2018 Miss California's Outstanding Teen Judges
Connie Conway followed in her father’s footsteps when in 1999 she was elected to the Tulare County Board of Supervisors to the seat formerly held by her late father John R “Bob” Conway. Connie became the second woman in the history of the county to serve on the board. Active in the community on a variety of boards and charitable organizations, public service seemed to be part of her DNA. “The opportunity to serve the public is an honor and I was humbled by the support of so many in the community,” said Connie recently. While serving on the board Connie was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to chair the CA Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley, a regional consortium of business and government to elevate the quality of life in the Central Valley. That partnership is still thriving today. In 2006 Connie was chosen by her peers to serve as president of the California State Association of Counties. In 2008 Connie ran and was elected to the California State Legislature, serving as the Assembly District 26 representative for 6 years. Recognized by her caucus as someone who got things done Connie served as the Assembly Republican Leader for four years making her the longest-serving leader in the legislature since term limits were enacted. In addition, she was the second woman to hold that position. Connie has been a volunteer at the World Ag Expo for many years as well as serving ex officio on the board of directors for 6 years. “The WAE is the largest show of this kind anywhere. Visitors from all over the United States and the world come together to make it so great. The thing that sets it apart is the fantastic “orange jacket” volunteers. They are the lifeblood of the show and I love and respect each and every one of them “.
Born and raised in Fresno, California, Ashley Webster, 31, is the daughter of Jean and Gordon Webster Jr. and younger sister to Gordy and Chad Webster.
Ashley currently works for her family’s business, The Business Journal, managing circulation and audience development. She is the fifth generation of the Webster family to work in the business and just celebrated her 10-year anniversary at The Business Journal in January of 2018.
Ashley devotes much of her time giving back to the community and contributing to different organizations. She enjoys volunteering at local non-profits and attending her weekly Rotary Club of Fresno meetings. Ashley currently serves as President-Elect for an all-women Philanthropy group called PINC (Philanthropy inspired by the Needs of the Community). In 2017 Ashley, in just 10 weeks, raised more than $153,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and was named “2017 Woman of The Year”.
Ashley’s passion in life is being able to give back to her community and working beside her dad at her family's 131-year-old publishing company that her great, great grandfather started in 1886.
Kristoffer “Kit” Hannah
Kit is proud to call Fresno his home. He is a fourth generation Fresnan and has lived here since moving from the San Francisco Bay Area at the age of two to Houston, Texas and then to Fresno at the age of three.
Kit has been an entrepreneur for much of his life. At the age of 13, he formed his own DJ business, playing music, emceeing, entertaining, and dancing primarily at school dances, college and other parties, and even wedding receptions.
Kit comes from a family who has been involved as volunteers and donors with the Miss America Organization for over 30 years. At the age of seven, he attended his first pageant competition in Texas and has attended both the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas and Atlantic City as well as the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen National competition in Orlando, Florida.
He and his brother Jon started their charitable commitments in 1994 by sponsoring the “Spirit of America” Award at the Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant as well as donating to the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Century Club Scholarship Fund. He is also a past donor to the “Michael’s Angels” fund that assists with donations for educational scholarships to the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen national contestants.
Kit is the former Owner/Operator of Hannah Media which produced major events, concerts, television shows, fashion shows, corporate events, major political events including for President Bush and Governor Schwarzenegger. Hannah Media also produced videos for the California Highway Patrol and the California Office of Traffic Safety.
He is currently the founder of Hannah Digital, specializing in restaurant technical and entertainment system installation and design, and home theater systems. Hannah Digital has designed and installed entertainment systems at many local restaurants including Westwoods, Pismos, Yosemite Ranch, Luxs, Bobby Salazars as well as large projects for the Fresno Unified School District, the Fresno Police Department, and Electronic Recyclers International.
Kit is interested in doing his part to help develop a generation of our youth to have the confidence and understanding to be able to ensure control of their futures.
As a busy entrepreneur, Kit winds down by fishing and camping at lakes around the Fresno area with his 7-year-old son, Mason.
