Meet Your 2020 National Judges

Vicki Seiler-Cushman, Sweepstakes Judge

Vicki had her first show dog at 12 years old, a Siberian Husky named Ch. Lobo Rey. At just 14, her dog placed 4th in the Group at Westminster and went Best In Show at Devon along with five other Bests. She chose to become a professional handler, and follow her passion. She worked as an apprentice for nine years with George Rood, as she had a specific love for Dobermans.

Finishing the apprenticeship, she jumped right into professional handling, and has been honored to have handled dogs to Best In Show in all seven Groups, winning more than 150 Bests In Show in total. She made a major career shift and began working at Procter and Gamble in Marketing Strategies, and then moved to a new assignment in External/Public Relations. Her responsibilities were: Project Manager for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, The Eukanuba Breeder’s Stakes, The Eukanuba Hall, and Eukanuba Future Star (all breed futurity).

Now retired from Procter and Gamble, she bevame a judge for the Working Group and breeds across four Groups and Junior Showmanship. She enjoys being active with the Dayton Kennel Club as a board member and assistant Show Chairman.

She is also co-chair of Judges Education and Mentoring of the Doberman Pincher Club of America.

Michael Faulkner, Conformation, Junior Showmanship and 4-6 Month Puppy Judge

The sport of Purebred Dogs has been an integral part of Michael Faulkner’s life. As a youngster, Michael was active in Junior Showmanship and assisted his parents with their kennel and breeding program. In the late 1960’s, Michael acquired his first Golden Retriever, along with Field Spaniels in the 70s, starting a lifelong love for these two breeds.

During the late 1970’s, Michael pursued his education earning his BFA, MS.ED, from Alfred University, Alfred, New York while maintaining a breeding program and actively showing his Golden Retrievers, Field Spaniels, Springer Spaniels and Pointers. Upon the completion of his education, Michael established a partnership with the late David White (Woodspoint Springer Spaniels). For 12 years this team dominated the Sporting Group, completing championships in all of the Sporting breeds, along with numerous group and best in show winners in all seven groups.

Michael has owned, bred and or exhibited eleven multiple best in show winning Golden Retrievers along with owning and breeding champion / group winning, Field Spaniels, Pointers, English Springer Spaniels, Black & Tan Coonhounds and Pugs. He owes his passion and knowledge of the sport to his “English Mum” Mrs. Peggy Grayson (judge/breeder/author) who unselfishly took him under her wing as a youngster (1974) providing decades of mentoring.

Michael retired as a professional handler in 1995 and immediately embarked on a judging career. He is approved to judge all Sporting breeds, Herding Breeds and numerous other breeds in five of the seven groups. He is proud of his numerous National Specialty assignment, international judging experiences, multiple Westminster Kennel Club and AKC National judging assignments.

Michael continues his Golden Retriever breeding program with his partner: Dr. Ann Greenbank, under the “Verdoro and Woodspoint” prefixes and spends countless hours mentoring new judges on several of the Gundog breeds.

Michael is an active Board Member of Take the Lead, member of the GRCA and serves on the Breed Standard Committee.

When Michael is not judging dog shows he keeps busy with his artwork, kayaking, gardening, writing and serves as the Executive Director for a Health Clinic.

Jim Ham, Obedience and Rally Judge

Jim Ham purchased a $100 pet Dalmatian in 1972. That very special bitch became the first Am/Can CH, Am/Can UDT in the breed. Jim has also bred, trained and exhibited other Dals, Smooth Fox Terriers and, his present breed, Border Terriers. Every dog who calls home living with Jim and Helen Ham must go to obedience school. In earlier times, all dogs tracked. Now, they all run agility.

Jim now judges about sixty dog shows each year. He has judged in every state and many foreign countries. Jim is approved to judge all terriers and non-sporting breeds, some hounds, toys and herding. He also judges obedience and rally.

When not judging, he often shows his Border Terrier in agility, obedience and rally. His most famous breed dog, Charlie, a Border Terrier won three BIS and sired 55 champions, Jim recently lost a Charlie son, who ended up two weeks shy of 17. BTW, Popsicle was a frozen champion.

Jim is a retired elementary physical education teacher and former swimming and tennis coach. He enjoys sailing. tennis. paddling and bicycling. He is also a big baseball fan and has attended 161 pro stadiums. He also loves soccer and has traveled to may matches here and in the UK and Europe.

