- While working toward her psychology degree at Lindenwood University, conducted research on androgyny that went on to be published in the SEPA academic journal.
- Wrote a children's book in 2002 titled The Furrtails, which received Infinity Publishing's AWMAD for Authors Who Make a Difference.
- Was crowned Miss USA in 2004, after which she toured with the USO and traveled around the country as an advocate for cancer research.
- Has hosted the Game Show Network's Lingo and Playmania, as well as CBS' The Ultimate Blackjack Tour.
- Was paired with professional dancer Brian Fortuna for the fourth season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.