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Contest Judges

Wire Coated Breeds: Friday AM
Entry: Ann Martin
Intermediate: Kelly Knight
Open: Koko Tanaka
Group: Teri DiMarino
All Other Purebreds: Friday PM
Entry: Teri DiMarino
Intermediate: Joey Villani
Open: Olga Zabelinskaya
Group: Kelly Knight
Sporting: Saturday AM
Entry: Will Comparsi
Intermediate: Teri DiMarino
Open: Chris Pawlosky
Group: Koko Tanaka
Salon Freestyle: Saturday AM
Entry: Tammy Siert
Intermediate: Koko Tanaka
Open: Joey Villani
Group: Chris Pawlosky
Poodles: Saturday PM
Entry: Donna Owens
Intermediate: Joey Villani
Open: Jay Scruggs
Group: Tammy Siert
Rescue Round-Up: Sunday AM
Christine Speerin
Best In Show: Sunday PM
Christine Speerin
Creative Styling: Sunday PM
Donna Owens, Teri DiMarino, Kelly Knight

Will Comparsi

Will Comparsi

Will started his career in the dog grooming industry over fifteen years ago and is a Nash Academy graduate, trained under industry icons John and Vivian Nash. He has been a strong west coast competitive groomer since 2000. Will has worked his way up the competitive ladder, and is now a top ranking male dog groomer. Will has owned several grooming shops through the years, and is currently the owner of Will's Professional Pet Styling, located in Palm Springs, CA. Will breeds and shows American Cocker Spaniels and works hand in hand with some of the top show handlers from around the world. Will has groomed countless Sporting dogs to their championship. He was also a contestant on Groomer Has It.

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.

Kelly Knight

Kelly Knight

Kelly is a National Certified Master Groomer, who has been grooming for over 20 years. She started competing in 2009 and won the 2010 Rising Star of the Year, while making GroomTeam USA top 10. This year, she made the top five. Kelly is also known for her exquisite work with creative abstract design, where she has multiple wins. She is the owner of Goin' to the Dogs in Cleveland, TN.

Ann Martin

Ann Martin

Ann Martin has been immersed in the dog show world her whole life and has been grooming professionally for the past 25 years. In the early 1990s, she started attending grooming contests, and during the short five-year span of time that she competed, she garnered many Best in Shows and Best All-Around Groomer Awards. She was a member of Groom Team USA from 1993 to 1996. She still remains active in the grooming industry on a national level as a certifier for the National Dog Groomers Association of America and an Oster Ambassador.

Donna Owens

Donna Owens

Donna Owens is an internationally recognized grooming educator and industry consultant and works for Healthy Spot pet care, a nutrition company in Southern California. Donna is a respected speaker and contest judge with over 35 years’ experience in the pet industry. She is an IPG Master Groomer Certifier and Pet First Aid & CPR instructor. Donna earned a Teaching credential from University of San Diego, CA with an Associate Science degree in Health Sciences, and has since earned “Teacher of The Year” for adult education at Hacienda La Puente School District, and “Program of Excellence” from the California Board of Education in 2006. As a competitive groomer Donna won over 60 awards in All Breed classes and was a 1993 USA Groom Team alumni gold medalist.

Chris Pawlosky

Chris Pawlosky

Christina is a certified master dog groomer (NDGAA), certified feline master groomers (CFMG), breeder of poodles and Brussels griffons was a professional handler for over 15 years finishing many different breeds to their championships. She has owned the pet connection in warren, Ohio since 1985. She won the first ever Barkleigh honors award for speaker of the year. She has won multiple best all-around and best groomed dog in show. Was on groomteam USA three different years. After winning the Oster international invitational tournament of champions in 1995, she retired from competitive grooming. With exception of being invited to and winning the les pooch poodle challenge 2008. She now works for Jarden consumer solutions/manufacturer of Oster professional products as their national training manager.

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.

Christine Speerin, CMG

Christine Speerin

Grooming has been Christine’s passion since she was 12 years old. Christine competed in the very first grooming competition held in Australia, Groomalong 1992 and has been a leading figure in the Australian grooming industry ever since. Christine is a multi-award winning groomer whose work has been featured on prime time television segments Sydney Weekender and Talk to the Animals and also in numerous print media magazines including the Australian Women’s Weekly. Christine is the “Grooming Ambassador“ for Purina Petlife. Christine is an original member of Groom Team Australia and is the current team manager. In 2010 she became the first Australian groomer to be accepted onto the International Judges Association panel. Christine is the leading instructor at The Grooming School which she co-founded with her husband Les in 2004.

Koko Tanaka

Koko Tanaka

Koko was born and raised in Tokyo Japan. Her wins include Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, as well as Multiple Best in Shows and Best All Round Groomer awards. Having earned her place on Groom Team USA in 2007, and 2008. Representing the US in the 2009 World Team Grooming Championship in Germany, and helped her team win the Gold. Koko was nominated for the Cardinal Crystal Achievement Award for American Groomer of the Year in 2008. Since retiring from the competition ring, Koko has started mentoring advanced grooming students from Japan. She is currently living in Tennessee and owns her own mobile grooming business, Koko’s Paws.

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.

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