Executive Director, Sheryl Ponsness brings a strong business background to her position and is motivated to bring her decisive, cohesive, and creative skills to this organization. Matched by her numerous years of volunteer work in pageantry and several years working as a high school Dance Team coach she brings limitless talent, interpersonal skills, and heartfelt support to the success of the women who compete in this program.
She met her husband of 43 years when, as a teenager, she competed in her one and only pageant. Together they have raised 4 beautiful children and now enjoy loving on their 11 grandchildren.
Recently selling three very successful e-commerce businesses, Sheryl is quick to acknowledge that hard work and dedication to the success of this organization is what will help Miss Oregon Volunteer stand out from all the rest! Sheryl is ready to lead our state in bringing one of the most progressive scholarship opportunities to the young women of Oregon. “My hope is that every young woman who participates in our program walks away knowing that she is valued, capable, and confidently prepared for her next adventure”.
Vice President, Zonnie Borg was born and raised in Arizona but moved to Klamath Falls, Oregon following high school. She soon met the love of her life, Don Borg. They have been happily married for 43 years, raised 3 beautiful children, and now have 3 awesome grandchildren as well. They relocated their family in 1989 with a move to Cottage Grove, Oregon to be close to Don’s father and still live there today.
Zonnie works in the best of two worlds, working in construction as a traffic control supervisor for Wildish Standard Paving as well as in the hospitality industry for the Hilton/Graduate Hotel Corporation.
She has been involved with pageantry for the last 20 years. Zonnie has taken on many roles from pageant mom to coach, to judge, as well as a local director.
She plans to bring her knowledge of pageantry and hospitality skills along with lots of love into her new role with the Miss Oregon Volunteer Organization. Zonnie believes that exciting times are in our future and she is thrilled to belong to a new group of passionate volunteers ready to take this new program to spectacular heights.
Executive Secretary, Laura Hansen was involved as a contestant parent and volunteer starting in 2016 in scholarship competitions. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Innovation and Leadership from Southern Oregon University.
Laura oversees two departments and leads Rogue Credit Union’s loyalty culture. She is the Vice President of Employee Development and Loyalty at RCU where she was recognized as Leader of Year in 2014 and 2018.
She currently serves as the vice-chair of Rogue’s Government Affairs Committee. She worked as an intern for a U.S. Senator on Capitol Hill in D.C. and travels to meet with legislators to advocate for the credit union movement. Laura serves on the Board of Directors for Craterian Performances. She also volunteers her time teaching personal finance classes for Junior Achievement, serving as a Pear Blossom parade and pageant judge, judging high school senior projects, serving at various Rogue Credit Union sponsored community events and is an active member of Soroptimist International.
Executive Treasurer, Jeff Ponsness is a native Oregonian that lives in Grants Pass, Oregon. He and his wife of 43 years have 4 grown children and 11 grandchildren!!
He currently works in the high technology industry and has had an international consulting business for many years. Jeff is an avid bowler, enjoys classic cars (1963 Falcons), and is currently building a woodworking shop.
As a parent of a previous contestant (his oldest daughter, Joy, competed several years ago), he has developed a great appreciation for the contestant’s personal growth, lasting “sisterhood” friendships, and the value of scholarships. Jeff has also previously volunteered and served on the Board of Directors at several women’s pageant and scholarship programs here in Oregon. He is looking forward to giving his time and service to the Miss Oregon Volunteer Organization.