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SHANNON FORD
Shannon Ford Mrs. Universe
A graduate of Florida International University with a B.A. in Psychology, the former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader and Ambassador is currently the Regional Human Resources Manager for an International CPA firm. Shannon is also a national spokesperson for Celiac Disease Awareness, an autoimmune disease she was diagnosed with in 2009 which requires her to maintain a gluten free diet for the remainder of her life. She has graced the cover of two national publications sharing her story with others.

She graduated in 1999 from Florida International University and was fortunate enough to represent her home State as Miss Florida USA in 2002 and won Miss Photogenic at the 2002 Miss USA Pageant. At the end of her reign, she packed her bags and moved to New York City. But after five years of cold weather, she came back to sunny Florida! As fate would have it, Shannon then connected with the love of her life, Ray Quintana. After almost seven years apart, they were married on 10.10.10. Just goes to show you that if it's meant to be, it will be.

After two years of marriage, Shannon and Ray wanted to start a family. After an unsuccessful year of trying, they received the diagnosis …Unexplained Infertility. Two more years followed with test after test, treatment after treatment and still no baby. Having already spent thousands of dollars, they were now facing the challenges that so many couples face every day, how could they financially afford to continue to “TRY” and start a family, with no guarantee of success.

Then in 2015, Shannon was fortunate to be admitted into an IVF clinical study called the IVY Study. This study provided a single round of In Vitro fertilization (IVF) at a significantly reduced cost. For two months, Shannon and her husband Ray drove four hours each way for doctors’ appointments, all with the hope of starting their family. In December 2015, that dream was realized with birth of their son, Rider.

Now as an advocate for Infertility Awareness, Shannon’s mission is that everyone has access to fertility treatment benefits and the opportunity to bring home healthy babies. Shannon is also an ambassador for the Baby Quest Foundation, which provides grants twice a year to couples seeking financial assistance with the cost of IVF.

Shannon, Ray & Rider currently reside in Pembroke Pines, Florida with their two rescue dogs, Sugar Bear and Shiva. Shannon also competed twice as a Mrs. Florida, placed Top Six at Mrs. America, and also became the first Mrs. Florida to win the Mrs. United States title. Mrs. Universe is her first International title.

She is both humbled and proud to be representing married woman everywhere!
Lynda Samuels
Lynda Samuels Executive Director
As CEO of Signature Productions, LLC, I have worked in the Pageant arena for almost twenty-five years. I started my career as the Arizona State Director for the USA/Universe Pageant system and was then invited to the United States Pageant system, where, after four years as State Director, was promoted to National Director of the Jr. Teen, Teen, Miss & Ms. Divisions.

I spent the next six years promoting, producing, and directing what soon became one of the most exciting National pageants in the industry. Year after year my delegates, directors, staff, judges, volunteers, sponsors, and colleagues grew to expect the grace, quality and professionalism of my national events ~ and year after year, I never let them down.

Twice featured on the cover of Supermodels Unlimited Magazine with my reigning National Titleholders, before I knew it, I became known as Momma Queen (or MQ for short!), encouraging everyone to ‘Dare to Dream & Take the Journey.’

If there is one thing I that can say for certain is that I’ve learned through my experiences, it would be to journey outside my comfort zone, and I found out how much more there is to discover once having given myself the power to accept possibilities and explore beyond that which feels safe and customary.

It was THAT permission to being open to accepting possibilities that fueled my motivation to change the face of pageantry by changing the landscape to conform to challenges, decisions, values, and attitudes.

Together with my fabulous team of colleagues, we offer more than one hundred years of experience doing what we all do best, and this time it’s for those women who are ready accept experiences and embrace possibilities!
Lynda Samuels
Linda Houdashell Assistant to the Director
Linda has been in the pageant circle for many years. Her love of pageantry, coupled with her organizational skills and professional demeanor, played an important part in being selected as Assistant to the Executive Director. As a long time "pageant mom", Linda understands and relates very well to the needs and concerns of delegates, while respecting the demanding schedules behind the scenes to get each delegate to the right place, at the right time, and in the right outfit for the competition. Both Lynda and Linda look forward to working together towards an exceptional Ms., Mrs., Ms. Classic, and Mrs. Classic Universe Pageant.
Lynda Samuels
JAY JOSEPH Host
For more than thirty years, Jay has performed on both coasts in musical theater, production shows, headlining with his own act on several cruise lines, as well as performing on television and radio. He recently appeared as Billy Flynn in CHICAGO, and currently performs and hosts two Las Vegas variety shows. Jay worked with Executive Director, Lynda Samuels, as Host of the United States Pageant system from 2004 to 2014.

In addition to performing, Jay owns and operates A TOUCH OF MYSTERY & MORE Entertainment Group, an interactive event and entertainment company. His troupe performs for local restaurants, hotels and casinos, corporate and convention events and team building. His interactive Murder Mysteries were featured om Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise lines.
Lynda Samuels
DARLENE QUINN Executive International Brand Ambassador
As a graduate of Pepperdine University with a degree in Business Management, Darlene was Vice President Business Development and Marketing for 12 years with a tech-based company.

Darlene gives of her time planning fund-raising events and speaking on behalf of those charities at gala events. She has also been awarded honors through the charitable organizations she has been involved with for nearly three decades. She has tirelessly given of her time to Feed My Starving Children, St. Mary’s Food Bank, Assisted Living Homes and Alzheimer Units visits, Operation Christmas Child, New Directions for Women Recovery Shelter, Salvation Army of Phoenix Christmas Angel, Samaritan’s Purse, Christian Family Care, CASA, Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center, as well as several education-based foundations.

