Speakers

Amanda Fouche

Amanda Fouche

Amanda Fouche, founder of The Fit Groomer, is a Chicago native and pet stylist of nearly a decade. She holds an education in personal training and sports nutrition through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Amanda has taken over the industry, combining her love and knowledge in nutrition and fitness to educate groomers about living a healthy lifestyle- both in the salon and at home through clean eating and exercise. Amanda has trained groomers around the world, helping them to reach their overall goals in becoming happier and healthier, aiding in the reduction of the dreaded groomer ‘burnout’.

Amanda Fouche

Amanda Fouche

Chris Anthony

Chris Anthony

Chris Anthony, weary from her travails in retail management and office work, found her calling when she discovered pet grooming. Her near fifteen year journey in this career has led her through many opportunities, experiences & life lessons, including grooming and managing in both small and corporate salons, and starting her own successful house call grooming business in New Jersey. Supplementing those life lessons by educating herself on the varying aspects of her career, she always sought out innovations in pet care, education, grooming techniques, tools and products. Now her passion for grooming & education has added more in depth knowledge on scissors, scissoring techniques and ergonomics to help preserve her own health and longevity in her chosen profession.

Diane Betelak

Diane Betelak

Diane Betelak is a Nationally Certified Master Groomer and has owned Heads and Tails Professional Dog Grooming, Inc. in Liverpool, NY since 1982. Diane groomed competitively in the U.S. and abroad and has multiple "Best in Shows" and "Best All-Around Groomer" wins. She qualified for the “GroomTeam USA” traveling team in 1996 and went to Milan, Italy where she won “Best in Show” with her Standard Poodle. Officially retired from active competition Diane is an International Grooming Consultant for The Andis Company. She has been a speaker and has judged all major grooming shows throughout the U.S. and Canada. Diane is also a certifier for N.D.G.A.A.

Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins, MS, ICMG

Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins

Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins, ICMG, is the Owner/Master Groomer at Love Fur Dogs in Glencoe, Illinois. Named “Best Groomer in Chicagoland” by the Chicago Tribune, Jennifer has been grooming, breeding, and showing several breeds of dogs and cats for four decades. Jennifer was featured on Season Three of the Hulu Television Series Small Business Revolution as a Grooming Expert. She teaches, writes grooming articles and an award-winning blog, and is publishing A Groomers Guide to the Fifteen Coat Types in 2021 based on her ground-breaking seminar. Jennifer founded the Illinois Professional Pet Groomers Association and works on the leadership team for the National Alliance of Grooming Associations (NAGA).

Michelle Breen

Michelle Breen

Michelle has been showing dogs for over 15 years, putting titles on dogs in conformation, obedience and agility and specializes in Golden Retrievers and Poodles. She has a BA in anthropology from University of Cincinnati. In 2007, she opened Best in Show Grooming, in Cincinnati Ohio. Michelle began competing in grooming contests in 2006, and received many placements, quickly moving up to the highest level. She was honored to make Groom Team USA for 2009.

Dave Campanella

Dave Campanella

Dave Campanella is an informative and entertaining seminar speaker, contributing trade columnist and genuine grooming enthusiast. He has over 30 years of pet industry knowledge, and has been Best Shot Pet Products sales, marketing, and product director for 15 years. He and his wife Tracy have co-owned a full-service pet salon and self-wash in Ohio prior to relocating with Best Shot to Kentucky. Together they enjoy exhibiting at grooming shows, being industry ambassadors and showing their Kerry Blue Terriers, Lowland Polish Sheep Dog, and Samoyed.

Judi Cantu-Thacker

Judi Cantu-Thacker

Judi Cantu-Thacker, A successful, retired contest groomer and former GroomTeam USA Coordinator for 2005/2006. These days you can find Judi working in the Wahl Clipper or Frank Rowe and Son booth, sharing her 27 years of grooming knowledge and experience. She owns a successful mobile grooming business in the city of Sugar Land and caters to the “Who’s Who” in the Houston area. Through mobile grooming, she has found the perfect balance between work and family. This resulted in more time for her to spend with her husband and the ability to support her children in their academics and extracurricular activities.

