Success Stories

Natalie Pietrzak

Natalie Victoria Pietrzak
Miss Massachusetts USA 2012

Natalie Pietrzak, graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a degree in marketing and obtained her Master of Business Administration from the Isenberg School of Management shortly after. While still in school, she launched a career in event planning and orchestrated fundraising events with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She later went on to create her own event planning company with her sister, Monica Pietrzak, called Siostra Productions where they planned charity events and raised thousands of dollars for non-profits including St. Judes, the Children’s Hospital of Boston, American Pancreatic Association amongst several others. 100% of profits made from any of their events went to charity. Currently Natalie works at Alere, one of the largest global healthcare companies in the world, and manages marketing, public relations and events for the health information exchange services arm of the company. She plans large scale  marketing campaigns and events all over the nation within the health/IT industry.  Natalie has dedicated hundreds of hours to her community through volunteering and planning events for charity, including her charity of choice, the Children’s Hospital of Boston. Even after giving up her title, Natalie continues to strongly support her charities and is part of several non-profit committee boards including ADMETech’s honorary committee against prostate cancer with fellow members, Senator John Kerry and Governor Duval Patrick. With her sister Monica who was Miss CT USA 2009, she works with the Allston Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force to create anti drug campaigns to prevent the use of recreational drugs for our youth. She also regularly donates her time volunteering with Hayley House and the Greater Boston Food Bank to aide in alleviating hunger and homelessness in Boston.

Alida D'Angona

Alida D’Angona
Miss Massachusetts USA 2011

After earning a B.S. in Biology in 2008, Alida immediately began her scientific career at Genzyme. She worked on providing treatments to patients with rare genetic diseases and after meeting a patient, Alida was inspired to do more. Alida took a leap and competed in the Miss Massachusetts USA 2011 pageant and won the title. Throughout her reign as Miss Massachusetts USA, Alida worked with many charitable organizations and continued to advance her career as both a research scientist and as a professional DJ.  Alida’s success continued after her reign as Miss MA USA; Alida continues with her research work today, and she donates her time as a DJ providing music for charitable events. Alida recently won the title of “Best Club DJ of 2012” by Pulse Magazine, and continues to pursue this passion for music with her fiance, Randy Barry of MTV’s The Real World. The two met while Alida was competing in pageants and they will appear on TLC’s I Found the Gown in the spring of 2013, and they will be married in August of 2013.

Lacey Wilson

Lacey Wilson
Miss Massachusetts USA 2010

I can honestly say being Miss Massachusetts USA 2010 was the most rewarding and memorable year of my life.  Not only was it a life changing year but my title opened up numerous doors for me that helped me way beyond my year as a titleholder.  Since giving up my title, I have signed with a New York modeling agency, continued my modeling career with Maggin Inc Boston as well as my tv hosting career doing regular work for NESN.  I most recently landed a job with Boston based Fashion Public Relations Agency SUCCARRA where I represent emerging jewelry and accessory designers and help them build their brands.  I have also continued my community service with some of my favorite organizations such as the Muscular Dystophy Association, St Jude’s and Best Buddies.I am so excited to share that I am recently engaged and after falling in love with the city of Boston throughout my year as Miss Mass I have decided to have a Winter 2011 wedding here in Boston.  I am so grateful to all the Clementes have done for me and look forward to being involved with and supporting the Miss Mass USA organization for the rest of my life.

Jackie Bruno

Jackie Bruno
Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 2003 & Miss Massachusetts USA 2008

Jackie Bruno is now a familiar face at New England Cable News. She’s the weekend evening anchor and reports for the popular Morning Show during the week. Jackie has had a long career as a working model. At the age of 13, she starred in her first commercial for a local bridal store. From that point on, Jackie was a fixture in New England fashion shows and photo shoots. She’s appeared in Seventeen Magazine, Boston Magazine, Improper Bostonian, and was the 2003 Cover Model for Grace Ormonde’s Wedding Style Magazine.

In 2003, Jackie used her modeling experience to help her win the title of Miss Massachusetts Teen USA. She went on to place in the top five at the nationally televised Miss Teen USA. After graduating with honors from Boston University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, Jackie won the title of Miss Massachusetts USA 2008. She made Massachusetts proud, placing in the top ten at Miss USA

Jackie’s also been featured as a coach for MTV’s Made and has appeared recently on “Say Yes to the Dress.” She’s been able to navigate the worlds of modeling, pageants, journalism, and reality television with grace and elegance.

Caroline Lunny

Caroline Lunny
Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 2008

After being Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 2008, I graduated from high school and moved to California to study acting. Being Miss Massachusetts Teen USA gave me the courage and confidence I needed to pursue my dreams as an actor. I fully believe that if I had not had this experience, my life would be drastically different- and not for the better. The thrill and the adrenaline that I felt while competing at Miss Teen USA assured me that being on stage was where I need to be, and what ultimately lead me to the New York Film Academy at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. I owe my success to Clemente Productions and cannot wait to compete again!

Cristina Nardozzi

Christina Nardozzi
Miss Massachusetts USA 2005

When Cristina Nardozzi Buehrer won the prestigious title of Miss Massachusetts USA in 2005, it was just the beginning of her successful career as a TV host, actress and pageant coach. As a TV Host, Cristina continues has worked for Walgreens, Sony, Maholo, Real TV Films and more! In 2009 she started Sashes and Crowns Pageant Coaching with fellow beauty queen Tara Darby, Miss AL USA 2004. Tune into Jimmy Kimmel Live to see Cristina as a recurring JKL cheerleader! You can learn more about what Cristina has been up to by visiting her websites, www.CristinaNardozzi.com and www.sashesandcrowns.com.

