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Corporate Staff

Joe Albright is the CEO and Board Chair of Miss Tennessee Scholarship Competition, Inc. and has extensive experience mentoring leaders in both the government and corporate sectors.

Joe Albright

Janie Albright has been active in the pageant world for over 50 years, including Miss America Pageant Volunteer of the Year, Director of the Miss Milan Scholarship Pageant, and mentor.

Janie Evans Albright
Chief Of Staff

Dr. Colene Trent is the Executive Director of the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Competition, a tenured Associate Professor of Economics at Union University, and a lifelong supporter of the Miss America Organization.

Dr. Colene Trent
Executive Director

Belinda is a 30-year mortgage veteran who has been recognized as a top producer and National top producer. She is married to Joey and has two sons. She is active in her community and serves as CFO/Treasurer of the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Competition, Chairman of the Scholarship Committee, and Membership Chair for the Grove’s Women Club.

Belinda Arender

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 Humphreys
Corporate Legal Advisor

Nita serves as VP of Internal Controls and State Auditor with over 30 years of experience in business management, accounting, tax, and audit. She is a native of South Mississippi and currently resides in White House, Tennessee.

Nita Thurman
VP of Internal Controls

Deborah is from Jackson, Tennessee. Her Miss Tennessee Competition involvement spans over 40 years.

Deborah Coleman Patterson

Phil Shirley is a Certified Technology Specialist with 35+ years of experience in the Entertainment, Television, Sports, Educational, Concert, Corporate Conference, Pageant and Live Event industries.

Phil Shirley
Middle TN Field Director

Tommy Whitwell has been involved in the Miss America Organization for over 45 years and has been honored with the Prestigious Director of the Year and Legacy Award. He is passionate about his work with the Miss Tennessee Scholarship organization.

Tommy Whitwell
Director of Sponsorships

Sharon Russell Hopson is a graduate of Memphis State University and is currently employed by Adoration Home Health. She participated in the Miss Tennessee pageant as Miss Memphis State and Miss Libertyland, and has traveled to over 30 countries and 5 continents. She and her husband Tom reside in Greeneville, Tennessee with 3 sons and 5 grandchildren.

Sharon Hopson
East TN Field Director

David Ashley Trent is a singer/songwriter and worship leader from Jackson, Tennessee who has written and produced four full-length Contemporary Christian albums and serves as a lead worship pastor for Englewood Baptist Church.

David Ashley Trent
Talent Director
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