Laura Welling-Abney was Miss Wayne County 1996 and Miss Michigan 1998. She has been actively involved with the Miss America Organization as a contestant, volunteer, and judge for over 20 years. She has a degree in elementary education with a math major and early childhood education minor and a masters degree in math education.
Laura has utilized her love for talking by working professionally as a corporate spokesperson and model throughout the country for the over 10 years. Currently, she is a math instructor at Washtenaw Community College.
Laura enjoys being involved in her community, especially when it comes to creating & initiating activities for children. A former gymnast and Eastern Michigan University cheerleader, Laura has developed a community-based cheerleading & gymnastics program in Van Buren Township. Laura and her husband, Shane, have three children, Carson (15), Kendall (13), and Chloe (11), and live in Belleville, Michigan.
Kris Munroe recently retired from Roush after being recognized by the American Society of Employers as the 2017 HR Executive of the Year, for Companies with 1,000+ Employees.
Following the receipt of her MBA from the University of Michigan, Kris spent the next decade working in entrepreneurial startups in consumer software, information technology, health care and facilities’ services. It was a lot of fun, but very volatile. She joined Roush in 2000 as their Director of Human Resources and enjoyed helping the company expand both domestically and internationally.
Since retiring, Kris has focused on her garden, revised a children’s book and traveled to the Smoky Mountains. She and her husband, Steve Kolpacke, live in Canton, MI.
Jacki Karns grew up in Wayne County and attended Eastern Michigan University, where she studied psychology and later became a member of the American Psychology Association. While attending college and after, Jacki couldn’t get away from her performing roots and pursued a career in modeling and acting, where she has been in local commercials, national campaigns and movies. She currently is a spokesmodel for Honda and HondaJet, traveling the world representing their brand and products, at various auto shows and events. Jacki has held a national title in 2016, volunteers at her church and has been on the event committee for The Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan for the past 3 years. Jacki is honored to be one of your judges and excited to see the journey of the next Miss Wayne County.
Florence (Florie) Marossy D'Annunzio
Florie D'Annunzio is a current resident of Macomb County and Magna Cum Laude graduate of Oakland University where she double majored in performance arts, specializing in dance and French language and literature.
She is currently a reading intervention specialist in Lake Orion. She formerly ran a creative movement program, specializing in collaborative dance at Stadium Drive Elementary for 20 years. Florie has taught and continues to teach dance technique of all styles to children of all ages in a private dance studio. She is involved with running the acrobatic program both recreationally and competitively.
Florie has participated in pageants since she was a teen. She was part of the Miss America Organization and held the titles of Miss Wayne County and Miss Heart of Michigan. She is an active member of her community and church. Her life motto is "Do what you love, and love what you do!" Her biggest joys come from seeing her students and children strive to succeed and always work hard to be the best they can be.
Florie is married to her husband, Mike, of 19 years, and they have three beautiful children: Mario, Gino, and Lena Rose.
Hansika Silva is a Livonia native who now resides in Los Angeles, California where she is pursuing a career as a personal trainer along with competitive bodybuilding. She received her personal training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2016. She is a strong believer in health and fitness and has demonstrated her own commitment via three bodybuilding competitions where she earned national status at her very first show.
Hansika's parents immigrated from Sri Lanka in 1990 which makes her a very proud first generation American. As members of the Michigan Lanka Association, she was able to develop her love for native Sri Lankan dancing which she continues to perform for the Sri Lankan New Year every spring. She also enjoys singing.
Ms. Silva feels very honored to be a part of this years judging panel.