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Hi my name is Briyant Arias and I am 27 years old. I am a former Mr. Just Me King for Sparkling crown pageant. I am also a certified model and a pageant coach. I am a optimistic person with a heart of gold. My hobbies are dancing, coaching, choreographer, and helping the community. I am currently working as a phlebotomist for American Red Cross and Baystate Medical Center. I love judging pageants because There is nothing like seeing the faces of the contestants when they achieve their goal of being crowned. Currently Judging in CT, NY MA, RI
Super mom of 3 children: Small business owner. Advocate for domestic violence – Over 6 years in the pageant industry. Former Pageant Director. Judging pageants in IL, MO, TN
Dr. Denise Barrett is the founder and CEO of Beautifully Educated Enterprises, dynamic educator for 20+ years, and a former Miss Florida A&M University who empowers girls and women to understand the importance of education, self-love, and embracing their beauty. Her motto is we are ALL beautiful. Now let’s become Beautifully Educated™ together!
She is an engaging, interactive motivational speaker who is known for her “keep it real” style. Dr. Denise’s self-published book, Education 3.0: How to Get Your Kids What They Need to Succeed, discusses the importance of multiple types of education, from academics to character to soft skills and beyond. Her ebook, Be Glamorous Everyday: How to Embrace the Power of Your Beauty from the Inside Out, promotes her philosophy of the importance of inner and outer beauty and the role self-love plays in both. As a result of her drive and willingness to serve others, Dr. Denise has been recognized with numerous awards, including:
- 2017 – Legacy Award Recipient (Florida A&M University)
- 2013 – State Assistant Principal of the Year Award Recipient (Florida Department of Education)
- 2013 – Named one of Legacy Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Business Leaders in South Florida”
- 2012 – Recipient of the Women’s History Month Award for Outstanding Achievement (Miami-Dade County)
As Miss Florida A&M University, she reigned with dignity, style and grace. Dr. Denise was the first Miss FAMU to place in the Top 8 of the Miss Collegiate African-American Pageant, and went on to compete in both the Miss Tallahassee and Miss Florida USA pageants. She is also a former model and is passionate about beauty, fashion and entertainment. However, she is most passionate about mentoring and empowering women to live their best lives and be all they can be!
Virginia Barron, from Dry Prong, Louisiana. 2016 Director of Mr & Miss Bling N Boots Pageant. Stay at home mother of 2 handsome boys, and a beautiful daughter. I do Photography on the side as a hobby I love doing in my spare time. Judging in Louisiana
Currently residing in Montgomery, Alabama, Krystle Bell has been competing in pageants since age 17. She has experience in the areas of competition, judging, coaching, directing, and emceeing. She currently holds the title of Ms. Alabama African-American United 2016. In 2016, she was recognized by ThePageantPlanet.com as one of the “Top Four Pageant Hairstyles for Natural Hair”. She is the Founder/CEO of
KrystleBell.com, a pageantry lifestyle blog that serves as “Your Krystle Clear Source for All Things Pageant Related.” Judging in AL, GA
Hi, my name is Whitney Brock. I am from Guin Alabama and I am 23 years old. I have a long history of pageants. I am now a licensed cosmetologist I love my job and making others look and feel beautiful. I’m so excited to start judging pageants it’s been a dream of mine for a long time! I am available to judge in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida, and Georgia!
Erika Colindres is a 31 year old mother of two. She is a devoted pageant mom of 9 years to her daughter, Ava and has been active in the pageant arena in the state of Georgia. Erika is currently judging in GA.
Cariss Dooley “Ka- riss” Resides in Hueytown, Alabama; former Miss Hemisphere;former model, aspiring actress, pageant coach, judge, pageant mother, as well as pageant director of the infamous ACT Productions Miss Summer Beauty of the Southeast National Pageant; over 30 years of experience in pageant industry. Training judges for over 20 years. Dedicated to making pageants fair across the board.
