Judges

Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman (born March 30, 1988) is an American football cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). Sherman is part of the “Legion of Boom,” a nickname given to the Seahawks’ starting secondary which contributed to Seattle having the best pass defense in the NFL in 2013. This unit helped the Seahawks win their first Super Bowl in New Jersey in February 2014. Off the field, Sherman is a man of integrity and community. His passion is his foundation, Blanket Coverage, which gives back to the children in the community to provide all the necessary tools to get an education.

Melanie Kannokada

Melanie Chandra (formerly Melanie Kannokada) is an actress and co-founder of the not-for-profit Hospital for Hope, India. She currently stars as first year resident “Malaya Pineda” in the new CBS medical drama CODE BLACK. Last summer she made her cable debut on the HBO dark comedy THE BRINK as “Fareeda,” acting alongside Jack Black, Tim Robbins, and Aasif Mandvi.

Her former TV work includes guest spots on RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, PARENTHOOD, and NCIS LA. She has recently been profiled in the HBO documentary EAST OF MAIN STREET alongside Lucy Lui, Daniel Dae Kim, and nine other Asian-Americans in Hollywood. She holds a 2nd Degree black belt in Shotokan Karate.

Amy Elisa Jackson

Amy Elisa Jackson is an established expert in entertainment and lifestyle journalism, content management and social media strategy. Amy kicked off her career at PEOPLE Magazine where she earned a coveted LA Press Club Award. She continues to work with top brands, both in print and digital media, such as Facebook, MSN, BET, Lexus, Essence Magazine, Latina Magazine and iVillage. An on-air entertainment expert, Amy has appeared on Good Morning America, E! News, Access Hollywood, and Inside Edition. Whether she is conducting a milestone interview or launching a new digital property, she handles it all with poise, passion and a unique blend of sassy sophistication.

Nick Navarro

Nick Navarro is a Talent Acquisition & Marketing Specialist who received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and graduated from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in 2012. He is the Executive Producer of Mélange Productions Inc. and was the Executive Producer of Eleganza Fashion Production in 2009. You can find out more through Mélange’s website: http://membersofmelange.com/.

Nnemkadi Ogwumike

Nnemkadi Ogwumike is currently a power forward for the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, after being drafted #1 overall. She is a graduate of Stanford’s Class of 2012, completing her college career with a degree in psychology, four Final Four appearances with the Cardinal, and many All-American recognitions. Today, she continues as a professional international athlete competing globally, including as a member of the most recent USA Women’s Basketball National Team. As she continues to strive as an athlete, she plans to attain an MBA to continue her professional career in sports, philanthropy, and public relations.

Vanessa Hernandez

Vanessa Hernandez was born and raised in San Jose, California. Her parents met dancing, so she was raised to love music and movement. She started training at a dance studio at the age of 5 and has continued to perfect her craft ever since. In high school, she found her passion for singing and after graduation packed her bags and moved to LA to pursue her dreams of singing and dancing. She’s been able to work with some of her own idols like Paula Abdul and is currently dancing alongside the amazing Zendaya. She is also focusing on her own music to share with the world soon! Get ready! She is currently a dancer and choreographer for Bloc Talent Agency and has made commercial appearances with stars like Kevin Hart and Dave Franc

Winners
Prizes
Beneficiaries

PCTRS has raised over $10,000 for the following organizations:

Lyon-Martin Health Services – http://lyon-martin.org/

Lyon-Martin Health Services provides excellent health care to women, lesbians and transgender people in a safe and compassionate environment, with sensitivity to sexual orientation and gender identity; all services are regardless of ability to pay.    

Founded in 1979, by a group of medical providers and health activists as a clinic for lesbians who lacked access to nonjudgmental, affordable health care, the clinic soon became a model for culturally sensitive community-based health care. The clinic was named after Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, feminists and well-known LGBTQ civil rights activists.

Charlotte Maxwell Clinic – http://www.charlottemaxwell.org/

An Oakland state licensed holistic health clinic that provides free complementary alternative medicine treatments to low-income women with cancer.

The Charlotte Maxwell Clinic is named in honor of Charlotte Maxwell, who died of ovarian cancer in 1988. Charlotte strongly believed that the integrative cancer care that enhanced the quality of her life in her last months should be accessible to all Bay Area low-income, underserved women with cancer.