As a well-established ceramics and sculpture artist, Darlene has been practicing fine arts in studios between California and Arizona since 1988. She volunteers her time teaching High School level fine arts, passing her passion in wheel ceramics and clay sculpture as well as mentoring these young adults.

Darlene, her husband Jack of twenty-four years, and their two children reside in Paradise Valley, Arizona on the beautiful landscape of Camelback Mountain. Currently signed with State Management Modeling Agency in Los Angeles for Lifestyle Modeling, Darlene has enjoyed modeling for the last thirty years in runway, print, and as a fit model for several designers.
Lynda Samuels
NATALIE CARSON Choreographer
Natalie Carson has been a professional singer, emcee, dancer, actress, and choreographer for more than twenty years. She has travelled internationally with Legends in Concert and has been the featured singer in numerous productions in Las Vegas and beyond. Favorite credits include Sister Amnesia in Nunsense, Jenny in Company, and Sandy in Grease.

For the past fifteen years, Natalie has staged and choreographed the Cinderella Scholarship pageants on the State and International level. She was also a guest vocalist and choreographer/stage director for the Mrs. United States National Pageant as well as the Jr. Teen, Teen, Miss, and Ms Pageants for more than five years. Along with singing in many corporate shows and being a production assistant and choreographer, she currently performs in the Hit Parade Variety Shows at the Suncoast and Sam’s Town and sings with her vintage vocal Trio, The Swing City Dolls.

Natalie is thrilled to work with Lynda and the Delegates in the MS Universe pageant.
Lynda Samuels
Thom Brodeur Judges’ Liason
Thom is a beauty brand builder, producer and media personality.

Thom is the founder & CEO of Brodeur-Kazanjian Beauty & Fashion – a company that builds and launches disruptive beauty brands. He also serves as the president and Executive Producer of the Queen Beauty USA and Queen Beauty Canada pageants, and Co-Director of the Queen Beauty US Virgin Island pageant - the official country preliminaries for the Queen Beauty Universe pageant – part of the internationally renowned La Reina Belleza pageant group.

Thom holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and economics, and an executive MBA from the renowned Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Currently, Thom lives in Scottsdale Arizona with his husband Tavit, son Dante and four vertically challenged dachshunds - Google, Giggle, Apollo and Atlas.
Lynda Samuels
JOE PIER Official Photographer
With more than 45 years working in the visual arts arena as Director of Photographer, Camera Operator, and site Photography, Joe Pier brings his trained eyes to the event having worked on such shows as Miss Universe and Miss USA, Project Runway, and Los Angeles and Phoenix Fashion Weeks. He’s also been involved in several popular television shows such as American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, and the very dramatic Beverly Hills, Orange County, and Basketball Wives series.

Joe has known and worked with Linda Samuels for twenty-four years and is focused on capturing the beauty and excitement of this wonderful event.
Lynda Samuels
PATRICK STEPHENS Official Videographer
Patrick Stephens brings 20 years broadcasting experience with single and multi-camera productions, streaming media, and live television. IEHD Productions, led by Patrick, entered the pageant scene in 2007 and has shot, edited and directed the broadcasts of systems such as Mrs. California United States, Mrs. United States, Miss Earth United States, Classic International Woman, Mrs. California International, Miss Teen California International, and Mrs. Earth. IEHD Productions is a full-service production company providing graphics, media roll-ins, and highlights for live pageant broadcasts, voice over services, b-roll gathering, aerial cinematography utilizes drones and much more.

We are very happy to welcome Patrick and his team to the Classic International Woman World Finals staff.
Bill Hall
Bill Hall Founder, Ms. & Mrs. Universe
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Bill really grew up as a Marine machine gunner in Viet Nam (Lance Corporal ‘66-’67). After working as a police officer (NYC) and contract programmer, he served as a senior logistician in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm (Gulf War) He retired from the Army reserves with the rank of Major. He then worked in hotel management for many years until the pain from his injuries got too great. Bill Hall is a disabled veteran.

Competitive by nature, Bill’s retirement has found many outlets. At one time he web-mastered revolutionary multimedia web sites for three national beauty pageants plus two state level USA ones. He has accumulated 18 independent film awards for his high and standard definition videos, editing, production, directing, and sound work while developing a multi camera live event video production system geared toward pageants that results in that big production look for organizations with a smaller budget.

Bill is no stranger to pageants, having been an adviser to directors from local through international levels (judged a few too). Some titleholders at these levels received personal assistance from him. His pageant help products (Pageant Help DVD and DVD set) were used successfully by delegates and ambassadors to capture over 166 competitive international (42) and National (124) titles as of December 2020, and are listed in the hall of fame at his PageantHelp.Com website. He also helped many directors obtain trademarks. In 2008 he received the prestigious Spirit of Pageantry Award by Pageantry Magazine.

In 2017 the Pageant Help DVD (On Stage and Interviews) series expanded to include Pageant Help Questions (book with over 1800 questions) and in 2021 his new book Pageant Help 101 is expected to be released in Paperback and Kindle format through Amazon.

In 2018 Bill founded the Ms. Universe and Mrs. Universe pageant systems.
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