Meet The Judges

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Joshua Anderson

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Brianna Bell

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Mark Bond

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Tiffany Bryant

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Opal Bush

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Denise Buzzinotti

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Candice Childers

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Jessica Christian

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Madiha Corning

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Erin Davis

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Sheila Dawson

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Jeannette DeGraffenried

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Emily Ferrell

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Erin Gardner

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Courtney Hansen

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Britney Holder

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Derek Hopkins

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Jordawn Howard

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Heather Jeffries

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Lisa Knipp

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Charles Leathers III

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Lance Logan

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Randy Lyons

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Stephanie Maciaszek

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Rebecca Mason

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Katie Morgan

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Carlos Munoz

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Joseph Murphy

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Erica Neal

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Brandon Norbeck

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Heather O’Brien

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Tam Pham

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Jodi Powell

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Travis Prior

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Christina Rheault

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Kyle Schmitt

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Tricia Schramm

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Greta Sherwood

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Kristen Shook

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Shawn Simmons

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Tiffany Smith

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Karen Snyder

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Susan Stavas

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Karen Stearns

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Travis Stokes

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Teri Thomas

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Joyce Whitaker

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Rosann Whittington

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Shawndra Winter

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Joshua Anderson

Joshua Anderson has been in the cheer industry as a cheerleader, choreographer and judge for more than 25 years. After securing power tumbling titles, Joshua continued his passion through cheerleading. Some highlights include individual national titles, cheering for Illinois State University, and he was the spirit coordinator and 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 for a variety of Varsity, independent, and international cheerleading competition companies. He is a Varsity-certified judge and has served as a USASF judge for The Cheerleading Worlds for many years.

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Brianna Bell

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 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 including Allstar Challenge, American Championships, CANAM, Champions League, CheerSport, JAMfest, JAMZ, NCA, Spirit Cheer, UCA and Universal Spirit. 2021 marks Brianna’s fourth time serving as a panel judge for The Cheerleading Worlds.

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Mark Bond

Mark Bond has been involved in the cheerleading world for more than 35 years as an athlete, coach, choreographer and judge. He is a graduate of Fairmont State University where he cheered for four years and was an NCA Collegiate All-American. He later received his Masters degree from West Virginia University. He is a former NCA head instructor, teaching camps from 1988-2000. Mark has coached all levels of cheerleading in both the school and All Star setting. He has judged across the United States in Canada and the UK. This is his seventh year judging The Cheerleading Worlds. Mark currently resides in West Virginia where he is an elementary library/media specialist.

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Tiffany Bryant

Tiffany Bryant has been an international judge for several federations and a Cheerleading World’s judge since 2008, serving in the capacity of mini-head judge as well as a cheer panel judge. She has adjudicated for several IEPs, including Cheer & Dance Extreme and JAMZ, as well as many Varsity brand companies: Spirit Celebration, NCA and ACA. During her more than 20 years in the industry, Tiffany has performed panel/head/safety duties for All Star, while enjoying the enthusiasm and judging for Virginia, Maryland and Delaware high school cheerleading. Tiffany resides in Northern Virginia, has been an elementary school counselor for 26 years and is excited to be a part of The Cheerleading Worlds 2021.

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Opal Bush

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 more than 20 years of experience in the industry as a choreographer, coach and judge. Opal has judged The Cheerleading Worlds, The Summit and The D2 Summit. She also is a certified managerial coach and works with MBA students at Kennesaw State University. Opal has received many awards and accolades on a local, state and national level. She was named “Woman of the Year,” from the Cobb County Service Council and received the “Outstanding Service Award” from Georgia’s Women’s Council. She also is a former University of Alabama homecoming queen.

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Denise Buzzinotti

Denise Buzinotti, a 10-time judge for The Cheerleading Worlds and a judge for The Summit and D2 Summit, is a very happy and experienced cheer judge. For more than 30 years, she has been involved in the cheerleading industry as a competitor, coach, consultant, keynote speaker, subjective judge, safety judge and head judge. Denise has been blessed to judge national, international and Worlds bid-qualifying cheerleading competitions for many of the top cheerleading companies across the world — from Disney World to Chile. Denise is proud and honored to be the inaugural recipient of the Varsity All Star Honor and Legacy Award.

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Candice Childers

Candi Childers is from Lincoln, AL, and has been involved in judging cheerleading for more than 37 years on the state, national and international levels. She has worked with more than 40 different event producers and state associations. Within the past few years she has worked several events in Chile, Australia, Canada, England and Scotland. Candi has been a panel judge and/or a head judge on a Worlds panel every year since 2006. She has served on a panel of the Cheerleading Summit and D2 Summit since their inception. She is the proud recipient of the SITA Most Outstanding Cheer Judge and the 2019 Varsity Legacy Award. Candi has been married to her best friend Tom for 40 years!

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Jessica Christian

Jessi Christian has been involved in the cheerleading industry for more than 30 years as a competitor, instructor, coach, choreographer and judge. She has been a cheerleading/dance judge for 20 years for various companies. She has judged national competitions for NCA, USA and ACA, as well as AASCF Nationals in Australia and in Mexico City for ONP. She spent 10 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 seven years. She helped produce Varsity halftime shows for the Sparx, Clippers and 49’ers, as well as the Pro-Bowl halftime show in Honolulu, HI.

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Madiha Corning

Madiha Corning is excited to return to this prestigious Worlds event. She enjoys the opportunity to judge both nationally and internationally as well as maintaining involvement in school, college and All Star cheerleading. When not on panel or working in the cheerleading world, Madiha enjoys her time at home with her boys.

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Erin Davis

Erin Davis has been involved in competitive cheerleading since 1999. She attended Florida State University where she cheered on the all-girl competition team and then became involved in coaching competitive All Star cheerleading. She coached All Star for eight years before turning her focus to judging. Erin has been judging for the past 10 years, serving as a panel judge, Accuscore official and judge stand director for Varsity Brand events. She also has received the prestigious honor of judging at The Cheerleading Worlds, Summit and D2 Summit.

