Trader Macungie in the conformation ring.

Judges’ Education Mentor Program

JEC Mission/Purpose:

The mission of the Judges’ Education Committee is to provide education to current and prospective Akita judges who intend to apply to the AKC for approval to judge the breed. The JEC also provides continuing education to licensed Akita judges as appropriate.

JEC Vision & Goal:

The JEC seeks to educate prospective and current Akita judges by developing educational materials based on the AKC Akita Standard, delivering seminars, serving as breed and ringside mentors, providing judging techniques, and disseminating information. To achieve this goal, the JEC reviews, revises and updates educational materials on a regular basis, develops new materials, and seeks on-going feedback/assessment from JEC participants/attendees and others that is used to improve the quality and delivery of seminars and materials.

JEC Committee Chair:

Ms. Sylvia Thomas, California

JEC Committee Members:

Mrs. Nancy Amburgey, Ohio

Mrs. Terrie Breen, Connecticut

Ms. Carol Foti, California

Dr. Sophia Kaluzniacki, Arizona

Dr. Rebecca Kestle, Georgia

Ms. Priscilla McCune, Indiana

Ms. Mona Shaw, N. Carolina

Ms. Colleen Sullivan, Arizona

JEC Mentor List

ACA Approved Breed Mentors  *JEC  Members | **JEC  Chair
Arizona Sophia Kaluzniaki, DVM *
Colleen Sullivan*
520-­‐625-­‐1560
503-307-6705
Arkansas Chris Ann Moore 479–674–2913
California (Northern) Carol Foti *
Stacey Borrmann
415-­‐488-­‐0886
650–208–3384
California (Southern) Sylvia Thomas**
Susan Cargill
Elaine McMoran
951-­‐684-­‐8230
909-­‐473-­‐9966
951–202–8143
Colorado Jeff  Melnick
Richard  Shaw
303–841–0329
720–323–8068
Connecticut Terri  Breen *
Kim  Holmes
Lonny Cohen
860-­‐285-­‐0499
860-­‐617-­‐3871
203–631–2460
Delaware Ruth  Zimmerman 302-­‐478-­‐6752
Florida Beverly  Vics
Donald Plummer
863-­‐439-­‐6990
813–985–4432
Georgia Rebecca  Kestle*
Cindy  Smith
770-­‐578-­‐0874
770-­‐775-­‐6399
Idaho Ingrid  Linerud 509-­‐922-­‐7824
Illinois Ree Keca
Cecilia Carmean
815-­‐439-­‐6716
210–739–2656
Indiana Priscilla McCune * 317-­‐849-­‐1890
Kentucky Lynn  Morgan 859-­‐527-­‐3360
Maryland Jo Ann Charnik
Pat  Mills
410-­‐519-­‐1523
410-­‐956-­‐5673
Michigan Rita  Biddle
Linda  Walker
517-­‐626-­‐6844
517-­‐787-­‐5973
Minnesota Coleman Nemerov 763-­‐416-­‐4130
New Jersey Linda & Frank  Ingemi
Cheryl Koenitz
609-­‐561-­‐9394
973-­‐584-­‐2411
New Hampshire Keith Venezia 603-­‐483-­‐8087
New Mexico Christina Stanley 505-­‐881-­‐1887
New York Miriam & Steve Lisker
Lynny Benzinger
516-­‐593-­‐2553
607-­‐733-­‐1315
North Carolina Mona Shaw * 607-­‐738–6487
Oklahoma Donna & Mike Bennett
Hollie Walker/Francee Hamblet
918-­‐241-­‐3000
530–859–2589
Tennessee Catherine Bell 865-­‐690-­‐6667
Texas Jill & Russell  Drennan
Sherry Wallis
Rick & Teresa Witte
281-­‐489-­‐9578
713-­‐465-­‐9729
713-­‐647-­‐8444
Virginia Nancy Fisk 508-­‐618-­‐9553
Washington Sally Compton
Maddy Goss
509-­‐926-­‐2929
509-­‐926-­‐5387
Wisconsin David Osborn 920-­‐864-­‐2953
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