The 2017 Jewel of Arizona pageant, May 6, 2017

Monica Ennis, Ed.D, RN

Head Judge for the Miss Black Arizona Scholarship Pageant

Miss Black Arizona | Monica Ennis

Head Pageant Judge Monica Ennis, Ed.D, RN

Dr. Monica Ennis was born in Chicago, Illinois and is one of nine children. She moved to Arizona after earning her B.S. in Biology from Chicago State University. She continued her education and earned an Associate Degree in Nursing, from Gateway Community College, in Phoenix, Arizona, a Master of Science Degree in Health Care Administration from St. Francis University in Joliet, Illinois and a Doctorate in Education from Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Dr. Ennis has taught high school Biology and a variety of other high school science classes. She has also worked as an adjunct faculty member for the Maricopa County Community College District. She retired from the Phoenix Union High School District, after 30 years of service, as a teacher and site-administrator. Dr. Ennis is a guest speaker for many community organizations and provides workshops and other health related services. She has received many awards and certificates of appreciation.

Dr. Ennis worked as an emergency room nurse and specializes in geriatric and medical surgical nursing. Currently, Dr. Ennis is the Clinical Coordinator for Accord Healthcare Institute, where she also teaches nursing classes.

Laila Sarah, M.Admin

Laila Sarah is a proud native of Tucson who believes that it takes a community effort to ensure that young people see their potential and have the opportunities to pursue their goals.

Miss Black Arizona | Laila Sarah, M.Admin

Laila Sarah, M.Admin

Her personal mission is to ensure that girls and women know their power.

Currently, Laila serves as the Assistant Director for Capacity Building at Arizona State University’s Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology, where she oversees implementation of the CompuGirls and CompuPower programs.

Throughout her career, Laila has worked in advocacy for underrepresented populations. Her career includes work in the political, non-profit and education fields. Through her experiences, she recognized that education and opportunity are two key factors in people feeling empowered in their own lives, as well as their communities.

Laila received her B.A. in Communications from the University of Arizona. She received her Masters of Administration and Leadership from Northern Arizona University, with a focus on leadership development and empowerment of at-risk/high-potential youth.

In her personal life, Laila is a facilitator for the Girls Rule Foundation and a College Success Coach for the Be a Leader Foundation. Laila is most proud of being the Godmother of six beautiful children and a “dog mom” to two adorable rescue pups, Bronx and Rani. Other joys in Laila’s life are faith, family, friends, and food. Words she lives by: God, Love, Grace.

Dr. Beverly Craig

Miss Black Arizona | Dr. Beverly Craig

Dr. Beverly Craig

Dr. Beverly Craig was born March 31, 1956, in Tempe, Arizona. She has been married for 40 years to Apostle Alfred Craig Sr. She has 6 children, 14 grandchildren, 2 Great Grandchild and 2 God Children. Dr. Beverly works alongside her husband Dr. Alfred E. Craig Sr. as spiritual parents to numerous churches in Arizona, The United States, Canada, and Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Nigeria, Africa.

Dr. Beverly is a certificate holder from Rhema Bible Training Center, under the leadership of Dr. Kenneth Hagin, Sr. In her constant pursuit to be obedient to God, Dr. Beverly graduated from Crenshaw Christian Center Ministry Training Institute, Los Angeles, California in 1993 with a Diploma in Practical Theology under the leadership of Apostle Frederick K.C. Price (Crenshaw Christian Center). In December 1996, Dr. Beverly was ordained a Minister. In 2005 Dr. Beverly received her Honorary Doctorate from Friends International Christian University. She is an instructor and Vice President at Ministry Training Institute (MTI) founded in 1993. In 2016 Dr. Beverly Craig became a Certified John C. Maxwell Coach, Teacher, Trainer, and Speaker.

Dr. Beverly has organized the International Women of the Nations (IBWON), which ministers to the whole woman. She has a bi-monthly Prayer Breakfast and monthly Women’s fellowship to inspire women of all ages. She has also organized an annual Covenant Ceremony for the young women of IAM Church To The Nations, which not only introduces them to the Body of Christ, but also trains them in such values as purity, holiness, etiquette and how to live the life of a successful Godly woman. Dr. Beverly is the Founder and President of (501c3) My Heart Community Care Foundation to help those in need.

Dr. Beverly is truly living and exemplifying the women spoken of in Titus chapter 2, the Visible Representation Of The Invisible God (VROTIG). A mature woman of God, she is looking out into the harvest of women and girls that need to hear the Word of God, be set free to do the work of the Kingdom and to be all that God has called them to be.

Vivian Johnson

Miss Black Arizona | Vivian Johnson

Vivian Johnson

Vivian Johnson was Ms. Black Arizona 1987 and the director of the pageant from 1989-1991. This month she celebrates the release of her first book Revival in the Pews: Uncovering the Plot to Destroy Your Destiny, and the kick-off of her International Destiny Tour. The slogan for her tour is “It’s time to empower the people sitting in the pews.”

After being addicted to nicotine for twenty-five years Vivian created a faith-based quit smoking CD that was featured at the National Tobacco Conference for the United States. She also hosted her own television talk-show which aired on CBS. Vivian is the former executive director for the Arizona Foundation for Women. She is a spirit-filled servant leader, international speaker who has spoken on three continents, and a missionary to Africa.