Will go most anywhere but AL for sure and FL MS GA TN TX NC OH .CA NV
Pastor La’Nesia Edwards; Pageant Coach, Queen and Mom to undefeated Pageant King Trave. 11 years of pageant experience; Judging Pageants in IL, TN, KY, MO
Juli Garcia-Romo is 22 years old and is from Smith County, Tennessee. For her occupation, she is a Zinc Development Miner for Nyrstar Middle Tennessee Mines. She is also a pageant director , coach, and 2020 Miss Middle Tennessee U.S. Juli has competed in pageants for 10 years and has judged many pageants across Tennessee and Kentucky for 5 years. She believes that no matter who you are, what size you are, and how old you are; with determination, faith, and confidence anyone can be a queen. She is available to judge in the states of Tennessee & Kentucky
My name is Julia Grouleff and I am 20 years old. I was born and raised in the small town of Lambertville New Jersey where I traveled with my family to compete in glitz and natural pageants until I was 9 years old. I decided to retire pageants, and dedicate my life to competitive dance. I started my training in dance at a young age of 5 training in ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern, pointe, acrobatics and tap. When I was 8 years old I joined a competitive dance company where I traveled around the US and competed for national level titles and scholarships. I spent summers at a very young age training with the Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theater in NYC. I also frequently traveled to California where I participated in dance intensives including “Break the Floors, Dancerpalooza”
My dance studio was casted to participate in a featured episode of the hit reality tv show “Dance Moms” in 2012. I started modeling for multiple dance catalogs and magazines around the East Coast. Some spotlights that include “A Wish Come True,” “Kèlle,” “Curtain Call,” and “Dance spirit.”
Up to the age of 18, I continued to dance, model and go to school. When I graduated high school in 2015, I started taking classes at Bucks Community College with a major in child psychology. I take online classes so I am able to commute to and from NYC for dance and Modeling jobs during the week. I take dance classes regularly at Broadway Dance Center in NYC to keep up my training. This year, I have been a judge for the Tri-State Cinderella Beauty Pageants. I have judged pageants on the east coast so far. Also, I made it to the final audition round for the Philadelphia Eagles Cheer team and the NY Jets Flight Crew Cheerleaders in 2017.
I have been involved in pageants, dance, singing, performing, competing and directing for 30 plus years. I believe pageants teach a child about themselves in a way no other avenue can. I direct and own Pittsburgh Premiere Pageants. You can find it and myself on Facebook. I will travel from Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and other neighboring states as well. Let’s continue to raise our children to be confident, genuine, serving leaders. Tammy Dawn Hardin Thistlethwaite.
Ms. Antia “Tia” Harris-Dai of Oak Park, Michigan. over 29 years in pageantry, 20 years teaching and 29 years performing experience in Dance, Vocal, Modeling, Pageantry and Acting. Worked with top names in industry, Dance Theatre of Harlem residency program for 3 years, world travels; 2001, she founded the Bennett College Dance Troupe which offers a promising Performing Arts degree program. In 2008, Ms. Harris-Dai founded the Association of Minorities in Dance Education, an organization that highlights the achievements of minority teachers, choreographers, studio owners, directors and performers in the dance community. Ms. Harris-Dai’s current judging experience includes: Energy National Dance Competition, Driven Dance Pit National Dance Competition, Mr. /Miss American Coed Pageant, SWAK Pageant System’s Lead Judge and Tabulator, Hal Jackson’s Talented Teen Michigan State Finals, Sunshine International Pageant System, Celebrity USA Pageant System (Adjudicator & Tabulator), Little Miss Michigan Pageant, BOZ Pageant Systems, Amazing Beauties & Cuties Pageant & Talent System, Pure International Pageants (Lead Adjudicator, Auditor & Judge Coordinator), Sunburst Model Search Pageant and NES Pageant Systems just to name a few. (248) 982-0774~Contact Phone Number Currently Judging in MI, OH, IN, IL, KY, WI, TN, GA, AL, FL, PA, NY, NJ, WV, VA, MD, DE & DC
Donna has participated in pageants, directed, and been a judge for several pageants. Professionally, she works at the executive level in the Pharmaceutical industry and has been a Senior Executive with the most prestigious cosmetic companies. She is available to judge in NC, SC, & GA.
