Brianna Bell grew up in North Carolina, where she cheered competitively throughout her high school years. She and her team earned bids and competed at The Cheerleading Worlds three times; in 2006, 2007 and 2008. She continued cheering at the collegiate level when she attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While in college, Brianna staffed camps for Spirit Xpress and worked competitions for Allstar Challenge. After graduation, she began judging for numerous USASF affiliated brands across the U.S. including Allstar Challenge, American Championships, CANAM, Champions League, CHEERSPORT, JAMfest, JAMZ, NCA, Spirit Cheer, UCA, and Universal Spirit. Brianna has previously served as a panel judge for The Cheerleading Worlds.
Robin Bolden, from Atlanta, GA, has been in cheerleading for over 25 years, including 15 years of All Star choreography and coaching. Robin was NFHS Technical Judge and is a certified USASF & IASF Legality Judge. As a presenter at coaches’ conferences, Robin shares her knowledge about the rules and point deductions. In 2011, Robin spoke at the Atlanta USASF Regional Meeting on behalf of the IEP. Several companies including Jam Brands, Future Cheer, ATC, Canadian Cheer Evolution, NCA, and AASCF hire her for her expertise as a Legality and Deduction Judge. She has been a Legality Judge for several World Bid Qualifying panels and The Cheerleading Worlds since 2008. Robin was nominated for Spirit Industry Trade Association “Outstanding Cheer Judge” in 2010. Cheer Biz Magazine featured her in the “Judges’ Table” article. Robin is one of the USASF Core Safety Judges and a member of the USASF Rules Committee. Robin was selected as one of the “Cheer Biz News 35 under 35 Influential People in Cheerleading” Class of 2013. Cheer Replay, an innovative deduction and review system, launched with Robin as one of the contributors. She has been part of the IASF Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee since 2020. At the 2022 Cheerleading Worlds, Robin was recognized and received an award for her commitment and dedication to Rules and Education by the IASF.
Dana Fielding is the Director of Rules and Scoring for the USASF and Director of The Cheerleading Worlds. She has been involved in cheer for over 30 years as a coach, judge, and legality official and is the former IASF Executive Director and former Director of Rules and Standards for the ICU. She oversees all legality official training and coaches education both nationally and internationally, and has been involved in The Cheerleading Worlds for the past 9 years.
Andrei Grier was a former cheerleader at the University of South Carolina. After college, he served as the head coach of the nationally ranked University of North Carolina at Charlotte cheerleaders for eight years. Andrei later went on to serve as the head coach at the University of South Carolina. Mr. Grier is the former owner of Cheers’ Allstar cheer gym in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where he coached many teams that earned state and national titles. He is known for his award-winning choreography in cheer and dance. Andrei Grier brings to the table 26 years of national championship judging experience and is a 16-year veteran judge of The Cheerleading Worlds.
Marcy Kuzemchak is the current Chair of the Cheer Canada Officials Development committee, helping to train and develop cheerleading adjudicators on the comparative score sheet. With two decades of coaching and adjudication experience, she is excited to return to The Cheerleading Worlds in 2023 as a scoring official. Marcy is a certified IASF Safety Judge, former ICU credentialer and National team program coach. She regularly judges Worlds Bid events across Canada as panel judge and head scoring official.
Tyler Phillips started his career in 2010 as the Director of Scoring and the Midwest Customer Service Representative for CHEERSPORT and Universal Spirit. For multiple years Tyler was the Camp Director and oversaw camp operations for CHEERSPORT’s Skills and Choreography Camps. Most recently Tyler joined the USASF Scoring Committee, and he often serves as the Scoring Official at many All Star events. He is a USASF safety certified judge and has had the pleasure of judging multiple International World Bid events throughout him tenure.
Amy Tyler currently serves as the Judging/Scoring Coordinator for The Cheerleading Worlds. She has more than 30 years of experience in the All Star cheerleading industry. Amy has worn many hats as a coach, judge, speaker, choreographer, judge coordinator, Admin in scoring, ACCU score official and even gym owner of 18 years. Amy currently coordinates judges and scoring for a number of different brands. As the former Varsity All Star national scoring and judging director, Amy continues her passion with judge’s education and administrative roles in judges training, scoring and officiating events.
Heather Tucker Ward is a retired school administrator in North Carolina and earned her BSA in School Administration at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She’s a former Appalachian State University Cheerleader and has been involved over the last 35 years in the cheerleading world as an athlete, camp head instructor, coach, award-winning choreographer, gym manager and judge. She has judged for numerous companies such as TRU Triple Threat, The Cheerleading Worlds, The MAJORS, The Summit, Winner’s Choice, USCA, All-Star Challenge Nationals, Spirit Xpress, American Championships, CheerSport Nationals, Cheer Ltd., JAMZ, Jamfest, and UCA.
Shawndra Winter has coached and provided choreography for competitive squads at the All Star, Recreational, High School and Collegiate level including club gymnastics, power-tumbling and trampoline (Level 1-7) for over 15 years. Shawndra has a significant amount of energy and enthusiasm for helping athletes and coaches strategically utilize their strengths to overcome performance barriers and ultimately reach their goals as a team. She has had the joy and privilege of serving as an Overall and Tumbling judge for The Cheerleading Worlds since 2007. She is a Worlds Division judge for NCA, USA, American Championships, American Cheer Power, CHEERSPORT, CheerBrandz, and various other companies both across the nation and internationally. When she’s not traveling across the globe, spreading cheer and helping athletes, Shawndra works professionally as a member of the Content Strategy & Curation Team at PricewaterhouseCoopers and serves her community as a volunteer youth coach in Colorado.
The President/Brand Manager of the United Spirit Association, Mike Burgess is a graduate of UCLA with a master’s in education and is a former member of the Bruin Cheerleading Squad. Production credits include halftime shows for NFL, NBA and collegiate games. Mike has spent the past 30 years helping to develop instructor training programs and advisor’s/director’s workshops for the United Spirit Association. He has presented at numerous state, national and international association conferences in addition to being a Head Instructor/Event Director for hundreds of camps, competitions, and clinics. He is a former Board member for the United States All Star Federation (USASF). Mike has been in the cheerleading/dance/band industry for 35 years.
Lisa Hemmie has been in the spirit industry for over 35 years as a club owner, participant, coach, international judge, and guest speaker. Her expertise as a judge has enabled her to travel both nationally and internationally and she has worked with numerous major event producers along with bringing her knowledge of the sport to the judging table at The Cheerleading Worlds and The Summit. Lisa believes that the industry should strive for consistency in best practices and has served on numerous national boards that advise and direct the cheerleading industry. She maintains USAG, AACCA, NAYS, SafeSport, and WHO safety certifications. Lisa resides in California. She works in the entertainment industry, is a spirit industry consultant, founder of American Sports & Entertainment, and is the COO of the Veterans of War Aid Foundation.
Scott Williams is the Varsity Southeast Region Sr. Logistics Coordinator and has been involved in cheerleading for 40 years. A graduate of Appalachian State University, he holds a Master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology. At ASU, he was captain, four-year varsity letter cheerleader, and national championship squad member. He is recognized internationally as a coach, choreographer, judge, and speaker.
Allison Stallings is a former competitive cheerleader at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she earned her degree in psychology and communications. After years of coaching recreational, All Star, and collegiate cheerleading, she found her true passion in judging and scoring. She worked in the cheerleading industry for over 20 years as a judge coordinator, scoring director, and customer service representative. She is honored for this to be her 16th year at The Cheerleading Worlds.
Jodi Sweet is a graduate and former cheerleader of the University of San Diego. A former Head Instructor and Cheerleading Program Director for the United Spirit Association, she has been involved with competitive cheerleading for over 40 years. Jodi has judged and directed numerous competitions at the junior high, high school, and college levels, both nationally and internationally. She has judged regional and national competitions for multiple organizations including USA, NCA, ATC, PacWest, GSSA, ALOHA, CHEERSPORT and Organizacion Nacional de Porristas (ONP). Currently, Jodi is the Judge Operations Specialist for the west for Varsity All Star and works with judges education and scoring for the United Spirit Association.
