2019 Catsachusetts Judges
As a TICA chartered club, Catsachusetts invites TICA licensed judges from all over the world to our show. There are several levels of judges, ranging from Trainee to Approved Allbreed.
A TICA judge does not know the cats name, the owner, the breeder or the title of the cats being judged. They will know the entry numbers, breeds, categories, divisions, colors/patterns, age of the cat on the day of the show, classification (kitten, adult, alter, etc.) and the sex of each cat to be judged. Every breed of cat which is recognized by TICA has a written breed standard describing the characteristics which would make for the “perfect” version of that breed. The judges are not, technically, judging the cats against each other, but against that “ideal cat” described by the standard.
In the finals of an allbreed ring, the judge will select the top cats (longhairs/shorthairs) based on the number of cats competing in the ring (ex. top 10 for 25 cats, top 9 for 24 cats, etc.) In the finals of a specialty ring, the judge awards the longhair breeds and the shorthair breeds separately.
Vickie Shields (AB)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Vickie Shields is a TICA licensed Approved All Breed judge, and Ring Training and Judging School Instructor, and has been a TICA Distinguished Judge since 2014.
She bred Maine Coons for over twenty years, and has also worked with Oriental Shorthairs, American Wirehairs, Tonkinese, and now for the past 16 years with Singapuras. She has bred and shown many international award winners since 1979, and also been honored as TICA’s Member of the Year.
She has served as TICA’s Clerking Administrator, International Committee member, Judges Review Committee member, Maine Coon breed newsletter Editor, and she was a founding member of The French Connection based in Paris, France, which for several years was TICA’s largest and most active club.
Vickie is the co-creator of ICAT, the International Cat Agility Tournaments - because it is fun for the cats, and for owner, and because cats are so intelligent, trainable, and beautiful in motion.
Her education includes certificates in Computer Science, Herpetology, and Aquatic Biology. In her early years, she trained Labrador Retrievers for obedience and field trials. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Vickie lives now in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and her Singapuras are the color of the beautiful southwestern desert.
Fate Mays (AB)
Corpus Christi, Texas
South Central Region
Adriana Kajon (AB)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Adriana Kajon was voted by members for the honor of being TICA’s 2013 Judge of the Year. She became a TICA Distinguished Judge in 2017.
Adriana is currently a TICA Approved Allbreed Judge, Ring Training Instructor, Judging School Instructor, Licensed Genetics Instructor, and a member of TICA’s Genetics Committee. She is also the co-creator of ICAT, the International Cat Agility Tournaments.
Adriana was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she grew up and received her early education. She has an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of Buenos Aires, and two Ph.D. degrees in Virology, the last of which she obtained in Sweden in 1995. She is currently doing research in viral pathogenesis at Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
She has been breeding Singapuras for 16 years under the cattery prefix Truecolours, and is Chair of the Singapura Breed Committee in TICA.
Although cats had always been part of her life, Adriana started participating actively in the Argentine cat fancy in 1981 after several years of breeding and showing Doberman Pinchers, including the first Doberman ever to go Best In Show in Argentina. Over the years she has served as a member of the Argentine Feline Association’s (AFA) Board of Directors, as editor of AFA’s monthly Bulletin, and as Vice President of the Siamese Cat Club.
In 1988 Adriana became an All-Breed Judge for Federation Internationale Feline (FIFe). In 1991, Adriana joined TICA, entering the Judging program in 1992.
Massimo Picardello (AB)
Europe South Region
Francine Madison Hicks (AB)
Lisbon Falls, Maine
Francine Madison Hicks is an approved Allbreed Judge as well as a Ring and School Instructor. In 1995, she began showing cats with her 1st Ocicat and has shown the following breeds: Ocicat, Bengal, Maine Coon, Balinese, Oriental Longhair, Oriental Shorthair, and Persian. She has bred Ocicats, specializing in silvers for many years.
After clerking and serving as Master Clerk at shows for years, Francine became a TICA Judge in 2002 and has judged all over the world including Asia, Europe and South America. She considers it the best job in the world. From 2009-2015, Francine served as Northeast Regional Director. She was breed booth coordinator for the highly successful partnership between TICA and the AKC at "Meet the Breeds" in NYC. She is a founding member and the current treasurer of Nauticats Cat Club in Maine, which hosts shows in Maine, Montreal, Quebec, and Sherbrooke. In addition to cats, she was also a breeder of Italian Greyhounds.
Francine lives in Lisbon Falls, Maine with her Italian Greyhound Vinnie and her fabulous husband Mike. When not found behind the judging table, she can be found hiking the New England 4000's. She also enjoys fishing, reading, cycling and of course travel. She is Practice Manager for Podiatry Care of Maine in Portland, ME.
As a judge, Francine feels truly blessed to have the best job in the world!
Donna Madison (AB)
Alexandra Marinets (AB)
Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
Alexandra Marinets has always owned cats and dogs, even though her parents weren't really an animal lovers. Except for the the time she was doing her PhD in Natural Sciences at the University of Vienna, Alex always had pets living with her. Alex started showing in TICA in 2006 and quickly realized that she loved clerking, helping to put up shows and just being involved in cat show productions. She started by showing and breeding Ragdolls, then added another breeding program of Kurilian Bobtails. When she decided to become a judge, she also showed British Shorthair, American Shorthair, Abyssinian and a Chausie. She also quickly became Junior Exhibitor Liaison in North West Region in TICA and has lead the program in that region for many years.
