Photo of the founder, Heather Tomko, sitting outside in her wheelchair.



Heather is a Research Coordinator in the Health Policy and Management department of the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health, where she is also pursuing a Masters of Public Health. Heather is an alumna of Carnegie Mellon University, where she studied Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering.

As a woman with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a neuromuscular disease, Heather is passionate about disability advocacy and access. She serves on the Board of Directors of CLASS, a local disability resources organization. Heather was the winner of the 2018 Dick Thornburgh Disability Service Award, which is awarded to a student at the University of Pittsburgh who has made a difference in the lives of children and adults with disabilities. 

In July 2018, Heather was crowned Ms. Wheelchair USA, and is spending the year promoting her platform, “Increasing Inclusion for People with Disabilities into their Communities.”