Dana Chavez-Rey

Dana Chavez-Rey

Dana got her start as a lead veterinary technician at the North Peninsula Humane Society from 1998. While working there she witnessed firsthand the importance of basic care for our pets. She worked in many areas of the veterinary world before becoming a groomer in 2005 and founded A Purrfect Groomer. After 10 years in the brick and mortar salon she decided to go mobile and has been at it ever since. As a feline grooming expert, Dana was a founding member of the Intellectual Groomers Association and she wrote the guidelines that were used in feline certification. Now a Global Educator with Andis, Dana brings her vast knowledge of feline grooming to the everyday groomer.

Malissa Conti-Diener

Malissa Conti-Diener

Malissa Conti-Diener is an entrepreneur, Certified Aromatherapist, Master Massage Therapist, a Professional Holistic Pet Groomer and animal wellness advocate, as well as a published author, educator, speaker, business coach, ordained minister, Level 2 Reiki Energy worker, animal communicator, and a proponent of the mindful, compassionate, and holistic style of pet grooming. She has a background in pet psychology, western herbalism and personal/business coaching. Her life has always encompassed a deep love and respect of animals. Cultivating a mindset of deep connection and kindness are staples in Malissa’s life and my practice.

Jonathan David

Jonathan David

Jonathan David has been the recipient of multiple scissoring awards, multiple Best All Around Groomer awards and Best in Show earning him a position on GroomTeam USA in 2008 and 2009. Jonathan was also a contestant on Animal Planet's "Groomer Has It" and has been featured as a grooming expert on multiple television shows. Currently, Jonathan owns and operates his salon, Lap of Luxury Dog Spa in Delray Beach, Florida and is a board member of multiple dog clubs.

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 was 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.

Mindy Dinwiddie

Mindy Dinwiddie

Mindy Dinwiddie owns Classy Canine in Litchfield, Michigan. She began grooming in 2007, having her own shop by 2008. She started in a back bedroom of her house, growing her business to a storefront. Her experiences include daycare, boarding and training. All while consistently furthering her education by attending expos, seminars and private lessons from top stylists in the industry, Mindy has been competing for three years. With a passion for learning and teaching, she began speaking in 2017 after having one of her grooms published in Doodle Modern Styles Special Edition. Mindy is also a Brand Ambassador for Evolution Shears.

Kathryn Dixon

Kathryn Dixon

Kathryn Dixon, a Nationally Certified Master groomer, is a top 20 ranked competitor and pet grooming educator. She has been involved in the industry since her first job as a bather at Petsmart in 2006. She has worked in corporate salons, private salons, mobile salons, and owned a mobile fleet based in Rhode Island from 2015 to 2019. She served as a member of the Rhode Island Professional Pet Groomers Association from 2015 to 2017 as secretary and treasurer. In this capacity, she helped write the Pet Grooming Safety Bill which the state will eventually pass. She is based in Maryland working part-time as a pet/show groomer and shows various breeds in the terrier, sporting, non-sporting, and toy rings.

Sarah Drouin

Sarah Drouin

Sarah Drouin, NCMG, has been in the grooming industry since 2010, where she started as a bather in a corporation, and through years of hard work, dedication and continued education, has moved her way up the ranks to get to the top of her game. Not only is she an Award-winning groomer, she also makes videos to help other groomers advance their skills. Sarah has won multiple first, second and third place awards in grooming competitions and was nominated for Barkleigh Honors Up & Coming Groomer in 2018. Her strengths are creating Sustainable Pet Styles that separate her to be the best in her community.

