NATIONAL & STATE EXECUTIVE TEAM

Since 2016, Miss Earth USA is under the direction of Earth Pageant Productions. We invite you to meet the team! 

WE ARE ALWAYS SEEKING TALENTED TEAM MEMBERS! Please contact Khia Smith

NATIONAL DIRECTOR

LAURA CLARK

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Laura Clark is the license holder for Miss Earth in the United States. Serving over 20 years in the pageant, performance and entertainment industry, Laura has recently been recognized as Best Pageant Director by Pageant Planet, Art & Beauty Magazine and Prestige Pageantry Awards. She has held positions with the Miss United States Organization, Miss World America, the National Football League, Going Pro Entertainment and Universal Dance Association. Laura spent several years as a full time choreographer and game day entertainment director for professional and collegiate teams. After earning the title of Ms. United States 2011, she became a state director and national director of marketing for Miss United States and Miss World America. Under Laura's leadership, USA has ranked as 2nd Runner Up Miss World, 1st Runner Up Miss Earth and finally won the elusive Miss Earth title in 2020. Laura dedicated six years cheering in the National Football League. Her favorite time as an NFL cheerleader was performing abroad in eight countries for the U.S. military. She also appeared on CMT's Making the Team as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Semifinalist. She holds a bachelor's in public communication with a minor in political science, has been certified as a Climate Reality Leader and holds a diplomatic pass to the United Nations in Switzerland. One of her first jobs out of college was as an account executive for VML public relations and advertising agency, now the PR agency for Miss America. Laura, her husband and two children are based in Washington, D.C. Contact Laura

ASSISTANT NATIONAL DIRECTOR

DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL ROYALTY & SPECIAL EVENTS

ARIEL SORENSEN

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Ariel is originally from Southern California, was raised in Arizona and now resides in Northern California. For many years, she has worked as a Healthcare Administrator in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. A veteran in the pageantry for over 15 years, Ariel has competed in various systems including USA, United States, Teen America and Teen World. She was previously Miss Teen Arizona World 2007, Miss North Phoenix Teen America 2006 and has received the Congeniality Award at both Miss Arizona Teen America and Miss Virginia United States. Since 2014, Ariel has served as a judge and contestant coordinator for Miss United States and Miss World America in several states on the East Coast. Ariel's "hidden" talents include playing classical piano and the steel drums, riding horses and ballroom dancing. She gives her time frequently to charitable purposes including military appreciation and allergy awareness. Contact Ariel

DIRECTOR OF RECRUITMENT & DELEGATE COMMUNICATION

JENNA MCKINNEY

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Raised in Texas, Jenna currently resides in Oklahoma as a proud Air Force wife. As a recent graduate with a Masters in Applied Developmental Psychology, she hopes to build a career working with children and adolescents. She is also a passionate advocate for women's empowerment and environmental service.In 2016, Jenna competed as Miss Colorado Earth, ranking to the Top 20 at Miss Earth United States. She has previously represented her state at Miss International and Miss United States pageants. Jenna has modeled for Johnathan Kayne pageant gowns and was a candidate for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Contact Jenna

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

KHIA MOON SMITH

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Based in Virginia Beach, Khia is an accomplished pageant director, judge, coach and competitor. She competed for three years at the Ms. United States pageant and placed top five in multiple circuits including Teen All American and American Coed. As a director and coach, her delegates have won state and national titles. Khia has served on the Executive Council of the Urban League of Hampton Roads Young Professionals and was recognized as a Distinguished Young Professional. She has been a member of the United Way of South Hampton Roads, the Women’s Leadership Council, and the National Association of Professional Women. In 2015, she launched her brand—K. Cimóne— an online earth-friendly accessory boutique for men and women, as well as Style Syndicated--a boutique styling, design, and production consulting conglomerate. In her free time, Khia volunteers as an EMT with the City of Virginia Beach and serves as an advocate and community resource for homeschooling students and families through her non-profit, The Homeschool Alliance. She is a wife, mother of three children and one fur-child.  Contact Khia

DIRECTOR OF BEAUTY FOR A cAUSE

miss earth preparation COORDINATOR 

BRITTANY ANN PAYNE

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A resident of Maui in Hawaii, Brittany served as Miss Earth United States 2015. During her successful competition at Miss Earth in Austria, she was named Miss Earth Water and served as an international queen through 2016. During her reign, she represented Miss Earth during travels to Colombia, Sri Lanka, Puerto Rico, and multiple domestic visits. She has interviewed on Univision and appeared on the cover of Crowned Magazine. For four years, Brittany has successfully performed as the master of ceremonies for Miss Earth USA national finals airing on the Dish Network and VIP Pageantry Channel. She has placed twice in the Top 5 at Miss California USA. In addition to managing the nonprofit sector of the pageant "Beauty for a Cause," Brittany serves on the Miss Earth USA Executive Team guiding the winner of Miss Earth USA during preparation for the Miss Earth competition. Contact Brittany

