In response to AKC's request to provide them with a list of Parent Club-approved mentors for aspiring Siberian Husky judges, the Judges' Education Committee polled twelve breeder-judges for suggested mentor requirements. Following is a list compiled from the suggestions submitted, and agreed upon by the group.

Attention all current and future SHCA mentors: The mentor list below has been updated to include only those mentors meeting the 2009 Mentor requirements. If you have any questions, please contact SHCA Judges' Education Chairman Donna Beckman for further information. Also, please send any contact information updates to SHCA Judges' Education Committee.

To become an SHCA-approved mentor, an individual must:

  1. Be a member in good standing of the Siberian Husky Club of America, Inc.
  2. Have documented twenty years in the Breed
  3. Either be an approved AKC breeder-judge;
    OR a breeder meeting the requirements set forth by AKC for judges' approval (with the exception that professional handlers may become approved mentors)
  4. Attend SHCA's Judges' Education Seminar
  5. View SHCA's CD-ROM on the Siberian Husky
  6. Attend an SHCA-conducted Mentor Workshop and/or adhere to SHCA's Mentor Guidelines
  7. Submit a Mentor Qualification Application form to SHCA's Judges' Education Committee for review
  8. And/or, in the case of extenuating circumstances, be approved by an advisory committee upon review of extenuating circumstances.

Please note that these requirements are more stringent than those proposed by AKC. As the mentors are SHCA-approved, it was felt that mentors should be SHCA members. The mentor workshop will include such topics and miscellaneous requirements such as an individual may not mentor a class in which he or she has a Siberian in competition; how to stimulate and answer all questions by adhereing to the Standard for Siberian Huskies; never offering a coment contrary to what appears in the Standard; not offering opinions about people, specific dogs, and kennels; how to answer questions; things to consider and discuss; etc.

And, although allowed by AKC, we believe that an approved mentor should not mentor while exhibiting. Therefore, our expectation is that approved mentors will participate in Ringside Observation on days they have entries in the breed they are teaching until the class at which they have an entry assembles. From that time on they are to refrain from further interaction.

This, of course, allows approved mentors to be more easily available since many mentors are also Siberian Husky exhibitors. But, exhibitors as mentors must clearly understand that as their class assembles, they MUST remove themselves from any area of mentoring. As a requirement set forth by AKC, it automatically becomes a requirement of the Siberian Husky Club of America, Inc.

How to Become a Mentor

If you feel you meet the requirements listed above, and wish to join the list of SHCA-approved mentors, please complete the SHCA Mentor Application Form, and return it to SHCA's Education Chairman at the address listed below. We would like our list of mentors to be as complete as possible by the first of the year! Click here to download the application form in "PDF" format: SHCA Mentor Application Form. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read, view, and print these forms. Reader is available free of charge from the Adobe website.

New SHCA-Approved JE Presenter Program

At the meeting in March, the SHCA Board of Directors approved a proposal for a program for SHCA-Approved Judges' Education Presenters. For information about this new program, including application requirements, please follow this link: Presenter Approval Program.

How to Find a Mentor

Here is a current list of the current SHCA-Approved Mentors. Please note: We are in the continual process of updating this list. Please check back frequently for approved mentor names and contact information.

To arrange for ringside mentoring, please contact one of the following individuals:

AK | AZ | CA | CO | CT | DC | FL | GA | HI | IL | KS | MA | MD | MI | MN | MO | MS | NC | NH | NJ | NY | OH | OK | OR | PA | TN | TX | VA | WA | WI |

State
Mentor Contact Information
Alaska
John Linnehan
P.O. Box 877591
Wasilla, AK, 99687-7591
907/357-8584
marlytuk@mtaonline.net
Carol Nash
P.O. Box 877591
Wasilla, AK, 99687-7591
907/357-8584
marlytuk@yahoo.com

Natalie Norris
P.O. Box 33
Willow, AK 99688-0033
907/495-6346

 
California

Donna Beckman
1030 Arlington Boulevard
El Cerrito, CA 94530-2741
510/524-9950
shcajec@yahoo.com,
beckmandl@yahoo.com, or mistral4@aol.com

Phyllis Brayton
1508 Brayton Avenue
Escalon, CA 95320
209/838-2251
dichoda@aol.com

Frank Polimeni
1651 Avocado Drive
Vista, CA, 92083-7667
polihsky@pacbell.net
760/630-2005

Mickey Polimeni
1651 Avocado Drive
Vista, CA, 92083-7667
polihsky@pacbell.net
760/630-2005

Colorado
Carol Deeks
9200 West Coal Mine Avenue
Littleton, CO 80123
303/979-3221
windeeks@gmail.com
Janis Church Stadler
17605 Hwy 285
Nathrop, CO 81236-9701
719/539-4080
otms@chaffee.net
Florida
David K.Qualls
12595 Sweetwater Lane
Jacksonville, FL 32218-2052
904/757-9111
indigosiberians@gmail.com
Sheila Qualls
12595 Sweetwater Lane
Jacksonville, FL 32218-2052
904/757-9111
sjqualls@gmail.com
Georgia
Sandy Carman
3310 Creekwood Court
Marietta, GA 30068-3201
770/321-1190
golfndogs@att.net
Jean Fournier
236 Mt Vernon Dr, PO Box 369
Calhoun, GA 30701
706/602-3969
jeantoko@aol.com
Illinois
Carol Preble
19005 Harmony Road
Marengo, IL 60152
815/923-2305
lodgepole@foxvalley.net
 
