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2011 MAO Board of Directors Announced

Thursday, 03 March 2011 15:00

The Miss America Organization Announces the 2011 Board of Directors. Learn more about the new board of directors for 2011!

The Miss America Organization's Chairman of the Board, Sam Haskell, III, announced the Board of Directors for 2011 at the annual Board of Directors Meeting.

"I am so very proud to present the newest members to join our esteemed Board of Directors," stated Sam Haskell. "Our Board is recognized for having a very unique group of talented individuals and professionals who support and add to the success of this organization. They provide us with wonderful direction to grow the nation's leading achievement programs for young women and aid in building the future of this great American tradition, now celebrating our 90th year.”

Sam added, “I want to personally take a moment to welcome and congratulate our newly elected Board Members, Marvin Blum, FOX  & Friends Anchor, Miss America 1989 Gretchen Carlson, Gloria Fine and Kelley Jenkins McCormick.”

The 2011 Board of Directors are as follows:

- Sam Haskell, III - Chairman
- Donna Axum Whitworth - First Vice Chairman
- Ryan Wuerch - Second Vice Chairman
- Edward Peterson - Recording Secretary
- John Bermingham – Treasurer
- Marvin Blum
- Gretchen Carlson
- Gloria Fine
- Phyllis George
- Tammy Haddad
- Regina Hopper
- Sue Lowden
- Kelley Jenkins McCormick
- Lynn Hackerman Weidner

Welcome our newest board members:

Marvin Blum is a prominent attorney and certified public accountant based in Fort Worth, Texas, where he is the founding partner of The Blum Firm, P.C. He received his undergraduate degree in accounting at the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated first in his class, and received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law where he graduated second in his class. Marvin is a frequent speaker and author on estate planning and tax topics. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise, and recognized by New York's Worth magazine by being named to its "National Top 100 Attorneys" list. He is consistently included on Texas Monthly's annual list of "Texas Super Lawyers." In October, Marvin was among a select group of 12 legal professionals named as one of Fort Worth's "2010 Power Attorneys." Marvin is active in his community, serving in his 31st year as Treasurer of the Fort Worth Symphony. He is a lifetime trustee of Trinity Valley School where he served five years as President of the Board. He also served as chairman of The Multicultural Alliance.

Gretchen Carlson is one of the nation's most successful morning news anchors and Miss America 1989. She is currently a co-anchor on highly-rated morning show, Fox News Channel's Fox and Friends. Gretchen graduated with honors from Stanford University in 1990 with a self-designed degree in Organizational Behavior. She also studied at Oxford University in England. Gretchen has an extensive career as a television journalist working at two of the top networks - CBS, and her current home Fox.  In addition to Fox & Friends,  she also appears regularly on The O'Reilly Factor Thursday evenings (8pm and 11pm EST). Before achieving this goal, Gretchen criss-crossed the nation building her career as an Anchor/Reporter in Texas, Ohio, Virginia, and Minnesota. Gretchen's broadcasting awards and honors include the National American Women in Radio and Television Awards for her 30-part series on Domestic Violence, and for her "Day Care Investigation" in 1997. She also received two Emmy Awards. Gretchen also serves as a National Celebrity Spokesperson for the March of Dimes. Gretchen has been a special featured guest on the Miss America 2010 and Miss America 2011 broadcasts. The 2011 show marked the return to ABC and the highest ratings since returning to network television.

Gloria Fine is an artist, business woman and active community supporter based in the Las Vegas area. She has been actively involved in numerous charity events including Las Vegas Philharmonic, Opportunity Village, serving the needs of hundreds of special needs young adults, Nathan Adelson Hospice, Andre Agassi Grand Slam for Children, American Cancer Society and many other prominent organizations. Gloria competed in the Miss America system as Miss North Miami 1969. She has also graciously been involved on the Miss America Judges Host Committee since 2006.

Kelley Jenkins McCormick serves as a senior-level partner at Gibraltar Associates, one of the fastest growing independent communications agencies in the United States. She is based in the Washington. D.C. area and has more than 19 years experience in creating highly successful communications programs and public affairs campaigns. She graduated with a degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland - College Park. She has been actively involved in her community programs including the Creative Coalition, PSI’s YouthAIDS and Five & Alive programs, Knock Out Abuse, St. Bernadette’s School Advisory Board, Earth Conservation Corps and 2010 Smash Hits with Billie Jean King and Elton John. Kelley has recently received recognition as 2010 Communicator Award of Excellence Winner for Best Integrated Campaign, 2010 Aster Award winner and a 2010 finalist for a Silver SABRE Award.

On behalf of the Miss America Organization, please join us in welcoming our newly-elected members to the Board of Directors.  We look forward to a wonderful year ahead, marking our 90th anniversary year with new milestones and achievements.