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.
Melanie Morgan - CFA AllBreed Judge
Louisa, Virgina USA
Melanie Morgan is a CFA allbreed judge who began her judging career in 2008. Since 1995, she has bred and shown CFA registered Egyptian Mau cats under the Emau prefix. Emau is a Level V, Superior Cattery of Distinction. Other breeds she has shown include Persian, Abyssinian, European Burmese, Ragdoll, Maine Coon, Siamese, and Russian Blue. She has been the CFA Egyptian Mau Breed Council Secretary since 2005 and is currently President of both the International Egyptian Mau Society and The Global Egyptian Mau Society clubs.
Melanie has extensive experience in show production, including managing the National Capital Cat Show four times and the Southern Regional Awards show twice. She is currently a Director At Large on the CFA Board of Directors, has been the Chair of the CFA’s Judging Program and Breeds and Standards committees. She is very committed to CFA’s future, with a long history of starting and mentoring new Egyptian Mau breeders and exhibitors around the world, and has helped introduce the breed to other associations.
In her “non-cat” life, Melanie retired in 2007 from the Advertising business where she held many roles including Consultant, VP Corporate Broadcast Director and Media Trainer. Melanie and the cats make their home in Central Virginia.
Brian Pearson - CFA Allbreed Judge
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
For Brian Pearson, judging is a magical and poetic experience. He sees cats as “living art” and comments that “they are all made up of components. . . Judging sees and values the components that please our mind and eye. The owners are the poets.” He believes that judges should always be receptive to an experience and judge it as it happens, “because those special moments with the cats happen quickly and often unexpectedly.” The judge “experiences” the cat and it makes an impression; magically inserted into the scenario, they have the opportunity to share and shape the experience. After judging for 30 years, he says that he has “never judged a show that didn’t include magic, art and poetry.”
On a less mystical level, Brian shared that his first cat was a household pet, and his first purebred cat was a newspaper-ad “Siamese” purchased for $25. He began showing in CFA in 1979 and over the years, has worked with too many breeds to list; he is a permanent member of 16 different breed councils and takes his role as a BC member very seriously. He has lived in CFA’s Region 6 for his entire life and is now retired and living in Kansas City, Mo.
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.”
David Mare - CFA Allbreed Judge
Las Vegas, NV, USA
David served on the CFA Board; was a founding member of San Francisco Revelers and Las Vegas Cat Clubs; first president of The CFA Foundation Museum and has been judging since 1967. Cattery name: Mar-Ray.
Kathy Black - CFA Allbreed Judge
I purchased my first pedigree cat, a Maine Coon, and started exhibiting in 1990 and began breeding cats in 1991. I have worked with the following breeds: Somali, Maine Coon, Norwegian Forest Cat, Japanese Bobtail, Oriental and Siamese, Chartreux, and Persians.
In CFA I have served as Somali breed Council secretary, was one of the founding members of the Youth Feline Education Program (Jr. Showmanship), have mentored many new breeders & exhibitors, and served as a CFA judge since 2001. Judging has brought me many opportunities to visit many countries and see the expansion of CFA into many new areas.
I served as Regional Director for the Gulf Shore Region 2016-2020, Chairperson for the CFA Marketing Committee, and currently am Chairperson for the Mentorship/Newbee programs, and Chairperson for Companion Cat World. In my private life I sell Life and Health insurance, like to garden working with Daylilies, play the piano and read.
Satu Hamalainen - FiFe Judge
I am a FIFe All Breed Judge, starting as a longhair judge in 1984, and becoming all breeds in 2000 (we have four separate breed categories). I have judged over 800 cat shows, on all continents, and over 50 CFA shows. I am currently a member of the FIFe Standard and Judge’s Committee, consisting of six members and have been for over 20 years. In 1975, I was one of the founding members of PIROK, a very active club in the Finnish FIFe Federation; I have served on the Federation board of directors for many years, currently as Vice President.
I have been breeding Persians since 1975, also Exotics, specializing in silver tabbies, blacks, and smokes. I have also been breeding longhair and shorthair American Curls for over 20 years and have again been working with Norwegian Forest Cats. I still enjoy breeding and exhibiting and have been fortunate to have my cats earn Cat of the Year titles.
Living in Tampere, Finland, I am a retired ICU nurse with a specialty with cardiac surgery patients. Though the cat fancy has been a major part of my life, I also enjoy traveling, cooking, and gardening.
