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Mrs. Georgia America 2024- Ana Christina Rodriguez

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Ana Christina Rodriguez (Bowers) is a current day-time television personality and executive producer for two lifestyle shows in Augusta, GA.
Ana is a former Miss Texas USA and 3rd runner up to Miss USA in 2011. She has appeared in Seventeen Magazine, Teen Vogue and Cosmo for national ad campaigns for international designer Tony Bowls.
She is a graduate and athlete of Concordia University Texas where she majored in Public Relations and was named Communications Student of the year.
She is also the founder of an online platform, Live & Give, where she designs products to help encourage others. This allows her to then sponsor family photoshoots for Moms who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Ana enjoys spending her free time with her family, volunteering with her church, and giving back to her community. She resides in Georgia as the current Mrs. Georgia America with her husband Ryan and 3 children.

Mrs. Minnesota America 2024- Katina Schroeder

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At the age of 7, Katina Schroeder was entered by her mother into her first pageant and was
crowned the 1979 Junior Queen of Spring Lake Park. Since then, she has had a background of 30 years
in pageantry having won both local and state titles. As a child, she remembers watching the Mrs.
Minnesota pageant televised live from the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre and dreamed of one day
capturing that title.

Katina’s journey through pageantry wasn’t always rhinestones and roses. She last stepped off of
the Mrs. Minnesota stage in 2007 which marked her last appearance in pageantry prior to the birth of
her daughter. After her daughter’s arrival in 2009, she found solace in food due to post-partum
depression, negative self-image and ignoring the importance of making her health a priority. These
were the negative catalysts that over the years compounded in a diagnosis of obesity at almost 300
pounds. In 2021 with the loving support of her husband, family and friends, she realized she had the
strength and power to take back control of her health. Returning to a diet and exercise regime
combined with medical intervention was daunting, but it marked the beginning of a journey to reclaim
her life. Having shed over 120 pounds and proudly coming up on 3 years of maintaining, she strives to
be a role model for a wholly healthy lifestyle which includes physical activity, good nutrition and therapy
to address adverse relationships with food. She proudly stepped back on to the Mrs. Minnesota stage in
2023 and had the honor of placing 3rd runner-up which has reignited her love of pageantry and a passion
to share her story and platform.

Katina’s platform #KeepHerConfident joins in advocacy with the national body positivity
campaign sponsored by Dove and Nike to help keep girls’ in sports with downloadable tools for coaches
to promote positive body image in athletes. This platform is personal as her now 14 year old daughter is
a competitive swimmer – recognizing that this is a very body conscious sport. According to Dove’s
research, teenage girls drop out of sports due to body image concerns at 2x the rate of boys. Katina
leads by example and wants young athletes to know that she didn’t give up on herself or her health and
they shouldn’t give up on themselves either due to body insecurities in the heavily influential age of
social media. In sports environments both on and off the field, adolescent & teenaged girls can often
feel exposed and vulnerable to judgment and comparison, not only for what their bodies can and can’t
do, but also for how they look.  With childhood obesity rates also on the rise, by keeping girls in sports,
this will encourage healthier lifestyles and lessen the risk of obesity and its related illnesses in the
future. Her platform is also poignant given the rise in popularity with women’s sports and showcasing
positive female athlete role models such as Minnesota Olympic gymnast Suni Lee, WNBA player Caitlyn
Clark and Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky.

Katina resides in Burnsville with her husband of 18 years Michael, her daughter Raina and a
small zoo consisting of three dogs and two birds. She enjoys hosting backyard pool parties,
accessorizing her neon green Jeep, being a parent volunteer for both of the Prior Lake Girls Swim and
Dive team along with the South Metro Storm swim team and reading about women’s history in the
Renaissance era. She holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in English and Literature from Hamline
University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. For additional information on her platform, please visit
www.bodyconfidentsport.com and www.dove.com/us/en/stories/campaigns/confident-sports.html or
her social media sites on Facebook and Instagram. She currently has the honor of holding the title of
Mrs. Dakota County and will be competing for the title of Mrs. Minnesota America 2024 on June 2 nd at
the Eagan Community Center. For ticket information, please visit www.mrsminnesotaamerica.com.

