Ken Currle - CFA Allbreed Judge
Fairfax, VA, USA
Kenny and his wife Cindy started in the cat fancy in 1973 with Persians, building a breeding program focused on the cameo color they had both fallen in love with. It took several years for them to achieve the quality cameos they were looking for. In the meantime, they made many new friends in the fancy and started looking for a solid or particolor Persian. They got on a Baltimore breeder’s waiting list and were lucky enough to acquire a blue-cream girl less than a month later. That particular cat was a prolific breeder and produced five Distinguished Merit offspring.
Kenny notes that the most famous cat to come out of his lines was Anz Nicholas Nickleby, sired by one of his males. Nicholas remains CFA’s highest producing Persian stud, with 52 grand champion offspring and multiple national winners among them.
After about 10 years of breeding and showing, Kenny entered the CFA judging program. He worked with Manx and American Shorthairs for his shorthair application and became an approved allbreed judge in 1988. “My joy of judging is the reason why I have lasted so long behind the table,” says Kenny. “Travel, of course, can be tedious but judging opportunities have allowed me to travel worldwide.”
Sharon Roy - CFA Allbreed Judge
New Hampshire, USA
Born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, Sharon still lives and works there, currently for a local marketing company. She has been a CFA judge since 1989, and prior to that, had six years of judging experience with the Cat Fanciers Federation. She is also the Regional Director for CFA’s North Atlantic Region and has served the organization in many other capacities, such as the CFA Ombudsman and a member of the Judging Program Committee.
Although Sharon has worked briefly with Himalayan Persians, Norwegian Forest Cats, and Turkish Angoras, her first love has always been the Tonkinese breed. Together with her mother, the late Norma Roy, Sharon was a major force in guiding the breed through the Miscellaneous and Provisional classes on its way to achieving CFA Championship status. Her Shanfoo cattery produced the first Tonkinese male Distinguished Merit cat, a natural mink who sired 17 grands. She also served two terms as Tonkinese Breed Council Secretary. Sharon has judged in every region of CFA as well as the International Division, and says that “the best part of judging is being able to handle all of the cats, all of the breeds, and finding that special cat that makes it all worthwhile.”
Bethany Colilla - CFA Double Specialty Judge
While growing up, Bethany was part of Dreamers Cattery with her parents, and bred Himalayans, Persians and Exotics with them. In 1996 she registered Believers Cattery in hopes of becoming a CFA judge like her father. Maine Coon Cats always had a special place in her heart, and she fell in love with them. There was no question they would be the start of Believers in 2013. After getting accepted into CFA’s LH judging program, she started working on her SH requirements in 2018 and fell in love with another breed, Selkirk Rex.
She is a devoted member of CFA working hard in many capacities, sometimes coinciding jobs. Since 2019, she has been the Maine Coon Cat Breed Council Secretary, in 2020 she was asked to be a committee chair by the CFA Board of Directors, additionally giving her time and talents to her regional banquet for the last two years, and continuing to help out with the clerking program. In 2017 she started her judging journey. Bethany says, “Getting to handle and evaluate these beautiful animals is truly a lifelong dream come true!”
Nicholas Pun - CFA Allbreed Judge
Born and raised in Hong Kong, where he still lives, Nick attended graduate school in Canada, where he was first exposed to the cat fancy. He began showing in both CFA and CCA with his first show cat, a Scottish Fold. When he started his Dragonhill cattery, in 1997, it was focused on longhair and shorthair Folds. However, Nick soon branched out into other breeds and has now worked with American Shorthairs, Ocicats, and most recently, British Shorthairs and Japanese Bobtails. Dragonhill has produced numerous grands, Divisional Winners (the Hong Kong equivalent of a Regional Win) and National Winners. One of Nick’s British Shorthairs was CFA’s Kitten of the Year in the Hong Kong Division for 2018-2019.
