Cheryl Gehly came to the alpaca world with a background of 25 years in education. Her subsequent immersion and fascination with alpaca fleece arose from an innocent decision to volunteer with shearing back in 1998. Once hooked, she pursued a desire to learn more and ultimately became an AOBA Certified Fleece Judge in 2002. In addition to judging fleece shows, Cheryl has shared her knowledge with judges and apprentices as an AOBA Certified Instructor at JTCC sponsored Judge Training Clinics, as well as being an AOBA Certified Fleece Judge Trainer. She has volunteered as a fleece show superintendent on several occasions and became a familiar face to many as she helped at numerous annual AOBA National Conference Fleece Shows.
Cheryl has subsequently been hired as the Fleece Show Superintendent for several fleece shows. Cheryl has also volunteered her time with AOBA by being a member and chairperson of the Judge Training and Certification Committee. Cheryl was subsequently appointed as a member and chairperson of the AOBA Judge Advisory Committee. She is also the fleece judge liaison to the Show Rules Committee and the Judge Training and Certification Committee. Cheryl teaches at breeder seminars around the country as well as judging multiple AOBA Certified Fleece Shows annually.