Los Angeles Psychotherapist Dr. Gayla Jackson Crowned Ms. Senior California 2014

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Dr. Gayla Jackson from Moorpark will advance to the Ms. Senior America Pageant held in Atlantic City October 2014

Dr. Gayla Jackson from Moorpark, Ms. Senior California 2014

Dr. Gayla Jackson from Moorpark, Ms. Senior California 2014

"Dr. Gayla Jackson has it all! Her presence on stage shows how completely comfortable and confident she is in herself as an Age of Elegance woman." Pamela Wheeler, CEO Ms. Senior California Pageant

Ms. Senior California of America Pageant is proud to announce that Dr. Gayla Jackson from Moorpark was crowned Ms. Senior California 2014. She competed against 13 other contestants who came from all over California on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Rose Center Theater in Westminster, CA. The theme this year was “Encore!”; the women competed in interview, evening gown and talent competitions as well as reciting their philosophy of life.

As the 2014 Ms. Senior California queen, Jackson walked across the stage to accept the crown, marking her first steps on a journey that will take her from spotlight to spotlight representing American women 60 years of age and over who have reached the “Age of Elegance”. Jackson will receive an all-expense paid trip to Atlantic City to compete in the October 2014 Ms. Senior America Pageant.

Dr. Gayla Jackson started her career as a professional actress and toured all over Europe with the American Theater Company. She then earned two Masters Degrees in Education and Psychology and a Doctorate in Business Administration. She headed a successful international cable television management corporation and was named “Queen of Cable Television” by the National Cable Television Association. Her third career was with the Glendale Police Department as a psychotherapist working with gangs and troubled teens. Jackson is now heavily involved teaching parenting classes, providing psychotherapy to troubled families and leading a new restorative justice program for the Ventura County prison system. Jackson is 67 years young, is married and has one daughter, three step daughters, one granddaughter, and three step grandchildren. Jackson is heavily involved with various organizations; she does pro bono therapy for the Ventura County Youth Authority and also donates time to The Assistance League of Conejo Valley which helps women and impoverished children. She is an alumni of the National Charity League and DAR (Daughters of the America Revolution). Jackson’s hobbies include raising orchids and traveling with her husband.

First runner up went to Merilee Imamoto from Penn Valley; second runner up was Joyce Schumaker from San Diego; third runner up was Syni Champion from Sacramento and fourth runner up went to Sandra Erkus from Granada Hills. Erkus also took home the talent trophy with her award winning performance of the coloratura aria “The Doll Song” from Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman; Sandra was dressed as a mechanical doll, and her performance was done in character.

Each contestant competing in this year’s pageant either won a regional title or was first runner up in one of the seven preliminary pageants that were held around the State earlier this year. The Pageant is open to women who have reached the “Age of Elegance” - 60 years of age and up. The Pageant seeks to elevate Baby Boomer women as well as senior women, encouraging them to “stay vital and connected with life”, to be role models for their peers and younger generations.

The Bronze Sponsor of the Ms. Senior California Pageant for 2014/2015 is the law firm of Morse, Giesler, Callister, Karlin and Hiura. Facility sponsors for three of the Preliminary Pageants were Paradise Village in National City, the City of Mission and St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach.

Ms. Senior California of America, Inc. was established as a non-profit corporation in 2010 and is affiliated with Ms. Senior America, Inc., founded in 1971. The Ms. Senior California Pageant is celebrating its 28th anniversary and is now the largest senior pageant program in the nation. For more information please visit http://www.MsSrCalifornia.com.

To view this year’s crowning, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_b4G_3v6vKE&feature=youtu.be

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