Speakers

Dr. Cliff Faver

Dr. Cliff Faver

Dr. Cliff Faver, a 1987 graduate of CSU, is the founder/owner of Animal Health Services (7 doctors, 4 groomers, 50 employees) in Cave Creek, Arizona. He is the US distributor for Iv San Bernard products. He uses the two businesses as a means of merging the grooming and veterinary professions to pursue his life’s passion of healing and helping pets. Dr. Faver is an international speaker and teaches the ISB Pet Aesthetician Certification program. He is a member of AVMA, AAHA, AZVMA, a sponsor for the CPPGA, a Board member for the Burbank Kennel Club, and previously served on the Novartis Lead Committee (with top dermatologists from USA), Hill’s International Global Veterinary Board, and is still active in a Veterinary Management Group.

Jessica Adorno

Jessica Adorno

Jessica Adorno is the owner/founder of Pupparazzi Pets Mobile Pet Grooming. She has been involved in the grooming industry for 15 years with both knowledge of grooming salon and mobile pet grooming. Jessica was formally trained at American Academy of Dog Grooming located in NYC. She is CPR certified and has extensive knowledge in skin and coat conditions. Jessica is no stranger to this business and her work reflects just that. At the start of her career, Jessica worked in a grooming salon for 4 years where she gathered knowledge of several breeds and the complexities that groomers, pet owners, and pups face. In 2007, Pupparazzi Pets was born as Jessica started one of the first mobile pet grooming businesses in Bronx, NY. She first started her business in a horse trailer with little knowledge in running a mobile business. Brick by brick Jessica gained the knowledge and with time she went from running a small simple trailer to three elite mobile vans. Throughout the years, she has continued her education and is dedicated to her craft.

Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins, ICMG

Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins

Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins, ICMG, is the owner and Master Groomer at Love Fur Dogs in Glencoe, Illinois. Named by the Chicago Tribune as the "Best Groomer in Chicagoland", Jennifer can be seen this fall 2018 on the Hulu Network national television program Small Business Revolution (Season Three) as a Grooming Expert. Jennifer founded the Illinois Professional Pet Groomers Association and has been grooming, breeding, and showing various breeds of dogs and cats for four decades. She authored several published articles on various grooming issues, and has an award-winning blog. Jennifer was one of the first generation of "CMGs" but spent most of her career as a professional educator teaching high school, college, and also in vocational grooming schools. Jennifer and husband Bill are nationally prominent victim advocates, and love the fun they have showing their newest Grand Champion Miniature Poodle "Bowie".

Nadia Bongelli

Nadia Bongelli

Nadia Bongelli has been grooming pets since 2009 and competing since 2012. Her accolades include Barkleigh Honors Up and Coming Groomer of the Year in 2016, Best All Around International Groomer at Intergroom 2017, five Rising Star Gold Medals, Rising Star of the Year award at Intergroom 2016, two Canadian BIS awards and had numerous Open Level placements in Canada and several in the United States. Nadia’s proudest moment was being awarded Canadian Groomer of the Year at the very first Canadian Grooming Industry Awards. She is a Nationally Certified Master Groomer with the National Dog Groomers Assoc. of America, Inc. and a certifier with the Intellectual Groomers Association. Her ultimate goal is to represent her country on Groom Team Canada with her peers.

Dave Campanella

Dave Campanella

Dave Campanella is an informative and entertaining seminar speaker, contributing trade columnist and genuine grooming enthusiast. He is Best Shot Pet Products sales and marketing director and has over 25 years of pet industry knowledge and experience. He and his wife Tracy co-owned a full service pet salon and self-wash in Ohio prior to relocating with Best Shot to Kentucky. Together they enjoy exhibiting at grooming shows, being industry ambassadors and showing their Kerry Blue Terrier and Samoyed dogs.