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Sheila Dawson

Sheila Dawson has more than 25 years of experience as a spirit industry consultant and has served as a judge and scoring official. She has had the honor to judge prestigious events throughout the industry including The Cheerleading Worlds, Majors, NCA, JAMFest Cheer Super Nationals, The Summit and U.S. Finals. Sheila has also judged throughout Europe, Japan, Canada and South America. Sheila has coached All Star cheerleading and has served as a collegiate head cheer and dance coach in Oklahoma. Sheila has received numerous awards during her tenure as a judge including JAMBrands head judge of the Year and Varsity’s Most Dedicated Judge of the Year in 2018 and 2019.

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Jeannette DeGraffenried

Jeannette Degraffenried has more than 23 years of experience in judging. She has judged The Cheerleading Worlds for the past four years. She has judged for USA, NCA, UCA, ACA, PacWest, American Championships, CheerSport and JAMZ. Jeannette has had the opportunity to go to Japan, New Zealand, Australia and Mexico to judge their cheer nationals. She cheered at Weber State University and at Utah Valley State College where she was captain her second year. Jeannette 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 more than 24 yrs. She was a cheer head instructor and has helped choreograph for NFL halftime shows. Jeannette also received USA’s Rookie of the Year award. She is also the proud mother of four beautiful children!

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Emily Ferrell

Emily Ferrell is a Florida native and found her love for dance at the age of 3. While studying ballet and jazz for 17 years, she also cheered in middle and high school. Emily was a four-time high school UCA All-Star and was selected to participate in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City as well as the New Year’s Day parade in London. Emily took her knowledge of cheer and dance and began doing choreography for All Star teams. Emily graduated in 2008 from Saint Leo University with a bachelor’s n business management. She moved to Atlanta, GA, in 2011 and is currently a senior director in logistics and supply chain, specializing in project management and disaster relief. She is in her 11th year of judging and has previously judged The Cheerleading Worlds, The Summit, and is also an AccuScore representative for various Varsity Brands. Emily was selected as Varsity’s Perfect Partner recipient for the 2017-2018 season.

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Erin Gardner

Erin Gardner has been involved in the cheerleading and dance industry for more than 30 years. She started as an All Star cheerleader and continued her career into the professional level with the Baltimore Ravens. Erin was also a technically trained dancer starting at the age of 2 and performed with a semi-professional company throughout high school. Upon graduation, Erin coached and choreographed for national champion recrecational, school, and All Star teams all more than the country, and continued her passion by becoming a judge. She is USASF Cheer and Dance Safety certified, and judges for companies including Cheer and Dance Extreme, Future Cheer UK, Cheer America and Varsity. Erin holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing, currently works for the U.S. Army, and is married with two beautiful children.

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Courtney Hansen

Courtney Hansen has been involved in the cheerleading industry for more than 25 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 19 years. She has also judged many prestigious All Star events for NCA, UCA, ACA, JAMZ, American Championships and The Summit. Courtney had the opportunity to judge internationally at the USA Championships in Japan and ONP Nationals in Mexico City. She also has judged The Cheerleading Worlds since 2015.

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Britney Holder

Britney Holder has been involved in the cheer and dance industry for more than 18 years with coaching and choreography experience. Her passion for the sport and art began at a young age as a competitive gymnast and dancer. 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 previous years, Britney has trained with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and has worked with several competitive All Star cheerleading teams with Tennessee. Britney was granted the opportunity during 2018 and 2019 to travel to the United Kingdom where she served as a judge for Future Cheer Internationals. As an AACA certified coach, Britney has coached The Tennessee State University Coed Cheerleading teams for the past six years. Britney also has proudly served as a judge during the 2018 and 2019 Cheerleading Worlds.

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Derek Hopkins

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 two years, leading his teams to multiple National Championships. Since coaching, Derek has judged for many USASF-affiliated companies. His 27 years of judging experience include All-Star Challenge, American Championships, Athletic Championships, CANAM, Champion Cup Nationals, CheerNation, CheerSport, JamFest, OneUp, Spirit Sports, UCA, Universal Spirit, and WSF. 2021 marks Derek’s 13th year serving as a panel judge for The Cheerleading Worlds.

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Jordawn Howard

Jordawn Howard is a former cheerleader at the University of Louisville where she was an NCA staff instructor for three years, a four-time Collegiate All-American and a two-time Collegiate National Champion. She also competed and earned the title of World Champion at the 2007 Cheerleading Worlds Championship. Jordawn has judged many events at the national and international levels including the Cheerleading World Championships as well as events in Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan and Chile.

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Heather Jeffries

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, The Cheerleading Worlds, The Summit, D2 Summit, US Finals, Champion Spirit Group, WSF, Athletic Championships, NCA, CheerSport, JamFest, Encore, OneUp, Cheer Montreal, CheerExpo Canada, Spirit of Hope, All Out, SpiritFest, Double Down and American Championships. She owned an All Star cheer and dance gym for three years in Tennessee. Heather is in her first season as the head coach for West Creek High School in Clarksville, TN. Heather has worked 16 years as a certified social worker for the State of Tennessee and has a master’s of ublic administration and master’s of social work.

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Lisa Knipp

Lisa Knipp has been coaching and judging within the cheerleading industry for more than 30 years. While a student at Indiana University, she was active in dance and transitioned into cheerleading upon graduation. Under Lisa’s leadership, the cheerleading programs at Indianapolis North Central High School and Carmel High School earned numerous conference, local, state, regional and national titles. Most recently, Coach Knipp’s teams secured two Indiana State Championship titles. The Indiana Coach of the Year award remains one of Lisa’s most coveted career accomplishments, as have her opportunities to judge for the Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation, ACA, British Cheerleading Association, CheerSport, Cheer America, COA, JamFest, NCA, UCA, USA, Universal Spirit, The Summit, D2Summit and The Cheerleading Worlds. Lisa is also honored to serve as a charter member of USA Cheer’s Cheer Coaches and Administrators Assembly.