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR

AMANDA SOWARDS

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Amanda Sowards has competed in pageants for many years and held many titles. Named 2018 Humanitarian of the Year at The Global Beauty Awards, Amanda is the Vice President and Mission Director of World Missions Outreach, a US-owned not for profit school and feeding program operating in Nicaragua. Her pageant titles have included Ms. Earth Americas and Ms. Eco International, and she has competed in various systems including Miss USA, Miss America and Miss United States.

Amanda attended Catawba College and earned a B.A in Communications, then earned an International Broadcast Journalism degree at the Carolina School of Broadcasting. She enjoyed a career in journalism working with Radio Disney as the Kids Concern Morning Show Personality and at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment as an Account Executive. Amanda believes that love and humanity know no borders. She believes that the love for humanity unites us together with a sole intention of making a difference and a better tomorrow for us all. Contact Amanda

MEDIA & venue coordinator

ELLE WHITE

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LaShawn "Elle" White's extensive background in event coordination, hospitality, entertainment, media and pageants make her a valuable asset for the Miss Earth USA Executive Team! Having competed in Maryland and District of Columbia for several years, Elle now works in the hospitality industry in California and Nevada. In recent years, she appeared as a cast member on WETV "Match Made in Heaven." Contact Elle

MISSION COORDINATOR

COMING SOON!

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We are currently interviewing candidates for this position. Must have experience in grant writing, fund raising and nonprofit management. This is a remote position allowing the right candidate to work from anywhere! Please contact info@missearthusa.com.

national coordinator - junior ambassadors

DIRECTOR - MINNESOTA

GLORIA PARNELL

Gloria has a lifelong love for pageantry and over the years has been a titleholder, fan, competitor, judge, emcee and even a pageant parent. Gloria has a special connection with children and feels most rewarded helping them because she is a big kid at heart. As the former national coordinator of Little Miss United States, she went on to develop her own system exclusively for girls ages 0-15: America’s Little Miss. An avid volunteer, Gloria donates her time and talents at fundraisers for Minnesota Children's Hospitals, Salvation Army North and many other organizations across the Midwest. Contact Gloria

DIRECTOR - NEW YORK

YANERY ROSARIO

A New York native and former Miss Rhode Island Earth United States 2016, Yanery has been involved  in pageantry for over a decade. She is an avid dancer, having served as the choreographer of the Dominican College Latin Dance Team. In addition to directing pageants for the state of New York, Yanery has also directed for the New Jersey Earth pageants and served as contestant coordinator for the Miss Earth Puerto Rico national pageant in 2017.  Contact Yanery

DIRECTOR - ALABAMA, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, TENNESSEE

ONICA "NIC" BLAIZE

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Onica Blaize "Nic" is a Certified Life Coach and holds a Masters degree in social and behavioral science. She is the owner and spokeswoman for Nic B Cosmetics, an Atlanta based Cosmetics Company specializing in beauty products made for women of all races and ethnicities. She is also the co-owner of Inspire Gravity Consulting, a competition and life coaching company specializing in pageant, career and sports coaching services. When not wearing her fashion hat, Nic works as a Public Health Advisor for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this role she serves as the principal Project Officer supporting emergency preparedness and managing a budget of over 190 million dollars. She has received several awards for exemplary service in public health for her continued role in emergency preparedness. She was recently honored by the Governor's office and City Hall with a proclamation for her dedication to children in foster care. With over 20 years of pageant experience, Nic’s passion for pageantry is exemplified during each session. She brings a wealth of experience. She coaches contestants at all age and experience levels. Previous titles: Miss Guyana Universe (formally Guyana USA ) 1995 (youngest contestant to win at age 17), Miss Caribbean International 1997, Mrs. Snellville America 2015, Mrs. Georgia America 2016, Top 6 finalist at Mrs. America 2016. Contact Nic

DIRECTOR - KENTUCKY

CHRISTINA LEE

Residing in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband and two children, Christina has been involved in pageantry since 2013. After placing 1st Runner-Up at the 2021 Mrs. USA Earth competition, Christina felt called to lead other talented Kentucky women to shine on the Miss Earth state and national stages--while simultaneously facilitating a sisterhood that gives back to Kentucky. Christina holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kentucky, and outside of pageantry, enjoys traveling, photography, and decorating. Contact Christina

