PageantRocks want to have diversity on board, actress to successful business people.
Adam Janisieski, Roseville, CA
Adam Janisieski was born and raised in the state of Massachusetts. He attended Gallaudet University and graduated with a BA in Mathematics. He was involved with many different activities that lead to his leadership today. He was involved with Student Body Government, Residential Life, and Alpha Sigma Pi fraternity. After college, he pursued his MBA with a concentration in Marketing. Adam remained to be active involved with his life by running, biking, and playing different sports. He enjoys traveling the world to explore different language and cultures to better understand people.
Adam is currently living in Rocklin, CA where he has been with Purple Communication as Operations Manager. He is driven to make their customer service to be number one in the industry. With this goal in mind, he has been able to succeed by making his operation center a success with an excellent customer satisfaction score. He has proved his strength in developing policies and procedures to reinforce the structure of the department.
With all the knowledge and experience he has obtained during his career, he is looking forward to being a part of the board with PageantRocks.
Jennifer Kumiyama, Long Beach, CA
Kumiyama received voice lessons at Long Beach City College and California State University of Long Beach. In 2000, Jennifer earned a spot on Warner Bros. reality TV show “Popstars 2” and earned national accolades from many publications including Variety Magazine and TV Guide – referring to her as “the girl in the wheelchair, who’s voice blew everyone out of the water”. Shortly after that in 2002 – Jennifer was cast in Disney’s “Aladdin; a Musical Spectacular” at Disney California Adventure Theme Park, where she is the first performer in a wheelchair to ever be on any Disney stage in the world. There – she performs 4 times a day for 8,000 guests a day, who visit from every corner of the world. It was at Disney that Jennifer took on her real role as an advocate for people living with disabilities – showing the entire world that talent sees no boundaries. This motivated her to become a speaker – sharing her story with schools, social groups, and major businesses. Her new passion, in addition to singing – is being a voice for people living with disabilities by breaking attitudinal and architectural barriers.
In 2010, Jennifer was crowned Ms. Wheelchair California and Ms. Wheelchair America 2011, 1st Runner Up. During her reign she spread the message of hope through her platform “Empowering Children with Disabilities to Make Their Own Dreams Come True”. She was awarded the Jerry Stein “Independent Living Award” from the Disabled Resource Center in Long Beach, and was keynote speaker for The Arthrogryposis Convention in Florida, Boeing’s Diversity Awareness Celebration in Huntington Beach and California State University of San Bernardino’s Annual Disability Awareness Week – all while still performing full time at Disney.
2011 was the end of Jennifer’s reign as Ms. Wheelchair California 2010, however it only brought on more exciting projects. That spring she was cast in a major roll as ‘Carmen’ in Sundance Film Festival hit and Academy Award Nominated film “The Sessions”, MTV’s teen sensation “Awkward” and became the founder and owner of The Ms. Wheelchair California Foundation. The Ms. Wheelchair California Foundation has sent three titleholders to compete for the national title and crowned three aspiring young advocates as Little Miss Wheelchair California. August 4th-10th, 2014 – Jennifer brought the Ms. Wheelchair America 2015 Leadership Forum and Pageant to California for the first time in the 43 year Ms. Wheelchair America history. “My ultimate goal is to change the world for people living with disabilities, by continuing to fulfill the mission of Ms. Wheelchair America (to provide an opportunity of achievement for women who happen to be wheelchair users to successfully educate and advocate for the more than 54 million Americans living with disabilities) and breed strong advocates to do so”.
Jennifer enjoys the occasional surf with The Life Rolls On Foundation and is currently getting ready to host her 4th Ms. Wheelchair California Leadership Forum and Pageant in February 2015.
Sheena McFeely, Austin, TX
Sheena McFeely hails from Hong Kong and lived in Ireland after. Shortly after her parents’ discovery of Sheena being Deaf, America called their names. Since then, Sheena has grown into a wife, mom, businesswoman, and a children’s book author.
Being the first in her family to go to college, Sheena graduated from California State University Northridge, (CSUN) with a BA in Visual Communications. A marriage and two children came next. Thanks to her girls, ASL book, an online hub of videos of her family teaching ASL, and Shay & Ivy, a children’s book, were born.
Her latest accomplishment was receiving a MA degree in Sign Language Education from Gallaudet University.
One of her biggest accomplishments thus far was founding The Pearls, in which honors extraordinary Deaf women across America in their respective fields: advocate, artist, business, first-of/founder, hidden pearl, and black pearl.
The idea came to Sheena when she watched Oprah’s television special “The Legends.” In the special, Oprah honored a group of African American women who made history by paving the way for other women. “Oh, how wonderful if we can have one for Deaf women,” wondered by Sheena while watching. Giving birth to a Deaf daughter, a few years later triggered the birth of The Pearls. The first strand of The Pearls happened in 2011. The second strand occurred in 2014.
About ASL Nook: A nook like no other. Words, pictures, and stories come to life with the magic of American Sign Language (ASL). They welcome anyone who wants to learn ASL. Within their cozy nook, visitors will learn many new signs such as the alphabet, colors, emotions, animals, and beyond. When two walls meet, a nook is formed. This is where two languages and two cultures meet. ASL Nook promises to be entertaining and family-friendly.
About Shay & Ivy: It’s a children’s book series about two sisters going on a journey known as “life.” Through the sweet and sour moments, they learn the same lesson over and over which is to be simply themselves. The first book, “Shay & Ivy: More Than Just A Princess”, will released in Spring 2015. Shay & Ivy will not only be in a printed version, but also an app!
Meg Nicholas, Huntington, WV
Born and raised in Huntington, WV, Meg graduated from Huntington St. Joseph High School and Magna cum Laude from Marshall University with a 4.0 GPA. She was a college cheerleader and a member of many clubs and scholastic organization while at Marshall.
She is married to Larry Nicholas and has 2 daughters. The oldest is Sarah, a graduate of Marshall University and Marshall University Medical School. As a Medical Doctor, Sarah completed her residency at Cabell Huntington Hospital and resides in Louisville, Ky. The youngest is Katie, also a graduate of Marshall University. Katie is currently enrolled full time in graduate school and will graduate with two Masters Degrees in December, 2015.
While completing college, Meg bought her first small business at age 19. Selling that business at age 25, Meg began an 18 year successful career in the medical industry with the second largest medical supply company in North America.
At age 26, Meg launched her own business named L & M Property Management Company. She has built a multi-million dollar real estate development company that she has now owned and operated for 27 years.
If that’s not enough, Meg is a West Virginia licensed real estate agent. She is the current Board of Directors Vice President with Wayne County Habitat for Humanity. She also serves on the board for the Kanawha Valley Scholarship Organization.
At age 49, Meg decided to compete in her very first pageant. After, winning several local titles, she competed in Atlanta, Georgia and won the national title of Mrs. Elite U.S. United 2012. The following year, she won the national title of U.S. United Ultimate Queen 2013. On June 21st, 2014 Meg traveled to Greenville, SC to represented WV with her title of Mrs. Petite West Virginia where 52 amazing and accomplished women were vying for the National Title of TODAY’S AMERICAN WOMAN 2014. With the overall highest score in the pageant, Meg successfully captured the crown and National Queen Title.
Meg regularly returns to Greenville to participate in community service including a Habitat for Humanity house build. On August 20th, 2014 Mr. White, the mayor of Greenville, SC awarded Meg with the Key to the City for her commitment to community service.
Trish Fructuoso, Los Angeles, CA