Mary Mullen, Agility Judge

Born Thanksgiving Day on a farm in the southern Indiana town of Santa Claus, Mary is the oldest of seven siblings. Growing up in a family of nine, everything was shared including a variety of stray dogs that adopted the family throughout the years. It wasn’t until years had passed and Mary and her husband, Rick, (determined to find her a dog all her own), sat down with a copy of the AKC’s The Complete Dog Book, stopped at the beautiful picture of the Shetland Sheepdog, and fell in love. Shortly thereafter, Mary got her first AKC registered dog, Jake, a sable sheltie.

When Mary got Jake her intention was to have a companion that would spend the day with her at the riding stable in Pittsburgh, PA where Mary then worked. It soon became apparent that Jake was SMART – way too smart for Mary to handle with limited knowledge of dog training. Off to obedience school they went … and the rest, as they say, is history. From obedience school, to the competition obedience ring, to a second sheltie, BJ, so Rick could join in the fun with Mary – Mary and Rick had found their passion.

A few years later, and thinking that agility might bolster the confidence of their dogs for the obedience ring, Mary and Rick enrolled in agility class (where Laura English was their instructor – but that’s another story!) and never looked back! Over the following years, they have owned and co-owned 10 shelties, 2 Belgian Malinois and an Irish Setter. They have earned numerous agility, obedience and rally titles on their dogs during this time. Mary has earned agility titles on dogs running in the 12”, 16”, 20” and 24” classes in AKC.

Mary became an agility judge in 2008 and, along with a busy judging schedule and a part-time job, has tried to stay active in the local dog community. Mary is training director and vice president for Agility Club of Evansville, vice president of Lincoln Trail Belgian Shepherd Dog Club and a member and past president of Evansville Obedience Club. She has been a 4-H obedience and agility judge for over 15 years for multiple 4-H county fairs around southern Indiana.

Mary and Rick currently reside in Evansville, Indiana and still own the farm in Santa Claus where the family has a tree farm. Mary’s bucket list includes collecting a geocache (geocaching.com) in all 50 states.

Cindy Angiulo, Scent Work Judge

Cindy has been active with scent/nosework sports for over 6 years. She enjoys keeping her skills current buy trialing, training, researching and attending seminars and webinars.  Her All American Dog Daisy has completed her AKC Scent Work Master title and has competed and qualified in the Detective level.  Her dog Daisy also has her UKC Elite and Master Championship Nosework titles. Her All American Dog Tyson, is not much of a scent work fan, but he has completed his Scent Work Novice title. His love is Barn hunt and he has his RATCHX24 and is well on his way to his RATCHX25. He is ranked in the top 24 dogs over all in Barn Hunt world wide. Besides running her own two dogs, you also find Cindy running various other dogs including a Toy Manchester. Cindy not only judges for AKC, but she is a judge in UKC, C-Wags, CPE and Barn Hunt.

Sharon Jonas, Scent Work Judge

Sharon recently joined Stoney Run Canine Camp as a trainer. She is a competitor, judge and trainer in multiple disciplines and she is easy going, fun and has a light-hearted attitude about life. Clients in her classes are able to make a real connection with her. She is engaged and wants to help. Sharon grew up on a farm and started training and competing with horses and dogs at a young age.  As an adult she belongs to several dog clubs and competes in many dog sports.

Sharon engages in continuing education by in person and on-line classes and seminars. Denise Fenzi, Susan Garett, Karen Prior and Suzanne Clothier are her favorites.  She has attended Clicker Expo and belongs to APDT. She loves to learn new techniques and so do her dogs.

Judging Positions include:

  • AKC: Scent Work, Farm Dog, CGC, trick dog, ATT Evaluator
  • UKC: Nose Work, Drag Racing, Shed Hunt, Spot Evaluator, Dock Jumping
  • CWAGS: Obedience and Scent
  • WCRL Rally
  • Barn hunt
  • Ultimate Air Dog
  • CPE Scent Sport
  • UPDOG

Sharon has 4 dogs with upper level titles in Obedience, Rally, Agility, Scent Work, NACSW,  Barnhunt, Drag Racing, Dock Diving, Fast Cat, Updog,  Parkour and trick dog.  She also dabbles in conformation, tracking and weight pull.

Beth Bishop, Scent Work Judge

Kimberly Melton Hall, Scent Work Judge

Debbie Douglas Thurston, Scent Work Judge