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ASHA Names New Executive Director

The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) has officially named Paula Johnson of Mound, Minn., as its new Executive Director.

When the ASHA Selection Committee began the search for its next Executive Director, the committee determined that strong leadership skills, a background with budgets, and strong communication skills were essential to success in this position.

Paula Johnson brings all three. Strategic planning, management of staff (both professional and support staff), budget responsibility, and financial oversight have been a part of every position Johnson has held for the past 20 years. Her experience includes working in very large corporate settings like Honeywell and Jostens, as well as other smaller companies.

Johnson is a lifelong equine enthusiast who states that horses are “Part of the fiber of my being.” She has bred and raised several breeds. She has long admired the American Saddlebred, has attended the World’s Championship Horse Show, and has spent time in the American Saddlebred Museum soaking in the history of the breed.

ASHA President Judy Werner states, "We are delighted to have Paula join ASHA. The role of Executive Director is a multi-faceted position, and Paula's skill sets are a strong fit to the benchmark that the committee designed prior to beginning the search. ASHA is fortunate to have someone with Paula's professional background join the organization and we look forward to working with her."

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