Laura Jenkins is a wife and proud mother of 3 (2 boys and 1 girl). Born and raised in Southern Indiana, studied Paralegal Studies & Accounting. love spending time with family hiking, shopping; busy weekends include dance competitions, pageants/pageant appearances; the last 3 years watching her daughter in both competitions and volunteering because of her titles, “I’ve seen how much they help girls and woman. The quiet, reserved girl blossomed into the vibrant, compassionate and confident young woman. I always be thankful that she took me on this journey with her.” Currently judging in IN, KY, OH
Cynthia Diane Kotewa (Cindy)is a happily married mother of six and a grandmother of four. She has been competing in pageants for about 7 years now and has experience in natural and glitz pageants. Cindy is available to Judge in NC and SC
My name is Junior Lapin. I am a Model and I live in LongIsland,NY. I am proud to be a part of the ACPJA family. I am very friendly and respectful. A fun fact about me is that I like exercising with my friends, and watching fashion shows by myself. As I always wanted to become a Certified Child Pageant Judge but I also want the children to make a positive difference by starting to involve in their community so they can have the experience of volunteering. Junior prefers to judge in Long Island, Ny area.
Jamey is a Chief Administrative Officer born and raised in Orange, TX. She is married and a mother of two. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship that has served her well in her business endeavors. Jamey competed in pageants as child has directed and been involved with local pageants for the past 5 years. She is available to judge in TX, LA, AL, MS, FL, OK, TN, GA, and AR.
Janette Manion Manion is the mother of professional actress/model Kaya Rose. She has been involved in pageants since 1980, first as a contestant, then a judge and then her daughter followed until becoming a professional model. Janette has a Bachelors in Elementry Childhood Education. She is also involved in her community in Los Angeles, helping with anti bully, homeless and domestic violence campaigns. She was a professional ballet dancer and ran a dance studio teaching dance, runway and pageant coaching. Janette is currently Judging in CA, NV, UT, AZ
Baton Rouge native, former director of Jewel of Baton Rouge Pageant, Ms. Black Elegance 1989, John Casablanca’s modeling student, LSU Fashion Model, Girl Scout Leader, Southern University Laboratory Alum; Judging Pageants in Louisiana
Mikala Morgan is the former 2015 Miss Louisiana Mardi Gras, 47th Annual Louisiana Swine Festival Queen and Social Media Director for Miss LSU-USA. She currently resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she is a Digital Marketing Director for Torapath Technologies, Vice President of BNI Premier, and serves on the Board of Directors for Karnival Krewe de Louisiane. She has 7+ years of experience competing, judging, and coaching pageants in the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) and Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals (LAFF). She is available to judge in the state of Louisiana.
Kylee K. Odom is a former Mrs. North Carolina and Miss Teen North Carolina. In addition to winning numerous pageants, she was also the Miss North Carolina State Director 2006-2008 winning the Prestigious International Director of the Year Award. Kylee continues to judge many pageant systems and talent competitions across the United States.
On and off the stage, she promotes her platform on vision awareness and was chosen to be the NC Lion’s Club International Celebrity Spokesperson for Campaign Sight First II. Her daughter’s story encourages her to make a difference and team up with Lion’s Clubs to help eliminate blindness.
She is a graduate of the Flat Rock Playhouse Vagabond School of the Drama where she served as a Dance Teacher and a Musical Theatre Choreographer. Music and dance are her true inspirations that have led Kylee to form her own Production Company. She is the National Dance Director for the World Championships of Performing Arts and a Licensed BMI writer of Christian music.
Kylee is married to her husband Marshall and they live in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina with their kids.
Kylee is available to judge in: NC, SC, FL, GA, TN, VA.
I currently live in Lynchburg, TN. I recently graduated from Austin Peay State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I have been an educator for a little over a year now. Throughout my life, I grew up in the pageant world.The fond memories and friendships I have from competing in pageants growing up lead to my goal of one day becoming a pageant director/coordinator along with being a pageant judge. I have now been a pageant director for a little over two years with Southern Sisters Pageants. I direct/coordinate 4 or more pageants a year. I am also a certified pageant judge through ACPJA. I look forward to making more memories
I believe pageants allow you to radiate confidence, make new friends, and participate in fun competitions. It’s important that we always remember to always be your own kind of beautiful!
I am available to judge in Tennessee, Alabama, and Kentucky.
