Jessica Lahr, originally from Prattsburgh, NY is one of four children. Her father, Bruce Barrows working in Christian radio for over 20 years and her Mother Chris Barrows a stay at home mom and independent daycare provider at the time, strived to teach Jessica and her three siblings the value of moral character, integrity, a love for God, and a helping heart. In her younger years, Jessica’s family moved a few times in Upstate New York, which meant she and her siblings quickly learned how to acclimate to new people and places. Going to four different schools, being homeschooled, and returning to public school in 8th grade, Jessica knows these experiences made her learn the ability to adjust and put herself out there even when it meant being picked on as the new girl. Despite the adversities that came with being the new girl, she proved to stay true to who she was and eventually formed friendships with everyone in school. She believes these transitions as a child have made her who she is today and is grateful for them.

Soon after high school, Jessica met her future husband Chad through a family member. Promising to move forward with their relationship slowly because of young age, Chad and Jessica still couldn’t resist that they knew they were meant to be together forever. When Chad proposed to Jessica on her 21st birthday, they had planned for a long engagement and set the wedding date. As an event coordinator at the time, Jessica had every detail and vendor booked for the date. After a couple months of being engaged, they decided not to wait any longer and said their vows in the home she grew up in with only immediate family standing there. Holding a white rose from her new mother in law and celebrating afterwards by eating her mother’s homemade white cake, it was just what they wanted, to be Mr. and Mrs. Chad Lahr, forever. In the following years they started building a family and Jessica is now a stay-at-home mom, model, commercial actress, and Co-Business Owner of Beast Mode Athletics LLC, a company that’s giving back to charitable organizations and bringing communities together by producing and executing fun athletic events for adults and children.

Jessica and Chad, were both born and raised in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of NYS. They have been married 8 years and are raising their two boys Colby (7) and Max (4) in the Finger Lakes region. After seeing her son recover from the rare Kawasaki disease thanks to successful treatments, taking control of her own health by losing 70 lbs., and seeing close friends and family members fight the battle against cancer, Jessica has become passionate about giving back to multiple charities close to her heart. Through personal interest and their company events, she has helped to support a number of charitable organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House, American Cancer Society, Access to Community Resources, American Red Cross, Thrive to Survive, among others.  More recently, she has focused charity work on the local Ronald McDonald house, an organization particularly dear to Jessica and her husband Chad after the blessing they received of them providing a home away from home so they could be close to their son in his time of need. Housing over 1,200 families in their local Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester last year alone, Jessica desires to create more awareness for the need of volunteers and raising funds so that other families with sick or injured children can too benefit from the RMHC at little to no cost. Jessica and Chad desire to continually pay it forward so other families in need  can benefit from the Ronald McDonald House during their times of struggle.

For Jessica, it has been a road of perseverance through adversity to make her childhood dreams of modeling and acting come true.  Through weight loss and making the most of the industry in Upstate New York, Jessica has become passionate about mentoring, encouraging and empowering women to follow their dreams despite adversities or obstacles. Being Mrs. New York America 2015 is a dream she could never have imagined to come true and just another way for her to encourage other women that if she can do it, anyone can.

 

1977 SUSIE MICHAELSEN
1979 MARY HULBERT-HALAS
1980 MARLENE MOSS
1981 ARLENE GIBBONS
1982 JANET HORVATH
1983 BARBARA SCHANTZ
1984 CYNTHIA FRATIANNI
1985 SHERI MORGANTI
1986 VONABELL SHERMAN
1987 MICKEY MACAR
1988 JENNIFER MIGLIORE
1989 PATRICIA SAUER
1990 ELIZABETH VAN ARTHOS

1991 SHEILA STRASSBURG
1992 STACY MESLER-PRESCOTT
1993 CYNTHIA FISHMAN
1994 SUSAN BELLINI
1995 DIANA DeSANTIS
1996 JEANNE DiNARDO VITO
1997 LISA LILIENTHAL *MRS.AMERICA
1998 BETH BENDER
1999 REBECCA A. ALAMPRESE
2000 KATHY KASPRAK
2001 CHRISTINE COUNTRYMAN
2002 LISA COVE
2003 MELISSA HOLTHOFF-BRISCO


2004 LAUREN WANGER-HERNANDEZ
2005 STEPHANIE TSARSI
2006 LIDIA SZCZEPANOWSKI-GOLDSMITH
2007 SHANA JAYCOX
2008 KERRY LYN BOETTCHER
2009 NICOLE PALMER
2010 MEAGHAN JARENSKY CASTALDI
2011 KAREN O’HARA
2012 LEAH BARTOS
2013 HYSHA ROBINSON NESMITH
2014 MELISSA ANN LUISO
2015 JESSICA LAHR



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