Advocating for people with disabilities

Ms. Wheelchair Maryland

gaskinsKimberly Jordan-Gaskins was born and raised in Washington DC. Kimberly attended the Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts under the vocal instruction of Ms. Monica Otal and Mr. Edward Jackson.

Continuing her vocal training, Kimberly attended Kent State University majoring in Vocal Music Performance. Shortly after her first year of college, Kimberly was involved in an automobile accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down, however determined to overcome, Kimberly endeavors to pursue her career as a soloist.

Five words that describe Kimberly best are as follows: confident, virtuous, approachable, purpose driven, and fervent.

Ms. Wheelchair Maryland 2014, Shani Watson

A native Washingtonian, Shani graduated from Eastern High School and completed her Bachelor of Science in Management at the University of Phoenix in 2001.

 Having an interest in law enforcement, Shani worked as a civilian Secret Service employee. She also satisfied her interest in medicine by serving in the Army Reserves as an Operating Room Technician at Walter Reed Medical Center for two years. 
Shani joined the Washington Tae Kwon Do club where she learned the traditions and the techniques of the hand and the foot. Her athletic ability and keen understanding of Tae Known Do allowed her to become one of the lead Kick Boxing Aerobics Instructors within the Tae Robics Fitness Program. She then went on to become an independent Group and Personal Trainer.

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Patrina Franklin, Ms. Wheelchair Maryland 2013

I would like to give a big thank you to everyone involved with making Ms. Wheelchair Maryland possible. I am truly blessed and honored to have been crowned Ms. Wheelchair Maryland 2013. During my weekend stay at the Hilton Hotel in Rockville, Maryland I was able to create memorable and meaningful friendships with the other contestants. I’m sure this is only the beginning of many more adventures to come with these ladies. I’m proud to say my strong determination and ambition paid off as this was my second time running for the title.

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Courtney Wallace, Ms. Wheelchair Maryland 2012

Congratulations to Courtney Wallace crowned Ms. Wheelchair Maryland 2012 in Rockville on November 5, 2011. Courtney is 29 years old; she has a 9 year old daughter, and her hobbies are reading, writing, enjoying nature and all things girly. Courtney works as a Life Coach and is the CEO of InsideOut Entertainment. She describes herself as random, encouraging, colorful, grandmotherly and revolutionary. Courtney will compete in Ms. Wheelchair America in Providence, Rhode Island in August 2012.
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