Doctors, Lawyers, Journalists, & Computer Science Educators
#FaceofMissAmerica Gather to Talk about the Miss America Organization’s Foundation of
Scholarship & Service
Atlantic City, NJ (August 19, 2015) – Nine former Miss America State Titleholders gathered in Atlantic City Saturday, August 15th to officially launch The Miss America State Titleholders Association. These women – doctors, lawyers, journalists, computer science education experts – put real life stories to the success and extent of the Miss America Organization and Miss America Foundation scholarships.
(Photo: Don Kravtiz/Getty)
From left : Miss North Carolina 1991 Jennifer Vaden Barth, Miss Wisconsin 2003 Dr. Tina Sauerhammer, Miss Washington 1991 SoYoung Kwon, Miss Georgia 1976 Dr. Sandra Fryhofer, Miss New Jersey 1972 Lynn Weidner, Miss Arkansas 1983 Regina Hopper, Miss Oregon 1991 Carolyn Ladd, Miss Arkansas 2009 Sarah Slocum Collins, & Miss Iowa 1999 Dr. Jennifer Caudle.
“MASTA”, as it is being called, is co-chaired by Lynn Weidner, Miss New Jersey 1972, Chair of the Miss America Organization, and Regina Hopper, Miss Arkansas 1983, Chair of the Miss America Foundation.
The 17 MASTA Ambassadors were chosen over the course of a year through a recommendation and review process. This “inaugural” group will work to bring wider attention to the true objectives of the Miss America program – scholarship and service.
In Atlantic City for the event (links to full bios):
- Miss Arkansas 2009 Sarah Slocum Collins Miss Arkansas 2009: Attorney and Government Affairs Representative
- Miss Wisconsin 2003 Dr. Tina Sauerhammer: Pediatric Plastic Surgeon
- Miss Iowa 1999 Dr. Jennifer Caudle: Family Physician, Asst. Professor Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine & Television/Radio Health Expert
- Miss North Carolina 1991 Jennifer Vaden Barth: Google Regional Education Program Manager
- Miss Oregon 1991 Carolyn Ladd: Senior Counsel
- Miss Washington 1991 SoYoung Kwon: Attorney
- Miss Arkansas 1983 Regina Hopper: President & CEO ITS America, Chair of the Miss American Foundation, First Vice-Chair of the Miss America Organization
- Miss Georgia 1976 Dr. Sandra Fryhofer: Internist & Adjunct Associate Professor at Emory University School of Medicine and Past President of the American College of Physicians
- Miss New Jersey 1972 Lynn Weidner: Media executive, former television news reporter & philanthropist, Chair of the Miss America Organization
The remainder of the inaugural MASTA Ambassadors are:
- Miss Florida 2012 Laura McKeeman Rutledge: ESPN CNN Sports Reporter
- Miss Kansas 2012 Sloane Lewis: Teach for America
- Miss Utah 2007 Jill Stephens Shepard: US National Guard and Nurse
- Miss Connecticut 2002 Tanisha Brito Chea; Director of Brand Marketing at Taco Bell®
- Miss Georgia 2002 Amy Mulkey McGowan; Global Management Consulting
- Miss New Jersey 1999 Victoria Paige Bailey: Executive Director and Client Advisor in the J.P. Morgan Private Bank
- Miss Mississippi 1997 Dr. Myra Barginear: Medical Oncologist
- Miss Rhode Island 1989 Lt. Col. Gloria Berlanga: Military Service: Highest Ranking Woman in the State Guard
“These women exemplify what the Miss America program is all about.The real power of the Miss America experience is not as a goal in itself, but the fact it is a springboard toward a more empowered future. Through scholarships, opportunities and experiences that promote education, community service, and the attainment of life goals, the Miss America Organization believe in creating winners for life,” said Lynn Weidner.
“Miss America is more than just the one night television tradition where one young woman walks a runway. It is a 365 day-a-year program where hundreds of women impact lives in communities, industries, and professions across this country,” said Regina Hopper. “By bringing these talented, successful, and humble individuals together, we can leverage the full strength of the Miss America program.”
Following a day of media interviews and outreach, the MASTA Ambassadors joined the current Miss America, Kira Kazantsev, and other state titleholders from the Class of 2015, on the Kennedy Plaza stage to showcase their work, talent, and reasons for wanting to advance the Miss America Organization and Miss America Foundation.
(Photo: Don Kravitz/Getty)
From left : Miss North Carolina 1991 Jennifer Vaden Barth, Miss Arkansas 2009 Sarah Slocum Collins, Miss Washington 1991 SoYoung Kwon, Miss Wisconsin 2003 Dr. Tina Sauerhammer, Miss Oregon 1991 Carolyn Ladd, Miss Iowa 1999 Dr. Jennifer Caudle, Miss Arkansas 1983 Regina Hopper, Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev, Miss New Jersey 1972 Lynn Weidner, Miss Arkansas 2014 Ashton Campbell, Miss Mississippi 2014 Jasmine Murray, Miss Ohio 2014 Mackenzie Bart, Miss Virginia 2014 Courtney Paige Garrett,
Miss Kentucky 2014 Ramsey Carpenter
Sam Haskell, Executive Chairmen and CEO of the Miss America Organization stressed the importance of the association and announced the MASTA Ambassadors will be in Atlantic City for the 95th Anniversary of Miss America. He added they will be featured on stage in Boardwalk Hall on Wednesday evening, September 9th, will participate in the 9/11 tribute on Friday, September 11th, which will benefit the Miss America Foundation, and will join in the Miss America “Show Us Your Shoes” parade down the boardwalk on Saturday, September 12th.
“This group of women is bringing renewed recognition and energy to the Miss America Organization. I am proud of the work they have done, and will continue to do, to bring the entire story of this great program to a larger audience.” said Mr. Haskell. “I am grateful they will also join us on Sunday, September 13th to watch the crowning of a new Miss America and welcome a new generation of state leaders.”
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