Rachel Anger - CFA Allbreed Judge
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Rachel Anger is from the Detroit, Michigan area and works as a legal assistant for Michigan’s largest law firm. Rachel’s natural love and appreciation for all animals led her to become a CFA judge in 1994. Since that time, she has judged across the United States and Canada, as well as in South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Russia, Ukraine, Austria, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Indonesia and Thailand. Rachel has appeared in the televised videos The Standard of Perfection and Cat-Minster, and the 2018 Netflix documentary Catwalk: Tales from the Cat Show Circuit. Rachel was honored to be named to the coveted Judges’ Spotlight Award, and has received three Star Awards in recognition of service to the Association.
Rachel looks forward to continuing to serve the cat fancy, both behind the judging stand and at the board table. Her judging philosophy is to “honor and respect each cat, each exhibitor and each fellow judge”, and through that philosophy has been fortunate enough to develop many life-long friendships.
Born and raised in Quincy, Illinois, Pam spent a major portion of her adult life in San Antonio, Texas, where she served in the U.S. Army for 24 years. She now lives in Tampere, Finland with her wife Satu Hämäläinen, a judge for FIFe (Fédération Internationale Féline).
Pam became a CFA judge in 1990 and now has more than 30 years of CFA judging experience. She is a former President of CFA and was recently elected Regional Director of CFA’s Region 9, Europe.
She began showing with Himalayan Persians in premiership but fell in love with a lynx point Colorpoint Shorthair and then ended up breeding Siamese for over 20 years. She has also bred Singapuras and Maine Coon Cats, and currently works with Norwegian Forest Cats and American Curls. She considers cats “beautiful works of living art” and is addicted to traveling the world and connecting with cat fanciers everywhere, because “no matter our political differences, geographical considerations, language differences, we all share the same passion and that is CATS.”
Karen Godwin - CFA Allbreed Judge
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Karen inherited her love of all animals from her father. Karen owned, bred and raised American Quarter Horses for almost 25 years, travelling throughout the United States to compete in weekend shows, circuits and futurities with her horses. In the late 1990’s, she began keeping her horses in Kentucky and then Oklahoma, only to discover she now had a lot of extra time on her hands. In February of 2000, Karen attended her first cat show as a spectator. The beauty of the various breeds was so intriguing that Karen set out to find a pedigreed cat of her own. In the process, she ran across a photograph of a Russian blue that she remarked was “the most beautiful cat she had ever seen.” Karen ended up obtaining a kitten out of the girl whose photograph she admired. She began showing and breeding Russian blues in 2000-2001 show season under the cattery name of Czarcatz. Within the first three years of breeding Russian blues, Karen had bred two CFA National winners, and her cattery went on to produce numerous CFA Grand Champions, Grand Premiers, Regional winners and Distinguished Merit cats. In 2004, Karen fell in love with another blue cat, the Chartreux. Her first Chartreux, a neuter, competed in the 2005-2006 show season, obtaining a CFA National win in premiership. Karen went on to breed and show Chartreux under the cattery name of Jewllz, producing CFA Grand Champions, Regional winners and a Breed Winner. Karen also spent a short period of time breeding Ocicats, and although she has great admiration for the breed, she did not continue further.
Karen became interested early on in becoming a CFA Judge, and began showing other breeds, alongside her Russian blue and Chartreux, in pursuit of that goal. She showed a Persian (2003-2004), an Ocicat (2004-2005), a Siamese (2006-2007), a Manx (2009-2010) and a Maine Coon (2011-2012) to CFA Regional wins, and an Egyptian Mau (2007-2008) and an Exotic (2012-2013) to CFA National wins, in addition to showing and granding an Abyssinian (2006-2007) and a Turkish Angora (2013) and agenting several other breeds. Her interest in showing other breeds to their fullest capabilities was never-ending and helped her more fully gain insight to these breeds. Karen joined the CFA Judging Program in 2011, and has had judging assignments throughout the United States, in Europe, and throughout Asia and Australia.
Outside of the cat fancy, Karen is winding down a 35+ year career in the practice of law and volunteers her time as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in foster care. She also teaches reading to first through third graders at the local public schools.
Rene Knapp - TICA All Breed Judge
When Rene was 14, she was hit by a car while crossing the street and was told she would never walk normally again. Her mother was a strong, determined woman and as soon as Renee could stand, she had her in Arthur Murray dance classes which led her to be a professional ballroom dancer and teacher for years until a dancing injury ended her career.
Cats have always been an important part of Rene’s life. In 1994, she and her husband Clint started a cat rescue organization, Helping Paws, which continues to exist today. They produced a public television series for a few years called Pet Talk, and Rene wrote a pet column for a local city newspaper which continued for fifteen years.