Cierra Pinckard is married to Casey Pinckard of Claxton, Ga. Working as the Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer at Claxton Poultry Farms, Inc. Monday – Friday, Cierra looks forward to her pageant events on the weekends. Pageants started long ago for Cierra Pinckard and she has had a love for watching, judging and competing in them since the first pageant she curled her hair for in 2003. Cierra Pinckard now has a daughter, Ruby Lace, that competes with her mom’s help being she is 6 months old and has 2 titles as of now. Cierra also has 2 boys she enjoys watching play baseball, from diamonds on a field to diamonds in a crown Cierra’s life couldn’t be more fulfilling. I am willing to judge in the state of Georgia.
I am new to the pageant world about 1 1/2 years now. I have a daughter that has competed in national glitz and natural pageants. I am looking to start in a new direction and start judging.
Dr. Angela N. Rivers-Harper is a native of Cincinnati, OH. Dr. Rivers-Harper obtained her Doctoral Degree in Organizational Leadership in 2019. Dr. Rivers-Harper has her Associates in Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts in Business and Human Resource Management, Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, Master of Arts in Executive Leadership, 4 Certifications in Education, Teaching Licensure and she is also a Notary for the State of Ohio. Dr. Rivers-Harper is also an ordained wedding officiant. Dr. Rivers-Harper is the former Ms. Ohio Plus America, 2011, Ohio Elegant Elite U.S United, 2012, Ms. American Beauties Plus Queen, 2013, American Beauties Plus Woman Queen 2015, Classic Woman Elite, 2017, Lifetime Queen 2017/18 Queen Excellence 2017/18, Queen of Queens for American Beauties Plus and recently crowned your new Mrs. National Sorority Pageant, 2021/22. Dr. River-Harpers is also the CEO of Ohio Kurvy Fashion Weekend, a weekend fashion event for Full Figured women and men, CEO of Keep It Kurvy Boutique, a swimwear line dedicated to our full-size men and women, Founder of the “I Love Me” Women’s Empowerment Conference, and Kute Kosmetics by Angela-Nicholle, a cosmetics accessory line. Dr. Rivers-Harper is also the Director for the Northern Valley Region of American Beauties Plus. She is available to judge in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia.
Ms. Myrna Rogers of Dade City, Florida is interested in judging Semi-Glitz and Natural Pageants. Some of her experiences include:
- Worked in the medical industry for over 30 years.
- Named by “Jeb Bush” as one of 2005’s Most Influential Business Women in Florida
- Past Cheerleader Coach
- Past Board Member for Little League Baseball
- Member of Parkersburg Women’s Club
- Member of American Baptist Women’s Ministries of WV
Myrna says, “I have interviewed thousands of candidates for jobs in the medical industry for years. I love having the opportunity to meet the candidates and learn why they believe they should represent our company. What unique quality do they bring to the table, how they handle challenges and how they are constantly improving their self. I believe this same concept applies to Pageant Contestants who want to represent their Community, State or Country. The spirit of competition and putting their best step forward is a fun and exciting opportunity that will allow the Pageant Contestant compete and grow as an individual person and as person who serves our community.” She is available to judge pageants in WV, Ohio and Central Florida.
Hello I am Loretta Rummel from Benton, TN..I have been married for 30 Years and I am the Owner/Director of Loretta’s Hometown Pageants which is my hearts passion. I have been Directing my hometown County Fair pageants for 22 years and the Jefferson County Fair pageants for 9 years. I have been in the industry for 38 years which includes competing, directing, emceeing, coaching and judging. I would be happy to judge on any level in Tennessee and any state boarding Tennessee. I look forward to networking with those in the industry.
Kirsty Santamour; 27 year old mother of two; works with people with Developmental Disabilities; currently working towards Nursing Degree; Devoted to the integrity & safety of child pageants; currently judging in New York
Hello everyone I just want to say how excited I am to be part of ACPJA. I have a long history with pageantry that started when I was 13 and competed in my first pageant. I have won two titles in the past Miss Magnolia 2010 and Miss Strawberry 2011. After having my children I decided to become a pageant judge which I have been doing for the past 3 years in Georgia. I am new to Texas and can’t wait to start judging here!!! Only judging in Texas
Hello my name is Maranda Stafford. I am thirty-four years old and I live in Shelbyville, TN. My husband and I moved here from Florida due to his job. He is an electrical engineer and I taught four years in FL as a Kindergarten teacher. Now I am a substitute teacher. So we have been a resident of TN for about five years now. In Florida, I have won over twenty pageant titles. As a kid and teen, pageants were a big part of my life. I have a passion for pageants and would love to become a judge. Our family in FL is so important to both of us so we visit them a lot. As of right now, we have a Golden Retriever and she is our fur baby. We are hoping to start a family of our own one-day in God’s timing. I am a volunteer with the Habitat for Humanity and help with our local fundraisers around our community. I loved to help out as much as I can and I love the state of TN. Currently judging in the State of Tennesee.
