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.

Terri Bunch is a 43-year veteran of pageantry. She began her journey as a teen competitor and continued to compete in Miss and Mrs. pageants over the next 4 decades.  She is a nationally recognized pageant judge, having judged all over the United States in numerous pageant systems. She has been an expert consultant for several pageant publications and media including Pageantry Magazine and Pageant Planet.
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.

Peter Young is co-owner of INTA Gems & Diamonds. A second-generation family jeweler in Los Angeles, Young has worked on important jewelry pieces which have received honorary recognition. Young has designed jewelry pieces for celebrities and the everyday person.  Some of his celebrity clients include music icons Prince & Stevie Wonder, Olympic Legend Michael Phelps, Survivor Million Dollar Winner: Yul Kwon, Sarah Hyland from ABC’s Modern Family and Miss USA Nia Sanchez. His jewelry has graced the red carpet of the Grammy's, Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards.  He has judged over 30 pageants and enjoys helping people achieve their diamond dreams.

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.

SPECIAL AWARD JUDGE: Does not sit in the judge’s interviews. She will be judging the Special Awards only. She does sit with the judges at the judges table Saturday night but does NOT judge anything other than Special Awards.