Johary Gomez - TICA Speciality Judge
Medellin, Colombia South America
Johary Gomez started breeding Persians about 10 years ago under his cattery, Yoruba. He exhibited and obtained different titles with the Persian, but it was months after that he met the Sphynx and gave himself completely to this breed, with which has achieved important titles.
Johary earned the title of Best Sphynx in the world 2015/2016, was an International winner and earned the first Lifetime Achievement (LA) Award for his cat in South America. His Sphynx earned "Best Of" titles in the South America region for many years in different categories.
From his beginning in the cat fancy, he always wanted to become a judge. He worked from his first show as a clerk and he undertook a long way to achieve it. Johary has been recognized as South America's TICA member of the year in 2014/2015.
Johary received his license as the first TICA judge in Colombia in 2018 and in 2019 he advanced his career and obtained his license as an Approved Specialty judge.
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.
Kathy Calhoun - CFA Allbreed Judge
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.
Merilee Griswold - CFA Allbreed Judge
When I was a music major for vocal performance in college, I would never have guessed I would end up here! I started my official journey into pedigreed cats in 1994, when I started medical school. I started with Scottish folds and got “hooked” into the fancy. From 1998-2006, I was active duty in the United States Navy, though I continued to be an active exhibitor and breeder. The cats were always with me and ultimately decided my fate to leave the service. Now I work as a psychiatrist, which gives me the flexibility needed to judge on the weekends. I have bred British shorthairs and have over 25 years of experience with Scottish folds. I have produced 5 National winners, 37 Grand Champions as well as many Regional and Best of Breed award winners. I have bred 2 cats to the coveted Distinguished merit award and have a Cattery of Distinction, Tier II. I have owned and shown American shorthair, British shorthair, Russian Blue, Oriental shorthair, Abyssinian, Scottish Fold, Maine Coon, Persian, Exotic, Turkish Angora and Birman breeds. I have additional experience with breeds such as Siberian, Somali, Siamese, Havana Brown, Colorpoint shorthair and Himalayan. I was accepted into the judging program in 2013 and work diligently to be the best I can be. It is my honor to judge all over the world and I strive to treat all cats and exhibitors with respect. I have a strong sense of justice and judge all cats on beauty and merit as defined by the breed standard. Given my medical background, I give medical/technical talks on Feline DNA testing, discussing both traits and diseases. I am also available for intensive talks/presentations and evaluation of the Scottish fold breed. I am hopeful you can see my passion through my work and dedication.
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.
Allan Raymond - CFA All Breed Judge
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.
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.
Chloe Chung - CFA Judge
Born in Beijing, China, Chloe moved to Hong Kong when she just was 10 months old. While growing up in Hong Kong, she raised and showed several different breeds of dogs, obtaining her first Best of Breed win with a Welsh Corgi in 1993.
She entered her first cat show in 2002, began breeding British Shorthairs, and in 2007 had her first home-bred National Winner of her own breeding. As a ring clerk she became interested in many other breeds and showed American Curls, American Shorthairs, Colorpoint Shorthairs, Exotics, Maine Coons, Persians, Russian Blues and Sphynx to various wins. In 2010 Chloe applied to the CFA Judging Program, and since then has traveled throughout Europe, Asia, Malaysia and the United States as a CFA judge. Her Chloeadores cattery continues produce top-quality British Shorthairs.
Chloe graduated from China Agriculture University, and she now lectures on cat behavior, nutrition, medical care and breed standards, splitting her time between Hong Kong and Liaoning, in mainland China.
Elaine Gleason - CCA Allbreed Judge
London, Ontario, CA
Elaine Gleason lives in London, Ontario, Canada with her husband of 39 years, Bob. In 1981 Elaine in partnership with her husband founded their cattery, Hullabaloo, in both CCA and CFA. Together they are the breeders of innumerable Grand Champions, CCA Regional and National awards including 2 Best National Kittens and 1 Best National Alter. More recently they have been showing in CFA where several cats have gained Grand Champion titles and achieved Region 4 breed honors.
Elaine appears in the film ‘Cat Walk – Tales from the Cat Show Circuit’ which was produced by Markham Films in Canada. Elaine is delighted with the film’s success and world wide distribution which included Netflix and was available to view on Delta Airline flights. The film raised awareness of the pedigreed cat hobby not only from a competitive aspect, but also as a social outlet for friendships and fun. She is surprised to be recognized (and pleased) when visitors at cat shows recognize her from the film and tell her how much they enjoyed it.