Tiffany Releford is a native of Columbia, MD with over 20 years of cheerleading experience. She was a three-time NCA All-American in high school and cheered for three years at the University of Maryland College Park. She cheered for NFL Europe in Barcelona, Spain and performed in the opening ceremony of the 1999 Olympics. Tiffany also cheered for the NFL Baltimore Ravens for four years and was the Ravens 1999 Pro-Bowl Cheerleader (the team’s first Pro Bowl cheerleader) as well as part of the Superbowl XXXV cheerleading team. While with the Ravens, Tiffany traveled to the Middle East on a USO tour and visited other local military bases to entertain our troops. Tiffany judges international, local, regional and national competitions, including having served as a Head Judge at The Cheerleading Worlds. When not cheering, Tiffany is a Partner at the firm Whiteford, Taylor and Preston, LLP.
Tracy Bonyad is from Quebec, Canada and has been involved in the cheerleading industry for over 20 years as an athlete, coach, consultant and cheer and dance judge. She was a PCA staff instructor (based in Ontario, Canada) and has over 11 years of judging at the provincial, national and international level. She has judged for the BCA in the UK for the past 6 years as well as the Quebec Cheerleading Federation, CheerExpo, Sapphire Productions, Ontario
Cheerleading Federation and Canadian Cheer Evolution in Canada. Within the USA, she has judged for CHEERSPORT, Universal Spirit, Team Champion, Nation’s Choice, Champion Spirit Group and The ONE Cheer and Dance. She has also served as panel judge for The USASF Cheerleading Worlds for 6 years.
Marco Daniels has been involved in judging for the past 15 years with both National Federations and the All Star Community in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the UK, France, Australia and the USA. As an athlete and a coach he has attended and won numerous national and international events. Outside of judging, Marco works with the National Teams of Austria and helps further promote the spread of Cheerleading across Germany and Europe.
Erin Davis has been involved in competitive cheerleading and dance since 1999. She attended Florida State University, where she cheered on the all-girl competition team her freshman year and then became involved in coaching competitive All Star cheerleading. Erin coached for 8 years before turning her focus to judging. She has been judging competitive cheerleading and dance competitions for the past 13 years, serving as a panel judge, AccuScore official and judge stand director for Varsity Brand events across the country. She has also received the honor of judging at The Cheerleading Worlds for 6 years.
Jeannette DeGraffenried has over 24 years experience in judging. She has taught cheer for 21 years, tumbling for over 23 years and dance for 23 years. She has judged The Cheerleading Worlds for the past six years, along with judging for USA, NCA, UCA, ACA, PacWest, American Championships, CHEERSPORT, Winners’ Choice and JAMZ. Jeannette has had the opportunity to go to Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and Mexico to judge their nationals. She cheered at Weber State University and at Utah Valley State College. She was also a member of ACT – Athletes Coming Together. Jeannette graduated from Utah Valley State College with a degree in business. She was the cheer advisor/coach for Utah Valley State College for eight years where she took her team to USA and NCA’s nationals and placed in the top 10 three times. Jeannette has choreographed for high school and college teams. She has also worked with the United Spirit Association for over 25 yrs. She was a cheer head instructor and has helped choreograph for NFL half-time shows. Jeannette also received USA’s “Rookie of the Year”.
Lance Emery has over 25 years of experience across All Star, college, high school and recreation cheerleading. He has judged The Cheerleading Worlds Championship since 2006. Lance has judged Worlds qualifying events in the United States, Canada, Australia, England and New Zealand. Lance has also judged the NCA Collegiate National Championships in Daytona, FL since 2008. He is an Illinois High School State Championship Head Official and a representative on the Illinois High School Officials Advisory Committee and Competitive Cheerleading Advisory Committee. Lance is a former Purdue University cheerleader and International Cheerleading Foundation head instructor. Lance is currently a Chief People Officer at Aon based in Chicago.
Suzie Garrett has over 30 years of cheerleading experience. In New Jersey, where she grew up, she cheered at the rec, high school, and college level. Her coaching career started in Maryland where she coached at nationally ranked high school team, at three different All Star gyms, and coached and choreographed routines for her local recreation program. As a Southwest Florida resident, Suzie works full time as a middle school instructional coach at a K-8 school for the arts, coaches a middle school team, and is also the Athletic Director for her school. She has been judging for over 19 years for many different Varsity brands, Independent Event Producers, high schools in Maryland, Delaware, and Florida, and for YCADA Pop Warner. She has judged numerous national and international events, as well as The Cheerleading Worlds, The Summit, The D2 Summit, and The One.
Tracy Gatlin has over 25 years experience in the cheer industry as an athlete, coach, and judge. Tracy has experience as a high school, All Star, and collegiate cheerleader. She coached cheer for 13 years in the All Star and high school levels. Some of her favorite high school coaching memories include winning the regional championship in a division of 20 teams and two runners up state championship titles. From 2006-2011, Tracy coached her All Star teams to nationally ranked titles. She has 20 years of experience as a panel judge, head judge, and in score review. She has judged several local, state, national, and end of season events. Tracy holds an M.A. in Leadership in Education: Administration and Supervision and is currently a Dean of Students in Anne Arundel County, MD. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two sons, and daughter.
Courtney Hansen has been involved in the cheerleading industry for over 28 years after her transition from competitive gymnastics. She is a former Brigham Young University cheerleader and has coached and choreographed for teams across the Western United States including a national championship coed high school squad. She has worked for the United Spirit Association as an instructor, judge, and head judge for 24 years. She has also judged many prestigious All Star events for NCA, UCA, ACA, JAMZ, American Championships, as well as the Summit. Courtney had the opportunity to judge internationally at the USA Championships in Japan and ONP Nationals in Mexico City. She has also judged The Cheerleading Worlds since 2015.
Britney Holder has been involved within the cheer and dance industry for over 18 years having coaching and choreography experience. Upon graduating high school, Britney was recognized in a publication entitled “Who’s Who Among Student Athletes,” and cheered collegiately on a coed team for The Tennessee State University. In the previous years, Britney has trained with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and has worked with several competitive All Star cheerleading teams within Tennessee. Britney has traveled abroad to the United Kingdom for the past 3 years where she served as a judge for Future Cheer Internationals, and as a building judge for Canadian Cheer, Cheerfest 2023. In addition, Britney was granted the opportunity to virtually judge for the following international brands in 2022: Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation (AASCF) and Cheerbrandz (Australia). Currently, Britney holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, Post-Masters Certification in School Counseling, and is currently in pursuit of her PhD in Developmental Psychology specializing in Child and Adolescent Development.
Amy Howe is from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has over 30 years experience as a cheerleader, coach, and judge. Amy was a cheerleader at Oklahoma State University winning back-to-back NCA Collegiate National Championships. Amy was a long-time high school coach in Oklahoma winning numerous State and National titles along the way. Amy was named Region Coach of the Year 5 times and was named State Cheer Coach of the Year. She was also named a Finalist for National Coach of the Year. Amy judges competitions all over the U.S. and internationally throughout the season. This is Amy’s 6th year judging The Cheerleading Worlds.
Heather Jeffries has more than 25 years of cheerleading experience. Heather was on UCA staff for six years as a camp instructor. Judging experience includes a variety of IEP’s and Varsity events as panel judge, head judge and AccuScore Official. Heather has also judged in Canada and virtual events for Australia. She owned an All Star cheer and dance gym for three years in Tennessee as well as coached at Valdosta State University for 3 years. Heather is in her third season as the head coach for West Creek High School in Clarksville, TN. She has worked 18 years as a certified social worker for the State of Tennessee and has a Master of Public Administration and Master of Social Work and is also currently an instructor for the University of Kentucky.
Hannah Jones has been involved in the UK cheerleading industry for over 25 years as an athlete, instructor, coach, and judge. Hannah has judged many events at the national and international levels both in the UK and Europe, more recently judging U.S. events including The Summit, CHEERSPORT and NCA.
Lisa Knipp, a former member of the Indiana University dance team, has been coaching and judging in the cheerleading industry for over thirty-five years. The Indiana Coach of the Year Award, numerous Indiana State Championships, and high national rankings are a few of her esteemed accomplishments. It has been Lisa’s honor and privilege to judge for the Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation, America’s Best, ACA, British Cheerleading Association, CHEERSPORT, Cheerlebrity, Cheer America, JAMfest, NCA, UCA, USA, The Cheerleading Worlds, US Finals, The Summit, and The D2 Summit. Additionally, Lisa sits on the USA Cheer Coaches Assembly and has served as a Head Judge at The USASF Cheerleading Worlds.
