North West Camelid Foundation

North West Camelid Foundation

Raising Funds for Camelid Research since 1987

Education & Fundraising
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Board of Directors

Oregon State University Cemelid Medicine College of Veterinary Medicine


Research Committee Members

Dr. Pat Long
Dr. Scot Lubbers
Dr. Rachel Oxley

Glen Pfefferkorn
Olin Allen
Ann Dockendorf
Lona Frank
Peggy Gresham
Sharon Rico
Kendara    VanNorman
Mary Jo Walker

NWCF Board of Directors

Comprised of members of the Camelid Community, the Board
oversees this non-profit Camelid Research Foundation.

Glen PfefferkornGlen Pfefferkorn, President, was a founding director of the first llama association in the Willamette Valley which today is the North West Camelid Foundation. He was President when the first banquet and owners' conference raised $12,000 for research. He has been a member of the NWCF Research Committee, which evaluates grant requests, since its 1993 inception.

In 2006 he was awarded the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Service Award for his efforts protecting the college budget and establishing a four-year veterinary program. He served twelve years as a trustee for the Oregon Animal Health Foundation, the non-profit arm of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association.

In 2011 he became chair of the Lama Medical Research Group, a national committee which evaluates camelid grant requests for Morris Animal Foundation in Denver. Glen has served on various committees for the International Lama Registry, International Llama Foundation, Alpaca and Llama Show Association, and Oregon state veterinarians. He is a member of the OSU Veterinary College Dean's Advisory Council.

He and his partner started Glenmor Forest Llamas in 1982 and until dispersal in 2006 the herd was one of the largest in Western Oregon. Veterinary students had access to their animals for various projects. They established an endowment which awards scholarships to students interested in camelid medicine and The Glen Pfefferkorn/Morris Wendorf Endowed Professor of Camelid Medicine, the only Camelid Professorship in the world.


Pat Long, DVMPatrick Long, DVM, Vice President, is a practicing veterinarian in Corvallis, Oregon. Llamas and alpacas comprise more than half of his practice. He graduated from Kansas State University with his DVM degree in 1976. Following five years in the US Army, he has practiced in Oregon, working with llamas and alpacas since 1982. He speaks at many national and international meetings on llama and alpaca care.

Dr. Long is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Oregon Veterinary Association, and he is a board member of the North West Camelid Foundation, Alpaca Research Foundation and the Morris Animal Foundation. He is co-author of the Llama and Alpaca Neonatal Care book. Dr. Long has written many articles for Alpacas Magazine and has participated in several importation screenings for ARI. Dr. Long’s areas of interest are herd health management, nutrition, and reproduction.


Mary Jo WalkerMary Jo Walker, Secretary, saw actor Dennis Weaver on the Tonight Show twenty-some years ago, proudly sharing his llamas with Johnny Carson. Love at first sight? In 1995, when her father-in-law offered llamas as a solution to brush control, Mary Jo couldn't get her fence up fast enough. Daffodil Hill Llamas (and Alpacas in 2002) was born.

As a self-sufficient breeder, Mary Jo brings an owner's perspective to the Board. She has owned as many as 50 llamas and alpacas at one time.  She served as President of the Willamette Valley Llama Association and is a member of the Willamette Alpaca Breeders Association. 

Mary Jo recently parted with her herd, and relocated to Washington's Olympic Peninsula.  While her present living arrangement doesn't accommodate camelids, she's hoping to befriend a llama farm or two after she gets settled!


Peggy GreshamPeggy Gresham, Treasurer, and her family began The Llama Collection in 1988 and, along with a small group of llama owners, became involved in organizing a local private treaty sale in SW Washington. She was a founding Director of the SW Washington Llama Association in 1994 and has helped organize A Llama Affaire since its inception. Her involvement as a WSU Extension Livestock Advisor led her to become involved with the OSU Herd Health Day volunteering with the Youth Program. She was asked to sit on the Medical Research Committee in 1996 and just last year took on chairing the NWCF’s Annual Banquet.

In addition, Peggy has been the 4-H leader for the Curious Companions Camelid Club for 19 years, serves as Superintendent of the 4-H Fleece & Fiber Show at Western Washington State Fair, is Past President of the Clark County 4-H Leaders Association and works with the Operation: Military Kids program to support youth with parent(s) who have been deployed.