She started judging in 1984 and has judged across Canada, United States, China, Hong Kong, France, Russia, Germany, and South Africa. Her resume in CCA is extensive; she currently serves as the Standards Committee Chair, member of the Legislative Committee, and advisor to the CCA Technology Committee. She has also served as Public Relations Chair, Chats Canada Cats magazine Editor, Clerking Committee Chair, and Board of Examiners Chair (Judges' Training). Elaine is a member of the Hamilton Cat Fanciers and Secretary of the PAWSitive PAWS Cat Club.
Elaine is also judging the "Kids Say the Darndest Things" Fun Ring.
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Bob Gleason - CCA Allbreed Judge
London, Ontario, CA
Bob’s introduction to the cat fancy was in August of 1974. Bob entered his first Burmese in a cat show at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), in Toronto, Ontario, at that time it was one of the largest and prestigious cat shows in North America.
Bob and his wife Elaine established Hullabaloo cattery in CCA and CFA shortly after their marriage in 1981, breeding Burmese exclusively. They have bred numerous CCA grands and over 70 regional and national winners including two CCA KOTY winners and one AOTY. Recently they have bred and shown a number of cats to CFA Grand Champion and Great Lakes Region Breed Winners.
Bob was first elected to the CCA Board of Directors in 1983, since then he has served the association in many capacities including eight terms as President, many years as Benefit Show Chair, (which entailed organizing CCA’s up to six annual fund-raising shows) he is also a past Treasurer of the association. He currently serves as Chair of the CCA Legislative Committee, tasked with rewriting the organization’s By-Laws, Show Rules and operating practices. He is a founding and still active member of the Hamilton Cat Fanciers and the Pawsitive Paws Cat Club (London, Ontario).
He has proudly represented CCA internationally as an ambassador on several occasions since the early 80’s, in his capacities as CCA President and as a Guest Judge. He received his CCA Judging Licence in 2003, with guest assignments in Russia, China, Hong Kong, United States and Canada. His international experiences have taught him that we have a very special hobby and that by working in cooperation with each other the fancy will survive long after we are gone.
Bob appeared in the film ‘Cat Walk – Tales from the Cat Show Circuit’ produced by Markham Films, a fun documentary covering a CCA Cat Show season. The popular film widely distributed around the world on Netflix raised awareness of the pedigreed cat hobby not only from a competitive aspect, but also as a social outlet for friendships and fun.
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Jerri Zotolli - CFA AllBreed Judge
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 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.”
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Anicia Carr - Millennial Exhibitor Judge & Documentary Film Star
My name is Anicia Carr - but my kitty friends call me Princess Anicia. My first CFA show was the International show in Novi Michigan a while ago. That’s where I met and brought home my very first Selkirk Rex “Lilly Pants”. She came all the from my Auntie Sarah Ng in Hong Kong. At first both Lilly and I were really shy. My Mom did most of the showing at first. At the shows I didn’t talk much at all. I’d just hang out at our benching area and keep to myself. Then a year later Baby Hiney was born. She is a British Shorthair kitty girl. Boy howdy - I started to show her and I got braver and braver. I’d help bathe her, groom her at the shows, and put her in the rings. She didn’t seem to mind that I have Autism. She got me. She’d tell me to be brave and that she was there to help me. I love that silly kitty.
Then we caught the eye of a documentary filmmaker Alyssa Pinter. She did a documentary on me and Baby Hiney and also CFA. She showed the whole wide world what one kitty and CFA can do for someone like me. That’s why I’m the awesome person I am today. My CFA family and my kitty did all this for me. I am SO happy to have been asked by Lorna to help judge this big “Do” of a show!
Thank you Auntie Lorna! (Oh - my Mom wants to know if you want more cookies!)
Love to my kitty family!
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Richard 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 hod 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.
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Larry Johnson - 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.
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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.
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Karly Chnupa - ACFA Regional Director
I grew up in the cat fancy showing in ACFA and breeding Persians & Exotics with my mother. When it was time for me to move out, I decided to get a Siamese after the first 2 cats I remember growing up with. Well you know how that goes...you can’t have just one. Now I breed Siamese and Orientals and occasionally have a Persian litter too. I enjoy showing and traveling coast to coast for the shows and see friends. I’m very active in the Cat Fancy as Regional Director, Breed Chair, and Marketing Director. I’ve been a Show Manager and Event Coordinator for our Annual Convention countless times.I have always felt the the Cat Fancy is the Family I want to spend time with.
