Lona Graves, Executive Director
Lona Graves began her involvement with the Miss America System as a parent of "Little Sisters" when her daughters were involved. She then moved into the positions of Events Coordinator, Assistant Co-Executive Director and then Co-Executive Director of both the Teen and Miss Programs on the local level for nine years. Lona also judged several local pageants before she was asked to join the State Program in 2015. Lona became Co-Executive Director of MWAOTeen in January 2016 and Executive Director in November of 2016; she hopes to continue to provide an exceptional program for the young ladies running in the State Program. Lona is originally from North Dakota but has lived in Washington since she was 5 years old. She is the mother of two beautiful daughters (Jansen and Jaden) and comes from a large family. Lona has an identical twin sister and she loves spending time with her family. Lona is a graduate from Western Washington University where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Parks and Recreation, focusing on Event Management. Lona spent 30 years working in the field of Parks and Recreation for two major cities. Lona is currently working as a Substitute Teacher with the Auburn School District and is an Events Coordinator on the side. Lona's pageant highlights have included two trips to Miss America and yearly trips to Miss America's Outstanding Teen Pageant in Orlando Florida. Favorite Quote: Nothing Is Impossible, The Word Itself Says I'm Possible - Audrey Hepburn.
Victoria Knight, Producer / Assistant Director / Photographer
Tori is proud to be producing the Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teen pageant as she began her journey with this organization 13 years ago. She competed a couple of times and eventually won Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teen in 2008. She then proceeded to compete in the Miss Washington Organization and funded her college career through scholarships. She is now a sixth grade teacher in the Bellevue School District and loves doing anything outdoors with her family!
Mike Miller, Judges Chair
Mike started his pageant career as an usher with the Pierce County Program and then moved into the Executive Director Position in 2002. In 2004 Mike took on the position of Field Director for the Miss Washington Program. Mike has been the Judges chair of the Miss Washington's Outstanding Teen Program for the past 12 years and has been a volunteer with the MWAOTeen program since it started 14 years ago. Mike is also the Secretary of the State Board. Mike is married to Peggy Miller, they just celebrated their 43rd Wedding Anniversary, Mike has two children and four grandchildren. Mike loves to do yard work and ride his tractor around their property. Mike is an avid Mariner and Seahawk fan, he loves his sports. Mike currently works as a substitute teacher in the Puyallup School District and is a Drivers Education Teacher. Prior to that, Mike spent 30 years as a Police Officer in Tacoma Washington where he retired in 2010.
Cheryl Siegfried, Co-Judges Chair
Cheryl Siegfried began her involvement with the Miss America Organization over 30 years ago as a local Title Holder (Miss Kent 1986). While being a WA native Cheryl left the state after Graduating from Cornish College of the Arts with BA in Dance. She lived in Hawaii, WA DC, Michigan & Virginia before landing back home in 2003. She was recruited by some of her past volunteers to the Miss Seattle program as the Co-Judges Chair & was than appointed as the Executive Director for the Miss Seattle Scholarship Organization from 2007-2014. Over the years she has also judged many local pageants throughout the state & been able to attend 3 Miss America's. She is now excited to join the MWOT team in this new capacity. Cheryl has been a dedicated Real Estate Broker with Windermere & John L Scott with over 15 years experience in the business. In her spare time spending time with Family, great Friends & her beloved kitty Bella is at the top.