2013 Judges

Deanna Linz is the reigning Mrs. Maryland International 2012. Deanna is a singer, songwriter, mother, wife and humanitarian. She has been actively involved with many organizations such as the USO, Avon's Walk for the Cure, Susan G Komen, March of Dimes and St. Jude's. Nothing however has been closer to her heart than the American Heart Association. In January 2010, Deanna had a heart attack. Thankfully, because of her work with the American Heart Association she knew the signs and symptoms and took action that probably saved her life. Her parents, at the ages of 54 and 56, did not know the signs and passed away from heart disease. This is why it’s so important to Deanna that women – and men – listen, learn, educate and advocate about the #1 killer of women. Deanna is married to MAJ Christopher Linz. They are the proud parents of Carter Linz and their "fur" family of Halo, Josie and Jack.

In earlier years Maria modeled for several boutiques in Puerto Rico which inspired her to be a participant in the Miss Puerto Rico Piel Canela pageant in 1985. She later obtained a Franchise for Miss Hispano America Beauty Pageon. In 2006, after raising her family, Maria pursued her entrepreneurial goals and began her career in esthetics where she found love in holistic health. Maria has since set in motion a concept that brings together beauty experts, medical practitioners, an organic line of products, and nutritional plans that can all be found today at Marosé Spa & Wellness in Smithtown. Together with her marketing and stylist teams, Maria dedicates herself to educating and implementing contemporary beauty regimes and healthier ways of living for all ages.

"Inch by inch, it's a cinch because yard by yard is too hard" is a common thread in all the work Keith does with people in developing discipline to succeed in anything in life. Keith is a Certified Personal Trainer, Motivational Speaker, and owner of the Brick Fit House Gym and has been in the fitness industry for 26 years. Degreed in Health/Fitness and Wellness, a certified Medical Exercise Specialist and Professional Exercise Instructor, Keith has broad experience getting people in shape from high schoolers to baby boomers. His gym is the original NON-Gym atmosphere which has the most conducive environment for specialized kids' training. Notable former clients are professional athletes as well as some of the most elite high school rowers, swimmers, soccer, hockey and football players in the nation as well as former Fitness Competitors, Models, and Beauty Pageant winners. Keith feels although he has his health, he has everything because of his wife, Stacey and their two children.

As is announced at the opening of her “Everything Lidia Radio Show” heard on WGBB AM 1240, Lidia is “a lawyer, a black belt, a philanthropist and a beauty queen!” She is a litigation attorney with a practice in Melville, earned a black belt in karate in 2004, held the titles of Mrs. New York America 2006 and Mrs. New York International 2009, and is the reigning Mrs. Metropolitan NY Corporate America. Lidia is also the founder of the National Organization for Women’s Safety Awareness, a not-for-profit which helps prevent violence against women and teens and raises awareness about sexual assault while helping to rebuild confidence and self esteem. She is also the Founder & President of Everything Lidia, Inc., a lifestyle enterprise offering personal safety seminars, motivational speaking engagements, emceeing, media services and products. As Lidia says, “Check your ordinary at the door and always bring your personal style into everything you do. This isn’t a dress rehearsal; make the most of every breath you take."

Prince Akin is a native Nigerian from a Royal Family and has studied in many different countries including England, France, Belgium, and the United States. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the College of New Rochelle, his Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College, and is currently pursuing his PhD in Clinical Psychology. Akin is currently an Assistant Director of Adult Residential Services at Developmental Disabilities Institute where he has provided services to individuals with special needs on Long Island for the past 15 years. As an administrator, behavior specialist, job coach, and direct support staff both at Developmental Disabilities Institute and the Rehabilitation Institute, Akins’ special interests include person-centered planning and designing individualized programs in the community to enhance social and vocational experiences.


Joseph Mortimer, CPA, has more than 20 years experience in the public accounting profession. Prior to joining Blanchfield, Meyer, Kober & Rizzo, LLP, in 2000, Mr. Mortimer spent 13 years with large international accounting firms. He has extensive experience in accounting, auditing, tax and business advisory services. He serves the business and accounting needs of companies in many industries, including construction, real estate and manufacturing. He has experience in both the public and private sector. Mr. Mortimer earned his bachelor of business administration from Hofstra University and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1987. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Construction Financial Management Association.