Emily is from Snowville, VA and currently resides in Radford, VA. Upon graduation from Pulaski County High School
in 1995, Emily obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Radford University in May of 2000. After graduating from college Emily taught Kindergarten, Second Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade, and High School Special Education. Emily retired from teaching after 10 years and has since become an active supporter of the Ms. Wheelchair Virginia Program, since being crowned "Ms. Wheelchair Virginia 2011-12." Her Titleholder Platform was “Educating Our Future on How There is Ability in DisABILITY” and her Motto of Inspiration was “There is ability in disability”. Emily completed her reign as Ms. Wheelchair Virginia and attended the Ms. Wheelchair America competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan while advocating to be a voice for those with disabilities. Emily lives with her boyfriend Ken and together they have two Walker Coon Hounds and five cats that keep them entertained and provide a bright spot in their lives. In addition to Ken, Emily has a “village” of supporters who make it possible for her to live independently and be active within her community.
Morgan McDaniel, Board Secretary
Laura Wimmer, Board Chair
Morgan is from Radford, Virginia. She is a single mother of three boys which includes a set of mirror-image identical twins and a dog (also a boy). In her free time she enjoys watching/playing sports with her children, traveling to new places, and spending time with family. In 2012, she obtained her Associate of Applied Science in Administrative Support Technology with a Specialization in Medical Administration Support. In 2016, she earned her Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Administration, and in 2017 she obtained her Medical Billing and Coding Certification. She has been working through the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services as Personal Care Attendant for Emily McGrail since 2013. Morgan has been a volunteer with the Ms. Wheelchair Virginia Program for almost 5 years. Throughout her involvement in the program as a volunteer before, during, and after the annual galas; Morgan has become inspired to focus her educational and career goals toward a path that would give her a sense of purpose and joy while helping others. Morgan is excited to begin this new adventure with the Ms. Wheelchair Virginia program and looks forward to bringing new and exciting ideas to the program.
Emily McGrail, State Coordinator
Ross C. Hart, Board Vice-Chair
ROSS C. HART with Hart Attorneys, LTD. in Salem, Virginia, is a third generation lawyer following his grandfather and father in the Roanoke Valley. He concentrates his practice in estate planning/administration, special needs planning, adult guardianship and elder law. He also has significant experience in real estate matters and landlord tenant law. Mr. Hart was appointed by Gov. Baliles as the first Citizen member of the Virginia Board of Medicine where he served for nine years. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and a board member of its Virginia chapter. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Legal Aid Society of the Roanoke Valley. Mr. Hart received his B.A. from Monmouth College, Illinois, in 1973 and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1976. Ross is known to speak plainly and somewhat unconventionally. He occasionally writes on his blog, “Rossiferous” a name coined by his wife which reflects his speaking style.
When asked how he became involved in the program, he states, "My daughter Allyson has been in a wheelchair almost her entire life and was a first-time contestant in the 2016 Pageant. I observed and greatly appreciated the comradery and dedication everyone involved had. Allyson learned a lot and I decided this organization was one I would be glad to help and be part of."
Laura worked as a health educator for over 25 years. Her background includes a BA in History and Masters of Library Science from Kent State University. After positions in an engineering library and medical library, she began her career in health education at the American Lung Association where she spent 7 ½ years. She went on to the American Cancer Society, the Arthritis Foundation and most recently worked with a grant from the CDC (Centers for Disease Prevention and Control) in heart attack and stroke prevention through the Virginia Department of Health. She and her husband now own a local business providing appliance repair to the major metro Richmond area. Laura’s other volunteer activities include Ms. Wheelchair Virginia, the Alzheimer’s Association, Women’s Health Virginia and the Henrico Pops Chorus and the Good Vibrations Chorus.