John Smithson - NZCF Allbreed Judge
John is an All-Breed Tutor Judge with the New Zealand Cat Fancy and has been judging for 35 years. He has officiated throughout NZ and Australia, also judging in the United Kingdom and in the United States, where he has Guest Judged for both CFA and ACFA. He has granded cats in the following breeds since he started breeding in 1978. Persians, (breeding NZ’s first Red Solid Grand Champion and first Himalayan Double Grand Champion), as well Exotic Shorthairs, British Shorthairs, Burmese, Foreign & Oriental Whites, and Munchkins.
John enjoys an enviable reputation as an artist in pen and ink, as a linechaser, a Feline and Cat Fancy historian, is Curator of The Harrison Weir Collection,(www.harrisonweir.com) a Director of the CFA Foundation Inc, a Co-Editor of The History Project at (www.cat-o-pedia.org) and Editor of the e-magazine, ‘Felis Historica’ (www.felis-historica.com).
He has represented the NZCF as a Past National President, served on the CFA International Committee, and been a Guest Speaker on Feline History for more than two decades, including at the WCC in 2015 and the CFA International Show in 2018.
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Ariel Bartelmes - CFA Exhibitor Extraordinaire
Seattle, Washington USA
Ariel was born into an established CFA Russian Blue cattery, Sereshka, and raised alongside the cats. As a second generation in cat fancy, she can often be heard joking that she was only born to help her parents clean litter boxes. She learned about breeding and caring for cats as a part of her childhood, as well as a love for pedigrees. She showed off and on throughout the 80s and 90s, from a baby to a teenager cleaning judges rings, though usually found napping under the benching tables.
After a long break off, she returned to breeding and showing 6 years ago, resurrecting the cattery name with her mother, Kate Lucas. Sereshka is a Cattery of Distinction, established in 1973, earning the first Distinguished Merit Russian Blue, numerous Grand Champions, Regional Wins and a Breed & National Win in CFA.
Ariel can usually be found clerking at cat shows, helping run advertising for the CFA Northwest Region and in her spare time chatting with breeders all around the world about Russian Blues. She is a member of the CFA Russian Blue Breed Council, a licensed Clerk for 5 years and is involved in numerous cat clubs.
Ariel lives in the Seattle, WA area with her boyfriend, a Pomeranian and numerous Russian Blues as well as her Dilute Calico Exotic Shorthair- Ella. On the side she helps @TeenyDina, a Russian previously raised by her, achieve internet stardom on Facebook and Instagram.
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Tyler Deel - Millennial Exhibitor Judge
Born and raised in the Central Ohio area, Tyler never knew of cat shows. However, in 2012, that all changed when he attended the CFA Royal Canin World Championship in Columbus, Ohio. Since then, he slowly went to more shows to learn how they worked, until early 2015 when he received his first show cat (a Javanese named London) as a present, from Lorna Friemoth. Later that year, Tyler granded London, and he never looked back. A few shows into the 2016-2017 season, Tyler started to ring clerk, quickly being thrown into solo assignments while attempting a National Win campaign on Harold, his second pedigreed cat. Despite constantly being pestered by his friends, Tyler nearly took a full year to get his clerking license, finally taking the test in late March of 2017. He's lucky he did so, as he was announced as the Great Lakes Region Clerk of the Year in his first year of eligibility. These days, Tyler is running a fledgling cattery with his girlfriend Jennifer, raising Japanese Bobtails. Together, they have raised three litters of cats (two of their own breeding). He received his Master Clerk license in 2018, and can still be found ring clerking at the majority of shows that he and Jennifer go to.
Unlike cat shows, Tyler knew memes from around his start on MySpace and Facebook back in 2008. While there is no license, Tyler considers himself a "meme poster extraordinaire" and often remarks that he was born too early to explore the galaxy, born too late to explore the planet, but born right in time to post dank memes.
Bethany Colilla - CFA Double Specialty Judge
Columbus, Ohio, USA
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!”
