JEC Mission/Purpose:
The mission of the Judges’ Education Committee is to provide education to current and prospective Akita judges who intend to apply to the AKC for approval to judge the breed. The JEC also provides continuing education to licensed Akita judges as appropriate.

JEC Vision & Goal:
The JEC seeks to educate prospective and current Akita judges by developing educational materials based on the AKC Akita Standard, delivering seminars, serving as breed and ringside mentors, providing judging techniques, and disseminating information. To achieve this goal, the JEC reviews, revises and updates educational materials on a regular basis, develops new materials, and seeks on-going feedback/assessment from JEC participants/attendees and others that is used to improve the quality and delivery of seminars and materials.

JEC Committee Chair:
California — Sylvia Thomas

JEC Committee Members:
Arizona — Sophia Kaluzniacki, DVM
California — Carol Foti
Georgia — Rebecca Kestle
New York — Mona Shaw
Texas — Nancy Amburgey

JEC Mentor List

ACA Approved Breed Mentors  *JEC  Members | **JEC  Chair
Arizona Sophia Kaluzniaki, DVM* 520-­‐625-­‐1560
California (Northern) Carol Foti *
Hollie Walker/Francee  Hamblet
415-­‐488-­‐0886
530-­‐926-­‐4968
California (Southern) Sylvia Thomas**
Susan Cargill
951-­‐684-­‐8230
909-­‐473-­‐9966
Colorado Cindy  Hutt
Jeff  Melnick
Richard  Shaw
720-­‐933-­‐8328

720-­‐323-­‐8068

Connecticut Terri  Breen
Kim  Holmes
860-­‐285-­‐0499
860-­‐617-­‐3871
Delaware Ruth  Zimmerman 302-­‐478-­‐6752
Florida Beverly  Vics 863-­‐439-­‐6990
Georgia Rebecca  Kestle*
Cindy  Smith
770-­‐578-­‐0874
770-­‐775-­‐6399
Idaho Ingrid  Linerud 509-­‐922-­‐7824
Illinois Ree Keca 815-­‐439-­‐6716
Indiana Priscilla McCune 317-­‐849-­‐1890
Kentucky Lynn  Morgan 859-­‐527-­‐3360
Maryland Jo Ann Charnik
Pat  Mills
410-­‐519-­‐1523
410-­‐956-­‐5673
Michigan Rita  Biddle
Julie  Mayes
Linda  Walker
517-­‐626-­‐6844

517-­‐787-­‐5973

Minnesota Coleman Nemerov 763-­‐416-­‐4130
New Jersey Linda & Frank  Ingemi
Cheryl Koenitz
609-­‐561-­‐9394
973-­‐584-­‐2411
New Hampshire Keith Venezia 603-­‐483-­‐8087
New York Miriam & Steve Lisker
Mona Shaw*
516-­‐593-­‐2553
607-­‐733-­‐1315
Oklahoma Donna & Mike Bennett 918-­‐241-­‐3000
Oregon Colleen Sullivan 503-­‐538-­‐5421
Tennessee Catherine Bell 865-­‐690-­‐6667
Texas Nancy Amburgey*
Jill & Russell  Drennan
Sherry Wallis
Rick & Teresa Witte
614-­‐264-­‐7524
281-­‐489-­‐9578
713-­‐465-­‐9729
713-­‐647-­‐8444
Virginia Nancy Fisk 508-­‐618-­‐9553
Washington Sally Compton
Maddy Goss
509-­‐926-­‐2929
509-­‐926-­‐5387
Wisconsin David Osborn 920-­‐864-­‐2953
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