Natalie C. Sandy Pageant Director
Natalie C. Sandy is an 15 year veteran in the field of intellectual & developmental disabilities. Natalie has held positions as a Direct Service Professional, Assistant Residential Manager and Residential Supervisor at agencies such as YAI/ National Institute for People with Disabilities.
As an advocate in the field her focus is on therapeutic recreation and empowerment.
Natalie has received awards as well as a featured profile in both the Queens Chronicle and New York Newsday for her work with the IDD population. Natalie is now the Recreation Program Coordinator for Community Mainstreaming Associates to encourage individuals to be more active an involved in what is happening in their communities as well promoting socialization through recreation.
This four time New York State Title holder proudly advocates on behalf of developmentally disabled through her platform of developmental disability awareness. She is honored to support the campaign against the R word & the Special Olympics of New York. She has even braved the icy cold Staten Island water to Polar Plunge to raise money for the athletes of the Special Olympic.
Natalie wears many hats. In addition to advocacy work she is also a Social Entrepreneur. Natalie’s Pageant Closet is a Pageant Network started by Natalie to bring the pageant community together. Through making appearance and meeting pageant queens everywhere she goes she recognize that there is such diversity in pageantry. This website celebrates women of diversity doing great things in their communities. It also provides a resource of tips and advice for those interested in pageantry.
Specialties:Natalie’s affiliations include Big Brother Big Sister Mentor Supervisor Alumni, Mentoring Partnership of NY Certification, National Alliance of Direct Support Professional and YAI Brighter Future Society. She looks forward to getting her Masters Degree in Recreational Therapy and becoming a certified recreational therapy specialist.