About Nicole

Nicole is a Reporter, Professional Speaker, Certified Life Coach, Retired Beauty Queen and Special Needs Advocate.

She is the author of the blog “It’s Simple. Be Kind” which to date, has had over 40,000 visitors from all over the world. Nicole uses her writing to show that we can acknowledge the storms we undoubtedly encounter in life, but more importantly, we can choose to celebrate the rainbows.

Nicole has dedicated her life’s work to her passion of inspiring a more kind and inclusive world working with foundations such as Special Olympics, and The Center for Independence Through Conductive Education. Together with her family, she hopes to not only be a voice, but a light for families that are navigating through the storms of a child’s diagnosis… to show that it’s OK to have a Different Kind of Perfect. After her daughter received a Cerebral Palsy diagnosis in 2017, her mission has never been more important to her.

In 2016, Nicole won the title of Mrs. Illinois International, and in 2018, went on to win the title of Mrs. USA Universe. Nicole was honored to be chosen to represent the United States of America in Cebu, Philippines at the 12th Annual Mrs. Universe Pageant where she placed First Runner Up out of 88 contestants from all over the world. She also was deeply honored to win the 2018 Mrs. Universe Humanitarian Award for her work within her community.

    Nicole has an extensive professional performance and dance background having danced with the AFL’s Chicago Rush and the NBA’s Chicago Bulls from 2001-2010.  Through those experiences, she’s become comfortable serving as a spokesperson and ambassador for many international companies. She is a proud graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Fine Arts and Art History. In addition, Nicole has earned a degree in Science and Dental Hygiene from Kennedy King & University of Illinois at Chicago: College of Dentistry.

Most recently, Nicole was included on the 2020 list for “Top 15 Most Influential Women in Pageantry.” She also was named one of Chicago’s “Most Inspiring People” by Voyage Chicago Magazine. This past fall, Nicole was chosen to speak on the 2019 Lucy Hobbs Project “Healthy Me” Panel.

Nicole lives in Homer Glen, Illinois with her husband Dr. Christopher Zwiercan, their 7 year old son Cristiano, and 4 year old daughter Ashlynn Grace. Nicole was honored to be elected to sit on the Village of Homer Glen Board as Trustee this past year. She serves as the first chairwoman of the Ability Awareness Committee that advocates for people with different abilities with in Homer Glen.