Charles Leathers III is a well conversant cheer professional with over 20 years of experience in the industry. His love of the sport began as an All Star and high school cheerleader in North Carolina. He then went on to teach summer camps and cheer collegiality for The University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Charles worked as Director of Choreography and Curriculum for a successful North Carolina based company where he also helped programs achieve many regional, state, and national titles ranging from junior high, high school, All Star as well as colleges. He is now a full-time choreographer and serves as the coach and choreographer for the North Carolina All-State team, when he isn’t on panel scoring teams. As a certified All Star and scholastic judge, Charles has worked with many brands both domestically and internationally and he looks forward to what the future of competitive cheerleading has in store.
Fred Loertscher is a former head cheerleader and Assistant Coach for Washington State University. He was part of the United Spirit Association’s junior high, high school and college instructional staff for 15 years, and has performed and co-directed several half-time shows from college bowl games to the NFL and NBA. Fred has judged high school, college and All-Star nationals for American Championships, ACA, NCA, USA, UCA, Spirit Sports and ASC. Internationally, he judges for ONP’s Mexico Nationals, England’s Future Cheer Nationals, Cheer Evolution’s Canadian Nationals and AASCF’s Australian Nationals. Fred has judged The Cheerleading Worlds since 2007, serving as a head judge since 2012.
Randy Lyons has been involved with cheerleading for over 25 years as an athlete, coach, choreographer, and judge. While working on his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, he was captain of the cheer teams at the University of Central Arkansas and the University of North Texas. Randy was named a College All-American cheerleader by the National Cheerleaders Association. Randy has coached and choreographed routines for high schools, universities, and for All Star winning multiple choreography awards at U.S. national level competitions. He was a head instructor for the National Cheerleaders Association and was named an International Co-ed All Star coach of the year at the International Open Cheerleading Championships. Randy judges multiple national level competitions across the U.S. and Europe for Varsity, Varsity Europe, BCA, Celtic Spirit, and JAMfest Europe. He has been honored to be selected as a judge for The USASF Cheerleading Worlds for the past 11 years. Randy is Vice President of Technology for Zalando and lives in Berlin, Germany.
Stephanie Maciaszek is from Augusta, GA and is a Provider Relations Specialist at AU Health. She has close to 30 years of experience in the cheerleading industry. Stephanie cheered at the collegiate level at Georgia Southern University where she received a degree in Exercise Physiology. During her summers in college, she worked with both NCA and CCA where she received leadership and dedication awards. Stephanie has judged for multiple companies over the years that include NCA, UCA, Spirit Cheer, All-star Challenge, CHEERSPORT, JAMZ, Summit and The Cheerleading Worlds. Stephanie has two children and a supportive husband and weekends she is not judging they are busy traveling to dance competitions or baseball tournaments.
David McCoy has been engaged in the cheerleading world for more than 30 years as an athlete, coach, choreographer, and judge. He is a graduate of Purdue University where he was a member of the NCA College National Team. David has coached all levels in the All Star setting achieving numerous national titles from widely recognized prestigious national event producers. For the last 15 years, David has judged for multiple brands spanning across the United States and Canada. David currently resides in Pennsylvania where he is a nursing administrator.
Joe Murphy has been involved with cheerleading for over 27 years. He is a former University of North Carolina at Charlotte cheerleader and captain. He has been judging competitive cheerleading for over 24 years at various levels including All Star, collegiate, school and recreational cheer. He has coached gymnastics for over 15 years and has judged many events on both the regional, national, and international levels including The USASF Cheerleading Worlds, British Cheerleading Association, Chilean Cheer Association, UCA, CHEERSPORT, Universal Spirit Association, Encore, One Up, JAMfest, Spirit Festival, The American Championships, ECA, All-Star Challenge, Cheer LTD, Pac West /Spirit Express and Spirit Unlimited.
Lauren Peetz has been involved in the cheerleading industry for 28 years as an instructor, coach, speaker, choreographer, gym owner and judge. She cheered competitively at Florida International University, was the head cheerleading coach and spirit coordinator at Georgia Tech and has been a contributing writer for both American Cheerleader Magazine and Cheer Biz News. In addition to judging for various U.S. events such as the Summit, the D2 Summit and NCA College Nationals, Lauren has also judged internationally in Australia, Germany, Costa Rica and Canada. She has been a choreographer and show director for the Hula Bowl halftime show and has appeared on the David Letterman Show and MTV’s Real World Road Rules Challenge. Lauren also has a master’s degree in exercise physiology. She is thrilled to judge the best of the best once again at The Cheerleading Worlds!
Jodi Powell resides in South Florida where she is a paralegal for a prominent defense firm. She has over 30 years of judging experience on the regional, state, national and international levels. She has judged for such companies as Allstar Challenge, UCA, NCA, Cheer Chile’, CHEERSPORT, JAMZ and CDE just to name a few. Jodi is honored and proud to be a member of TRU Triple Threat.
Christina Rheault is a returning USASF Cheerleading Worlds judge. She has over 25 years of cheer experience and has been a cheerleading judge for 20 years. In 2013, after 16 years as a coach for high school and All Star, she retired from coaching and shifted her focus towards judging. Christina has judged for multiple event producers under the Varsity All Star brand, Cheer & Dance Extreme, Champion Cheer Central, and JAMZ. She also has had the opportunity to judge in Colombia, Nova Scotia, Ecuador, the BCA Nationals and numerous Future Cheer events in England, and multiple events for the Australian All Star Cheer Federation. Christina is certified annually as a USASF and IASF Legality Official and judges anywhere from 25-35 events each year.
Kyle Schmitt has 20 years of knowledge and experience in All Star Cheerleading. She is a former All-Star coach, and current veteran judge since 2012. Kyle has had the honor of judging the most prestigious events in the industry including The MAJORS, CHEERSPORT Nationals, NCA, UCA All-Star Nationals, ATC International, The Summit, The D2 Summit and The Cheerleading Worlds. In addition to panel judging, Kyle has extensive experience serving as an AccuScore representative and served as the Scoring Director for CheerMatch. Throughout her career Kyle, has received national praise as one of the highest rated judges in the industry, including awards for Varsity’s Best All Around Judge of the Year in 2018 and 2019. In her spare time, she practices law in Florida.
Tricia Schramm’s passion for cheer started early with highlights including captain and coach at Western Illinois University, Camp Director for Dynamic Cheerleaders Association and as coach/choreographer. Since 2006 Tricia has dedicated her time to adjudicating, sharing her knowledge and expertise in Canada, England, New Zealand, Australia and the U.S. including The Summit, The Majors, US Finals, ACP, NCA, UCA, USA, ACA, Canadian Cheer, AASCF, Cheer Sports NZ, Future Cheer and virtual cheer judging through Tru Triple Threat, Cheer Match Live and The Spirit Network. She has served as a judge at The IASF Cheerleading Worlds since 2021 and The USASF Cheerleading Worlds since 2014.
Christina Showalter has over 25 years of experience judging All Star, college, school cheer and dance competitions. She has judged The USASF Cheerleading World Championship for 16 years where she has been a Head Judge for the past 9 years. Christina has judged World qualifying events for NCA, UCA, ACA, All Star Challenge, and Cheer America. Her international experience includes judging for Canadian Cheer Evolution, Alberta Cheer Association, Cheer Chile, Future Cheer, CHEERSPORTs Nationals in New Zealand, and the Australian All-Star Cheerleading Federation. She has also judged NCA’s College Nationals since 2008. Christina is a former cheerleader and dance team member at DePauw University and was a member of NCA’s Camp Staff for 4 years. Her background also includes 8 years of coaching school and All Star cheer. In addition to judging, Christina is heavily involved in judges education and training where she enjoys mentoring rising professionals in the industry.
