About Us


Jessica & Ryne Herring

Owner & Chief Supporter

Jessica has been in the Allstar industry for close to 25 years. Growing up as a “gym-rat” in her parent’s gym she competed in the sport for 10 years. After high school, Jessica went on to cheer at Appalachian State University. Upon graduation Jessica began her teaching career in Union County, NC. She taught at the elementary level for 7 years. During this time, cheer still had a place in Jessica’s heart. She coached a local high school and began judging across the country. In 2018, Jessica was introduced to Mark Barnes (founder of 9 Panel Productions) and became the Judging and Scoring Director. She stayed in this position until her and her husband, Ryne, took ownership in 2021.

While Ryne had absolutely no cheer background, he has been around the sport for over half of his life. Ryne and Jessica are high school sweethearts, so he didn’t really have much of a choice but to attend Jessica’s competitions. Ryne also attended Appalachian State University majoring in Finance and Banking as well as Risk Management and Insurance. When not busy helping Jessica and learning all he can about the cheer industry, Ryne can be found growing his career in Insurance at a small family agency in Charlotte, NC.

Together they have two beautiful and spunky girls, Addison (5) and Avery (2). Sometimes you may see them pop into events to “watch all their friends on the big stage”. As a family they are always on the go and love to visit new places. Their favorite place to be is at the beach. 

Kyleigh Skolnik

Judging and Scoring Director

Kyleigh has been in the All Star industry for over 20 years. She came from an era where All Star had just begun to take off, competing in the sport for 12 years. Once she graduated high school, Kyleigh went on to cheer for North Carolina State University for 4 years. Upon graduation from college, Kyleigh began her career working for Varsity All Star. Kyleigh took on many rolls and spearheaded many programs with VAS. Kyleigh is a familiar face to all as she returns to 9 Panel as our Judging and Scoring Director. Her love for the sport and passion for coach education is undeniable.

When not on the judge riser or at cheer events Kyleigh enjoys spending time with her husband, Stephen, and her two pups. She also enjoys crafting and building almost anything. 


Kathrine Morrison

Registration Coordinator and Event Director

Just when you think it’s time to “hang up” cheerleading, you’re right back at it. Kathrine has been involved with cheerleading most of her life. She started as an athlete competing in All Star cheerleading and then cheering on the side lines at football games for her high school. She continued her involvement with cheerleading as an All Star coach, high school coach, choreographer, and judge. Kathrine is also an official for the up and comping sport of STUNT. With over 25 years of cheerleading experience, 9 years of coaching experience, and 6 years of officiating. Kathrine will begin her new journey at 9 Panel our Registration Coordinator. You may also see her floating around at competitions as an Event Director. Kathrine is excited to work with you and welcome you to the 9 Panel family!

Outside of cheer Kathrine enjoys spending time with her beautiful family. She has a 1-year-old son name Levi and is a certified WERK group fitness instructor.

Karl Buchanan

Director of Engagement

Karl has an extensive professional background, having held various leadership roles throughout his career. He built and grew one of the largest multi-sport facilities in the Country including cheerleading, gymnastics, dance, ice hockey, swimming, wrestling, and fitness. On a personal level, Karl values his roles as a husband of 37 years, dad, and “Papa” the most. 

If you have ever been to a 9 Panel event you know that Karl likes to bring the FUN! As the Director of Engagement, Karl ensures that EVERYONE who attends has fun and creates memories that will last a lifetime. He ensures that events run on schedule and the crowd is engaged from the commencement of the National Anthem to the final Award Ceremony.

Karl proudly served in the United States Army’s Military Intelligence from 1986 to 1991. During his tenure, he held the rank of Captain and possessed a Top Secret Clearance. He demonstrated his dedication and expertise both in times of peace and war. Karl served as the Intelligence Officer of the 2nd Squadron, 4th Cavalry, leading the division into the Euphrates River Valley during Operation Desert Storm. Throughout his military career, Karl had the honor of working with many esteemed military leaders and earning numerous awards and honors. Beyond his military service, Karl has dedicated himself to various organizations and causes such as, Skate for 22 Foundation, an organiztion focused on veteran suicide prevention. We are so thankful for his service!


Julia Herrin

Social Media Director

Julia Herrin serves as the Social Media Director for 9 Panel Cheer. Julia currently attends Auburn University and is pursuing a dual-degree in Piano Performance and Communications. Julia was introduced to 9 Panel Cheer during her year of service as Miss South Carolina 2021, and loves being involved with 9 Panel because of the fun and supportive environment 9 Panel cultivates. In her free time, Julia runs a non-profit organization which she created to teach middle and high school students about internet safety and self-esteem during the age of social media.

 Mark Barnes

Operations and Founder (9 Panel Productions)

9 Panel would not be where it is today with out our founder, Mark Barnes. Mark founded 9 Panel Productions in 2013, with the goal to create an inclusive and empowering environment for smaller gyms. He wanted everyone, no matter their program size, to experience the thrill of being at an event that rivaled those of large scale productions. With a passion for sports and events, 9 Panel Productions was founded to provide top-notch experiences that were centered around families and athletes. 

Mark’s greatest joy lies in his family. Mark is married to his high school sweetheart and biggest supporter, Nicky. Together, they have embraced the joy and challenges that come with building a loving family. Those who know Mark, know he is the “Jack of all Trades” and full of hidden talents and unexpected fun facts.  

One of Marks favorite memories is our senior recognition. The opportunity to honor and recognize each Senior’s unwavering dedication and hard work is really special. Seeing their joy and sense of accomplishment is truly inspiring and serves as a reminder of the impact our events can have on individuals.