Meet Our Team

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Co-Executive Director, Christina King

A newbie to the MAO pageant system, Christina brings a very extensive background in pageantry.  She is a three-time state titleholder as Miss South Carolina Queen USA 2016, Miss Trans Illinois USA 2020, and Miss Illinois Nationwide 2022. Having just won her first national competition in July 2022, Miss King, as the newly crowned Miss Nationwide 2022, is now promoting her personal platform on a national level while representing Nationwide Pageantry and the Miss Nationwide Charitable Foundation as their reigning titleholder!  

She serves on numerous local and statewide boards, while chairing a city commission for Galesburg, Illinois, which is tasked with the mediation of discrimination and community education. 

She lives in Illinois with her fur babies! 

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Co-Executive Director, Nicole Monson

Nicole and her five-year-old daughter, Coraleigh, live in the Bloomington-Normal area. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration which she uses to benefit local organizations with fundraising and event planning and most recently as the Assistant Director of Development with Special Olympics Illinois. 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. Nicole spends her time flexing her charcuterie board displays, annihilating her boyfriend in complex board games, and spending time with her daughter.

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Personal Branding, Stacy Paper

Stacy has dedicated 10 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 (14) & Benton (5) in the North Carolina Triangle. Stacy spends her daytime hours as  Digital Marketing Director & as a wedding photographer.

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Interview & Public Speaking, 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 &  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 and TikTok. Maggie resides in Peoria, IL with her fiancé and her adorable dog, Bruce!

Wardrobe Consultant, Naomi Horton Copeland

Naomi is a long time supporter of the MAO system & active volunteer in her community. Naomi has an extensive background in fashion working currently with White House Black Market. Her keen eye will ensure our titleholders are dressed for success. Naomi & her husband are proud parents of 2 sons who both serve in the US Navy.

Social Initiative & Public Relations, Madison Auge

Madison Auge is a 27 year old User Experience Researcher living in Dallas, Texas. She competed for 3 years in the Miss Iowa program, garnering awards such as Top 10 finalist, the Miracle Maker Award, Dale Dose Local Applause Award, and the Jack and Gayle Broderick Community Service Award, recognizing the work that she did with her Social Impact Initiative, The Blossom Revolution. Since leaving MAO, Madison has remained involved as a mentor with The Teen Queen Collective and is excited to be joining the board!

Talent, Isha Jog

Isha Jog is a professional Indian Classical Kathak dancer, pageant competitor, and a Strategy Consultant at KPMG. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Marketing & Management from Loyola University Chicago and her Master's degree in Industrial & Organizational Psychology from Indiana Wesleyan University. Isha was 1st runner up to Miss Illinois Outstanding Teen 2012 & placed 2nd runner up to Miss Illinois 2019. Isha was also the Distinguished Young Woman of Illinois 2013 and placed Top 10 at the national competition. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, choreographing dances, and exploring new restaurants in the city. Isha resides in Chicago, IL with her husband, Dr. Kevin Keuper, and their golden-doodle, Alfie.

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Princess Program, Faith Houk

Faith is a Quad Cities native. She has a background in dance and has volunteered with the Miss Iowa program for 7 years and is the director of the Illinois Henry County Fair Talent Show. She was an executive director of the Miss Iowa Sweeps titleholders for 5 years. Faith's favorite MAO fun fact is that she has personally worked with Kelley "Nurse Kelley" Johnson, Miss Colorado 2015 herself but to Faith, she's just Kelley. She is a mom of 3 children; a son and two daughters.  She has been married to her husband, Dustin, for 7 years. 

Scholarship & Finance, Aaron Hays

Aaron is a Senior Wealth Insurance Strategist with Insurance Design Network in Normal, IL. He graduated with his Bachelor's degree in Music Composition from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2008 . During his free time, he likes to play and write music as well as spend time with his kids, Desmond and Penelope. He is an avid reader, likes to learn about new topics and has a strong focus on personal and professional growth. Aaron is also passionate about his community, volunteers his time to the IL Prairie Community Foundation and has served on its board for 10 years. 

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