We believe every woman who competes has a strong and powerful message that still needs heard, so we created the Ambassador Program. This program is headed by former Ms. Wheelchair Pennsylvania titleholder 2010 Kristin Rebstock. Each contestant receives an Ambassador sash at the crowning event. They are able to use their sash to help promote their chosen platforms and gain more confidence. They participate in monthly virtual calls where they will learn more skills to become an even stronger advocate.
1st Runner Up – Ms. Wheelchair Pennsylvania 2022
Domonique Howell is 35 and hails from Philadelphia. Her disability is cerebral palsy. She is a mother and currently, she works as an independent living specialist for Liberty Resources Inc., which is a center for independent living in Philadelphia. Her advocacy passions are homelessness, affordable accessible housing, and the rights of parents with disabilities. She also serves as a member of the grassroots activist group ADAPT and co-chairs their housing work group.
Amanda Urgolites is 25 and hails from Hastings. Her disability is Ehler-Danlos syndrome and had been using a wheelchair since 2017. Amanda is an artist who is passionate and driven to advocate for the disability community. Recently, she has decided to focus and speak on the mental health of disabled individuals, as it is something has battles with frequently. In Amanda’s free time she enjoys dedicating her time and talents to help others in neeXQd through several organizations and charities. This is Amanda’s third year participating as an active Ms. Wheelchair Pennsylvania participant.
Laurah is 35 and hails from Hollidaysburg. Her disability is spinal stenosis. Laurah lives with her mother after her father passed away suddenly in December 2020. Laurah has an associate degree from Penn State University. In her free time she loves to spend time with her three nephews who she loves very much, family, her dogs, watching sports, listening to music, and she loves God. Laurah is very active with her church. Laurah’s passion is advocating for accessibility for small businesses within Hollidaysburg. This is Laurah’s second year participating as an active Ms. Wheelchair Pennsylvania participant. She notes that she loves the sisterhood and support she has received this last year from the organization.
Christine Vasui is 27 and hails from Erie. Her disability is cerebral palsy. Christine is newly engaged and lives with her fiancé after dating for 4 years. She graduated from Edinboro University in 2017 with a degree in social work. Her passion for helping others led her to her current job as an Independent Living Specialist at Voices For Independence. Her job allows her to help people with disabilities achieve their goals and live as independently as possible. In her free time she enjoys concerts, being active outdoors, and meeting new people.