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Letter from the Executive Directors

Ilsy J. Hoo is a Dominican – American, mom, soon to be wife and advocate for domestic violence victims held the title of Miss New Jersey for America Strong in 2020.  Ilsy has always loved doing volunteer work, so she looked for ways to help others in her community through food drives and other charitable causes. Under her directorship, the New Jersey America pageant was rebranded to put a heavier focus on giving back to the community and empowering woman of all ages. She was recently interviewed by the which captures her journey and passion for empowering women of New Jersey. 

Dr. Ellen James, Dr Ellen Osei James is a Ghanaian-American wife, mom of 4, mentor and advocate for disadvantaged women & children. Ellen’s humanitarian mission is a product of her experiences as an occupational therapist, research scientist and pageant queen. Dr James started the Super Role Models mentoring community in 2015. The platform was developed to help women breakthrough barriers of physical and mental challenges to shine their light, reclaim their beauty and power, and become leaders in their communities. The Super Role Model signature event series entitled Journey to the Crown, is a group of conferences, classes and events that focus on fostering an environment of self-love, self-determination, healing and leadership development. As a new Co-Director for the New Jersey America pageants, Dr James is excited to extend these experiences to women involved in the pageant. As a therapist, her life mission is to support individuals in obtaining optimal quality of life in all areas of functioning. As the founder of Raising HOPE, an international 501c3 nonprofit, she is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for thousands of families and children orphaned, disadvantaged, or living with special needs in almost a dozen countries across the world. Ellen received a Master of Science degree in occupational therapy from Columbia University, NY, and Doctorate of Movement Science also from Columbia University. Ellen currently works in New Jersey’s early intervention system and board of education, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Dr James was crowned Mrs New Jersey America 2021 and served as Mrs Ghana World 2022 


New Jersey America Pageant strives to be a leading influencer in pageantry by celebrating women of all shapes, sizes, and ethnic backgrounds. Service, collaboration, and leadership are the cornerstone of New Jersey America pageant system.

 Each queen is responsible for having a platform and doing volunteer work during their reign. 

We have also built collaborations with the Victoria’s Voice Foundation, Ronald McDonald House of Central/North NJ cook and care program, Marine Corps Toys for Tots, Soles4Souls and VictimsVoice App. Each reigning queen and delegates are offered opportunities to provide support to each of the organizations throughout the year.

We encourage the contestants to find causes or issues that are closest to their hearts. Every woman who enters the pageant has different ideals and goals that they strive for in their personal quest for excellence.


Ilsy J. Hoo and Dr. Ellen James

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