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Charles Leathers III

Charles Leathers III is an energetic cheer professional with more than 19 years of experience in the industry. His love of the sport began as an All Star and high school cheerleader. He then went on to teach summer camps and cheer at the college level for The University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Charles has worked for Edge Cheer & Dance as director of choreography and curriculum. During his time with Edge, he has won many regional, state and national titles with various programs ranging from junior high, high school, All Star and college. He is now a platinum choreographer for NCA and serves as the coach and choreographer for the North Carolina All-State team. As a Varsity-certified All Star judge, Charles has judged for WSF, The American Championships, NCA, UCA, CheerSport, Athletic Championships, Encore, The Summit, D2 Summit and The Cheerleading Worlds.

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Lance Logan

Lance Logan has been involved in cheerleading for the past 20 years as a cheerleader, instructor, coach and adjudicator. Lance was a panel judge at 2013-2019 Cheerleading Worlds. He has adjudicated internationally for Canadian Cheer Evolution (Regional, National, and Worlds Bid), the British Cheerleading Association (National), and le Fédération de Cheerleading du Québec (National). Additionally, Lance has judged regional, national and Worlds bid events for All Star Challenge, Champion Cheer Central, Cheer & Dance Extreme, Cheer Ltd., CheerSport, National Cheerleaders Association and Universal Spirit as a safety, panel and head Judge. From 2010-2015, Lance served as the Virginia High School League Northern Region Cheerleading commissioner, where he conducted and coordinated judges training throughout the state. He cheered at George Mason University and professionally as a member of the NFL Baltimore Ravens coed cheerleading team.

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Randy Lyons

Randy Lyons has been involved with cheerleading for more than 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, and was named a College All-American cheerleader by the National Cheerleaders Association. Randy has coached and choreographed routines for high schools, universities, and All Stars, winning choreography awards at national competitions. He was a head instructor for the National Cheerleaders Association. Randy judges multiple national level competitions across Europe and the U.S., and has been a judge at the USASF/IASF Cheerleading Worlds for the past 10 years. Randy is currently the senior director of Technology- North America for Nike, Inc. and lives in Portland, OR.

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Stephanie Maciaszek

Stephanie Mason is from Augusta, GA, and has more than 25 years of experience in the cheerleading industry. She 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 more than the years that include: NCA, UCA, Spirit Cheer, All Star Challenge, CheerSport, Jams, Summit and Worlds. On weekends when she is not judging, she and her husband are busy with their two children traveling to either dance competitions or baseball tournaments.

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Rebecca Mason

Becca Mason has been involved with the United Spirit Association for the last 24 years, and has been judging regional and national cheer and dance competitions for 20 years. Becca has cheered and danced for more than 25 years, and has competed nationally as an All Star, and at the collegiate level, in both. She has judged several years for The Cheerleading Worlds, traveled to Japan to judge USA Japan Nationals, twice to Mexico City as a judge for ONP Nationals, and has also had the opportunity to judge for the Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation for their Winterfest, National Championships and The Pinnacle.

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Katie Morgan

Katie Morgan, originally from Michigan, now resides in Tuscaloosa, AL. She cheered for Plymouth-Salem High School from 2000-2004, finishing in the top 10 all four years at UCA’s High School Championship. Katie competed and qualified for partner stunts 2002-2004. She cheered at the University of Alabama from 2004-2007 and began judging and coaching in 2006. She has judged on the High School and All star levels for both UCA and NCA, along with UCA College Nationals.

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Carlos Munoz

Carlos Munoz, from Dallas, TX, currently works for Varsity Spirit Fashions. He’s the former National Director of Competitions for UCA/UDA, UCA All Star and assists as a choreographer for UCA/UDA & NCA leadership summer material. He has choreographed for the University of Kentucky Pom Team, 2019 Russian Dance Team, 2015 NDA National Pom Champions United Middle School Dance Team. Carlos has 29 years of cheer/dance experience and served as a UCA instructor for 20 years. Carlos has judged competitions for UCA/UDA, USA, All Star Challenge, ACA, NCA/NDA at the collegiate, high school and All Star levels, in the U.S., Puerto Rico and internationally.

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Joseph Murphy

Joe Murphy been judging competitive cheerleading for more than 25 years. He has coached gymnastics for more than 15 years and has been involved with cheerleading for some 29 years. He has coached cheerleading at many levels and cheered for The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He currently judges All Star cheer for many brands including CheerSport ,UCA , Allstar Challenge, Spirit Xpress, Universal Spirit and Cheer Ltd and has judged for The Summit and Cheerleading Worlds. He has also judged internationally in both the UK and Chile.

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Erica Neal

Erica Neal is from Lancaster, OH, and has more than 27 years of cheerleading experience as an athlete, choreographer, coach and judge. 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 Varsity. She has judged internationally in Chile, Canada and England. This is her sixth year judging The Cheerleading Worlds.

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Brandon Norbeck

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 more than 20 years in the industry as a coach, choreographer and judge at all levels including high school, college and All Star. He began cheerleading in high school and continued to cheer in college where he attended 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 during his 10 years of judging include 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 nine years.

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Heather O’Brien

Heather O’Brien has been involved in the cheerleading industry for more than 20 years as an athlete, coach and judge. Safety-certified in both cheer and dance through USASF, she’s had the pleasure of working for amazing companies such as Cheer and Dance Extreme, Cheer Champion Central and JAMZ and loves the experiences they create for the athletes at their events. Outside of cheerleading, Heather is a special education teacher and mom of three fantastic boys. She gives huge praise to the cheerleading industry for the creative and safe measures they followed to make this season possible.

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Tam Pham

Tam Pham has been involved in the cheerleading industry for more than 20 years as an athlete, instructor and judge. Her experience as a judge has lead her to opportunities not only in the United States but also in Australia, Canada, Japan and the United Kingdom. She has judged at multiple Worlds-qualifying events, within the Uniteid States and internationally, and has been a part of the prestigious panel at The Cheerleading Worlds since 2016. She travels to Australia on a regular basis to join their expert panel of judges throughout the season. When Tam is not involved with cheerleading she is a registered dental hygienist.

