Clare “Ping” Miller (Yu Ping Fan ???) was born in Tokyo, Japan to Taiwanese parents who immigrated to the United States with three daughters ages 3 and younger. Ping is an identical twin and grew up in California, Arizona, Texas, Washington State, DC, and Virginia. She is a former marathon runner and enjoys snowboarding, violin, travelling, and volunteering to help others. Ping and her twin sister Chiann Gibson were University of Washington cheerleaders and Hawaiian Tropic beauties. Ping is former Miss Chinese International Top 5 Finalist (representing Seattle, USA ), Miss Seattle Chinatown, Miss Northern Virginia (preliminary to Miss America), and Miss Virginia (competing in Miss World America Mexico), and is currently a North Carolina resident.
Ping Miller is a Project Management Professional and works at First Citizens Bank & Trust Company (FCNCA/FCNCB). Formerly, she worked for ABC News, Accenture, Progress Energy Corporation, and Duke Energy Corporation. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the American University in Washington, DC.
In 2003, Ping survived 2 oak trees landing on her car during Hurricane Isabel. She suffered a spinal cord injury and miraculously survived this life event to walk again and share her story. She is an advocate for disability education and outreach. Ping was a founding member and Chair of Employee Resource Groups called Disability Outreach and Inclusion Team (DO-IT!) at Duke Energy Corporation and Progress Inclusion and Disability Education (PRIDE) at Progress Energy Corporation. She was a founding member and former board member of the North Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association (NCSCIA). Ping currently represents the Chamber of Commerce as a board member of the North Carolina State Rehabilitation Council (NCSRC), and is Treasurer and Finance Chair for the North Carolina Statewide Independent Living Council (NCSILC).