What a year! We are all so proud of you and the impact you had on people around you! You served and represented VA well!

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Waverly Ann Sink – Roanoke
Carrie Chaney – Gretna​
Erin Henke – VA Beach 
Platform of Advocacy:  Not even a body builder could open the heavy steel doors at my school. 
Motto of Inspiration:  “If you can’t stand up then stand out” 


*** We are searching for photos of each Former Titleholder to add to the website...Please contact us if you have photos you wish to share! Thanks! ***
​Gail Newell – Ms. Wheelchair Rockbridge 
Platform of Advocacy: The EDCD Waiver and what it means to me. 
Motto of Inspiration: Don’t Count Me Out…I am still her 


Jennifer Martin – Ms. Wheelchair Lynchburg

​​Platform of Advocacy: Disability is about possibilities.  
Motto of Inspiration: Encouraging hope and positive choices through service to others.

Leanne Pruett – Ms. Wheelchair Coastal Virginia
Platform of Advocacy: Safety Awareness and Self Defense 
Motto of Inspiration: When life gives you one hundred reasons to cry,
how life one thousand reasons to smile

Allyson Hart – Ms. Wheelchair Roanoke Valley

Platform of Advocacy: Independence To Overcome Disability 
Motto of Inspiration: “Do what you want to do in life. Don’t let anything stop you.
Never give up on where you are going next.”

​Maria Cromety – Ms. Wheelchair VA Beach
Platform: Educating people on the facts that a disability is not only having a wheelchair, but that a disability can come in all forms. 
Motto: Live your life as your own, no one else's


Brooke Lipscomb – Ms. Wheelchair Southwestern
Platform of Advocacy: Free to Be Me 
Motto of Inspiration: The Power to Overcome​s


​Anna Collette – Ms. Wheelchair Star City



​2016 Regional Titleholders
2016 Teen Ambassadors
1980 Sheryl English-Jones             
1981 Karen Smith             
1982 Debra King                
1983 Virginia G. Palmer  
1984 Jeanette Faison Seitz           
1985 Judy Munske           
1986 Pat Lovell

2009 Joan Manley
2010 Niki Swann
2011 Emily McGrail
2012 Stephanie Copeland
2013 Brittany Yates
2014 Kanika Davis
2015 Angela West
2016 Laura Tollin
Alexis “Lexy” Hankins 
Platform of Advocacy: Special Education Advocacy 
Motto of Inspiration: "Every Accomplishment starts with the decision to try."

2016 Little Miss Ambassadors

2016 Titleholder Photos

The Ms, Wheelchair Virginia program was founded in 1974 and ran until 1986. The program was reestablished in 2001 in Richmond, VA and later moved to where it remains today, Wilson Workforce & Rehab Center in Fishersville, VA. 

Past State Titleholders

2001 Joan Lazendorfer
2002 Debbie Johnson
2003 Christina Draper
2004 Pamela Clark (Cobler)
2005 Angie Wilkerson
2006 Valerie Lewis
2007 Buddy Hayes
2008 Rose Williams

​1974 Chris Lambruscati  
1975 Susan Aude              
1976 Sharon Myers         
1977 Marsha Lee Altice                 
1978 Tamara Slaughter  
1979 Birdie Jo Minor

The Titleholder "Roll"

​State Titleholder Contestant Criteria
1.      Woman who uses a wheelchair for 100% of daily mobility
2.      Between ages 21 and 60
3.      Resides in Virginia 6 months prior to Gala Weekend
4.      Strong message about an issue relating to people with disabilities
5.      Serve as the state titleholder at the Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant 
For more information about becoming a contestant, please 
Contact Us Today!

Each year, a female wheelchair user is selected as “titleholder” through a weekend of educational workshops, interviews with judges, Table of Life displays, platform speeches and on-stage interview questions. She then spends the next year representing the organization and Virginians with disabilities, as well as ALL people as a role ("Roll") model of courage and hope. These wonderful women bring a positive, heartwarming and inspiring attitude toward life and show what can be done when faced with life’s obstacles.

  Ms. Wheelchair Virginia Inc.
Mailing Address: 7083 Hickman Cemetery Rd.
Radford, VA 24141
Phone: 540-838-5022     

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