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Jodi Powell

Jodi Powell has been involved with all levels of cheerleading for 30 years. She started and ran Plantation Allstars and Power Allstars. She also coached at Elite Cheer and Dance (now Miami Elite). Jodi coached at American Heritage High School in Plantation, FL, and ran Plantation Athletic League for 15 years with more than 200 kids. She has served as a judge for both regional and national events for nearly 20 years.

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Travis Prior

Travis Prior has been involved in the cheerleading and dance industry for the last 34 years as a participant, coach, choreographer, judge and consultant. He has coached school, All Star and college cheerleading. He has worked in cheerleading in many countries and on three continents, winning national titles in the United States, Denmark, Spain and England. His judging experience has led him to be selected for the last 11 Cheerleading Worlds Championships, as well as many well-reputed national and international events for numerous companies. He is the owner of Flip and Shout Competitions hosting events in Colorado. He has helped to develop and implement an All Star scoring system for the British Cheerleading Association and continues to train judges in Britain. He is also a freelance rugby photographer, traveling the world to capture another amazing sport.

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Christina Rheault

Christina Rheault is a four-time official at the USASF Cheerleading Worlds. She has experience as an athlete, coach and judge for school, college and All Star cheer and dance. She has judged Worlds bid events for multiple event producers including NCA, CheerSport, WSF, Spirit Sports, The EPIC Brands, Cheer & Dance Extreme and other companies under the Varsity All Star brand. She also has had the opportunity to judge in Cartagena, Colombia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, the BCA Nationals in Telford, England, and the Future Cheer Nationals in Bournemouth, England. During the 2020-21 season, Christina worked live and virtual events, including events for AASCF in Australia. As a panel judge and a USASF-certified legality official, she has dedicated more than 25 years to the cheer and dance industry.

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Kyle Schmitt

Kyle Schmitt has 16 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. Throughout her career Kyle has received awards for Varsity’s Best All Around Judge of the Year in 2018 and 2019. In her spare time, she practices law in South Florida.

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Tricia Schramm

Tricia Schramm’s passion for cheer started at an early age with highlights including: captain and coach at Western Illinois University, Dynamic Cheerleaders Association camp director, and as coach/choreographer for All Star, prep and school teams. Since 2006 Tricia has dedicated her time to judging, sharing her knowledge and expertise as a panel, safety, and head judge in the U.S., Canada and Australia including; The Summit, Cheer America, Jamfest, The Majors, GLCC, US Finals, Spirit Cheer, PacWest, ACP, NCA, UCA, GSSA, USA, ACA, Canadian Cheer and AASCF. She has served as a judge at The Cheerleading Worlds since 2014.

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Greta Sherwood

Greta Sherwood has panel judged for the The Cheerleading Worlds since 2010, bringing more than 25 years of cheerleading experience as a judge, coach, choreographer and athlete. He attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte competing with the Varsity squad for four years. She has judged for numerous companies all more than 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 United Kingdom. Greta is a mother of two land lives in Cornelius, NC.

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Kristen Shook

Kristen Shook attended Clemson University where she was a member of the coed cheerleading team and then the Rally Cats dance team. In graduate school, she cheered on the first-ever all-girl squad for the Tigers. Kristen was a UCA camp instructor and later an assistant coach at Clemson for two years. For the past 13 years, Kristen has spent her weekends judging a large variety of cheer and dance competitions across the united States and abroad including the United Kingdom, Chile and Canada. Kristen has served as a panel judge for The Cheerleading Worlds every season since 2014. Professionally, Kristen is a pharmaceutical marketer for GlaxoSmithKline.

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Shawn Simmons

Shawn Simmons is a seasoned judge, who has judged at international and national events including ONP National Championships, CBCD National Championships, The Summit, D2 Summit, NCA All Star Nationals, CheerSport and other major U.S. events. Shawn is a current USASF Connection Leader and former member of the USASF National Advisory Board. He holds two master’s degrees and works as a marketing manager.

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Tiffany Smith

Tiffany Smith has been involved in the cheerleading industry for more than 25 years as a competitor, coach and judge, transitioning from competitive gymnastics. She has experience with All Star, collegiate, high school and recreational cheerleading. Tiffany has served as head judge, panel judge, scoring representative/AccuScore, and safety judge for state, national and international competitions. She has been judging for the past 16 years. Outside of judging, Tiffany spends her time directing a gymnastics program.

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Karen Snyder

Karen Snyder is a cheerleading professional with more than 30 years of experience as an athlete, coach, All Star gym owner, choreographer, consultant and judge. For the past 12 years she has had the privilege to judge throughout the United States, Europe and Canada. She has served as panel judge, head judge, stand manager and scoring official. She received an award in 2016, voted by her peers, as one of Jambrands best scoring representatives and was awarded “Perfect Judging Partner” in 2019 through Varsity All Stars. She has judged The Majors since its inception and has been honored to judge The Cheerleading Worlds since 2013.

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Susan Stavas

Suzi Stavas is a Varsity-certified judge from Beaverton, OR. She has more than 30 years experience as an athlete, coach and judge at the high school and All Star levels. 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 OCCA Coach of the Year, NFHS Region 8 Coach of the Year, OCCA Member of the Year and she was inducted into the OCCA 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 cheerleading camps, clinics and choreography for high school teams throughout Oregon and Washington.

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Karen Stearns

Karen Stearns is a resident of Plantation, FL, where she is the athletic director for American Heritage overseeing 19 different sports. She has more than 30 years of cheerleading experience coaching All Stars, high school and as a gym director. Karen has judged several national competitions throughout the United States, Canada and Europe for companies including CheerSport, Universal Spirit, ICC, American Championships, Cheer Ltd., Cheer Expo, The FCQ, Champion Spirit Group, US Finals, Summit and The Cheerleading Worlds.

