Stephanie Copeland grew up in Richmond, VA and currently resides in Midlothian with her 9 month old black lab puppy “Miss Junebug.” She is a motivational speaker, business owner, softball coach, webmaster and mentor. At the age of 21, she was paralyzed from an alcohol related car accident and believes God gave her a second chance at life and He gave her a set of wheels to tell her story. Since taking on her disability in 2004, Stephanie has completed her Bachelor’s in Business Administration-HR Management with a 4.0 and on the President’s List at Strayer University, moved across the country (to California, Texas and Florida) pursuing her physical recovery through intensive exercise based therapy, and even traveled to Peru to participate in Umbilical Cord Stem Cell trials. She has worked at Positive Vibe Café, Sportable, and Mobility Supercenter which all serve people with a various types of disabilities.
On St. Patrick’s Day in 2012, she was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Virginia 2012-13 and during her year attended just under 200 events throughout Virginia, served as an AmeriCorps member performing 1000 hours of service and delivered over 100 messages to various groups based on her platform, “Taking a Positive S.P.I.N on life (Speaking with a Positive attitude to Inspire others to Never give up.) After her reign, she went back to school and completed a certification in substance abuse and currently works as the program facilitator for GR-ACY, a program that works with teens and adults struggling with substance abuse. She is a volunteer and speaker for several organizations, such as MADD, SAFE (Substance Abuse Free Environment), YOVASO, and many more. Using honest, real life experiences mixed with humor she tries to educate and encourage others, of all ages and demographics.
Stephanie has a strong passion for educating others about interacting and communicating with people with disabilities. She speaks to a wide range of audiences and ages, but her passion is sharing my story with teens and young adults in hopes to encourage them to make smart choices and healthy decisions.