Eugene hill

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A volunteer in the Miss America system since 1985, Gene Hill is a former Executive Director of the Miss Idaho Scholarship Pageant, where he directed and produced four live television pageants, co-hosting with former Miss Americas Kellye Cash and Debra Sue Maffett. Hill has attended the Miss America Pageant since 1989, has judged 23 state pageants throughout the country, and is thrilled to be in Portales for the 2017 Miss New Mexico Pageant.

A Life Member of Lions International (Melvin Jones Fellow), an Ordained Minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a pianist, choral director, and accompanist, Hill is an alumnus of the University of Oregon, where he majored in music, Northwest Christian University, and Pasadena's Fuller Theological Seminary.

Gene, most recently, pastored Meridian, Idaho's, Parkview Christian Church, and is a former Executive Director of the Modesto Junior College Foundation and Imperial Valley College Foundation in California. In 2013 Hill received the Guest of Honor Recognition from the Miss Idaho Organization for his years of service to the Miss Idaho Pageant and as benefactor of the annual "Bert Parks Award." The Miss Boise Scholarship Pageant has also recognized "Idaho's Bert Parks" for 30 years of pageantry. In 2016 Hill began a term on the Board of Trustees for his Alma Mater, Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Oregon, where he is also an avid Oregon Duck fan!

MARK SANDLIN

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Growing up on a farm west of Fort Worth raising cattle, wheat and watermelons, my work in 4-H was awarded by a scholarship affording me the ability to attend college. That first-hand knowledge of the importance of scholarship assistance resulted in my dedication to the Miss America Organization, which began 36 years ago as a student at Texas A&M when I was on a committee that ran the university pageant, culminating at the time with Miss A&M becoming the first Aggie to win Miss Texas.

Following college I spent most of a year in Denmark as part of the International 4-H Youth Ex-change, which undoubtedly whetted my appetite for travel. After working in the engineering world for several years specializing in irrigation I left to join American Airlines where I work as a purser on international flights. These days you'll mostly find me flying between Dallas-Ft. Worth and London, one of my favorite cities.

I was honored in 2015 when I was asked to be a member of the Miss Texas Board of Directors, where I enjoy the ability to be able to help deserving young women of Texas earn scholarship assistance. I'm honored to be asked to judge the Miss New Mexico competition.

DONNA REEL

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Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Donna lived close to the Rio Grande River and not far from the Isleta Indian Pueblo. She attended school there and eventually graduated from the University
of New Mexico. During college Donna won the title of Miss New Mexico and went on to be in the top ten of the Miss America Pageant. She also had a regular give away radio spot on KOB and sang in a easy listening group at hotels and dinner clubs in the area. During that time she modeled and did small parts in movies and television shows.

To pursue an acting career Donna moved with her husband, Rusty Ronald, to Los Angeles. When Rusty started a Graphic Arts business she joined him. Then shortly after purchasing their first home Donna turned her negotiating skills into a real estate career. For 3 decades she has been an award winning real estate agent in Southern California.

With such a busy career Donna has little extra time but does enjoy jewelry beading, playing with her parrot and traveling.

TYLER PATTON

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Tyler C. Patton spent over a decade working as an aide and advisor to elected officials at all levels of government including as a member of former President Barack Obama's travel and advance staff, Special Assistant to U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, and District Director & Senior Advisor to Congressman Frank Kratovil. Tyler has also served on numerous debate and interview prep teams for candidates running for public office from Congressman to Senator and Governor to President of the United States.

Currently, Tyler serves as the Vice President of Public Affairs for the Maryland Broadband Cooperative where he is responsible for media and government affairs and marketing and brand management. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Communications and a Master of Education degree with a concentration in Policy from Salisbury University.

Since starting judging in the Miss America system, Tyler has judged over 20 local and state pageants including Miss Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, and New York. Tyler is also a former member of the Miss Maryland Organization Board of Directors.

As a very active member and leader in his community and currently, Tyler serves in leadership and Board of Director positions of the YMCA of the Chesapeake, Del-Mar-Va Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence, and the Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board.

AUDREY VALLES

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Originally from Southern Arizona, Audrey resides in Tucson with her husband Armando and their three young children. Her involvement with the Miss America Organization began at the age of 17 when she entered and won her first local competition. Two years later she was crowned Miss Arizona 2005. During her year of service, she traveled more than 35,000 miles throughout Arizona, traveled to six states and made over 200 appearances on behalf of her platform, Be AWARE: Preventing Child Abduction and Exploitation as a spokesperson for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's NetSmartz Internet Safety Education Program. She competed in the 2006 Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas, where she was named a finalist for the National Quality of Life Community Service Award honoring her platform work.

Thanks in part to the Miss America Organization Audrey graduated debt-free from The University of Arizona with a degree in marketing and now owns several small businesses. She is also an active real estate broker. For four years, Audrey served as the co-executive director of the Miss Pima County Scholarship Pageant that produced Miss Arizona 2010 and Top 10 Finalist at Miss America 2011. She has also served as state judges' co-chair and a part of the national preparation committee for three state teen titleholders.

Audrey has judged the Miss California, Miss llinois, Miss Iowa, Miss Montana and Miss Ohio state pageants, the Miss California, Miss Illinois, Miss Iowa, and Miss Montana state teen pageants and local preliminaries in Arizona, California, Georgia, Nebraska, Nevada, and Texas. She is professionally trained in voice and theater.

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CONTACT US

Greg Smith, Executive Director
505-463-3678 (Cell)
575-478-2446 (Home)
Greg Smith Email:
gsmith@yucca.net
Organization Email: missnewmexico@yucca.net

Miss New Mexico Scholarship Organization
PO Box 193
Portales, NM 88130