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Date Posted: 15:45:33 06/12/09 Fri
TIFFANY STOKER MADSEN
Tiffany Madsen, Miss California 1995 (3rd Runner-Up to Miss America), and America’s Junior Miss 1992, has a distinguished academic career. She was the Valedictorian of her high school graduating class, was graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brigham Young University and was graduated Cum Laude from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, where she earned a Juris Doctorate. Tiffany often credits the Miss California and Miss America Organization scholarships for making it possible for her to attend law school.
She used her law degree to practice labor and employment law. She performed internationally as a singer/dancer/actor
in Morocco, Spain and Tunisia with the BYU Young Ambassadors. During the talent segment of the live telecast of the Miss America Pageant, Tiffany’s vocal performance of “Think of Me” from Phantom of the Opera” caught the attention of prominent Broadway Producer Hal Prince, who cast her in the role of Kim in the traveling company of “Showboat”.
Tiffany has enjoyed many opportunities, in both small groups and on national television, to encourage young people to set
and reach their goals. She also continues to speak to young people about her Miss California platform, “Sexual Abstinence for Teenagers”.
Tiffany now a full time wife and mother, her husband Josh, a medical doctor and their three children, ages 6,4 and 2,
recently moved back to California and reside in Clovis.
Richard Woods is a native of Fresno. He began performing at an early age as a member of Roger Rocka’s Junior Company
Players with former Roosevelt graduate Audra McDonald. While at Fresno State, he discovered a love for opera and
ultimately attended the Julliard School of Music at Lincoln Center as a member of the Julliard Opera Center.
Soon Mr. Woods was noticed by New York City Opera where he made his professional Debut in Tosca at 23. Mr. Woods
eventually was hired full time by the company and served as house base baritone where he went on to perform numerous
roles throughout the nineties. He honed his singing and performance skills spending his summers in young artist programs including Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Wolf Trap Opera Company in Vienna, and two tours with the Merola Program’s Western Opera Theater in San Francisco. Richard has won several awards including the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions at both the district and regional levels, and the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition.
In the midst of his budding operatic career, Richard decided that being away from his wife and two sons was too great a sacrifice to make for all involved. A career in music education proved the best way to utilize his vast music and performance experience. Relocating his family back home to Fresno, Richard took over the duties as Vocal Music Director for Roosevelt School of the Arts.
Riichard performs regularly with the Fresno Grand Opera Company and is thrilled to have the opportunity to help prepare Roosevelt’s talented students for their turn at a successful career in music..
JANETTE BETTIS SMITH
Janette has a vast background in the performing arts, as an actress, singer and dancer. She also has impressive credentials as a choreographer, director and judge in the pageant field. After formal training with the John Robert Powers modeling agency, she worked as a fashion model in Dallas and Atlanta. Her background also includes radio and television commercial work in Atlanta, New Orleans and Los Angeles.
Janette’s extensive musical theatre background includes leading roles in “Annie Get Your Gun”, “Brigadoon”, “Kiss Me Kate” and “Funny Girl”.
Janette, who has four children and nine grandchildren, resides in Fresno with her husband, Al, who enjoyed a long and successful career in broadcasting and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce.
Kevin has an extensive background in the entertainment industry as a performer, producer and director. His performing credits include regional appearances in the “Laramie Project”, “Forever Plaid”, “Grease”, “The Who’s Tommy”, “Godspell”, “The Sisters Rosensweig”, “Annie Get your gun”, to name a few. He has also performed as a vocalist in New York and in Pasadena.
He was the Production Coordinator for the Broadway, Los Angeles and Worldwide touring company productions of The Lion King. Regional Managing credits include “The Music Man”, “George M”, “Cabaret” and the “Pirates of Penzance”. He served as Talent/Business Affairs Coordinator for Dick Clark Productions and the Jim Henson Company, including the Golden Globes and “The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz”. Recently, he served as the Associate Producing Director of the Pasadena Playhouse, where he produced, managed and coordinated casting for numerous productions.
Kevin served on the inaugural panel of judges for Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition. He also served on the 2006 Miss Oklahoma judges’ panel that selected Lauren Nelson, who went on to become Miss America 2007.
Kevin resides in Los Angeles with his partner and their three children
PATRICIA NORTHUP MURRAY
Patricia, Miss California 1992, earned a B.S. Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She continues to credit the Miss California Organization scholarships and earnings with making it possible for her to pursue her dream….. a career in commercial aviation.
Upon graduation from a highly regarded civilian flight school, she was recruited by the California Air National Guard. She won the AETC Commander’s Trophy by placing first in her military pilots training class and was inducted into the prestigious Order of the Daedallians, a WWII flying organization, for distinguished aviators
Patricia holds the rank of Major and is a Pilot Instructor in the 115th Airlift squadron.
She returned last November from her fourth deployment to the Middle East, where she flew 75 combat sorties and was
awarded three Air Medals. She is currently on a five year tour with the California Air National Guard, as the 146th
Operations Group Training Chief. She is on leave from American Airlines after nine years as a first officer.
She resides with her husband Andrew, a former American Airlines pilot, in Redondo Beach California.
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