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Governing Council


Current Governing Council

Cheryl CaveCheryl Cave,  Chairman of the Council

Cheryl was born in San Angelo, Tx in 1953 and lived in west Texas until 1959 when she moved to the Fort Worth, TX area. As a youngster Cheryl trained in ballet, tap, and jazz dancing. Cheryl spent a season with the Irving Ballet company in Irving, TX. Cheryl attended the Castleberry school system in Fort Worth but took time out to raise her four sons before pursuing her advanced education. In 1993 she received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from LeTourneau University in Longview, TX, graduating with honors as Suma Cum Laude. She was selected with three other graduates as part of the school’s marketing campaign and appeared in marketing materials from brochures to billboards. Her graduate studies are E-Commerce at the University of Dallas in Dallas, TX with a 4.0 GPA.

Cheryl’s career has been primarily in consulting in the Information Technology field. She has managed multi-million dollar projects in the United States, Canada, South America, and Asia. Her skills include facilitating Business Process Reengineering sessions for Chase Manhattan, Omniflight, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad. She has acted as Project Manager, Business Analyst, Curriculum Planner, Courseware Developer, Trainer, Technical Documenter, and Data Modeler at a number of Fortune 500 companies.  She has been the Data Center Manager of a financial institution and written and conducted software testing for the rail industry. She is a Certified Novell Engineer and was practice leader for the Documentation and Training practice for Cap Gemini America. Cheryl has also been actively involved in publishing; having written articles for the Fort Worth Star Telegram, Cool Camelids Magazine, and the software periodical SAPTips. Cheryl has worked as editor in the hard sciences for Harcort, Brace, Jovanovich, the Dryden Press, and Holt, Rinehart, Winston and was Managing Editor of SAPTips for five years.  Miscellaneous items of interest include Cheryl’s recording a radio commercial for RCA in 1974 and acting as an “on stage” extra in the movie “Tough Enough” with Dennis Quaid and Warren Oats in 1981. Her favorite “bucket list item” was when she traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina to learn the true Milonga tango, and ended up helping to teach it before she left the country. Cheryl participated in an FBI sting operation in 1984 and was with the Tarrant County Adult Probation office 1980-83, where she met and later married State District Judge Tom Cave. Tom was the first judge in the most high profile case in Fort Worth’s history; the capital murder trial of Cullen Davis. Cullen hired and sent a hit man to murder Tom, divorce Judge Joe Edson, and his estranged wife, Priscilla.

Cheryl has studied a number of languages including Arabic, Swedish, and Spanish and is lightly conversational in German and Italian. Cheryl has always loved and raised animals. From 1994 to 2003 she and husband Tom raised and showed Arabian horses. They also raised and showed llamas, including multiple national champions. In 2012 Cheryl became interested in raising chickens and after much investigation, decided on the Serama. She emailed Jerry that she was "very serious" about becoming solidly involved in raising and exhibiting Seramas and began pursuing a judge's license. She has coordinated and conducted shows all over the state of Texas and currently presides over a very active state council. She is the newsletter editor for SCNA and is a member of the Judge's Licensing and Standards Committee and the Show Committee. In 2013 she was asked to serve the role of Council Clerk and was later voted into a seat on the Governing Council. She is currently Chair of the SCNA Governing Council.


JerryJerry Schexnayder, Founder and Treasurer

Jerry founded the Serama Council of North America in 2003, shortly after his import of Serama from Malaysia in 2001. He has been the driving force behind the Council for over a decade, and holds a lifetime position on the board. Jerry and the Cajun Serama Council hosts the the Cajun Serama Classic, North America's largest Serama only show, each April near his hometown of Vacherie, Louisiana. Jerry raises the largest flock of serama in the U.S., and ships birds all over the continental United States. While he raises all types of Serama, in all feather varieties, the Traditional Serama, however in it's thousand color possibilities, are his favorite.

June SuhmJune Suhm, Show Secretary

June has been raising Serama since 2008 in her hometown of Moore, OK. She has made a name for herself as the premiere breeder of Silkied Serama, finishing as one of the top exhibitors of the year in 2014 with her home grown birds. She is currently the chair of the Show Committee and SCNA Show Secretary, taking care of all the show sanctioning packages as the applications come in. She also heads the Sooner Serama Council in Oklahoma, where she's put on many successful shows. When she's not stuffing show packets, organizing shows, or winning trophies, June is a successful business owner. 

 Laura Jenkins, District Council Chair
Laura has been raising Serama since 2013, and is the Membership Secretary, the chair of the Membership Committee, and also the Cajun Council Coordinator. She resides near Baton Rouge, Louisiana with her husband, where she is a detective with the local law enforcement agency. She has 5 children, and has been very involved with youth as not only a Girl Scout Leader, Law Enforcement Cadet advisor, but also a past board member for the Louisiana Juvenile Officers Association. Currently she serves as secretary for the Gulf Coast Poultry Fanciers Association. She was drawn to Serama for their sweet, but sassy personalities, and to SCNA for its members, and its dedication and passion for the breed.
JulesJulie Miller, Council Clerk

Julie Miller is a Louisiana resident who has been breeding and showing seramas since January, 2003, raising all three types of serama-American, Traditional and Malay, as well as the smooth, frizzled and silkied varieties. She also raises other bantam and standard poultry breeds, but says seramas are by far her favorite breed. She became an SCNA judge in 2006 and has judged shows all across the United States. She currently serves on the Judges and Licensing committee.

MichaelMichael McLendon

Michael is the Co-founder and President of the Magnolia State Serama Council, the SCNA State Rep for the State of Mississippi, a member of the Internet committee and is responsible for the Serama Virtual show. He admins many of the Serama Facebook groups and serves on the Governing Council as Council Clerk. Michael is an Apprentice Judge and is looking forward to receiving his license this year. Michael is a native Mississippian and lives in the beautiful countryside of South Mississippi near Hattiesburg. Michael and his wife own 'Southern Mississippi Seramas' and maintain a flock of 200 Serama year round, he has the largest, pure-bred, show-quality flock of Malaysian Serama in the State of Mississippi. He started his flock in 2012 with 14 hand-picked pairs from Jerry. Michael is the founder-host of the annual 'Magnolia State Serama Classic' serama show. He and his wife are avid Serama exhibitors and attend shows throughout the South. Michael is a Psychotherapist and Supervisor in the field of Mental Health.

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