PAST AND PRESENT
Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana is a program hosted by the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana and the Louisiana Chapter of the United Spinal Association.
Our Mission: Here at the Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana Program, we are determined to make an impact. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for women of achievement, who utilize wheelchairs, to successfully educate and advocate for individuals with disabilities.
Our mother foundation, Ms. Wheelchair America, was organized in 1972 by a Columbus, Ohio physician Dr. Philip K. Wood. This competition was developed as a forum for the promotion of the achievements and needs of people with mobility impairments.
Ms. Wheelchair America recognizes the accomplishments of women who utilize wheelchairs for mobility. This non-profit program which consists of the State Coordinators and State Titleholders, has grown to include programs in more than 35 states and the District of Columbia.
Louisiana became a part of the Ms. Wheelchair America organization in the 1980s as a state competition. It quickly became a yearly tradition that continues to uplift women of achievement.
Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana is staffed and coordinated by volunteers who are dedicated to increasing public awareness for individuals with disabilities. We promote advocacy, education, and empowerment so that all citizens will be afforded the opportunities to lead productive and meaningful lives.
FACES OF MWLA
KAREN ROY, LCSW
Coordinator of Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana
NuMotion Brand Ambassador
BIALA/LAUSA Board Member
Karen Roy is the head coordinator of Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana. She has served as Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana 2018, and Ms. Wheelchair America 2019. She continues present the MWLA Competition as a platform to celebrate women with diabilities.
TAMARA LEE GREEN
Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana 2020/2021
Owner of T&T Credit Consulting LLC
and TLG Tax Service LLC
Tamara Lee Green is our current reigning Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana 2020. She strives to represent all individuals with disabilities as a state advocate of MWLA. Tamara is a published author, business owner, and a proud mother.
KIMBERLY HILL, MS, CTRS, CCT
Executive Director of the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana/Louisiana Chapter of United Spinal Association
Kimberly Hill is the Executive Director of our host organization. The mission of BIALA is to be statewide resource for those impacted by brain and/or spinal cord injuries.
As the mother of a child who survived a spinal cord injury, she works to help others through advocacy, awareness, education, prevention, and services.