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An Officer and Gentlewoman, LLC Presents:

One Queen. One Crown.

One Destiny.

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Mrs. DC America Pageant 2012

Mrs. DC America Pageant 2012 Agenda Opening Production Number Entertainment: Ohana of Polynesia, Inc Swimsuit Competition Intro of Judges/Special Guest Evening Gown Competition Announcement of Top 3 Finalist Entertainment: Ohana of Polynesia, Inc Announcement of Top Prizes Pictures and Media Interviews Afterparty at Aguaviva Restaurant

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Mrs. DC America Organization Executive Team Raquel Riley Thomas Executive Producer/Director

Randi Dorsey Sponsorship Coordinator

Michele Fields Pubic Relations Coordinator

Eugene Smith Marketing and Communications Coordinator

We would like to thank the following businesses for their support of the Mrs. DC America Pageant 2012: Mandy Strong Graphics Jason Tours, LLC Sweet Themez Cake and Cupcake Ohana of Polynesia Aguaviva Restaurant


Host and Announcer Natasha Barrett contributes live reports to ABC7/WJLATV at 5 and 6 p.m. She also hosts the daily talk show, Let's Talk Live, on News Channel 8. Natasha is from Houston, Texas, and is a graduate of American University in Washington, where she doublemajored, earning a degree in Broadcast Journalism and Computer Information Systems.   After working behind the scenes at CNBC Europe in London and CBS News in Washington, Natasha began reporting. At the start of her career, Natasha worked in Corpus Christi, Texas, where she covered several national stories and the Naval Air Station.   A short time later, she moved to KCEN, the NBC affiliate in Waco, Texas. She covered numerous historical events while not far from one of the largest Army Posts in the world, Fort Hood, and world leaders meeting at President Bush’s Crawford Ranch. She also reported from devastated areas after tornadoes touched down, while focusing on historical post events surrounding the attacks of September 11th. For her hard work and diligence, Natasha was honored by the Texas Associated Press with a Breaking News award.

Natasha Barrett-Host

Her next assignment led her to the east coast at WVEC, the ABC affiliate in Norfolk, Virginia. Natasha joined ABC7/WJLA-TV in 2006.

Rick Bernstein-Announcer Rick Bernstein is a Washington, DCbased voice talent who has voiced an array of client projects within the industries of entertainment, education, and the federal government. Recent projects have included voicing a promotional spot for the American Military University, a safety training video for the Department of Homeland Security, and an orientation video for the iPhone application “Missile Wars.”   Rick takes pride in giving back to the Washington, DC community by lending his time and vocal talents to help bring audio education and assistance to those with visual and learning impairments. He can be heard as a narrator for the world-renowned Smithsonian Institution Accessibility Program’s Air and Space, Zoogoer, and Smithsonian magazines. Rick also narrates adult novels and children’s books, as well as biographical and historical texts for the non-profit organization Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic). In addition, Rick is the Monday morning voice of the Metro section of the Washington Post for the Metropolitan Washington Ear program for the blind, visually impaired and physically disabled.   Rick, his wife, and their one-year-old son reside in the Washington, DC area. To learn more about Rick, visit:

Chandler Ramelli Chandler Ramelli is a professional writer in the DC Metropolitan area. Trained in the arts since she was a little girl, Chandler has dedicated herself to promoting the rich culture diversity of Washington, DC area. Chandler is as a writer for several publications to include:, Ladies of DC and her Internet radio show 'The Chandler and Raea Show.'   Chandler also dedicates many hours to volunteering in the community for such philanthropic organizations as: Service for Sight, The Twig Thrift shop, Wounded Warriors, Luke's Wings and Kiwanis.  She has also been a member of many host committees for multiple charity events and benefits such as: The Corcoran, Pediatric Aids, Pink Jams, and Polaris Project fighting human trafficking to name just a few. Chandler Ramelli currently resides in historic Old Town, Alexandria.

Claude Vann, III is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Army. He graduated with a business degree from Hampton Institute in 1977 and was commissioned in the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant. He served in a variety of assignments: Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN; Fort Bliss, TX; Germany; Fort Bragg, NC; Pittsburgh, PA; Hampton University, and finally retiring at Fort McPherson, GA in 1998. In 2009, Claude was recalled to active duty and served with the U.S. Army Cadet Command until 2010. Upon his release, he joined the Fort Monroe Housing Office as the Chief, where he ultimately assisted in the closing of Historic Fort Monroe.   Claude currently serves on the several boards: President Aberdeen Gardens Historic & Civic Association, President Hampton University Military Alumni Association, the American Red Cross and the Tidewater Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen. He has two children, Dr. Leah Vann Jones who is a pharmacist, Captain Claude Vann, IV who serves in the United States Army.

Stephen Glaude

Claude Vann, III

Stephen Glaude is currently Director of Community Affairs for District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray. In that capacity he manages 12 outreach and affinity offices for the Mayor which include the Offices of Latino Affairs, Asian Affairs, African Affairs, Religious Affairs, Veterans Affairs, Ex-Offender Affairs, Women’s Policy, Youth Advisory Council, Grants and Partnerships and others. In government Stephen served as Deputy Undersecretary for Intergovernmental Relations with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Special Assistant to the President in the Office of National Drug Control Policy at the White House. In the non-profit sector Stephen has served as President of the National Association of Neighborhoods and the President of the National Congress for Community Economic Development.   Stephen is a native Washingtonian and a proud father of 3 children.

Mrs. DC America 2012 Contestants

Sponsors Platinum Crown: Kristin Irene DC Life Magazine

Mrs. Adams Morgan Hermona Kiros

Mrs. Georgetown Elizabeth Rice

Gold Crown Level: Michele Mone Hair Extensions Malvin Riggins, CPA MJRVisual Silver Crown Level: Center for Relationships Candy Cheeks Fabulash by Gonzalo Dr. Charles Choi, D.D.S. Roy Cox Photography

Mrs. Dupont Circle Arika Burton

Special Service Category: Central Casting DC Mayor’s Office Mrs. Kingman Park Jamii Roberson

Mrs. Northwest Natisha Dawson

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Mrs. DC America 2012 Winner Prizes Prize



Custom-made gown

Kristin Irene

Value up to $5,000

Custom-made costume for National pageant

Kristin Irene

Value up to $1,500

Custom alterations on appearance wear

Kristin Irene

Value up to $500

Hair Extension service

Michele Mone

Value up to $2,200

Baby accessories

Candi Cheeks

Value up to $500

Life Coaching (4- 50 minute sessions)

Center for Relationships

Value up to $560

Winner Official Photographs in sash and crown Roy Cox Photography

Value up to $500

Jewelry set from Fabulash by Gonzalo

Fabulash by Gonzalo

Value up to $200

1-Year Talent Agent Contract

Central Casting


Official Box Tickets to a Wizards Game (4 tickets) Mayor’s Office


Round trip ticket to Mrs. America

Mrs. DC America

Value up to $2,000

Professional Coaching (8, 1- hour sessions)

Mrs. DC America

Value up to $1,800

State Crown, Sash, Trophy, Flowers

Mrs. DC America

Value up to $500

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Mrs. DC America Pageant 2012  

Our Mission: The Mrs. DC America Pageant publicly recognizes beautiful married women, living and/or working within a 25-mile radius of Wash...