Laverne Campbell

Laverne Campbell

Laverne Campbell, known by her students and clients as the certified master groomer/instructor has been in the grooming field for over 30 years. Her early works included studying under and working alongside Sam Khol, in one of the first grooming schools established in New York City. Over the years Laverne has fine tuned her approach and focus, making her an expert handler with dogs that are disabled, with skin disorders and behavioral issues. Campbell now retired consults for grooming shops, educating experienced and first time groomers with her individualized curriculum. Her methods can be found in her book, Laverne's Approach, in which she presents at workshops, one on one training sessions and group lectures. For more information contact Laverne at mastergroomernyc@yahoo.com (646) 944-1119.

Jeri Ann Cook

Jeri Ann Cook

As the owner and managing partner of Sunstone Bookkeeping, LLC, Jeri Ann Cook combines her financial management and organizational skills with her love of animals to provide cloud-based bookkeeping services to pet professionals around the country from her office in Stratford, Connecticut. Jeri Ann received her M.B.A. from A.B. Freeman School of Business, is a certified advisor of both QuickBooks Online and Xero, and is a member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers and the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers USA.

Sarah Drouin

Sarah Drouin

Sarah Drouin in a National Certified Master Groomer and has been in the grooming industry since 2010. Starting as a bather in a corporation and through years of hard work, dedication and continued education; she has moved her way up the ranks to get to the top of her game. Not only is she an Award-winning groomer, she also makes videos to help other groomers advance their skills. Sarah has won multiple first, second and third place awards in grooming competitions and was nominated for Barkleigh Honors Up & Coming Groomer 2018. Sarah focuses on bringing out the best in the dog on the table, and loves correcting faults on mixed breeds to make them look their very best. Her strengths are creating Sustainable Pet Styles that separate her to be the best in her community.

Anne Francis

Anne Francis

Anne has been a professional pet stylist for over 20 years, joining the team at The Village Groomer & Pet Supply in Walpole, Mass in 1995. The Village Groomer received Best Independent Retail Grooming Salon twice by the Cardinal Crystal Achievement Awards. Anne was the recipient of the Cardinal Crystal Award for Journalist Of The Year for her work on the instructional article in Grooming Business Magazine, “The Grooming Table.” She has been a member of Groom Team USA for 2014, 2015 and 2016 and finished in the top 5 the last 2 seasons. She has been recognized for her incredible scissor work, as well as the “Taxi Award” at the NEPGP for the best expression and character on a mixed breed. Anne is excited to share her knowledge she has gathered over the years as she transitions into being an educator in the industry that she loves.

Evan Gummo

Evan Gummo

Evan, Social Media Coordinator for Barkleigh Productions, is a social media strategist with over 8 years of professional experience. Responsible for developing an online presence for countless businesses, he has designed digital campaigns to increase online sales and generate new clientele. He graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Advertising & Digital Marketing, with additional certifications in Google Ads, the Facebook Blueprint, and other brand certificates. In his free time, he enjoys writing, creating visual media and traveling.

Laura Hearn

Laura Hearn

Laura Civello Hearn’s first job was at a veterinary clinic and she discovered that she fainted at the sight of blood. She moved to Petco to “make dogs pretty” and graduated from the academy in 2007. She has since worked in a variety of grooming settings including a corporate salon, doggie day care, and as an employee of a mobile grooming company. In 2011 she started her house-call grooming business, Lazy Daisy Mobile Grooming in Texas. In 2013 she started giving educational seminars about house-call grooming. She wrote and self-published her first book, "A Practical Guide to House-call Grooming" in 2017 which was nominated for Barkeligh Honor Awards "Book of the Year" for 2018. Laura has since relocated to New York. She lives with her husband, Gentry, two dogs, Lilli and Lucky, and Bob the cat!