Outside his breeding programs, Nick has exhibiting experience with many other breeds, including Abyssinians, Devon Rex, Russian Blues, Siamese, and Somalis. He exhibited the first Turkish Angora ever shown in Hong Kong and enjoys introducing and promoting new breeds there. Other longhair breeds he has exhibited include Exotics, Persians, Birmans, Ragdolls, and Maine Coons.
In 2014, Nick entered the CFA judging program and is now an Approved Allbreed judge. Over the years, he has judged in Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the USA, and all over China, as well as in Hong Kong. He is the founder and president of the Hong Kong and Macao Cat Club and a contributing writer for one of Hong Kong’s cat magazines. Nick is honored to have been selected to represent the International Division to judge for the International Show in October, 2021. He was also one of the recipients of a CFA Service Star Award for the 2018-19 show year.
Vicki Nye - CFA Allbreed Judge
Prunedale, CA, USA
Vicki was born in Phoenix and lived there until about 33 years ago, when she relocated to California. Always an animal lover, she actually started out with dogs, breeding and showing Saint Bernards in AKC, and eventually becoming a licensed handler. However, upon seeing her first show quality Persian, she was smitten and there was no looking back. She began breeding and showing Persians in 1978, where she concentrated on whites and dilute solids. In 1979 she had her first National Win in CFA with a copper-eyed white female, who was 5th Best Cat that year. Over the next 15 years, Vicki bred 38 grand champions/grand premiers, and had 14 National Winners, including four Kitten of the Year awards. Through the years, she also bred Bi-color Persians, Abyssinians, Manx and Exotics.
A CFA judge since 1988, Vicki has traveled all over the world meeting new friends and judging incredible cats. She has judged the CFA World/International/Invitational show nine times, in addition to being a guest judge for FIFE and various organizations in Australia and New Zealand. In June, 2020, Vicki accepted an appointment to CFA’s Judging Program and is currently Chair of Approved Judges and the Guest Judging Program.
Recently retired from the Bank of America, where she was a corporate officer, Vicki spent 41 years in various roles with the bank. Married for 23 years, Vicki and her husband, Tom live in the lovely coastal community of Prunedale, where they enjoy camping, kayaking, cooking, gardening, DIY home projects and riding motorcycles. They have two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels in addition to one senior Persian and two rescue shorthairs.
Gary Veach - CFA All Breed Judge
New Jersey, USA
A CFA judge for over 30 years, Gary was born in Michigan and currently lives in New Jersey. Gary and his partner Omar Gonzalez show under the cattery names Briar-mar and Veach and together have produced over fifty CFA National Winners. Best known for their Manx in recent years, their National Wins also include Persians, Oriental Shorthairs and American Shorthairs; in addition, they have worked with Cornish Rex, American Wirehairs, and Siamese, achieving numerous Regional Wins and Distinguished Merit awards.
Gary’s judging experience extends around the world and includes Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada, Russia, Ukraine, Finland, Sweden, Austria, Germany, Spain, Italy, Malta, Japan, Malaysia, China, Belgium and the Netherlands. He has guest judged for Fife, Rolandus, and WCF in Russia as well as the Canadian Cat Association. In addition to being one of CFA’s best-known judges, he has also served on the CFA Board and has been a member of the CFA Clerking Program for over 40 years.
Gary and Omar also breed and show dogs, having started out with Pekingese and are now working with Toy Poodles. They have produced numerous Best in Show, Group Winners and specialty winning dogs.
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.
Jeri Zottoli - CFA AllBreed Judge
Harrisburg, PA, USA
Jeri Zottoli has been a CFA judge for over 25 years, entering the program in 1993. Her pedigreed cat experience began in 1977 when she registered Euphoria cattery and began breeding Siamese, then Orientals, Burmese and Bombays. She later bred Maine Coons, then fell in love with and bred Birmans for 15 years, serving three years as Breed Council Secretary. Before returning to her much loved Bombays, she also showed other shorthair breeds: Abyssinian, Cornish Rex, American Shorthair, Japanese Bobtail, and Scottish Folds.
