Brielle is regarded as one of the most famous, influential young women in New Jersey. She is 29 years old and was raised in Berkeley Heights, NJ, in which she graduated Governor Livingston High School in 2003. Shortly after graduation, her family moved to Warren Township where she currently resides. Brielle is a Rutgers University Graduate- Douglass College, as well as a Rutgers University Outstanding Alumnae of 2010. Brielle had the honor of speaking about her work with Autism at the prestigious Annual Zagoren Lecture.
Life was turned upside down for her 2006 when she was in a near-fatal car accident. She says that car wreck was a real wake-up call to appreciate everyday and take nothing for granted. She opened a company in 2011 called House of Motivation, dedicated to helping teen and college girls through difficult times.
Brielle has been honored with some of the most prestigious awards and has experienced once in a lifetime events. She serves as the International Spokesperson for the Luca John Foundation, a 2010 & 2011 Chair for Central NJ Autism Speaks, a NJ Spokesperson for the American Lung Association, recognized by the State Assembly & Senate twice for her work, a popular radio show guest, and the 2010 Pageantry Spirit Award Winner. She is a popular Motivational Speaker in which she focuses on an array of topics. She also writes a blog for Autisable.com which has become popular.
When not actively promoting important causes, she enjoys spending time with friends and her large family. She is quite active with the Monmouth County SPCA and currently has three rescue animals- two cats, Pumpkin and Panda, and the newest addition- a "Chiweenie" named Bruno!
In the summer, Brielle can be found in rural Northeast Pennsylvania at her family's lake cottage where she loves to waterski, kayak, and golf! At home she spends her time kickboxing, taking boot camp classes and cooking. A couple fun facts...Brielle also can play Expert on Guitar Hero and Rock Band, can make animals out of towels and balloons and she is known for watching the Disney channel all the time! Brielle spent her Junior year living abroad in Sydney, Australia and had the opportunity to hold a koala and a kangaroo!
"My reigning year has been absolutely incredible so far! May you too feel the power to stand firm in the things that matter most to you. Dream big and let nothing stand in your way." - Brielle LaCosta