One weekend, on a whim, Rene and her husband entered one of their little rescues in a TICA cat show. That weekend completely changed their lives and they continued to get involved in the wonderful world of cats and began to put on cat shows as fundraisers for rescue cats. They were drawn to the people who made up the cat fancy and the cats who made up the people. They soon fell in love with the Abyssinian breed and added them into their lives.
Rene knew that the next goal in her life was to become a judge, and in 2006 she proudly judged her first TICA show in the northeast region. She is presently an Approved All Breed judge, and had the honor of being on the judging slate for the 2018 TICA annual.
Even Rene’s free time is taken up with cat hobbies. She has written and published two wonderful cat books and enjoys growing and sewing special catnip flings to share with cats all around the world.
Doreann Nasin - CFA Allbreed Judge
Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Doreann has spent most of her life in southeastern Connecticut, where she currently lives. She has been hooked on cat shows and the idea of judging them since attending her first show at the tender age of 9. Initially, she showed household pets, but acquired her first Persian in 1986 and registered her first litter in 1988. She bred white, brown tabby, and creams before deciding that silvers were her true love among Persians.
In 2001, Doreann started a Turkish Angora breeding program and began to focus her efforts on the judging program. She was admitted as a Longhair Trainee in 2010 and showed Selkirk Rex, Orientals, and Bombays while working on her shorthairs. With a background in the arts, “I judge cats like a three dimensional living piece of art,” she says, “focusing on the size, symmetry and shape of each part of the cat as well as how it follows with the rest of the body, based on the written standards.” She finds it especially rewarding to work with kittens and timid cats at their first shows, helping them build confidence with gentle handling. She also enjoys traveling and connecting with new friends who share the same passion for cats.
Outside of the cat fancy, Doreann is a multifaceted entrepreneur involved with electrical construction, commercial real estate, and horse farming. She also has a cat grooming business with loyal clients who drive from hours away to have her beautify their babies. When not judging or working, she enjoys a variety of adventurous pursuits, including flying, scuba diving, snowmobiling, jet skis, surfing, horseback riding and competitive equine events.
Vicki Nye - CFA Allbreed Judge
Prunedale, California, 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.
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.”
Teresa Sweeney - CFA Allbreed Judge
Grove City, Ohio, USA
Teresa’s involvement in the cat fancy dates back to 1992, when she began showing household pets. She purchased her first pedigreed show cats in 1997 and showed in premiership until she began breeding Maine Coons in 1997. Today, she and her husband Edwin live in Grove City, Ohio and still actively breed these gentle giants under the cattery name Highlander. However, Teresa recently acquired a new love: her beta fish, Gulliver and Mr. Limpet.
She has been a CFA judge since 2012 and when not judging or showing, works as a banking professional, primarily in Compliance. She feels that “judging is very thrilling for me. . . it allows me to express my love of cats in an artistic way. Judging wonderful cats is an honor and a privilege.”
Iris Zinck- CFA Allbreed Judge
Medford, Massachusetts, 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.
Nancy Kerr - Former CCA Judge
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Nancy has spent most of her life there except for four years of living on Prince Edward Island. She is a former CCA judge with two years of training and judging experience throughout the central and northeast Canadian provinces, and is currently working towards qualifying for the CFA judging program.
After acquiring her first pedigreed cat, a Maine Coon, in the mid-1990s, Nancy attended a CCA cat show to “see what it was all about.” Bitten by the cat fancy bug, she began breeding and showing with Maine Coons but quickly fell in love with Norwegian Forest Cats. Her Kerrisma cattery now focuses exclusively on Wegies and she has achieved several national and regional wins in CCA with them. She attended her first CFA show in 1999, has also shown in ACFA and TICA, and is very proud of her two CFA regional wins. In addition to her Wegies, she has shown an Exotic, a Persian, and a number of Turkish Angoras. She loves judging because of the opportunities it provides to see and handle so many beautiful cats and meet the people who love them.
Nancy is a member of two CFA New England clubs, Seacoast Cat Club and New England Meow Outfit, Inc. (NEMO) and a staff writer for Cat Talk magazine. Although she had previously entry clerked only in CCA, she volunteered to serve as the entry clerk for the first CFA event held on the VCC platform, this summer’s NEMO. Her technical expertise proved invaluable to show management, and as a result of that experience, she was asked to join the new CFA VCC Committee, which is helping to support the Regional Qualifier shows.
When not involved with cats, Nancy works as a network administrator for Mount St. Vincent University. She says the job covers “everything from A to Z and you’re always learning something new.” Her cats and her CFA activities take up most of her leisure time.
Jacqui Bennett - CFA All Breed Judge
Jacqui has been in love with animals for as long as she can remember with a childhood filled with furry Friends. Her adult genesis with the cat fancy began over 20 years ago with Ocicats. She and her son traveled the US to shows as he grew up a true “show hall kid” raised by the CFA family. While she has raised and exhibited a number of breeds, Ocicats are her first love and she is very proud of her accomplishments within the Ocicat breed becoming the breeder of the first ever Tawny breed winner and first ever Cinnamon national winner. She served as Breed Council Secretary for 6 years and has been a CFA judge for 10. She currently serv es CFA has the Committee Chair of the Breeds and Standards Committee. A group dedicated to serving the breed councils and CFA to preserve and maintain our Breed Standards as well as help facilitate the recognition of new breeds within CFA.
