November 13, 2016

Our TEAM of Volunteers

Executive Director
Zonnie Borg

Executive Director Zonnie BorgOriginally 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.

Sheryl Ponsness

A Native Oregonian, Sheryl met her husband of 40 years in the first and only pageant she competed in as a teenager. Sheryl has served as a volunteer with the Miss America Organization for more than ten years as a local director as well as a mentor. She has also judged many pageants in several states and in other pageant programs. With a background in dance, choreography, and production she was drawn to the talent and pageantry of the Miss America Organization. With a strong business background, she is excited to provide guidance and support for the candidates, titleholders, parents, and community of Lane County.

Talent Coordinator
Sue Pack Newbury-Oakley

board-photo-sue-pack-newbury-oakleySue 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 live 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, Oregon.

Princess Coordinator
Christine Ginter

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Christine moved to Oregon in middle school and has come to love the area. She has a passion for all things dance, helping kids and working with animals. Christine has been a Sales and Human Resource manager for Royalty Core for over five years and is also a Foster parent.  This is Christine’s first year volunteering with MLC. Her niece was a princess last year and she fell for the program and all that they do to mentor these young ladies. She is excited to be a part of the miss lane county team.

Board Secretary
Michelle Corb

Michelle Corbin

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!

Board Treasurer
Jeff Ponsness

Jeff Ponsness is a native Oregonian that lives in Portland Oregon. He and his wife of 40 years have 4 grown children and 11 grand kids!! He currently works in the high technology industry and has had an international consulting business for many years.  Jeff is an avid bowler, enjoys classic cars (1963 Falcons) and is currently building a wood working shop.  As a parent of a previous contestant (his oldest daughter, Joy, competed about 15 years ago), he has developed a great appreciation for the contestant’s personal growth, lasting “sisterhood” friendships and the value of scholarships.  Jeff has also previously volunteered at several local programs and is especially pleased to continue giving back to the Miss Lane County program.