The Pack Llama Trail Association Board of Directors manages the affairs of the organization. As established by Article V. of the PLTA Bylaws, the PLTA Board of Directors consists of five to nine members. Offices include the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Any member of the PLTA is eligible to become a board member. Terms begin and end on June 30th and last two years. Directors are elected by the members of the organization and may hold positions for three consecutive terms, before retiring for a minimum of one year. After the minimum one  year retirement the Board member will again be eligible to hold office for a period of three terms. Current board members are listed below. Descriptions of positions and responsibilities may be found in the PLTA Bylaws.

The Pack Llama Trail Association Board of Directors manages the affairs of the organization. As established by Article V. of the PLTA Bylaws, the PLTA Board of Directors consists of five to nine members. Offices include the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Any member of the PLTA is eligible to become a board member. Terms begin and end on June 30th and last two years. Directors are elected by the members of the organization and may hold positions for three consecutive terms, before retiring for a minimum of one year. After the minimum one  year retirement the Board member will again be eligible to hold office for a period of three terms. Current board members are listed below. Descriptions of positions and responsibilities may be found in the PLTA Bylaws.

Lisa Wolf, President

Lisa supports the PLTA team by keeping our efforts on track. She is also the webmaster. Lisa has been training llamas since 1985. She participated in her first PLTA Pack Trail in 2002, became a Certifier the next year and has been participating PLTA pack trail events annually ever since. Her extensive backpacking experience gives her a deep appreciation for what a pack llama goes through. Lisa is currently a partner in Burns Llama Trailblazers where her primary duty is to train and manage the pack llamas. She is fortunate that the llama ranch lies next to thousands of square miles of public lands where she is able to train llamas her llamas to work in strings in 'real time' packing scenarios. Lisa can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tom Seifert, Secretary

Tom is in charge of keeping track of PLTA information. He oversees membership, as well as Pack Trail and Challenge sanctioning and data management  Tom can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Regina O'Brien, Treasurer

Gina handles money issues by managing accounts, overseeing tax issues and maintaining accurate records. Gina met her first pack llamas in the late 1980's and became much enamored of them. Unfortunately her frequent work-related relocations made it impossible to own llamas. Never-the-less she maintained close associations with people who do She learned about the PLTA through friends and been inspired by the dedication of the organization to maintain standards for responsible handling and training. Having spent years training working dogs for such activities as Search and Rescue, Gina fully understands the requirements of training working animals. She recently acquired her first llama. Gina can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Susan Gawarecki, News

Susan puts together wonderful articles for our news page. She is always anxious to hear from you. Susan has loved llamas forever having acquired her first llamas in 1995 with the intention of going packing without having to carry the load herself. Within two years her young llamas had matured enough that she was doing just that as well as participating in llama organizations at the local, state and regional levels. Susan has been a participant in PLTA Pack Trials since their inception, having more than seventeen to her name. Aside from packing she has shown her animals in halter and performance classes, trained llamas to the cart and spun a few miles of yarn. She owns ten llamas and three alpacas. Susan can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

John Fant, Director at Large

John is currently working on updating and revising the Packer's Primer program for training beginning llama packers. John is an avid llama packer and PLTA Pack Trial Certifier. Every year he helps organize the Mt. Hope race in Colorado. He brings tremendous enthusians and support for new llama packers to the PLTA.

 

Vacant Positions

There are currently five vacant positions on the Board, including Vice President.

The job of the Board as a whole is to lead the organization toward the desired performance of the Association and assure that it occurs. The Board's specific contributions are unique to its trusteeship role and necessary for proper governance and management. In general, it is the duty of the Board of Directors to make the big decisions. Board members are expected to make a significant commitment of time and talent to the functioning of the Association.

The principal role of a member of the Board of Directors is stewardship. The Board is ultimately responsible for the management of the affairs of the Association. This requires active participation. People who do not have the time to regularly participate should not agree to be on a board. The Board must insure that the Association is operated for a charitable/public purpose as stated in the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws of the Association.

One of the most important functions of the Board is keeping the resources and efforts focused on the PLTA's mission. This requires members of the Board to have an adequate understanding of the Association's programs, people and resources available to achieve the Association's goals. As a starting point, every potential  Board member should be familiar with the PLTA's Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. A vacancy may be filled by the remaining members of the  Board by appointment of an Association member in good standing. An individual appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve for the remaining portion of the term of their predecessor. If you are interested in holding a position on the Board, please contact the PLTA secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

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