Ms. Wheelchair California 2014
Theresa De Vera
On Saturday February 1st, 2014 – Theresa De Vera (Los Angeles), was crowned Ms. Wheelchair California 2014. DeVera suffered a severe asthma attack in 1996, when she was a junior at Loyola Marymount, and went into cardiac arrest. She went into a 3-month coma. Doctors offered her family no hope and even suggested harvesting her organs so that others may live.
After waking up in late June and going through rigorous recovery to re-learn to eat, dress herself and speak - Theresa found herself confined to a wheelchair. This did not stop her from returning to LMU and receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 2004 and a Master’s Degree in Theology with an emphasis in Bioethics in 2008.
In 2005, Mayor Antonio Villaragosa appointed De Vera to the Commission on Disability, which gave her the opportunity to be the voice for the disability community of Los Angeles. In 2007, Villaragosa also appointed her to The Access Paratransit Board of Directors. She is the current vice president on the LA Commission on Disabilities and secretary on the Access board.
As Ms. Wheelchair California, Theresa will continue her work as an advocate for people living with disabilities during her year-long reign through appearances and speaking engagements. She will also compete for the Ms. Wheelchair America title August 4th-10th, 2014 also at The Hilton Long Beach, CA, against an estimated 32 state representatives from our country.
Ms. Wheelchair California is available for speaking engagements and appearances upon request. Please click here to book her for your next event!
Congratulations, Theresa on receiving "The Lifetime Achievement Award'' and the "Best Speech Award" at The 2015 Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant! We are so proud of you. Thank you for all of your hard work!