Heather Tomko 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 Master of Public Health. Tomko is an alumna of Carnegie Mellon University, where she studied Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering.
As a woman with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a neuromuscular disease, Tomko is passionate about disability advocacy and access. She serves on the Board of Directors of CLASS, a local disability resources organization, and The Andy Warhol Museum. She is the founder of Accessible YOUniverse, an organization focused on disability advocacy, education, and representation, which hosted a city-wide summit on accessibility. Tomko is also a member of AT&T's Advisory Panel on Access and Aging.
Tomko 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. She also blogs at The Heather Report, where she talks about her life and what it's like to live with a disability.
Tomko was Ms. Wheelchair USA 2018, and spent her reign promoting her platform, "Increasing Inclusion for People with Disabilities into their Communities."