Welcome to the Miss Long Island and Miss Long Island Teen Pageant Organization! Since its inception in 2007, all of the young women selected to compete in this system have proven themselves to be well-rounded role models for their generations. Intelligent, driven, compassionate, and real are just a few of the words that consistently describe these delegates that represent the best and brightest that Long Island has to offer!
Co-Owner, Executive Director
Leanne Pinard began her pageant career at the age of 12 and has been part of the pageant world ever since. Leanne won the title of Miss Long Island Teen in 2010, and as a former title holder has had the opportunity to see the impact first hand of the Long Island Pageant System, not only for herself, but for other young women as well. Holding this prestigious title has shaped her into the woman she is today and created the opportunity for Leanne to raise awareness for her platform of Food and Latex Allergies.
Leanne has brought awareness to food and latex allergies not only to the Long Island Community but across the country. She has had the pleasure of speaking to high school students on the importance of recognizing the signs and symptoms of allergic reactions and the damaging effects of bullying. Leanne has also been invited to speak to the board of education at school districts regarding school policies and how some of these policies can be exclusive and detrimental to a child’s personal development, as well as causing anxiety disorders.
Leanne is thrilled to be the co-owner of this incredible pageant. Having watched the Long Island Pageant System change the lives of women across Long Island, she is excited to be able to mentor and change the lives of many more as the legacy of this system continues. “Knowing I have the opportunity to shape the lives of others the same way Miss Long Island Pageant Founder, Lori Thomas, has mentored me fills me with enormous pride. The Miss Long Island Pageant has always been so special to me and I am excited to create opportunities for future title holders and embark on this new journey. I have always been dedicated to the Miss Long Island Pageant, and now I am able to bring that dedication to being a director, a business owner and a mentor.”
Leanne has earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Binghamton University and is on the Board of Directors of Long Island non-profit, Joining Everyone to Share. She recently won the Huntington Chamber of Commerce prestigious Long Island’s Young Professional Award, 30 under 30 and has received Certificates of Merit from New York State Assembly as well as Presiding Officer of the Suffolk County Legislator, DuWayne Gregory. Leanne is employed in non-profit and higher education fundraising and plans on using her skills and experiences to continue and uphold the legacy of the Long Island Pageant System.
Leanne and her fiancé John are planning to be married in 2017 and are excited to start their lives together dreaming big!
Co-Owner, Executive Director
Jacqueline has been involved in pageantry, as a competitor, titleholder, judge, coach, producer, and recruiter for 15 years. Her journey in pageantry began when a teacher recommended her to enter a pageant to break her away from her introverted personality. “I’ll never forget her words when she told me that it would change my life”, and, boy, did it ever. Jacqueline’s career in pageantry has not only lead her to being crowned once, but has lead her to win five state titles. Her state titles include, 2004 Miss New York American Coed, 2006 National American Miss New York, 2008 Miss New York Galaxy, 2010 Miss New York International, and 2012 Miss Puerto Rico United States. In addition to her state titles, Jacqueline has been awarded many highpoint awards in modeling, spokes model, photogenic, evening gown, and also being recognized as a semi-finalist, and top 5 on the national level. She has also been nominated to be featured in Pageantry Magazine’s, “Who’s Who in Pageantry”. Jacqueline recognizes the highlight of her career as being awarded pageantry’s highest award not once, but twice; “Pageantry’s Spirit Award.”
Jacqueline has spent years promoting her platform hangPROUD an organization that was designed to promote positive self-esteem among young women and men through positive action, such as volunteerism. Jacqueline’s humanitarian efforts not only touched people here in the state of New York, but also internationally. One of her biggest accomplishments was leading her “Proud Girls on the Move” team to raising funds to continue the education of one young girl in South Africa to Nelson Mandela University.
Jacqueline was invited to join the Long Island Pageants team by the pageant’s founder Lori Thomas in 2012. She has experienced success as a coach as she has had girls crowned on the Long Island stage back-to-back since she came aboard. An outstanding five of Jacqueline’s girls have been crowned.
Jacqueline is a graduate of St. Joseph’s College and has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Speech Communications. She plans on using her education and experience in pageantry to continue upholding the high standards and legacy of the Long Island Pageants.
“Being co-owner of such prestigious system is truly humbling and exciting. It’s like my career in pageantry has come full circle, and I can’t wait to see what life has in store for me in the future. I hope to continue to establish myself as a competitor and mentor, but most of all remain determined and focused in all phases of life. I hope and pray that I continue to keep the Long Island family proud, just as the pageant’s founder Lori Thomas has done for years. It will be an honor and a privilege to do so.
Jacqueline and her husband Joseph hang their crowns and hardhats up in their home on Long Island’s North Shore with their three rescued dogs, Zoe, Kiera, and Domino.