Judges' Education

The American Shetland Sheepdog Association (ASSA) provides educational material and seminars for prospective, provisional and approved AKC judges. ASSA also maintains a network of qualified breed mentors who can help prospective judges fulfill the AKC requirements for ringside mentoring. Attending local specialties and the annual ASSA National provides judges with the opportunity for ringside mentoring.

Contact Meredith Hector, the chair of the judges' education committee, if you would like to receive judges' education material by US mail.

Judges' Mentors

Judges' mentors meet ASSA's qualifications to provide ringside mentoring to prospective AKC judges. Contact any of the mentors listed below to arrange a session. ASSA mentors agree to:

  • use ASSA materials when mentoring or making a presentation
  • keep the tone positive and objective when mentoring
  • concentrate on virtues rather than faults when discussing dogs
  • share knowledge and experience in such a way that it inspires others to learn more about Shelties
  • not to use his/her status as an ASSA mentor for self-promotion or advertising in any way
  • conduct himself/herself appropriately as a representative of ASSA

To find out more about the requirements to become an ASSA mentor or to make an application, download the application form. Judges' mentors must be ASSA members.

Contact Tom Coen, chair of the judges' mentor committee.

 

Mentor Locator

Alabama

Ellen Worthington
Chelsea, Alabama

Arizona

Suzanne Healy
Chino Valley, Arizona

Jo Virden
Scottsdale, Arizona

California

Dottie Adkins
Santa Carita, California

Linda Churchill
Valley Springs, California

Gayle Eads
Anza, California

Peggy Haderlie
Silverado,California

Manteca, California

Yvonne Samuelson
Tracy, California

Carl and Patty Skinner
Placerville, California

Daniel and Marsha Wheatcroft
Acton, California

Colorado

Jan Leonard
Denver, Colorado

Connecticut

Jennie Hynes
Wilton, Connecticut

Barbara Kenealy
Moosup, Connecticut

Lynette Saltzman
Westport, Connecticut

Florida

Hector Hector & Meredith Hector
Davie, Florida

Irene and William Munsey
Plant City, Florida

Sulie Greendale-Paveeza
Ft. Pierce, Florida

Virginia Cavallaro Stimel
Tallahassee, Florida

Melanie Williams
Howey-In-The-Hills, Florida

Hawaii

Susan Ferroni-Keleher
Kamuela, Hawaii

Idaho

Susan Beacham
Nampa, Idaho

Kathy Ryan
Rigby, Idaho

Shannlee Waller-Michalsky
Rigby, Idaho

Iowa

Tracy Gensler
Urbana, Iowa

Jeannette Powers-Hodson
Des Moines, Iowa

Illinois

Susan Christie
Antioch, Illinois

Jane Howard
Chicago, Illinois

Rick Thompson
Caseyville, Illinois

Louisiana

Lynette Stewart
Ponchatoula, Louisiana

Massachusetts

Tom & Nioma Coen
Alford, Massachusetts

Richard Hildreth
Ashland, Massachusetts

Carolyn Ing & Kim Schive
Carlisle, Massachusetts

Charlotte McGowan
Newton, Massachusetts

Michigan

Virginia "Gini" Shaw
Sterling Heights, Michigan

Minnesota

Debra Nordby
Blaine, Minnesota

Missouri


Robert Piccirillo
Cedar Hill, Missouri

Glenda Henson
Wildwood, Missouri

Albert Harris
Drury, Missouri

North Carolina

Dianne Hawes
Fuquay Varinam, North Carolina

Rose Chandless
Davidson, North Carolina

Nick Joines & Joel McCarty
Sophia, NC

Sandra Macintosh Feret
Sophia, NC

New Jersey

Marjorie Tuff
Freehold, New Jersey

New York

Sheila Monks
Ballston Spa, New York

Debra Tessman-Van Leaven
Hamburg, New York

Nevada

Christine Machado,
Verdi, Nevada

Ohio

Harriet Smith
Morrow, Ohio

Oregon

Barbara Aulbach
Scappoose, Oregon

David & Sylvia Calderwood
Eugene,Oregon

Albert Harris
Wolf Creek, Oregon

Pennsylvania

Bernie Biasi
Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania

South Carolina

Rose Tomlin

Greenville, South Carolina

Patti Page
Gilbert, South Carolina

Tennessee

Lisa and Lloyd Graser, Jr.
Moshem, Tennessee

Sandra McCambridge
Deer Lodge, Tennessee

Texas

Alane L. Gomez
Pipe Creek, Texas

Cathi Gorman
McKinney, Texas

Jennifer Harper
Pinehurst, Texas

Guy Mauldin
Richmond, Texas

Diana Rockwell
Harper, Texas

Randall Sheets
Colleyville, Texas

Virginia

Al Bianchi
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Terry Jennings
Ashland, Virginia

Linda Sanders
Clifton, Virginia

Greg Speeks
Chesterfield, Virginia

Washington

Wisconsin

Joyce Becherini
Colgate, Wisconsin

Canada

Jo Ann Pavey
Barrie, Ontario