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Contest Judges

Wire Coated Breeds: Friday AM
Entry: Colin Taylor
Intermediate: Teri DiMarino
Open: Sue Zecco
Group: Jay Scruggs
All Other Purebreds: Friday PM
Entry: Cheryl Purcell
Intermediate: Colin Taylor
Open: Olga Zabelinskaya
Group: Tammy Siert
Sporting: Saturday AM
Entry: Teri DiMarino
Intermediate: Joey Villani
Open: Colin Taylor
Group: Irina Pinkusevich
Salon Freestyle: Saturday AM
Entry: Joey Villani
Intermediate: Teri Dimarino
Open: Irina Pinkusevich
Group: Colin Taylor
Poodles: Saturday PM
Entry: Joey Villani
Intermediate: Jodi Murphy
Open: Sue Watson
Group: Teri DiMarino
Rescue Round-Up: Sunday AM
Lisa Leady
Best In Show: Sunday PM
Jennifer Lee
Creative Styling: Sunday PM
Sue Zecco, Dawn Omboy
Contest Coordinator
Kathy Rose

Teri DiMarino

Teri DiMarino

An industry veteran, Teri has owned and operated successful salons and mobiles in Florida and California. A winning grooming contest competitor, Teri was a member of three groomteam USA Gold Medal teams. A multiple Barkleigh Honors and Cardinal Crystal Award winner, Teri is a regular columnist for Groomer to Groomer Magazine as well as a popular speaker and judge at seminars and trade shows across the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

Lisa Leady

Lisa Leady

Lisa Leady NCMG, CMG, a Barkleigh Honors Award winner, qualified for Groom Team USA in 2000. Lisa is a certifier for National Dog Groomers Association. Lisa breeds and shows Smooth Fox Terriers. Lisa was a member of Groom Team USA from 2000 - 2006. In 2005 she qualified for the traveling team to France, where she helped bring home the Silver medal, in 2007 she qualified again for the traveling team to Italy. Lisa is the proud owner of Primp My Pooch Mobile in Genoa, IL. Lisa was honored to be a contestant on Animal Planet's Groomer Has It 2.

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Started competing in 2005. Since then she has won over 70 grooming competition awards, multiple Best In Show and Best All Around Groomer awards. In 2012 Jennifer won Groom Olympic World Champion at Groom Expo with her Scottish Terrier. Jennifer is a member of Groomteam USA hall of fame, she was honored to become Groomteam USA’s traveling team member to Belgium in 2011. In 2015, Jennifer also won International Groomer of the year award in Master Groom England. Jennifer is an international grooming seminar speaker, and has taught in many countries, including England, Sweden, Brazil, China, and Korea. Jennifer is an All Round EGA (European Grooming Association) and USA grooming competition Judge. Jennifer is a grooming certifier for Barkleigh Certification South Korea and IGU (International Groomers Union).

Jodi Murphy, NCMG, MPS

Jodi Murphy

Jodi was a 2011 and 2012 Barkleigh honors awards nominee. She is a NCMG and MPS, Meritus. She owns the puppy spa mobile grooming salon in New Jersey. Jodi was a four year member of groom team USA and ended the 2004 season as #1 team member. She won best American groomer in 2005 and 2006 at Intergroom. In 2006 she won the world championship title in the Oster invitational tournament of champions. Jodi won gold and bronze medals in 2005 in Barcelona Spain and a gold medal in 2007 in Milan Italy. Jodi has produced an instructional dvd series for all levels of grooming. She also has designed her own line of grooming apparel for groomers which is made in the USA. Jodi just released a book titled mobile pet grooming.

Dawn Omboy

Dawn Omboy

Creative styling artist Dawn Omboy, or the Queen of Color as she is known to many, is a multiple creative styling champion, placing in nearly every contest she entered. She has been featured on the cover of Groomer to Groomer three times and has contributed articles for the magazine as well. She is a previous Barkleigh Honors winner. Dawn was also a Cardinal Crystal nominee. She enjoys learning new techniques, teaching, and judging. Private and group classes are most fun for her. Dawn has owned Klippers in Columbus, Georgia, for 25 years. She is the author of the DVD set "Creative Canine Color and Design," an instructional by Klippers.com. Her motto: "making the world more colorful, one dog at a time."

Irina Pinkusevich

Irina Pinkusevich

Currently Irina teaches the art of pet styling at Merryfield School of pet grooming in Ft. Lauderdale Fl. Irina Pinkusevich NCMG has been in the grooming industry for over 20 years. She was a 2011 Barkleigh Honors Awards nominee. She is a multiple BIS and Best All Around winner, Winners circle champion Best American Groomer 2008 at Intergroom. Member of Travel Groom Team USA 2008. Irina competed in World Team Championship in Dachau Germany in September of 2009 and helped bring back gold for the US.

Cheryl Purcell

Cheryl Purcell

Cheryl A Purcell Nationally Certified Master Groomer: 
groomteam USA Member from 2002 to 2007. Cheryl retired in 2010 to become the groomteam USA Coordinator from 2011-2014, She captained the 2013 Gold World Grooming Champion Travel Team. In addition to being a five time Cardinal Crystal nominee and a Barkleigh Honors Awards nominee. Cheryl and her dog River where the 2014 Kerry Blue Terrier BOB at Westminster. Cheryl is a sought after Lecturer, Judge and Mentor. Cheryl owns and operates Pooch Paws Pet Grooming with her husband Ron, in Hanover MA.