Shawn Simmons is a 20-year industry veteran who has judged The Cheerleading Worlds and numerous international and national events including The Summit, D2 Summit, NCA All-Star Nationals, and CHEERSPORT Nationals. Shawn is a current USASF Connection Leader and former member of the USASF National Advisory Board. He is a doctoral candidate at University of Southern California and works as a Public Relations professional. Shawn is a New Orleans, Louisiana native, but currently resides in southeastern Massachusetts.
Suzi Stavas is from Beaverton, OR. She has more than 30 years experience as an athlete, coach, and judge at the high school and All Star level. Suzi has judged a plethora of events throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and Japan including The Cheerleading Worlds, Summit, and D2 Summit. She has been honored as the Oregon Coach of the Year, NFHS Region 8 Coach of the Year, Oregon Member of the Year, and she was inducted into the Oregon Hall of Fame. Suzi is a former high school English teacher with a master’s degree in education; she now runs a cheer company that offers camps, clinics, and choreography.
Dante Tennant is a graduate of Valdosta State University where he received his Bachelor of Education in Music Education, and a Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership. He is currently the Spirit Coordinator and Head Cheerleading Coach at Middle Tennessee State University. Dante began his collegiate coaching career at his alma mater, Valdosta State. During his ten years there as Head Coach, he led VSU to four NCA Collegiate National Championships. In addition to collegiate coaching, Dante was a member of the NCA Staff for 13 years, and he has been judging All Star, high school, and college cheerleading for 13 years.
Teri Thomas is a Lexington, KY native with over 25 years of experience in the industry. She began her cheerleading career with Cheers! Inc. and Kentucky Elite. She cheered for Paul Laurence Dunbar from 2000-2004 where she was a member of their 2004 national championship squad. She continued her cheerleading career at the University of Louisville, capturing two national titles with the all-girl squad in 2005 and 2009. She was a five time All-American at Louisville while she earned a bachelor’s degree in public health. Teri also coached at Louisville Male High School and Kentucky Elite, guiding them to many state and national titles. Throughout her judging career, she has been a panel judge for The Cheerleading Worlds, NCA All-Star Nationals, World Spirit Federation, UCA International All-Star Championship and National High School Cheerleading Championships. Her success on the judge’s panel also led her to judging internationally in the United Kingdom.
Thomasine Warmington was introduced to cheerleading during her time at high school in Minnesota, USA. After returning to Australia, she coached cheerleading for several years and continued her involvement in the sport by gaining her judging credentials. With over 15 years of experience, Thomasine has judged at competitions across Australia, including AASCF, ATC, Aussie Gold, Cheercon and Infinite Spirit, as well as in the USA with NCA, The One and CHEERSPORT. This is her fifth year judging at The IASF Cheerleading Worlds.
Joshua Anderson has been in the cheer industry as a cheerleader, choreographer, and judge for over 25 years. After securing power tumbling titles, Joshua continued his passion through cheerleading. Some highlights include national titles, cheering for Illinois State University, and was the spirit coordinator/head coach at Texas Tech University. During his tenure at TTU, the team was featured nationally, and the program continues that success today. Anderson judges a variety of Varsity, Independent, and international cheerleading competition companies. He is a certified Varsity judge and serves as a USASF judge for The Cheerleading Worlds. Anderson is a head judge and clinician for all ages and levels of cheer nationally and internationally.
The love for cheerleading begun back at age 10 when Crystal Chambers was on a Pop-Warner team. She eventually cheered in Jr. High, High School and briefly at Sam Houston State University where she also minored in Dance. She was on NCA staff for 4 years and even joined an Open Division team while working on her Masters. While in college Crystal judged for high school tryouts and later began to judge for High School and All Star cheerleading competitions. She’s currently in her 27th year of judging (cheer and dance) and has experience judging for companies such as Cheer America, United Cheer, Varsity, ONP (Mexico City), BCA (London), CheerPros and various other IEP brands. Outside of her cheer/judge life she is a Sr. IT/Cybersecurity Project Manager in Houston, TX. Crystal loves to travel and learn about the culture along the way. She is a Green Bay Packer Fan and loves all things Disney!
Candi Childers has been involved in the cheerleading industry for over 38 years as a coach, judge, spirit industry speaker and conference presenter. Her squads have won several titles through the years. Candi is one of the founders and past President of the Alabama Cheerleaders Coaches and Advisors Association. She has been involved in judging All Star Cheerleading for over 30 years. She has also served on a Worlds panel as a mini head judge, skills panel judge and head judge since 2006. She has also served on the DI & DII Summit panels since their inception. Candi has judged cheerleading competitions for several years in Chile’, Canada, England, Australia and Scotland. Candi lives in Lincoln Alabama with her best friend/husband Tom where they love spending time at the lake enjoying the outdoors and fishing for crappie.
Originally from Kentucky, Adam Denison currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He has been part of the All Star Cheerleading industry for over 20 years as an athlete, coach, camp instructor, choreographer, and tumbling director. During his time coaching, his All Star teams won over 50 national titles at some of the world’s largest events. Since beginning his judging career in 2015, Adam has judged for over 20 brands in the United States, as well as international competitions in Costa Rica and England. He is a veteran judge of many prestigious events, adjudicating Worlds divisions at CHEERSPORT Nationals, NCA All-Star Nationals, UCA Internationals, and The Majors.
Erin Gardner has been involved in the cheerleading and dance industry for more than thirty years. She started as an All Star cheerleader and continued her career into the professional level. She was also a technically trained dancer starting at the age of 2 and performing with a semi-professional company throughout high school. Upon graduation, Erin coached and choreographed for national champion rec, school, and All Star teams all over the country and continued her passion by becoming a judge. She is cheer and dance USASF Certified Legality Official and judges for companies including Cheer and Dance Extreme, Future Cheer-UK, Cheer America, The One, and Varsity. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and is pursuing a master’s degree in systems Engineering and Program Management at the Naval Postgraduate School. Erin currently works as a Civilian for the U.S. Army and is married with two beautiful children and two fur babies.
Derek Hopkins is a former Wolfpack cheerleader for North Carolina State University. Throughout college, he served as a head camp instructor for Champion Cheerleading Camps. Derek was a member of the 1996 Centennial Olympic cheer team that performed in the opening ceremonies. Upon graduating from the School of Design and relocating to Atlanta to pursue his career in architecture, he coached for 2 years leading his teams to multiple National Championships. Since coaching, Derek has judged for many USASF affiliated companies. His 29 years of judging experience include All-Star Challenge, American Championships. Athletic Championships, 2022 & 2023 British Open, CANAM, CDE, Champion Cup Nationals, Cheer Derby, CheerNation, CHEERSPORT, GMCE, JAMfest, JAMZ, OneUp, Spirit Sports, The One, UCA, Universal Spirit, and WSF. 2023 marks Derek’s 16th year serving as a panel judge for The USASF Cheerleading Worlds Championship.
Jordawn Howard is a former collegiate cheerleader where she was a 4-time NCA All-American and 2-time Collegiate National Champion. She was also a member of a USASF Cheerleading World Champion team in 2007. Jordawn was an NCA instructor and head instructor for three years before transitioning to the judging world. In her years as an industry judge, Jordawn has traveled both nationally and internationally including for competitions in the U.K., Canada, Japan, and Chile. Domestically, Jordawn has judged for several prestigious events including the Majors, US Finals, D1 and D2 Summit, and The Cheerleading Worlds. Jordawn has also had the honor of being voted “Best Panel Judge” by her peers at the JAM Brands two years in a row, and Best All-Around judge in her category by Varsity All Star for the 2021-2022 season.
Lance Logan has been involved in cheerleading for over 20 years as a cheerleader, instructor, coach, and adjudicator. Lance has been a panel judge since The 2013 Cheerleading Worlds. He has adjudicated internationally for Canadian Cheer Evolution, the British Cheerleading Association (BCA), le Fédération de Cheerleading du Québec, International Cheerleading Coalition (ICC). Additionally, Lance has judged regional, national, and Worlds Bid Events for All Star Challenge, Champion Cheer Central, Cheer & Dance Extreme, Cheer Ltd., CHEERSPORT, JAMZ, National Cheerleaders Association (NCA), and Universal Spirit. Lance is a TRU Triple Threat certified judge.
