Christa Short

Christa Short

Christa Short serves as the Executive Director of Terry’s House, a home-away-from-home for out-of-town families who have critically ill and injured loved ones being cared for at Community Regional Medical Center in downtown Fresno. As Executive Director, she is responsible for the overall operations of the facility and is also responsible for guest services, hospital relations, internal and external communication efforts, on-going fundraising initiatives and community outreach, as well as volunteer recruitment and engagement. In fact, Short has been actively involved with Terry’s House from its inception.

Christa was Hoover High School’s Valedictorian, and she later graduated Summa Cum Laude from Fresno Pacific University. She was one of the youngest to graduate from the Leadership Fresno program and now serves on its Steering Committee. She’s also is a member of the note card ministry team at the Well Community Church and belongs to local nonprofit PINC Fresno (Philanthropy Inspired by the Needs of our Community). At the age of 25 Christa was recognized as a 40-Under-40 Honoree and was among the Top 10 Professional Women of the Year named by the Marjaree Mason Center.

Denise Durham

Denise Durham

Denise Durham is currently the Operations Manager of a family owned business, Durham Construction Inc., located in Parker, AZ.

Born and raised in California, Denise attended Bauder Fashion College in Sacramento. She majored in Fashion Merchandise, Modeling, Retail and Interior Decorating.  Upon graduation, she managed a group of women’s retail stores in Los Angeles, designed window displays and modeled. This led her to a job in the world of fashion, glamour and travel as a Fashion Show Coordinator at Holly Mitchell Presents in Westlake Village. Her job duties included gathering of the Rodeo Drive Collection, scheduling fittings with models, coordinating travel arrangements and making sure that every musical extravaganza fashion show was one of a kind.

After relocating to Parker,  AZ., Denise joined Soroptimist International of Parker and became its President Soroptimist International is an organization that brings business and professional women together to improve the lives of women. Soroptimist International Parker is a scholarship sponsor of the Miss La Paz County Scholarship Competition, and Denise had the pleasure of serving on the Competition’s interview preparation committee. Denise is still very involved with Soroptimist International of Parker and volunteers every chance she gets.

Joe Whiteko

Joe Whiteko

Joe Whiteko has been involved in pageantry for the last 35 years. He is originally from the Pittsburgh area, but has lived in metropolitan Atlanta for many years.

Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania and graduate degrees in communication and management from the Southern Polytechnic State University in Georgia.

Photography at first was Joe’s hobby, but later became his profession. He has done both commercial and media photography, although now he is back to being a happy amateur photographer.

He has judged Miss America’s Outstanding Teen State Competitions in Massachusetts, Missouri and Ohio, and has photographed twenty-two Miss America Organization state competitions. In addition to photography, Joe now spends much of his time doing renovation work on his residences in Georgia and Pennsylvania.

Leonard Ingrande

Leonard Ingrande

San Diego native Leonard Ingrande is the Director of Instrumental Music at Fresno’s Central High School, where he has built a respected music department over the last fourteen years. He graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano and Music Education and a Masters of Music in Conducting. Ingrande also received diplomas from Loma Linda University for conducting under the mentorship of Herbert Blomstedt, attended the Cleveland Institute of Music for piano, The Aspen Music Festival for piano and conducting, and the Juilliard School of Music Extension division for conducting.

Mr. Ingrande has conducted numerous Orchestras, Chamber Orchestras, Wind Ensembles, and Operas, and has conducted outstanding concert artists such as Pepe Romero, Anthony Newman, Nathaniel Rosen and David Shifrin. He has received the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Outstanding Young Men of America, Eisenhower Grant, Northwestern University Fellowship, President of CMEA Central Section, and was recently elected a Band World Legion of Honor Laureate by the John Philip Sousa Foundation for 2016.

For thirty years, Ingrande has taught in all sectors, from independent schools to public schools and community colleges. He uses his talents to address the needs and interests of each individual student that he instructs.

Pamela Freeman Fobbs, J.D.

Pamela Freeman Fobbs, J.D.

Pamela Freeman Fobbs, J.D. received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Houston in Texas, where she was elected to the Student Senate, Top Ten University Women and was a Cougar Doll (dancer) with the school’s marching band. Dr. Fobbs received her Juris Doctor Degree from Texas Southern University School of Law in Houston and then relocated to Fresno.

Fobbs has been a consultant for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the federal Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes for Health. As 67th President of the Auxiliary to the National Medical Association, she represented the organization at the Inaugural Global Congress of Women Leaders in Paris. She and her physician husband created a non-profit organization in 2009 and in 2013 completed a medical mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa.

Dr. Fobbs has served on the Community Medical Centers Foundation Board, Valley Public Television Board and the Fresno Philharmonic Board. Committed to the welfare of children, she has proudly served on the Boards of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Make-A-Wish. She is a Personnel Commissioner for the State Center Community College District and is a member of its Foundation Board. Her motto: “Remember to give back to your community. There’s always time to LISTEN, LEARN and HELP.”

Tracey Apoliona

Tracey Apoliona

A native Hawaiian from Kailua Kona, Hawaii, Tracey Apoliona is the Executive Director of the Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Program, the largest local preliminary to the Miss Hawaii.

Tracey holds degrees in Business, Finance and Hotel Management from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. After spending 20 years as a Human Resources Professional and working for the State of Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Tracey ventured into the culinary word of catering. She is currently the President and Co-Owner, along with her husband Les, of a million dollar catering and restaurant operation. Their company has catered exclusively for Animal Planet, Karena and Kasey’s Kitchen Diplomacy, pop sensation Justin Beiber and professional athlete Lebron James. Additionally, her company was featured at the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival.

Always supportive of their community, Tracey and her family dedicate their time to helping the Native Hawaiian Community through education, as well as helping the less fortunate. Of all the many jobs that Tracey holds, her favorite by far is being a mother to her 16-year-old son Sean. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her son and supporting him as he competes as a semi-professional gamer. She also likes reading, trying new foods from different places and she is quietly obsessed with all things Korean.

Pattie Lamontagne

Pattie Lamontagne

For the past six years, Pattie has been the director of Miss New Hampshire’s Outstanding Teen Program where she has directed the last three state representatives to the top six for the Teens in Action Award. One of these representatives became Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2016.

Pattie is also the mom to the first Miss New Hampshire’s Outstanding Teen, Meghan Lamontagne, who now can be seen working for Clevver TV/Defy Media. Pattie and her husband Dave have been married for 29 years and reside in Pelham, New Hampshire where she has been a middle school English teacher for the past 13 years. After school Pattie is busy running the secret language club newspaper club and homework club.

She is also the advisor to the National Junior Honor Society. Pattie is the recipient of the VFW New Hampshire 2014 Teacher of the Year, and in 2004 Pattie and her family were $10,000.00 winners at America’s Funniest Home Videos.