NATIONWIDE PAGEANT STAFF
♦ NATIONAL DIRECTOR
Troy Fienhold-Haasis, a native of eastern Iowa, attended Central College in Pella and the University of Northern Iowa, majoring in Tech/Design Theater and Public Relations. After college, he worked over twelve years in the Formal Wear industry, seven years in office administration roles for several Omaha churches and spent over 25 years in the nonprofit, event-planning and fundraising sector.
His belief that self-empowerment is important for young women of all ages has led him through many years of pageant involvement with numerous pageant systems. During the early 90’s, he served as a local director with the Miss America program in Nebraska, and again in the early 2000’s as a local director with the Miss America program in Iowa. A certified judge for the National American Miss (NAM) Pageants, he has also judged for the Mrs. Nebraska America, the Miss Nebraska (America), the Miss Iowa Amazing and International Junior Miss (IJM) Iowa/Nebraska/Minnesota pageant systems. In 2014, he joined the Nationwide Pageant system as State Director for the Miss Iowa & Miss Nebraska Nationwide Pageants. In the summer of 2016, Troy transitioned into the new role of National Director of the Nationwide Pageant system. He is also the Founder/President at Crowning Achievement Consulting offering pageant coaching and image consulting.
Troy is employed with Party City as a member of the management team in Council Bluffs, and serves as a Civil Rights Commissioner on the Council Bluffs Civil Rights Commission. He is an avid news/social media junkie as well as a lifelong activist for Equality for all individuals! He and his husband, Jason, reside in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
♦ SCHOLARSHIP COORDINATOR
♦ CONTESTANT COORDINATOR
♦ JUDGE’S COORDINATOR
♦ TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
♦ STAGE MANAGER
Katie Cole, Miss Nationwide 2015 and a former Miss Iowa Nationwide (2015) will serve as official Choreographer for the National Pageant.
Katie spent 16 years in dance training, including competitive dance, before switching over to competitive cheerleading. While competing in dance, Katie would choreograph some of her only solo routines. As she branched further into cheerleading, she started to choreograph on her own. For the last 5 years, she has choreographed routines all over the states of Iowa, South Dakota, Missouri, and Nebraska. These routines consist of 10-25 girls. She recently was named the Iowa Honor Squad Choreographer for the state of Iowa. This routine usually consists of 250 girls from all across the state. Katie has also spent the last 12 years competing in pageants and looks forward to combining her two passions as the Miss Nationwide Choreographer.
♦ LEGAL COUNSEL
Rosanne Lienhard Plante is an Iowa attorney with 20 years experience and is the owner of Second Opinion Legal Center and Mediation Services, P.L.C. She is a certified Iowa Master Gardener, and the founder and President of the Green Ambassadors, which matches home gardeners with excess produce to food banks and organizations that feed the hungry.
During her year of service as Mrs. Iowa International 2016, she and her husband Chad donated over 1,000 pounds of food to the Gospel Mission of Siouxland. She recruited 99 other Green Ambassadors to represent the 99 counties of Iowa. There are also Green Ambassadors in Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois and South Dakota.
Rosanne served as the 1990 Sioux City Relays Queen, and Mrs. Iowa International 2016. She also enjoys judging in the pageant world and plans on competing in more Mrs. pageants.
♦ CROWN DESIGNER
Nova Starr began designing jewelry while at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, but did not get to truly pursue it until her late 20’s. With the help & guidance of many wonderful creative minds and incredible jeweler friends and mentors, she’s learned a thing or two about what it takes to create not only beautiful, but durable wearable art. Through the study of many styles and the occasional piece of great advice, Nova began her own line. Her first line was “Starr Jewels” and after a year or so of working out the kinks and a lot of growing experience, she debuted her signature label, FIERCE! Jewels & FIERCE! Drag Jewels!
Nova’s Fierce! Jewels has had the distinguished pleasure and honor to design and provide the international smash hit show RuPaul’s Drag Race and Drag Race All Stars with the custom winner’s crowns and scepters for 6 seasons, in addition to providing jewelry for many Drag Race contestants and RuPaul herself!
Nationwide Pageants is proud to have had Nova custom design and now produce our copyrighted Official National, State and Local Nationwide crowns and pins! Nova now resides in Providence, Rhode Island where she works full time in her design studio. FIERCE! Jewels
♦ GRAPHIC DESIGN
Jandi Prich relocated with her husband to Omaha, Nebraska from Michigan in 2016. She has been a graphic designer for over 14 years gaining experience from marketing and conceptualizing, to design, web and even pre-press.
She is currently employed in Iowa with The Daily Nonpareil as the online graphic designer. Throughout her career she has worked for many different publications both newspaper and magazine; where she was heavily involved in conceptualization of company logos and promos, both for print and web. Jandi also has experience in designing posters, business cards, brochures, magazines, postcards and award winning advertisements.
Troy Escamilla is a Library Information Specialist in the Houston area with a Master’s Degree from Sam Houston State University. He has been an avid pageant fan since an early age, having attended many local, state and national pageants over the years. In 1999, he utilized his fondness and knowledge of pageants to produce one of the very first Internet/Mail-In pageants in the industry, Miss United America. The pageant produced three successful national winners (Erika Howe – 1999, Laura Flinn Baechtel – 2000, and Milandria King – 2001) before Troy decided to focus on finishing his Bachelor’s Dress in English and Secondary Education from the University of Iowa. From 2008 to 2011, he was a local director for Miss America local preliminaries in Illinois and Iowa.
Troy was passionate about creating a national pageant system that rekindled the interest and glamour that pageants possessed throughout the 80’s and early 90’s, when everyone tuned in to watch the new Miss America or Miss USA be crowned. He felt that the current national systems had meandered away from the classic traditional appeal of pageantry and moved to one extreme or the other; either the systems do not want to be recognized as “beauty pageants” to satisfy vocal critics, or they had become too focused on simply looks, allowing finalists to be selected simply from swimsuit or evening gown scores and not by the contestant’s inner qualities or intelligence.
With the creation of Miss Nationwide in 2012, Escamilla hoped to create a system that recognized and honored young women from across the nation and allowed them a forum to showcase their unique abilities through areas of competition that truly highlight individuality and leadership qualities. His ultimate goal was to cultivate Miss Nationwide into one of the premiere pageant systems in the United States and hoped that it will be the title that is sought after and viewed with prestige.
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