Cloè McLenan has been involved in the cheerleading industry for 24 years as an athlete, coach, and judge. After being a competitive gymnast, diver and power tumbler, Cloè shifted towards cheerleading and has been actively involved ever since. Over the past 14 years, she has judged many events at the national and international level. Cloè lives in Vancouver, Canada where she is a teacher and mother of two. Cloè is very excited to be judging The Cheerleading Worlds again this year!
Shannon Morris is a resident of Gloucester, MA. She has been involved in a variety of roles in cheerleading, dance, and gymnastics for over 30 years, as a competitor, choreographer, coach, and clinician in addition to judging nationally and internationally for cheer and dance. She has been honored to judge multiple Worlds qualifying events, The Cheerleading Worlds as well as judging Summit, D2 Summit, and US Finals. She is the former CEO and Partner at Gymco Sports in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As a former competitive gymnast, cheerleader and dancer, Shannon brings with her not only years of training and experience, but also a passion and desire to see athletes of all ages and levels excel. When she is not judging she manages a yoga studio and teaches adaptive physical education at Children’s Center for Communication and The Beverly School for the Deaf.
Brandon Norbeck currently lives in Campbell, CA where he works for Apple, Inc. Before entering the cheerleading industry, Brandon competed as a club gymnast for 12 years. Since that time, he has spent over 20 years in the industry as a coach, choreographer, and judge. He cheered through college at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. After college Brandon began a career as a coach and choreographer where he coached throughout the United States. Some of his career judging highlights include judging The Cheerleading Worlds, the Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation Nationals, and NCA All-Star and College Nationals. Brandon has served on the tumbling panel at The Cheerleading Worlds as a mini head judge for the previous 11 years.
Tam Pham has been involved in the cheerleading industry for nearly 20 years as an athlete, instructor, and judge. Her experience as a judge has led her to opportunities not only in the United States but also in Australia, Canada, Japan, and the United Kingdom. She has judged at multiple world qualifying events, within the U.S. and internationally, and has been a part of the prestigious panel at The Cheerleading Worlds since 2016. She travels to Australia on a regular to join their expert panel of judges throughout the season. Outside of cheerleading, Tam works as a Registered Dental Hygienist and enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and dog.
Tiffany Smith has been involved in the cheerleading industry for over 20 years as a competitor, coach, and judge after transitioning from competitive gymnastics. She has experience with All Star, college, high school, and recreational cheerleading. Tiffany has severed as Head Judge, Panel Judge, Scoring Representative/AccuScore, and Safety Judge for state, national, and international competitions. She has been judging for the past 15 years and has judged the USASF Cheerleading World Championship since 2013. Outside of judging, Tiffany spends her time Directing a gymnastics program in New York.
Dr. Travis L. Stokes has 28 years of experience as a judge, cheerleader, coach, consultant, choreographer, and camp instructor. Dr. Stokes judges high school, collegiate, and All Star levels since 2008, including national and international opportunities. For the past six years, Dr. Stokes has been a judge for The USASF/IASF Cheerleading Worlds. As a former Easley High School, Morehead State University, Florida International University, and All-Star Cheerleader, he has competed nationally and internationally. Dr. Stokes has multiple top 5 finishes at the NCA Collegiate Cheerleading and Dance National Championships, an NCA All-Star National Championship in the International Large Co-Ed Open Level 6 Division, along with a Silver Medal at The USASF/IASF Cheerleading Worlds. Dr. Stokes holds a Doctor of Education degree with a concentration in Organizational Leadership at the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education from Nova Southeastern University. Both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public administration from Florida International University, and Dr. Stokes currently resides in Miami, Florida, and is immensely involved in community engagement throughout Miami-Dade County.
Rosann Whittington brings over 35 years of cheerleading experience to the cheerleading industry including coaching, judging, and being a former cheerleader and gymnast. Rosann has been judging for over 25 years, and 10 years with Varsity. Some prestigious events Rosann has had the honor of panel judging for include The Cheerleading Worlds, CHEERSPORT, NCA All-Star Nationals and High School Nationals, The Summit, D2 Summit as well as internationally. Rosann was named as one of Varsity’s All Star Top Honors and standout judges for the 2019-2020 Season.
Charlotte Allen lives in Somerville, AL. She is a retired teacher and cheerleading coach of 28 years. She was inducted into the 2008 American Cheerleading Magazine Hall of Fame of Cheerleading Coaches. She also was honored by receiving the Herkie Legacy Award. She has been a cheerleading judge for 30 plus years on all levels of cheerleading for NCA, UCA, CHEERSPORT, Universal Spirit, JAMfest Brands, CheerLtd, Americacheer, COA, ACA, WCA, USA, JAMZ, NCA College Nationals, All Star Challenge, Cheer America, Mid Atlantic Cheer, GSSA, America’s Best and many more. In addition to these companies, she also judges internationally in countries such as Chile, Australia, England, and Canada. She has had the privilege of judging The Cheerleading Worlds from 2006 to the present, and the 2013-2022 Summit and D2 Summit. In 2021, Charlotte was selected as a Head Judge for Worlds. For the past 34 years, Charlotte as worked cheerleading and dance camps during the summer for Varsity.
Mark Bond has been involved in the cheerleading world for over 35 years as an athlete, coach, choreographer, and judge. He is a graduate of Fairmont State University where he cheered for 4 years and was an NCA Collegiate All-American. He later received his MA from West Virginia University. Mark is a former NCA head instructor from 1988-2000. Mark has coached all levels of cheerleading in both the school and All Star settings. He has had the pleasure to judge for multiple event producers across the U.S. as well as Future Cheer, AASCF, BCA, Canadian Cheer Evolution, and The Cheerleading Worlds. Mark currently resides in WV where he is an elementary library/media specialist.
Tiffany Bryant has been an international judge for Canadian Cheer Evolution, British Association, Quebec Cheerleading Federation, Australian All-Star Cheerleading Federation, and the 2019/2022 ICC British Open & Battle of Champions competition in Nottingham, England. Tiffany has been a Cheerleading Worlds judge since 2008, serving as Mini-Head Judge and Cheer Panel Judge; and has adjudicated for several national cheer companies, now under the Varsity umbrella: ACA, American Cheer Power, CHEERSPORT, Spirit Celebration, and NCA. In addition, she works for IEP’s: Cheer & Dance Extreme, JAMZ, and cheer company, TRU Triple Threat. She is Varsity certified and has been a presenter at several clinics throughout her judging career. During her 20 plus years in the industry, she has performed panel/head/safety duties. Ms. Bryant resides in Northern Virginia, has been an elementary school counselor for 28 years and is excited to be a part of The Cheerleading Worlds 2023!
Opal Bush is a Varsity Certified judge from Kennesaw, GA. Opal is a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader and was featured on the DCC poster, calendar, and multiple Cowboys commercials. She has over 20 years of experience in the industry as a choreographer, coach, and judge. Opal has been honored to judge prestigious brands such as The Cheerleading Worlds, The Summit, D2 Summit, NCA, and CHEERSPORT. She is a former University of Alabama Homecoming Queen and a member of the nationally-ranked Crimson Cabaret Dance Team.
Denise Buzzinotti has been involved in the cheer and dance industry for over 30 years as a competitor, coach, consultant, keynote speaker, subjective judge, and safety judge. Denise has been blessed to judge national, international, and world-bid cheerleading competitions for many of the top cheerleading companies across the world from Dallas to Scotland including judging The Majors, The Summit, D2 and U.S. Finals. She is the proud inaugural recipient of the Varsity All Star Honor and Legacy Award. It is her honor to be a thirteen-time Worlds Judge.
Jessi Christian has been involved in the cheerleading industry for over 30 years as a competitor, instructor, coach, choreographer, and judge. She has been a cheerleading/dance judge for 20 years for various companies. Jessi has judged national competitions for NCA, USA, and ACA, as well as AASCF Nationals in Australia and in Mexico City for ONP. She spent ten years as an instructor for the United Spirit Association where she won the Hardest Working, Leadership, and Unity Awards. Jessi was a Head Instructor for USA for 7 years. She helped produce Varsity half time shows for the Sparx, Clippers, and 49’ers, as well as the Pro-Bowl Half Time Show in Honolulu, HI.