Kansas
Stephanie Hamblin-Barnhill
2508 Kensington Road
Lawrence, KS, 66046
785/764-1536
nykiskas@sunflower.com

Jan Sigler
9530 Windsor Street
Overland Park, KS, 66206
913/649-5282
kaleasibes@earthlink.net

Terry Sigler
9530 Windsor Street
Overland Park, KS, 66206
913/649-5282
kaleasibes@earthlink.net

 
Maryland
Debby Fitzgerald
5579 Catholic Church Road
Jefferson, MD 21755-8415
301/473-7406
amorok@aol.com
 
Massachusetts
Mary Ellis
403 Main Street
Bridgewater, MA 02324
508/631-0667
mishnoksib@gmail.com
 
Michigan
Anne Palmer
7559 Zeeb Road
Dexter, MI, 48130-0648
734/426-5917
arpalmershca@gmail.com
Sheri Wright
1597 Rattalee Lake Road
Holly, MI, 48442-8544
248/328-7927
bralinsibes@gmail.com
Mississippi
Olivia Harvey
1830 Acorn Wood Drive
Olive Branch, MS 38654
662/890-7694
oshvah@earthlink.net
Vern Harvey
1830 Acorn Wood Drive
Olive Branch, MS 38654
662/890-7694
oshvah@earthlink.net
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New Hampshire
Ann Mariah Cook
241 Ingerson Road
Jefferson, NH 03583
603/586-4503
alkasiber@gmail.com
George Cook
241 Ingerson Road
Jefferson, NH 03583
603/586-4503
georgecookiv@gmail.com
New York

Vince Buoniello
630 Bread & Cheese Hollow Road
Fort Salonga, NY 11768
631/757-5732
vincehusky@hotmail.com

Bob Eisele
48 Gwendolyn Place
East Islip, NY 11730-3220
631/277-2201
bobeisele@aol.com

Dawn Eisele
48 Gwendolyn Place
East Islip, NY 11730-3220
631/277-2201
dawneisele@aol.com

Michael Jennings
2357 Route 174
Marietta, NY 13110-9618
315/636-8070
michael jennings646@roadrunner.com

Angela Porpora
272 Camelot Road
Walton, NY13856
607/865-4188
angelaporpora@frontiernet.net
 
North Carolina
Sharon Berthold
6040 A Six Forks Road, 135
Raleigh, NC 27609
919/349-7183
sutana@nc.rr.com
Cindy Stansell
2199 Government Road
Clayton, NC, 27520-8427
919/359-1150, 919/606-6569
rocyn@embarqmail.com
Oklahoma
Danny Brand
3612 Horseshoe Bend NW
Piedmont, OK 73078-9736
405/373-3595
brandonsib@juno.com
 
Pennsylvania
Shira Barkon
3 Evergreen Lane
Malvern, PA 19355
610/587-5542
chinnat@aol.com
Thomas L. Oelschlager
541 Munntown Road
Finleyville, PA 15332-3702

Jeanette Saproni
8659 Reservoir Road
Germansville, PA 18053
610/767-5090
dogniche@ptd.net

 
Tennessee
Betty Charlton
11132 Outlet Drive
Knoxville, TN 37932
865/675-0799
solocha@comcast.net
Sandra Jessop
7850 Friendsville Road
Lenoir City, TN 37772
865/988-4985
jaxsibes@gmail.com
Texas
Bruce G. Barnes
PO Box 1194
Red Oak, TX 75154-1194
972/576-0770
bruce@zvezdasiberians.com
Joanne Barnes
PO Box 1194
Red Oak, TX 75154-1194
972/576-0070
joanne@zvezdasiberians.com
Virginia
Barbara G. "Bobbie" Palmer
4221 Namozine Road
Crew, VA 23930
Bpalmer5@att.net
Gale Tench
2909 James Madison Highway
Haymarket, VA 20169
703/754-9488
kadian1@aol.com
Washington
Maryl Foster
20840 SE 118th
Issaquah, WA 98027-8549
425/271-0475
marylfoster49@gmail.com
Julia Rylander
PO Box 319
Lake Stevens, WA 98258-0319
425/334-4162
rybrook@msn.com
Wisconsin
Delbert Thacker
3413 67th Drive
Union Grove, WI, 53182-9405
262/878-3407
huskylover711@gmail.com
Pamela Thomas
N7002 Peck Station Road
Elkhorn, WI 53121
262/642-7541
rhpbthomas@gmail.com


Donna Beckman, Judges' Education Chairman
E-Mail: shcajec@yahoo.com


Last update of this page: 03/24/2014.

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