Stephanie Woodward – Ms. Wheelchair Florida 2014

Stephanie Woodward

Ms. Wheelchair Florida 2014, Stephanie Woodward, is a feisty Disability Rights advocate who refuses to tolerate discrimination in any form. She began fighting for the rights of people with disabilities at the age of 20 when she started working at the Center for Disability Rights in Rochester, NY. Since then she has worked for Congress, become an active member of the grassroots Disability Rights activist group ADAPT, been arrested twice while protesting disability discrimination, graduated law school at the top … Continued

Tia Frost

Tia Frost

Tia Frost is a mother of three, has many talents and is active in several areas in the entertainment industry. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix, Associates of Science Degree in Advertising Design from The Fort Lauderdale Art Institutes, Licensed Facial Specialist, and Licensed Body Wrapper. She is the CEO/Owner of Tia Frost Enterprises, LLC and the CEO/Founder of Independence on the Runway, "No Limits!" non-profit organization; Where Adversity Meets Fashion; showcasing … Continued

Yessenia Leyva

Yessenia Leyva

Yessenia Leyva is Independent Living Specialist/Youth Services Coordinator at the Center for Independent Living of Broward and Co-Chair of DisAbilities Expo’s Inspiration Runway. Her mission is to advocate for persons with disabilities in the community by sharing her experience with the obstacles she has overcome in hopes of raising awareness. She does so by building professional relationships, volunteering, motivational speaking, as well as integrating in radio, music and film production in hopes of increasing the level of acceptance and integration … Continued

Melinda Pollard

Melinda Pollard

Melinda Pollard, a native of Little Rock, AR, is Hostess with the Mostest, a professional event mistress of ceremonies for community events, fashion shows and concerts around South Florida. She is also the published author of a fictional novel titled A Woman Skorn and possesses more than fifteen years of progressive experience in marketing, sales, and event coordination. She has a passion to serve her community to help make life better for others and inspire others to push forward to … Continued

Anamaria Nevares

Currently, I oversee the daily operations and coordination for the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services & Technology (FAAST), South Florida Regional Demonstration Center (SFRDC). I provide onsite demonstration of different types of assistive technology (AT) and educate individuals and professionals on how these devices can support education, employment and/or daily life. In addition, I assist the Interdisciplinary Developmental Evaluation Services (IDES) team at the University of Miami Mailman Center for Child Development, as their coordinator and education/AT specialist. The IDES … Continued

Stephen Sundarrao

Stephen Sundarrao is Associate Director for USF Center for Assistive, Rehabilitation,  and Robotics Technologies (CARRT) and the President and CEO of Rehab Ideas. A start-up company he founded in 2006 in collaboration with USF. He has two patents issued with him as the inventor and his company has commercialized five patented products developed at USF. His undergraduate and graduate education is in Mechanical Engineering and he has over 20 years experience as a rehabilitation engineer and managing a statewide program. … Continued

Lauren Horowitz

Lauren Horowitz

Lauren Horowitz graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a degree in Child and Youth Studies.  Lauren spent a majority of her life in Florida and excelled in school both academically and socially.  Lauren has extensive knowledge of the Livescribe pen, she used it throughout college and used it to acquire her bachelors degree in college.  She also taught the students of the High School High Tech program how to use it.   The Livescribe pen has multiple features such as, … Continued

Ronald Pettit – Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

Ronald Pettit

Ronald Pettit is the ADA & Access Compliance Consultant for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, and is responsible for providing the most accessible cruise vacation experiences on Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises. He has over 25 years of experience in the travel and hospitality industry and 17 years of managing accessibility programs. Pettit is responsible for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulatory compliance and accessible product development for Royal Caribbean’s three global brands – Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity … Continued

Hiram Bleecker

Hiram Bleecker, Emeritus Professor of Physics from State University of New York-Cortland has received numerous teaching awards, including twice receiving the prestigious Chancellor’s Award for excellence in Teaching. At Cortland, Professor Bleecker taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in physics and also taught “Methods of Teaching Science” to students who would be teaching secondary school science. Professor Bleecker has done research in physics at Oak Ridge National Laboratories on “nuclear scattering”, been a referee for the American Journal of Physics, … Continued