a group of Ms. Wheelchair America contestants are posing in front of Mt. Rushmore

About Ms. Wheelchair America


Organized in 1972 by a Columbus, Ohio physician Dr. Philip K. Wood as a forum for the promotion of the achievements, as well as the needs of, people with mobility impairments, Ms. Wheelchair America recognizes the accomplishments of women who utilize wheelchairs for mobility. The non-profit program which consists of the State Coordinators and State Titleholders has grown to include programs in more than 30 states and the District of Columbia. The state programs are staffed and coordinated by volunteers dedicated to increasing public awareness so that all citizens will be afforded the opportunities to lead productive and meaningful lives.

Board Members

Shelly Loose– President of Ms. Wheelchair America

Jennifer Kumiyama- Vice President of Ms. Wheelchair America

Joey Murello- Executive Director of Ms. Wheelchair America

Carrie Greenwood– Treasurer of Ms. Wheelchair America

Megan Abrams– Secretary of Ms. Wheelchair America

Brandee Ponder- Member-at-Large of Ms. Wheelchair America

Qualifications for Contestants

  • Must be a woman.
  • Must use a wheelchair for 100% of her daily community mobility.
  • Must be a United States citizen.
  • Must be between 21 and 60 years old.
  • Cannot have held a state title for the Ms. Wheelchair America, Inc. program in any state.
  • Cannot have competed at a Ms. Wheelchair America National pageant previously.
  • Must be a resident of your state for a minimum of six (6) months prior to the state pageant.
  • Must be available to fulfill the requirements of a state titleholder. These include travel within your state, travel to the nation pageant, and numerous public appearances.
  • Must possess good communication skills.

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