Longtime Miss America staffer named its executive director

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A longtime Miss America Organization staffer has been named its executive director of operations.

Karen Nocella's appointment was announced Wednesday. She will oversee day-to-day activities in the organization's Atlantic City office.

Nocella has worked for more than 30 years in public relations and marketing. She joined the organization in 2008 as a tour manager for Miss America and has served as business manager and executive director for promotions and licensing.

Before joining Miss America, Nocella worked in public and community relations for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Nocella's appointment is the latest change for the organization since leaked emails surfaced late last year showing CEO Sam Haskell and others disparaging the appearance and intellect of former Miss Americas.

Haskell resigned Dec. 23. Most of the previous board members also have resigned.

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