Meet the 2019 Judges
Hallie Hovey-Murray is a disability advocate, speaker and author. She is currently a third-year law student at William and Mary School of Law and president of the One in 68 Foundation, a Richmond based 501(c)(3) which works to help provide college preparatory resources for high-school students on the Autism Spectrum. At William and Mary, she was president of the Children’s Advocacy Law Society, a Leadership Fellow and a Member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team. She has competed in pageants for several years; and has held the titles of Miss Southwestern Virginia 2017, Miss Historic Hanover 2018, and currently holds the title of Miss Commonwealth 2019. At the Miss Virginia 2018 Pageant, she won the Empowered Women Scholarship as well as a community service award for her work with the One in 68 Foundation and her platform; One in 59: Ending the Stigma of Autism. She uses her platform as Miss Commonwealth to speak to groups across the Commonwealth about the importance of creating a more inclusive and accepting world for Students on the Autism Spectrum; and about ways for all students to set goals for themselves in spite of their obstacles. She has also self-published two books; available on Amazon: a memoir, Overcoming Expectations (which will be re-released in April) and Sadie Goes to School; a children’s book about a students on the Autism Spectrum attending college for the first time
Vicki Varner is a Fredericksburg VA resident and the reigning 2019 Ms. Wheelchair VA. As the current reigning titleholder, she will compete against over 25 contestants from across the country for the title of Ms. Wheelchair America 2020 in Little Rock, Arkansas this July 1st-7th. On Christmas Eve 2015, Vicki was in a car accident that resulted in paraplegia along with other various injuries. Prior to her accident she was a pitcher for her college softball team on an athletic scholarship. Despite her accident, she remains very active and is a full time college student working toward her Bachelors of Science with a double major in Psychology and Communications. Her main goal after college is to work as a trauma counselor within a hospital for newly injured patients. She enjoys working out, reading, playing any and all dogs, and playing video games. Vicki describes herself as passionate, authentic, strong, empathetic and determined. Her platform of advocacy is “Breaking down societal ablest beauty standards” and her motto of inspiration is “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” Vicki is proud to be an advocate for people with disabilities. She is excited to travel across the state of Virginia addressing various issues regarding accessibility and disability rights within the community.
Rhonda Howdyshell holds a B.A. in business, with accreditation in public relations, executive leadership, and fundraising management. She is a certified Miss America judge and has held 4 state titles, 5 national titles and 3 international titles. Rhonda is the President of CrownClips – a company she began after inventing the “CrownClip” a device that keeps your Crown secure on your head.
Rhonda is a philanthropist and founded a 501 c 3 charity called the Cinderella Project 15 years ago. It helps families dress teens for prom – completely free of charge! She is married, has 2 children and 1 grandchild. Rhonda believes that pageantry fosters community service, self-esteem, self-improvement while offering many opportunities to those involved.
She congratulates all the contestants on their journey and hard work to be here today! Rhonda was recently crowned the 2019 Mrs. Global America. Her platform is Lyme Disease. As a Lyme Veteran she fosters hope for a cure.
Carrie is a West Virginia native who has been involved in pageantry for nearly 15 years. As a licensed veterinary technician, Carrie spent the majority of her career working at the Dover Air Force Base Veterinary Treatment Facility where she cared for the prestigious United States Military Working Dogs. Her passion for animals led her to become a volunteer foster for local animal rescue organizations, and she is currently partnered with the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County. Carrie, her husband James, and their five-year-old daughter Brinley have opened their hearts to three dogs and six cats of their own. When she’s not rescuing and adopting four-legged friends, Carrie spends her time working with the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, the National Kidney Foundation, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the Women In Need Foundation. To help promote her platforms, Carrie made the decision to dive into the world of pageantry during her senior year of high school. Since then, she has competed in many local, state, national, and even international pageants. Some of her state titles include Mrs. Delaware United States 2010, Miss Delaware Galaxy 2012, and Mrs. West Virginia United States 2018. She was a top 5 finalist at the Miss Galaxy international pageant and, most recently, a top 15 finalist at Mrs. United States. She is currently the reigning Mrs. West Virginia Globe and will compete for the title of Mrs. USofA in Palm Springs, California this June.