Anora is a 2nd grader from Harrison, TN. She loves horseback riding and doing community activities at Signal Centers, Miracle League of Chattanooga. She has also done lots of Volunteer work for her school including cleaning, painting, and donating supplies for the next school year.
Anora has not only touched so many people’s lives with her free-spirited, fearless outlook but has taught so many about inclusion. Anora has a never-give-up attitude towards life. She has learned to overcome and adapt to life with a smile on her face, never once letting her disability define her or her capabilities.
Anora uses a power wheelchair due to having Cerebral Palsy. Her mother says “She is a beautiful young lady inside and out. She is not only an amazing role model but has made a huge impact in her community.”
Her family views her as thoughtful, adventurous, courageous, fearless, and warmhearted.
Danita is a former Nashville police officer from Hermitage, TN. She sustained a spinal cord injury while on duty and uses a power wheelchair full-time.
In the time since her injury, she has stayed involved with the Nashville Police Department and has been a board member on several local non-profit organizations aimed to provide aid to both women of color and families of first-responders injured or killed in the line of duty.
She has also taken the time to work on her own goals. She says “Since becoming a wheelchair user I’ve had the opportunity to advance my education by earning a Master’s degree and completing law school. However, my biggest accomplishments are being an advocate for others, helping others find their voice, and personal autonomy.”
Her personal moto is: Sit tall. Stand firm. Never waver. Never give up.
Want to become the next Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee, Jr. Miss Wheelchair Tennessee or Little Miss Wheelchair Tennessee???
****Registration is now open and we are accepting applications!****
Apply now at mswheelchairtn.org/become-a-contestant to take advantage of our July Early Bird Special!
The weekend of events will be held on October 15th-17th in Franklin, TN at Homewood Suites.
The Early Bird discount ends on July 31, 2021. After July 31st, the fee will increase to $300 for Ms. contestants and $200 for Jr. Miss and Little Miss contestants.
a 15-year old homeschooled student from Clarksville, Tennessee. She is a
typical teenage just rolling through life in a pretty pink wheelchair. Kaylie
loves everything musical, anything artsy, and of course, the library! She was born 2 months premature and with
Kaylie has an interest in
home design and wants to design homes that would be accessible to all kinds of
special needs. Her personal motto comes from the Audrey Hepburn quote: “Nothing
is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m Possible’”. Kaylie views herself as kind,
compassionate, funny, wise, and patient.
Kaylie was crowned Jr. Miss Wheelchair Tennessee on September 28, 2019 in Chattanooga, TN
Megan is a 30-year-old from Spring Hill, Tennessee. She is married to Jake and they stay busy raising their two sons. Megan is a public speaker and a children’s book author. She is the founder of “No Such Thing”, a company whose mission is to help others redefine purpose by removing defining labels. She enjoys planning and decorating for special occasions and doing adventurous things with friends and family. At the age of 2, Megan was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).
Although the challenges facing a neuromuscular diagnosis are many, including living life in a power chair, Megan remains undefined by it. She is determined to experience life to the fullest and chooses joy over despair. Megan motivates others to approach life with an ‘I can do this!’ attitude and advocates for disabled and special needs families. Megan views herself as determined, compassionate, lively, creative, and inspiring.
Megan was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee 2020 at our competition held in Chattanooga, TN on September 28, 2019.
-Involved with the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee organization since 2001-
Lindsey was first introduced to the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee organization at age 16 when she competed and won the title of Jr. Miss Wheelchair Tennessee 2001. She always knew she would come back and compete for the title of Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee someday. 17 years later, she felt led to come back compete in the Ms. division. Although she did not win the first year she competed in the Ms. division, she knew her journey wasn’t over. She took the next year to grow and was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee 2018 the next year. Since her reign as a titleholder, Lindsey served as an Independent Delegate Coordinator and Secretary for the Ms. Wheelchair America organization. She currently serves as Historian and Secretary for the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee organization. She had no idea (at age 16) that she would now also the new State Coordinator for the Tennessee program now. Aside from her various roles in the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee and Ms. Wheelchair America organizations, Lindsey is also a writer, a YouTuber, a wife to Wesley (our token IT guy in the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee organization), a cancer survivor, and a dog mom to 2 very spoiled rescue dogs.
In addition to planning to bring the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee program back to the Nashville area, Lindsey hopes to continue to share the overall mission of the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee organization by encouraging women on wheels to challenge themselves, find their passion and wants to remind them that each of their stories has the power to change lives. Her primary mission is to help empower others with disabilities and encourage them to find their own ways to make a positive difference in their communities.
-Involved with the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee organization since 2018-
Ashley was first introduced to the organization in 2017 during a lunch and learn presented by her employer’s employee resource group. Following that event, she volunteered at the annual Crowning Ceremony, getting a firsthand look at the impact the organization has. Ashley was blessed to be able to join the board in 2018 and currently serves as President.
A lifetime resident of Chattanooga, Ashley focuses on ways to influence her community through her passion for inclusion and diversity. 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 to explore the outdoors with her husband and children. Ashley hopes her two amazing daughters inherit her value of service and looks forward to watching them grow into adulthood.
-Involved with the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee organization since 2016-
Wes was first introduced to the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee organization in 2016 when his wife, Lindsey Becker, first competed for the title of Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee. He immediately saw the connection of the sisterhood and the importance of the role of the titleholder as an advocate for all people with disabilities.
Wes is a web software developer for the city of Nashville. He is bringing his experience with web development, new technology, and innovative thinking to help keep the Ms. Wheelchair organization up to date with the constantly changing technology needs.
-Involved with the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee organization since 2013-
Bliss was first introduced to the organization in 2013 when she competed in the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee Competition. She was awarded Ms. Congeniality and was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee 2013. Bliss went on to become Ms. Wheelchair America 2014 First Runner Up. From February 2016 until June 2020 she served as the State Coordinator for the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee program. Currently Bliss is the Treasurer of Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee.
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. Bliss’ passion is advocating for individuals with disabilities. She is currently the committee chairwoman for Harvesting Inclusive Play, a committee that is fundraising for a universally inclusive playground in Chattanooga. Bliss is always seeking ways to educate and advocate for the needs of 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.
-Involved with the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee organization since 2014-
Amanda was introduced to the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee organization in 2014 by Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee 2013 Bliss Welch. Amanda served as Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee 2014 and competed in the Ms. Wheelchair America competition in Long Beach, CA. Since her year as a titleholder, Amanda has stayed involved with the Tennessee program and continues to advocate for people with disabilities.
Amanda is an elementary music teacher with 22 years of experience. She and her husband Damian live in Cleveland, TN.