Maria Lekkakos

Maria Lekkakos
Miss Massachusetts USA 2004

Maria Lekkakos, Miss Massachusetts USA 2004, was raised with an appreciation for fine European tradition. As a highly trained and established professional in the field of skincare aesthetics, Lekkakos now shines as skincare maven/owner of Alexander’s Spa and Salon of Wenham, MA. Today, she lends her studied eye to helping each client realize their full potential.

Possessing a strong celebrity following, Maria Lekkakos and the talented staff at Alexander’s have been widely noted in numerous national magazines including Allure, Lucky, the Spa Journal and SKIN. Local recognition for Lekkakos includes The Boston Globe, Boston Common, The Boston Herald, The Improper Bostonian and Stuff at Night. Lekkakos has been recognized in select Reader’s Choice Awards as well.

Susie Castillo

Susie Castillo
Miss Massachusetts USA & Miss USA 2003

In 2003, Methuen, MA native, Susie Castillo became the third Latina ever to win the Miss USA Pageant, prompting People en Español to name her one of the 25 Most Beautiful and launching her career in entertainment. Susie most recently co-hosted the NBC series School Pride, however, her most notable gig was as daily host of MTV’s TRL (Total Request Live) where she interviewed the biggest names in entertainment. She also hosted MTV’s The Real World Reunion specials, Live! With Regis and Kelly as guest host, the 2005 Miss Teen USA Pageant, E! News and numerous shows on CBS, ABC Family and NBC.

Susie is the author of Confidence is Queen: The Four Keys to Ultimate Beauty Through Positive Thinking and currently lives in Los Angeles. You can follow her journey and read her health and nutrition blog on her official site www.SusieCastillo.net.

Latoyia Foster

Latoyia Foster
Miss Massachusetts USA 2002

Latoyia Foster-Edwards recently joined the NECN family as the morning reporter. Before joining, Edwards anchored weekday programming for the NBC affiliate WWLP-22 in Springfield, MA. A Dorchester native, Edwards graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emerson College with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She began her career as a news writer for WBZ-1030AM radio, and later reported for the Fox affiliate WICZ-TV 40 in Binghamton, NY.
Latoyia first anchored television for MediaOne cable news network, while also reporting as the morning drive news anchor for WILD 1090AM. Additionally, Edwards has instructed courses for the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. In 2002, Edwards was crowned Miss Massachusetts in the USA pageant. She greatly enjoys volunteering with youth groups, and resides with her husband in Worcester, MA.

Monique Jones

Monique Jones
Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 2000

After her third attempt at the title, Monique Jones finally captured the title of Miss Massachusetts Teen USA and competed in the 2000 Miss Teen USA Pageant in Shreveport, LA. She has since gone on to be featured in the 2003 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue and was a “Carey Cutie” on The Price Is Right. She is still involved with the Miss Massachusetts USA pageant, now as a sponsor. She co-owns MoKa Tanning in Wellesley with Katie Boyd of The Miss Fit Club. The two ladies are currently filming a reality show for Bravo due out in 2012. Monique is also engaged an happily planning her wedding.

Shawnae Jebbia

Shawnae Jebbia
Miss Massachusetts USA & Miss USA 1998

Shawnae Jebbia was crowned MISS USA 1998 during the 47th Annual MISS USA Pageant on March 10, 1998 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Born and raised in California, 26-year old Shawnae pursued her undergraduate degree at Jacksonville University in Florida, where she graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Business Administration. Shawnae attended Jacksonville University on an athletic scholarship, where she competed on the NCAA Division I women’s volleyball team.

Shawnae is certified as a personal trainer and many of her hobbies involve health and fitness. One of Shawnae’s life-long objectives is to motivate and encourage Americans to make positive lifestyle changes to improve their health and fitness. She was also a co-host of Co-Ed Training on ESPN 2. It was this passion for fitness and competition, which led her to vie for the title of Miss USA.

Kristen Mastroinanni

Kristen Mastroianni Pascucci
Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 1987 & Miss Massachusetts USA 1995

Kristen began her TV career in Boston in 1996 as a host on NESN’s sports magazine show “Front Row” with Tom Caron.  In 1998 she was the first woman to become a full-time weeknight sports anchor for a Boston station when she joined New England Cable News, where she also co-hosted Sports Late Night with the Boston Herald’s Steve Buckley.  She then went on WCVB Ch. 5 as their weekend sports anchor.  Kristen has covered Spring Training, The Red Sox, Patriots and Bruins post seasons, as well as The Ryder Cup.  A former Miss Massachusetts Teen USA in 1987(National Semi-Finalist) and Miss Massachusetts USA in 1995 (National Semi-Finalist) Kristen now works as Destination XL’s Fashion Director and travels all over the United States promoting men’s fashions on morning TV.  She also does freelance commercial and internet work for various companies such as Gallery Automotive Group, FW Webb and The Newborn Channel. Kristen is still on the sidelines of many sporting events, but instead of covering it for a local news channel, she is cheering on her three children!  Kristen is married lives north of Boston.