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Travis Stokes

Travis Stokes has more than 25 years of experience as a cheerleader, coach, consultant, choreographer, camp instructor and judge. As a former cheer athlete, Travis has sideline and competition experience at the high school, collegiate and All Star levels. Travis holds multiple national championship titles as an athlete and both a bronze and silver medal from The Cheerleading Worlds. With 13 years of judging experience, Travis also has trained more than 1000 athletes with more than five years of coaching and choreography experience. He is a former member of the USASF field staff and he is certified the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches & Administrators. Currently, Travis holds both a bachelor’s and master’s in public administration from Florida International University and he is pursuing a doctoral degree in education with a concentration in organizational leadership at the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education at Nova Southeastern University.

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Teri Thomas

Teri Thomas is a Lexington, KY, native with more than 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 in public health. Teri also coached at Louisville Male High School and Kentucky Elite; guiding them to many state and ntional 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 the National High School Cheerleading Championships. Her success on the judge’s panel also led her to judging internationally in the United Kingdom.

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Joyce Whitaker

Joyce Whitaker is an experienced judge with more than 30 years experience providing constructive evaluations and critiques at regional, national, international cheer and dance competitive events to enhance the sport and enrich the lives of young people in their pursuit of their performance goals. Her vast knowledge includes youth, school, All Star, collegiate and international scoring categories with a concentration in cheer overall, building, tumbling categories and dance technical skills and choreography categories. Joyce has judged for numerous brands throughout her tenure to include The Cheerleading Worlds. She is a collegiate coach and has more than 25 years of sports management experience.

A Wright State University graduate, she is also a former collegiate coed cheerleader. Whitaker is certified with the USA Cheer and American Association of Cheerleaders, a Varsity-certified judge professional, human resources professional with both SHRM and the HRCI organizations. Joyce lives in Dayton with her husband Lee, and has two daughters, Lauren and Jordan.

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Rosann Whittington

Rosann Whittington brings more than 30 years of experience to the cheerleading industry including her roles as a gymnast, cheerleader, coach and judge. As a former coach and choreographer at the All Star, high school and collegiate levels, she has earned numerous state and national titles. Rosann has judged independently and for a variety of Varsity brands. She has also judged internationally and has knowledge of various scoring systems. Rosann’s years of experience as a panel judge have provided her with extensive knowledge in tumbling and more overall categories. Some prestigious events Rosann has had the honor of panel judging for include CheerSport, NCA All Star and High School Nationals, The Summit and D2 Summit. Rosann was named as one of Varsity’s All Star Top Honors and Standout judges for the 2019-2020 Season.

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Shawndra Winter

Shawndra Winter, a former athlete, program director, All Star and collegiate coach, has been progressively responsible for nearly all aspects of cheerleading and youth sports programs. She has coached and provided choreography for competitive squads at the All Star, recreational, high school and collegiate levels including gymnastics, power tumbling and trampoline (Level 1-7). She has had the joy and privilege of judging internationally for the past five years and serving as a judge for The Cheerleading Worlds since 2007. Shawndra has a master’s in education and organizational development and works as a corporate trainer in the healthcare industry. She believes the leadership skills, resiliency and personal development acquired in organized sports and youth programs are foundational to building strong, healthy and successful communities across the globe.

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Scott Bouchard

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Dana Fielding

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Andrei Grier

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Cheryl Moon

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Tiffany Releford

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Allison Stallings

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Alison Stangle

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Jodi Sweet

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Amy Tyler

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Heather Ward

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Harmony Webb

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Scott Williams

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Scott Bouchard

Scott Bouchard is the former head coach for the five-time NCA Division II/III All-Girl National Championship Team from 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 USASF-certified legality official and judges numerous local, national and international All Star competitions, including The Cheerleading Worlds. In addition, he 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!

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Dana Fielding

Dana Fielding is the USASF associate director of Rules and the acting director of the IASF. She has been involved in cheerleading for more than 30 years and currently trains and tests all legality officials, oversees event legality tracking during the season and all video skill submissions for both the USASF and IASF. She is the head deduction and legality official for The Cheerleading Worlds.

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Andrei Grier

Andrei Grier is a former cheerleader at the University of South Carolina. He later served as head cheer coach at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for eight years and at the University of South Carolina for two years. Andrei is the former owner of Cheers’ All-Star Cheerleading gym in Rock Hill SC, where he coached many teams year after year to state and national titles. He is known for his award-winning choreography in cheer and dance. Andrei brings to the table 26 years of judging experience on a national level and is a 12-year veteran judge for The Cheerleading Worlds.

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Cheryl Moon

Cheryl Moon graduated from the University of Utah where she was a four-year member of the cheerleading squad. She has worked for the United Spirit Association for more than 30 years and has coached, choreographed, and judged squads at national and world events for many years. She has trained cheerleaders in the United States, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Cheryl helped to direct and produce halftime shows for the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Supersonics, Utah Jazz, Utah Starzz and the Denver Broncos. She is involved with the curriculum development and training of judges across the country and is a Cheer Rules Committee member for the USASF.

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Tiffany Releford

Tiffany Releford is a native of Columbia, MD, with more than 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 Baltimore Ravens, a National Football League team, for four years and was a Ravens 1999 Pro Bowl cheerleader (the team’s first), 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 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.

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Allison Stallings

Allison Stallings is a former competitive cheerleader from 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 20 years as a judge coordinator, scoring director, and customer service representative. She is honored for this to be her 15th year at The Cheerleading Worlds.

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Alison Stangle

Ali Stangle is the USASF executive director of Cheer Rules and Safety and the director of Scoring for The Cheerleading Worlds. Ali has been involved in cheer and dance for more than 25 years in a variety of roles including athlete, coach, judge, scoring director and event producer. She has helped write and train judges on scoring systems for multiple companies and organizations throughout the United States and internationally. She joined the USASF full time five years ago, after having served as the scoring director for The Epic Brands. Ali has been a part of The Cheerleading World Championship since 2010. She has a dual bachelor’s degree in education and math as well as a master’s in human services and counseling. She is originally from Syracuse, NY, but now resides in Maryland with her husband Matt and two sons Ethan and Brady.

