Our 2018 Distinguished Panel of Judges

Greg Bearden (South Carolina)

Greg Bearden resides in Seneca, SC.  His educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in English from Central Wesleyan College and a Master’s of Education from Clemson University.  Serving   as a former English teacher and currently as a school counselor for the School District of Oconee County, Greg has nearly twenty-seven years in public secondary education.  He has been recognized at the school level as Teacher of the Year twice during his career, both times being named as a district finalist.  In addition, he was awarded the state’s Heart Award by both the SC Department of Education and the SC Commission on Higher Education for his service as a school counselor.  He was very active with the Miss America Organization for nearly fifteen years, serving on the local level as the judges’ chairman for the Miss Golden Corner Scholarship Program, which produced two state winners and national finalists, and on the state level as the Miss SC Community Service Chairman. He is currently the co-director of GC Pageants, which produces several local festival pageants and preliminary competitions for the Miss SC USA/Teen USA Pageants and is proud to say that for the past three years both his teen and miss ladies have been crowned Miss SC USA and Miss SC Teen USA, most all placing as finalists in the national pageants.   In his community, he is a member of Fort Hill Presbyterian Church, where he serves in various capacities.

Zachary Radke (Florida)

Zachary Aaron Radke is the Executive Director of the Miss Gainesville and Miss Ocala Scholarship Organization in Gainesville, Florida. He enjoys local performing arts productions and maintains associations among the local and national music community. Zachary has experience with dance competitions working in light and sound production.  Mr. Radke attended Florida Gateway College, studying in Computer Science and is an alumnus of the Intel International Science and Engineering association. As the Information Technology Officer for Santa Fe Senior Living he is responsible for strategic innovation in health care throughout the state. Zachary is an avid triathlon competitor, completing multiple Ironman races, and enjoys mentoring local endurance athletes to improve their health and fitness.

Toni Lynn Herring (Georgia)

Toni Lynn Herring was born and raised in Jesup, GA. She grew up dancing and baton twirling and received numerous state and national titles throughout the years.  After graduating from Wayne County High School in 2004, she began studying at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA. While at Georgia Southern, Toni Lynn was captain of the majorette line for Southern Pride Marching Band. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology.  During high school and college, Toni Lynn participated in both the Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen and Miss Georgia Pageants representing the titles of Teen Miss Wayne County, Miss Elliottia, Miss Georgia Southern University, Miss Wayne County, and Miss Music City.  She attended the Physician Assistant program at the Medical College of Georgia from 2009 to 2011, where she received her Masters degree upon completion. She has been practicing medicine in the field of Dermatology for the past 6 years and currently works as a physician assistant for Georgia Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center.  Toni Lynn currently resides in Dublin, GA with her husband, Trent, and their three beautiful children (Tucker-3, Tanna Rae-2, and Tatum- 6 months). She is thrilled to be back in her hometown to judge this year’s pageant and wants to wish each contestant the best of luck.

Jan is a native of Swainsboro, GA.  She was 1973 Valedictorian of David Emanuel Academy in Stillmore and was crowned Miss David Emanuel Academy 1972.  In high school she also was runner up in the Miss Pine Tree Festival pageant.  Jan went on to be crowned Miss Georgia College 1974 and represented the school in the Miss Georgia pageant that year.  A 1975 honor graduate of Georgia College, Jan also completed her Master's degree there the following year.  After teaching for five years, Jan proudly served as a Department of the Army Civilian at Fort Gordon, GA for 30 years.  She retired at the end of 2012.  In retirement, she enjoys reading, music, and going to estate sales to find treasures!  Jan and her husband Jim live in Evans.  They have a daughter, Elizabeth, who is a teacher in Savannah.  Jan is a member of Wesley United Methodist Church where she is active in the Celebration Choir and FaithNotes.  She also serves on the church's Board of Trustees, the Yard Sale Committee, and the Memorial Gardens Committee.

 Jan Hemphill (Georgia)

 Yvette Keel (Georgia)

Yvette holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Montevallo in Alabama, a Master’s of Education from Georgia Southern University, and a Doctorate of Education from Nova Southeaster University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She has served as choral and musical theatre director for 10 years at Bradwell Institute in Hinesville, Georgia, and has taught private piano and voice lessons off and on for the past 30 years. Yvette is married to John “Bucky” Keel and they have one son, Allen, who is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, and has begun a career in the recording industry.