Bliss has Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy 2B and describes herself as Determined, Independent, Loyal, Resilient, and Resourceful. Her goal as Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee will be to shift the focus from what people with disabilities cannot do to what we CAN do and to raise awareness of the Abilities of those with disabilities.
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Jean-Marie is a 25 year-old graduate student at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga working on her Masters in Public Administration: Local Government. She currently has a BS in Political Science: Legal Studies from the same school. Jean-Marie, who was diagnosed with Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy in 1993, is the co-developer of transition programming for students with disabilities at UTC. Her passion and purpose is advocating and creating policy for people with disabilities. Jean-Marie wants to raise awareness to the issues of fixed route public transportation.
Lorri Mabry lives in Antioch and was born with cerebral palsy. Ms. Mabry graduated from Gallatin High School with a 3.371 GPA and was chosen for Who’s Who Among American High School students in her junior year. After high school Ms Mabry attended college where she graduated with a Bachelor in Liberal Arts. She is an active member of her community. She is a board member on People First, Tap and Peace Coalition and Tennesseans for Fair Taxation; as well as volunteering with United Cerebral Palsy, Tennessee Disability Coalition and Tennessee Health Care. Ms. Mabry graduated from Partners in Policy Making in 2001 and was a speaker at Mega Conference. Her goal is to get her masters degree in social work. She is hoping to serve as a good role model for young people with disabilities. Her philosophy is: You got one life, you better enjoy it!!!!!!