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President
Jackie Mellon
dblxbarranch@centurylink.net   

Jackie brings a wealth of business and APHF experience to the APHF Board. A geological engineer, Jackie has spent 26 years at ExxonMobile in Houston, Texas. An APHA member since 1999, Jackie has served as a national director and on a variety of APHA committees as well leadership roles with the Gulf Coast Paint Horse Club and the Texas State Coordinating Committee. She has served as APHF president since 2014.

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Vice-President
Tom Crowley
tom.crowley@ministryhealth.org

Tom Crowley, an APHA lifetime member, oversees all operations of Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center and Health Care Center and Saint Elizabeth’s Community Development Foundation. He is a seasoned fundraiser and grant writer. A breeder and trainer of state, national and world champion Paints and Quarter Horses, he has also been a horse show judge since 1977, holding cards with APHA, AQHA, NRHA, NRCHA, NSBA, ApHC and more. He has been an APHF Board member since 2015.

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Ramona Caldwell
diddatrac@sbcglobal.net 

Ramona Caldwell’s love of horses and enthusiasm is magnetic.  Both a hands-on exhibitor and behind-the-scenes booster she has experience with numerous breeds and disciplines including Paints, Quarter Horses and Warmbloods. Throughout her equestrian career Ramona and her horses have acquired numerous awards and titles in APHA, PHBA & AQHA competition both in Halter, and under saddle. A Board member since 2014, Ramona is a tireless fundraiser and savvy businesswoman.

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Marylyn Caliendo
uniquecorral@aol.com

Marylyn Caliendo, also an APHA lifetime member, was born and raised in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. She and her husband, Paul, relocated to Lake Oswego, Oregon in 2004. She has shown and bred horses for over 20 years , starting with the Appaloosa Horse Club and moving to APHA. She has had many World and Reserve World Champions in both breeds.  The couple has a corporation—Preferred Medical Claim Solutions—based in Scottsdale, but with some employees based in Texas. They support the local clubs and both World Championship Shows and are involved in a variety of charities, raising donations and obtaining sponsors. The couple has four children and four grandchildren. She started her first APHF Board term in 2016.

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Kelly Boles-Chapman
kellyboleschapman@outlook.com  

Lifetime member Kelly Boles Chapman brings a wealth of foundation, grant and fundraising experience to the Board. A national director for APHA and AQHA, she is an approved judge for these and several other equine organizations.  In other volunteer roles, she is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center, trustee for the Michigan Youth Scholarship Fund,  and trustee for the Pennfield Schools Educational Foundation. Kelly also serves as Senior Consultant and lead on the Battle Creek Community Foundation’s community leadership projects and initiatives. A Battle Creek native, Kelly received a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and Master of Science degree from Virginia Tech. Her term with the APHF Board started in 2016.

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Suzonne Franks
sfranks254@gmail.com  

Suzonne, along with her husband, Billy, operate Three Nails Ranch which is both a quality halter breeding business as well as a whitetail breeding and hunting ranch in Cisco, Texas. She is an accomplished exhibitor, showing her mare, Marabella, to a 2015 APHA Reserve World Championship. Also in 2015, their stallion, Kid Coolsified, became the AQHA halter industry’s first $1 million sire. An APHF board member since 2015, Suzonne is a creative and energetic fundraiser.

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Ann Jones
jonescuttinghorses@yahoo.com  

Ann Jones, an APHA lifetime member, has four decades of experience as an equine professional and rancher as the owner of Ann Jones Cutting Horses. She has won many national and world titles in cutting and working cowhorse events. Ann holds judges cards with 11 different associations, including APHA, ApHC and NSBA, and enjoys all aspects of judging. Ann has judged the Worldwide Paint Horse Congress, the Color Breed Congress and several world shows. She is also an appointed member of the Georgia National Fair and Exposition. Her term on the APHF Board started in 2016.

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Dr. Hugh Leggett
dr.hughleggett@att.net  

Hugh V. Leggett, Jr., DDS, MS, maintains a dental practice located in Brookhaven, Mississippi. Dr. Leggett is a certified dentist of over 30 years with specialization and expertise in orthodontics. When he is not practicing at his office, he has maintained a place in the faculty of King’s Daughters Medical Center for the past 30 years. An APHF Board member for two years, Dr. Leggett is also a veteran exhibitor.

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Robin Robinett
rrrobinett@gmail.com   

Robin Robinett, retired from Indiana government service, has been showing and exhibiting horses since age 5.  An APHA lifetime member, Robin has been involved locally and nationally since 1996. With roots in all-around competition, Robin currently competes in the halter pen and has earned more than 50 world and reserve world championship titles. An APHF Board member since 2015, Robin says the backbone of any equine industry is its Youth and Amateur programs, and she strongly supports both. Robin and her husband, Larry Morse, are also involved in the Thoroughbred racing industry as owners.

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Dr. Maurice Wilkinson
docanddoc@gvec.net  

Dr. Maurice Wilkinson was a medical student at the Texas Tech School of Medicine in Lubbock when her father, a ranch manager, died because he suffered a stroke while working in a remote area near Flatonia. The circumstances of her father’s death convinced Wilkinson that she wanted to practice medicine in a rural area. Today she is affiliated with the Fayette-Lavaca county Rural Health Clini in Shiner, Texas, a division of Citizens Medical Center in Victoria. A veteran in the show ring, Doc and her husband Dr. Gus Darilek operate Excel Show Horses in Shiner. An APHF Board member since 2014, Doc is responsible for bringing in the largest single donation in APHF history.

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Dr. Billy Smith
Ex-officio Board member
billy@apha.com

APHA Executive Director Billy Smith also serves as in an ex-official capacity with the American Paint Horse Foundation Board. He was named APHA Executive Director in 2012 after 13 years with the American Quarter Horse Association in both marketing and information technology positions, ending as Executive Director of Information Technology. Prior to that, Smith was a journalism/advertising professor at West Texas A&M University and freelance writer for various news and corporate publications.

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Laura Jesberg, Staff Director
817 222-6412
ljesberg@apha.com

Laura Jesberg is a 15-year veteran at APHA, starting her career as a Paint Horse Journal writer and promotional manager, then moving into the marketing department, where she was last Senior Marketing Operations Manager. Staff Director since 2014, she is responsible for both marketing the APHF and managing its operations, as well as working with the Board. The Board meets in person three times a year at the APHA Convention and both World Championship shows and by monthly conference call the rest of the year.

APHF Sub-Committee Chairpersons

Heritage
Jean Fell
Fell8040@aol.com

Vice Chair, Heritage 
Paula Mullins
rocknppaints@rpt.coop

Scholarship
Mary Parrott
parrott@bayou.com

Hall of Fame
Brad Perkins
bperkinspaint@pldi.net

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