corporate staff

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CEO Joe Albright

Joe Albright is honored to serve as the CEO and Board Chair of the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Competition, Inc. Joe comes to the position while concurrently serving as the Chair of the Milan Tennessee Regional Planning Commission, Election Commissioner for Gibson County, and Member of the Board of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for West Tennessee.  Joe is Vice President for Facilities Technical Services for Universities and Schools Segments for Sodexo North America.  He retired from the Army as a Colonel and then served as a Senior Army Civilian in the Office of the Secretary of the Army, before founding a leadership and management consulting firm; all prior to his current position with Sodexo.  Joe has significant experience mentoring young leaders in both the government and corporate sectors, including several individuals who have attained General Officer or Civilian Equivalent rank as well as senior partners in Fortune 100 companies.  He earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton, Masters of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College, Masters in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee, and has completed 38 post graduate hours in Organizational Management and Leadership. Joe has been involved with the Miss America and Miss Tennessee organizations for over 20 years.  In addition to numerous military awards earned during his distinguished career, Joe was named an Outstanding Intellectual for the 21st Century by Cambridge International, a Who’s Who Distinguished Humanitarian in 2018 and is a recipient of the Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award.  He and his wife, Janie, reside in Milan, Tennessee and have 4 children and 7 grandchildren.

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Janie Evans Albright

Chief of Staff

Janie Albright has been active in the pageant world for over 46 years.  Her many accomplishments include Miss America Pageant Volunteer of the Year, Director for over 25 years of the Miss Milan Crown and Scepter Scholarship Pageant, and mentor for numerous state title holders from Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky, including the current Miss Tennessee and the former Miss America, Kellye Cash. 


Janie holds advanced degrees in education and retired after 39 years as an Educator and Administrator.  She serves as a recruiter for Metropolitan Model Agency in Paris, France and New York City.


An avid domestic and international traveler, she has toured over 20 countries highlighted by Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Russia, and Thailand.  Her favorite place is Times Square and Broadway in New York City.

Leading the Miss Tennessee Organization since December 2018, Joe and Janie have a shared vision with Miss America “to prepare great women for the world, and prepare the world for great women.”


Dr. Colene Trent

Executive Director

Dr. Colene Trent serves as the Executive Director of the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Competition. She is a tenured Associate Professor of Economics at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. Colene was a two-time First Runner-Up to Miss Alabama and a five-time local titleholder in the Miss Alabama Scholarship Pageant. During her years of competition in Miss Alabama, Colene received over $50,000 in college scholarships which she used in obtaining her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and Economics as well as her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Alabama. Colene received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Mississippi and now teaches classes in microeconomics, international economics, managerial economics, and personal finance. Her research has been published in the Christian Business Academy Review, The Journal of Business, Industry, and Economics, The Journal of Management Information and Decision Sciences, and Economics Research International. While at Union University, Colene has received the McAfee School of Business Teaching Excellence Award and the Newell Innovative Teaching Award and has been nominated for Faculty of the Year.


Colene has been a lifelong supporter of the Miss America Organization, first as a fan, then as a contestant, as a mentor and coach, as the Miss Tennessee Princess Program Director, and as a Miss Tennessee Corporate Board Member. She uses her role as Executive Director to ensure that the skills of public speaking, professionalism, mentoring, civic engagement, and community service provided through participation in MAO continue to be available for young women across our great state. In her free time, she loves volunteering at her church and traveling with her husband, David, who is a worship leader and Christian singer-songwriter. Colene’s greatest joy is her son, Paxton, who is 18 months old.

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A native of South Mississippi, Belinda is a graduate of Belhaven University and the Ole Miss School of Banking. For nearly a decade,  served local executive director for a Miss Mississippi triple crown preliminary.  Married to her husband, Joey for over 27 years, she is the proud Mom to two sons, Blake and Brock. In her spare time, she enjoys watching her son play baseball, traveling and being entertained by her fur babies, Rusty, an energetic GoldenDoodle and Buster, a grumpy Chihuahua.

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Hollie Alexander

Outstanding Teen Director

           Hollie Alexander was born & raised in Gallatin, Tennessee. She was a competitive dancer & cheerleader for 24 years, winning several state, national and world titles. Hollie graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor's degree in History & Political Science. During college she was the captain of the MTSU Dance Team, intern with the house agriculture committee with the Tennessee House of Representatives, and represented MTSU at the 2010 Miss Tennessee Competition (Miss America Organization) as Miss Middle Tennessee Blue Raider. After graduating from MTSU she worked doing marketing for companies and politicians. She was the campaign director for former State Representative Mike Mcdonald. For the last 8 years Hollie has been an educator. She is a level 5 highly qualified teacher for the State of Tennessee. Hollie is the state director for Miss Tennessee's Outstanding Teen which is the state competition to Miss America's Outstanding Teen. The Tennessee Outstanding Teen program awards over $10,000 in college scholarships annually.  In her down time Hollie enjoys running, working out, watching movies & spending time with her husband Chris.


David Ashley Trent is a singer/songwriter and worship leader from Jackson, Tennessee. For the past eleven years, David has traveled full-time, performing his original songs and serving as a guest worship leader in churches across the Southeast. He has written and produced four full-length Contemporary Christian albums and continues to hone his craft by collaborating with other like-minded songwriters in Nashville. He currently serves as a lead worship pastor for Englewood Baptist Church's North Campus in Medina, Tennessee. David is a recent national overall winner of the Cantinas Worship Song Contest. His album, Heart of Stone, was named "Album of the Year" at the 2019 Tennessee Music Awards. David is a loving husband to his wife, Colene and a devoted father to his son, Paxton.

David Ashley Trent

Talent Director


Paul is a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

He represents a range of clients in complex

cross-border public and private M&A transactions.  Paul’s has particular experience in the chemical, pharmaceutical and industrial sectors.  Paul earned his JD, cum laude, at Pace University School of Law where he was a member of the Pace International Law Review. Paul received his BA, magna cum laude, from The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to becoming an attorney, Paul lived and worked in Japan.

Paul Humphreys

Corporate Legal Advisor

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Phil Shirley is from Sherwood, Arkansas and currently lives in White House, Tennessee. He holds the certification of Certified Technology Specialist and is the owner of Pageant Matters, a pageant/competition consulting and technology company. 
He has 35+ years of experience in the Entertainment, Television, Sports, Educational, Concert, Corporate Conference, Pageant and Live Event industries in many roles as an Entertainment Technology Specialist and has a 15+ years relationship, as a certified judge and currently a field director, with the Miss Tennessee/Miss America Organization. 
Phil enjoys attending Middle Tennessee State University sporting events, visiting Gatlinburg and just hanging out with his 24 year old daughter Kelsi.

Phil Shirley

Middle TN Field Director