Holly Sylvester is the fundraising and event coordinator for the Auburntown Volunteer Fire department. She is also the director of the Miss Red Apple Days pageant, and event coordinator for the Red Apple Days festival in Auburntown Tennessee. Holly has been in and around the pageant industry for over 18 years as a contestant, titleholder, director, coach and judge. She has held titles such as Miss Rutherford County, Miss Tennessee Hostess, and Miss Tennessee 2003 in the Miss American Coed system. In an effort to promote her platform, inner beauty over outer beauty, Holly partnered with Pure in Heart conferences to create a curriculum that would be used to reach countless young ladies all over the United States. Traveling throughout the south east Holly has had the opportunity to personally teach hundreds of young girls what it means to be truly beautiful from the inside out. Holly currently resides in Cannon County Tennessee with her three beautiful children, and her wonderful husband Shaphan.
Hi my name is Heaven and I reside in Alvin, TX with my husband and 2 kids. I work at MD Anderson Cancer Center as a Medical Assistant. I have been doing pageants for the last 2 years with my daughter. It’s in our blood. I have been doing pageants since I was young. I have also won many titles myself including Duchess and also 9th grade queen and homecoming queen. I am available to judge in the state of Texas.
- My name is Emily Tyler, growing up I have been apart of pageants and have loved them! I also enjoy watching pageants so I thought why not become a judge! I am available to judge in the state of Indiana.
Lauralee got a late start on the pageant scene when in her 40’s she was asked to enter a small local pageant to promote the nearby city. After winning her division she was hooked and became involved in competing in State and National level pageants and was asked to begin judging. She spends a lot of her off time volunteering at various organizations and events and has had the opportunity to volunteer at special needs pageants as well.
I’ve seen girls growing into the poised, eloquent women through pageantry and couldn’t be more proud to be involved. I have witnessed the benefits of instilling a sense of giving back to the community through volunteer work associated with pageants. It makes my heart happy to see our youth out there volunteering. We are seeing the youth involved in pageantry flourish into distinguished, respectable individuals who are able to present their views intelligently and respectably.
Lauralee is available to judge in Texas, Florida, Arizona, Nevada, Michigan, California, Louisiana
Mrs. Toni Wells, B.S. Human Services – M.S. Clincial Mental Health Counseling; Humanitarian, has 10 years in the pageant industry. Former Pageant Director. Founder of Gateway Beauties Metropolitan Pageant; FLOWER Foundation; Judging pageants for 10 years. Currently Judging in CA, NV, AZ
Hello, I’m Kimberly Wentzel. I reside in Marshall County, Tennessee. I was an active participant in local pageants, as well as, state level pageantry and won several titles. I have worked as a pageantry coach for a company called “Grace Notes”. I have judged many pageants in the past. Now that I am retired, I would love to work with all of you in the industry. I prefer Tennessee, Alabama and or Kentucky states to be your next pageant judge. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.
I am 27 years old, a mother and wife. I have three beautiful children. I graduated with two associates degrees in Architectural and Mechanical Drafting. I am currently attending Wiregrass College to receive my Associates Degree as an RN. I am a substitute teacher at Lanier County Schools and I own a small business on the side doing spray tans inside Milltown Market in Lakeland, GA. Eryka prefers to judge in the state of Georgia.
My name is Carmen Melissa Wiggins. I live in Blackshear, Georgia. I am happily married to Danny Wiggins. I have a 25 year old son. I am an operating room nurse, currently working on my BSN.
I entered my first pageant of many years in October 2016. I won Ms. Georgia Pink, a fund raiser for Breast Cancer Research. Last month I was chosen to represent Georgia in the Classy Ms. division at the National 2017 Pure International Pageant in June.
I believe pageants help contestants of all ages build self-confidence. Pageantry encourages goal setting and helps to build self-esteem. I look forward to being a part of the judging community.