Ann Dearsman is a certified judge from Port Richey, FL. She has been in the cheer industry for over 27 years as a Coach, Choreographer, Gym Owner and Judge. Ann Marie has judged regional, classic, national, international, Summit and World bid events for many prestigious brands in the USA and Canada such as American Championships, All Star Challenge, Coastal Cheer, American Cheer Power, All Things Cheer, Spirit Cheer, PAC West, Spirit Sports, Mid Atlantic, JAMfest Super Nationals, CHEERSPORT, UCA, NCA, The Quest, The Summit and Worlds.
Sanaa El Rassi is from Montreal, Quebec, Canada and has been involved in the cheerleading industry for over 40 years. She is currently part of the Cheer Canada Officials Development Committee which mandates are to provide leadership and direction in the development of Cheer Canada’s Officials and to develop a national/standardized judging methodology for all Canadian provincial associations. She also participated in the development of the judges training and certification program for the Quebec Cheerleading Federation along with being a head judge, panel judge, judge’s coordinator, and judge’s instructor. She participates in several competitions for various event producers in Quebec, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom: Canadian Cheer Evolution, Quebec Cheerleading Federation, Sapphire Productions, Ontario Cheerleading Federation, Cheer Expo Cheerleading and Dance, Kicks Cheerleading, Team Champion/Champion Spirit Group, Flip and Shout, CHEERSPORT, Universal Spirit, CheerMatch and the British Cheerleading Association. Sanaa is very honored and privileged to participate as a panel judge for the USASF/IASF Cheerleading Worlds competition since 2014.
Beth Hadley is from Sydney, Australia and grew up training in all styles of dance. She started competitive cheerleading at age 15 and competed in all levels of cheer up until the age of 24. Beth represented Australia at both ICU and USASF Worlds three times during her time as an athlete. For 12 years, Beth coached and choreographed for teams with athletes from across all age divisions and levels, many of these teams winning Australian national titles. After retiring as an athlete and coach she began judging for numerous event providers across Australia, New Zealand and the USA including Aussie Gold, Cheercon, AASCF, ATC, NZCU, The One, NCA, UCA and CHEERSPORT. In 2019 and 2021, Beth created training materials and presented judges education to a range of event providers from across Australia. Between her weekends judging, Beth is a dedicated elementary school teacher.
Shannon Louis has been part of the cheerleading industry for over 25 years as a coach of all levels. After many years of coaching, Shannon dedicated herself to judging at all levels nationally and internationally. She has proudly served as a Cheerleading Worlds judge for five years. When she is not judging, Shannon is a first grade teacher in Cincinnati, Ohio. She and her husband, Dan, are the parents of three sons, Vince, Anthony and Dominic.
Erica Neal is from Lancaster, Ohio and works as a Developmental Specialist. Erica’s passion for cheerleading began at the early age of 5 and from there she was all in. She has over 28 years of cheerleading experience as an athlete, coach, choreographer, and judge. Erica has helped develop training materials and resources for judges throughout the industry. Erica is a Tru Triple Threat Judge and a certified judge for Varsity. She judges nationally for Greater Midwest Cheer Expo, JAMZ Cheer & Dance, Champion Cheer Central, Cheer Derby, and Winner’s Choice Championships. She has judged internationally for Canadian Cheer Evolution, Cheer Challenge Chile, and Cheer Brandz. Erica has judged The USASF Cheerleading Worlds for seven years.
Heather O’Brien has been in the cheerleading industry for over 20 years as an athlete, coach, and judge. She is safety and dance safety certified through USASF and has acted as Head Judge and panel judge at a variety of prestigious events across the U.S. When she’s not busy with cheerleading, Heather is a wife, mother of three, and a special education teacher. She is so thrilled to be back at The Cheerleading Worlds again this year.
Greta Sherwood has panel judged for The USASF Cheerleading World Championship since 2010 bringing over 25 years of cheerleading experience as a judge, coach, choreographer and athlete. She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she competed with the Varsity squad for 4 years. She has judged for numerous companies all over the country at the All Star, High School and Collegiate levels. Her international experience includes Worlds qualifying events in Canada, Costa Rico, Australia and the U.K.
Karen Snyder is a cheerleading professional with over 30 years of experience including a wide variety of roles as athlete, coach, All Star club owner, choreographer, consultant, and judge. Because of her experience and education in scoring, she’s had the privilege to judge throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, throughout Europe, and Canada. She has served in many capacities as a panel judge, head judge, judge trainer, stand manager, and scoring official. She judges several Worlds qualifying events and has judged The Major’s since its inception. She has been honored to judge The USASF Cheerleading World Championships since 2013.
Karen Stearns is a resident of Florida where she has been the Athletic Director and Compliance Officer for American Heritage High Schools overseeing 19 different sports and 56 teams and amassing 38 state titles in 10 years. Previously, she was their cheer and dance coordinator, coaching their varsity competition squads for 13 years. She has over 30 years experience coaching All Star and high school and as a gym director. Karen judges national competitions throughout the United States, Canada and Europe for several companies including CHEERSPORT, Universal Spirit, Winners Choice, ICC, American Championships, American Cheer Power, UCA, Cheer Ltd., Cheer Evolution, Cheer Expo, The FCQ, Champion Spirit Group and The USASF Cheerleading Worlds.
Tanya Bowles, former cheerleading coach for Wake Forest University and former president of NC Cheerleading Coaches Association, brings a wealth of cheerleading wisdom. She owned-and coached a small All Star gym in North Carolina for many years. Tanya served as the Judging Coordinator for All-Star Challenge for many years, and also served as a Curriculum Head for the Overall Category for Varsity Judges training. Tanya is one of the three founders of TRU Triple Threat.
Sara Francks has over 25 years of cheerleading experience. She cheered for Brigham Young University where she was a captain and a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Board. She has been involved with the United Spirit Association since 1999, starting as an instructor at USA’s camps and having the opportunity to be a head instructor and teach at the college/pro camp for 10 years. Sara has traveled to Guatemala, Japan, and Singapore to participate in cheerleading events, and has judged nationally and internationally with multiple companies at the All Star, school and college levels. She is honored to be selected as a judge for The USASF Cheerleading Worlds since 2008. Currently residing in the Philadelphia area, Sara is a mother to four beautiful girls, and is the Senior Vice President of Operations for a global hearing healthcare group.
Jolene Harris has been involved with cheerleading for over 30 years. She was an instructor for United Spirit Association for several years and was also a Head Instructor for USA. Jolene has judged cheerleading competitions for over 20 years. She has judged regional and national competitions for many companies, as well as at The Summit, D2 Summit, and The Cheerleading Worlds competitions. She loves traveling to Japan to judge the USA-Japan National Cheerleading Competition and has provided training for their All Star judges.
Gigi Mandujan is from Stockton, California. She is a veteran judge with more than 25 years of experience in the cheerleading industry as a coach, panel judge, and head judge. Gigi has adjudicated events for IEP’s such as JAMZ and The Spirit Network, as well as numerous Varsity brands including CHEERSPORT, National Cheerleaders Association and the United Spirit Association. In addition to judging across the United States, she also judges international events in Canada. A teacher with 23 years of classroom experience, she currently teaches high school AVID and Student Government. She also serves as her school’s positive school climate coordinator, which allows her to share her passion for creating inclusive spaces that are culturally relevant.
Becca Mason has been involved with the United Spirit Association for the last 26 years and has been judging regional and national cheer and dance competitions for 23 years. Becca cheered and danced for over 25 years, and has competed nationally as an All Star, and at the collegiate level, for both. She has traveled twice to Mexico City as a judge for ONP Nationals and had the opportunity to judge for the Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation for their Winterfest, National Championships and The Pinnacle.
Harmony Webb is from Southern California and has been involved with the National Cheerleading Association for the last 17 years working camps and events. She is a former athlete, coach, instructor, and judge in the industry for 21 years. Harmony is trained in the computer scoring system used at most events and has helped ensure event accuracy in scoring. This is her 6th time at The Cheerleading Worlds.
