Jeff got his first German Shorthaired Pointer in 1999 and has been hooked on versatile hunting dogs ever since. After attending a NAVHDA training day in 2013, he jumped in with both feet and now has run multiple dogs through the organization's Natural Ability and Utility tests (and took one to the Invitational in 2017). While Jeff enjoys training dogs, he does it with the goal of developing great companions for wild bird hunting. You'll often find him with his dogs in the woods of North Carolina or out somewhere out west, chasing upland birds on public lands.
Doug got his first German Shorthair Pointer Vadar in 2015. He joined NAVHDA and the Tarheel Chapter that same year after meeting NAVHDA members. He jumped right in joining multiple Chapters throughout the east coast training Vadar for his Utility Test. After passing the Utility Test Prize 1 in 2017 and again in 2018. He then went on to run Vadar in the 2018 NAVDHA International Invitational and then passed the 2019 NAVHDA International Invitational with Vadar. In August he and his wife got another German Shorthair Drumlin. If he’s not out training and hunting with his dogs he loves traveling with his wife.
Stephanie was introduced to German Shorthair Pointers when her husband got his in 2015. She started going with him to training days and joined NAVHDA and the Tarheel Chapter herself after becoming hooked. She helped train with her husband and other NAVHDA members on the weekends. In 2019 Stephanie bought her first German Shorthair puppy Drumlin. She is excited to go through the NAVHDA tests and get him the Versatile Champion Title.
Brynn has had German shorthairs in her family for all of her life and was introduced to upland hunting at a young age. She and her husband acquired the first GSP of their own in 2013 and have since added a second with which they entered the world of NAVHDA. Brynn has a degree in wildlife biology and is passionate about the outdoors and conservation. A native of southern New Jersey, she now lives in Tobaccoville, NC with her husband, daughter, two GSPs, a beagle and a cat.
Member at Large
Jim grew up grouse hunting in the mountains of West Virginia and got his first bird dog, an English Setter, in 2006. He joined NAVHDA in 2019, is a member of multiple chapters in NC and really enjoys training in the NAVHDA system. Jim currently has a water loving pudelpointer named Manu that he trains and takes on daily adventures. Being a fisheries biologist and avid angler, the “water loving” is a requirement for any of his dogs. Jim is often found roaming the hills of WV for grouse and the swamps of NC for woodcock, but will travel to all destinations in pursuit of the FLUSH!
Heather was introduced to hunting at a young age but didn’t begin upland bird hunting until acquiring her first Brittany dog (Boone) in 2020 which led her and her fiancé to join NAVHDA. Since then, they have loved learning all about the NAVHDA organization and training Boone every opportunity they can. Heather grew up in the mountains of North Carolina and enjoys returning back there often for hunting, hiking, and camping with her fiancé and two dogs: Boone and a dachshund (Stella). When not outside exploring, you can find her in the research lab finishing up her PhD degree!
Emily became involved in NAVHDA around the time she purchased her first GSP puppy in 2017. She got involved to test her puppy in Natural Ability, but has thoroughly enjoyed the NAVHDA community. Emily has a passion for hunting upland birds and loves the continuous training that goes into an impressive bird dog. When she's not training or hunting, you can find Emily with her dogs hiking, swimming, or on a patio. Emily trains bird dogs professionally in Winston-Salem, NC where she lives with her three dogs: Blitz (GSP), Ember (Lab) and Pinky (Pitbull).
Director of Gunning
Max was fortunate enough to have his grandfather introduce him to firearms, firearm safety and the time honored tradition of hunting nearly 40 years ago and Max is still passionate about these traditions today. It was in 2016 that Max joined NAVHDA so that he could be better informed before getting his first bird dog. That experience turned out to be invaluable and was the launching point for countless and priceless time spent in the field with his son and their dog. Some of Max’s closest friends are now fellow dog owners and members of NAVHDA.