Meet our Team

Anne Maes
Co-Executive Director
Anne & her husband Max have both been involved in the Miss Iowa System for over 20 years. Anne has been a state & local board member, field director, & pageant mom. Anne currently holds a Call Center Manager position at Mediacom. She serves as our contestant recruiter, sponsor coordinator, & her expertise lies in interview & paperwork. 
Carol has been involved with pageants behind the scenes for over 20 years, first as a pageant mom & then as a local volunteer & director. Her daughter Aly was Miss Iowa's Outstanding Teen 2010 & was the Non-Finalist Interview Winner at Nationals. Aly was also Miss Iowa in 2014 where she was a Top 12 finalist at Miss America. Carol's personal professional experience contributes to her interviewing, paperwork, & current events expertise. Carol is also currently serving as Ms. Senior Iowa. 
Carol Olson
Co-Executive Director
Michelle Yoshimura-Smith
Board Member
Michelle Yoshimura-Smith has been volunteering with Miss Greater Des Moines since 2012. She has been involved in pageants since 2006 when she competed in her first local pageant in the Miss America Organization. Michelle has a Bachelor's degree in music & an extensive background in many forms of performance art. Michelle also brings her passion for personal & professional development in her work with our titleholders. Michelle is currently serving as the 2019 Bacon Queen & travels around the country & world to share her love for Bacon!
Gabby has been involved with pageants since the age of 7. She has held numerous local & state titles, & most recently her first national title. Gabby & her husband Kipp will soon be celebrating their one year wedding anniversary & welcomed a new family member, their French Bulldog fur baby Tank. Gabby currently holds an IT Governance Analyst position at RSMUS LLP. She currently serves as our Outstanding Teen Director & social media expert. 
Gabrielle Andresen
Board Member

Join us in celebrating our 10th anniversary! January 11th, 2020 @ Drake Performing Arts Hall

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