Currently, she serves on the ministry team at the House of Healing where she leads the children’s deliverance ministry that has seen many healings and miracles. She has a passion for marketplace ministry and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. Vivian is available for speaking engagements.

Francisco Adame

Miss Black Arizona | Francisco Adame

Francisco Adame

As a resident of Central Phoenix for over 12 years, Francisco Adame has flourished among the entertainment industry in the state of Arizona. He is currently the director of Miss Arizona Latina Beauty Pageant and thrives as a professional choreographer. Mr. Adame is also the director and founder of Francisco Adame Dance, Acting, and Modeling Academy ( FADAMA), a premier arts academy where children, pre-teen, and teenagers can explore the different possibilities the entertainment industry has to offer.

Currently, he produced his Second Annual KIDS & TEENS LATINO FASHION WEEK. A fashion show for children and pre-teens where a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. He is privileged to have partnered with such prestigious organization. Originally from Guaymas, Sonora his devotion and love for the Latino community are immense. He is honored to help select Miss Black Arizona 2017.


Miss Black Arizona | Felicia

Felicia, aka “That Girl Fel”

Felicia, aka “That Girl Fel,” is a constant professional, whose goal in life is making other people happy! So it’s no surprise that her biggest joy of being on-air at KKFR is connecting with listeners, and being part of events that positively impact our community. Some of Fel’s most meaningful client endorsements have been in the health care industry, as well as for non-profit clients like, Don’t Trash Arizona.

In radio since 2003, and working her way up from promotions intern, to board-op, to full time on-air, it’s the overall culture, people, and music that she likes best! Fel loves to travel, cook, and push herself to try new things. She is transitioning into veganism, and enjoys the fun of making vegan food tasty! Early in her radio career, Fel learned to always dress and look her best, because even though she’s behind a mic and in a studio, people can still “see” her! This was never truer than when Rihanna dropped in for an unannounced interview! So thanks to Rihanna, Fel is always prepared, and gets things done the right way! We are also proud to recognize that Fel has been awarded The Best Mid-Day DJ in Phoenix by Arizona Foothills Magazine!

Shamirrah Hill

Miss Black Arizona | Shamirrah Hill

Shamirrah Hill

Shamirrah Hill, formerly known as Shamirrah Hardin, is a creativity specialist and performing arts coordinator with over 15 years of experience. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Howard University (with a concentration in Directing) and a Master’s degree in Educational Theatre from New York University.

Shamirrah is the founder and CEO of True Stages Theatre Company, a company that has produced powerful live stage plays and hosted a number of performance-based events for artists and arts supporters in New York City. She is also the founder of Artists for Justice, a New York City based arts activism group that advances the Black Lives Matter movement through “performance protests.”

Shamirrah is experienced in building curriculum for new courses and developing new performing arts programs in various settings. For three and a half years, she served as a full time performing arts teacher and program developer at Newark Collegiate Academy, where she worked with inner city high school students in Newark, New Jersey.

Shamirrah has performed throughout the country as an actress, dancer, mime & spoken word artist and has trained several actors, dancers, mimes, steppers and poets of various ages through one on one coaching, group sessions, workshops, after school programs, and semester long courses. She is also a playwright with work that has been produced and performed in Washington DC and New York City for sold out audiences.

Shamirrah specializes in using performing arts courses to get students out of their comfort zones, increase self-confidence, and promote growth and positive risk taking in all aspects of life. Shamirrah also specializes in using the performing arts to communicate spiritual and inspirational messages of faith, healing and freedom. Her captivating & thought-provoking spoken word perfomances are known to wow people into a loss of words and bring people to tears. Her boldness and belief in authenticity lead her to bear her soul on stage every time, which is what her fans love about her.

Shannon Landers

Miss Black Arizona | Shannon Landers

Shannon Landers

Ms. Shannon Landers has more than 20 years of retail experience and has been with Camille La Vie (formerly Group USA) since 2005.

Shannon has loaned dresses for the annual photo shoots of Miss Black Arizona pageant contestants since 2010. She has also been a supporter of the Ms. Senior Arizona Pageant, Kids and Teens Fashion Week benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Viet Lifestyles Top Model competition 2011, Annual Phoenix Fashion Week, Quinceañera Magazine 2017 EXPO/Pageant, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation

Camille La Vie also donates dresses to The Cinderella Affair, which provides high school juniors and seniors new and gently-used formal wear absolutely FREE, helping make prom an affordable and memorable event.

Shannon hails from San Jose California. She attended San Jose City College and transferred to San Jose State University in the mid 90s. She has been in Arizona since 2009.

Nashielli “Nash” Vidrio

Miss Black Arizona | Nashielli “Nash” Vidrio

Nashielli “Nash” Vidrio

Modeling since 2013, Nashielli has taken part in various local fashion shows such as Phoenix Fashion Week and Project Ethos. She placed third in Fashion Week in the Las Vegas International Model Competition and has been published in local print ads as well as international magazines. Now at 20 years old Nashielli enjoys instructing for the Prestigious Francisco Adame’s FADAME Dance, Talent and Modeling Academy.