Peony Pageant names judges, emcee – Van Wert independent

Posted: Friday, April 04, 2014

VW independent/Peony Pageant information

With the Peony Festival Pageant being held tomorrow evening, the Peony Pageant Committee has announced the names of the pageant’s four judges, as well as this year’s mistress of ceremonies.

Peony Pageant judges include (clockwise from top left) Becky Goshorn, Steve Keller, Meggan Yahl and Todd Schreiber.

Peony Pageant judges include (clockwise from top left) Becky Goshorn, Steve Keller, Meggan Yahl and Todd Schreiber.

The four judges are Becky Goshorn, Steve Keller, Todd Schreiber and Meggan Yahl, while Susan Burchfield will again be the pageant emcee.

Goshorn has been a self-employed sales director for Mary Kay Cosmetics for 36 years. In that position, she has helped hundreds of beauty consultants develop a successful business of their own.

In addition, Goshorn has advised her clientele of more than 200 women in the areas of skin care and color, plus fashion and image.

Goshorn also established the Pre-Prom Extravaganza in Wells County, Ind., where she works with high school girls on the proper etiquette for their prom. At the event, the girls also model their dresses for their family and friends.

Goshorn is also an accomplished musician and lives in Bluffton, Ind., with her husband. She also enjoys spending time with their children and seven grandchildren.

Keller lives near Rockford and has retired following a 40-year career in education, with 22 of those years spent as a high school principal and 13 years as a school superintendent, including superintendent of Parkway Local Schools.

He received his bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Ball State University and his master’s degree in education from Xavier University.

Keller has also served as the director of Gateway Outreach Center, a drug and alcohol testing/counseling facility in Celina, and has served as a board member for several organizations, recently completing a five year term as a board member for the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

Keller has been married to his wife, Brenda, for 40 years and they have three children: son Steven lives in St. Marys and is employed by AAP St. Marys; daughter Stephanie is a nurse in Columbus and lives in Blacklick with husband, Kevin, and daughter, Emme; daughter Katie works in design and product development for DSW Shoes Inc., and lives in Gahanna with her husband, Mike.

Keller has always understood the value of competition and encouraged students to compete in events relating to music activities, FFA and FCCLA contests, all athletic activities, and clubs or organizations.  He personally competes in triathlons and duathlons.

Keller is also the president of the congregation of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Convoy and volunteers his time to help high school seniors with their scholarship applications, along with their preparations for scholarship or job interviews.

Schreiber, originally from Ohio City, currently resides in Lambertville, Mich. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree from VanderCook College in Chicago and is currently in his 26th year as a K-12 vocal music instructor and theatre director for Whiteford Schools in Ottawa Lake, Mich.  His choirs, ensembles and private voice students consistently participate in Michigan’s district and state level events, including the Michigan Youth Arts Festival, and he has worked extensively throughout northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan as an accompanist, performer, vocal coach, choreographer and musical director, and has garnered several stage credits.

He also serves as co-director of the Muskingum University Summer Musical Theater Camp and directed the BGSU Summer Music Institute Musical Theatre Camp for 13 years.  During his college days, Schreiber was the executive director of the Miss BGSU pageant and performed for Cedar Point live shows.

He has also presented musical theatre voice workshops for the Ohio Community Theatre Association State Conference. In 2000, he was the opening act for the Grammy- and Dove Award-winning artist CeCe Winans.

His book, Olympic Games for the Music Classroom, was published in 2008 by Shawnee Press. In 2010, Schreiber directed the 7-8-9 SSA State Honors Choir. Most recently he was selected as the 2013 “Teacher of the Year” for the Michigan Schools Vocal Music Association.

2014 Peony Pageant emcee Susan Burchfield

2014 Peony Pageant emcee Susan Burchfield

Yahl, who currently lives in St. Marys, attended college at the University of Cincinnati. She started doing pageants at the age of 5 and competed in them for one year. At 4, she started gymnastics and was a competitive gymnast for 11 years. After that, she moved on to competitive cheerleading and high school cheer.

Yahl was also a cheerleader at the University of Cincinnati and now coaches St. Marys High School cheerleading, and competitive cheer at United tumbling Academy in Sidney.

Burchfield is a licensed professional clinical counselor who has a private practice office in Van Wert. She provides individual, marital, family, child, and adolescent counseling. Burchfield is also a certified mediator through the Supreme Court of Ohio and co-creator of A-OK (Assisting Our Kids). The A-OK program assists parents in developing a co-parenting business relationship when they no longer live in the same house. This program is offered in nine counties in northwest Ohio or online at

Burchfield is married to attorney Martin Burchfield and they have two children: daughter Alex, a sophomore at the University of Dayton and son Will, who is currently working with AmeriCorps.

She enjoys dancing, reading, and playing in the Praise Band at First United Methodist Church and being a member of Van Wert Optimist Club.

“This is my second year of having this wonderful opportunity and I am really looking forward to the pageant,” Burchfield said. “I encourage everyone to come out on April 4th for this enjoyable and entertaining event!”

The Peony Festival Pageant will take place this Friday, starting at 7:30 p.m., in the Marsh Foundation Auditorium.


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