Michell Evans

Michell Evans

Michell Evans is a multi-Best in Show and Best All Around winning groomer and a Certified Master Groomer through National Dog Groomers Association of America. She is the proud recipient of the Barkleigh Honors Awards for "Competitive Groomer of the Year" Award 2011, "Up and Coming Judge of the Year" 2013, "Contribution to the Industry" 2014 and "Journalist of the Year" 2016. Michell was a GroomTeam USA member 2009-2013. She was the hand stripping member of the Silver Medal Winning team in Belgium in 2011 and the Gold Medal Winning team in Spain in 2013. Her business "The Grooming Tutor" has been educating groomers since 2000.

Dr. Cliff Faver

Dr. Cliff Faver

Dr. Cliff Faver, a 1987 graduate of CSU, is the founder/owner of Animal Health Services in Cave Creek, Arizona. He is the US distributor for Iv San Bernard products. He uses the two businesses as a means of merging the grooming and veterinary professions to pursue his life’s passion of healing and helping pets. Dr. Faver is an international speaker and teaches the ISB Pet Aesthetician Certification program. He is a member of AVMA, AAHA, AZVMA, a sponsor for the CPPGA, a Board member for the Burbank Kennel Club, and previously served on the Novartis Lead Committee, Hill’s International Global Veterinary Board, and is still active in a Veterinary Management Group.

Anne Francis

Anne Francis

Anne has been a professional pet stylist for over 20 years, joining the team at The Village Groomer & Pet Supply in Walpole, Mass in 1995. Anne was the recipient of the Cardinal Crystal Award for Journalist of The Year for her work on the instructional article in Grooming Business Magazine, “The Grooming Table.” She was a member of GroomTeam USA in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and winner of “Taxi Award” at the NEPGP for the best expression and character on a mixed breed. Anne is excited to share her knowledge she has gathered over the years as she transitions into being an educator in the industry that she loves.

Jayne Gallagher

Jayne Gallagher

Who would have thought that someone who grew up in a "No Pets Allowed" household would end up spearheading some of the most iconic grooms in the country? Jayne graduated from the Jersey Shore Grooming Academy in the year 2000, took courses from the prestigious Nash Academy, and took private lessons from top pet stylists and GroomTeam members from around the globe. She marks herself as a perpetual student, always excited to stay sharp in her craft. She is an award-winning legend who is known far and wide in the grooming community, even being featured as a competitor in the 2021 cultural phenomenon Pooch Perfect on ABC Network. Jayne specializes in creative styling, salon freestyle, Asian fusion, poodles, and bichons.

Evan Gummo

Evan Gummo

Evan Gummo, Director of Digital Media for Barkleigh Productions, is a social media strategist and digital advertising specialist with over 10 years of professional experience. Responsible for developing an online presence for countless businesses across the United States, Evan has designed digital content and advertising campaigns to increase brand awareness, generate online sales and successfully target new clientele. With certifications in Google Adwords, the Facebook Blueprint, as well as various others, he brings an unconventional yet logical approach to each campaign based on previous success rates found through analytical data.

Jill Hailey

Jill Hailey

Jill Hailey has created a virtual empire since opening her first mobile pet salon in 2014. Today her mobile business runs eight units in California. She owns Foxy Roxy’s Supply Co. which began in 2017 and includes Scissor of the Month Club and Groomer Supply Box. Along with her partner Blake Hernandez, she also runs multiple continuing education platforms, including the Foxify weekend retreats and GROOM Source. Jill came into the industry with plenty of experience in business management and graphic design, but oddly, none in grooming! And she believes that has brought a unique perspective with her that has contributed to her success.

Blake Hernandez

Blake Hernandez

Blake Hernandez is a NCMG and 3-time Barkleigh Honors recipient. He is best known for his online persona and caterwauling lyrics that speak to our industry. Blake has brought innovation and current outside trends to the grooming industry from Personality Marketing to the FoxEye, a phone holding device for the everyday groomer or aspiring influencer. Having been nominated for 20 Barkleigh Honors in many categories it is safe to say that Blake is well loved and admired in many facets of our Groomerverse. Blake runs Foxy Roxy's Pet Salon in San Diego, CA, in addition to competing in grooming contests and dog shows all over the country. He is the co-creator and founder of GroomSource, an app made for groomers’ continued education. Blake also creates and produces many products with Foxy Roxy's Supply Co. for the professional groomer and now for the everyday dog lover. Blake was also a feature groomer in Netflix's "DOGS" documentary and a contestant on ABC's Pooch Perfect Season 1.

