2014 Miss California Judges


Dr. Jose Diaz

DR. JOSÉ DIAZ, is the Associate Dean and Founding Director of the Center for Creativity and the Arts, College of the Arts and Humanities, California State University, Fresno. Dr. Diaz served as Chair of the Music Department at CSU Fresno for six years and as Chair of the Council of Chairs, at CSU Fresno in 2003.

José earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Oboe Performance, from the University of Texas, at Austin. He is an author, performing musician both in Mexico and the U.S., an adjudicator, clinician and frequent lecturer and guest speaker. For fifteen years he held the Principal Oboe Chair for the Fresno Symphony Orchestra. For the past five years, he has held the post of Principal and Solo Oboe for the Fresno Grand Opera Orchestra. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra.

Julie-DanaJulie Dana

JULIE DANA has been a music educator, at the secondary and college level, for the past 28 years. She is currently the Director of Choral Activities and Voice at Fresno City College, where she also conducts the collegiate choirs, City Singers and Jazz Singers.

Julie earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music at San Diego State Univer- sity, now CSU San Diego and her Masters of Music Education at the University of Northern Colorado. In addition to her work at Fresno City College, she is an active Board Member of the American Choral Directors Association and Past President of the California State Board.

Julie is married to Mike Dana, Director of Jazz Studies, at Fresno City College.

Brian-DomingosBrian Domingos, Jr.

BRIAN DOMINGOS, JR. holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Fresno and a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies, from Fresno Pacific University.

Brian is extremely active in the Fresno Community, serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the California State University, Fresno Alumni Association, the Fresno Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Council, the Fresno Convention and Visitors Bureau Research and Education Foundation and former member of the Clovis Planning Commission.

As a young man he developed a keen interest in land use and real estate owner- ship. In 2009 Brian established his own real estate brokerage and management company. In 2010, recognizing his professional achievement and leadership ability, the Fresno Business Street Online named him one of Fresno’s ‘40 under ’40.

Brian and his bride of only six months reside in Fresno.

Enrique Toral

ENRIQUE TORAL, with forty-five principal roles to his credit, has appeared with major operas throughout Europe and the U.S. including the New York City Opera. His Broadway debut in La Boheme and the Emmy nominated world premiere Opera “Central Park” were seen on PBS Great Performances. His performance as Bardolfo in “Falstaff” was featured on National Public Radio.

He is a proud alumnus of both California State University Fresno and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He was a Regional Winner at numerous competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He spends his summers at OperaNEO, an opera training program for singers, serving as a Master Voice Teacher.

For the past eight years, Enrique has been on the Voice Faculty of California State University, San Diego, School of Music and Dance.

Lisa Mandel

LISA MANDEL is a former Miss Arizona, who won a National Non-Finalist Award and later returned to appear as a featured artist on a subsequent Miss America Telecast of the National Finals on NBC. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona, Eller College of Management.

Lisa has enjoyed a highly successful career in theatre and television. She made her Broadway debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard”. She appeared on Broadway again in “The Producers” and in the National Touring Companies of “The Will Rogers Follies”, Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana” and the Global Smash hit “Mama Mia”. Regional Theatre credits include: “The Brighton Beach Memoirs”, “Hairspray’ and “Pippin”. She appeared on the David Letterman Show and recurring roles in “As the World Turns”.

Her extensive background in dance and performance has earned her an accreditation as a “Master Teacher” in numerous colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. She is on the faculty at the New York Film Academy.

Parker Dearborn

PARKER DEARBORN began his remarkable competition dance career at age seventeen. He has won virtually every major prestigious award in the world of West Coast Swing. He holds every major title in the nation, including three time U.S. Open Swing Dance Champion and two time Grand National Swing Dance Champion. In 2009, he was inducted into the Dallas Dance Hall of Fame for his repetitive wins in this national competition.

He appeared in the off-Broadway production of “Swango” and the Hollywood dance movie ”Love and Dancing”. He has also become a much sought after choreographer having worked on the hit television series “So You Think You Can Dance”. Parker travels and teaches around the globe. His current major project is directing the largest, most successful International West Coast Swing Event.

He directs “Endless Summer Swing Camp” in Las Vegas, the first multi-level Swing Camp. He also directs “Project Swing”, which offers swing dancers at all levels coaching by professionals and free classes for beginners.  He hopes to expand the community of West Coast Swing Dancers.