Originally from Southern California now a proud Oregonian. Zonnie Borg moved to Oregon shortly after high school and soon fell in love with her new state. She has been married to husband, Don, for 37 years. They have three beautiful children and three very special grandchildren. It is safe to say Zonnie loves her life! Mrs. Borg has been involved with pageants for many years as a coach, a pageant mom, and a judge. In 2005 she first joined the Miss Lane County board. Then in 2011 she became the Miss Lane County Director. In love with the program and all it provides to worthy young women across America, she continues to make the Miss Lane County Scholarship Program a priority in her life. Zonnie devotes hundreds of volunteer hours in its behalf. She also works two jobs and manages to squeeze it all in. She is a Traffic Control Supervisor for Wildish Standard Paving and a Hospitality Specialist with the Hilton Conference Center here in Eugene.
Kelley Rohlfing Marchbanks
Kelley has been captivating audiences since the age of 10 and continues to entertain audiences in a variety of venues, from theater to film. Kelley has performed with nationally renowned groups such as the Missouri Girls and the Terry Thompson Orchestra and is honored to have performed on stages from Mexico, Missouri to New York. She has won numerous recognitions for her vocal and dramatic talents and continues to be active in community and regional theater. Kelley competed in the Miss Missouri pageant, where she was awarded multiple preliminary awards and Top 5 placing during her MAO pageant career. Kelley works as the Director of Development for the Oregon State College of Veterinary Medicine. She and her husband Aaron, and daughter Lilly, reside in Corvallis, OR and continue to be involved in pageant entertainment and production.
With a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology and a Masters Degree in Public Administration, Erin spends most of her time running the Fitness Department, Personal Training and teaching classes at Courtsports Athletic Club in Eugene. Also, this Independent Beauty Consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics has won five local Miss Indiana and Miss Illinois preliminary MAO titles from years 2000-2006. In 2007 and 2008, Erin was the Co-Director and Producer for the Miss Crossroads to America and Outstanding MAO scholarship programs. Erin has been a member of the Miss Lane County board and team since 2011 primarily aiding in pageant production and state pageant preparation. She is also the official Miss Oregon Fitness Trainer in her preparations for the Miss America pageant and for the duration of Miss Oregon’s reign. Erin resides in Eugene with her husband, five year old son and new baby boy, who was born July 23,
Originally from Sylacauga, Alabama, Bryant has studied extensively as a dancer and choreographer in ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, musical theater, contemporary and aerial dance. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Public relations. Bryant has worked with he Miss Alabama/Miss America Pageant system as a performer and choreographer for over 9 years, interned at Broadway Dance Center in NYC, and served as a guest artist at several studios and colleges. While residing in New York City, Bryant performed with SYREN Modern Dance, Beings Dance, DEMA Dance, J.Chen Project. He toured the world as a dancer and aerialist for Celebrity Cruises and POET Theatricals and was a guest artist for the Birmingham, Alabama Aerial Ballet Company, AROVA Contemporary Ballet. Bryant is currently attending the University of Oregon where he teaches technique classes as a Graduate Teaching Fellow to pursue his Master of Fine Arts Degree in Dance focusing on Choreography and Performance.
Shakelah graduated with a degree in General Social Science from the University of Oregon, is the recipient of the Mattie Reynolds Community & Social Justice Award, owns four businesses and is the head cheerleading coach at Willamette Christian School. Shaklee encourages young girls to love and embrace who they are through her platform “Mentoring Young Girls to Thrive.” She has been married to her husband Arnold for 19 years and together they have six children. Shakelah was our Mrs. Oregon America. She is inspired by the Maya Angelou quote, “Surviving is important; Thriving is elegant” and believes that life is precious and you must make every moment count. Shakelah is dedicated to her community and family and strives to make a difference within her community and the beautiful state of Oregon.
Sue Pack Newbury-Oakley
Sue Pack Newbury-Oakley was a senior at South Eugene High School in 1965 when she and her best friend dared each other to enter the Miss Eugene Pageant. She had never even seen a Miss America pageant before that and yet, she was Miss Eugene 1965, Miss Oregon 1965 and Top 10 Finalist at Miss America 1965. Susan joined the New Christy Minstrels in 1966 and met her husband, Mickey Newbury, through Kenny Rogers, who was also a member of the Christies. They had four children and helped raise several other teenagers who lives with them in Vida. Susan went back to the University of Oregon in 1985 and graduated with a BS in math and Teaching Certificate in 1988. She earned her Masters of Education from the University of Oregon in 1994 and has been teaching in the Springfield School District since 1988. She is the owner and President of Mountain Retreat Music and is currently working on four children’s books. She is also working on additional graduate certification in ESOL at Pacific University in Forest Grove.
Julie Nowacki lives in Junction City, OR with her husband Wayne of 12 years and her beautiful little girl Audrey Joy. Julie has worked in the music industry for 15+ years helping manage, develop and mentor emerging Christian artists. Out of this passion of releasing people into their callings, Julie discovered that there was a similar program within the pageant industry. She was honored when she was asked to be part of the Princess Program. Julie is a strong advocate for establishing relationships that will be life long as well as giving girls an opportunity to learn from each other and make an impact in the community. She is involved in local organizations such as American Heritage Girls, Hope Ranch Ministries and Junior League of Eugene. Julie is also the owner of Convergent Promotions.
State 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.
Michelle Corbin’s career is in Early Childhood Education, this year finds Michelle back in a prekindergarten classroom with 20 rambunctious, amazing, talented and always entertaining students. She has been married to the man of her dreams for 25 years, they have raised 5 children together and have 4 beautiful grandchildren. Michelle volunteers with her church and in her free time enjoys knitting, crafts and watching a good Christmas movie any time of the year!
This is Michelle’s third year on the MLC Board and before that she helped her sister, MLC Director, Zonnie Borg any way she could. Michelle is grateful to help amazing young women gain money to continue their education and move on to change our world in amazing ways!
Social Media, Branding, and Marketing
Rachel Williams has been in marketing and meeting planning for more than 20 years in a variety of industries from hotels and high-tech to publishing and non-profits, including a year as a personal stylist. She’s currently the Marketing Manager for a behavioral health crisis call center based in Portland. She crossed paths with the Miss Lane County program in 2013 as a sponsor while her husband, Bob Williams, became the official photographer. No longer content to watch the program from the sidelines, she happily joined the Board in 2017 to manage social media and branding. She is a member of the Women’s Choral Society choir and spends much of her spare time practicing to make sure she never has an accidental solo.
Fun side note: my choir sponsors musical scholarships and several recipients have gone on to the Miss America Pageant!