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Jodi Sweet

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 more than 40 years. Jodi has judged and directed numerous competitions at the junior high, high school, All Star and college levels, both nationally and internationally, including the The Cheerleading Worlds consecutively from 2004-2019. She has judged regional and national competitions for USA, NCA, ACA, PacWest, WSF, Cheer Alliance, CheerSport and Organizacion Nacional de Porristas (ONP). Currently, Jodi works with USA Competition Staffing, Scoring and All Star Operations.

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Amy Tyler

Amy Tyler currently serves as the scoring director for the IASF. She has more than 25 years of experience in the All Star cheerleading industry in a variety of areas including coaching, judging, speaking, choreographing and as a gym owner for 18 years. A one-time president of the NACCC, Amy currently judges and officiates for many different companies. Over the past 15 years, she has worked The Cheerleading Worlds, NCA All Star Nationals, NCA College Nationals, UCA Nationals, JAMZ Nationals, Epic Brand Championships and CheerSport Nationals, amond others. Amy is the former Varsity All Star national scoring and judging director.

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Heather Ward

Heather Tucker Ward is a retired school administrator in North Carolina and earned her bachelor’s in school administration at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She’s a former Appalachian State University Cheerleader and has been involved more than the last 30 years in the cheerleading world as an athlete, coach, award-winning choreographer, gym manager and judge. She has judged for numerous companies such as The Cheerleading Worlds, TRU Triple Threat, The Majors, The Summit, All-Star Challenge Nationals, Spirit Xpress, American Championships, CheerSport Nationals, Cheer Ltd., JAMZ, Jamfest and UCA.

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Harmony Webb

Harmony Webb is from California and has been a summer camp instructor throughout the country. She is a former athlete, coach and judge in the industry for more than 17 years. She is trained in the computer scoring system used at most events and has helped ensure event accuracy in scoring. This is her second year to be a judge at The Cheerleading Worlds.

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Scott Williams

Scott Williams is the Varsity southeast region senior logistics coordinator and has been involved in cheerleading for 38 years. A graduate of Appalachian State University he holds a master’s 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.

Legality Judges

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Robin Bolden

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Jill Bugner

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Andre Carter

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Orry Clayborne

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Khristopher Franklin

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Brittany Hasseldeck

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Ian Pudge

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Eric Rodriguez

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Nicole Rollins

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Austin Seeley

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Charles Taylor III

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Jason Trost

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Christopher Turner

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Ryan Turner

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Harold Williams

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Robin Bolden

Robin Bolden from Atlanta, GA, has been in cheerleading for more than 25 years, including 15 years of All Star choreographing and coaching. She was a UCA head instructor for nine years. Robin was an NFHS technical judge-certified and is USASF certified legality official. She speaks at coaches’ conferences about safety rules and point deductions. Robin spoke at the Atlanta USASF National Meeting on behalf of the Inpendent Event Producers. She has been a routine judge for more than 15 years at the state, regional, national and international levels for several companies including UCA, International Cheer Alliance, GSSA and JAMfest. Robin specializes in safety and deduction judging for several companies including Jam Brands, Future Cheer, ATC, Canadian Cheer Evolution, NCA and AASCF. She has been on several Worlds bid-qualifying panels as a safety judge. Robin has participated in The Cheerleading Worlds as a legality judge since 2008. Robin has been nominated for Spirit Industry Trade Association (SITA) Outstanding Cheer Judge for 2010. Cheer Biz Magazine (FEB – MAR 2013 issue) 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.

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Jill Bugner

Jill Bugner has been a judge at The Cheerleading Worlds judge since 2017 and at national and regional events across the United States since 2014. Prior to judging, she was an All Star coach for eight years.

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Andre Carter

Andre Carter is the director of education and Level 7 credentialing team leader for the USASF and the founder of Spirit Company. Andre was formerly an instructor for the International Cheer Union, the assistant director of Rules, Safety, and Judging for the USASF, vice president of operations for All Things Cheer, and a director at Pure Energy Choreography, Go! Fight! Win! Music, and Deep South Spirit. In addition, Andre is a member of the USASF Rules Committee. Andre has also served on the USASF Athlete Registration System Technology Team and the USASF Worlds Judge Selection Committee. Andre was the co-founder and co-owner of Showtime Spirit in Lexington, KY, an assistant coach at George Mason University, the head coach at the University of Southern Mississippi, an assistant coach and cheerleader for the University of Kentucky, and a seven-year UCA staff member.

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Orry Clayborne

Orry Clayborne has been a USASF-certified legality office for 12 years. He is a former cheerleader for the University of Tennessee and has been on UCA staff for 15 years. He has judged numerous national and bid events and is currently the scoring director and event director for UCA All Star.

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Khristopher Franklin

Khristopher Franklin has 21 years of judging including the last 10 Worlds events. He has judged for several different event producers in the United States and internationally. His primary judging focus has been on building or safety. He has 15 years of coaching experience at college and high school levels, along with choreography, clinic and camp experience.

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Brittany Hasseldeck

Brittany Hasseldeck has 11 years of judging experience at the local, regional, national and international levels. has been USASF safety certified for nine years. She is a former UCA staff member where she taught and headed camps for eight years. She is a graduate of Marquette University where she was a member of their cheerleading team.

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Ian Pudge

Ian Pudge has been a USASF-certified legalities official extensively through the United States and internationally. He has judged the USASF Worlds on multiple occasions, as well as national championships and Worlds bid events for NCA, UCA, Cheer Power, Canadian Cheer Evolution, Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation, GSSA, ACA, Cheer America, Spirit Celebrations and CheerSport. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Ian now lives in Chicago, IL.

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Eric Rodriguez

Eric Rodriguez is a USASF-certified legality official. More than 20 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, Cheer Sport, Spirit Sports, Athletic Championships, Encore, Cheer America, JAMZ Nationals, Jamfest Super Nationals, Future Cheer (United Kingdom) , AASCF (Australia), Costa Rica, ATC International, Varsity Canada, International Summit, D2 Summit, and The Summit. This is Eric’s seventh year judging The Cheerleading Worlds.