Kevin Ray Driver hails from the Tar Heel state where he serves in various leadership roles for the Miss North Carolina Pageant Organization. He has a unique knack for identifying contestants who are fun, relatable, and who have a passion for not only doing their job but also doing it well. He has judged pageants across the country including in NC, VA, SC, NM, and GA.
Kevin joined the Miss North Carolina Board of Directors in 2007 and became the Vice President in 2011. He has also served as the Director of the Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen Program since 2013. Prior to his leadership roles, he has served in various functions within the Miss North Carolina Pageant Organization including overseeing marketing and ticket sales and serving as the Director of Local Operations for five years. In 2016, under his leadership, Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen was named first runner-up at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Competition.
Kevin has a strong appreciation for the arts. He has played the trumpet and French horn, studied as a vocalist, and performed in musical theater. When Kevin is not volunteering or judging for the Miss America Organization, he is busy running his own business (studioKRAY), dominating Just Dance competitions, or occasionally hitting the roller skating ring. A graduate of the Vidal Sassoon Academy – Santa Monica and Chicago, and Toni & Guy training programs, Kevin loves helping to make others beautiful on a daily basis.
A transplant from Southern California, Joetta is an experienced Real Estate Sales Associate with Realty Concepts in Fresno. Aside from real estate, she is an active board member of a new charter school, Augustus Academy For Creative Arts and Technology, where she volunteers as a secretary. A current Member of the LCRC Political Action Committee at the Fresno Association of Realtors and a past MLS Committee board member at Fresno Association of Realtors Joetta is a Past Director at Fresno Association of Realtors. Additionally, she is a former member of East Fresno Rotary and Fig Garden Rotary, where she served as Program Chairman.
Joetta served as board Secretary for approximately 12 years at Vineyard Christian Fellowship. In her personal life, she is happily married to Simon DeGruchy, a Real Estate Broker at RC Commercial (who is also a very talented Metal Sculptor and Designer). Together they have a beautiful 30-year-old daughter.
Gina Estrada is a Best Selling Author, Speaker, and Financial Consultant. Gina is a dedicated advisor who is truly committed to helping professionals, business owners, and families take control of their financial future. She is also an incredible cancer warrior and thriver, who works hard to empower women and those who will receive the worst news of their life. She is an inspiration and a walking beacon of hope to those around her. Gina was chosen to submit a chapter in the recently released book, “Launch: Let Your Setbacks Propel You Forward,” and is now a best-selling author.
Gina has 45 years of musical experience beginning with playing the piano, clarinet, and saxophone. Throughout her educational years, she was a member of concert band, marching band, and jazz band. She traveled and competed in band competitions throughout the United States. For 15 years she was an aerobic dance instructor where she not only taught exercise classes, but taught other instructors how to lead large classes of people focusing on music, routine, and showmanship. In addition, Gina was faculty at California State University, Fresno where she taught dance in the Physical Education Department.
Nancy Berry Walhof
Nancy Berry Walhof currently resides in Eagle, Idaho where she enjoys her family, life, and travel.
Nancy’s educational background and experience cover a broad range of piano performance, dance, singing, acting, and modeling. She participated as a contestant in the Miss Boise Pageant and was the Idaho winner of the Seventeen Magazine Model Contest. As a youth, she participated in many Boise Music Week productions and was a member of the Boise Master Chorale. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree.
Upon graduation, Nancy lived and worked in Colorado and Washington before moving home to Idaho to raise her family. She served as a board member for the Wesleyan Preschool and was instrumental in introducing and administrating the National PTA Reflections Arts Program to the Boise School District.
Nancy’s career experience includes Purchasing for a large bank holding company, Customer Service and Training for a telecommunications company and Operations Management for a high tech company. It is her vast experience in the nonprofit sector, however, that brings the biggest joy in her career. She served as Vice President of Program Services for the Make-A-Wish®Foundation of Idaho for 9 years. Working alongside staff, volunteers, community leaders and donors, she had creative and logistic responsibility for granting over 500 wishes. Her job provided an opportunity to motivate and support a diverse constituency in a team-oriented atmosphere, to display professionalism, and cultivated the ability to deal with sensitive information with a high level of trust and confidentiality. She attributes her personal and professional growth to “listening to and learning from the children”.