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2018 Ambassadors

Raquel Riley Thomas

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Raquel Riley Thomas is a Pageant Owner, Pageant Queen, and Beauty/Fashion Expert. She is the Owner of An Officer and Gentlewoman, LLC, which has the following 8 subsidiaries: Miss DC/PA/DE for America, Mrs. DC/PA/DE America, Little Miss North America (all 50 states plus the District of Columbia) and AOAGWLLC Casting. She is also Mrs. America 2011 (1st Runner-Up) and Mrs. Maryland America 2010. Currently, you can also see her on television as a re-occurring beauty and fashion expert.

Raquel is a decorated military veteran, having served nine years in the U.S. Army (5-years Enlisted photojournalist; 4-years Ordnance Officer). She is a graduate of Hampton University with a degree in Psychology.  In September 2011, Raquel started her Veteran-owned production company, An Officer and Gentlewoman LLC,

Raquel’s accomplishments have been noted in both her military and civilian career. In the Army, she was awarded the Army Commendation Medal (2x) and the Army Achievement Medal (3x). Recently, Marquis Who's Who of America awarded Raquel the “Lifetime Achievement Award.” For her commitment to fighting for military Veteran's rights, Raquel was selected as the “Veteran of the Year" 2011, by Women Veteran’s Rock. Raquel was also titled a “Leader of the Future,” by Ebony Magazine, Marquis “Who’s Who of America,” (5-consecutive years), and Washington Business Journal “People on the Move.” She was recently inducted into the Library of Congress under the "Veterans History Project" where her military history is now stored in video and pictures.

Raquel is married to West Point grad Ron Thomas, Esq. with four children, a cat and six robots in their blended family.

Kevin McCarthy

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Kevin McCarthy is a film critic and entertainment reporter for Fox 5 in Washington D.C., Fox and Friends, The Sports Junkies and Fox 29 in Philadelphia.  Kevin started his movie reviewing career in 2005 with The Sports Junkies on 106.7 WJFK where he reviewed movies every Friday morning. From there, he started doing movie reviews for Fox 5 and interviewing actors, actresses and directors. Since he was a young boy, Kevin has always wanted to be a filmmaker which is why his interviews have a heavy focus on the technical side of film-making.
Kevin has interviewed almost all of his cinematic heroes including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Robert Zemeckis, James Cameron and more. Kevin has also interviewed many of his favorite actors and actresses including Leonardo DiCaprio, Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr., Robert De Niro, Matt Damon, Clint Eastwood, Al Pacino, Will Smith and more.
At the age of 8, Kevin saw “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” and immediately fell in love with cinema. 25-years later, Kevin is still geeking out about his favorite movies.

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