OUR STATE DIRECTORS

Elaine Paolo Executive State Pageant Director
Melissa Paolo-Corcoran
Melissa Bassano
Pageant Directors
Mrs. America 2020

Elaine Paolo

Elaine Paolo has been involved in pageantry since 1994 and was the recipient of the Seymour Seitz Director of the Year Award in 2012.  She is currently the State Director for eight pageants within four states; Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island.  She strives to recruit women so they can exhibit their uniqueness as contestants within the very prestigious pageant community.

Elaine has also worked with the Miss USA organization as the lead recruiter for the state of New Jersey.  She also assisted in the pageant coordination for Delaware, Illinois, New York and Rhode Island.  Elaine’s pageant experience also includes creating the Ms. New England States Pageant which all proceeds are donated to charities.

Melissa Bassano

Melissa was Mrs. Rhode Island America 1994 and has been involved in pageantry for over 25 years as a contestant, entertainer, and coach.  She is the former producer of five State Pageants for the Miss Universe Organization.  She is currently the State Director for eight pageants within the Mrs. America Pageant system.  Melissa is also the producer, choreographer, and emcee for Regal B Productions which will be producing this year’s event.

Melissa is an Executive Career Strategist and Life Coach for a New England-based company assisting C-suite executives.  Melissa's professional mission has been clearly established, with the mandate of providing the highest quality career management/coaching services to her clients while always striving to optimize their success. Her aggressive executive re-employment and career change strategies have been recognized and retained by numerous individuals and corporations. Melissa is also involved with several networking groups and has been invited as a guest speaker at many local and national events.

Ray Paolo

Ray has been involved in pageantry for over 25 years.  He has assisted in the overall planning as well as acting as the Judge’s Chairman to ensure all rules and regulations are followed.  He was the recipient of the Seymour Seitz Director of the Year Award in 2012.  Ray is the former President and CEO of Black Fin Solutions, a national internet company providing internet access to at-home workers of large corporations.

David Bassano

David has been involved pageantry for 5 years and event planning for over 20 years.  David assists in the production, planning and judging process to ensure an overall amazing experience for everyone involved.  David is the founder and CEO of Regal B Productions, a pageantry production company and is the Director of Field Operations for ARK Behavioral Health, treatment centers for those who struggle with substance use disorders.