The 2013 Miss Illinois International Pageant
March 1 - 3, 2013 at Midlane Country Club
Contact: Jennifer Naida for more information
~ Accepting Applications for the 2013 Pageant ~
Jennifer held the title of Mrs. Illinois International 2010 and spent her reign promoting her personal platform The Vasculitis Foundation. Jennifer has volunteered for the Vasculitis Foundation, a non-for-profit organization, for over 20 years. She has assisted hundreds of patients and caregivers in their journey with this rare auto-immune disease. Jennifer is herself a long-term survivor of Wegenerís Syndrome, a form of Vasculitis. She serves as a Legislative Advocate for the national organization, corresponding with local and state government officials to elevate awareness of the disease and provide research funding. During her reign as Mrs. Illinois International 2010, Jennifer co-wrote Illinois House Resolution 839 which sparked a statewide observance of Vasculitis Awareness Month. Jennifer has received several citations from the national organization including the 2008 Best New Fundraising Event Award.
Jenniferís career in the field of medicine spans over 15 years, as a medical assistant, administrator and patient advocate. She has developed numerous programs for medical practices that address patient-doctor communication and self-advocacy. As a writer, Jennifer has contributed articles relating to chronic health issues in several national newsletters and magazines. She is currently writing a book based on her own journey with Vasculitis. Jennifer has traveled extensively (once performed before the Danish Royal Family) and knows American Sign Language.
Jennifer is a proud wife to Ron, a Lieutenant/Firefighter in his civilian career and a Command Master Chief (FMF), in the United States Navy Reserve. Together they enjoy traveling, entertaining for family and friends, embracing their healthy lifestyle and commitment to having a Christ-centered marriage.