Meet DaphneyLand’s Board

DaphneyLand’s Board of Directors come from all over the country. They are all involved in other rescues, breed clubs, dog shows, and a host of other activities. There is one thing, however, that they all have in common – and that is a love for a breed that is often misunderstood. They are stubborn (Bassets – not the Board). They smell like Fritos (again, we’re talking about the dogs here). But for those who have fallen in love with this breed know there’s nothing like them and have dedicated a lot of time and energy to care for the ones that are in need.


Judy Brubaker, Director

  I am the President of Golden Empire Basset Rescue.  I volunteered for many years as Transport Coordinator and  I have been a volunteer for DaphneyLand for three years by assisting at all of their events, transporting, and networking to the benefit of the Bassets.  As a new president of a Basset rescue, I am quickly learning the ins-and-outs of Basset rescue.


Kim Kuhara, Director

  My husband Keith and I have had Bassets for 38 years and currently have one.   I have been a Director on the DaphneyLand Board for eight years.  We own a printing business and donate the printing for Daphneyland to help the hounds.  We participate in all events, often doing a lot of the behind the scenes work in preparation for the events and lend a hand whenever needed.


Lyn McCarthy, Assistant Treasurer

  I have been a volunteer with DaphneyLand for several years assisting the treasurer with thank you letters for donations.  We live in Canada and are the proud adoptive parents of Chumlee and Delphina.  This past year, I was asked to join the DaphneyLand Board in an official capacity as Assistant Treasurer.


Dr. J.D. Carpenter, Director and Webmaster

My wife Lisa and I have had Basset Hounds for over 20 years  and have been involved in rescue nearly as long, primarily through  Basset Rescue of Old Dominion (BROOD). We have evaluated dogs, performed home visits and fostered dogs during this time.  I was BROOD’s Volunteer of the Year in 2000 and served as  the BROOD Coordinator for the State of West Virginia from  1999 – 2004. I began showing in the conformation ring in  2014 and joined the Board at DaphneyLand in 2015. I am a member of the Basset Hound Club of America and the Basset Hound Club of Western Pennsylvania.  


Dr. Sandra Wittenberg, Secretary

  My husband and I have had more than 20 Bassets over our 48 year marriage and we now live in Michigan with our seven Bassets. In 1990, I got involved in obedience with a pet Basset and then entered the world of dog shows, finishing over 20 dogs of my own breeding to their championship in the last 15 years.  I serve on the Basset Hound of America Board of Directors and I am involved in Michigan Basset Rescue as well as with several local Basset Hound clubs.


Marin Roberts, Treasurer

I had a Basset named Tilly when I was 11 years old and, because of my love for her, I always wanted another Basset.  As an adult, I adopted my first Basset from rescue in January 2008.  I then learned about DaphneyLand and drove the hour and a half up from Southern California to visit the hounds.  I started volunteering and taking cookies to the hounds once a month.  In 2011, I was asked to serve as Treasurer on the Board of DaphneyLand.


Gloria Tannehil-Carlsen,
Vice President

  Before getting involved with Basset Hounds, I was a cat person and never owned a dog in my life. My husband loved Bassets but never had one. We adopted Sally from the shelter in South Lake Tahoe and, when we moved to the Bay area, we joined a breed club. I started helping the rescue person with the Northern California Basset Hound Club and, in a short time, I was in charge of rescue and learning how to be a vet tech for a clinic in Novato. In 2005, I started Golden Gate Basset Rescue, a 501 (c) 3 which currently covers all of Northern California. I have had eight Bassets -  all rescues - and am currently President of Golden Gate Basset Rescue.


Dawn Smith, President and Founder

  I was born to a family of generations of Basset Hounds, and thus the education and focus on this breed was started. Continuing education into the origin of the breed, socialization, rehabilitation, nutrition, training, and pack behavior has formed the program which has made DaphneyLand known worldwide to Basset Hound lovers and today averages 300 – 500 adoptions annually.