Stephanie Baxter started cheering at the age of 8 years old in Salt Lake City, UT. Once she graduated from high school, she cheered for the nationally ranked college team Weber State University. In November 2010, she went to Tokyo, Japan and taught a routine to select members from All Star teams for a cheerleading festival, performed with them, and judged their cheerleading festival. Stephanie was a part of the United Spirit Association (USA) instructional staff and a head instructor for 8 years. She has been an USASF Legality Official since 2009 and has traveled multiple times to Mexico City to work with teams and judge the ONP Nationals. Stephanie was the head cheerleading coach at the University of Utah from 2016-2019. In 2017 Stephanie traveled to Baotou China to work with children from across China learn cheerleading skills and help develop cheerleading in China.
Shaud Broome is from Sacramento, CA and has been a part of the cheerleading industry for over 15 years. This will be his 4th year judging The Cheerleading Worlds and along with judging domestically, he’s had the privilege of judging internationally in Canada and Australia. Outside of cheerleading, Shaud enjoys spending time with his friends and family, and when he’s not working, he enjoys a good Netflix binge!
Dean Cavero has had the privilege of being a part of the All Star and Collegiate cheer industry as a competitor, coach, and choreographer for over 28 years. He has won countless championship titles and accolades during his cheer tenure and takes great pride in bringing the same joy and passion to a new generation of athletes competing in the sport he loves.
Sheila Dawson has more than 27 years of experience in All Star Cheerleading and has also served as a Collegiate Head Cheer and Dance coach in Oklahoma. For the past 20 years she has traveled nationally and internationally as a judge and AccuScore official. Sheila has had the honor of judging the most prestigious events in the industry including The Cheerleading Worlds, The Majors, NCA All-Star Nationals, The Summit, The D2 Summit, The U.S. Finals, CHEERSPORT and JAMfest Cheer Super Nationals. She has received numerous awards during her tenure as a judge including Varsity’s Most Dedicated Judge of the Year in 2018 and 2019 and Varsity’s Top Midwest Veteran Judge of the Year for 2021-22.
Jeri Francis has been in the world of All Star Cheerleading for 25+ years. Her background in power tumbling and gymnastics drew her into the All Star while cheering in college. As a former coach at the University of Southern Indiana, as well as a distinguished All Star coach and choreographer, she has been a positive asset to each program. Working as a consultant, coach, choreographer and most recently as a director of judging and scoring, she is well rounded in all aspects of the sport. Jeri has been judging recreational, school and All Star cheer for almost 20 years. She has also had the prestigious honor of being selected to judge the USASF World Championships several times. Not only does she judge competitions throughout the U.S., she has also judged competitions in Japan, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, The Bahamas, Canada and the United Kingdom. Jeri has worked very closely with the Swedish Cheerleading Federation on judge’s education and training.
Kari Ganske, a high school English/ESOL teacher, has been involved in cheerleading since 2002 as a coach, competition director, judge, and the Maryland State Co-Director for Public Schools. She is a certified safety judge through NFHS and USASF; has served as safety, panel, head, and AccuScore at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels serving MPSSCC, CDE, Spirit Sports, CHEERSPORT, Epic Brands, and ICC in England. She is honored to be a USASF World Championship judge for the 7th time. When she isn’t judging, Kari can be found chasing her children with a camera, writing cozy mysteries, or reading voraciously.
Candice Gunn is from Richmond, VA and has been involved in cheerleading for over 25 years. She cheered for high school and at the collegiate level when she attended Virginia Commonwealth University. While in college, Candice staffed camps for Spirit Xpress and worked competitions for All-Star Challenge. During this time she began judging for numerous USASF Sanctioned Competitions including Allstar Challenge, CANAM, CHEERSPORT, UCA, JAMfest, Spirit Xpress, Winners Choice, All Day Cheerleading, Panel 9, NCA, IASAF and Universal Spirit. 2023 marks Candice’s sixth time serving as a deductions judge for The Cheerleading Worlds.
Nicole Haight has been involved with cheerleading and gymnastics for more than 36 years as an athlete, coach, gym owner and judge. She has been a USASF Certified Legality Official since 2007 and has judged nationally for eighteen years for various USASF member event producers. Nicole frequently serves as a judge stand manager or in AccuScore, and she has been honored to judge The Cheerleading Worlds since 2008. She is currently a member of the Varsity All Star Fashion Design Team, and she resides in Charlotte, NC.
Chantelle Johnston has been involved in the All Star industry for more than 20 years as a competitor, coach, camp director and judge. In 2011 she became an Arena Manager for The American Championships and is currently an Arena Manager for Varsity’s Southeast region. She has had the privilege of traveling to London to judge at Future Cheer Internationals and has judged at both The Summit and D2 Summit. This will be her fifth year as a deductions judge at The Cheerleading Worlds.
Julie Mihaljevic has been involved in cheerleading industry for 39 years. She coached at Synergy All Stars in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for nine years, where she earned numerous national titles. For the last 20 years, she has judged events for Advanced Spirit Association, Cheer and Dance Extreme, Epic Brands, Mardi Gras Spirit, NCA, ACA, All-Star Challenge, Cheer Alliance and Canadian Cheer Evolution, Cheer Expo and the BCA. She is excited to return to The Cheerleading World Championships for her 14th year.
Ryun Nacario is a USASF and Varsity Certified judge from Salt Lake City, Utah. Ryun has been involved in the cheerleading industry for over 19 years as a coach, judge, gym owner and choreographer. He is a United Spirit Association Head Instructor and has been judging for the last 16 years for multiple different Varsity brands including USA, WSF, Spirit Cheer, PacWest, UCA, Athletic Championships, American Championships, CHEERSPORT, and Spirit Sports, as well as, a Point Deduction and Legality Judge for The Summit, D2 Summit and The Cheerleading Worlds.
James Smith, Sr. has been in the professional dance and cheer world for the last 25 years. He was a college cheer coach for over 20 years. He served as head instructor for the National Cheerleading Association for 15 years and serves as a district, regional, and USASF Worlds Judge for over 10 years. He has several cheer accolades spanning two decades during his time as a coach. James is an author, a clothing designer, a husband, a father of three, an educator, a renowned speaker, and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Jessica Adler has been involved in the Cheerleading industry for the past 20 years, having started as an athlete and coach and has been judging for 7 years as an IASF and USASF Legality Official throughout Canada, the USA and Europe. She was a member of the Cheer Canada Officials Development Committee and aided in the development of the scoresheets, skills lists, judging methodology and judging certification processes for Canada. During this time, she was also the Judging Director for her PTSO (Provincial/Territorial Sport Organization) and aided in the training of PTSO designated judge trainers throughout Canada. This is her third time as a legality official at The Cheerleading World Championship and is honored to be here!
Scott Bouchard is the Former Head Coach for the 5-time NCA Division II/III All-Girl National Championship Team, The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Scott has judged, coached, and choreographed at the high school, college and All Star level for 25 years. He has been a credentialing instructor for the USASF in the Northeast since its inception. Scott currently serves on the USASF Rules Committee and has been part of numerous boards and committees throughout his career. He is a Certified Legality Official thru the USASF and judges numerous local, national, and international All Star competitions, including The Cheerleading Worlds. In addition, he is a former Brand Manager/Owner of the Event Producing company, Advanced SPIRIT Association. He believes teams are most successful when coaches create an environment for athletes where they continuously strive to accomplish individual and team goals while having fun along the way!
Jill Bugner is cheerfully returning to The Cheerleading Worlds and has been a judge for the event since 2017. She has had the privilege of judging across the United States for regional and national events.
Everth Campos is a Colombian judge with 10+ years of experience. His experience includes both judging Cheer and Performance Cheer and developing judging educational programs. Judging is of vital importance; therefore, he continues to educate himself in the sport for the sport changes constantly. He has been a legality official for USASF 2019-2020 and IASF 2020-2023. He also holds the black, red, and green medallion in the ICU education program. He has judged multiple national competitions in Colombia as well as competitions in the USA, Ecuador, Guatemala, Chile, Brazil among other nations. He has been fortunate to judge competitions as the ICU Pan American competition (2017-2022), ICU World of School Championship (2018-2019), ICU World Championship (2021-2022) as well as a Cheerleading Worlds legality official in 2022. Everth designed, developed, and has supported the Colombian Cheerleading Federation in creating curriculum for judges education and providing judges training since 2017.