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Nicole Rollins

Nicole Rollins is a 17 -year veteran with Varsity Brands and has worked for the company in many roles, including camp staff, choreographer and judge. She cheered competitively for 15 years at the school, All Star and collegiate levels. She graduated from the University of Memphis in 2007 where she competed on the nationally ranked coed team for four years and earned her bachelor’s in health and human performance. She has judged on the regional and national levels for school and All Star competitions since 2008 and been USASF safety certified since 2011.

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Austin Seeley

Austin Seeley has been in the All Star industry for some 20 years, since the age of 10 as a competitor, coach, judge and scoring official. He has had the privilege of traveling both nationally and internationally to serve in his many roles and has taught the scoring system throughout. He has worked in many roles but most recently as the regional judging coordinator of the Midwest Region. While involved in scoring, he’s been in charge of some of the largest events in the cheerleading industry, such as The Majors, JAMfest Cheer Super Nationals, CheerSport Nationals and The US Finals. This will be Austin’s second Cheerleading Worlds as a legality official. When Austin has free time, he enjoys going to the gym, performing in musical theatre, traveling and listening to Beyonce.

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Charles Taylor III

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 more than 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 USASF/IASF-certified legality judge for both cheer and dance. He has had the privilege of serving as a judge for many prestigious events in the USA, Europe, Australia, South America and New Zealand including The Cheerleading Worlds.

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Jason Trost

Jason Trost has more than 15 years of experience in the cheerleading industry as both a coach and a judge and has had the opportunity to work many of the top events in the country for multiple years. This is Jason’s ninth season as a USASF legality official and his fourth year at The Cheerleading Worlds. Full time, Jason works in learning and development for EY, based in Charlotte, NC.

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Christopher Turner

Christopher Turner has been judging internationally throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia for past 15 years. His judging experience includes judging for CheerSport, NCA, CSG, JAMZ, UCA, FCQ, British Cheerleading Association, and CUA Australia. In 2014 and 2015, Christopher was selected to judge The Cheerleading Worlds as a panel judge and has been selected from 2016-2021 to judge as a legality official. Christopher is excited to be back judging Worlds this year!

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Ryan Turner

Ryan Turner has judged at The Cheerleading Worlds since 2013. He is a USASF-certified legality official. Ryan cheered at the University of Colorado and professionally for the Denver Nuggets of the NBA. Ryan judges all more than the United States including for CheerSport, NCA and UCA Nationals, and for both the D1 and D2 Summits. Ryan also judges internationally for national and Worlds bid events in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. Ryan was awarded the 2019 Varsity All Star Excellence in Leadership Award. In addition to cheerleading, Ryan performed in the Broadway national tour of Legally Blonde the Musical.

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Harold Williams

Harold Williams has been in the All Star cheerleading industry for more than 20 years. Originally from Atlanta, he now resides in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, where he coaches at Florida Triple Threat All-Stars. Harold began his cheerleading career cheering for Georgia All-Stars before cheering in college at Morris Brown where he had the opportunity to be in the hit movie Drumline. In 2010, he won the The Cheerleading Worlds in the international open coed division. Nowadays, his weekends are filled with judging safety for USASF-sanctioned events during the All Star season and doing camps and choreography during the off season.

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Jeff Bailey

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Shanicia Boston

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Sara Francks

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Jolene Harris

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Lisa Hemmie

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Amy Howe

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Jeff Bailey

Jeff Bailey from Manhattan Beach, CA, is a Varsity-certified judge in the tumbling and overall categories. He has more than 30 years of experience in the industry as a judge, judge stand manager, event director, and coach. Jeff has had the opportunity to judge for numerous prominent Varsity brands, including the United Spirit Association (USA), The American Championships, GSSA, Aloha, Mid Atlantic Championships, and PacWest. Jeff has served as a judge at The Cheerleading Worlds for the past three years.

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Shanicia Boston

Shanicia Boston earned her accounting degree at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she also cheered. She has been involved in the cheerleading industry since leaving college as a coach, judge and event director. Currently, Shanicia is in her eighth year as a scoring official and is excited to be back at The Cheerleading Worlds.

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Sara Francks

Sara Francks has more than 25 years of cheerleading experience. She cheered for Brigham Young University where she was the captain and a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Board. She has been involved with the United Spirit Association for more than 20 years, 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 for multiple companies including USA, NCA, UCA, All Star Challenge, American Championships, Cheer LTD and Spirit Cheer. She is honored to have judged at The Cheerleading Worlds since 2008. Currently residing in Mendham, NJ, Sara is a mother to four beautiful girls and is the vice president of Operations for a world-leading hearing healthcare group.

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Jolene Harris

Jolene Harris has been involved with cheerleading for more than 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 more than 20 years. She has judged regional and national competitions for many companies, as well as at The Summit, D2 Summit and Worlds competitions. She loves traveling to Japan to judge the USA Japan National Cheerleading Competition and has provided training for their All Star judges.

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Lisa Hemmie

Lisa Hemmie has been in the spirit industry for more than 30 years as a gym 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 all the with all the major event producers, 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, USASF, NAYS and WHO safety certifications. Lisa resides in California as a working actor, a spirit industry consultant, founder of American Sports & Entertainment and as the COO for the Veterans of War Aid Foundation

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Amy Howe

Amy Howe is from Tulsa, OK. She has more than 30 years cheerleading experience as a cheerleader, coach and judge. Amy was a cheerleader at Oklahoma State University winning back-to-back NCA Collegiate National Championships. Amy is a long-time High School Coach in Oklahoma winning numerous State and National Championships. Amy judges school, college and All Star competitions all more than the country throughout the season. This is her 11th season of judging.