Alex is a member of CanAm Cat Club which puts up one show a year in British Columbia, Canada. She is also helping with many other clubs put shows on in TICA. Alex became a judge in 2015 and is very passionate about her judging. She believes that every cat deserves to have something good said about it so she talks in the ring about every cat she handles. She also loves to discuss genetics, fun facts about cats or simply noting what makes each cat special.
Alex shares her home in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada with her husband of 30 years, their 3 children, 2 dogs, Ragdoll cats and a Chausie. She works as a Remote Technicall Support Engineer for Kodak, Canada doing software technical support. If she is not busy working or travelling to cat shows, she loves hiking, kick boxing and latin dance.
Tatyana Kalani (SP)
North Grafton, Massachusetts
Tatyana Kalani has responsibly bred and shown Bengals in The International Cat Association (TICA) since 2002, when she was only 8 years old. Along with her mother, Sharon, they were instrumental in getting the silver Bengal accepted into championship status in TICA, showing the first and only silver Bengal to International and Lifetime Achievement Award status. She has also shown an International Award winning Somali and a regional winning Singapura, along with several region-winning Bengals and Household Pets. Tatyana has enjoyed conditioning and agenting other breeds such as Maine Coons, Siamese, American Bobtails, Sphynx, and Himalayans.
Tatyana became heavily involved in clerking by the age of 10, and through the development and implementation of the TICA Junior Exhibitor Program, graduated with the first International Junior Exhibitor Achievement Award with Distinction in 2010. This accomplishment allowed Tatyana to fulfill all her requirements to apply for the TICA Judge’s Program once she was over 18 years old. In 2013, Tatyana was accepted as a Trainee, and became a licensed judge in 2015, where she enjoys learning about the cats, and interacting with TICA members and spectators.
Although a California-native, Tatyana now lives in central Massachusetts with her household pet, Sarabi. She is currently a second-year veterinary student at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, where she is a candidate to receive a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Public Health in 2021. Tatyana attributes TICA for fostering her passion for helping animals, and providing numerous experiences to help shape her interests today.
Pamela Barrett (AB)
Deer Island, Oregon
Aline Noel Garel (AB)
Monika Dany (AB)
Europe South Region
Harley DeVilbiss (AB)
South Central Region
Kim Chenault (AB)
Great Lakes Region
Kim Chenault started breeding Bengals in 1999. She had second best Bengal in the world in 2007. She became a licensed judge in 2011 and advanced to Approved Allbreed Judge in January, 2018. Her love of animals started at a very early age; she showed horses as a girl growing up in Northern Ohio and always had cats, dogs, rabbits etc. Kim also raised exotic birds for four years. She attended her first cat show in 2003 and the rest is history! Kim has judged in Asia, South America, Europe and all over the United States. She loves traveling and meeting new people and of course playing with the beautiful cats all over the world.
Before moving to Southern Ohio in 1998, she owned a small family run restaurant with her parents. She has also been a bookkeeper for several companies over the years as well as an estimator for a large steel manufacturing company!
Of all the positions she has held in her lifetime, being a TICA Judge is her favorite!
Laurie Patton (AB)
Columbia, South Carolina
Laurie Patton has been a member of The International Cat Association Southeast Region since 2000. She is a TICA licensed Entry Clerk, Master Clerk, Head Ring Clerk, and Provisional Allbreed Judge as well as the Clerking Liaison for the SE Region. Laurie has managed numerous shows, including two SE Regional Fundraising Shows and SE Regional Award Shows.
In 1983, she purchased her first pedigree cat, a Birman. In addition to Birmans, Laurie has bred or shown American Bobtails, Maine Coons, Ocicats, Siamese, and Household Pets. Currently, she is working to bring the Aphrodite Cat, the giant cats from Cyprus, to the USA.
She also shares her home with chickens and dogs!
Laurie is married, has one son, and one grandson.
Jamie Christian (AB)
Great Lakes Region
Jamie Christian has been involved with TICA for over 20 years, serving as an Allbreed Judge, as a three-time-elected Board member, and as Clerking Program Exam Administrator. He has bred Bengals, Havana Browns and Sphynx. He has additionally owned/exhibited Abyssinians, American Shorthairs, Balinese, Bombays, Burmese, Cornish Rex, Ragdolls, Siamese and Savannahs as well as the occasional mixed breed love. He has been fortunate to earn many international wins on his cats over the years.
Jamie also has the fortune to have been elected by the members as the TICA International Judge of the Year for 2017, a true honor! Additionally, he holds a full Allbreed license in the World Cat Federation (WCF), and has served as guest judge for worldwide cat associations across the globe including China, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand.
Professionally, he has two management degrees - Culinary Arts (chef) and Restaurant/Hotel Management. Previously, Jamie held the National Feline Breed Manager position with Royal Canin USA for over 5.5 years, developing business by working directly with cat breeders and clubs from all 50 states.
He has had the opportunity to train/lecture judges in several associations, as well as exhibitors and spectators at shows not only about breeds and breed origins, but also about the origin of all cats and how their development and behaviors compare to dogs. He also trains on cattery and rescue management, mitigating risks of disease in the show ring (for judges and exhibitors), and more. Jamie's passion is to train on the psychology of cats, and how judges can use this to their advantage to help each cat have a better experience in the rings, and show itself off to the best of its’ ability.
He looks forward to everything he can learn in the cat fancy, be it from breeders, other countries, different associations, genetics lectures - if there is an opportunity to learn, he is the first in line to attend. He feels incredibly lucky that his hobby revolves around those felines that he loves so much!
Steven Meserve (SP)
London, United Kingdom
Europe West Region
*The Club reserves the right to substitute judges if necessary.