2019 Ms. America Pageant Inc.
Judges and Bios

Jamie Rios is a veteran in the pageant industry for over 20 years as a director, judge, emcee and pageant producer. He has judged more than 100 pageants and is a sought-after pageant coach. A bilingual school outreach worker he has received numerous awards including 2002 and 2006 Staff Employee of the year, San Bernardino San Bernardino City Unified School District’s Golden Apple Award as well as the Crystal Apple Award and the prestigious “Making Hope Happen” award which was awarded by the school district’s superintendent. His most recent recognition is the 2017 Citizen of Achievement Award by the League of Women Voters and the 2017 Black Rose Award.

Dr. Levi Harrison is a world-renowned Orthopedic Surgeon and the world's only Gamers and Esports Doctor. He served as the prestigious Medical Director for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. He is is the first American Physician and Orthopedic Surgeon to author an exercise book and DVD of lauded excellence called The Art of Fitness: A Journey into Self Enhancement. He is also an avid fitness and physique competitor. As a compassionate humanitarian, he received the People of Distinction Humanitarian Award on Capitol Hill for his work with many non-profit organizations including the Special Olympics and Veterans. He has appeared multiple times as a medical authority on CNN, The Doctors, The Dr. Oz Show, Fox TV, Studio 11 LA and has been featured on Keeping up With the Kardashians

Effie Horning has been involved in pageants for over 20 years and has judged many competitions from local through international levels including preliminary competition for the national Miss USA Pageant. She has not only been crowned several national titles herself but owned and directed the Ms. World pageant for 8 years before she sold to the current Miss World Organization. She has been featured in magazines and seen on many celebrity fundraisers and red carpets in Hollywood including the Oscars and Golden Globe Awards. An international philanthropist she has received lifetime honors from the President of the United States for her 17,000 + volunteer hours and over 30 years of Lifetime Volunteerism.

Rita Mezrahi is the Founder and Creative Director of Claire’s Collection, a couturier of glamorous evening gowns that have been worn by many celebrities in the spotlight – in music, film and television, sports and national pageant winners. These celebrities who have worn her couture gowns for their very special occasions, include Halle Berry, Cindy Crawford, Sandra Bullock, Julie Andrews, Shania Twain, Kim Cattrall, Diahann Carroll, and Dolly Parton to name a few.


Kardena Pauza, Ms. America Fitness 2007, is a top Certified Personal Trainer and holds two of the nation’s top training certifications. The owner of Edge Training, Kardena is an expert in fitness and nutrition with over 200+ clients in Southern California and has worked for the top sports and fitness clubs in the nation. Her blog, Kardenas Kitchen teaches how to make easy heathy dishes for vibrant health and weight loss. A professional speaker and motivator, Kardena has been the keynote speaker in over 200 seminars and workshops teaching people her secrets to health, fitness and beauty.