Born in York, PA, Jeri has lived most of her life in Harrisburg, PA. She is retired from 31 years as a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania employee, mostly as a parole agent/institutional parole agent. Cat judging holds a special place in her heart. “What I like best is those very few rare moments when you have a cat on your judging table that makes you speechless, makes the hair on the back of your arms stand up because you are so taken aback by this cat's beauty. I love almost all of the cats I judge, but those few very special ones are such a treat.” The judging program has allowed her to travel all over the world, from Japan to Europe, Russia to Australia, Canada and every region in the US. Jeri is most proud of her recent breeding and showing experiences. “Since I restarted breeding Bombays, I have been blessed with producing the most gorgeous cats ever born in my home, resulting in a number of NWs of cats I bred myself.”
Professional Animal Photographer
Baton Rouge, LA, USA
Larry was born in Chicago and raised in the suburbs. He played the French Horn & studied music & art in High School & College. He has a BME from Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL.
Larry is based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and offers sessions on location, at shows, and in his home studio.
Larry has 30 years plus experience in handling and photographing animals which has gained him world renown.
Published in Catster, Cat Fancy, Dog Fancy, CNN, US Dept. of State, and National Geographic, Humane Society of Broward County, AKC, CFA, and TICA. He is a member of the Professional Photographers of America.
Throughout the year Larry visits over 35 different major cities throughout the US, Europe, China and Japan, including his home studio.
His love for photography has allowed him to work with the finest cats in the world, taking him to cities & countries to produce travel-logs and calendars.
CFA Exhibitor Extraordinaire
Philadelphia, PA, USA
When Mike took his first computer class in high school, he knew for sure that his destiny was going to include computers in some form. He has lived in and around Philadelphia for most of his life, except for the five years he spent in Ohio working on his BS degree in Computer Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. After that, he made computers his career and has worked in system administration, programming data base administration, networking, and security.
He first became involved in the cat fancy in order to help his mother, who started out showing a pet quality calico Persian and then switched to Maine Coons. Mike quickly fell in love with the breed and realized that he was actually enjoying showing. Sadly, his mother became ill and was unable to build a breeding program. Mike decided to have a few litters to remember her by and discovered he enjoyed this part of the fancy as well. Thus, Mayne Chance cattery was born. Mike’s fondness for his Coons knows no bounds; he has never any an interest in working with any other breed because “they just can’t be matched.”
Mike had to end his breeding program in 2010 due to health issues, He still has two cats from the program, GC Mayne Chance Three-of-Spades and GP, RW Mayne Chance Roll o’ the Dice, and remains active in CFA through his clerking program activities. He has also been an ACFA licensed HHP judge and has judged HHP rings in ACFA and CFA. He is much in demand as a master clerk and a ring clerk in CFA’s region 1. In addition to judging two fun classes, he is assisting with scoring for this virtual event.
CFA Director-at-Large and Exhibitor Extraordinaire
Long Beach, NJ, USA
Carol is a lifelong resident of New Jersey. She was born and raised in North Jersey and later moved south to attend college at Stockton University, where she received her B.A. in graphic art and photography. Carol and her husband Ed always loved the beach and ocean, so they moved to the Long Beach Island area at the beautiful Jersey Shore, where they still reside today.
As a child, Carol always had a household pet cat. She obtained her first Tabby Persian soon after she and her husband were married, and from there she learned about the cat fancy world. It wasn’t long before she acquired her first breeder female and registered the Cozmo cattery name with CFA. The rest is history, so to speak, as Carol and Ed have been breeding and exhibiting Persians ever since. They specialize in Tabby Persians and have bred numerous award winners over the years. As an active member of several CFA clubs, Carol has held various offices and show committee positions. She is also a longtime Persian Breed Council member and a licensed CFA Master Clerk.
