Stephanie Glyptis will judge the Wisconsin Alpaca & Fiber Fest Halter Show. After graduating from West Virginia University with a degree in animal science, Stephanie Glyptis jumped into alpacas in 2000 as the herd manager for Heart's Desire Farm in West Virginia, working with a herd of nearly 300 alpacas halter training, delivering crias, and managing the daily needs of the alpacas. An active participant in the show ring, she merged her dairy cattle judging experience with alpaca judging in 2006 when she became an AOA Certified Judge. Since then, she has judged shows throughout the United States and Canada. Certified in all aspects of judging fleece, halter, and performance, she has become the perfect fit for many shows that only need one judge. Stephanie, her husband Phillip, and their children Teddy and Abigail, live in Weirton, West Virginia. Stephanie runs Glyptis Manor Alpacas and in addition to judging provides education and herd evaluations for alpacas.
Kevin O'Leary will judge The Great Midwest Alpaca Festival Halter Show. Kevin has served on various AOA committees including the Affiliate, the Nominating, the National Conference Planning, and the Judge Advisory Committee. Kevin is one of the founding members and president of N. E. Alpaca Tours, a non-profit corporation that organizes the North American Alpaca Show. To date, N.E.A.T. has donated over a quarter of a million dollars to alpaca research and education. Having successfully completed the AOA Judge Training Program in 2004, Kevin received certification in halter, fleece, and performance judging for both suri and huacaya alpacas. Kevin judges alpaca shows throughout the country and is involved in speaking, consulting, and organizing alpaca shows and auctions.
Ken Hibbits will serve as the Wisconsin Alpaca & Fiber Fest Walking Fleece Show Judge. Victoria and Ken Hibbits own and operate Alpacas By The Sea, Inc. in Montara, California. They have both worked in the alpaca industry for over 16 years. Alpacas By The Sea has been raising alpacas since 1992. They managed a herd of up 100 alpacas and have presented educational seminars for their clients providing a good foundation for success in the alpaca business. Ken and Victoria, who was an ARI Phenotypic screener, have throughout Peru learning advanced husbandry from breeders on the altiplano. They have also studied and shared breeding techniques and alpaca screening criteria with some of the world's leading experts.
Paulis Musteikis from Paulius Musteikis Photography is a professional portrait and headshot photographer based in Madison, Wisconsin. He has been a full-time freelance photographer for 10 years. Paulis enjoys working with and photographing people. He has a curious mind and likes to push the limits and break the rules. Originally from Lithuania, Paulius has lived in Wisconsin for more than 20 years.