"The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first an only object of good government." ~Thomas Jefferson
"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves."
~ Thomas Edison
"The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation." ~Corrie Ten Boom
Gretchen Bellard resides in Chesapeake, VA with her husband Benjamin, who proudly serves as a Nuclear ET in the United States Navy. Together, they have a two-year-old son, Warner, who loves going on their outdoor family adventures. When Gretchen isn’t balancing her roles as a military wife, model and mother, you can find her tending to her patients at Konikoff Oral Surgery. At less than 4 weeks old, Gretchen’s son was diagnosed with a lifelong genetic disease known as Cystic Fibrosis. Since then, she has devoted her heart to her platform, Medical Mentoring: Preparing Parents for the future. As an advocate and mentor, she has dedicated her time to the CF Foundation, St. Jude's Children's Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House. Gretchen lives by her favorite quote, “The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.”--she is Mrs. Virginia United States 2017.
God, Family, & The USA. I am your NATION'S CAPITAL QUEEN, Mrs. District of Columbia 2017. Ever had a feeling that there was more to your life other than just living? You were called to do more for others, than for yourself? More for your community, more for your country? Me too. You are welcome to join me on my journey as I take our Nation's Capital to the people. Helping to help others, so that together - we can help the world. Why? Because the USA is GOLDEN. Text "ASKDOC" to 313131 to join our travel list. Ready? Let's Go. XO ~ Doc Shena #CAPOClues
Fighting for a cure as the leader of Warner's Warriors, I am leading the revolution in educating people on Cystic Fibrosis . Representing the Old Dominion, I am your Mrs. Virginia 2017. The health care needs of children with special medical needs can be unpredictable and costly. My purpose is to raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis and help parents cope with the day to day challenges that parents must face with children who have special medical needs. Text "PICKME" to 313131 to join our travel list. . XO ~ Gretchen #TheBellardBunch
Communication is everything. Representing the tree-covered state in the Appalachian Mountains - I am your COAL MINING QUEEN, Mrs. West Virginia 2017. Communication creates relationships, builds businesses, and feeds creativity that sustains the world. It is the flame of social media and the heat of politics. Join me, and my communication partner, Robbie the Rabbit, as we travel across the nation sharing our platform of the keys and tools to effective and meaningful communication. Text "PICKME" to 313131 to join our travel list. . XO ~ Rachel #RachelandRobbie
Rachel Kraemer-Martz is a licensed professional counselor who specializes working with children and families. Rachel has earned both a bachelor of arts in psychology and a master of arts in counseling. She graduated with highest honors. She enjoys spending her time providing pro bono counseling services. Rachel also provides a no-cost anger management group for children in the community. She is currently finishing writing a therapeutic book series called, “Robbie the Rabbit” which features different stories that teach children coping skills and help build family time spent together reading. She is also involved with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America where she has been a mentor volunteer for the past 8 years. Additionally, she enjoys modeling, working as a make-up artist, and photography. Rachel describes herself as an amateur photographer who always has a professional camera with her wherever she goes to never miss out on a perfect photo opportunity. Rachel likes being behind the camera as well as in front of it. She has graced the cover of different fashion magazines such as Sheeba Magazine and Bella Gladys. She has been paid to be a model in various runway shows as well as being an extra in local and national commercials. Rachel enjoys do-it-yourself projects at home which include remodeling and home repairs which she taught herself how to do. She can change toilets, light fixtures, and even replace flooring. Much of her learning was from watching YouTube videos and getting information from The Home Depot. She has one fur baby named Snickers. She loves to spend time with Snickers and her husband at the park or beach. She is always on the go and loves road trips. Standing tall at 5'10" it is not hard to miss her -- she is Mrs. West Virginia United States 2017.
Shena began her career in the Richmond Commonwealth Attorney's Office in 1998. In 2001, Shena received the coveted honor of being recognized as one of "Richmond Virginia's Top Forty Under Forty." After an extremely successful career as a litigator, advancing to the position of Senior Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, and practicing before the Federal Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in cooperation with Virginia's Project Exile as a Federal Prosecutor, Shena entered the private practice of law in 2002. Shena also served as an Executive Advisor to several corporate and government entities. Shena retired from the practice of law having over 20 jury trials and NEVER having lost any.
In 2000, Shena co-founded a non-profit organization that assisted emotionally, mentally, and behaviorally disturbed adolescent females. She also served as its' Corporate Counsel and Program Director. In 2003, Shena was asked to help a client further develop and grow their family business and she became a bail bonds woman. After one year, Shena opened her own bail bonding company, Dixon's Bonding, and became one of the leaders in the State of Virginia. In 2006, she entered the world of real estate, mortgages and financial services. By 2008, Shena had co-developed and managed a 300+ multi-team office within the company's east coast division.
In 2008, Shena combined her legal and financial expertise and received the national designation of Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. With this experience, Shena provided financial analyst assistance to couples who were divorcing and wanted a fair and equitable resolution of the division of the marital property. In 2009, Shena became the third African-American woman to ever carry the honor of serving as Chief Magistrate for the 16th Judicial District, in the Commonwealth of Virginia, commanding nine jurisdictions and supervising eleven judicial officers.
A professor since 1996 of numerous colleges and universities, Shena has always held a passion for educating and speaking. Over the past 20 years, Shena has successfully created, mentored and assisted in excess of 800,000+ small businesses, direct sales, network marketers and has assisted in the merger and acquisition of countless franchises. She has advised top government officials, rappers, music entertainers, and notable NBA, and NFL athletes on private business matters. She also has taught under privileged, special needs children and young adults how to turn their passions and hobbies into self-supporting businesses.
As a 1st Amendment Legal Freedom Health Educator, Shena has taken her experience of prosecuting members of the medical profession and shares important information with the public about FDA determinations and notifications regarding the medical industry, the food chain, and pharmaceutical market cautions. Shena is also an International Protocol Partner for a globally recognized team of naturopathic doctors, to include the author of "Dead Doctor's Don't Lie, Dr. Joel Wallach, BS, DVM, ND.
Shena's pageant accolades include, serving her community as Mrs. District of Columbia United States, 2017-18, placed top 15 at the National Mrs. United States Pageant, Orlando, Fl.; Mrs. Virginia United States, 2016-17, placed Top 15 at the National Mrs. United States Pageant, Las Vegas, Nevada. 1st runner-up in 2012, 2nd runner-up in the 2011 and 2013 of the Mrs. Virginia America Pageant, Ms. National Virginia 2014, Mrs. Dallas Texas 2015 of the Mrs. Texas America Pageant and has coached several pageant hopefuls to pageant fitness victories.
As an educational advocate and homeschool mom, Shena is also an active participant for a Girl Scout Council Troop 3327 in the Nation's Capital Region.
Shena is admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. She is a member of a number of professional organizations including the Virginia Bar Association. Shena earned her Bachelor's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and her Juris Doctorate from T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond. In addition to being a member of the Virginia State Bar, Shena has also held licenses in Real Estate, Insurance and Annuities, Property and Casualty, and Series 65, having represented several active money managers. Shena is a homeschool mom, an active participant for Girl Scout Troop 3327 in the Nation's Capital Region, and is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
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