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State Coordinator – Bliss Welch

Always in her signature color pink, Bliss’ bubbly personality shines through her brilliant smile. Utilizing her Master’s of Accountancy, her days are spent crunching numbers at a lakeside marina. As Ms. Wheelchair America first runner up, former Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee, and current State Coordinator for the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee organization, Bliss’ passion is advocating for individuals with disabilities. Her adventurous side demands she try everything at least once, from adaptive snow skiing to live television. Bliss’ most important moments in life are spent showing the world to her daughter Annabelle.

President – Michelle Bettis

My name is Michelle Bettis and I currently serve as the President of MWTN. I consider being the mother of three amazing children, Andrew (19), Blake (11) and Lila (9) to be my greatest accomplishment. My children and I are members of Ooltewah United Methodist Church. Following high school graduation, I earned a Bachelor’s in Multidisciplinary School Learning from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In 2000, I received my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Tusculum College in Greenville, TN.  Currently, I am the Instructional Coach and a VWeLab Specialist at East Hamilton School in Ooltewah, Tennessee. In 2018, I founded the district-wide girls coding organization, Gig City Girls.  2019 marks my 18th year in education.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, raising backyard chickens, and photographing waterfalls. The beach is my favorite place to relax and recharge!

Little/Junior Coordinator – Amanda Szidiropulosz

Amanda Szidiropulosz is an elementary music teacher who was also Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee 2014. Born with Spina Bifida, she never let it hold her back from achieving her goals. She graduated from MTSU in 1996 with a degree in music education and went on to obtain a Masters Degree in Technology in Teaching and Ed.S in Teacher Leadership. Amanda is currently teaching at Charleston elementary where her choir has won many awards.

Amanda served on the United Spinal of Tennessee board as well as currently serving on the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee board. She is married to her husband of 13 years, Damian Szidiropulosz and has one cat Ella and four amazing nephews.

Board Member – Linda Decker

A Tennessee native, with 27 years spent in Florida. I grew up in a small town in West Tennessee and graduated high school and attended college there. From 2010 until 2018, I served the Muscular Dystrophy Association as the Clinical Care Coordinator. Through those 8 years, I learned to appreciate those people who were not as fortunate as most and needed to use assistive devices, specifically wheelchairs, both manual and power. In 2018, I accepted a position with Quantum Rehab. Quantum Rehab is a complex rehab company that produces state of the art power wheelchairs. I serve as the company’s manager of sponsorships and advocacy. When not working, I enjoy time with family and friends, travelling, and am part of Stampin’ Up, where I create festive greeting cards.

Board Member – Ashley Floyd

A lifetime resident of Chattanooga, Ashley focuses on ways to influence her community through her passion for diversity and inclusion. She became particularly passionate about individuals with disabilities after having an accident that affected her mobility. During this time, she recognized the obstacles faced by those with mobility challenges and vowed to try her best to make a difference. While not a dare devil by any means, Ashley does enjoy travel and loves outdoor recreation. Ashley hopes her two amazing daughters inherit her value of service and looks forward to watching them grow into adulthood.