Nicole Turk - Millennial Exhibitor Judge
Nicole's fascination with the fancy started in 2008 with the purchase of her first Maine Coon Cat, Samus. It wasn't until she joined the mentorship program with CFA in 2015 though, that she really got started in the fancy. Thanks to her mentor, Bethany Colilla, Nicole jumped headfirst into the world of showing.
Since starting to show actively, Nicole has accumulated Regional and National level wins on cats. She also breeds, working originally with just Maine Coon Cats, she has started to also work with American Bobtails under her Moonglade cattery prefix.
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Samantha Kerr - Millennial Exhibitor Judge
Cardington, OH, USA
An Ohio native, Sami has always been an animal lover at heart. Her involvement in the cat fancy began in her college years at The Ohio State University where she pursued a BS in Animal Sciences. She began showing Bengals in TICA and fell in love with the breed. Her first litter was born in 2006 under her Lunazul prefix and since then she has remained a passionate breed advocate and Bengal exhibitor. In 2013, Sami assumed the A-Kerr’s prefix and she titled the first Bengal in CFA, in agility, AW Bengamur Alina of A-Kerr’s. Later, Alina’s daughter Vanna became the first female Bengal Grand and National Winner, as well as the first Bengal Agility National Winner. A-Kerr’s has had several grands and regional wins already in the short period of time that the breed has been accepted into CFA.
Sami is the founding secretary of The Bengal Alliance club, as well as member of several other show producing clubs.
Today, Sami can be found virtual schooling her two children and adding to her ever-growing collection of ball pythons, silkie chickens and Veiled and Jackson chameleons.
Polka Dots, Spots and Dots
Caroline Melia - Millennial Exhibitor Judge
CFA has been a huge part of Caroline’s life. Starting out in 2003 in Junior Showmanship at the age of 7, Caroline acquired a cream European Burmese from Wain Trevathan. That cat taught her the ropes of handling, grooming and exhibiting and gave her the confidence to grow and expand horizons. European Burmese, however wonderful, did not capture Caroline’s heart; the Egyptian Mau, however, was a different story.
Caroline was captivated by the beauty, personality and presence of the Mau. In fact, part of her attraction to the breed was the fact that they were a challenge. This breed taught her about respect and patience, and that each cat was an individual with their own quirks, and thus different approaches and techniques were necessary.
She acquired her first Mau to show in the Fall of 2004, and after having success In Premiership and Junior Showmanship, delved into breeding the next year. Specializing in silvers and smokes, Caroline learned to hone her eye, and grew by leaps and bounds in various domains both in and out of the show hall. While showing, she participated in all levels of show production from stewarding, to clerking, to show management.
Currently, Caroline is on the Board of the Global Egyptian Mau Society, and has bred numerous grands, regional winners, and a DM and National Winner. She hopes to apply to the judging program in the coming years, now that she has nearly finished school, and can devote more time to the Cat Fancy.
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Anthony Hutcherson - WINN Board of Directors Member & Bengal Breeder Extraordinaire
A lifelong passion for cats, especially fascinated by highly patterned wild cats, Anthony Hutcherson began a Bengal Cat breeding program to create his ideal “ocelot–looking” cat in high school when no such domestic feline existed in 1992. He currently serves as a Director on the Board of The International Cat Association (TICA), Chair of the Bengal Cat Breed for TICA, Past President of The International Bengal Cat Society while still raising and showing his Bengal Cats. Anthony is the breeder and owner of the highest achieving Bengal Cats in the world. He has served on the Board of Directors for Winn Feline Foundation since 2018 and is a committee chair.
Anthony Hutcherson studied Animal Science at the University of Maryland and is a member of the American Society of Animal Sciences and the International Society for Animal Genetics. In 2018 he collaborated with Katie Lytle, DVM of Wisdom Health/Mars to screen 1000 pedigreed cats for 40+ genetic diseases. He continues to work with Chris Kaelin, PhD of Stanford University & Hudson Alpha Institute in the identification of new genetic variants in cats related to pigment and pattern hoping to add to glitter, an FGFR2 mutation the two identified in 2018.
Currently, Anthony is a freelance producer, meeting planner and speech writer in Washington, D.C.Anthony has shared his love of cats on NPR, The TODAY Show, The Martha Stewart Show and in the New York Times, Washington Post, the New Yorker as well as other media. He is especially proud of authoring “All Kinds of Purrfect” a coloring book about the beauty of all cats for TICA in 2016.
Pat Jacobberger - 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.
