Bowie Resident To Wear Ms. Wheelchair MD 2003 Crown
U.S. Newswire
21 Nov 16:36

Bowie Resident To Wear Ms. Wheelchair Maryland 2003 Crown
To: State or Regional Desk
Contact: Robert Watson, State Coordinator for Ms. Wheelchair
Maryland, 301-657-3283 or

ROCKVILLE, Md., Nov. 17 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Jennifer Rechsteiner
of Bowie, Maryland is the new Ms. Wheelchair Maryland. She
accepted the crown from her predecessor, Nadia Massuda of
Baltimore, Sunday evening during an elegant dinner Gala at the
DoubleTree Hotel in Rockville, Maryland. Rechsteiner's platform
throughout her reign will be to impress upon the business community
how full compliance with the accessibility standards of the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) benefits far more than just
the disability community. Next July, Ms. Rechsteiner will compete
for the title of Ms. Wheelchair America when the national pageant
is held in Des Moines, Iowa.

Ms. Rechsteiner is a long-time Bowie resident and is the fourth
resident of Bowie to hold the title in the past twelve years. She
has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Towson State
University and a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology
from Bowie State University. She works full-time for the U.S.
Coast Guard as the Transition/Relocation Program Manager and is
married to her husband, Marc and is the mother of two daughters,
Caitlin, age 6 and Calli, age 3.

Congratulations, also, to First Runner-Up, Juliette Rizzo of
Rockville, Maryland. Ms. Rizzo holds a Master of Journalism
degree, emphasizing public relations, and a minor in rehabilitation
studies from the University of North Texas, a Bachelor of Science
degree in Journalism from Texas A&M University, and is a graduate
of Partners in Policymaking, a competency-based national leadership
and training program for adults with developmental disabilities.

She is the Director of Communication and Media Support Services in
the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Special Education and
Rehabilitative Services in the U.S. Department of Education. Ms.
Rizzo's platform is the benefits to employers of providing personal
assistance services in the workplace to employees with
disabilities. Both Rechsteiner and Rizzo pledge to work as a team
to cover the state of Maryland, to implement their platforms,
deliver their message of empowerment to all individuals with
disabilities, and to recruit contestants for the 2004 Ms.
Wheelchair Maryland competition.

Joining in the festivities were Christen Yarbrough, Junior Miss
Wheelchair Maryland 2002, two former titleholders, Karen Johnsen
and Diana Stewart, both of Bowie, and the reigning Ms. Wheelchair
America 2003, Catherine Gugala. Other Contestants included: First
Runner-Up, Juliette Rizzo of Rockville, Marlene Hendler of
Catonsville, Keona Jackson of Gaithersburg, and Joy Limo of Glynn

The Ms. Wheelchair Maryland organization does NOT emphasize
physical beauty. It is a sisterhood of dynamic women who are
dedicated to promoting disability awareness, education, and
empowerment. Each year the Ms. Wheelchair Maryland organization
holds a competition to select a spokesperson whose responsibility
it is to speak to the general public about her life as a person
with a disability, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and
a platform issue of her choosing. Moreover, Ms. Wheelchair
Maryland competes nationally with other state titleholders in the
annual Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant.

If you would like to interview Ms. Wheelchair Maryland, have her
speak to your organization or group, or if you would like more
information on becoming a contestant, please call 301-657-3283 or

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