Mikell Reed Carroll, 38, of Portland, was recently crowned Mrs. Maine International 2016. Carroll will represent Maine in the 2016 Mrs. International Pageant in Jacksonville, Florida on July 22 and 23.
Carroll’s platform is the prevention of heart disease in women. She has been an official ambassador and volunteer with the American Heart Association since 2012. Carroll said she chose the platform due to her family’s long history with heart disease: her great-grandmother and grandmother both lost their lives to heart disease, and Carroll’s mother is a two-time heart attack survivor. Carroll was recently chosen to attend the White House United State of Women Summit in Washington in mid-June for her work in women’s health and combating heart disease.
Carroll is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s College in Standish and the University of Maine School of Law in Portland. She has been a licensed attorney in Maine since 2004, and is now a stay-at-home mother to her son, Daniel, while her husband is in Afghanistan working as a diplomat for the U.S. Department of State.
She was previously employed by the U.S. Department of State at the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and the U.S. Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua, as well as the National Center for Victims of Crime in Washington, DC.
Carroll is looking forward to promoting her platform around the state of Maine during her reign as Mrs. Maine International. She and her family recently participated in the Southern Maine Heart Walk, which benefits the American Heart Association of Maine. In addition, Carroll was the top fundraiser in the inaugural Portland Heartstrong 10K, also benefiting the Heart Association of Maine.