Blake Hernandez

Blake Hernandez

Blake Hernandez, NCMG, is a passionate and valued industry leader. With his sudden splash into the Grooming world, Blake has worked tirelessly to go from complete novice to Nationally ranked competitor in record pace. This certain determination and love for dogs and their care has led him to multiple State-Level Groomer of the Year awards and 5 Barkleigh Honor Nominations. When he is not managing his own Salon in San Diego he is most commonly found exhibiting Bichon or Standard Poodles at his nearest Conformation Show. Blake is also a Brand Ambassador for Foxy Roxy Supply Co. with whom he partnered to develop his very own line of shears! With steady rise in the Industry he has recently garnered an additional Brand Representative position with iGroom - Luxury Pet Beauty Care!

Milena Kon

Milena Kon

Milena started off in graphic design and direct sales before realizing that she wanted to do more with animals. So, she went into grooming in 2013. She is now the owner of Driving Me Knots (Mobile Grooming), DMK Bowtique (Pet Accessories), and DMK Marketing Solutions (Custom Graphic Designs). She started competing in Extreme Creative Styling & Creative Abstract grooming contests in 2015, and won Up-and-Coming Creative Groomer that same year. Her creative work has also been seen on "The Greatest Showman" with Hugh Jackman and "Orange is the New Black" on Netflix. She was awarded the Barkleigh Honors Creative Groomer of the Year in 2018.

Melissa Mitchner

Melissa Mitchner

Melissa Mitchner is the CEO and founder of The Bark Shoppe, located in Harlem, NY. Melissa has over a decade in business management and expansion. Prior to entering the pet care industry, she worked for one of the largest retail companies in the nation and was responsible for hiring over 6,000 + people. She has 7 yrs experience in owning and managing a profitable salon. Since opening in 2012 she has expanded her services from grooming, to boarding, daycare and self-service facility and has also created private label products for her brand. She is passionate about helping entrepreneurs grow and establish their brands. And is currently a license grooming instructor by NY State.

Joshua Morales

Joshua Morales

Joshua is a Master Certified Groomer with The National Dog Groomers Association Of America (NDGAA) and a Certified Member with the International Society Of Canine Cosmetologist (ISCC). Joshua Is a trend setting artist and President of The Dog Beautician Company and Founder of the Puerto Rican National Grooming Team, Grooming Team Of Puerto Rico (GTPR). A brand Ambassador for Hydra Cosmetics, Loyalty Pet Products and Liberty Star Equipment. Recently awarded the Barkleigh Honors 2017 “ Up & Coming Groomer Of The Year “ & recognized as 2018 “ Video Of the Year “ nominee. Now a Learn2groomdogs.com educator for thousands of professional Groomers worldwide. Joshua is the Co-owner of the world renowned “ Päsh The Canine Boudoir “ located in sunny South Florida. Joshua has become an internationally celebrated, respected and popular speaker/ educator in the Pet Grooming Industry.

Mackensie Murphy

Mackensie Murphy

Mackensie has been a member of GroomTeam USA for 7 consecutive years. Over the past 6 years she has ranked among the top 3 competitive groomers in the country boasting multiple Best in Show and Best All Around competitor awards. She is also an impressive 6 time winner of the prestigious Liz Paul Memorial best scissored poodle Award and has been featured on multiple covers of Groomer to Groomer magazine and other industry publications. She has spent the last several years educating groomers all over the globe with seminars and private lessons and recently began judging international. Mackensie has earned her way onto three consecutive GroomTeam USA travel teams. In 2015 she took an American cocker spaniel to Italy with the team where they brought home a silver medal. In 2017 in Belgium with the same breed and a dream team, she placed 1st over all in sporting out of 22 countries and assisted the team in bringing home the gold medal. February of 2020 she will traveling with the same team to the south of France where she again will be representing the USA with an American cocker.

Chrissy Neumyer Smith

Chrissy Neumyer Smith

Chrissy Neumyer Smith CPG, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA started Happy Critters in 2000 providing house call grooming and private dog training. As a groomer, behavior consultant, and trainer she understands the unique needs of the grooming setting. She started the Creating Great Grooming Dogs podcast in October of 2018 to help groomers, trainers, Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians, owners, and all other dog pros to teach dogs be good for grooming, vet visits, and other types of husbandry.