DIRECTOR - CALIFORNIA

GISELLE BOONE

With over 20 years of pageant experience, Giselle is the owner of Runway MC Productions and resides in Newport Beach. She is a pageant producer and trainer, modeling coach, scout and manager. Her queens have won titles including Miss Junior Teen United States, Miss World Australia Finalist, Miss Mutya Ng Pilipinas, Miss California Teen USA, Miss California USA Finalists, Miss Maryland Teen USA, Miss Earth United States, and Miss U.S. International. Her modeling students have signed with agencies and walked for fashion weeks in Milan, New York, and Los Angeles. Giselle has been featured in numerous magazines, TV interviews, documentaries, reality shows, modeling and life skill workshops. As the creator of Kindness Begins With Me Anti-bullying Campaign and a fashion designer, Giselle launched her first fashion line in 2011. Her design was worn by Andrea Neu at the 2013 Miss International in Japan. Giselle won a Top 5 USA Best Costume at the GLOBAL BEAUTY AWARDS and won Best Costume at the United States pageant. Her pageant also received a BEST MISS PAGEANT nomination for by Pageant Planet. Contact Giselle

director - NEW JERSEY

JILLIAN SPANO

Jillian Spano is a wife and mother of three. She holds degrees in Psychology and Communication and a Master's in Counseling Psychology. After a successful career in the healthcare industry, she founded Next Paige Productions with the goal to empower girls and women to feel and look their best. With over 15 years of experience in pageantry, beauty and fashion, her team specializes in pageant and fashion production, pageant coaching and styling, image consulting and personal development. Next Paige Productions was awarded a Top 3 spot for Coach of the Year by Beauty it’s Everywhere, All Time Top 100 by the United Pageant League as well as voted Top 10 Best Pageant Coach by Pageant Planet. In 2020, Next Paige Productions officially went international as a mentor for the Intentional Glamour Project based in India. Named one of The Most Fascinating People in Pageantry by Art & Beauty Magazine, Jillian has been a judge, director, producer, state and international titleholder. Finally, she has served as Vice President for the official hair and makeup team signed to Miss Universe Organization state pageants and other national pageant systems. Jillian continues to lives by her own belief: “You cannot become what you dream by remaining where you are.” Contact Jillian

director - TEXAS

JACQUELINE GARCIA-MARTINEZ

Jackie is the owner and Chief Executive Officer of Bazaar Models, recognized as a top modeling agency in the Southwest region of the United States. She formerly held the title of Miss Texas Earth and believes strongly in the mission of the Miss Earth Organization. Jackie studied Electronic Media Communication at the University of Texas at El Paso. Previously known as Wilhelmina Bazaar, Jackie is well known for her talent in developing men, women, and children for careers in modeling as a talent agent. She and her husband live in El Paso and have a son. Contact Jackie

director - HAWAII

JASMINE BAKER

Jasmine is a retired Naval Officer and currently works as a government engineer. She founded (GEMS) Girls Empowered & Mentored for Success, a non-profit STEM sorority for girls, serving as a mentor to girls who desire to pursue STEM career fields; she is CEO/Founder of True Elegance Boutique, pageant designer gown store known for producing the most crown winning gowns on the island of Oahu; and she is the CEO/Founder of the "Positive Thinking" podcast, serving as show host "Mrscolorfulday." With more than 25 years experience in business and leadership, Jasmine believes in transforming the world one day at a time. Her community service has been displayed from advocating for Susan G. Komen & American Cancer Society to teaching and mentoring in Oahu’s women’s prison.  She is currently completing her Doctorate in Management and holds a Master of Management, Master of Business, and Master of Public Administration.  Jasmine has held multiple pageant titles and placed 2nd Runner-up nationally.  

