Executive Board & Staff

Founder - Gloria Opare

Miss Ghana USA was founded by Gloria Abena Ofosuah Opare in 2009. Born in Accra, and from the Eastern Region of Ghana, Kwahu District. She spent most of her childhood in Ghana, moving to United States when she was 11 years old. Since then, she has split time living in each country and is uniquely ingrained in both cultures.

Miss Opare attended Oklahoma State University on a track and field scholarship before transferring to the University of Texas at San Antonio to study International Business. After the birth of her son, she obtained her real estate license and pursued a successful career in real estate. This endeavor included becoming a partner with an Austin, Texas firm and maintaining her status as an active member of the San Antonio Board of Realtors and Austin Board of Realtors.

Miss Opare has always had an overwhelming desire to help others. During her childhood in Ghana, she saw firsthand the unfortunate impact of poor health care on family, friends and neighbors. This experience has ultimately inspired her to seek a career in the medical field. Her original goal was to become a nurse, but this dream was delayed when she moved permanently to the United States. While living in San Antonio, Miss Opare volunteered at the United States Air Force Base, Wilford Medical Center's HIV department.

This time spent with critically-ill patients made her realize her true calling and rekindled her desire for a medical career. Now permanently settled in Austin, Texas, Miss Opare is currently completing her degree to become a licensed surgical technologist.

Miss Opare competed in several beauty pageants and placed in the 2001 Miss Ghana Canada. Having experienced the challenges of earning a good education, obtaining grants and scholarships, and paying for student loans, Miss Opare understands that participation in beauty pageants provides a way for young ladies to achieve their dreams. Therefore, in 2009, Miss Opare founded the Miss Ghana USA organization to promote young women of Ghanaian heritage and provide them an avenue to achieve goals and carry-out social and humanitarian initiatives.

The annual Miss Ghana USA Pageant allows phenomenal women to compete for Queen and to implement social programs to help people in Ghana, as well as the United States. Pageant revenue also provides financial assistance to an orphanage and the education of young women in Ghana.

Vice President/Director- USA - Ellen Osei

As the current USA director of Miss Ghana USA, Ellen is dedicated to fostering a spirit of pride, leadership, and womanhood in young Ghanaian women through active participation in all pageant activities. As a previous beauty queen and titleholder of various pageants, Ellen brings a unique perspective of experience to the team that is at the best interest of both the contestants as well as the organization. In 2005, Ellen held he title of Miss Blue and White of the Kappa Epsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. In 2006 Ellen competed as a state finalist in the Miss New Jersey USA pageant.

Later on Ellen transitioned to a focus on pageants that would have a direct connection to benefitting the Ghanaian community with the titles of 2nd runner up of Miss Ghana USA 2011, and 1st runner up of Miss Ghana New Jersey 2012. Ellen's participation in pageants led her to a platform focusing on supporting children with special needs, namely Autism Spectrum Disorders, in Ghana and throughout Africa.

With a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy and candidate for a Doctoral degree in Movement Science and Education with Specialty in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University, Ellen continues to actively fulfill this platform. In 2011, Ellen co-founded Raising HOPE, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit dedicated to supporting children of all walks of life. Miss Ghana USA has partnered with this organization, providing opportunities for every MGUSA queen to work and be inspired to create their own projects giving back to the Ghanaian community in Ghana.

Director/ Ghana - Kwesi Nkrumah Tenkorang

Kwesi Nkrumah Tenkorang joins the Miss Ghana USA management Team as the Director in charge of marketing and operations in Ghana. With over 8years of experience in events management and Marketing he currently offers Miss Ghana USA great service in the managing of projects, event coordination and in the marketing of the pageant.
Preceding his involvement with Miss Ghana USA Team, his passion and interest in charity as seen him work on various charity projects since 2009 including "Save the little heart campaign in Ghana" which led him to become the programs coordinator for Generational Achievers Ghana which worked in collaboration with the Ghana Herat Foundation in 2012 to raise funds for the surgery of some selected Ghanaian children with cardio vascular diseases.

He is also the Chief operations Officer of Tinx Entertainment Consult, an event management company he established in 2008 through creativity and innovation.

Kwesi Nkrumah Tenkorang attended Mfanstipim Senior High school in Ghana and currently a final year Bachelor of Business Administration student majoring in marketing at Pan African Christian University College.

Assistant Director - Hilda Akua Frimpong

Hilda Akua Frimpong was former Miss Ghana USA 2012.As a graduate of Texas A&M University and former Vice President and Service Chair of the Xi Psi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., she understands the importance of teamwork and trustworthy leadership. Hilda carries these traits with her in every situation I encounter. She is committed to using her experience in pageantry as a platform to highlight causes that are dear to her heart. Her life goal is to act official diplomat and educate the world on prevalent issues that affect societies worldwide.

During her reign as Miss Ghana USA she represented Ghana, for the first time in the competition's history, by competing in the Miss Global International Pageant in Jamaica. This experience granted her the opportunity to meet with Prime Ministers and Ambassadors from different countries. Her degree in Anthropology and International Studies indicates that working with people in an international platform is her ideal career. In October 2012,Hilda was recognized as a Beautiful Ambassador of Hope for the Raising H.O.P.E. non-profit organization. Two months later, I traveled to Ghana to work with Raising H.O.P.E is an effort to improve the conditions for orphans.

Hilda currently works with Thomson Reuters in Sales and Business Development while preparing to return to school for her Masters and JD in International Law and Relations.

In August 2014, Hilda will represent Ghana in the Miss Africa USA 2014 pageant and will use this platform to campaign for the Scoliosis Care Foundation. As the 2014 Spokeswoman for the foundation, Hilda will help advocate for the non-surgical treatment of scoliosis and promote Scoliosis research.

Staff :

Talent Manager - Lucia Lomo

Lucia Naa-Adjekai Lomo is a Ghanaian by birth, and a 25 year old fashion designer who is now pursuing a nursing degree. However, she has been a runway model since she was 19 years old; she modeled for fashion designers such as, Karim Isaka, Kofi Ansah, Afri-Ken Novelty and other top designers in Ghana. She enjoys playing basketball, modeling and living a good life. She is the last of three siblings and enjoys spending time with her family; it is something she cherishes deeply. She attended school at S.D.A, Martin Luther King International junior high school, and Labone senior high school which was the only high school in her residential area.

In her second year of college she competed for Miss Ghana beauty pageant where she was crowned queen for Miss Greater Accra 2009. Then in 2011 she took part in the Miss Ghana USA beauty pageant and was among the final five. Due to such achievements her driving philosophy states that “with hard work, determination and God fearing, the sky can only be a starting point". She believe in every human endeavor and that it is always imperative for one to aim for the "head and not the tail". Such attributes and motivation is what her mother taught her, that is why she desire her mom's self confidence coupled with her warm nature, therefore her mother will always be her role model.

Pageant Coordinator - Ashley Anderson

Ashley Anderson joined the Miss Ghana Pageant in January 2013 as the pageant event coordinator. With a background in hospitality, Ashley has always been one to pay attention to detail. In 2008, Ashley graduated from Montclair State University where she received her first business degree with a concentration in hospitality and leisure. She immediately continued her studies, and two years later graduated from University of Houston with a masters degree in Hospitality Management. Currently, Ashley works at a premier Jersey City, NJ venue as an Event Manager. Her charisma and strong attention to detail attitude adds great character to the Miss Ghana Team

Board Members :

Susie Opare
Samiha Abdul Salam
Debbie Dadson