Board of Directors
We are working on developing a board of directors. The board of directors oversee the organization and are not involved in day to day operations. The board of directors act as a steward and have certain fiduciary responsibilities including the duty of loyalty and the duty of care. The duty of loyalty means that you must act with undivided loyalty in the best interests of the organization and that you not seek to benefit personally from the business activities of the nonprofit you serve. The duty of care means that you must act reasonably, as a prudent person in similar circumstances would, that you are familiar with the nonprofit’s activities and financial condition, and that you participate regularly in board meetings. Board members help solicit sponsors, recruit contestants, and plan the yearly pageant.
Do not worry about distance. Board meetings will be held over the phone, through email, and virtually. We will probably meet about once a month using the methods just listed. We understand that everyone has jobs and other activities and time is hard to come by, so we will plan meetings and activities accordingly.
If you are interested in being a board member, please contact us or fill-out and return the Board Member Application and Contract.
President and acting Treasurer
Mike McGrath is an advocate for persons with disabilities and is currently creating his own non-profit organization, called McGrath Solutions, that provides remote work experience to people with disabilities while providing reduced cost, and in some cases free, information technology (IT) services to small nonprofit organizations that provide services to people with disabilities. Mike formerly worked on the Traffic Flow Management-Modernization contract for the Federal Aviation Administration and holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Management Systems from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Masters of Information Technology from Virginia Tech. He was also appointed by the Governor of Tennessee to serve on the State Rehabilitation Council which provides support and guidance to the State Vocational Rehabilitation program. Mike resides in Knoxville, Tennessee with his wife Sam Moreno.
Bethany A. Hoppe, (Ms. Wheelchair Pennsylvania, 1994) is the author of the lifestyle blog “Raspberry Vogue: Lifestyle of a Rolling Diva,” and of the children’s book series “Molly B. Golly.” Ms. Hoppe holds a Masters in Communication Studies and teaches Public Speaking and Voice Diction at Middle Tennessee State University. She owns her own company, “Bethany Productions” which is the umbrella organization for creative projects that promote the status of women with disabilities; part of which is her new seated dance company, “The Dance Collaborative.” Bethany is also the proprietor “The Rolling Diva Shoppe,” and online store of haute couture wheelchair accessories. Bethany is married to Tyson Hoppe, they have a teenage daughter, and reside in the Greater Nashville Area.