Denise Heroux

Denise Heroux

Denise Heroux owns Awesome Paws Pet Salon, a Cleveland-based chain with two locations and active plans for expansion. Awesome Paws fosters a healthy environment for employees and pets with a focus on employee investment and learning. While managing both locations and a staff of over 20 employees, Denise finds time to work with the Ohio Professional Pet Groomers Association, which she founded. The association focuses on setting a higher standard for pet safety, business-building opportunities, versatile learning experiences, and creating legislative fluidity in the industry. You may have listened to Denise on both the Women PetPreneurs and Small Business Hiring podcasts.

Ashley Julien

Ashley Julien

Ashley Julien is a professional dog groomer from Greenwich, New York. She originally started showing Shih Tzus but soon switched to West Highland White terriers at the age of 12 and from there earned the title of number one West Highland White Terrier Jr handler in the United States for three years running (2010, 2011, 2012). She has spent years apprenticing and devoted 10 solid years to hand stripping, pet grooming and dog handling. Ashley loves spending her free time at shows and expos and also enjoys spreading her knowledge of hand stripping and dog grooming and finds happiness in teaching and helping others.

Nicole Kallish

Nicole Kallish

Nicole Kallish is a Certified Master Groomer and the Global Education Manager at Andis Company. Nicole attended the Academy of Dog Grooming Arts and then successfully ran her mobile grooming business for six years prior to starting a shop in Sarasota. Nicole had worked her way up the ranks in the ring earning many 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placements in entry and intermediate levels, including Best Groomed Dog. Nicole won “Rising Star of the Year” at Intergroom in 2013 and was a Barkleigh Honors nominee for "Up and Coming Groomer of the Year" and a nominee for the Cardinal Crystal Achievement Awards “Mobile Groomer of the Year” 2011 and 2012. Nicole is now a judge, speaker and educator since selling her shop if Florida and joining Andis full time.

Alyssa Kasiba

Alyssa Kasiba

Alyssa Kasiba is an international award-winning creative groomer. She has twelve years grooming experience, and she began competitive grooming in 2016. Over the past five years, she has pushed herself to attend as many classes, shows and competitions as possible to continue her growth in the industry. Her hard work has paid off having placed in the majority of Barkleigh shows she has competed in, Superzoo and an international model dog competition in Taiwan. Alyssa has been nominated for Creative Groomer of the Year by the prestigious Barkleigh Honors Awards. She has also been featured on Night Line News and was a Finalist on ABC's creative dog grooming competition show, Pooch Perfect. Alyssa has been a Brand Ambassador for Foxy Roxy since 2020 and a member of the Foxy Roxy Competition Team.

Angela Kumpe

Angela Kumpe

Internationally renowned creative stylist and instructor, Angela Kumpe has more placements in creative styling than anyone, worldwide. She won the first ever Barkleigh Honors Award for Creative Competitor. She is the author of A Creative Collection, a step-by-step guide to creative styling. Angela's work has been featured on Animal Planet, TLC, The Today Show, Regis and Kelly, and ABC Nightline as well as in The New York Times and on the cover of Groomer to Groomer magazine. Angela is the owner of Angela's Grooming and Pet Spa in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Melissa Mitchner

Melissa Mitchner

Melissa Mitchner is the CEO and founder of The Bark Shoppe, located in Harlem, NY. Melissa has over a decade in business management and expansion. Prior to entering the pet care industry, she worked for one of the largest retail companies in the nation and was responsible for hiring over 6,000 + people. She has 7 years’ experience in owning and managing a profitable salon. Since opening in 2012 she has expanded her services from grooming, to boarding, daycare and self-service facility and has also created private label products for her brand. She is passionate about helping entrepreneurs grow and establish their brands, and is currently a licensed grooming instructor by NY State.

