Diane Ritter's passion is helping women fulfill their goals and dreams. Since 1997, that focus has remained strong as she has produced both the Mrs. Utah America and Mrs. Arizona America pageants. And the formula has proved successful. Contestants from both states consistently place in the Top Ten and as Top Five finalists at the Mrs. America Pageant. In 1999, Mrs. Utah America, Starla Stanley, not only won the title of Mrs. America but went on to capture the crown of Mrs. World later that year. In 2006, Diane Tucker, Mrs. Arizona America, won the coveted crown as well.
Diane continues to promote the importance of community service within the pageants and her contestants log hundreds of service hours annually. "Eighty percent of the women who enter are first time participants. There is no set profile or professional criteria required. A typical contestant ranges in age from 19 to 72. She may be a stay-at-home mom, teacher, real estate agent or doctor. They enter to fulfill goals and dreams…… “The pageant simply provides a forum for women to train and develop themselves in whatever path they choose.”
“It’s pretty simple,” states Ritter, “When we lose the ability to dream, we lose the ability to strive for anything, to move forward, to progress and do positive things.” Diane is committed to providing a vehicle for women to be whoever and accomplish whatever they say is possible.
Jennifer Hunsaker is new to the role of "Director" but has been around the Mrs. Utah America pageant since competing in 2011. Since then, she has taken on multiple roles including "Contestant Coordinator" and "Associate Producer." Under the umbrella of their production company Be Utah Full Productions, Jen and Diane are excited about the future of the Mrs. Utah organization.
In her day job, Jen is a content writer for several marketing companies nationwide. She is also the mom to four amazing kids, the wife to a super soldier, a part-time robotics coach, and occasional director of community theater productions.
Most of all, Jen understands the value of having a community of like-minded women. Working as a Family Programs volunteer with the Utah National Guard, Jen has seen what a group of women are capable of, even under the worst of circumstances. "There is no limit to what a community of women can do. We are more than just a beauty pageant. We are a source of strength and support to one another as we fulfill our craziest ambitions and wildest dreams."