- President – Jamie Whittaker
- Vice President – Peggy Duval With a love of birds starting at the young age of 6 when Peggy caught an escaped budgie in her yard, she has always known that birds would be a part of her life. That one little budgie eventually lead to an outside free flying aviary and an inside free flying aviary where over 250 birds lived their lives in the most natural setting she could provide. Lineolated parakeets were a late comer to the hobby of keeping birds. As their cost came down, Peggy was able to obtain a few pair in the late 1990’s. Those birds became an obsession due to their fascinating ways, their great big beautiful eyes and soft chattering voices. There was not much known about this species at the time and after months of planning, Peggy along with 5 other dedicated linnie lovers, formed The Lineolated Parakeet Society for the purpose of promoting the education and breeding of these little gems. So much has happened for our little bird since 2006. With the over breeding of the blue series mutation Peggy saw the need to strengthen the nominate bird and in 2013 she started the “It’s not easy being Green” breeding program within LPS.
We know more now than ever, but are still learning. Keeping open conversation and sharing our experiences has been the back bone of this adventure.
- Secretary – Bonny Dal Santo I have been a bird lover since I first saw my parents’ Budgie chattering on my crib rail! I was drawn to birds like a magnet. At a very young age I started taking care of the Budgies and Canaries with my Mom. Later on in my life I went on to hand feed/ hand raise /heart love many different species. In 2004 during a nationwide search for Bourkes I met Peggy Duval who then proceeded to ask me to look into the Lineolated Parakeet. Upon the purchase of my very first Linnie, like all of you, I proceeded to fall in love. I later decided to devote my time to this very special and unique species. Upon seeking help from experienced breeders; I took some time to put my own normal pair together. With P.L.U.C.K. (Patience, Love, Understanding, Caring, Kindness) the pair later produced successful clutches for many years. Although I no longer breed them I will always have the desire to help other people discover this very special little bird! In many aspects of my personality and career I truly believe that the Lineolated Parakeet along with the Society has given me the education of a lifetime. I truly want to share in the guiding of their little “wings” towards a safe, secure future here in the United States and beyond. Here’s to loving your Linnies as well as helping newly interested persons to breed for health and longevity.
- Treasurer – June DiCiocco
- Membership Director – Pat Burke My love affair with companion parrots began in the early 90’s when a nanday conure flew into our yard. He was delightful – his screams of joy, not so much! So I acceded to my other half’s request to rehome him, telling him I was going to do some research and get a bird that wasn’t so loud. A few years later I got my first parrot – a beautiful dusky pionus. He turned 21 this year! I had a lot of help with him from the Yahoo Pionus list… and it was there that I first heard of lineolated parakeets. Someone was debating whether to get a linnie or a pi, and the description she gave of the linnie intrigued me. So, I joined the Lineolated Yahoo group and started learning as much as I could about the species. They were very few and far between in those days and it wasn’t until 2005 that I was able to acquire my first pair. I’ve tried to keep the genetic pool as diverse as possible by acquiring birds from various breeders around the country, and following recommended breeding protocols. I joined LPS in 2008 or 2009, both to further my education and to help promote these unique little gems. Since joining, I’ve worn a number of different hats, pitching in when needed. These included Newsletter Editor, Linnie Shop Manager, Membership Director and Secretary, as well as helping out our Treasurer. It’s been quite a journey and it’s so nice finally seeing the linnie getting some of the recognition it deserves. Member: LPS, AFA (American Federation of Aviculture,) FWCAS (Florida West Coast Avian Society.)
- Linnie Shop Director: Fran Andersen
- Website Director – Laura Duval I was appointed website manager in 2016. I grew up loving birds as they were a constant presence in my life. When your mother raises birds you tend to get involved – doing everything from cleaning cages to hand feeding. This helped lead me to a lifelong daily study of birds. As a field biologist, I have traveled from San Clemente Island to Belize, even into the gulf as a great environmental disaster claimed much wildlife. I am currently working on the Eastern Shore of Virginia studying migratory patterns and environmental habitats of wild birds. At first I struggled with the operations of the website, but within a few months I have become very proficient working with programs by adding new products and handling member and customer issues with accessing the site. I have encouraged adding a board of directors biography section to the site so visitors could get to know our highly qualified team. My “on the board” training has allowed me to become more efficient at quickly processing website issues and I hope to remain in this role and help the organization continue to flourish
- Band and Registry Director – Jean Winhusen With a family affinity for animals and the exhibition of birds all her life, Jean started by briefly exhibiting Cockatiels with the National Cockatiel Society, followed by the American Cockatiel Society, to which she still belongs. With a very active and diverse family, and belonging to AFA, ABS, and SPBE, her endeavors provide the perfect venue for breeding and raising quality hand-fed birds of many species, including the wonderful Linnie. She hopes to continue working for the well-being of the Lineolated Parakeet species through education, exhibition, and providing proper breeding protocols by example.
- Message Board Director – Susan Krueger Some of my earliest memories as a child are of birds. Our family had a green budgie and when I was old enough, I earned enough money from chores to buy my own pair of budgies and I’ve never been a day without pet birds ever since. They have always been my passion. I’ve been a breeder of several species for 37 years, of Linnies for the last 9, and a wild bird rehabber for 35. I’ve spent the better part of my adult life researching them; their habitats, care, feeding, genetics, illnesses/diseases, behaviors, etc. I currently own Lovely Linnies aviary where I keep, breed, and raise Linnies, finches, and grass parakeets, along with advising on their care and breeding. I’m an active member of LPS ( Lineolated Parakeet Society), serving on the board as Linnie Shop Manager for 2016, and Linnie Board moderator, as well as being an active member of both SPBE ( Society Of Parrot Breeders And Exhibitors) and NWBC ( Northwest Bird Club). Being a retired teacher, I can’t help but want to continue to teach. I am compelled to help whenever asked. Being an active board member of LPS allows me to fulfill my passions to help ensure the Linnie will continue to grow in popularity while advising on proper care, feeding , breeding practices, and health at the same time.
- Advertising and Promotions – Victoria Meyer
- Newsletter Editor: Laura Fratoni
The Lineolated Parakeet Society is a 501(c)4 tax-exempt non-profit organization.