Kit Fung - CFA Allbreed Judge
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Kit still lives there with his wife Joanne and works for the Hong Kong Police Force. He has been a CFA judge since 2015, and has judged throughout Asia, in Europe, and also in the United States.
Although Kit originally started showing with household pets, he began breeding American Shorthairs in 2006 with the help of a mentor from the U.S. Since then, his cattery has produced three national winners and over 20 International Division winners. He has also shown Persians, Exotics, Maine Coons, Ragdolls, British Shorthairs, Oriental Longhairs, and owned the only Manx Longhair shown in Asia thus far.
When not involved with work or his cats, Kit enjoys adding to his voluminous record collection and listening to many different types of music. He is also interested in photography and travel.
Kathy Calhoun - CFA Allbreed Judge
Chicago, Illinois USA
Kathy Calhoun was born and raised in Chicago, where she still lives. A CFA judge since 2007, Kathy founded her cattery, 5800 Dreams, in 1991, with her son. Her primary breed has always been the Maine Coon but she has also bred American Shorthairs, American Wirehairs, and recently began to breed Lykoi. Other breeds she has worked with include Persians, Orientals, Abyssinians, Chartreux, and Devon Rex. She has achieved national wins with both her Maine Coons and her American Wirehairs.
Her resume in CFA is extensive; she is not only a member and a Secretary for several show producing clubs, but serves as the treasurer for the Maine Coon Breed Council, the CFA Foundation, and the CFA organization itself. She also served as Midwest Regional Director.
Recently retired from her job as a Product Manager with Pepsico, Kathy has been a CFA judge since 2007. She has judged across the United States, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Canada, Russia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Australia. When not involved with cats, judging, or her many organizational responsibilities, Kathy has been known to play the bagpipes.
Suki Lee - CFA Allbreed Judge
A CFA judge for the past 7 years, Suki began breeding about 20 years ago. Her Tigerboy cattery has focused on Persians and Exotics and she has shown her cats in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, achieving Regional, Division, and National wins.
Suki’s training for the judging program took place throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and she has judged all over Asia. In 2018, she was invited to judge the prestigious Garden State Cat Club show in New Jersey. For Suki, the best part of judging is the opportunity to handle and appreciate beautiful cats and help to promote animal welfare.
Before her recent retirement, Suki managed an IT company that developed stock market trading systems in Hong Kong. She now divides her time between her CFA activities, her family, and cooking.
Darrell Newkirk (CFA)
Born and raised on a farm in the midwestern US, Darrell has loved animals since his childhood. His fascination with the cat fancy and his lifelong devotion to Abyssinians began when he visited a cat show in St. Louis with his late wife, Beth. Shortly thereafter, they purchased their first Aby and began showing and breeding. As Darrell worked toward a judging career, first in the American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA) and subsequently in CFA, they had many other breeds in their house but the Abys have always been Darrell’s first love.
Darrell currently makes his home in Las Vegas and has been a CFA Judge since 1996. He has also held many other positions within the CFA organization: Abyssinian Breed Council Secretary, Chair of the International Division, a Director-at-Large on the CFA Board, and most recently, was elected President of CFA. “Judging is a beauty contest,” says Darrell. “While the “dress” must be presented in excellent condition, the structure of the cat is the most important aspect of that cat. If a cat does not conform to the written standard, then it is difficult to win Best in Show!” He also notes, “I consider it an honor and a privilege to have your trust while I assess the beauty of your cats.
Teo Vargas (CFA)
Teo has been involved in the cat fancy since 2007 when he began showing Persian and Exotics. He uses the cattery prefix D´Arnaud for his Exotics.
He works as professional translator of legal and socio-economic texts. He speaks several languages fluently, which is a great advantage in CFA; Teo willingly shares puts his time, talents and knowledge at the service of exhibitors, breeders (newbees, etc), and CFA clubs. In Europe, CFA’s Region 9, English is used as the primary language of the cat fancy but many exhibitors do not speak it well. So Teo’s language skills are much appreciated throughout his region.
Since his acceptance into CFA’s Judging Program in 2016, Teo has judged in Belgium, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Russia, Spain but also in the United States, as well as in China. His judging philosophy is to respect each cat, each exhibitor, each breeder and each fellow judge. Through this philosophy, he brings to his work as a CFA Judge his thought that though perfection does not exist, all cats are beautiful, whatever they are.
