Colorado Miss Amazing is made possible by our dedicated and experienced volunteer committee.
jeanie kochis, State Director
Jeanie first learned about Miss Amazing when her daughter, Phoebe was crowned Colorado Queen in the Teen division. She started immediately teaching her daughter how to do speeches, fundraising, and serving the community. They were able to help some of the other queens with their fundraising as well. Jeanie grew passionate about the movement, due to the positive changes it made in her daughter's life. Jeanie has home schooled her 5 children and taught in private schools as well. She has been a public speaker, conducted seminars, workshops, and conferences in the past and is also a Certified Transformational Health Coach, specializing in Down syndrome. Jeanie loves to scuba dive, snorkel, go caving, hiking, anything adventurous. She lives in Highlands Ranch with her husband, youngest son and daughter, two cats and black lab.
MALINDA JOHNSON, assistant Director
Malinda Johnson is a dedicated servant to all. Malinda began working with students with special needs a little over 3 years ago. After closing her law firm to focus on giving back, Malinda found her way into the lives of thousands of people with intellectual and physical special needs. Currently, Malinda works as the Office Manager for FamilyGarageDoor.com and Co-Owner of Life’s Image, Ltd. Photography Studio. Malinda helps bring our community together through mentoring, coaching and her genuine smile. Malinda has been recognized as a National Champion Dancer, and is an amazing wife and mom. When asked why she wanted to be a part of Colorado Miss Amazing, Malinda said, “I just want to give these girls the same opportunities to shine!”
ASHLEY LAMBERT, SHOW PRODUCER stage MANAGER/PARTICIPANT COORDINATOR
Ashley Lambert is from the small town of Clinton, IA. She received a double major from the University of Iowa in dance and performing arts entrepreneurship, with an honors thesis in dance pedagogy, and a degree in massage therapy from the Institute of Therapeutic Massage. She has danced pre-professionally for the Gateway Contemporary Ballet Company in Clinton and professionally for the Black and White Dance Company in Muscatine, IA. She has competed in pageants since she was 16 years old and has held titles on both the state and national level, including Miss Teen Iowa, 3rd runner up to Teen Miss American Coed, 2nd runner up to America’s US Miss, National Cover Model for America’s US Miss, and top 8 at Miss Iowa America. Her passion for dance and pageantry prompted her to create a community service platform called "Reaching Out Through Dance," where she has been teaching and performing for local communities for many years. She is humbled to be a part of Colorado’s Miss Amazing organization and can’t wait to work with fabulous young women throughout the state.
brian johnson, media director
Brian is dedicated to giving back to his community. After serving in the Army and as a sheriff’s deputy, Brian now spends his time working with military veterans, kids and adults with special needs, and honoring our nation’s fallen. After his career in the military and police force, Brian now works as the vice president at familygaragedoor.com, and is the co-owner and the lead photographer of Life’s Image, LTD, a photography company with a focus on headshots, high school seniors, and special needs photography. Brian has won awards and accolades in every position he has held, and is an incredible husband and father.
Ivy donovan, Director of staff
Ivy Donovan, a Behavior Skills Therapist, joins Colorado Miss Amazing with an extensive background in teaching and coaching. Formerly a local business owner of a youth sports organization, PEP Club Sports, Ivy now runs the Douglas County Special Olympics Basketball program. She is a certified yoga instructor and has created a program to bring yoga to the special needs community. Ivy believes in the importance of pushing boundaries to empower people of every ability to leave limits behind and reach for the stars.
SHARON OWEN, FUNDRAISING coordinator
Sharon was privileged to attend the 2017 National Miss Amazing Pageant in Chicago to support her niece, Phoebe. After seeing what Miss Amazing is about and what it does for girls and women with disabilities, she asked, "How can I help?" Sharon has long had a heart for people with different abilities. She has worked with teenagers to raise funds for new uniforms for the drum corp as well as heading up the fundraising efforts for the families for the lost firefighters of the Storm King fire in Glenwood Springs. With her long career in banking and past experience fundraising, the position of Fundraising Coordinator is a perfect fit. In her spare time, she enjoys fishing and exploring Colorado, as well as spending time with her niece, Phoebe and her 'adopted' granddaughter, Gabby - both with disabilities.
Jessica schwab, director of buddies
Jessica has always had a soft spot for people with different abilities, but it wasn't until her daughter, Brynn was born that she really began to advocate for these wonderful kids. Since then, her and husband, Cody have done everything they can to ensure their daughter grows up knowing just how loved and supported she is. She first learned of Miss Amazing while volunteering at Tim Tebow's Night to Shine, where she met Phoebe, who had just been crowned Colorado Miss Amazing. Jessica has the pleasure of being a stay-at-home mom and also a parent caregiver to Brynn. When she isn't juggling the family schedule, she enjoys crocheting, camping, 4 wheeling, family bicycle rides and watching Brynn at various recreational activities (ballet, T-Ball, basketball, riding her quad, fishing, etc). She resides in a quaint mountain town with her husband, stepson, daughter, golden retriever/lab mix, ornery cat and 8 chickens. Jessica looks forward to working with today's youth and bringing them together for the 2018 Colorado Miss Amazing pageant.
caleb kochis, right hand man coordinator
Caleb enthusiastically volunteered as the Right Hand Man Coordinator for the Colorado event shortly after he had been a Right Hand Man at the 2017 National Miss Amazing Pageant in Chicago . He wanted to escort his sister Phoebe, but when he got there, the pageant was short-handed and asked if he would escort a lot more of the queens. He wasn't sure at first, but after he experienced it, he said it was a rewarding and memorable experience and that he wanted to do it again. He knows the ins and outs of the program and wanted to help direct and coordinate this part of the event. He's looking forward to the experience of working with the show producer to make it a beautiful event to remember.