National Staff




Mrs. Harrison is an award winning International Speaker,  Founder and CEO of Ambassadors United and Miss Black US Ambassador and Miss Black Teen US Ambassador Scholarship Program.  Patrice is dedicated to Encouraging, Empowering, and Enlightening communities, states and nations. She has been honored by Audi, Hyundai, Cafe Mocha Radio and was selected as a Change Maker at the United State of Women Summit presented by the Obama Administration.  

As an advocate for youth all over the world she has offered workshops to children in Africa, The Caribbean  and all over the United States on topics ranging from self– esteem, etiquette, and relationship building. On a collegiate level she has presented workshops at the Big 12 Conference on Black Student Government, The Southwestern Black Leadership Conference, The University of Central Oklahoma, The University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and University of Texas-Arlington on various subjects ranging from Greek life to relationships.

Patrice serves as a 20 year pageant veteran and director, having coached Miss America Prelim contestants, former Mrs. Plus America, Miss America Co-ed state contestants, Miss Black and Gold state and district contestants, various college queens, Miss HBCU Queens and Miss Black USA local and state contestants. She is an advocate for today’s youth and women, and has a passion to see lives changed for the better. Patrice truly is a leading voice for change in the world. 

Contact: Patrice.Harrison@thembusam.com |  patriceempowers.com phone: 678-367-0050 ext 101

DIMA HENDRICKS | vp of operations

At the age of six months, Dima was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia. Since then, there has been a constant struggle to live a normal life. Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that affects red blood cells. Sometimes these red blood cells become sickle-shaped (crescent shaped) and have difficulty passing through small blood vessels. Dima’s life often revolves around pain, hospital visits, and blood transfusions.

During her college years, she found it very difficult dealing with the lack of Sickle Cell Awareness that was evident in her School. Due to the lack of information that many people have about Sickle Cell Anemia, Dima found herself struggling to maintain her health while meeting her academic expectations.

In the face adversity, Dima decided to compete in the Miss Black Massachusetts Pageant system and WON! During her reign she was an advocate for The Heart Truth Campaign, The American Heart and Stroke Association and a board member for the Greater Boston Sickle Cell Association. Today, Dima is happily married and has two handsome boys.

Contact: Dima.Hendricks@thembusam.com |  phone: 678-367-0050 ext 104

ebony andrews | national contestant liaisoN




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