Submitted by the Peony Pageant Committee

The Peony Pageant Committee has announced the judges and emcee for the 2011 Peony Pageant, scheduled for Friday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Marsh Foundation Auditorium.

This year's judges are Cindy Brandehoff, Ross Kinsey, Paula Schumm and Alex Yoder.

Cindy received her Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Rhodes State College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Northwestern Ohio. Cindy is currently a full-time faculty member at Rhodes State College, where she is the Director of Clinical Education and Instructor in the Physical Therapist Assistant program. In addition, Cindy is an on-site reviewer for the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). She also serves as an Advisory Board Member for The Allen County Abilities Baseball League.

Cindy is a life-long resident of Delphos, Ohio. She enjoys concerts, Broadway musicals, traveling, and any kind of football.

A native of Angola, Indiana, Ross Kinsey is the Weekend Sports Anchor at WANE-TV in Fort Wayne. He's been with the station for eight years, four working in the sports department on-air. While at WANE-TV, Ross has had the privilege of going to three, that's right THREE, Super Bowls including Super Bowl 41 when the Colts beat the Bears in Miami for the title. In addition to working hard in sports, Ross also has his hands full at home with two daughters - Kendyl, 4 and Kaelyn, 2. Ross and his wife, Kourtney, have been married for eight years.

Paula Schumm is a graduate of Parkway High School. She majored in music education in college and graduated with a Bachelors of Music from Wright State University. Paula currently performs Appalachian folk music for schools, preschools, nursing homes, and other groups in and around the area. She and her husband Herb live in Spencerville. They have two children in college.

Alex Yoder of Fort Wayne, IN is a composer of diverse interests and talents. He actively composes for several media including concert band, orchestra, chamber ensembles, marching band, and electronic/electro-acoustic music. His music has been performed at events such as the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and by excellent ensembles across the country. In the realm of marching band, he is one of the youngest yet most widely performed composers of original music for competitive field bands. His marching band compositions and arrangements have been played across the country, as well as in such events as the Macy's Thanksgivings Day Parade and the Indy 500 Parade.

Alex's first major work, Extrarius, was written at age 19 and subsequently premiered by his alma mater, the Ball State University Wind Ensemble. He has studied privately with composer Les Taylor, as well as tuba performance with Dr. Mark Mordue.

The emcee for the evening will be Susan J. Burchfield.

Burchfield is a licensed professional clinical counselor, in private practice, in Van Wert. She is married to Marty Burchfield, and they have two children; Will who attends Ohio University, and Alexis who is a junior at Van Wert High School. Susan attends First United Methodist Church, and plays bass guitar in the praise band. She is a member of the Optimist Service Club, and enjoys dancing with the adult jazz competition class at Kim Hohman's DanceWorks. Mrs. Burchfield has been Master of Ceremonies for the YWCA's Dancing With the Stars, the Women of Achievement Dinner, for several of Kim Hohman's DanceWorks recitals, and this will be her first year as Master of Ceremonies for the Peony Pageant.

"I am very excited and honored to M.C. the Peony Pageant. The event has such a rich heritage, and the young women involved this year are outstanding!"stated Burchfield.