Rebecca Gibson - Millennial Exhibitor Judge
My name is Rebecca Gibson. I'm 19 years old, and have been a part of the Cat Fanciers Association for almost 9 years of my life. I started when I was around 11 years old and have met some memorable people over my years showing, stewarding and clerking. I help my mom, Dawn Gibson, breed Siamese and show them, but I have always personally favored the Japanese Bobtail breed. My first show cat granded in premiership and achieved a Regional Win in 2016. I love my two handsome JBT furbabies, Yuki Kichigui and Kayda Seishin, who are the main reason why I fell in love with the Japanese Bobtail breed. On my day-to-day basis, I work part-time as a Certified Pharmacy Technician at Sam’s Club pharmacy, and I also take classes at CCAC, which is the local community college, studying general classes. I hope to pursue pharmacy as a career and would like to work in a hospital.
Clash of the Titans (Both Pedigreed and HHP rings)
Richard Hoskinson - TICA Allbreed Judge
Rick Hoskinson registered his RICHSON cattery prefix with CFA in 1985 and with TICA in 1987. He bred Cornish Rex, Russian Blues and American Shorthairs to prominent national CFA wins and applied to the CFA judging program at the Alburquerque Annual in 1999. He advanced to Apprentice SH in 2000 and Allbreed approved in 2003, which at that time was a record for the fastest advancement in the CFA judging program.
Rick judged extensively for CFA until 2013 when he resigned from the CFA judging panel. He was accepted to the TICA panel in January 2016, and advanced to Allbreed approved in January 2019. He continues to breed and exhibit American SH cats under the Richson prefix. He is president of SHOWCATS: Columbus, a TICA club, and he is also a member of the TICA rules committee, and also serves as deputy regional director for the TICA great lakes region.
Clash of the Titans (Both Pedigreed and HHP rings)
Clare Whitby - GCCF Judge
Clare lives near London UK and has loved cats since an early age having been bought up with them. Her love of the Siamese family breeds comes from first seeing Jason, a seal point Siamese on the Blue Peter show. Clare’s first “Jason cat” was a Seal Point Balinese variant called Mali who lived to a good age and really installed the love of the breed.
Since then Clare has had Oriental short and long hairs, Siamese and Balinese, all predominantly her special pets but has also been lucky to breed and show. One of her cats, the very well known SUP U.K. OB IGCA, & RW SGCA Pippastro Magik Flute had a phenomenal show career which gave her the real show bug and inspired her to train as a GCCF steward and then Judge.
Clare loves all cats, but her favourite breed outside of the Siamese family would be either a Devon Rex or Burmese.
Ton Tongue Kitties/MLEM vs BLEP
Katrina Ojaste - Millennial Exhibitor Judge
Katrina was born in Toronto, Canada, and grew up travelling North America for her parents’ dahlia shows. When she discovered cat shows, it was a perfect match! For the past 13 years, she has shown Himalayans and Persians in CFA and CCA. Since 2013, Katrina has been the human behind @bowiespacecat, an Instagram account showcasing the daily adventures of off-duty show cats Bowie, Bliss, and Zaphod. In that time, she has built up a following of fellow squish squad members, floof fanatics, and cat lovers of all types. What she loves most is educating pet owners about the cat fancy – whether that’s grooming techniques, cat colours and breeds, or sharing how cat shows are a fun experience for both owners and cats. A favourite experience is showing Bliss to Best Veteran in Show at the CFA International Show in 2018 and 2019 – because at 10 years old, Bliss loved the show ring too much to quit!
Outside of social media, Katrina has Masters’ degrees in Museum Studies and Archival Management. She currently works for the Canadian Cat Association as Operations Manager.
Ton Tongue Kitties/MLEM vs BLEP
Kelsey Friemoth - Millennial Exhibitor Judge
Kelsey is a second generation Cat Fancier. She started working in the ring at age 7 and went to a clerking school with her sister Lorna at age 14. She participated in Junior Showmanship for many years and was invited two separate years to the international show to participate in the early 2000s. Named Clerk of the Year for Southwest region in 2017. Known for her ability to smoothly run a ring by clerking and stewarding at the same time, Kelsey is generally quiet and efficient. She was the Youth Feline Education Program coordinator for Southwest region in 2018.
