Kari Volen has been involved in pageantry for over 20 years as a contestant, director, choreographer, judge, producer and coach. Kari began her own pageant journey as a local and state competitor for systems like American Coed Pageants, Miss Teen USA and the Miss America Organization. In 2007, Kari placed 2nd runner up to Miss California (MAO). She then went on to volunteer with the Miss Hollywood/Southland Scholarship Organization, a preliminary pageant to Miss California, and now has come full circle as the Preparation Coordinator for Miss California in charge of preparing her for the Miss America competition. She also was a local pageant director for Miss California USA running the Miss Newport Coast & Miss Irvine USA Pageants and helped to prepare her titleholders to achieve top placements in the state pageant. She has been the official Pageant Coach for almost every system in California and has not only coached hundreds of clients but has judged numerous competitions across the country at all levels. In 2013, Kari became Mrs. California America and placed in the Top 6 at the Mrs. America Pageant. Voted the #1 Pageant Coach in both 2018 & 2019 by the Pageant Planet, Kari is proud to have had countless clients win local, state, national and international titles in virtually every system. Due to her experience in all facets of pageantry, Kari is able to share her in-depth knowledge of pageants with her clients and focuses not only on preparing them to excel and win in pageants, but also to do so in life.