Patrick and Sharon Cordes, Ed.D. - Executive Directors
Patrick Cordes was born in Nebraska and grew up in a small town with a population of less than 200 people. In 1971 he joined the Navy to see the world. While serving, he obtained a computer technology education, launching a 40-year career. His naval stint and aerospace industry work have taken him to 11 foreign countries. An aircraft carrier landing/take-off and an at-sea transfer to a submarine have been a couple of his travel highlights. Patrick considers himself a jack of all trades. While being awed by technological advances, he invented a very simple solution for immediate classroom test scoring and analysis, the Sharpat Kit, thus assisting today’s educators with tomorrow’s leaders. Patrick was involved with the Miss Placentia-Yorba Linda Scholarship Program for six years and was co-chair of the interview preparation team with his wife, Sharon. Patrick is excited to serve as the Executive Director of the Miss Anaheim Scholarship Association!
Dr. Sharon Cordes enjoyed a 40-year career in K-12 public education as a teacher, special education district coordinator, elementary and middle school principal, and district office administrator. Throughout her career, Sharon also worked as an adjunct professor at San Diego State University, UC San Diego, and UC Irvine. She is now an independent educational consultant specializing in data analytics and reporting, research, leadership, and state and federal programs compliance. Sharon is the 2007 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnae Award from UC Irvine (UCI), a member of the UCI School of Education Dean's Advisory Board, and a founding member of the UCI School of Education Alumni Executive Committee. Sharon is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), holds a Master’s degree from San Diego State University, and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from UC Irvine and UC Los Angeles. Sharon has had the honor of volunteering with the Miss America Organization for the past 13 years. Sharon is committed to mentoring young women who will become our future leaders!
Megan Wisler Schmidt, Associate Director
Megan Schmidt, formerly known as Megan Wisler, was an active competitor in the Miss America program for over ten years. Beginning as a teen contestant, Megan matured through the program and held the titles of Miss Santa Barbara County's Outstanding Teen 2007, Miss Ventura County 2011, Miss City of Orange 2012, and Miss Orange County 2013, and placed in the top ten at Miss California. Megan graduated in 2012 from Chapman University with a degree in Communications Studies and married her college sweetheart, Jordan, in 2015. Currently, Megan works as a pharmaceutical sales representative in Orange County and enjoys teaching Pilates and making magic at the Disneyland Resort.
Megan is also a past director of the Miss Anaheim Princess program and enjoyed working with all of the lovely little princesses!