Board of Directors

Board of Directors

(If you are interested in joining our team of volunteers, please reach out to any one of us!)

National Director – Markie Battaglia

Markie Battaglia is a graduate of Arizona State University and a business owner and operator residing in Southern California. Markie is proud to serve as the Miss Rodeo California, Inc. National Director and booking coordinator, and now serves on the Miss Rodeo America Executive Board. She was Miss Rodeo California in 2010 and won Horsemanship and was 1st Runner-up at the 2011 Miss Rodeo America Pageant. She loves being a part of an organization that does so much for the empowerment of young woman. In her spare time she enjoys team roping with her family and friends.

President – Brittney Phillips

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Brittney Phillips is proud to serve as Miss Rodeo California, Inc’s President and a past Pageant Director. She began barrel racing at the age of eight, and at the age of fourteen found another passion; being a representative for the sport of professional rodeo. She has represented various rodeos and communities around San Diego County and went on to be crowned Miss Rodeo California 2017. Following her reign, she had the privilege of competing for the title of Miss Rodeo America, where she placed in the top ten. Brittney has taken her skill set from her years of being a rodeo queen and turned it into a career handling sponsorships and donations for Boot Barn, Inc. Brittney thoroughly believes in what rodeo queen pageants teach young women and is enthusiastic about having a helping hand in growing the next generation of rodeo ambassadors and enthusiasts.

Vice President – Brittany Hensley

Brittany is a native Californian currently residing in the foothills of Clovis with her family. After spending many years working for the nation’s largest western retailer, Brittany switched professions to another passion of hers, creating smiles to last a lifetime. She is now working as a Treatment Coordinator with DiCiccio Freeman Orthodontics. Growing up, Brittany held multiple rodeo queen titles including the title of 2006 Miss Rodeo California. Brittany went on to place in the Top 10 at the Miss Rodeo America pageant in December of 2006. Brittany now enjoys sharing her knowledge and love of horses and the western lifestyle with her family. Brittany is proud to serve as Miss Rodeo California Pageant, Inc’s Vice President, and is honored to be a part in the development of our future Rodeo ambassadors.

Secretary – Dianne Nuckols 

Treasurer – Mackenzie Cayford

Pageant Director/Sponsorships – Jessica Schmidt

Jessica Schmidt comes to us from Jurupa Valley, California where she was first introduced to the sport of rodeo and the queening world at the age of ten.  She has served on several rodeo committees for local rodeos in California and Colorado.  During her queening career, she held five titles and took three titles to the Miss Rodeo California pageant. After retirement from queening, Jessica earned her dual Bachelor Degrees in Education at Arizona State University.  Jessica continued to be involved in the queening world by coaching other young ladies, including state and national title holders; directing pageants, sharing her knowledge as a clinician, and judging pageants throughout the western states.  Her day to day life includes using her degrees to teach 6th grade and working on her Master’s degree in Administration Leadership (Principalship).  She is thrilled to be working  with current MRC sponsors; as well as, building a relationship with potential sponsors to help build the MRC scholarship fund and more.

Board Member – Sheryl Schmidt


Sheryl Schmidt began her involvement in rodeos in 1999 after moving to Jurupa Valley, CA. With no idea of the adventures ahead of them, Sheryl soon found herself in the role of rodeo queen Mom.  As a member of the Jurupa Rodeo Committee she has served as Secretary, Vice-President, President, Rodeo Chairman and various other roles.  She enjoys helping young ladies prepare for their journey into rodeo queening and has also been a judge for several local and out of state queen pageants. During the week you will find involved with students as she travels to various schools as an Itinerant Teacher of Visually Impaired.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a board member or volunteer please contact one of the board members or email!

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