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About Us

Darlene quinn
Classic International Woman 2018

As a graduate of Pepperdine University with a degree in Business Management, Darlene was Vice President Business Development and Marketing for 12 years with a tech-based company.

Darlene gives of her time planning fund-raising events and speaking on behalf of those charities at gala events. She has also been awarded honors through the charitable organizations she has been involved with for nearly three decades. She has tirelessly given of her time to Feed My Starving Children, St. Mary’s Food Bank, Assisted Living Homes and Alzheimer Units visits, Operation Christmas Child, New Directions for Women Recovery Shelter, Salvation Army of Phoenix Christmas Angel, Samaritan’s Purse, Christian Family Care, CASA, Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center, as well as several education-based foundations.

Darlene, her husband Jack of twenty-four years, and their two children reside in Paradise Valley, Arizona on the beautiful landscape of Camelback Mountain. Currently signed with State Management Modeling Agency in Los Angeles for Lifestyle Modeling, Darlene has enjoyed modeling for the last thirty years in runway, print, and as a fit model for several designers.

“The culture of the Classic International Woman organization aligns well with who I am. Equality amongst women, no matter their life path, celebrates life’s journey and embracing possibilities. Saying ‘yes’ to as many opportunities as possible has been very rewarding to me. I strive to empower other women around me to take on their biggest dreams with confidence. As women, our possibilities are endless, and everything is within reach.” Darlene Quinn, Classic International Woman 2018

ñynda samuels
A note from the Executive Director

As CEO of Signature Productions, LLC, I have worked in the Pageant arena for almost twenty years. I started my career as the Arizona State Director for the USA/Universe Pageant system and then moved on to the United States Pageant system, where, after four years as State Director, was promoted to National Director of the Jr. Teen, Teen, Miss & Ms. Divisions.

I spent the next six years promoting, producing, and directing what soon became one of the most exciting National pageants in the industry. Year after year my delegates, directors, staff, judges, volunteers, sponsors, and colleagues grew to expect the grace, quality and professionalism of my national events ~ and year after year, I never let them down.
I was twice featured on the cover of Supermodels Unlimited Magazine with my reigning National Titleholders; and before I knew it, I became known as Momma Queen (or MQ for short!), encouraging everyone to ‘Dare to Dream & Take the Journey.’

But as life would have it, things changed. And I changed. And if there is one thing I can say that I’ve learned through my experiences, it was to venture outside my comfort zone. By doing so, I found out how much more there was to discover once having given myself the power to accept possibilities and explore beyond that which feels safe and customary.

AND it was that permission to being open to accepting possibilities that fueled my motivation to change the face of pageantry, to not only offer the freedom to enter a pageant not limited by customary titles that have been followed for the past fifty years, but to change the landscape to conform to challenges, decisions, and changing values and attitudes.

Together with my fabulous team of colleagues, we offer more than one hundred years of experience doing what we all do best, and this time we bringing out expertise to women are proud to accept their experiences and embrace possibilities!

jay joseph

For over 30 years, Jay has performed on both coasts in musical theater, production shows, headlining with his own act on several cruise lines, as well as performing on television & radio. He appeared as Billy Flynn in a National Tour of CHICAGO and currently performs and hosts two Las Vegas Variety Shows. He was the Emcee for the United States Pageant system from 2004 – 2014.

In addition to performing, Jay owns and operates A Touch of Mystery & More Entertainment Group, an interactive event & entertainment company. His troupe performs for local Restaurants, Hotels & Casinos, Corporate & Convention events & Team Building. His interactive Murder Mysteries were featured on Royal Caribbean & Norwegian Cruise lines.

Jay is thrilled to be working with Lynda Samuels and her team once again!

natalie carson

Natalie Carson has been a professional singer, emcee, dancer, actress, and choreographer for more than twenty years. She has travelled internationally with Legends in Concert and has been the featured singer in numerous productions in Las Vegas and beyond. Favorite credits include Sister Amnesia in Nunsense, Jenny in Company, and Sandy in Grease.

For the past fifteen years, Natalie has staged and choreographed the Cinderella Scholarship pageants on the State and International level. She was also a guest vocalist and choreographer/stage director for the Mrs. United States National Pageant as well as the Jr. Teen, Teen, Miss, and Ms Pageants for more than five years. Along with singing in many corporate shows and being a production assistant and choreographer, she currently performs in the Hit Parade Variety Shows at the Suncoast and Sam’s Town and sings with her vintage vocal Trio, The Swing City Dolls.

Natalie is thrilled to work with Lynda and all the Delegates in the Classic International Woman Pageant

joe pier
Official Photographer

With more than 40 years working in the visual arts arena as Director of Photography, Camera Operator, and site Photography, Joseph Pier brings his trained eyes to the event having worked on such shows as Miss Universe and Miss USA, Project Runway, and Los Angeles and Phoenix Fashion Weeks. He's has also been involved in several popular television shows such as American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, and the very dramatic Beverly Hills, Orange County, and Basketball Wives Series.

Joe looks forward to being part of the Classic International Woman Pageant and is focused on capturing the beauty and excitement of this wonderful event.

Official Videographer

Patrick Stephens brings 20 years broadcasting experience with single and multi-camera productions, streaming media, and live television. IEHD Productions, led by Patrick, entered the pageant scene in 2007 and has shot, edited and directed the broadcasts of systems such as Mrs. California United States, Mrs. United States, Miss Earth United States, Classic International Woman, Mrs. California International, Miss Teen California International, and Mrs. Earth. IEHD Productions is a full-service production company providing graphics, media roll-ins, and highlights for live pageant broadcasts, voice over services, b-roll gathering, aerial cinematography utilizes drones and much more.

We are very happy to welcome Patrick and his team to the Classic International Woman World Finals staff.

Linda Houdashell
Linda Houdashell
Assistant to the Executive Director

Linda has been in the pageant circle for many years. Her love of pageantry, coupled with her organizational skills and professional demeanor, played an important part in being selected as Assistant to the Executive Director. As a long time "pageant mom", Linda understands and relates very well to the needs and concerns of delegates, while respecting the demanding schedules behind the scenes to get each delegate to the right place, at the right time, and in the right outfit for the competition. Both Lynda and Linda look forward to working together towards an exceptional Classic International Woman World Finals.

Pamela Privette
VP - People’s Choice Awards

Pamela (PS) Privette is the Owner, CEO, and President of PL Enterprises NYC™, the parent brand behind the progressive fashion industry production company, hiTechMODA™ Pam joined Classic International Woman during its inaugural year, successfully branding it as the premiere pageant for women celebrating the ages 35 and up.

Through her expertise in the international arena, she successfully launched CIW’s People’s Choice segment, giving further audience exposure to its delegates. She has graciously invited CIW delegates to host their own segment in her September 2019 New York Fashion Week segment and selected two of our delegates to appear as Hosts to welcome guests walking the Red Carpet.

We welcome Pam back as part of the CIW 2019 World Finals and wish her continued success in bringing the best of fashion through hiTechMODA™ at NYFW.