in Las Vegas 
on August 30, 2019


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         congress judges     

Our congress judges originally hail from three continents and bring more than sixty years of collective judging expertise among them. 

 linda jean grillo

Linda Jean has been judging since 1981 and was one of
the judges at the 1st NBC class where bengals made their debut.

She was voted Judge of the Year in 1990 and showed TICA's Best Cat for 1981-82 season - SGC Ciara's Fire Hazard - a red point Siamese male.

She developed the "& white" Oriental and the "pointed & white Siamese" bring them from preliminary foundation work through to championship status.

She helped to introduce TICA to France by being one of the founders
of the "French Connectiom Cat club" which led to putting on the 1st TICA licensed show in Europe.

adriana kajon


Adriana is currently an Approved Allbreed Judge and was TICA’s 2012 Judge of the Year.
Dr. Kajon is a Ring Training & Judging School Instructor, Genetics Instructor.
Adriana is member of TICA’s Genetics, newly assembled Judging Committee and consulted significantly on TICA’s “State of the Cat” partnership with Wisdom Health.
She is a member of the Enchanted Cat Club of in Albuquerque.
Adriana is a passionate advocate for all cats and is devoted to her own breed the Singapura.


Fate Mays

Fate Mays joined TICA and began exhibiting in 9182.

Over the years, he has served as the President of TICA, the South Central Regional Director, Chair of the Persian Breed Committee, and Vice President of The International Feline Foundation, which funds and researches feline health related issues.

Fate has been a licensed judge since 1991, and has been honored to have judged in every TICA region and was honored to judge the first TICA show held in China (2013).

In 1990, Fate was honored as South Central Member of the Year, and in both 1997 and 2014, he was honored as TICA’s Judge of the Year. Fate is proud to have contributed his time, skills, and efforts to TICA in his over 35 years of TICA membership.



seminar speakers


 chris kaelin, pHd
 Stanford Univeristy & Hudson Alpha Institute

Chris Kaelin, Ph.D. of Stanford University Medical School Genetics Lab
and the Hudson Alpha Institute will discuss the insights gathered
from genetic analysis of over 1000 Bengal Cats for more than ten years.
Dr. Kaelin’s work is focused on the inheritance and activity of pigment
and pattern, specifically looking for the genetic components of rosetting.
Dr. Kaelin and his colleagues at Stanford University and the Hudson Alpha Institute
have involved the Bengal Cat breeding community in much of their work. 
The collaboration has been responsible for the discovery of previously unidentified genetic mutations in cats such as classic tabby and glitter.

katie lytle, dvm
of Wisdom Health 

Katie Lytle, DVM of Wisdom Health collaborates with her team
of scientists and researchers to bring scientific solutions to pet breeders and owners.
Dr. Lytle led the collaboration with TICA for the “State of the Cat” study
resulting in the genetic screening of more than 1,000 TICA registered pedigreed cats of all breeds.  This kind of analysis, shared with breeders & owners is groundbreaking in the global marketplace, allowing informed decision making by breeders.
Dr. Lytle continues to innovate for all pet lovers and actively seeks ways to involve the cat breeding community.