International Department Directory
AQHA International Department Directory
AQHA Director of International Activities
AQHA International welcomed Jamie Hughes as the director of international activities in June 2022. In this role, Jamie is responsible for serving AQHA’s international membership, which equates to nearly 15% of the Association’s business. She oversees the formulation of policies and procedures to provide an overall direction of AQHA’s international activities, functions, and international business relationships, and facilitates strong and collaborative relationships with AQHA’s international affiliates, prospective affiliates and Quarter Horse enthusiasts.
Prior to joining AQHA, Jamie held leadership positions at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) as well as Boeing and Lockheed Martin. While at PNNL, Jamie developed her international expertise by leading complex, capacity building international projects with governmental and business touchpoints. Through this opportunity, Jamie traveled to and developed relationships in Mexico, Belgium, Austria, Greece, Romania, Kenya, Portugal, Thailand and Malaysia.
In addition to her work experience, Jamie has an extensive equine background. She is an avid endurance rider and member of the American Endurance Ride Conference and earned her first buckle by completing The Tevis Cup in 2019. In preparation for the Tevis Cup, she had the opportunity to ride with and learn from Pat Chappell, the owner/rider of the horse with the most Tevis Cup completions, which happens to be a Quarter Horse! Jamie recently expanded into breeding and started a small Shagya-Arabian breeding program, standing her own stallion.
Jamie is excited to be part of the AQHA team and looks forward to expanding international partnerships and innovative programs and services in support of AQHA’s affiliate and prospective-affiliate organizations.
AQHA Manager of Multilingual Resources and Communication
As a previous professional with the AQHA Member Experience Department, Joanne brings a vast knowledge of AQHA rules and processes to AQHA International as the new AQHA manager of multilingual resources and communication. During her time with AQHA, she has grown to love the agility and diversity of the American Quarter Horse.
International experiences and travel abroad have been rooted in Joanne’s life in many different aspects. Starting her life in Okinawa, Japan, gave her an appreciation of Japanese cuisine and culture. Exploring Vianden Castle, located in Luxembourg, and completing multiple volksmarches in Trier, Germany, inspired her love of Europe and international exploring. From Europe, she would sail across the English Channel to the port city of Plymouth in Devon, England, to visit her extended family. As her family settled back in the United States, she found a passion for the French language and culture through her secondary education cultural classes. Across numerous international experiences, it is clear to say that Joanne has a wealth of experience in international affairs and is excited to relate those experiences to our international affiliates and members at AQHA.
Prior to moving to Texas, Joanne attended Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico, where she graduated with her bachelor of science degree in psychology and a minor in communications. She later obtained her master of arts in communication from ENMU. During her time at ENMU, she served as a student leader, which gave her the unique opportunity to attend several multicultural events and meet international students from 26 different countries, including Africa, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Mexico and many more.
Joanne joined AQHA in April 2019 as an AQHA member experience professional. Since then, she has assisted hundreds of AQHA members through her proficiency in membership, web navigation, registrations, transfers, duplications and corrections, and genetic testing. In her current role within the international department at AQHA, Joanne assists with the management of programs and initiatives that are committed to improving the international member experience. This includes the international educational marketplace program, international on-site service events and activities related to the translation of forms and resources into AQHA's five core languages – French, Italian, German, Spanish and Portuguese. Improved communication and implementation of easier-to-access, multilingual resources are at the forefront of her goals.
AQHA International Affiliate Member Support Professional
Kym Baird launched her career with AQHA in August 1998. Through the years, she continued to grow with the company and has become proficient within the member experience department. Kym brings her extensive experience in registration and transfer processes, including genetic testing and on-site services, to the international team. In Kym’s role, she provides regular support to AQHA’s international affiliates to address more complex or high-priority requests and assists customers with navigating the normal AQHA processing methods.
Kym was born in Landsthul, Germany, to her Air Force Veteran parents, beginning her love of travel. Upon coming back to the United States, Clovis, New Mexico, became her new home. After high school, Kym attended college up to her employment with AQHA. She has since attended classes to refresh her speaking and understanding of the French language and to further her education.
Kym has traveled with family, visiting multiple places within the United States and internationally. Kym is enjoys being able to meet and assist our international affiliates to continue to expand the American Quarter Horse worldwide.
AQHA International Administrative Assistant
In November 2022, AQHA International welcomed Riley Morphis as the AQHA International administrative assistant. In her role, Riley will support international members by assisting with the organization and implementation of international activities, programs and initiatives.
She began her professional career at AQHA in June 2019 in the AQHA Member Experience Department, where she quickly mastered registration and genetic testing processes. Riley’s vast knowledge of AQHA member services is an asset to the international department and members.
Riley was born and raised in the Texas Panhandle and has been surrounded by the culture of the American Quarter Horse Association and the American Quarter Horse since she was a child. She owns several American Quarter Horse and enjoys the sense of community in the Quarter Horse industry.
She has an associate’s degree in social science with an honor’s status in English studies. Riley looks forward to supporting international membership and having the opportunity to make connections with horse enthusiasts globally.
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