Here are the 2018 judges for the 2018 Miss Lane County Pageant. 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.
Thor Alvarado works for the Oregon Department of Transportation as an Assistant Project Manager for a construction office. Thor has worked as an inspector and quality assurance coordinator for ODOT. Prior to ODOT, Thor and built bridges as a Journeyman Piledriver. Thor has a degree in Industrial Technology and is pursuing his professional engineer license. As a young man he served in the United states Navy as a Boatswains Mate. Thor is married with 4 children – all of them raised and moved onto marriage or in college. Thor works as a mentor to young people as a mentor, teaching them how to accept life lessons and become better people.
UO alumni Kellee Bradley is an award-winning singer-songwriter and SAG/AFTRA actress originally from Lane County. After attending Junction City High School and graduating from the UO, she moved to Los Angeles to study acting. Kellee eventually relocated to Seattle, where she has become a well-known musician and has opened for national acts like Huey Lewis and the News, Chicago, The Steve Miller Band, John Mellencamp, Christopher Cross, Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac) and more, at venues like Chateau Ste-Michelle Winery, Marymoor Amphitheatre, Moore Theater, The Gorge, and the Britt Festival. Visit www.kelleebradley.com to listen to music from her four CDs, or download them from CDBaby.com, iTunes, Rhapsody, or Google Play.
After graduating from the University of Oregon, Owen Engelmann worked as an instructional developer, writing math and physics curriculum. Owen left instructional development to work in the film industry for several years, earning several screen credits as both a crew member and a cast member of episodic television programs, television movies and feature films. When Owen started a family, he left film and returned to Eugene to resume his work as an instructional developer. He has authored a wide range of instructional programs and continues to lead innovations in his field. In addition to developing curriculum, Owen works with schools worldwide that use the programs his teams develop, providing administrative and instructional training and support. Owen has also served on committees for the Institute of Educational Sciences to select grant proposals, served as a judge for NAACP ACT-SO contests and served on a variety of educational and arts foundation boards. Owen is passionate about helping students both young and old learn new skills, and contributes to our community by donating time and materials to help schools, teachers, parents and students.
Caroline McGowan was Miss Oregon 2011, and won the title as Miss Linn-Benton 2011. She is a Beaver fan and a graduate of Portland State University. During her year of service as Miss Oregon, she represented the regional chapter of the American Red Cross with her platform of Disaster Preparedness. She now lives in Music City — Nashville, Tennessee, where she works in the rapidly growing technology industry for FortyAU, a custom software company. When she isn’t helping people build their mobile apps, you can find her learning to play guitar and singing at open mic nights.
Lynette Boggs-Perez is an author, attorney and mediator representing individuals and facilitating settlements in criminal and civil disputes in eight counties throughout south Texas. Before her life as a lawyer, Attorney Boggs-Perez worked in both city and county government in Las Vegas, Nevada for 15 years. She is a former Assistant City Manager for the City of Las Vegas. In 1999, she became the first woman elected to lead a City Council ward in the history of that city. She is also a former Clark County Commissioner. President George W. Bush appointed her as a trustee of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. Attorney Boggs-Perez received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in Public Administration, cum laude, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio. Thirty years ago, while a graduate student at the University of Oregon, she was crowned Miss Lane County 1988 and was a top 10 finalist in the 1988 Miss Oregon Pageant. The following year, she tried again, winning the title of Miss Oregon 1989. She was was a national finalist for the inaugural Quality of Life Award given at the 1990 Miss America Pageant. She is married to Eli Perez and together the are the parents of eight and grandparents of five.