Jilly Mucciarone

Jilly Mucciarone

Jilly Mucciarone is the Owner/Master Groomer at Creative Canines, an award-winning, 5-star cage-free luxury grooming salon in Mystic, CT. Named “Best Groomer” by Homeguide in 2018, she is a competitive creative groomer who also specializes in Asian Fusion pet trims and creative grooming in her salon. In 2017, Jilly “went to the dogs” and opened her salon after a 17-year high school English teaching career and hasn’t looked back. Jilly continually furthers her education and attends expos, seminars and private lessons from top stylists in the industry. She has appeared live several times on GroomerTV, authored grooming articles, is a puppy grooming instructor for pet parents, and hosts a Facebook group, Groomers 4-1-1, where she interviews industry members from around the world. Jilly is an ambassador for Utsumi, Andis, Opawz, iGROOM, and Learn 2 Groom Dogs.

Chanel Owens

Chanel Owens

Chanel Owens is a second-generation groomer who has been in the industry for over 35 years. Chanel’s mother, Donna Owens, was a member of GroomTeam and bred and showed German Wirehaired Pointers. Growing up surrounded by dogs, Chanel developed a passion for grooming at a very young age. She is a CPR certified instructor, teaching courses on salon safety, first aid, and pet CPR. Chanel founded and invented PawMat, an anti-fatigue mat specifically designed for grooming. In 2017, PawMat won the Barkleigh Honors “Best New Product” Award. Chanel quickly grew her business using social media, and now PawMat has 10,000 followers on Instagram.

Lynn Paolillo

Lynn Paolillo

Lynn Paolillo has been grooming both dogs and cats for over 10 years. The last 5 have been dedicated to working as an instructor and certifier with the National Cat Groomers Institute of America, Inc. teaching cat grooming students from around the globe. She also owns and operates Cat Naps Cattery, a feline-exclusive boarding and grooming business in New Jersey.

Jill Pipino

Jill Pipino

Jill Pipino started grooming in 2000. She bought a turnkey operation, turning it into a successful business offering her clients everything from daycare to spa services and personality trims to show styles. She began regularly attending seminars and trade shows at the beginning of her career, and started competing in 2007. She has been a regular in the competition circuit ever since. In an effort to further her understanding of pet styling, she has trained privately with top stylists and breeders. She also works with breeders and handlers at dog shows and is looking forward to showing her field spaniel, Brucie.

Macie Pisa

Macie Pisa

As a second-generation groomer, Macie has been immersed in the dog world her whole life. She has been grooming professionally since 2010. Macie started competing in 2014 and quickly rose to the top, becoming one of the youngest competitors in open division. In 2016 she was nominated for the Barkleigh Honors Up and Coming Groomer of the Year Award. She will continue to travel and compete nationally until she achieves her dream of making GroomTeam USA. Macie co-owns the Laundromutt in Kenmore, NY.

Adriane Pope

Adriane Pope

Adriane Pope is an award-winning Pet stylist in Breed Profile and Creative Grooming. Her specialty is extreme creative styling and creative abstract design. Adriane is owner/groomer of Adriane's Groom and Go Mobile Grooming in Conway, SC., and also the owner of Rivertown Bed and Biscuit Luxury Kennel since 2004. She has 24 years of grooming experience, and has been mobile for 22 years. She started competing in breed profile in 1997 and started the creative world in 2004.

Cheryl Purcell

Cheryl Purcell

Cheryl A Purcell, Nationally Certified Master Groomer, was a 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. Cheryl is also 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.