Deduction Judges

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Stephanie Baxter

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Shaud Broome

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Elizabeth Castagna

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Dean Cavero

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Kari Ganske

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Robert Garner

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Candice Gunn

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Nicole Haight

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Chantelle Johnston

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Amber Koster

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Julie Mihaljevic

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Tyler Phillips

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James Smith

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Stephanie Baxter

Stephanie Baxter started cheering at the age of 8 in Salt Lake City, UT. Stephanie cheered for the nationally ranked college team at Weber State University. In November 2010, she went to Tokyo 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 eight years. Additionally, Stephanie has judged The Cheerleading Worlds from 2017-2019. She has traveled multiple times to Mexico City to teach stunting clinics and judged the ONP Nationals. Stephanie was the coach of The University of Utah’s cheerleading team from 2015-2019. In July 2017 Stephanie traveled to Baotou China to work with children from throughout China to teach cheerleading skills and help develop cheerleading in China.

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Shaud Broome

Shaud Broome was raised in Sacramento, CA, and has been a part of the cheerleading industry for 14 years. This will be his second time judging at The Cheerleading Worlds and he’s had the privilege of judging other prestigious events such as The Summit, D2 Summit and NCA. Now living in New York City, Shaud embraces the city life and in his free time he enjoys going to the gym, cooking, and checking out new musical artists with his friends.

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Elizabeth Castagna

Elizabeth Castagna has been involved in the cheerleading industry for 24 years as an instructor, coach, speaker, choreographer and judge. She has judged for various brands across the United States including The Cheerleading Worlds, The Summit and NCA Allstar and College Nationals. Elizabeth has been a choreographer and show director for the Hula Bowl halftime show. She also has staffed the Varsity Spirit Spectacular for the past eight years. Elizabeth has a master’s degree in teacher of the handicapped and curriculum and instructor.

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Dean Cavero

Dean Cavero has been a part of the All Star and collegiate cheer industry as a competitor, coach and choreographer for more than 26 years. He has been blessed to have 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.

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Kari Ganske

Kari Ganske, a high school English/ESOL teacher, has been involved in cheerleading since 2002 as a coach, competition director, judge, and is 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 score review 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 Cheerleading Worlds judge for the fourth time. When she isn’t judging, Kari can be found chasing her children with a camera or reading.

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Robert Garner

Robert Garner is a former gymnast, yell leader and coach for the Wichita State University Spirit Squad. He is a former Collegiate All-American for the National Cheerleaders Association and performed in the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics. He has been adjudicating cheerleading and dance competitions for the past 25 years at the Varsity All Star, schools and collegiate levels. Robert has also adjudicated cheerleading championships in multiple countries. He is a graduate of Wichita State University with a dual degree in business administration and secondary education. He holds a master’s in educational administration. He worked for the Wichita Public Schools for nearly 30 years as a teacher, principal and executive director of secondary schools. Robert is currently the CEO/president of Youth Horizons in Wichita. Fun fact is that Robert loves to work out with his sons.

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Candice Gunn

Candice Gunn has been with cheerleading for more than 20 years. She started her cheerleading journey in high school which helped pave her way to cheer in college at Virginia Commonwealth University. She then began coaching a high school team in Virginia. She has been judging for more than 20 years. She really enjoys cheerleading and seeing the different routines across the country.

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Nicole Haight

Nicole has been involved in cheerleading and gymnastics for more than 35 years as an athlete, coach, gym manager and judge. She is USASF safety certified and has judged nationally for 15 years for numerous event producers. Nicole has been honored to judge The Cheerleading Worlds since 2008. She is a member of the Varsity All Star Fashion design team and resides in Charlotte, NC.

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Chantelle Johnston

Chantelle Johnston has been involved in the All Star industry for more than 20 years. Starting as a cheerleader and junior coach, she then led cheer camps all more than the nation for CTC and directed small regional events throughout Florida. Chantelle began working for The American Championships in 2005 starting as both a deductions and legality judge. In 2011 she was selected to manage arenas for The American Championships, Spirit Cheer, Mid Atlantic Championships, Aloha Spirit Championships and GSSA Championships. In 2016 Chantelle traveled to London to serve as a deductions judge at Future Cheer Internationals. In 2017 she served as a deductions judge at both The Summit and D2 Summit. This will be her fourth year as a deductions judge at The Cheerleading Worlds.

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Amber Koster

Amber Koster has been involved in the cheer and dance industry for more than 20 years as an athlete, coach, gym owner, judge and event producer. She is so excited to judge her third Cheerleading Worlds and wishes all the teams the best of luck!

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Julie Mihaljevic

Julie Mihaljevic has been involved in the cheerleading industry for 36 years. She coached at Synergy Elite All Stars in Lancaster Pennsylvania for nine years, where she earned numerous national titles. For the last 18 years, she has judged events for Advance Spirit Association, Cheer and Dance Extreme, Epic Brands, Mardi Gras Spirit, US Finals, All Star Challenge, Cheer Alliance, Canadian Cheer Evolution, Cheer Expo and BCA. She is excited to return to The Cheerleading Worlds for her 10th year.

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Tyler Phillips

Tyler Phillips is from Charlotte, NC, where he works in the Varsity Charlotte office, as the regional judging coordinator for the Southeast region. For multiple years Tyler was the camp director and more then saw camp operations for CheerSport’s Skills and Choreography Camps. Tyler is an active member of the Varsity All Star Scoring Committee, and he often serves as the AccuScore director or an AccuScore official at many Varsity All Star brand events. Additionally, he fills the role as the tumbling scoring director for Varsity All Star. He has had the pleasure of judging multiple International Worlds bid events throughout the last few seasons.

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James Smith

James Smith, Sr. has been in the cheer world for more than 25 years in several capacities. He has been a competitive high school and collegiate cheerleader, NCA Collegiate All-American, an NCA staff member, NCA head instructor, speaker, and training instructor just to name a few. He has been awarded several accolades in the cheer industry over the years. He was a collegiate cheer coach for 24 years with vast backgrounds in cheer and dance. He has judged for several cheer companies on district, regional and national levels over the span of 20 years. He has been a Worlds judges for several years with extensive knowledge of competitive cheer and dance.