Carol was a graphic designer for many years, but when an opportunity became available at the Cat Fanciers’ Association’s Central Office, then located in New Jersey, she jumped at the chance to combine her career with her love of cats. At CFA she was Associate Director as well as the Managing Editor for the Cat Fanciers’ Almanac, the CFA Yearbook and the Online Almanac. When she retired from CFA in 2009, she ran for Director-At-Large in order to continue her contributions to the association. She was elected and has served in that capacity ever since. Carol has chaired many CFA committees and served on others. She is currently the Vice President of the CFA Foundation, an organization dedicated to acquiring and preserving the history of the cat and the cat fancy.
In her spare time away from the cat fancy, Carol enjoys cooking, gardening, traveling and surf fishing with her husband.
Robert C. Zinck, Jr.
CFA Exhibitor Extraordinaire
Medford, MA, USA
Born in Weymouth, MA, Bob grew up in Connecticut but moved back to the greater Boston area as an adult. As a child, he was good at drawing and always thought he would be involved with art in some way. Drawing and painting were eventually replaced by photography, and Bob studied photography at the Art Institute of Boston. Since then, he has worked in various aspects of commercial photography and has been a photographer for the Harvard University library system for the past 26 years.
Bob met his future wife Iris in 2006, when she was completing her judging training. He says, “I never knew cat shows existed before meeting Iris, but I soon grew to love them, and I developed a great deal of respect for the rigorous training a judge has to go through.” He also acquired a taste for ring clerking and was selected as Region 1’s Clerk of the Year in 2018-2019.
The breeds Bob knows best are those Iris was working with: Russian Blues, Turkish Angoras, and Siberians. They established a new cattery name—Folie a Deux—together and made Turkish Angoras their primary focus until they fell in love with Siberians in 2008. Nowadays, the emphasis is on Siberians, but Bob’s purrsonal cat is a bit different. He started out as the token shorthair of the household and he is a Korat named Ba Luu, which means “Blues Music” in Thai. A two-time Regional Winner in Premiership, Ba Luu is very intelligent and cunning but is always very affectionate. He’s also devoted to Bob to the point where he feel guilty about paying attention to their other cats!
When not working, taking care of the cats, or catering to Ba Luu, Bob enjoys yoga, hiking, playing his banjo, and riding his bicycle.
Millennial Exhibitor Judge
Harrisburg, PA, USA
Born in St. Charles, Missouri, Gwyneth lived all over the U.S. while growing up because her parents were in the military. She currently lives just outside of Harrisburg, PA. As a child, she wanted to be a veterinarian so she could help low-income clients take better care of their pets. Eventually, she became a Certified Veterinary Technician. At present, Gwyneth works as a Certified Pharmacy Technician but still uses her veterinary skills as a volunteer with several rescue organizations. She also helps manage several feral colonies and is active with management and implementation of TNR programs in her area.
A former dog exhibitor, Gwyneth had always been a cat lover and knew there had to be something for cats. With encouragement from a coworker who was actively showing, Gwyneth became involved in showing herself in approximately 2007. “As with showing dogs, I enjoyed the fellowship and friendship of people with the same interests,” she says. “Plus, I loved so many breeds and this way I was able to see and become good friends with many breeders.”
Well known as a household pet exhibitor, Gwyneth is also at home with pedigreed cats. She fell in love with American Bobtails years ago and was fortunate enough to be able to adopt her first one through a connection with a vet she was working for. She now has five Bobtails, in addition to a Balinese, two Siberians, and two household pets.
Several of her cats (primarily the American Bobtails) are registered therapy cats. Before COVID hit, she often visited nursing homes, libraries, schools, and the local Ronald McDonald house, brightening people’s days with a purr and a cat on their lap. Now she takes the cats on walks to local trails to help them stay engaged and enrich their environments.
CFA Exhibitor Extraordinaire
Arlington, TX, USA
Mike started showing in the cat fancy in 1972. At his first show, in Kansas City, Mike got all yellow ribbons except for one red one. How exciting—he had beaten another cat! After a few years of trial and mostly error, Cacao Cattery (Mike was one-half of it till 1993) starting making progress. By 1979, he had home bred Grand Champions and Regional Winners, was managing two shows every year, and was a master clerk instructor.
