Judges Assignments and Bios for the SuperZoo Grooming Contest

Tom McLaughlin Super Jackpot      
Jennifer Lee      
Mario DiFante      
Julie Harris      
      
Best in Show & Best First Time Competitor      
Diane Betelak      
      
Rescue Rodeo      
Teri DiMarino      
Kelly Knight      
      
Large Poodle      
Entry Division: Teri DiMarino     
Intermediate Division: Kelly Knight     
Open Division: Sue Zecco     
Group Judge: Michell Evans     
      
Small Poodle      
Entry Division: Julie Harris     
Intermediate Division: Mario DiFante and Shannon Moore     
Open Division: Michell Evans     
Group Judge: Sue Zecco     
      
Best Poodles      
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, Lap of Luxury Dog Spa  
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 renown 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, International Professional Groomers 
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, The Grooming Tutor  
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 Harris, The Pet Spa  
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, Goin’ to the Dogs 
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
shas since ranked number 4 in 2014 and number 8 in 2015.    
 
Jennifer Lee, International Grooming Academy 
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, Espree 
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 Pinkusevich, Päsh the Canine Boudoir
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 Scruggs, Here Comes the Groom Mobile  
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 Zabelinskaya, Elite Pet Spa & Boutique  
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 Zecco, The Pampered Pet Grooming Salon  
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.