NATIONWIDE FOUNDATION & PAGEANT STAFF
♦ NATIONWIDE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
- Board of Trustees
- Troy Fienhold-Haasis, Nationwide Pageants
- Rosanne Lienhard Plante, Second Opinion Legal Center and Mediation Services, P.L.C.
- Katie Kenny, Miss Nationwide 2015
♦ 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 and Executive Director of the newly formed Nationwide Charitable Foundation. In the Spring of 2018, Troy was named as a official Board Member of The Positive Pageantry Movement. He is also the Founder/President at Crowning Achievement Consulting offering pageant coaching and image consulting.
Troy is employed with Party City as the General Manager of the Council Bluffs store, 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.
You can contact Troy directly via Email!
♦ SCHOLARSHIP COORDINATOR
♦ CONTESTANT COORDINATOR
Bhagya Mann, Miss Nationwide 2013, and a former Miss Michigan Nationwide (2012) will be the Contestant Coordinator for the Nationwide Pageants.
Bhagya’s involvement in pageants started at the age of 15. Watching Miss India, Miss Universe, and other pageants on television encouraged her to take part in pageantry. Bhagya competed in pageants at a state level where she showed signs of confidence, poise and was able to achieve her goals through her hard work, commitment and dedication. During her Reign as Miss Nationwide 2013, Bhagya was granted numerous opportunities where she was involved in her own community promoting her platform statement on Children’s Education. Bhagya had the opportunity to be on a full page of the Super Models Unlimited Magazine. Also, Bhagya has been a pageant coach to young girls where she helped future contestants prepare for upcoming pageants; not only was her goal to help them excel in a pageant, but also build self-confidence.
Bhagya’s educational background includes a Master of Law from City University London, in London, United Kingdom where she studied International Commercial Law with a specialization in Banking Law.
Bhagya is looking forward to taking on this role as a Contestant Coordinator for the Nationwide Pageants and strives to make it an unforgettable experience not only for herself, but future contestants.
♦ JUDGE’S COORDINATOR
♦ TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
♦ STAGE MANAGER
Katie Kenny (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.
As a former 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. In 2018, Rosanne was named Ms. Worldwide United 2018, and began advocating for Traumatic Brain Injury
Rosanne served as the 1990 Sioux City Relays Queen, Mrs. Iowa International 2016 and Ms. Worldwide United 2018. She also enjoys judging in the pageant world and plans on competing in more Mrs. pageants.
You can contact Rosanne directly via Email!
♦ EQUALITY CONSULTANT
Alexandra StJames-Gray, born and raised in Chicago, Alexandra started her life as a young performer by gracing the stage at age 9 in the Houston Grand Opera production of Porgy and Bess. This would lead to roles in various theatrical productions all over the city. After leaving the entertainment industry for personal reasons. Alexandra focused on her education and performing in nightclubs across the country. Her vocal tributes to artists such as Billie Holliday, Eartha Kitt and Whitney Houston have garnered great acclaim.
Alexandra is a very active member of the GLBTQ+ community for which she has raised countless thousands of dollars of charitable donations over the years. She also actively supports organizations that create space for queer youth. Alexandra is a staunch advocate for Transgender rights and fights against HIV Stigma. By using music, art and theater, Alexandra has found ways to discuss the human condition and bring a brightness to otherwise difficult subject matter. “As a Black Transwoman living in today’s society, I strive to be seen in all of my humanity”.
♦ CROWN DESIGNER
Ricardo Patraca, originally from Veracruz, has established himself as an avant-garde option within the design of jewelry and accessories in Mexico, developing both for men and women. In his adolescence he learned the techniques of jewelry which created the need to form his own brand called elementi RICARDO PATRACA in 2000. His collections are inspired by the basic elements of nature using materials such as are primarily Silver Mexican .925, 14k Gold, Semiprecious Stones, Pearls, Swarovski Components, Leather, Silk, Leather, Corals, etc. Plasmaby reflecting in each piece a concept of art and unique piece from simple to extraordinary of great size and complexity, achieving a balance of handcrafted work of good taste, high quality raw materials, both national supporting talent and materials Mexicans and imports with international trends.
The success of the brand has been based on the design proposals based on existing trends combined with its own style that has been accepted and sold in Mexico, in the United States of America, Guatemala, Spain, England, Australia, New Zealand, Colombia, Canada, Dominican Republic and Honduras. He has been represented on international catwalks in Portland, Vancouver, Houston and Miami in the USA; Milan, Italy; Santo Domingo and Santiago, Dominican Republic; Tegucigalpa , Honduras; Pereira, Colombia; Ecuador, Costa Rica, Madrid, Barcelona, Salamanca and León in Spain.
♦ 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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