2017-2018 ATSA Board of Directors

District 1 Representative  (Green)  
Staci Holtby – ATSA Secretary  –
Year 3, Term 1

District 2 Representative (Blue)
Linda Gilkey – Director  –
Year 1, Term 1

District 3 Representative  (Red)
Laurie Ball-Gisch – ATSA President  –
Year 2, Term 1      

District 4 Representative (Purple)
Cheri Parker – ATSA Vice President   –
Year 1, Term 1

Registrar & Member at Large   
Heather Carter   –
Year 3, Term 1

Gale Johnson  –
P.O. BOX 216
Estacada, OR 97023


The Board of Directors

The Board is comprised of a minimum of 5 active members of the Association and is responsible for the management of the Association. The Board is elected by the membership and serves a term of three years. The Executive Committee, comprised of the President, Vice-President and Secretary are elected yearly from the Board, by the Board members.


The ATSA is divided into four districts. District 1 includes the west coast states, District 2 includes the midwest, District 3 is comprise of the lake region states and District 4 represents the east coast.   The members of the Board of Directors are elected from each of the 4 Districts, and one Board member serves at large. The Board may move one or more states to contiguous districts from time to time to equalize the numbers of registrations in each district. In the event that no members from a district express interest in filling a Board position, a candidate at large will fill the position.


Prior to declaring their candidacy, a member of the Association must have registered sheep in the calendar year of their candidacy, must be current on their dues and have no disciplinary findings against them. Interested members shall submit a letter or email of nomination to the Association by August 1 of an election year. The Secretary shall ascertain the qualification of the candidate prior to placing their name on the ballot. Directors must continue to breed and register sheep in each calendar year while serving on the Board.




I acquired sheep initially because of my love of wool and weaving with handspun yarns, but I knew nothing about raising sheep – only that my passion for wool turned into a passion for sheep. This artist/educator turned shepherdess, lives life with a menagerie of magical, moving art every single day through my heritage and rare breed sheep: Icelandics, Leicester Longwools and Teeswaters. I fell in love with Icelandic sheep back in 1999 and it wasn’t until I was looking to weave again – specifically fleece rugs — that I discovered Leicester Longwools. Not only did their wool work perfectly for weaving, but their historical significance and rarity caused me to shift my focus from only Icelandics, to raising longwools. A neighbor acquired some Teeswater sheep and as soon as I saw them, I was totally smitten — just like I was smitten 16 years ago with Icelandic sheep. While I didn’t think I could afford the breed, I admired them greatly. When she told me she was going to sell off her flock, I searched my soul and bank account because the thought of them being dispersed to parts unknown distressed me greatly. It’s taken a year, but finally I have been able to bring all of her Teeswater sheep here and am thrilled with them. I had just three ewes last year but they produced a set of twins and two sets of triplets. The lambs were hearty and vigorous and oh, so endearing. I find the Teeswater personalities to be calm, curious and friendly. I love their size — I’ve always admired tall, long bodied, majestic and well balanced sheep. But the wool! Oh it is the wool that is absolutely thrilling to work with. Just as I have done with my other two breeds, I educate the public and our visitors to the unique and precious qualities of the Teeswaters. I have found the wool sells itself, (in fact, I have to selfishly save some for myself!). I hope to connect with other breeders to that we can share bloodlines so that we can all move towards producing healthy, sound and correct type Teeswaters into the future.

Linda Gilkey                                                                                                                                         
We live in Rich Hill, MO on a small farm.  We have had different types of sheep off and on for the past 30 years.  I bought a spinning wheel years ago with the hopes of spinning.  We bought Shetlands at that time so I would have my own wool. I never got a chance to get started on it due to several setbacks.   My husband decided that he was going to look for the perfect sheep for me to have so I could go forward with my dream of spinning.  He started researching Teeswaters and Wensleydales.  We came across of a small herd of Teeswaters that were for sale.  We discussed it at length and decided to go forward with the purchase.  We finally got them home and were very happy with their personality and the lovely fleece.  We hope to slowly grow our flock and maybe add some other longwool breeds to it. We would like to stay in contact with other breeders and hopefully learn as much as we can to keep them healthy and produce quality lambs for breeding and wool.

Cheri Parker

I grew up on a farm as a child raising all our own meat and vegetables. We had chickens, cows, pigs, horses, and goats. As an adult, I had gotten away from farming until 15 years ago my husband and I purchased the house I had lived in as a teen thru adulthood from my parents. When my husband pointed out my “hayburners” outweighed the producers, I purchased a couple of Angora goats and learned to spin. Once into the fiber arts world I purchased my first Teeswater fleece and fell hard. I answered and advertisement on Facebook for some Teeswater wethers looking for a spinner on the East Coast. That was the start of my obsession with the Teeswater breed. I now own 7 Teeswater wethers from Shepards Lane. I also have Cotswold ewes, a Teeswater Ram, and Ewe. Rounding out the herd are 3 spoiled pygora goats. I am interested in continuing to help the breed grow and flourish and educate the public about the breed.

Heather Carter

Gale Johnson

Staci Holtby