Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The mentor may be older or younger than the person being mentored, but she or he must have a certain area of expertise. It is a learning and development partnership between someone with vast experience and someone who wants to learn.


American Bullmastiff Association mentors are divided into two categories: 

Group 1 mentors are primary presenters at seminars and ringside/individual mentoring sessions who are qualified because they are either breeder/judges or long-established breeders who the committee feels could facilitate at a seminar and have the experience to ringside mentor individuals who may be applying to judge Bullmastiffs.  AKC only recognizes ABA parent-club approved mentors as one of their “enriching components” (among other things needed to apply for any specific breed).  Prospective judges must have done sufficient stewarding, attend seminars/workshops, have mentors, judge sweeps or matches, attend national or regional specialties, or attend AKC-sponsored institutes.  Judges applying for their initial breed need to qualify with so many litters, so many years involvement, and so many champions produced, as well as stewarding, passing anatomy and procedural exams, judging their breed at matches, sweeps, and futurity with sufficient entries.

Group 2 mentors are individuals qualified to work with Group 1 member at seminars and do
individual mentoring to prospective judges and breeders.


American Bullmastiff Association Mentor List

Group 1 (primary presenters at seminars and ringside/individual mentoring sessions)

First Name       Last Name            State   Phone                Email

Pam                  McClintock           CAN     905-384-9348

Patricia             O’Brien                  CA        714-870-5235

Sheila                *Polk                     CA        925-228-3069

Carol                 +Beans**              CA       714-544-1824 

Helene              +Nietsch*             CT        203-426-8194

Melissa             +Bausman            FL        941-544-8608

Lynn                 Spohr                    IN        812-925-3830

Vicki                  *Allenbrand         KS        678-429-4609

Virginia            *Rowland             MA      978-939-5300

Mary Barbara   +*Walsh                MA      617-268-0359

Anita                Migday                 MA      508-875-7086

Denise              *Borton                MI        269-375-0059

Alan                  Kalter                    MI        734-516-5160

Chris                 Lezotte                 MI        734-741-7326

Kathy                *Kocher                MN      763-786-0768

Sherry               Boldt                     MO      573-353-6248

Donna              Pendelton            OH       740-942-2624

Julie                  +Ahrens                OK       405-615-8900

Paula                Sturiale                 TX       817-312-4885

Jackie               Hofer                     WA      360-521-8700
*Indicates breeder-judge

**Judges Education Chair

+  Indicates Judges Education Committee


American Bullmastiff Association Mentors List
Group 2 (qualified to work with Group 1 member at seminars and do individual mentoring)
Name and State                              Phone                                  Email
Gail Painter – AK                        907-677-7599         

Taun Brooks – CA                       760-947-6257         

Connie Urbanski  – CA                650-302-3660         

Heather Johnson – CO                719-650-2227             

Sergio/Kara  Gonzales –FL         561-746-0607         

Valerie Vessey – FL                     352-799-3277          

Kathryn Roberts – GA                678-614-9889         

Susan Crawford – IL                   815-343-5698         

Lynne Angelos – IL                     847-746-2440         

Patty Sosa – LA                           504-236-3774         

Ira Kaplan – MA                          908-625-2005         

Michele McGovern -MA             508-865-7325         

Chris Rasmussen – MD              301-213-4222            

Anna Figueroa – MI                    616-538-1807          

Ben Baratto-MN                         507-452-8456         

David Spong – MN     763-972-2752    

Linda Neville  – NJ       732-774-6235   

Joe Matano – NJ        732-363-0129    

Becky Martin – OH     330-898-3001   

Anne Wallick – OH     330-447-1242    

Peter/Bodil Aczel – PA           215-536-8884    

Gerald/Karen Cole – VA         276-669-3273    

Barbara Long – WA    360-482-5600   

Howard Gussis – WI   847-347-8518