Julie Pantages

Julie Pantages

Julie owns Best In Show Pet Salon in Gloucester MA and has been in the Grooming world since 1994. Since Graduating Essex Agricultural and Technical Institute's Grooming and Kennel Management program she has worked in many different venues including Schutzhund, Obedience, Agility, Tracking, Breed conformation and of course Grooming. Julie has won Multiple Best Groomed Dog and Best All Around awards over the years, was ranked in the top 10 on Groom team USA for multiple years from 2003 on, and qualified to compete in Milan Italy in 2007. Julie has always had a passion for Poodles and is very active in the Conformation ring showing many Toy, Mini and Standard Poodles to their AKC Championships.

Jill Pipino

Jill Pipino

Jill Pipino started grooming in 2000. She bought a turnkey operation, turning it into a successful business offering her clients everything from daycare to spa services and personality trims to show styles. She began regularly attending seminars and trade shows at the beginning of her career, and started competing in 2007. She has been a regular in the competition circuit ever since. In an effort to further her understanding of pet styling, she has trained privately with top stylists and breeders. She also works with breeders and handlers at dog shows and is looking forward to showing her field spaniel, Brucie.

Cheryl Purcell

Cheryl Purcell

Cheryl A Purcell Nationally Certified Master Groomer: 
groomteam USA Member from 2002 to 2007. Cheryl retired in 2010 to become the groomteam USA Coordinator from 2011-2014, She captained the 2013 Gold World Grooming Champion Travel Team. In addition to being a five time Cardinal Crystal nominee and a Barkleigh Honors Awards nominee. Cheryl and her dog River where the 2014 Kerry Blue Terrier BOB at Westminster. Cheryl is a sought after Lecturer, Judge and Mentor. Cheryl owns and operates Pooch Paws Pet Grooming with her husband Ron, in Hanover MA.

Krystal Purcell

Krystal Purcell

Krystal Purcell is a third generation, certified master groomer and member of GroomTeam USA. She started competing in grooming competitions in 2001 at age 11, where she garnished a first place In the Oster Career Start. She worked in her parent’s shop after school and traveled around the country with her mother attending shows. She took a brief time off to attend college and started her own business. In 2013, Krystal graduated from Bridgewater State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. Since returning to the competition ring in 2014, Krystal has garnished many notable awards and nominations. Krystal has recently begun showing Kerry Blue Terriers and English Springer Spaniels, and currently owns and operates Pooch Paws to Go mobile grooming salon on the South Shore in Massachusetts.

Victor Rosado

Victor Rosado

With 26 years of experience in professional grooming and extensive experience in grooming and conformation, Victor Rosado is a National Certified Master Groomer with NDGAA, International Certified Master Groomer and is a certifier with IPG, as well as a Grooming Contest Judge and a Licensed All Breeds Conformation Judge for FCPR/FCI. As a competitive groomer, Victor Rosado is a multiple Best All Around and Best In Show winner and one of the top groomers listed in the Groom Team USA ranking for United States of America. Victor is a member of American Spaniel Club, an AKC Breeder of Merit, and an exhibitor of American Cocker Spaniels for 20 years with multiple Best In Show and Best In Specialty Shows wins. Victor is also an Oster Ambassador in Latin America and owner of Davis Puerto Rico.

Helen Schaefer

Helen Schaefer

Helen is a successful competitive groomer, nationally ranked (2017/18) and NCMG. Over the span of her almost 15 year career she has done everything from Housecall and Corporate to Mobile Grooming. She is the former owner of the award winning The Groom Studio, whose slogan, "Where every dog is a work of Art" has become Helen’ s personal Mantra, and what she hopes to pass on through teaching. She currently works at one of the highest rated salons in Mainline Philadelphia while focusing on her competitive career, teaching, and goal of obtaining a spot on GroomTeam USA.

