2022 Lil Sisters
Our Rollettes Lil Sis are amazing women who have taken a more active role in our Rollettes family and have become leaders in their own communities and respective fields under the care and encouragement of our team.
Mya joined the Rollettes as a Lil Sis in 2021. Growing up the things that made her the happiest were dancing, cheering, and academics. Her nickname was smiley because she has always been extremely enthusiastic (with a nice smile!)
In 2018, she sustained a spinal cord injury due to gun violence, resulting in her becoming a C5/C6 incomplete quadriplegic. Not long after she got out of the hospital, she was introduced to the Rollettes, and got on her first commercial flight after injury to find her tribe at Rollettes Experience 2019. She is so grateful to have an amazing group of women that have been mentors throughout her journey, and for the opportunity to be able to give back to the disability community. Being a part of this community has pushed her confidence forward in so many ways.
In 2020, she created a successful statewide coalition. This year, Mya made the choice to move to Los Angeles from Illinois to further her career. Her goals are to continue to advocate for transformative community health, and diversity, representation and inclusion…creating better opportunities for those that need them. Mya credits God and the Boundless Babe Society as the main tools behind her motivation after injury.
Missie started cheerleading when she was 4 and did it all the way until I was 18: it was her life! She put cheer aside to focus on college, but still always tumbled and came up with cheer choreo for fun... her bathroom mirror witnessed its fair share of dance moves! She also started taking aerial silk classes!
After Missie earned her degree and became a diagnostic medical sonographer, she started a dream job and got married to her high school sweetheart. One year later, Missie found out she had a tumor in her spine and on June 5, 2019 the surgery to remove it didn’t go as planned. Missie suffered a spinal cord injury, and became a T9 incomplete paraplegic.
Missie has gained so much strength and courage and is excited to be a Lil Sis! Turns out it wasn’t cheering that was her life, it is being part of a team. Missie appreciates what the Rollettes and Boundless Babe Society has done for her and hopes she can help bring that much happiness to others.
Gloria first became introduced to the Rolletets through social media in 2019. Over the course of a few years, her chronic health conditions caused her to use a wheelchair full-time. Gloria started taking dance classes virtually in 2020, and began to fall in love with dance. She became a Lil Sis in 2022.
Gloria currently lives on the East coast with her husband and yorkie. When she isn’t dancing or creating content, she works full time. Gloria has completed her Bachelors In psychology and received a Masters in human services w/ specialization in children and family. She also has a part time job as an adjunct professor in human services.
Gloria strives to make the world a more inclusive place for everyone by advocating on the many injustices people with disabilities face.
Nikki Is from the Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania. She grew up playing soccer, and dancing. She attended Penn State University, graduating with a degree in Kinesiology and biology, She then attained her certification for Personal Training, through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Nikki was in a car accident in 2018 and sustained a T2 incomplete spinal cord injury, leaving her paralyzed from the chest down. A year after her injury, Nikki attended the virtual Rollettes Experience in 2020, and found her passion in dance again. She then joined the Boundless Babe Society in 2021, which then pushed her to become recertified as a Personal Trainer. Nikki became a Rollettes little sister in 2022, as well as started her own company Nikki Walsh Adapt Fit, training wheelchair users to become stronger and more independent!
Other than dancing and working out, Nikki has a passion for nutrition and cooking. She loves to get creative in the kitchen, finding ways to cook healthy, and delicious meals. She is a dog mom to an adorable pitbull chihuahua that she rescued. She loves to travel, and spend time with her boyfriend, family and friends.
From Washington state, Danika Whitsett was a tri-sport athlete for the majority of her life. Her passion was volleyball, and through sports she learned how much she loved being a part of a team. In 2018, Danika was injured in a car accident and sustained a T12 spinal cord injury.
Danika joined the Rollettes as a Lil Sis in 2022, and has since moved to San Diego with her partner, 2 cats, and dog. Danika’s passions include traveling, thrill seeking, and keeping up with pop culture.
More recently, Danika is in the process of launching a podcast. Her goal is to spread awareness about the disability community by those that she interviews, and speak on topics such as wheelchair life and mental health. She believes that serious topics of life should be approached, but there’s also so much fun to life as well. Danika wants to spread joy through everyone she meets, and chase it too.