Kel-C-Katz cattery was created in 1999 and has had a regional and breed winner title. Kelsey has been in several breed councils, including Persian, Exotic, American Bobtail and more, starting when she turned 18. She has also served as a delegate for several clubs over the years at CFA Annual meetings. Her love of animals extended to her educational and professional goals, as she became a graduate of BS in biology with a concentration in ecology from the University of Toledo. She is a professional cat groomer by trade and serves clients throughout southern California.
Although Kelsey is often called Lorna or Shelby (her sister and mother's names), many people know and love her face and energy in the show hall. In reference to the madness of 2020, Kelsey proudly sports the most robust and eccentric face mask collection of all her friends.
Adopted in 2020
Vicki L. Thayer - WINN Feline Foundation BoD
Vicki L. Thayer has a 40 year background in feline medicine. A graduate of Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Thayer is board certified in feline medicine by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) and was principal owner of Civic Feline Clinic. Located in Walnut Creek, CA, the clinic was the first exclusively feline veterinary practice in the Diablo Valley region of the state.
She has considerable experience in organized veterinary medicine in the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) and American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), as well as through other community activities. Dr. Thayer served on the board of AAFP for 20 years, and as president from 1996-1998. From 2004-2010, she was AAFP’s delegate to AVMA. She is also on the board of the largest private cat shelter in the Pacific Northwest, Cat Adoption Team of Sherwood, OR.
Dr. Thayer joined the Winn Feline Foundation Board of Directors in 2008 and served as board president from June 2011 to June 2014, stepping into the position of Executive Director on July 1, 2014. She is retired from this role at the end of 2018. She lives on a 40-acre heritage farm in the foothills of the Oregon Cascades with her husband, four cats and one dog, and also enjoying time with her two sons’ families.
Adopted in 2020
Gwyneth Hayes - Millennial Exhibitor Judge
My name is Gwyneth Hayes, and my first cat show was in 2007. Prior to showing cats I showed purebred dogs (Shetland Sheepdogs, Belgian Malinois and Australian Cattle Dogs). I knew there had to be something for cats. My friend got me into it, and I haven't looked back. In the years since I have helped put on many shows in TICA, assisted with stewarding, ring clerking and even master clerking. I have also shown in CFA off and on for just as many years. My first show cat was an American Bobtail that I rescued from his previous owner, and he helped me learn so much about showing cats and the wonderful community of people that it is made up of. In my spare time prior to Covid-19, I had been visiting nursing homes with my registered therapy cats sharing the love.
Romain Attard - Millennial Exhibitor Judge
I met my partner, Frederic Goedert, five years ago. Before him I was not aware of the cat fancy, didn’t even know that cat breeders exist! Since then, we have organized shows, I have become a licensed clerk the first year I came into the cat fancy, and I am helping Frederic on the breeding program for the Korat and the Khao Manee. It’s a lot of work but the happiness and joy you are getting from breeding is priceless!
Teo Vargas - CFA Judge
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.
Christmas is for the Cats
Arden Moore - Best-Selling Author, host of CFA's Meowy Hour
Arden Moore happily wears many collars in the pet world. She is a best-selling pet author of more than two dozen books and host of the longest-running pet podcast on the planet called the Oh Behave show on Pet Life Radio. She is known as the Pet Health and Safety Coach and teaches pet professionals, first responders and pet parents the latest veterinarian-approved pet first aid/CPR as a master instructor and founder of Pet First Aid 4U. Yes, she DOES teach a cat-only first aid class!
She is an in-demand presenter at pet conferences and events and a Fear Free Pets certified professional/national speaker. Each week, she hosts the CFA's weekly Meowy Hour on Facebook Live and Zoom with her ginger boys, Casey and Rusty. She shares her Dallas home with her well-mannered Furry Brady Bunch -- four cats plus three dogs who adore and respect all felines. She lives her motto: "Bringing out the best in pets...and their people."
Learn more at ardenmoore.com.
Christmas is for the Cats
Tim Murphy - ACFA Allbreed Judge
Tim is an ALLBREED teaching judge for the American Cat Fanciers Association. He has been judging for 20 years now. He started his breeding career under the Cattery Snugharborkats and bred Persians for many years. In 2000 began his Exotic breeding Program under the Myzots Cattery. He has enjoyed judging and showing his cats and was thrilled to have achieved Kitten of the Year and Cat of the Year in ACFA.
He has also shown for many years in CFA and have enjoyed many Regional wins with his Exotics.