Jess Rona

Jess Rona

Jess Rona is a dog groomer in Los Angeles and is known for her Instagram, @JessRonaGrooming that has over 100k followers and features her signature slo-mo videos. She directed the Tegan and Sara music video for “100x”, had a dog featured in Beck’s “WOW” video, and directed a commercial for the Standard hotel featuring her grooming clients. She’s been featured in O magazine, Marie Claire, Glamour, Elle, and Paper among many others, has been featured on several news programs including the Today Show and Good Morning America, and has had several write ups online. Some of her celebrity clients include: Katy Perry, Andy Garcia, Maria Menudos, and Marnie the Dog.

Victor Rosado

Victor Rosado

With 26 years of experience in professional grooming and conformation, Victor Rosado is a NCMG with NDGAA, ICMG, and is a certifier with IPG, as well as a Grooming Contest Judge and a Licensed All Breeds Conformation Judge for FCPR/FCI. As a competitive groomer, Victor Rosado is a multiple Best All Around and Best in Show winner, and one of the top groomers on GroomTeam USA. Victor is a member of American Spaniel Club, an AKC Breeder of Merit, and an exhibitor of American Cocker Spaniels for 20 years with multiple Best in Show and Best in Specialty Shows wins. Victor is also an Oster Ambassador in Latin America and owner of Davis Puerto Rico.

Dr. Dale Sanson

Dr. Dale Sanson

Dr. Sanson studied at the University of Missouri, Columbia and obtained a doctorate in Organic Chemistry. He is a member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemistry and has been developing animal grooming products - from shampoos to leave-on cologne sprays - for the professional and consumer markets. As an avid animal lover, he doesn’t develop any products that he would not use on his own pets.

Helen Schaefer

Helen Schaefer

Helen is a successful competitive groomer, nationally ranked (2017/18) and NCMG. Over the span of her almost 15 year career she has done everything from Housecall and Corporate to Mobile Grooming. She is the former owner of the award winning The Groom Studio, whose slogan, "Where every dog is a work of Art" has become Helen's personal Mantra, and what she hopes to pass on through teaching. She currently works at one of the highest rated salons in Mainline Philadelphia while focusing on her competitive career, teaching, and goal of obtaining a spot on GroomTeam USA.

Philip Schafmayer

Philip Schafmayer

Philip Schafmayer, NCMG was a Professional All Breed AKC Handler for over 18 years. Philip has been a professional pet stylist since 1997 and became a Certified Master Groomer with NDGAA in 2017. He was awarded Best in Show and Best All Around Groomer at NEPGP 2017 at his very first competition, then again at NEPGP 2018. Philip made the GroomTeam USA Top 10 Pet Stylists for 2017 as well as 2018, and earned the #5 GroomTeam USA spot for 2018, as well as being announced as the 2020 World Travel Team Alternate. In February 2018 Philip retired from Professional Handling and opened Dogs by Design Pet Salon in Danielson, CT, and is getting ready to open his second salon in Cranston, RI.

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.

Allison Sebastian

Allison Sebastian

Allison Brooks Sebastian is a National Certified Groomer. Despite her career beginning just four years ago, she has been nominated for multiple Barkleigh awards and has won multiple grooming competitions. Under the age of 25, she is a salon owner and social media educator who uses her platform to share grooming education and awareness across the industry.

Kelsey Ann Sexton

Kelsey Ann Sexton

Kelsey Ann Sexton is a Nationally Certified Master Groomer with over 16 years’ experience. She received training in a corporate salon then worked alongside several Master Groomers. After working as a veterinarian’s head groomer, Kelsey became a business owner and ran a successful home-based salon for four years. She opened her salon “The Dog Studio” outside of Nashville, TN in 2020. Kelsey is a proud member of the Foxy Roxy Pro Team and is ferociously passionate about continuing education in the grooming industry. She is published in Groomer-To-Groomer magazine, and has helped the Nashville area orchestrate seminars and industry events.

