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.
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.