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Meet the 2021 APHA Board of Directors nominees

Three APHA members are in the running to fill two available positions on the APHA Board of Directors in 2021. Diane Alves of California, Monika Hagen of Germany and Pat Newman of Illinois will be considered by the APHA State Directors for the open positions; voting takes place at the 2021 APHA Convention, February 26-28 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Brief biographies of each candidate are below; read more about them, their APHA involvement and what they’ll bring to the table if elected to the APHA Board of Directors at apha.com/association/boardofdirectors.

About Diane

Diane Alves of Ballico, California, has been involved with APHA since her childhood. An APHA member for more than 30 years, Diane grew up showing in APHA as a Youth and learned firsthand the dedication and ethics she uses today in all aspects of her life. She and her husband have been involved in the breeding side of APHA, as well as in regional participation in a variety of disciplines.

Diane, who manages operations for a telemonitoring health company, has been an APHA state director from California since 2013 and has served on a number of committees. Involved with the San Joaquin Paint Horse Club from its inception, Diane has also been involved with the California Coordinating Committee to help advocate collaboration between all California clubs.

Learn more about Diane.

About Monika

Monika Hagen of Haldenwang, Bavaria, Germany, has been involved with Paint Horses for more than 30 years and is a lifetime APHA member. With the support of her husband and three children, Monika has owned, raised and shown Paint Horses since 1995. In 2000, Monika was elected as a regional leader of Paint Horse Club Germany; as the club’s president for four years, she was instrumental in managing the European Paint Horse Championship Show.

In addition, as manager of the family business—SQ Quality Horses—she has imported hundreds of horses from the U.S. and Canada and bred more than 100 registered Paints that have gone on to successful careers. Her APHA leadership experience began in 2000 and progressed to serving as chairman of the International Committee from 2015 to 2020.

Learn more about Monika.

About Pat

Pat Newman of Springfield, Illinois, has been involved with Paint Horses and been a life member since 1978. He proudly served on the APHA Executive Committee from 1994–2001, including tenure as APHA President in 1999; during that tenure, Pat helped APHA accomplish unprecedented milestones such as retiring the debt on the Meacham property, purchasing the APHA “Legacy of Color” bronze and maintaining appropriate cash balances in APHA’s investment accounts that helped secure APHA’s health in the present and future. He served as chairman and vice chairman of several APHA advisory committees and on numerous special service committees and groups.

Pat has over 40 years experience in construction management and is knowledgeable of all aspects in managing a successful business. He has experience in the APHA organization, funds management, regulations, legal, and banking and profitability. He is also experienced in retail, advertising, business promotion and marketing.

Learn more about Pat.

The APHA State Directors will elect the APHA Board of Directors on February 28 at the 2021 APHA Convention, taking place in Fort Worth, Texas.


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About APHA

The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest international equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded. APHA promotes, preserves and provides meaningful experiences with Paint Horses.