Board of Directors

HeadshotExecutive Director and President: Demetra Collins

Demetra has been involved in pageantry since 2007. She was Miss Washington Earth 2011, a top 10 finalist and Spirit Award recipient at the Miss Washington USA 2012 pageant and 3rd runner up to Miss Washington USA in 2013. She began volunteering with the Miss America Program in January of 2014. In 2015 she stepped up and became the Executive Director. Demetra has been a judge, mentor, coach, and volunteer in multiple pageant systems including, but limited to; Miss America, Miss USA, IJM and NAM.

Before pageantry, Demetra was a competitive horseback rider and was ranked top 20 in Washington State 4-H. She grew up serving as a board member for her local 4-H club and was a mentor to younger boys and girls. Demetra was featured in the Seattle Times in 2007 for being a competitor at the Evergreen State Fair 4-H Horse Competition. She trained her horse to not only show in Performance, but also in Gaming. She qualified for State in both Gaming and Performance Show in 2007, which had only been done by a few riders before her.

Before stepping away from the corporate world, Demetra had a career in Radio Advertising. She worked with over 1000 radio stations, helping them sell their ad space to national companies. She has worked with McDonald’s, Safeway, numerous Political campaigns and so many more. Since having her son, she has retired from radio and now is a stay at home mom.  In her spare time, she has started a custom pageant earring company and will launch early 2020. She currently resides in South Snohomish County with her husband Beau, son Kip, and English Bulldog “The Beast”.

13315478_10209170814848401_5246010409161256896_nVice President, Treasurer, and Producer:
Ross Amkraut do Porto

A graduate of the University of Florida Levin College Of Law, Ross currently works for as a Finance Analyst conducting legal research in taxation for In addition to his legal work, Ross is a violinist with the Federal Way Symphony Orchestra and the Encanto Orchestra, a French Hornist with the Amazon Symphony Orchestra, and regularly performs with other symphony orchestras across Washington state.

In addition to the corporate world, Ross has practiced family law in both Florida and Washington, specializing in domestic violence, child custody, and divorce. Prior to his career as an attorney, Ross was a music educator and professional classical musician – playing violin, piano, and French horn. While working full-time as a public school orchestra director in Orlando, Ross received his Master of Arts in Music from the University of Central Florida where he Concertmaster of the University Symphony. Ross has also performed at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gainesville Orchestra, and as the principal violinist in the Park Lake String Quartet. In addition to teaching in the public school system, Ross was an Associate Conductor with the Florida Young Artists Orchestra, a community youth orchestra program serving the Greater Orlando area.

Ross has been involved with the Miss America Organization for more than a decade, serving as a pageant coach, mentor, board member, producer, and executive director. Ross has had titleholders capture the title of Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen in 2009 and 2011 and Miss Florida in 2011 and 2013. Currently, Ross is the Vice-President and Treasurer for the Board of Directors with the Miss Seattle/Miss Emerald City Scholarship Pageant where he also serves as the Outstanding Teen director. Ross is recently married and resides in the First Hill neighborhood of Seattle with his husband, Willem, their Chihuahua/Terrier mix, Coda, and two ginger cats, Sinbad and Salish.

 LanaSecretary and Appearance Liaison: Lana Monan

Lana has been involved with the Miss America system for over 20 years. Her parents were the Executive Director and Admissions Chair of the Miss Washington Scholarship Organization when she was a teenager. She performed at Miss Washington for 5 years as a “Miss Washington Dancer”, went on to compete in the Miss Seattle Scholarship Pageant, and was the Executive Director of a sweeper pageant. She volunteered with the Miss East King County Program as the Judge’s Chairman and Mentor for State Competition in 2016, and is elated she was invited to join the Miss Seattle Scholarship Pageant Board. Lana has also judged many local programs.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Washington and is currently an Ultrasound Service Contract Manager at Philips Healthcare in Bothell. She has 18 years of dance training as well as training in music, public speaking, writing, and modeling. She played Basketball at Seattle University on scholarship her first year of college. She supports Woodinville High School Football where her husband is the Offensive Line Coach. They are also Tyee members supporting University of Washington Football where her husband played for Coach Don James. She is happily married and resides with her husband, Mike, and dog, Buddy, in Lynwood, WA.