Mrs. Minnesota America 2023- Brandi DeVries

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Brandi DeVries, formerly Mrs. Edina,  was crowned Mrs. Minnesota America 2023 on Sunday, June 11, 2023 at the Eagan Community Center in Eagan, MN. Brandi will promote Children’s Cancer Research Fund during her year of service and looks forward to representing Minnesota and this organization established for married women. She is a founding board member for Soar Leadership Council of Children’s Cancer Research Fund, a group that raises awareness and critical funding for childhood cancer research as well as patient and family programs. The group has raised  $70,000 for Emerging Scientist grants and $25,000 to support Camp Norden. Brandi personally raised over $1,500 as a cyclist in the 2022 Great Cycle Challenge.

“To be able to represent Minnesota is an incredible honor. It’s my goal to raise awareness of

children’s cancer and encourage others to take action to support critical funding for childhood

cancer research as well as patient and family programs as Mrs. Minnesota America.” – Brandi DeVries, Mrs. Minnesota America 2023

Originally from Mohall, ND, Brandi graduated from the University of Mary, Bismarck, ND, with degrees in Business Communication and Business Administration. No stranger to pageantry, she has held the titles of Miss Norsk Hostfest 2004, Miss North Dakota International 2007, and Miss North Dakota USA where she competed for the title of Miss USA in 2011. She came to Minnesota to pursue a career in 2012 where she worked for companies JLL, Inc. and Land O’Lakes, Inc. She currently works at DeVries Bar Grinding, Inc. in Minneapolis as the VP of Operations and holds her certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP – PMI).

Brandi resides in Edina with her husband, Cole, their son, Bane, and a crazy cocker spaniel, Butters. Cole proposed to Brandi on an African safari in Kenya and they were married a few short months later in April 2016. As a family they enjoy traveling, working out, hosting in their backyard, golfing, and volunteering together. In her freetime you can find Brandi learning to play tennis, listening to podcasts, or planning the next get together with friends.

To book an appearance with Brandi, email mrsmnamerica2023@gmail.com.

Mrs. Georgia American 2022- Jennifer Pettie

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Jennifer Pettie- Legal epidemiologist, public health strategist, and health equity champion, Mrs. Georgia American 2022
Jennifer Pettie works to improve population health outcomes. Her experience spans the federal, state, and
private sectors, and lies at the intersection of healthcare strategy, policy, and law.

Jennifer’s work and personal life unexpectedly collided when she almost lost her life after giving birth to
her daughter last year. Determined to turn this experience into an opportunity to improve maternal health
outcomes, she created the Maternal Health Conversations Web Series – a national campaign that has
helped raise awareness, highlight resources, and inform next steps. Her biggest reward has been hearing
from moms, partners, support people, nurses, OBGYNs, and doulas and learning how they have found
this content helpful.

In alignment with the Victoria’s Voice Foundation, Jennifer has informed her Maternal Health
Conversations Web Series with opioid addiction awareness, resources, and action items. Recognizing that
opioid overdose is one of the leading causes of maternal deaths, she is working to facilitate strategic
initiatives to combat this crisis.

A proud alumna of Brooklyn Law School, Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, and
Villanova University, Jennifer has worked to become recognized as a leader in her field. She was recently
recognized with the March of Dimes Woman of Distinction Award for Healthcare Leadership, NMQF
Health Leader Award at the Annual Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, and Atlanta Young
Government Leaders Award. She has been featured in academic journals, broadcast radio, and conference
panel discussions on critical healthcare matters.

For Jennifer, self-care is spending quality time with her wonderful husband Jason, Bankruptcy Trustee
and Attorney, and their amazing daughter, Jayla Ann Rose. They can be found traveling, cheering on the
Atlanta Braves at Truist Park, taking walks in their Kirkwood neighborhood, and working on their tennis
game.

Mrs. Georgia America 2022- Meredith Pope

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Meredith Pope-  BACKGROUND: I found my voice through writing. Writing children’s books, gives me
a special opportunity to use my talents outside the classroom. My blog (www.meredithpope.net)
and I am NOT Trash podcast have proven to be very rewarding in many ways. Nothing makes me
happier than reading all the emails from women across the country thanking me for the real life
inspiration I provide. When I am not writing about eco-friendly superheroes or parenting tips, I enjoy
playing tennis (2x City Champ) making commercials for Hotworx, Pella Earth Products and binging
Netflix!