When Mike and his family moved to Texas in 1987, Cacao was producing top quality cats, and achieved its first National Win in 1989. Although Mike has only bred Persians and Himalayans, he has shown about 14 other breeds for friends around the US.
Mike took a long sabbatical from the cat fancy from 1993 to 2015. When he returned, he started with a bang with a National Winner bred by Pam Bassett. He also had a new cattery name, Surreal, shared with his wife of 25 years, Leesa. Mike went back to managing several shows a year and helping other clubs with their shows. The 22 years off seemed like 22 minutes. But the cat fancy had changed. It needed a lot of help and Mike was just the person to provide it. He started helping clubs in a new way—becoming proficient with social media and refilling the shows with many more interested guests. Mike has had the pleasure of working with an awesome team, Wendy Carson and Jennie Batten, assisting clubs in all 7 North American regions. They have taken great pleasure in the fact that some of the guests they attracted to shows have become new exhibitors.
With the challenges of Covid 19 and the shuttering of shows, Mike was recruited to help promote several of the new Virtual Cat Competitions, then asked to join the CFA’s new VCC Committee. Another world and another step into the future!
CFA Exhibitor Extraordinaire
Madison, VA, USA
Sue has been showing cats in CFA since 1998, beginning with her first pedigreed cat, CH, GP, RW Kenobi Adm Benden of Opurra, a platinum mink Tonkinese. She has been active in many CFA clubs; was secretary and president of the Tonkinese Breed Association, is currently Vice President of both Delaware River Cats Club and the National Norwegian Forest Cats Club, and along with Jenny Wickle, Julie Benzer and Dawn Wise, have reinvigorated Half Moon Cat Club.
Sue bred Tonkinese until approximately 2010, but still continued to show in Premiership. She and her husband, Warren Cummings, have also been owned by household pets since 1990. She is possessed by Blaise, CFA's first HGC.
Outside of the cat world: Sue holds a B.S. in theatre, and worked in costume shops in NYC. She had the dubious distinction of turning down the job of Assistant Wardrobe Mistress at the Metropolitan Opera in 1982. She worked in various aspects of marketing and public relations in NYC, California and NJ for over 30 years until her retirement in 2008. In her copious free time Sue was president of the Princeton Opera Association, producing, directing and designing operas, operettas and musicals. As an actress, she has appeared in well over 50 productions (but has given up counting).
Most people in CFA know her as SuzieKat, the largest vendor of Sturdi Products east of the Rockies..
CFA Exhibitor Extroardinaire
Virginia Beach, VA, USA
Born in New Jersey, Jenny has lived in Virginia Beach since childhood. At first, she wanted to be a veterinarian but subsequently realized that another service profession was her calling. She now holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration, has taught kindergarten, first, and second grades, and is currently a Title 1 Instructional Coach. She has also organized school programs on caring for animals and an animal-assisted reading program to help first graders become more confident readers.
Animals have always been a focal point of Jenny’s life. She volunteers at a local rescue and attended her first cat show as a spectator, then took the plunge and exhibited her own rescue cat in the HHP class in Newport News in February 2011. HHPs are Jenny’s first love and she has shown one every year for the past 10 years. She has shown several to regional wins in CFA and two to national wins—achieving CFA’s Household Pet of the Year in 2019-20 with the cat shown in her photo. She has also earned several Lifetime Achievement Awards in TICA.
Jenny has also exhibited pedigreed cats and helped to show the first Selkirk Rex Shorthair kitten to make a national win in CFA. More recently, she has bred a litter of Turkish Angora kittens that is currently being shown in both CFA and TICA.
Jenny is the current CFA HHP Committee Chairperson and Club Secretary to the first National CFA HHP Club. She has also been a Show Secretary for my two local clubs for several years and co-managed the recent Half Moon Virtual Cat Competition.
When not teaching or involved with cats, Jenny enjoyed scuba diving and traveling. She has visited five of the seven continents and has the last two on her bucket list.