-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.
-Involved with the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee organization since 2018-
Roddey Coe is an impassioned advocate, computer nerd, and, most importantly, Dad. Roddey is a Post 9-11 US Army veteran, having served with the 101st Airborne Division. Now, he is known as the husband of Sarah and Dad to Melissa and Ethan. Roddey is a graduate of the TN Partners in Policymaking and Vanderbilt’s Volunteer Advocacy Program. In 2019, he was recognized by the Tennessee General Assembly for his work in advocacy. Driven by life, he takes pride in providing opportunities for as many people as possible. With his own son’s autism diagnosis, Roddey immediately began to realize that opportunities were limited. With the belief that everyone can live an independent life, for the last 12 years, he has devoted his life to creating opportunities for individuals with disabilities. During that time, Roddey has served his local community through his volunteering and former board membership with the Chattanooga Autism Center and Autism Society of East Tennessee. Currently, he serves as a Governor-appointed member of the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Tennessee Council on Autism Spectrum Disorders. Most recently, Roddey is partnering with Senator Bo Watson on legislation to help make public buildings more accessible to all.
-Involved with the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee organization since 2000-
Kasondra is a former Jr. Miss Wheelchair TN (2000) and Ms. Wheelchair TN (2008). Kasondra fell in love with the sisterhood this program creates and is passionate about growing that sense of sisterhood in the MWTN family and creating a feeling of community and mentorship where women and girls want to stay connected to the program long after their reigns. Kasondra has been an advocate for the disability community in Tennesee since she was 3 years old when she first starting serving as a spokesperson for United Cerebral Palsy and she has no plans on stopping her advocacy anytime soon. She currently serves on several non-profit boards and volunteers for many programs with ties to Tennessee’s disability community. She is very much a Renaissance woman of sorts with interests in everything from adaptive sports and nutrition to photography and writing to beauty and fashion, all with equal passion.