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John Norris

Co-Executive Director

John brings a volume of experience to his role as Executive Director of Miss Capital City. He holds a degree in Music Education and taught in that field for 10 years, winning multiple state and national band awards during that time. During his tenure of teaching John sat on the Kentucky Music Educators Association Marching Band Board. He continues to provide Music Educational consulting expertise. John was involved in the Miss East Kentucky Pageant as a performer. He has also been involved in Drum Corps International and Drum Corps Associates Drum and Bugle Corps and continues to perform with Assembly Line Winter Guard. John resides in Raleigh, NC and is employed in the pharmaceutical industry.

EVAN Barnette
Evan Barnette

Co-Executive Director

Evan is part owner of Pine Straw Distributors of Raleigh. A native of the capital city, she and her husband Chad, are the proud parents of two children, Madison and Crosby. Evan volunteers in a variety of community programs including Habitat for Humanity and provided aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, LA. She is also heavily involved with the Miss NC Carolina Princess Program locally.

Drew Mercer – Executive Committee Member
Drew Mercer

Committee Member

Kristie Walls

Committee Member

KeithBranch
Keith Branch

Committee Member

Kensi Ward

Committee Member

Kelly Davis

Committee Member

Nancy Norris

Committee Member

Christy Carter

Committee Member

Genola Dallas

Committee Member

Lorene Shafer

Committee Member

Chelsey Norris

Committee Member

Leslie Lasher
Leslie Lasher

Committee Member

Leslie Price Lasher grew up in Johnston County where she enjoyed participating in local pageants and theatre. She attended Elon University where she studied theatre and political science and was an active member of Twisted Measure, Elon’s co-ed A Cappella Group. After graduating from Elon University, she attended Elon University School of Law. She now resides in Hillsborough with her husband, Mark, and their dog Zip. She and is an Attorney with Teague Campbell Dennis & Gorham in Raleigh, North Carolina and enjoys performing and volunteering with the North Carolina Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina, and judging Miss North Carolina Preliminaries.

Edie Deck

Committee Member

Edie has been involved in pageants for many years and is proof that you don’t have to walk away with the crown to benefit from all that pageants can teach a young lady. She holds a degree in Psychology from Meredith College, as well as a NC Real Estate Broker License. She is currently a retirement counselor with The Cypress of Raleigh, an upscale retirement community. She is also the owner of ELEGANT – an event planning company in Raleigh. Edie enjoys working out, reading and helping others. She is involved in the Junior League of Raleigh and Wake County Republican Women. Edie resides in Raleigh with her husband, Billy Deck.