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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 firefighter 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!