The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen pageant announced the judges for this year’s competition which will be held at the Orange County Convention Center August 8, 2012.
Jane Chu has worked in philanthropic and community leadership positions throughout the Greater Kansas City region for more than a decade. As president and CEO of theKauffmanCenter for the Performing Arts, Jane is able to combine her passion for the arts and business. She is an MBA who also holds a Bachelor and Masters degrees in piano performance, music education and pedagogy; sounds like one smart cookie!
Katie Harman-Ebner was crowned Miss America in 2002. Katie’s personal conviction about life and how to live it is, “Serve greatly, love deeply, live passionately.” During her reign she traveled the nation delivering messages of comfort and hope to those impacted by the terrorist attacks of September 11. Her greatest accomplishment? Writing a book entitled Under the Crown about titleholders using their crowns to positively affect change.
Cris Judd is a director and choreographer who’s broken away from his dancing roots and moved his acting career into high gear. Cris was selected as People Magazine’s “25 Hottest Bachelors,” known for his brief marriage to J-Lo, and gained millions of viewers as the winner of “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here;” the title earned him $200,000 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. According to his Twitter profile, he’ll kick your you-know-what-in a game of golf.
Kia Malone received her degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Oklahoma. As a student she wore many hats as an early morning radio host and associate producer at the local CBS station. These days she is the news lady on The Daily Buzz, the nationally syndicated breakfast television news and info-tainment program. In her spare time she advocates for breast cancer awareness and loves to shake her groove thang as a ballroom dancer.
Shannon Mattingly is the CEO and creator of ShowShoppers. What started as a quick solution to the gaping button-up shirts she wore to work has turned into a fashion must-have for ordinary women, extraordinary celebrities, and pageant girls alike. Channeling her inner competitive dancer, she auditioned for a professional cheerleading team to get this magic tape into the hands of big-leaguers. The company believes, “Walking tall is the first step to being tall.”
Raj Shahani is the Vise President of new product development at Telebrands, the leading consumer products company specializing in Direct Response Marketing. He has worked on many successful As Seen on TV products including Dental White and the Ped-Egg. Raj has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Masters in Advertising and Marketing.
We just love this mix of celebrity, entrepreneurship, business savvy and commitment to the community and social causes.
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