Kathy Rose

Kathy Rose

A veteran competitor, Kathy was seen in competition rings from coast to coast, winning Best in Show and Best All-Around Groomer awards from all classes in nearly every show in the U.S., garnering her positions on four consecutive GroomTeams. Her artistry also earned her multiple Creative Styling awards. She is a Barkleigh Honors nominee as well as a recipient of multiple nominations for the Crystal Awards, winning the award for outstanding service to the industry. Kathy is recognized worldwide as a respected judge, knowledgeable lecturer, and columnist for Groomer to Groomer magazine. Kathy’s salon, Pets of Perfection, was a Crystal Award nominee as one of the top four boutique salons in the U.S. and adorned the cover of the Groomer to Groomer Buyer's Guide.

Jay Scruggs

Jay Scruggs

Jay and his wife, Michelle, own Here Comes the Groom, a highly successful mobile grooming salon in Germantown, Tennessee. Jay has won multiple Best in Show and Best All-Around Groomer awards and helped Groomteam USA win the Gold medal in Calgary, Canada, in 2001. Jay was named American Groomer of the Year in 2001, Groomer of the Year Award at Westminster Dog Show in 2002, and Grooming Judge of the Year in 2004. In 2003 Jay won an International Gold and Bronze medal in Barcelona, Spain, helping groomteam USA win the silver team medal. He and Sue Zecco offer seminars nationally. Jay won a Barkleigh Honors Award at the event that he emceed.

Tammy Siert

Tammy Siert

Tammy has been grooming and competing for over 24 years and now manages a busy upscale salon in Hinsdale, IL. With the help and patients of her husband and many family members she made GroomTeam USA in 2008, 2011, 2012 - ultimately achieving her goal to travel to every show that was GroomTeam sanctioned for four years. Tammy has been the National Grooming Consultant for Espree Animal Products and has helped develop new products for them. She has been Secretary for GroomTeam USA since 2013, works for Andis Company as a part of their Small Animal Education Team, and received certification from the USA Judges Alliance in 2012 and now judges at shows around the Country and Internationally. Tammy is certified in Animal CPR and First Aid and is currently working on becoming a Certified Master Groomer.

Colin Taylor

Colin Taylor

Colin Taylor, author of ‘What Would Colin Do? 101 Situations and Solutions for Every Dog Groomer’ and founder of the Colin Taylor Academy is an international multi-award winning groomer, who has been in the industry for 30 years. After more than 20 years of grooming in the US, Colin has returned to the UK to continue his career. His aim is to bring the same level of excitement and energy to the dog grooming industry worldwide. Colin is also an international judge and speaker and runs and manages Master Groom Dog Grooming Contest.

Joey Villani

Joey Villani

Joey had 35 years of experience under industry visionary John Nash. He trained thousands of groomers as an instructor and director of Nash schools. In 1995, he became the owner of the Nash Academy of Animal Arts, New Jersey. Joey is an IJA judge and four-time nominee for Judge of the Year. Joey has appeared on numerous television shows, including Animal Planet's Dogs 101, NBC's The Today Show, and Fox's The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet. As a judge on Animal Planet's Groomer Has It, a grooming-based reality TV show, Joey brought a technical insight to the show.

Sue Watson

Sue Watson

Suesan, a third generation pet stylist, began working with dogs over 39 years ago. She is a Certified Master Groomer, and owns a mobile grooming business, Best All Around Groomer, serving the Chicago area. She was the winner of the Wahl 2003 Groomer of the Year Award at Westminster Dog Show and the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards for American Groomer of the Year in 2002 - 2004. Suesan has been nominated two times for the Cardinal Grooming Contest Judge of the Year award. Since she began competing in 1995, Sue has received Best in Shows and Best All Around Groomer awards. She has been a member of the 2000 – 2005 Groom Team USA teams. She is a representative of the Wahl Clipper Corporation who is sponsoring her at Groom Expo.

Olga Zabelinskaya

Olga Zabelinskaya

Olga is a certified master groomer and owns two grooming salons, Elite Pet Spa & Boutique in Madison, NJ and Grooming Gallery in Morris Plains, NJ. She that has multiple BIS and best all-around groomer wins as well as two prestigious winners circle champion titles. Olga is 2009 and 2010 American groomer of the year by cardinal pet, and was awarded the Lynne Carver memorial award as best all-around stylist 2009. Olga was born in Russia where she had a master degree in engineering and finished law school. Olga is groom team USA member in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and won silver medal at the world grooming competition in Belgium, 2011 as a part of traveling groom team usa. She received the inaugural Barkleigh honors award for up-and-coming speaker. Olga co-hosts many pet fundraising events

Sue Zecco

Sue Zecco

Sue is a 2011 Barkleigh Honors Award winner. She is a Certified Master Groomer with both the National Dog Groomers Association (NDGAA) and the International Professional Groomers (IPG). She has been grooming for over 30 years. She has won multiple grooming awards, including her biggest show accomplishments: 1998 International Groomer of the Year and 1999 Oster Invitational Tournaments Grand Champion. Sue has been a member of GroomTeam USA since 1997 and broke all records in 1999, earning 113 points. She is also a Wahl Clipper Corporation spokesperson. With Jay Scruggs, she conducts a series of full-day seminars called Super Styling Sessions. Sue breeds Standard Poodles under the “Dreamcatcher” prefix.