Jaclyn Nesheiwat Stapp

Miss NY USA 2004 / Mrs. FL America 2009

1st RU Mrs. America 2009

Stage Presence / Modeling

Boca Raton, FL

Raised in a close knit family, Jaclyn is one of five children who learned early in life the value of volunteering and helping others. Born in New York and raised in Florida, Jaclyn is a southern girl at heart who has been volunteering and mentoring since age 11 and competing in pageants since age 13.She is a graduate from Stetson University, earning a bachelors degree in marketing and communication. Throughout her college years, she worked in several jobs including part time at Disney World, portraying Aladdin's character Jasmine., modeling, and continuing to compete in pageants. Jaclyn has used the recognition that has accompanied her numerous pageant titles to promote the mentoring and coaching causes that have defined much of her life.

Her diverse background includes traveling extensively across the country, hosting ceremonies of all kinds, serving as a spokesmodel, managing marketing sports tours, judging pageants, and promoting philanthropy. She has also developed a broad portfolio in film, television, and print. She has graced the cover of magazines such as Luxury, Ocala, Orlando Life, Stork, and Pregnancy Newborn. Some of her modeling and acting credits include episodes of Full House, Second Noah, and Sex and the City. She has also appeared in Miss USA Fear Factor, a major Disney vacation television campaign, the Olive Juice movie with the Back Street Boys, and Florida's Best Beaches on the Travel Channel.

A Jordanian American Beauty, Jaclyn is the former Miss NY USA 2004 and currently the reigning Mrs. Florida America 2008.When not competing or pursuing her media work, Jaclyn dedicates her time to humanitarian projects that have taken her across the country and around the world. She has presented motivational addresses to high school students in New York City and worked with inner-city youth through Stetson University’s “Into the Streets Program” for at-risk students. She has also joined with government leaders on community events and was honored to receive a White House recognition for outstanding community service. Jaclyn believes firmly in getting involved in her community and leading by example.

During her reign as Miss USA, Jaclyn's most memorable—and sobering—experience was when she visited U.S. troops in Iraq at the invitation of the Department of Defense. Jaclyn traveled to Baghdad spending time with our soldiers to express her gratitude for their service, protecting our freedoms. She also had the opportunity to visit an Iraqi orphanage and meet with brave female members of Iraq’s Governing Council to discuss human rights. She has described her journey as "a humbling and profound experience that I will never forget."

Jaclyn is bilingual and is keen on learning languages and cultures. Her close friends describe her as someone with outstanding interpersonal communication skills and a dynamic personality. With a diverse and multicultural background, Jaclyn relates well to a variety of people, and with her coaching skills, has a talent to hone in and assess one’s competition strengths and, ultimately, help one in ways that extend beyond pageantry.She is often called upon to sit on review boards, judge pageants, and consult for wardrobe, interviewing skills, stage presentation, makeup application, and international fashion concepts.
Jaclyn is currently preparing to compete for Mrs. America 2008 in Tucson, Arizona, traveling to exotic locations for fashion photo shoots, working on her favorite charity, or on the road with her Grammy winning rocker husband, Scott Stapp.

Her life's motto is "inspire and be inspired." As she says: “I am blessed with an amazing family and a wonderful career. I enjoy giving back to the community, and I am thankful to those like Judith Coffman, who have helped shape my life along the way. I have reached a place in my life where I would like to share all I have experienced and learned to help others, in whatever small way I can, so that they can have the poise and confidence to accomplish their dreams. ”