MARY JANE SHERVAIS
Mary Jane Shervais has been a judge for the American Kennel Club since 1993. She is approved for all levels of Obedience and Rally, and has judged widely in the United States, including both the east and west coasts, Alaska, and Hawaii. Her judging career has also taken her into Canada for several judging assignments. During a varied professional life that spanned service as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, as a Licensed Veterinary Technician managing a progressive veterinary hospital in Northern Virginia, and currently as the Director of Music at Cheney United Methodist Church in Cheney, Washington, Mary Jane has also actively pursued her passion for Golden Retrievers, and for the sports of Obedience and Rally. Her life as a breeder/exhibitor/trainer began with her first Golden Retriever in 1971. She became active in the Golden Retriever Club of America, and also the Potomac Valley Golden Retriever Club. She also served as a founding member of GRREAT. Mary Jane has titled dogs in conformation and obedience in both the United States and Canada, and has included other breeds from Papillons to her current Brittany and yes, a Labrador Retriever in her family. As a member of Mount Vernon Dog Training Club in Virginia, Mary Jane served for ten years as the Training Director. After her husband Steve's retirement from the United States Air Force, they relocated to Cheney, Washington, and Eastern Washington University. Mary Jane has become active in Spokane Dog Training Club, where she has served in various officer/board positions, including President, Director of Training, and Instructor. Mary Jane has also served as the Show Chairperson for the Inland Empire Golden Retriever Club, and is now the Obedience Chairperson for the Spokane Kennel Club. Mary Jane is totally committed to the furtherance of the sport of Obedience and Rally. It is her personal goal to help Obedience and Rally programs to flourish, and to provide others with opportunities to experience satisfaction and success in the sport. To that end, and as Director of Training for Spokane Dog Training Club, Mary Jane has been instrumental in developing a program designed to improve focus, attention, and connection with our dogs when we train, work, and show. It is her desire to provide every dog owner the tools to create a close relationship, filled with love, joy, and success.