With over 30 years of leadership experience in both for-profit and non-profit sectors, Julie holds a BS, MBA, Executive Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership and is Certified Association Executive ® . She’s a life-long horse enthusiast ranging from recreational rider, breeder, and show competitor. A native of NC, she and her husband now reside in DC along with their Pembroke Welsh Corgis and Morgan horses.
In her down time she enjoys volunteering (she’s president of the board of PATH International), horseback riding, gardening and cooking. “I’m passionate about the equine industry because horses have enhanced my life and well-being so profoundly," said Julie. "Working at the AHC is a way to give back to the equine community and ensure the long term health of the industry.”
Cliff Williamson is the Director of Health and Regulatory Affairs for the American Horse Council based in Washington D.C.
He grew up in Reva, VA on his family’s horse farm, participating in both horse and livestock 4-H activities. In 2008 he graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Animal Science, where he was an active member of both the animal science club Block & Bridle as well as the agricultural fraternity Alpha Gamma Rho. After graduation he spent 27 months in Nicaragua with the Peace Corps for their Food Security Program. Upon his return to the United States he spent four years in the animal export industry as the Director of Animal Logistics for T.K. Exports, Inc. In that time he was honored to be appointed to a seat on the Board of Directors for the Culpeper chapter of the Farm Bureau Federation.
For information regarding any equine health issues, welfare issues, and state, federal and international requirements regarding the movement of horses, please contact Cliff.
Ashley has been involved in the equine industry since she was seven years old, where she started showing ponies in Florida. She has extensive experience in the Hunter/Jumper industry, showing her own ponies and horses on the Florida Winter Circuits, the major indoor shows during the Fall, the Devon Horse Show; as well as care of FEI level Grand Prix horses. Ashley currently hold her B.S. in English from Towson University, and her M.S. in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University.
Ashley joined the AHC in 2011, and has enjoyed learning about the impact that Congress and other Federal agencies can have on the industry. "When I first started at the AHC I was very naive as to how much Congress could impact the horse industry. After seeing how effective and important the AHC has been for the industry the past 47 years, and how much work they have done on behalf of the horse and the horse industry to ensure it's longevity, it's crucial it is for those involved in the industry to join the AHC so we are able to continue to work on their behalf."
For information regarding the Unwanted Horse Coalition, Individual & Organizational membership, Sponsorship's, website content, marketing or public relations issues, please contact Ashley.