Meet Our Team
Co-Executive Director, Stacy Paper
Stacy has dedicated 7 years to MAO as both a competitor & volunteer. Stacy placed 1st runner up to Miss Iowa 2014 & has produced 4 state level pageants for MAO. She lives with her husband, Austin & children, E'mya (13) & Benton (3) in their historic QC home. Stacy spends her daytime hours as Marketing & Development Director for a local non profit healthcare facility & as a wedding photographer.
Co-Executive Director, Nicole Young
Nicole and her husband Matthew live in East Moline with their three-year-old daughter, Coraleigh. She works for the American Rental Association helping support the equipment and event rental industry internationally. Outside of her short glory day of competing for an MAO local, Nicole has been a pageant fan for as long as she can remember. She shares her passion with her stepdaughter who has competed on the Miss Iowa stage twice.
Social Initiative & Public Relations, Susan Fochs
Susan founded & serves as CEO to her non-profit Operation Not Alone which serves military members across the nation. Susan's dedication to her social initiative & the MAO system has brought her numerous awards at the state & national levels. Susan shares her expertise remotely from Madison, Wisconsin where she works as a Marketing director &
full-time kitten momma.
Talent, Molly Phipps
Molly has spent the majority of her life involved in the Miss Iowa Youth, Teen & Miss programs. Molly placed 2nd runner up to Miss Iowa 2014 & was previously 1st runner up to Miss Iowa's Outstanding Teen. Molly has an extensive background in dance, which has brought her numerous talent awards over the years. Molly lives with her husband, Sheldon & daughter, Claire just outside of the Quad Cities.
Talent, Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw
Mikhayla just finished her year at Miss Iowa 2018 during which she wowed the state of Iowa with her musicianship. Mikhayla is an accomplished violinist & overall musician. Her background as a musician & entertainer are sure to provide our new titleholders with the skills they need to entertain the Miss Illinois judges. Mikhayla currently resides in Rock Island & is working on a number of job opportunities.
Social Media & Sponsorship, Maggie Gehlsen
Maggie has dedicated a great portion of her life to the MAO program. Maggie was the 1st runner up to Miss Iowa's Outstanding Teen 2012 & just recently placed 1st runner up to Miss Iowa 2018. Maggie is a guru in all things social media, running a successful blog, online training program, & a constantly growing Instagram. Maggie will be serving our new titleholders remotely from her new home in New York City.
Interview & Public Speaking, Tianna Vanderhei
Tianna is no newbie to the MAO system, having just wrapped up her year as Miss Wisconsin 2018. Tianna took home the preliminary interview award at Miss America & a well-deserved finish in the Top 15. Tianna is a Marketing & Communications specialist in Wisconsin, where she lives with her partner, Grant & their adorable puppy, Chester.
State Paperwork, Shauna Learn
Shauna has dedicated years of service to the MAO organization, previously serving on the Miss Iowa board. Shauna has prepared many talented young women for the national stage & has graciously shared her knowledge with our upcoming titleholders. Shauna resides just outside the Quad Cities with her two boys & husband, Rich.
Business Manager, Naomi Horton Copeland
Naomi is a long time supporter of the MAO system & active volunteer in her community. Naomi will assist our new titleholders in scheduling appearances in relation to their personal social impact & platform, Children's Miracle Network & various events around the state of Illinois. Naomi & her husband are proud parents of 2 sons who
both serve in the US Navy.
We believe all women can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.