2011 Judges

Jennifer Ferris is the reigning Mrs. Sullivan County International and is looking forward to competing for the title of Mrs. New York International in October 2010. She was honored to be named 1st runner up to Mrs. New York United States in 2009. When Jennifer’s not busy running her wedding & event planning business, she enjoys being an avid volunteer and spokesperson. As a national spokesperson for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Jennifer uses her personal triumph over depression to educate and guide others towards a happier, healthier life. She is also the New York Co-Director for Bully Police USA, which is a watchdog organization dedicated to children who are not being heard. Jennifer’s fighting at a state level to encourage lawmakers to pass common sense laws so both bullied children and their parents will have recourse to demand a safe and secure environment within their schools. Jennifer resides in Sullivan County with her husband, Shawn and her two wonderful sons.

Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh has been the President of Long Island Plastic Surgical Group since 2007, the largest private academic plastic surgical group in the nation which also owns and operates the Aesthetic Center, a full service medispa in Garden City and Manhasset. In addition, Dr. Alizadeh directs the Clinical Research Division of LIPSG's Plastic Surgery Residency Program. Dr. Alizadeh pursued an MD from Cornell University and completed his General Surgery and Plastic Surgery training at the University of Chicago Hospitals. He then received subspecialty training in Cosmetic Surgery, Microsurgery, and Breast Reconstruction at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He has authored numerous publications and has given extensive presentations on the national and international level. Dr. Alizadeh continues to study new methods in all aspects of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery and has won awards for his innovative techniques. He has been involved in helping charity organizations carry out free surgery in dozens of countries around the world, including his most recent mission trip to Haiti.

Michelle Gittlen is an attorney and a seasoned non-profit professional who works exclusively for professional athletes who have charitable Foundations. Currently, Ms. Gittlen serves as the Executive Director of the Jorge Posada Foundation and the Johan Santana Foundation. She also works for the Cotchery Foundation. Previously she served as the General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer for the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation. Ms. Gittlen earned a Bachelor’s degree at the State University of New York at Albany and a Juris Doctorate at Brooklyn Law School. She is also a wife and the proud mother of a beautiful 8-year-old little girl.

With a public relations firm that bears his name, Todd Shapiro Associates, Shapiro has quickly become one of the best known names in the business on Long Island and New York City. The firm has organized events for some of the most well-known people and organizations across the nation. He has worked with Kim Kardashian, Donald Trump, P. Diddy and Russell Simmons as well as Hilary Clinton, George Bush and other national public figures and celebrities. Some of his clients include American Red Cross, the Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association, Autism United and the Riese Organization in New York City, which operates TGI Friday’s, Houlihan’s, Taco Bell, KFC and Tim Horton’s in Manhattan. His many accomplishments include his recent selection by Nassau County Executive Thomas Gulotta to direct all communications and to serve as an executive board member of the Nassau County Centennial Parade Committee. He has been honored by Long Island Business News’ “Top 40 Under 40” and was named one of the top rising stars in business by the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County.

Donnamarie was born and raised on Long Island and has been an award winning master colorist and hair stylist for the last 30 years. With a creative sense of style and an eye for fashion, being this close to the runway is a real honor for her. She is accomplished in every aspect of this field, from platform competition to being director of education for Goldwell New York, to now, currently employed at Bocu Salon and Spa. In 2007, Donnamarie realized it was time to put her compassion and positive beliefs to good use, so while coloring hair she went back to school to become an Addictions Counselor. She currently spends time on the eastern end of Long Island working with women who are victims of Domestic Violence and educates adolescents on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. She believes we need to care; our younger generations need to be able to find spirituality, gain awareness and respect the law and others around them. Donnamarie is happily married and a mother of three wonderful girls and looks forward to learning something new every day.