The New York Miss Amazing Pageant is made possible by our dedicated and experienced volunteer committee. 



Gabriella Amaya- Gabriella is from Long Island, New York and is a Registered Behavior Technician. She has a B.A in Speech-Language Pathology and is beginning her Masters in Speech at Columbia University. Gabriella has always held a passion for working with people who live with disability as she herself lived with a disability as a little girl. From her professional and personal experience, she firmly believes that we are not defined by our circumstances. We are defined by how we allow each experience to push us forward as leaders of our own life. Gabriella is excited to work with the Miss Amazing participants, family members and volunteers as she knows the community of Miss Amazing is one that will dispel the stereotypes of what it means to be a woman and live with disability.



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director of fundraising

greg bustamante, otr/l

Greg is from Commack, NY and is an Occupational Therapist at Nesconset Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. He acquired a Bachelors of Health Science and a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Stony Brook University. He hopes to provide young women with disabilities the opportunity to explore their self-confidence and advocacy skills through the Miss Amazing program. He enjoys discovering the passions and talents of the participants in a setting that focuses on their strengths. He is excited to contribute to the success of this year's 2018 event!



director of Staff

Haley Van Den Burg

Haley is from Queens, New York and is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at St. John’s University. Haley’s passion for working with individuals with disabilities began in high school through her work with Best Buddies and Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine organization. She has also volunteered with the Rebecca School for children with neurodevelopmental delays and disabilities, NYU Langone’s Initiative for Women with Disabilities, and at the Disha Community-Based Rehabilitation Center for children and young adults with disabilities in Kochi, India. She is so honored and excited to be a part of the New York Miss Amazing team and cannot wait to meet all of the wonderful participants and volunteers!



social media lead

samuel castro

Sammy is from Westchester, New York and is a Youth Pastor in White Plains who works with several teens from the Westchester area. A large part of his job consists of planning large youth events such as weekend retreats, international and national service trips, and fundraisers. Sammy’s involvement with New York Miss Amazing began in 2015 when he volunteered as a Right Hand Man. He felt honored to witness the happiness, talent, and confidence of the truly amazing girls and women that day. The following year he served as a Right Hand Man Coordinator and is now very excited to assume the position of Social Media Lead.



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Director of Buddies

nicole Hernandez

Nicole Hernandez is from Brooklyn, New York. She is currently attending St. Johns University, studying Sociology. As a sociology student, she studies the systemic oppression certain groups of people face within society, especially those living with disability. Through diversity and inclusion she hopes to make sure everyone is comfortable and feels welcomed to be their best selves at Miss Amazing. Nicole believes Miss Amazing is an incredible organization that fosters a culture where women with disabilities can be empowered as well as empower one another.


event goods lead

maria lopez

Maria is from Queens, New York and is an Arts Director for the Boys’ Club of New York, a non-profit after school program located in East Harlem. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Music and a Master’s degree in Child Advocacy and Policy. As a child advocate and pageant girl, Maria was delighted for the opportunity to work for an organization that allowed young girls and women with disabilities to shine on stage. She is so honored to partake in such an inspiring event filled with so many wonderful people.