Mrs. Minnesota America 2022- Rachel Betterley

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Rachel Betterley was born March 2, 1991, in the river town city of Hastings, Minnesota.  At a young age, Rachel was gifted in the arts. “I was always holding a pencil.” She recalls. “I was the daydreaming, artsy kid constantly drawing new worlds, people, and realities.”

Likewise, Rachel has always been a people person, which is why she decided to become an art teacher. At nineteen, she pursued a bachelor’s degree in art education at the University of Minnesota Duluth and later received a master’s of art education at Boston University, graduating magna cum laude. In addition to urban and rural teaching experiences, She served internationally at Danila Kumar School in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Currently, she is serving her 9th year teaching high school art in St. Louis County.
 
Shortly after graduating, Rachel discovered the Miss America Organization and her life changed when she was crowned the 80th anniversary Miss Minnesota on June 13th, 2015. During this time, she served as the state ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and underwent a one-year anti-bullying awareness campaign that reached over 10,000 youth across the state of Minnesota.

Nationally, Rachel has appeared on Good Morning America and the Miss America Pageant live on ABC. Statewide, she has appeared on Fox 9, WDIO, Channel 12 News, Twin Cities News Talk, AM1280 The Patriot, AM 1460 KDWA, KBFT Bois Forte Tribal Community Radio, Hastings Community TV, and was a brand ambassador for Zandolee Media. Her role as Miss Minnesota inspired many aspects of her teaching philosophies and passion for making the world a kinder place through art. Through her #ArtwithHeart Empty Bowl Fundraiser, thousands of dollars are raised annually for rural food banks.

As a 10 year teaching veteran and artist, her goal in the public eye is to inspire people to live their life as authentically as possible, no matter how weird, outrageous, or creative that may be. She affirms, “the confidence to express yourself at any age is invaluable to your happiness and goal-setting. When you embrace the inner-self that is truly fueling your passions, you can set yourself up for success and help others along the way.

Knowing the importance of art advocacy and staying true to those words, she decided to pursue pageantry in the MRS. division under the Mrs. America Organization. On June 12th, Rachel won the title of Mrs. Minnesota America 2022! She is honored to represent this great state and organization for established married women.

You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram (@rachelbetterley) and Twitter (@rmbetterley), where she enjoys posting about art, fashion, marriage, her two sons, Ryland and Nash, teaching, volunteering, snowmobiling, and various appearances. For more information visit: www.rachelbetterley.weebly.com

Miss Georgia for America Strong 2021- Alisha Meyer

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Hi I’m Alli, mother of a one year old son and engaged to marry my amazing fiancé. I am an advertising and branding undergraduate at Savannah College of Art and Design. I hope to spread the message of inclusivity and positivity in my year as Miss Georgia for America Strong.
I am a 12 year competitive track and field veteran and I attended Pittsburg State University on a track scholarship. Where my journey in sports ended, fashion began to blossom. I took an interest in pageantry in 2014 when I was recruited by a prior MAO Coach, while at a dress shop. I competed for Miss Kansas USA a couple of years later placing 3rd Runner Up and Most Photogenic. I am excited my journey has now led me to represent Georgia as the new Miss.
A few things I enjoy are fashion photography, image editing, drawing, design and spending time at the Atlanta Humane Society.

Mrs. Georgia American 2021- Sarah Chambers

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Sarah Chambers is an Attorney focused exclusively on professional liability defense for architects and engineers.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Sarah worked as an engineering consultant on construction projects of all sizes throughout the United States.  

Sarah received a B.S. in Management and Minor in Marketing, summa cum laude, from Georgia Tech.  She received her J.D., summa cum laude, from Georgia State University College of Law, graduating #6 in her class and also serving as Business Editor of the College’s Law Review journal and a member of the Moot Court team.

When she is not practicing law, Sarah and her family, which includes her husband of 18 years Chris Chambers and their two children Malone and Britton, can be found in numerous national and international television commercials and advertisements for major brands including Walmart, Dove, Disney and Edible Arrangements, among many others.  Sarah and her family can also be found out and about in their beautiful equestrian-centric hometown Milton, Georgia.

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