Miss America 2.0

Leadership and Staff

Under New Management

Chair Gretchen Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper are at the helm of the new Miss America Organization and are driving it forward with big ideas and bold vision. Surrounded by a diverse group of former crown-holders, Gretchen and Regina are combined with a team that embodies all the best qualities of Miss America. With these new faces and powerful voices, the competition is poised for great things now and for years to come.

Named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” Gretchen Carlson is one of America’s most successful news anchors and a globally recognized advocate for women’s empowerment. Her historic sexual harassment complaint against the chairman of Fox News helped pave the way for the #metoo movement.

Carlson previously hosted “The Real Story” on Fox News, “Fox and Friends,” and also served as a CBS News correspondent. She recently returned to television as host and producer of Lifetime Network documentaries. Carlson’s memoir “Getting Real” was a national bestseller in 2015 and her in October 2017, “Be Fierce” debuted as a New York Times bestseller.

An honors graduate of Stanford University, Carlson was valedictorian of her high school class and studied at Oxford University in England. A violin prodigy, she performed as a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra at age 13, and in 1989 became the first classical violinist to win the Miss America crown.

Gretchen Carlson

Chair of the Board of Trustees
Miss America 1989

Regina Hopper

President and Chief Executive Officer
Miss Arkansas 1983

Regina has an extensive background in advocacy and non-profit leadership as the Senior Vice President of Global Public Policy for GRIDSMART Technologies and having served as President and CEO of ITS America and America’s Natural Gas Alliance and Executive Vice President of USTelecom and the American Trucking Associations. She is a former correspondent for CBS News where she won an Emmy for her work on 48 Hours. As Miss Arkansas 1983, Regina won the non-finalist talent award at the 1984 Miss America competition and led that year’s Miss America USO overseas tour. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law and Fulbright College. She is currently serving on the University of Arkansas Alumni Association Board of Directors as well as the Arkansas State Society Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

Jennifer Vaden-Barth

Miss North Carolina 1991

Jessie Ward Bennett

Miss Arkansas 2001

Ashley Byrd
Valeria Crooker Clemens

Miss Maine 1980

Laura Kaeppeler Fleiss

Miss America 2012

Ike Franco
Heather French Henry

Miss America 2000

Kate Shindle

Miss America 1998

National Staff

Karen Nocella

Executive Director, Operations

Eli Popicg

Chief Financial Officer

Marc Angeli

Vice President of Field Operations

Mary Ellen Lucia

Director of Field Operations

Jamillah Hamilton

Director of Scholarships

Adelaide Ehrlich

Director of Licensing & Ticketing

Julie Hoffman

Tour Manager

Megan Holland

Tour Manager

Stacey Morken

Tour Manager

Rodney Neely

Security Director

Mary Lu Henry

Administrative Assistant