Below are the judges for the 2017 Miss Lane County, Miss Lane County’s Outstanding Teen, and Miss Linn-Benton Pageants. The Miss Lane County Board thanks our judges and auditors for volunteering their time and expertise to help us further the mission of the Miss America Scholarship Program.
State Field Director:
Renee Bagley Cleland, Head Judge
Renee Cleland is a former Miss Oregon 1984 & competed in the 1985 Miss America Pageant. She has been a professional singer for the past 30 years, performing 16 of those years with the Oregon Symphony Pops concerts. She has also been a guest soloist with Seattle, Indianapolis and Minneapolis pops concert series. She has judged State Pageants in the states of Washington, Maine and Oklahoma. She is a graduate of Portland State University and enjoys running, cycling & staying active. She resides in West Linn Oregon with her husband of nearly 29 years & cherishes spending time with her 2 children Aubrey age 23 & Ty age 20.
Courtney Spears was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and is a full time Real Estate Agent for the Hasson Company in Lake Oswego. Entering the business world was a creative shift, as Courtney spent the previous ten years sharing her heart through music. During that time she released 2 independent CD projects and traveled around to various events and conferences. Courtney still keeps her guitar nearby to tap into that piece of her soul that makes handling the business world much easier. One of her most fulfilling life moments was the opportunity to be a living donor to a women in her church who only had a 3% chance in the entire nation of finding someone to match her antibodies. Courtney was miraculously that match and was part of a kidney donor transplant on her birthday January 6, 2014. Through speaking and telling the story she actively encourages others to seek out organ donation, to conquer fear and to make a difference in others life.
Some of her favorite pass times are spending time with her family and friends around good food, re-purposing furniture, watching sports, hanging out in coffee shops and hiking with her husband- when it’s warm. Courtney has been married 22 years to her husband Ward, they have 3 teenage children ages 18, 16, 15 and live outside Portland.
Andiel Brown is director of Gospel Choirs and Ensembles at the University of Oregon. He received his high school diploma from Cleveland High School in Portland, Oregon, and his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Oregon. While a student, Brown was a member of the UO Repertoire Singers, Gospel Choirs, and University Singers, as well as a local favorite and spiritual leader on the Ducks football team. He served as an assistant director of the Eugene Gospel Crew, which then merged with the UO Gospel Ensembles. Brown has considerable performance experience. He has sung with artists such as The Uncanny Sound Boys and Deandre Cole, and in 2004 he was the winner of the University of Oregon school-wide vocal competition, “Duck Idol”. Brown was also a guest choreographer for the University of Oregon cheerleaders from 2004-2009. Upon becoming the gospel director at the UO, Brown set out to make the University of Oregon a national gospel powerhouse. He has done this through regional and national tours, and competing at (and winning) national gospel choir competitions, including back to back first place honors at the national Disney Gospel Choir Fest in Orlando, FL in 2010 and 2011. Under his direction, the UO Top Gospel Singers made world history in March 2013 by becoming the first gospel act ever to make a public performance tour of The People’s Republic of China. They held 15 performances throughout China, including a special joint concert with the #1 Chinese choral choir, The Qingdao Teachers Choir, at the Qingdao Grand Theater.
Lindsey Robinson is a Makeup Artist specializing in Beauty and Stage Makeup for over ten years. She has had the privilege of working on various movie sets, stage productions, and with prestigious clientele. She received her education in Aesthetics at Glen Dow Academy. She has also learned to hone her craft from the likes of Kevyn Aucoin, Bobbi Brown, Gemma Kidd, and Lauren Shurney. She gains inspiration from all the vibrancy found in her day to day life but nothing inspires Lindsey more than her incredible husband of four years, Tyler Robinson, and her two precious daughters, Zoe,(age 3), and Sydney (age 1). Lindsey is also a dedicated to the Springfield community as a member of Waypoint Community Church. As such, she has the benefit of being able to inspire young women through her makeup artistry. While teaching them to perfect their makeup applications, Lindsey has been able to also speak into their lives as a mentor. She lives her life by one creedo; “Aspire to Inspire before you Expire”. She also participates in local events with The Divas, that are involved with several charities within the Oregon area. Lindsey Robinson continues to “polish the pretty” of people of all ages and races, leaving a lasting impression on their hearts and their image.
Jason Harman is a committed father, neighbor and community member… With a huge appreciation for Southern Oregon, considering it one of the best places on the planet to raise a family and call home, Jason Harman became a Roseburg resident in 2002 (or so…). Jason is engaged to Jennifer Kramer, together the parents of four great kids: Luke (17); Christopher (16); Hannah (15); and Jeffrey (12). So life outside children almost does not exist. Along with being Invested and passionate about his family he is active in his community. Jason is the President of the North Roseburg Rotary Club; involved in the Roseburg Interact and Rotary Student Exchange Program; past Cub Scout Pack Leader and Friends of Scouting Chairman in Douglas County; currently serving the development team at Geneva Academy in Roseburg (one of only three Classical Christian Schools in our state); he is also committed to the Oregon Miss America Program having served as a judge for the Miss Douglas, Miss Coos & Miss Klamath County pageants. Professionally, through his financial service business Umpqua Wealth, Jason specializes in helping people execute their personal wealth and retirement strategies. He is passionate for helping people think things beyond investments and insurance to the why, what and how to make their personal finances successful.
James Moore has recently accepted the invitation to serve as a regional Field Director. James is no stranger to the Miss America national, state and local competitions. He was first introduced to the scholarship program after being asked to serve as a mock judge for interview practice in Coos Bay, Oregon in 1989. He provided dignified feedback and taped versions of the practices for the ladies to review through his professional career as a television producer, director and writer. His quick recognition of the value the program provided for personal growth, self confidence and supported education made him want to be involved in more ways. A native Oregonian, James received his bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication with a Broadcast emphasis from Oregon State University. He has had professional careers as an on-air radio personality, TV producer, sales executive, customer relations manager and owner of a marketing and communications company. Since 2005 he has held positions within PGE – Portland General Electric moving up the ranks to serve as a Specialist in Power Operations, Real Time Dispatch and Power Trading. It was during this time that he received his MBA from Marylhurst University. He and his wife Chere’ have raised three sons on their family farm in Aurora. James has approached his careers and volunteering with the same lessons learned from growing up on a farm. There are daily responsibilities, tragedies and celebrations. Working in harmony with Mother Nature he claims has taught him many lessons with respect to human interactions and the ability to provide positive change where possible. They raise sheep, pigs, goats and vegetables as a lifestyle choice and hobby. When they can, James and Chere’ like to travel, discover new wines and study Oregon history. James has always found ways to volunteer for various organizations. He has served on the board of multiple Chamber of Commerce’s, spent eight years as a volunteer fire fighter and PIO, served two terms as an elected school board member, an officer and coach of a local youth sports organization and provided emcee and announcing duties for high school football, basketball and baseball live sports. He currently holds a board position with the Aurora Colony Historical Society. After helping the Miss Coos County Scholarship Program with mock judging, James realized the impact he can have on the youth and their desires for education through scholarships. He was asked to serve as the Executive Director of the Miss Coos County Program for two years and helped as the emcee for the pageants before moving back to the Willamette Valley. Since 1990 James has provided experienced judging for many local Oregon pageants and looks forward to being a strong representative for the Miss Oregon Scholarship Program as a Field Director.