She currently lives in Buford Ga with her husband David and her furry family. “Being a judge is one of the greatest honors of my life” says Jacqui. “Every cat I am given the privilege of handling has a glory and beauty that it is my honor to be able to evaluate and present! I neve rforgot that each cat I handle is someone’s beloved treasure.”
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!”
CFA Specialty Judge
Martinsville, Indiana, USA
A CFA Judge since 2017, Pam has been a breeder and exhibitor of Persians and Exotics for over 20 years. Her cattery, Ivy Cat, was founded in 2000 and has achieved 10 longhair national wins, one shorthair national win (with her Cornish Rex) and a plethora of grands and regional wins. She is currently an approved Longhair judge and a Shorthair trainee.
As Pam has worked her way through the judging program, she fell in love with many different breeds, one after the other. While doing her shorthair training (delayed by the pandemic) she became too attached to a couple of my custodial shorthair breeds to return them; consequently, she now has a Cornish Rex and an American Shorthair as our forever loving family members. She has also enjoyed working with Abyssinians, Bombays, Manx, Siamese, American Bobtails, Birmans, Maine Coons and Siberians and is a longterm member of the Indy Cat Club.
Married since 2008, Pam and her husband Rick were chosen Exhibitors of the Year for the Midwest Region in 2015-16. They have four children and 10 beautiful grandchildren. She is a retired vet technician and enjoys her daily walks plus as much travel as possible.
CFA (Retired) Allbreed Judge
Pat was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN and graduated from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing and the University of Minnesota. She is married to Fred Jacobberger and has been showing cats since 1974 exclusively in CFA.
Breeds bred and exhibited through 2000 have included: Burmese, Persian, Siamese, and American Shorthair. Breeds exhibited only included Manx, Exotic Shorthair, and Singapura. Many Regional Awards Winners and two National Awards winners.
Pat is also a current or previous member of the Twin City Cat Fanciers'; Las Vegas Cat Club; National Alliance of Burmese Breeders; Mobile Cat Club, Inc.; No Dogs Allowed Cat Club; CFA Judge's Association; CFA Burmese Breed Council - now retired. Her licenses and national offices held include CFA Clerk and Master Clerk, Burmese Breed Council Secretary, CFA Director at Large, Chair, CFA Mentor Program, Chair of the CFA Breed Awareness and Orientation School.
Her judging experience is just as vast including 35 years as a CFA Allbreed Judge, Given Judge Emeritus status by the CFA BOD in 2019 and the Chair of the CFA Breed Awareness and Orientation School. She has also been published in Cat Fancy Magazine and for the CFA Breed Awareness and Orientation School as well as being a contributor to "Identifying Coat Colors and Patterns in the Domestic Cat" in The Cat Fancier's Association Complete Cat Book, The Official Publication of the CFA Edited by Mordecai Siegal.
Professional Animal Photographer
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 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.
Richard and Nancy Katris, Chanan
Professional Animal Photographer
Richard and Nancy Katris aka Chanan are a team who have been photographing cats at cat shows for over forty years. Richard has been in the cat fancy since he was 13, and was raised in a Persian Himalayan cattery from that age. Both he and Nancy had cats in their lives since they were infants. Richard often notes that he was raised by Marjorie, a smoke domestic shorthair who was a year old when he was born, and trained him up to college.
Nancy and Richard have been going to cat shows to shoot cats since Nov of 1976. Nancy doesn't always accompany Richard to the shows as much anymore due to the 20 rescue cats they take care of at home today. But Richard, has been the official photographer at well over 1000 cat shows over the years, taken over 1 million photos of cats, and photographed at least 85,000 cats. They have had photos published in over 70 books, all the breed photos in Encyclopedia Brittanica, and had their photos used by a number of Pet food companies, and even had one of their photos used on a Canadian postage stamp to name just a few of their credits.
Richard, working with show cats, has required learning the particulars of all the breeds, to know what the breed should look like and how to make each animal look the best for that breed. Nancy in choosing the photos for the Chanan facebook page, and before that for selections of which poses to print and send to the owners, has likewise learned a tremendous amount about what to look for in each breed.
Richard and Nancy met while attending Cal Poly Pomona in the late 1960s, and married in 1972. They have one daughter, Julia just married and living in Washington DC.. Nancy planned to be a Veterinarian while in school....and Richard studied to be an Ecologist....and life made them into cat photographers....life has a way of sometimes guiding us in different directions from what we have planned.
In non Covid years, Richard typically attends 35-40 cat shows per year from Asia to Europe, Mexico, and North America.