Philip Schafmayer

Philip Schafmayer

Philip Schafmayer NCMG was a Professional All Breed AKC Handler for over 18 years, successfully campaigning some of the top dogs in the country in various breeds. Philip has been a professional pet stylist since 1997. Philip became a Certified Master Groomer with NDGAA in two consecutive shows in 2017. Philip was awarded Best In Show and Best All Around Groomer at NEPGP 2017 at his very first competition, then again at NEPGP 2018. Philip made the GroomTeam USA Top 10 Pet Stylists for 2017 as well as 2018. He earned the #5 Groom Team USA spot for 2018, as well as being announced as the 2020 World Travel Team Alternate. In February 2018 Philip retired from Professional Handling and opened Dogs by Design Pet Salon in Danielson, CT. As the salon is coming up on its one-year anniversary, Philip is getting ready to open his second salon in Cranston, RI.

Susan Sholar

Susan Sholar

Susan has been grooming dogs and cats for over forty years and has taught grooming for fifteen years. Her first love of dogs began very young while on the television set of Rin Tin Tin and then in her teens on the set of Hogan’s Heroes. Like many groomers, Susan turned a “hobby” into her life work. Her career began with showing and grooming her own dogs, progressed to showing and grooming for others as a Certified Professional Handler and, in 1997, Susan turned in her show leash for a judge’s book. She now judges breeds in five groups and has judged grooming competitions. Susan is presently an AKC Delegate for the Black Russian Terrier Club of America, where she holds the office of Recording Secretary and serves as Chairman of the Judges Education Committee.

Corina Stammworthy

Corina Stammworthy

Corina stumbled into the dog grooming industry by chance, but has brought fresh eyes and new ideas. She opened The Laundromutt, a self-service dog wash and grooming salon, on the concept that washing your own dog should be easy and fun. She believes that your dog should always be in the most educated hands, and in the cleanest and calmest environment possible. Corina is a college biology instructor and is currently in graduate school for Biotechnology.

Joey Villani

Joey Villani

Joey had 35 years of experience under industry visionary John Nash. He trained thousands of groomers as an instructor and director of Nash schools. In 1995, he became the owner of the Nash Academy of Animal Arts, New Jersey. Joey is an IJA judge and four-time nominee for Judge of the Year. Joey has appeared on numerous television shows, including Animal Planet's Dogs 101, NBC's The Today Show, and Fox's The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet. As a judge on Animal Planet's Groomer Has It, a grooming-based reality TV show, Joey brought a technical insight to the show.

Olga Zabelinskaya

Olga Zabelinskaya

Olga is a certified master groomer and owns two grooming salons, Elite Pet Spa & Boutique in Madison, NJ and Grooming Gallery in Morris Plains, NJ. She that has multiple BIS and best all-around groomer wins as well as two prestigious winners circle champion titles. Olga is 2009 and 2010 American groomer of the year by cardinal pet, and was awarded the Lynne Carver memorial award as best all-around stylist 2009. Olga was born in Russia where she had a master degree in engineering and finished law school. Olga is groom team USA member in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and won silver medal at the world grooming competition in Belgium, 2011 as a part of traveling groom team usa. She received the inaugural Barkleigh honors award for up-and-coming speaker. Olga co-hosts many pet fundraising events

Sue Zecco

Sue Zecco

Sue is a 2011 Barkleigh Honors Award winner. She is a Certified Master Groomer with both the National Dog Groomers Association (NDGAA) and the International Professional Groomers (IPG). She has been grooming for over 30 years. She has won multiple grooming awards, including her biggest show accomplishments: 1998 International Groomer of the Year and 1999 Oster Invitational Tournaments Grand Champion. Sue has been a member of GroomTeam USA since 1997 and broke all records in 1999, earning 113 points. She is also a Wahl Clipper Corporation spokesperson. With Jay Scruggs, she conducts a series of full-day seminars called Super Styling Sessions. Sue breeds Standard Poodles under the “Dreamcatcher” prefix.