Susan Sholar

Susan Sholar

Susan has been grooming dogs and cats for over forty years and has taught grooming for fifteen years. Her first love of dogs began very young while on the television set of Rin Tin Tin and then in her teens on the set of Hogan’s Heroes. Like many groomers, Susan turned a “hobby” into her life work. Her career began with showing and grooming her own dogs, progressed to showing and grooming for others as a Certified Professional Handler and, in 1997, Susan turned in her show leash for a judge’s book. She now judges breeds in five groups and has judged grooming competitions. Susan is presently an AKC Delegate for the Black Russian Terrier Club of America, where she holds the office of Recording Secretary and serves as Chairman of the Judges Education Committee.

Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith is the owner of two locations of “Groomed by Adrian’s Pet Salon” in New Orleans and Atlanta. He is known on social media as the “Color King” which landed him a spot on the ABC primetime network show, Pooch Perfect. Grooming for over 8 years, Adrian has over 10 grooming certifications with extensive knowledge on creative grooming. Adrian’s affinity and passion for the well-being and care of animals have truly been the fabric of his life, shaping and guiding his career. A firm believer in “dream-chasing,” Adrian lives by the following mantra: It’s never too late to follow your first love — and succeed!

Corina Stammworthy

Corina Stammworthy

Corina stumbled into the dog grooming industry by chance, but has brought fresh eyes and new ideas. She opened The Laundromutt, a self-service dog wash and grooming salon, on the concept that washing your own dog should be easy and fun. She believes that your dog should always be in the most educated hands, and in the cleanest and calmest environment possible. Corina is a college biology instructor and is currently in graduate school for Biotechnology.

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.

Shannon Tupes

Shannon Tupes

Shannon Tupes is a Certified Master Groomer for NDGAA as well as IPG. She owns, breeds and handles Bichon Frises in addition to her recognition for one of the top breeders of Yorkshire Terriers. She founded and owns Pink Paw Pet Spa & Resort in Birmingham, AL. Shannon is an active competitive groomer.

Melissa Verplank

Melissa Verplank

Melissa has over 30 years of experience in the pet grooming industry. Her mastery of grooming techniques won her a place on Groomteam USA, and later she became Groomteam coordinator and a member of the board. Melissa is an industry speaker, author, Barkleigh honors nominee, two-time cardinal crystal achievement award winner, and contest grooming judge. She operated a fleet of mobile grooming units, a grooming salon, and the Paragon School Of Pet Grooming, Inc. In Jenison, Michigan. She is the founder of White Dog Enterprises Inc., which publishes notes from the grooming table, the theory of five, and core skill method training dvds geared for the professional pet groomer.

Joey Villani

Joey Villani

In 1998, Joey purchased the Nash Academy in New Jersey which he owned and operated until 2008. Now a well-known pet industry speaker and judge, Joey has been nominated 14 times for the Cardinal Crystal and Barkleigh Honors awards. He has been enthusiastically involved with Intergroom International for 33 years and has been instrumental in expanding the organization's reach into Belgium, Italy, and France. Joey is one of the original members of the International Judges Association and has made many television appearances. Today, Joey continues to innovate and explore new dimensions in the pet care and grooming industry. In early 2009, Joey became part of the Animal Radio on-air staff where he is known as "The Dogfather".

Denise Westbrook

Denise Westbrook

Denise Westbrook is a member of the travelling team for Groom Team England. She started her grooming career in 2002 and is a member of the Guild of Master Groomers. She currently runs a successful grooming salon and training school, Dee for Dogs Ltd, in Essex UK. Denise has been a GTE member since 2015 representing the Poodle category. She is one of the few groomers in the UK to have achieved a placement in 3 out of the 4 breed categories representing England. She has won multiple grooming prizes both in the UK and abroad for a variety of breeds and is very proud to be on the European Judges list as an Allrounder. Denise is also an assessor and examiner for grooming qualifications and has a passion for sharing her knowledge to educate and inspire the groomers of tomorrow.

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 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 was a GroomTeam USA member 2008-2012 and won the Silver medal in Belgium, 2011 as a part of the traveling team. 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.