Allison Wood
Executive Director

Miss Redwood City 2001

Allison Wood began her involvement with Miss America in 1996 when she competed in a local pageant on a dare. She never thought that her participation would earn her enough scholarship dollars to pay for her entire teaching credential.

A former Irish Dancer and a nationally ranked Synchronized Swimmer, Allison saw many parallels with athletics and the Miss America program. As Miss Clovis 2000 and Miss Redwood City 2001, she noted the same focus on self improvement, a commitment to others, and representing something larger than yourself. She hopes that participation in the Miss Redwood City/San Mateo County Competition will instill those same values in the young women who compete.

Allison works as a Clinical Research Associate at a diagnostics company in South San Francisco. She holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of San Francisco, a Masters of Arts in Spanish from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Bachelor of Arts and teaching credential from Fresno State.

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Robert Anderson

Technical Director

Bob was born and raised in Redwood City and has volunteered with Miss Redwood City/San Mateo County for about 30 years running various technical aspects of the pageant show. He is a 40+ year volunteer of the Peninsula Celebration Association (PCA), the sponsors of the annual Fourth of July parade and festival in Redwood City which is traditionally Miss California's first appearance. Having grown up in the PCA,  Bob has served over the years as a board member, committee chair, event chair, vice president and is the organization's current  president. He has performed with ComedySportz San Jose as Mr. Voice where he also was responsible for show tech.

Bob is the owner of Woodside Patrol, a local private security patrol and alarm services company located in Portola Valley, and lives in the South Bay with his daughter Christina and his son Andy.


Sparkle Williams Capps

Miss San Jose 2009

Sparkle Williams Capps competed in her first pageant at the age of 12 and loved it! She later competed with the Miss USA organization in both the Miss Teen Maryland USA pageant and the Miss California USA pageant. But it was the Miss America organization that really captured her heart. Sparkle competed in several local pageants (including Miss Redwood City), and held the title of Miss San Jose 2008. She loves that the Miss America organization is committed to empowering young women in both academics and the arts and is personally dedicated to mentoring young women to help them achieve their goals. In addition to partnering with the Miss Redwood City-San Mateo County organization, Sparkle is an active member of her local community. She is entering her 6th active year with the Junior League of Palo-Alto Mid-Peninsula and is involved with building community in various capacities through her local church, New Beginnings Community Church.

Sparkle received her B.S. in BioMechanical Engineering and a minor in Political Science from Stanford University in 2006. She currently works as a Program Manager at a growing start-up in San Francisco, but is also developing her career as an actress/model represented by MDT agency in her spare time. Sparkle currently lives in Sunnyvale with her two precious daughters Azadeh and Kaiyah.

Jennifer  Dicker

First runner up, 
Miss California 1999

Jennifer (Davelaar) Dicker has been involved with the Miss California Organization for the past 21 years. Jennifer was Miss Greater East Bay 1995, Miss Contra Costa County 1999, and First Runner Up to the title of Miss California 1999. Jennifer has had many different roles as a volunteer. She was the Executive Director of the Miss Contra Costa County Scholarship Program, the Associate Executive Director of Miss California's Outstanding Teen, and currently serves on the Miss Sacramento County and Miss Redwood City/San Mateo County committees.

Jennifer has worked professionally as a vocalist and dancer and has performed in numerous productions throughout the state. She graduated from Santa Clara University and now works as a Real Estate Agent with Intero Real Estate Services.

Jennifer is very active in her community. She is a proud member of the Belmont-Redwood Shores Rotary Club and the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula.

Jennifer currently resides in Belmont, California with her husband Derek and sons Austin and Luke.

Sasha Hao

Miss Redwood City/San Mateo County 2011

Sasha Hao began competing in the Miss California Organization in 2010 thinking it would be an awesome way to pay for her college education. Knowing nothing about pageants she took a leap of faith and garnered more than she ever expected. She earned the title of Miss Redwood City/San Mateo County in 2011. 

Sasha earned her bachelor's degree in political science from UC Davis.  Professionally, she is in software sales at a huge tech company in the Bay Area, not to mention an NFL cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders on the side. 

Recognizing the impact the program and on her life and development, Sasha began volunteering with the program in 2014 to help other girls find that same impact she found. She cannot wait to see more empowered, driven and impressive young women go through this program.

Emily Mcniel

Miss Redwood City/San Mateo County 2015

Emily McNiel was born and raised in San Mateo and graduated from Aragon High School in 2010. She went on to receive her BA in Child Development from CSU Stanislaus in 2014 and is graduating with her Masters in Social Work from CSU Stanislaus in Spring 2017. 

Emily has competed in the Miss America Organization for the past six years winning the title of Miss Sunrise Seaport 2014 and Miss Redwood City/San Mateo County 2015. Her platform, Foster Friends, led her to a job as a Foster Family Social Worker in Stanislaus County. In addition to her work with the Miss Redwood City/San Mateo County Committee, Emily is also Vice President of the Master of Social Work Student Association.

Lyndsey Nelson

Miss San Mateo County 2000

Lyndsey is a native of San Carlos and was crowned Miss San Mateo County in 2000. Her sister Lauren is Miss San Mateo County 2006. A graduate of Sequoia High school, Lyndsey used her Miss America money to further her education at University of California at San Diego. Post graduation, she moved to Hollywood and began a career as an actress appearing in television, film and theatre. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and was on the nominating committee in 2017 for the SAG awards.

In 2012 Lyndsey earned degree her Masters of Arts in Clinical Pyschology and returned to the Bay Area. She is employed in the South Bay Public School District as Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern and is working towards her 3000 required post graduate hours as a mental health clinician for the Campbell Union School District in Santa Clara County. 

Lyndsey resides in San Carlos with her adorable two year old son.


Jeri Daines Richardson

Jeri is a fourth generation Redwood City resident where she resides with her husband Colton and son Brady. She is currently a partner at Sequoia Realty Services and is a local top realtor specializing in residential sales along the peninsula. Jeri is a graduate of Woodside High School and the University of San Diego with a degree in Business, Accounting, and Real Estate. In addition to her family and work life, Jeri is a strong believer in giving back to the community. She is an active board member of the Sequoia Awards, serves with the Bethlehem AD Scene in Redwood City, is a member of the Redwood City Chamber of Commerce, the Urban Land Institute and served for six years on Redwood City's Housing and Human Concerns Committee.

Jeri won her first two titles in 1983 as Queen and Superior Baby in the Miss San Mateo County Baby Pageant. At 16, she came in 2nd runner up to the Miss Teen California All American and in 2002, while living in San Diego, was crowned Miss Pacific Beach. These days Jeri focuses on mentoring and coaching other young women competing in the Miss America and Miss USA programs.


Lindsay Saier

Miss Redwood City's Outstanding Teen 2004

Lindsay Saier is an alumna of our teen program, having held three local titles: Miss Redwood City's Outstanding Teen, Miss San Mateo County's Outstanding Teen, and Miss Peninsula Cities' Outstanding Teen. She's a third generation native of Redwood City and grew up surrounded by many Miss Redwood City-San Mateo County Titleholders who are now fellow committee members.

Lindsay transformed her love of theater into a flourishing career. She has worked in theater productions throughout the country in educational, non-profit, regional and on/off Broadway Houses. Currently, she is the Wig Master for American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.