Laura Kaeppeler-Fleiss is a nationally known performer and public speaker, as well as an advocate for at risk youth. Proud of her Midwestern roots, Laura Kaeppeler became the 86th woman to be named Miss America and the second from the state of Wisconsin.
As Miss America 2012, Laura traveled as The Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and was a tireless advocate for Children of Incarcerated Parents. In this role, Laura also worked with The Military and The USO.
An accomplished classical vocalist, Laura has been a featured soloist with several orchestras across the country and has performed The National Anthem at numerous sold out stadiums including Angel Stadium, Lambeau Field, Miller Park, Wrigley Field, and Yankee Stadium.
Laura has worked with numerous organizations that advocate for Children of Incarcerated Parents that include: The American Correctional Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Camp Bob, Kon-necting Services, Operation Open Arms, Prison Fellowship Ministries, Project Avery, The Seedling Foundation, and The US Dream Academy. Laura has received The Courage Award from The Care Plus Foundation as well as The Thomas Mott Osborne Medal from The Osbourne Association. Laura holds a bachelor's degree in Music and Vocal Performance from Wisconsin’s Carthage College. Today, Laura performs across the country and she continues to travel as a public speaker and spokesperson for mentoring programs that advocate for at-risk youth.