Board of Directors
Kristin lives outside Pittsburgh with her husband Justin and children Natalie and Zach. She works full-time at Aetna as a quality analyst within their Medicare division. She was a titleholder in 2010 and currently serves as MWPA vice-president and ambassador coordinator.
In early 2010 I was contacted by Mark Wellman, the first paraplegic climber to ascend the rock face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. He wanted to rent a mobile rock wall that I owned to allow wheelchair users to try out adaptive climbing at an Abilities Expo. This seemed absolutely impossible in my world, but I said yes. I was hooked on helping him after I saw the emotional breakthrough as climbers moved from “I can’t” to “maybe I can” to “I just did it.” Maybe not everyone would leave that experience and become a rock climber but perhaps something they never dreamed possible they might actually try.
While in Boston at an Abilities Expo in 2018 two ladies rolled up wearing crowns and sashes. This was obviously going to be another “I didn’t know that is a thing” experience. Here I was in Massachusetts meeting the reigning Ms. Wheelchair Pennsylvania and Ms. Wheelchair America. I am not a fan of beauty contests so when I heard this was a competition about advocacy I was intrigued. I could relate to these women on an intellectual level and respected their ability to communicate. As I learned more I realized this was the type of organization I wanted to get behind and support.
While I do not know what it’s like to do life with the assistance of a wheelchair, I can use my financial skills and connections to support these women on the front line of advocacy. I have a bachelor of science in economics with a concentration in accounting and entrepreneurial management from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School and an MBA from Penn State. Monday through Friday I am a corporate controller, but my real passions are volunteering and giving, which I juggle with adopted and natural children who range in age from 7 to 29 living in PA, VA, and CA.
Because of my skill set, I have naturally gravitated to the treasurer responsibilities and building the Ms. Wheelchair PA Fund at the Lancaster County Community Foundation.
It is a pleasure to serve this organization and see the growth in and impact of the titleholders and ambassadors. I appreciate learning from them and being challenged to see life from a different perspective.
Member at Large
Marty Dombrowski is the Assistant Director of the Center for Independent Living of South Central PA. She is mom to three incredible children, Elyse and husband, Robert of Washington County, PA, Ethan and Joseph, both of Blair County. Marty and her husband, Chuck, reside in Altoona and enjoy cycling and kayaking and being grandparents to Lucy.