About our Regional Directors

For the purpose of securing broad geographical representation to the Board of Directors, there shall be four Regions. The Regions shall be based upon distribution  of club membership, geographic boundaries and accessibility insofar as is practical and  reasonable. Each Region shall be represented by one regional director whom shall reside in that  region and be a member of the Board of Directors.

Region 1 (Red): Celestia Lensky

Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the District of Columbia 

I have been training dogs, exotic birds and coaching/teaching school age children using positive reinforcement for over 32 years. I fell in love with the Berger Picard breed after importing my first eight-week-old Berger Picard puppy boy from France in 2007. With some persuasion from founding president Betsy Richards, I joined the BPCA in 2010.

My dogs have all been involved in herding, conformation, agility, obedience, nose work, barn hunt and dock diving. They have also enjoyed being ambassadors for the breed meeting people all over the USA and Canada both as official participants representing the BPCA as well as unofficial BPCA events and programs at elementary schools and nursing homes with TDI (Therapy Dogs International). Sharing the many talents of these dogs with others in so many different venues and environments has been an amazing journey. I am committed to helping and supporting everyone who has an interest in this wonderful and unique breed and believe that by working together the Berger Picard breed will be able to be maintained and preserved for many generations to come.

During my membership with the BPCA, I have been the Chair of the National Health Committee, Chair of the Judges Selection Committee Chair, Chair of the Nominating Committee, Chair for the National Berger Picard Rehome, Chair of the Newsletter Committee as well as serving on many other committees including the Judges Education Committee, Policy & Constitution/Bylaws Committee, Archives Committee and the Internet Committee. I have also served on the executive board multiple times as the Region 1 Director and as the Corresponding Secretary. I am privileged to serve as a breed and judge’s mentor and am also the first and only recipient thus far for the club, of the AKC Outstanding Sportsmanship Award for my service to the breed and the club. Most importantly however, I am the Permanent Chair of the American Élevage.

I firmly believe that publicly available health and temperament disclosures are of paramount importance when making decisions in breeding. My first import, Berger Picard CH Caspian de Lann Guic CM CGCA HIT TT successfully produced some of the first AKC Berger Picard conformation Grand Champions/Champions and the number one Owner Handled Picard in the US. That line continues producing AKC Grand Champions today. I have similarly high hopes for my newest Picard boy, CH Pierre de la Vie en Rose CGC FDC DJ DN HT TT TKN BCAT.

Region 2 (Purple): Jenny Scifres

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia

My husband John and I live on a small farm in the Piedmont Region in Northeast Georgia along with our three dogs and cat. We sell our farm products at a local Farmers Market that is supported by the Athens Land Trust and John is involved with our County’s Habitat for Humanity Affiliate. I am a retired scientist from the federal government and John works for the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) at the Odum School of Ecology.

While I’ve had pet dogs all my life, I’m new to Picards and the show world. I received my first BergerPicard puppy in June 2020 and was immediately impressed with her personality. I’ve worked with her in conformation, lure coursing, scent work, tracking, barn hunt, and herding. I’m having a blast and meeting some great new friends. I’m also a member of the Oconee River Kennel Club.

Region 3 (Blue): Currently Vacant

Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin

Region 4 (Green): Ailynn Knox-Collins

Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

In my life, I've had the fortune to own and  love many different breeds. I didn't show dogs until I got my third Old English Sheepdog about 6 years ago. That's when I also became involved in the breed club. 

The first time I saw a Berger Picard, I was in love. I waited patiently for almost 3 years to get my first -- Marius (GCH Pollux des Montagnes). The western region Picard community was so welcoming that it made showing Picards a lot of fun. And Marius set the bar high for the rest of my pack. He shows beautifully in the ring, but more than that, he loves sports and therapy work. His favorite is FastCat. He's discovered agility and barn hunt. He has such a great temperament and now he's a certified therapy dog and is on his way to becoming a crisis response dog. He loves people and has a real instinct for those in need. 

I am happy to help out on the BPCA board, representing the community out here in the western region as Region 4 director. I want to continue that friendly, Picard-loving culture that's been built out here.  I hope to meet old and new owners, and be a resource for all.