Andre Carter is the USASF Director of Cheer Rules and the Level 7 Credentialing Leader. Andre is also a member of the USASF Rules and Worlds Judge Selection Committees. Andre was formerly an Instructor for the International Cheer Union, the Director of Education for the USASF, the Assistant Director of Rules, Safety, and Judging for the USASF, and served on the USASF Athlete Registration System Technology Team. In addition, Andre has worked for a major event producer, cheer music production company, and camp and choreography company. Andre has experience with All Star, High School and College championships and has judged for companies in the United States, as well as in Australia, Costa Rica, Chile, and England. Andre has also served as a legality official at Worlds and multiple all level end of season events.
Orry Clayborne has been safety certified through the USASF for 15 years. He is a former cheerleader for the University of Tennessee and was on the UCA Summer Camp Staff for 18 years. He has had the pleasure of judging numerous Worlds Bid Events in the US as well as international events in the UK, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Germany, and the UK.
Kristi Boaz Harr is a former cheerleader for the University of Houston where she won two NCA Collegiate National Titles. She is a USASF Certified Legality Official and judges The Cheerleading Worlds and ICU World Cheerleading Championships. She has 20 years of judging experience at international, national and regional competitions.
Amanda Fairhall has been involved in cheerleading in the U.K. for over 30 years. She has been a member of the USASF & IASF Cheer Rules committee for over a decade. In her current role with Future Cheer, she looks after 18 events per season in the U.K., Spain, France, and Amsterdam, overseeing all aspects of scoring for cheer and dance. Amanda has judged all over the U.K., Ireland, Germany, Malaysia, Australia and at ICU worlds and The Summit. She regularly works as part of the legality officials’ team at USASF & IASF Cheerleading Worlds. Amanda is excited to be able to return to Orlando for The USASF & IASF Cheerleading Worlds this April!
Khris Franklin is on his 23rd season judging and his 10th year to be a World’s judge as either a building or safety judge. He has judged for more than a dozen event producers across seven different countries. Besides judging, the majority of his cheerleading experience comes in the world of college cheerleading. Khris was fortunate enough to be a cheerleader and coach at Stephen F. Austin before coaching with the San Antonio Spurs and now with Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC), Go Cards!
Mary Celeste Johnson has 25 years of experience in the cheerleading industry. Her roles over the years have included being a club owner, All Star Director, consultant, judge, and speaker. She is a USASF Certified Legality Official since 2009 and was part of USASF Mentoring Program in 2012. Celest has served as the NACCC Executive Committee Southwest Region Representative from 2013 to 2015 and served two full terms with the NACCC Small Gym Committee and the USASF Disciplinary Committee. Currently, Celest is one of the USASF’s Member Support Specialists. In addition to her USASF roles, she judges for several Varsity All Star brands. For the last 10 years, she’s judged NCA All Star Nationals and most of the southwest region’s World Bid Events.
Melissa Moisan has 28 years of experience in the cheerleading industry. She spent 15 years as a coach and instructor and the last 20 years judging throughout Canada, USA and Europe, having judged internationally since 2013. Melissa spent 9 years as the Technical Director with the Quebec Cheerleading Federation. In this role she had various mandates to insure the safe practice of cheerleading. She oversaw the creation of judges and coaches training and certifications, coordinated judges and staff, implemented security and safety guidelines for practicing cheerleading and for event sanctioning. Melissa is a legality and panel certified judge, and she is currently a member of Cheer Canada. She was involved in the creation of the Cheer Canada Federation; also participated in the development of the scoring system and the judge’s methodology and tools. Melissa is very honored to participate as a legality judge for The 2023 USASF/IASF Cheerleading Worlds.
Colombian judge living in Mexico, Cèsar Montealegre has collaborated with multiple Latin American Federations such as Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Chile, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Colombia helping them with their judges training and coaches education. He has also judged multiple events in countries such as Brazil, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexico, and Chile. Cèsar completed the Red Medallion for Cheer and Dance and the Black Medallion for Cheer provided by the ICU. He’s a member of the Colombian Judges Committee, and a member of the IASF Dance Rules Committee, where helps the IASF with the translation of its documents into Spanish and French.
Ian Pudge has been a USASF Certified Legalities/Safety Official extensively through Canada and the U.S., as well as Australia (AASCF) and England (FutureCheer). He has judged The Cheerleading Worlds on multiple occasions, as well as National Championships and World Bid events for a wide variety of event producers. Originally from Toronto, Ontario he currently lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Eric Rodriguez is a certified USASF/IASF Legality Official. Over 25 years of his life has been dedicated to All Star, college, and school cheerleading. His combined experience as an athlete, coach, choreographer, and judge has led him to judge many of the national and world bid events across the world including NCA, UCA, CHEERSPORT, Spirit Sports, Athletic Championships, Encore, Cheer America, JAMZ Nationals, CCC Nationals, JAMfest Super Nationals, Future Cheer (United Kingdom), AASCF (Australia), Costa Rica, ATC International, Varsity Canada, International Summit, D2 Summit, The Summit, and ICU. This is his 9th year judging The Cheerleading Worlds.
Nicole Rollins is a veteran judge with more than a decade of experience as a legality official. She began her cheerleading career at a young age and competed at the school, All Star, and college levels winning several national championships. As a coach and choreographer, she has had teams win on the U.S. stage, as well. She began judging as a USASF Certified Legality Official in 2008 working regional competitions. Soon after, she was working prestigious U.S. nationals including JAMfest, CHEERSPORT, Spirit Sports, UCA, and NCA All-star. She is also IASF certified and has been judging international teams the last several years. Nicole is a veteran Worlds legality official and excited to be back at the world’s biggest cheerleading event.
Charles Taylor III is a former member of the San Antonio Spurs Coyote Crew. He attended the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX where he later coached both the Large and Small Coed teams. With over 20 years of experience, he has had a full career in cheer and dance as an athlete, coach, gym owner and event producer, earning numerous awards and titles along the way. He is a USASF and IASF Certified Legality Official in both Cheer and Dance. He has had the privilege of serving as a judge for many prestigious competitions in North America, South America, Europe and Australia including the ICU World Championships and The Cheerleading Worlds.
Jason Trost has over 15 years of experience in the cheerleading industry as both a coach and a judge and has had the opportunity to work with many of the top events in the country for multiple years, as well as internationally. This is Jason’s 11th season as a USASF Legality Official and his fifth year at The Cheerleading Worlds. Jason’s full-time work is in learning and development for EY based in Charlotte, NC.
Christopher Turner is excited to be returning this year to the USASF/IASF World Championships as a Legality Official, and previously as a Worlds panel judge. He has worked professionally in the industry as an official for the past 17 years. Christopher regularly judges across the United States, as well as throughout Canada and the United Kingdom. Christopher’s experience in the cheerleading industry also includes coaching and choreography at the high school and collegiate level. In addition to his passion for cheerleading, he enjoys spending time with his family, and thanks them for supporting him in this passion! Christopher sends good luck to all teams competing this year at the USASF/IASF Cheerleading World Championship!
Ryan Turner has judged for The USASF/IASF Cheerleading Worlds since 2013. Ryan has also served as a legality official at the ICU World Championship. He has judged all over the United States and has served as a judge and scoring official for Varsity’s DI and DII Summits, NCA All-Star, UCA and CHEERSPORT Nationals. Additionally, Ryan has judged internationally in Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada and Mexico. In addition to judging, Ryan has been a guest speaker at cheerleading conferences in both Australia and the United Kingdom. Ryan cheered at the University of Colorado and for the NBA Denver Nuggets and performed in the Broadway National Tour of Legally Blonde the Musical.
Harold Williams has been in the All Star Cheerleading industry for over 25 years. Originally from Atlanta, he now resides in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, where he’s coaching at Florida Triple Threat All-Stars. Harold began his cheerleading career cheering for Georgia All-Stars. Later he went on to cheer in college at Morris Brown. There he had the opportunity to be in the hit movie “Drumline”. In 2010, he won The USASF Cheerleading Worlds Championship in the International Open Coed division. Nowadays, his weekends are filled with judging safety for USASF Sanctioned Competitions during the All Star season, and doing camps and choreography during the off season.