Douglas Myers - CFA Allbreed Judge
Unlike many other judges, Douglas’s breeding experience was focused primarily on one breed – the Japanese Bobtail – and the breeding program he ran with his late partner, Allen Scruggs, left an indelible mark on the breed that is remembered to this day. Their Nekomo cattery produced 110 grand champions, numerous regional and breed winners, and nine National Winners (which included a black Persian in Premiership).
A CFA Judge since 1994, Douglas was born in Thomasville, North Carolina. He is a retired interior and kitchen designer who now makes his home in Pattaya, Thailand. Once a frequent sight at shows throughout the US, his more recent assignments have been throughout China, Southeast Asia and Europe
Lorraine Shelton - TICA Provisional Allbreed Judge
Lorraine Shelton, a Provisional Allbreed judge with The International Cat Association and a CFA Master Clerk, registered Featherland cattery with CFA and TICA in 1988 to pursue the challenge of advancing the rare chocolate and lilac factored Persians, culminating in breeding the first chocolate CFA grand champion in the Persian Tabby Division. She bred her first litter of pedigreed cats, Tonkinese, in 1972 at the age of ten. With her husband, Michael, she currently breeds Norwegian Forest Cats and has also bred Turkish Angoras and shown Bengals and Somalis.
As the founding Vice-President of the CFA Selkirk Rex Breed Club, she assisted in the writing of the breed standard and campaigned for the advancement of the breed to Championship status in associations around the world. She recently authored the successful application for Miscellaneous status in CFA for the Khao Manee. She has authored numerous articles on breeds, feline health, genetics, and cat fancy history for various magazines, newsletters, books, and web sites, including the current revision of the seminal textbook, Robinson's Genetics for Cat Breeders and Veterinarians.
As an approved Genetics Instructor in TICA, she has lectured on feline genetics at cat show events and continuing education events, including TICA breed seminars, CFA breed council meetings, World Cat Congress educational events, and FIFe judging seminars. She is a former board member for the Winn Feline Foundation and a current board member of the CFA Foundation and Feline Historical Museum.
Iris Zinck - CFA Allbreed Judge
Medford, Massachusette USA
Iris has wanted to judge cats since attending her very first cat show in 1988. But it took a while before she was able to achieve that goal.
She began breeding both Russian Blues and Turkish Angoras in 1990 with her first husband, the late Robert Hoffman, under the cattery name of Silverlock. While working toward the judging program, she participated in all aspects of show production and the clerking program, eventually becoming a master clerk and running clerking schools. After her husband’s death, she phased out the Russian Blues, bred Oriental Longhairs, and showed Persians, Birmans, American Shorthairs, Norwegian Forest Cats, Abyssinians, and Manx. She was first licensed as a judge in 2003.
When Iris met Robert Zinck, now her second husband, and successfully lured him into the cat fancy, they established a new cattery, Folie a Deux (inspired by a French psychological term that refers to a disease/delusion shared by two people). They focused primarily on bicolor Turkish Angoras, and bred two national winners as well as a number of breed and regional winners. In 2008, they began working with Siberians, and have achieved several regional wins with them. The Siberians are now Iris’s primary breed. However, she has recently fallen in love with Japanese Bobtails; it is not yet certain where this will lead her.
Iris is Lead Copy Editor and a Staff Writer for Cat Talk magazine and the chair of CFA’s newly formed Virtual Cat Competition committee. She is also a singer and songwriter and invites anyone interested in her music to check out her YouTube channel.
Allan Raymond (CFA)
Born in Australia and currently living in Thailand, Allan was the first Australian to become a CFA Allbreed Judge. His love of cats dates from his early teens, when he dreamed of owning a white cat. His start in the cat fancy goes back to the 1970s, in Tasmania, when he began showing with a blue Persian. Together with his partner, Michael Woods, he bred Persians in many other colors and also has experience with Exotics and Oriental Shorthairs.
He began training as a longhair judge with the Feline Control Council of Victoria in 1982, obtained his first license in 1985 and became an allbreed judge in 1997. He has also served in several executive positions for Australian cat organizations and represented the Australian Cat Federation at the World Cat Congress in 2004, 2005, and 2006.
In addition to judging extensively in Australia and New Zealand, he has also judged throughout Southeast Asia, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as Belgium, France, Italy, Japan, South Africa and the US. Many of these shows were guest judging assignments for CFA. In 2011, Allan was accepted into the CFA Judging Program and became a CFA Allbreed Judge in 2012.