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Judges Assignments and Bios for the SuperZoo 2017 Grooming Contest
Best in Show & Best First Time Competitor
Entry Division: Teri DiMarino
Intermediate Division: Kelly Knight
Open Division: Sue Zecco
Group Judge: Michell Evans
Entry Division: Julie Harris
Intermediate Division: Mario DiFante and Shannon Moore
Open Division: Michell Evans
Group Judge: Sue Zecco
Group Judges: Michell Evans and Sue Zecco
Sporting – Spaniels & Setters
Entry Division: Jennifer Lee
Intermediate Division: Julie Harris
Open Division: Irina Pinkusevich
Group Judge: Jay Scruggs
Creative Styling Competition
Entry & Open Division: Teri DiMarino, Kelly Knight and Michell Evans
Wire Coats – Hand Strip
Entry Division: Jay Scruggs
Intermediate Division: Irina Pinkusevich
Open Division: Jennifer Lee
Group Judge: Teri DiMarino
Other Purebreds – Scissoring
Entry Division: Mario DiFante
Intermediate Division: Linda Easton
Open Division: Julie Harris
Group Judge: Jonathan David
Mixed Salon Styling Breeds
Entry Division: Teri DiMarino and Shannon Moore
Intermediate Division: Olga Zabelinskaya
Open Division: Mario DiFante
Diane Betelak, NCMG, Heads and Tails Professional Dog Grooming
Diane Betelak is a certifier for National Dog Groomers Association of America (NDGAA). Diane has multiple Best in Shows and Best All-Around Groomer awards.
She was on GroomTeam USA in 1996 and went to Milan, Italy, where she won Best in Show, which helped the USA team win the gold. Diane is the international
grooming consultant for Andis. She has shown Standard Poodles in conformation and obedience since 1987.
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 Planets “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.
Mario DiFante, Four Paws Grooming
A world renowned judge at US, Canadian, European, So. American, Asian, and World team competitions for the past 25 years. He has been nominated many times for the
Cardinal Crystal Awards judge of the year. Mario has been invited to compete in numerous international grooming competitions; past wins include multiple Best in Show
and Best All Around awards, and the title of World Scissoring champion.
Teri DiMarino, DiMarino & Associates
Teri has owned successful salons and mobiles in Florida and California. Teri was a member of three GroomTeam USA Gold Medal teams. A multi Barkleigh Honors Award
and Cardinal Crystal Award winner, Teri is a popular speaker and judge at seminars and trade shows across the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Korea, China
and Australia. Teri has written for all of the grooming industry publications, calling Barkleigh Productions home.
Linda Easton, ICMG, is President of International Professional Groomers. As a competitive groomer her wins include Best in Show and Best All-Around Groomer. She began
grooming and showing dogs in 1973. As a professional handler Easton finished over 60 champions in many breeds, from Poodles to Newfoundland’s.
Michell Evans is a multi-Best in Show and Best All Around winning groomer. She was a GroomTeam USA member from 2009-2013. She was a member of the hand stripping
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.
Julie has been grooming since she was 16 years old and has enjoyed a diverse and absorbing career. She has a strong passion for education and developing individuals
and her students challenge her daily to be the best that she can. Julie has run her own business, competed at a high level, worked in education, both writing and delivering
qualifications, and groomed and trained in the prestigious Harrods Pet Spa, training students from around the globe.
Kelly Knight has been in the pet industry for over 20 years. She is a National Certified Master Groomer with many accolades including best all-around groomer, rising star
of the year, up-and-coming speaker, many group placements and Creative Runway wins. She gained a top-10 position on Groom Team USA in only her second season of competing and
has since ranked number 4 in 2014 and number 8 in 2015.
Jennifer Lee, a member of the GroomTeam USA travelling team has won over 70 grooming awards, including the Best in Show at GroomExpo and multiple BIS and BAA awards. One of
the highlights of her career was to win the Best in Show at GroomExpo with the title Groom Olympic World Champion. Lee is a USA and EGA All Round Judge and international speaker.
Shannon Moore, NCMG became a member of GroomTeam USA in 2013. Shannon is a certified master groomer with NDGAA, IPG, and IGA. She is also a judge for IJA and IGA. Together, with
her husband Anthony, they opened one of the largest pet resorts in Birmingham, Alabama. Shannon was a very successful breeder, owner, and handler of Yorkshire Terriers and Bichons.
Shannon joined the Espree team in 2016 as the Director of Grooming and Education.
Irina “Pina” Pinkusevich immigrated from the Ukraine in 1989. She started Competitive Grooming in 2006. Irina has won multiple BIS & Best All Around Groomer awards. Irina was a member
of GroomTeam USA from 2008 through 2013. She competed in the World Championships for the United States in 2009 -2013 helping the team win a Silver & two Golds. Currently, Irina is an
international judge & lecturer and an ambassador for Oster. Irina was recently awarded the Cardinal Crystal Award for Judge of the Year & the Barkleigh Honors Award for Up & Coming Speaker
of the Year. Irina is a National Certified Master Groomer (NCMG) & Certifier with NDGAA.
Jay owns Here Comes the Groom mobile in Tennessee. Jay has won multiple BIS and BAA awards. Jay was on the Gold Medal winning GroomTeam in 2001. He has won American Groomer of the Year 2001, Best All Around American Groomer at InterGroom 2002, Groomer of the Year Award at Westminster Dog Show in 2002 and GroomTeam 2003. Jay is National spokesperson for The Coat Handler and has his own line of scissors, JS Shears. He is also a Wahl Clipper Corp. representative. Jay has won two Barkleigh Honors.
Olga is a Nationally and Internationally Certified Master Groomer with multiple “Best in Show” and “Best All-Around Groomer” wins as well as 2 prestigious “Winners Circle Champion” titles.
Olga was a GroomTeam USA member from 2008 to 2014 and received the 2009 and 2010 Cardinal Crystal American Groomer of the Year Award. Olga owns and operates two grooming salons in New Jersey “Elite pet Spa & Boutique” and “Grooming Gallery” which won a Cardinal achievement award in 2010. Her grooming experience includes styling dogs for the prestigious Westminster and Eukanuba dog shows. Olga participates in charity.
Sue a NCMG, IPCMG and Member of Groom Team USA, has numerous competition wins including Intergroom’s International Groomer of the Year and Oster’s Invitational Grand Champion. Sue was the recipient of 7 Cardinal Awards, Spokesperson for Wahl Clipper Corporation, contest judge, speaker and demonstrator around the world. Sue and family breed Standard Poodles (“Dreamcatcher”) and own The Pampered Pet Grooming Salon in Paxton, MA. Sue has won two Barkleigh Honors.