Contact Jasmine

director - LOUISIANA

LEIGHANNA KINGVALSKY

LeighAnna was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she currently resides. Leigh began competing in pageants as a preteen and took a ten year hiatus before returning as a contestant in 2015. Since 2015, she has held two state and two national titles: Miss Black US Ambassador 2017 and Miss Earth USA Fire 2020. Leigh holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Kinesiology and a Master's of Business Administration from LSU and LSU Shreveport. She currently works as a Regional Manager for a preventive health company, holds a Certified Personal Trainer certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and operates a fitness company known as Fleurish Fitness. LeighAnna's passion for wellness does not stop with her professional career. Through pageantry she has been able to grow this passion by working within the community and she aims to help other women do the same. As Louisiana’s State Director, she intends to push other women to grow, build lasting partnerships for the organization and create a statewide impact that has potential to inspire worldwide. Contact LeighAnna

directoR - ILLINOIS

BRETT BROOKS

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Brittanie Nicole Brooks aka "Brett" has been involved in pageantry for the last decade, from a contestant, judge, coordinator and served as a three time Miss Illinois titleholder. More recently, she was 2019 Miss Illinois Earth USA. Brittanie earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Eastern Illinois University as well as a Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois in Public Affairs Reporting. She’s worked in all facets of journalism from radio, print and television. A former college professor, Brett also had the opportunity to work at Pageant Planet as their Queen of Social Media and as a news writer. Currently, she is a portrait photographer and the Founder/Host of Pageants & Prosecco Podcast, available on every major streaming platform reaching on average 3,000 pageant enthusiasts per episode. One of her proudest achievements was passing legislation at the Illinois State Capitol to bring awareness to Ovarian Cancer & Ovarian Cysts, the latter of which she’s personally endured. You can catch a glimpse of her creative side and photography work on Instagram BeeSquaredFilms. Contact Brett

 

directoR - PENNSYLVANIA, MARYLAND, VIRGINIA, dc

TERI BROWN-WALKER

Voted Best State Pageant Director in 2017 & 2019 by Pageant Planet, and a finalist nominee for Best State Director/Producer from The Global Beauty Awards, Teri has taken the pageantry industry by storm.  Teri has had a successful 25 year career in Human Resources Recruitment and Talent Acquisition, leading, training and developing some of the best recruiters in the country. Applying the tools she learned in Human Resources, in 2016, Teri began pageant directing and to date has crowned over 60 queens, five national winners and two Best National State Costume winners.  Teri holds a Masters’ Degree from UMUC in Human Resources Management & Development and a Masters Certificate in Leadership from Johns Hopkins University and currently resides in PG County Maryland with her husband Michael of 33 years.

Contact Teri

director - NEVADA

MARYN RUSSELL

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Maryn has been involved in pageantry as a contestant, judge, coach, and director throughout her life. Through her participation as a contestant, she not only found success onstage, but developed a love for community service, made lifelong friends, and honed interview skills that have translated into the professional world. As a local director in the Miss America Organization for five years, she produced two state winners. As a coach, Maryn had helped women achieve semifinals placements at US International and Miss Earth USA, and a winner at United States of America’s first national pageant. Maryn has enjoyed a successful banking career and has been named Employee of the Year by two financial institutions. She currently works for an international financial institution as a Relationship Manager, where she oversees the risk and compliance of a portfolio of third party vendors. Maryn resides in Las Vegas with her fur baby, Bruiser. Because she is a second-generation native and lifelong resident of Nevada, Maryn believes in the power of the women in her home state. Contact Maryn

directoR - UTAH

EVANGELINE STEELE

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Evangeline has been involved with pageants for the past 10 years as a contestant, volunteer, and pageant dress consultant. Most recently, she held the title of Elite Miss Utah 2019. She was fortunate enough to place as a top 15 semi finalist, as well as win the Miss Congeniality award at the 2019 national pageant. Evangeline is excited to continue her pageant career with the Miss Earth USA organization!

 Contact Evangeline

director - WEST VIRGINIA

MELANIE GILLUM

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Melanie was born and raised in Buckhannon West Virginia where she lives with her husband and three kids.  She is a licensed cosmetologist and owns her own successful hair and makeup artistry business.

Melanie attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where she pursued her degrees in web design and interactive media, graphic design, and digital photography.  She has been involved in pageantry for  over 15 years and has coached her daughter to win many state and recently, national title of Jr Miss Earth USA. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys spending time with her family, making stained glass, kayaking, and laying on a beach soaking up the sun. Contact Melanie

NATIONAL LEADERSHIP TEAM 

JENNIFER TOSO-KENNA

Jennifer has been involved in pageantry for over a decade as a contestant, coach, judge, director, and even a pageant mom. A life-long Midwesterner, Jennifer was born and raised in North Dakota, and has held the titles of Mrs. North Dakota America, Mrs. North Dakota Earth and Mrs. Norway Eco International. In addition, she has modeled both in print and on the runway. Outside of pageantry, Jennifer is a high school counselor in Fargo, ND, a wife, a mother of two, and an avid Green Bay Packer fan.  Contact Jennifer

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