Ann DockendorfAnn Dockendorf, Webmaster, and husband Mike established Aragon Alpacas in 2005 while still city-dwellers. Three years later they acquired a vintage farm near Eugene, Oregon, and transitioned to rural life while maintaining their roots in technology.

Ann grew up in East Texas where she rode along on large animal calls with her veterinarian dad. Now she shepherds a herd of 26 alpacas. A graduate of Texas A&M University in art education, Ann says that owning alpacas has reignited her passion for arts and crafts. She has enjoyed knitting and crocheting since childhood, and added hand-spinning to the craftsy mix.

Formerly on the board of the Emerald Valley Alpaca Association, and a founding member of the Alpaca Breeders Connection, Ann is actively involved in the education and mentoring support of alpaca owners. Visitors leave her farm with a deeper knowledge and appreciation of camelids.


Olin AllenOlin Allen of Monmouth, Oregon, is a retired wildlife biologist who has worked for various parks and wildlife agencies and The Nature Consevancy. He has participated in numerous research projects. He and his wife bought their first six llamas 12 years ago for their hobby farm in Delaware. They later moved to Colorado where Olin was active with the SW Llama Rescue.

In 2014 their herd of 18 llamas moved to the lush pastures and mild climate of the Willamette Valley. Olin continues to participate in various activities to keep abreast of camelid developments for the welfare of his animals.


Lona FrankLona Frank of Beaverton, Oregon, has been involved with the camelid industry since 1988. As owner of more than 80 Huacaya and Suri alpacas, she exhibits a clear interest in the future of our industry and the well-being of our national herd.

Lona serves on the Alpaca Research Foundation Development Committee, as well as on the NWCF Research Committee. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee for the Biology and Management of Zoo Animals, a division of Portland Community College.

Involved in showing alpacas since 1992, Lona attended many Judges and Show Clinics and was approved as a Fleece Judge through the AOBA Symposium in 1998. She assisted at National Shows in both the Fleece and Halter arena to enhance her knowledge of these wonderful animals and the judging procedures used according to prescribed rules.

Lona was instrumental in developing a comprehensive supplement for the health and well-being of the North American alpaca herd which has been used in the alpaca industry since 1992. She also worked with OSU and local veterinarians to develop a drug protocol for the health of camelids.


Scot Lubbers, DVMDr. Scot Lubbers, along with his wife, Brenda, own Amazia Veterinary Service in Brush Prairie, Washington. Dr. Lubbers grew up raising and showing sheep and rabbits in 4-H in Oregon and is a 1984 graduate of OSU. After opening his practice in 1988, he quickly became one of the region’s camelid specialists and is a frequent speaker at various camelid functions. He donates many hours to Extension educational programs as well as 4-H, and serves as a Fair Veterinarian for the Clark County Fair.

Dr. Lubbers is a member of the NWCF Medical Research Committee and also serves as the NWCF representative on the Lama Medical Research Group. Both a llama and an alpaca join the horses, cattle, sheep, pigs and dogs that the Lubbers and their two sons, Nathaniel and Matthew, raise and show.


Rachel Oxley, DVMDr. Rachel Oxley, DVM grew up on a cattle ranch, where her family also raised quarter horses and paint horses.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California in animal science.  

Dr.  Oxley is a 1998 graduate of Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. While there, she became interested in Camelid Medicine and took all of the Camelid courses provided. OSU has a reputation of specializing in Camelid Medicine and Surgery, and encouraging research in Camelids.  Dr. Oxley then did an internship in Central Oregon in a practice with a Camelid specialist, treating a large number of llamas and alpacas. Subsequently she was hired at that clinic, working there for eight years before establishing her own veterinary practice.  A large part of her practice is camelids, both llamas and alpacas, and she enjoys the rewards and challenges that these unique animals bring.

In her spare time, Dr. Rachel enjoys hiking, horseback riding, camping, music, and spending time with family, friends, and her menagerie of animals.


Our Mission: Raising funds to support education and medical research
for the health and well-being of camelids worldwide.

Alpaca Association of Western OregonAlpaca Research FoundationMorris Animal FoundationWashington State University

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