We could not be where we are today without the advice and guidance of our MTG Advisors. Prior to launch, we identified a group of people who were actively working to make the program better in many ways. These included Sphere Leads, Regional Coordinators, Program Coordinators, and a variety of combinations of those roles. Since then, we’ve leaned on them for feedback about a number of our decisions and policies. Their combined experiences and the value of their input is hard to match, and we are so lucky to have them on-board with Judge Academy.
Alfonso is a Level 3 Judge from Madrid (Spain). He certified as Level 1 judge in 1998, but didn’t start judging internationally until 2002. He advanced to Level 3 in 2004 and to Level 4 in 2015. He was Regional Coordinator of Spain and Portugal between 2011 and 2015, until he became Level 4. In November 2016, he became Program Coordinator and held the role until the start of Judge Academy. Nowadays, he’s activity judging and acting as Advisory Board member for Judge Academy.
Outside of judging, Alfonso is a big fan of tabletop games: board games, card games, tabletop RPGs and miniature games.
Johanna Virtanen is a Level 3 judge from Espoo, Finland. She began judging Magic events in 1998 after some local players in an internet chatroom convinced her it was a good idea. She began attending Grand Prix events in 2001, judged her first Pro Tour in 2003, and advanced to Level 3 in 2004. Over the years, she has served in many program leadership roles including Judge Conduct Committee Lead, Player Investigations Lead, Regional Coordinator for the Nordic and Baltic countries, and as one of the final group of Program Coordinators until Judge Academy was launched. Outside the world of judging,
Johanna works as a media analyst at a competitive intelligence company and enjoys cooking, travelling and computer gaming. She is known for her love of Tarpans, negronis and knives, not necessarily in that order.
Damián Hiller is a Level 3 Judge from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He began judging in 2000 while in high-school and got to Level 3 by 2005. Years later became the first RC for the Spanish speaking Latin American countries in 2010 and was promoted to L4 in 2011 (until said level was discontinued). Since then he has Head Judged multiple GPs in various continents, created and maintained the Conferences Sphere (transforming conferences into a worldwide initiative) and remained in one way or another in the involved in the coordination of the judge program.
Outside of the Magic world, he enjoys reading comic books, building Legos and cooking!
Jon Goud is a Level 3 Judge from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.He first picked up Magic with his brother in the 90s when Ice Age was released. He began judging in 2012, was promoted to L3 in 2015, and was the Regional Coordinator for Canadian Judges from 2016 – 2019. Outside of judging Jon is currently in his second year of law school at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. He is interested in Elder Law, Law Reform, and is the Senior Student editor of the Dalhousie Law Journal.
For most of his twenties, Jon was a career musician! He played bass in multiple bands and composed music for TV and film. While he is no longer “in the biz”, he is still hired for the odd studio session, still owns most of his gear (including 4 basses), and loves discovering new music to listen to. He and his wife Cali also are the proud parents of two adorable Norwegian Forest Cats “Hamlet” and “Macbeth”.
Bryan Prillaman is a Level 3 Judge from Orlando Florida, USA. He began judging in 2010 after running weekly casual meetups at his LGS for a year. He certified for L3 at the GP Vegas in 2013. He has been a current host of the Judge centric podcast JudgeCast for 8 years, as well as the lead for the Annotated IPG. He was (and still is) the lead for the Exemplar Program for the last 4 years, and was a Program Coordinator from Oct 2018 to Oct 2019.
Outside of Magic, Bryan plays D&D, the occasional video game, and basic home improvement activities; except plumbing. Bryan hates plumbing.
Rob McKenzie is a Level 3 judge living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Rob has been judging since 2004, and has judged at a range of events from prereleases to Pro Tours. Rob was the only RC of the USA – North region, from when the region emerged from the old Midwest region in early 2015 until October of 2019, when the region was folded back into the Midwest with the advent of Judge Academy.
Outside of Magic, Rob does a lot of board gaming, a lot of reading of science fiction and fantasy, and a lot of video gaming.