Staff - National Ability Center

Gail Barille

Chief Executive Officer

Gail Loveland - Executive Director

Home State: Pennsylvania

Gail has more than 19 years of experience in non-profit program development, administration and recreation. She joined the National Ability Center in June 2010 as Executive Director following five years as the Associate Executive Director and Program Director for the Outdoors for All Foundation in Seattle, WA. She has always been drawn to health and recreation and her career has followed that path including work with Starlight Children’s Foundation, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Habitat for Humanity, U.S. Lacrosse and Vail Resorts as well as experience working as a ski and snowboard instructor.  Gail holds a BA from the University of Vermont, School of Business and an Executive Certification in Non-Profit Management from Georgetown University.

Gail credits her ability to lead such an innovative and dynamic organization such as the National Ability Center to the many mentors, volunteers, board members, staff, friends and supporters she has the privilege to work with and learn from and to her personal passion for sport and recreation as an avid cyclist, skier, snowboarder, sailor, hiker, camper, football fan and ‘retired’ lacrosse and field hockey athlete and coach.  Gail currently serves as a board member for Disabled Sports USA and as a member of the Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee for the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation and Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

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Tracy Meier

Program and Education Director

Tracy Meier - Program and Education Director

Home State: Virginia

Tracy Meier refuses to be limited. She believes every challenging situation provides a way to learn, grow and find success through adaptation.

Tracy’s laugh and positive energy have become mainstays at the National Ability Center. She became part of the team in 2002 as a Therapeutic Recreation intern. Now, as the Training and Education Director, as well as the Therapeutic Recreation Internship Supervisor, Tracy is sharing her skills and insights with a new generation.

Tracy loves the benefits found in the multitude of activities available at the National Ability Center and enjoys working with individuals to find their greatest potential.

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Kevin Stickelman

Chief Operating Officer

Kevin Stickelman - Chief Operating Officer

Home State: Kansas

Kevin brings 20 years of ski industry and outdoor recreation experience to the National Ability Center most recently serving as President/General Manager at Lee Canyon ski area in Nevada for six years.  His ski industry experience also includes assignments at Mt Bachelor, Moonlight Basin, Angel Fire, Park City Mountain Resort, and Snow Creek.  He also spent four years on the staff at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, which is the premier high adventure base of the Boy Scouts of America.

An amputee himself, Kevin has long been involved with adaptive recreation getting his first taste of learning to ski with the support of adaptive instructors in a small program in Missouri at age 11, and most recently serving on the Board of Directors for Oregon Adaptive Sports based in Bend, OR.  Kevin majored in engineering at Kansas State University and the University of Utah and holds professional certifications from the USSA as an alpine coach and PSIA as a level 3 certified ski instructor.  In his free time, Kevin can be found enjoying the outdoors with his wife and two daughters hiking, camping, fly fishing, playing golf, and skiing.

E: kevins@discovernac.org

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Amanda Baseler

Equestrian Instructor, Volunteer Coordinator and TR Intern Supervisor

Amanda Baseler - Equestrian Instructor, Volunteer Coordinator and TR Intern Supervisor

Home State: Tennessee

Amanda began her career with the National Ability Center in 2008 and has been involved in just about every program we offer, including spending time as a water skiing assistant and an alpine ski instructor. Now, we are glad to have her serving full time as an instructor in our Equestrian Program.

Amanda loves sharing her knowledge and skills with participants, staff and volunteers. She feels grateful that every day she has the opportunity to teach something new as well as learn something new from the participants.

When she’s not hanging out with our horses, Amanda can be found either water or snow skiing, depending on the season.

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Marci Bender

Equestrian Programs Manager

Marci Bender - Equestrian Programs Manager

Home State:

Pennsylvania

Marci has taken the lead for our Equestrian Programs. She has a Degree in Recreation and Parks Management with a focus in Therapeutic Recreation. She is also a Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH, Intl.) Advanced Certified Instructor.

Marci’s job entails horse training, problem solving, staff mentoring and of course working with our participants. She loves that her job brings something different every day.

When she’s not at the National Ability Center you can find her fueling up with a good cup of coffee, skiing or hiking and perhaps even whipping up a batch of her famous cookies.

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Billie Burgess-Miller

Lead Equestrian Instructor

Billie Burgess-Miller - Lead Equestrian Instructor

Home State: Pennsylvania

In her free time, she likes to hike, ski (alpine and x-country) and get outdoors with her husband and 3 kids. She also enjoys riding and driving (horses of course!) and learned how to ski behind a horse, skijoring in Maine. She likes to read and knit when she has time and her favorite genre is historical fiction.

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Anna Davis

Assistant Sports & Recreation Program Manager

Anna Davis - Assistant Sports and Recreation Program Manager

Home State: New Hampshire

 

Anna Davis comes to the National Ability Center from Maine via the University of New Hampshire where she studied Recreation Management and Policy with focus on Therapeutic Recreation. As a CTRS, she joined our Therapeutic Recreation internship program in 2006, then moved permanently to Utah to ski and work at the National Ability Center.  Ten years later, Anna is bringing her on-snow and in-the-water experience to her role as our Sports and Recreation Assistant Program Manager. When not in the office or out on the hill with  programs, your can find Anna skiing or jig-saw puzzling. Anna is ever-prepared, often sporting a fanny pack so that she is ready at a moment’s notice to help with any activity the National Ability Center has to offer.

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Liz Longhurst

COACH Internship Supervisor / Trainer / TRS, CTRS

Liz Longhurst - COACH Internship Supervisor, Trainer, TRS, and CTRS

Home State: Utah

Liz came to the National Ability Center as a Therapeutic Recreation Intern and stayed because she saw the effect the organization had on people & their lives. Through her role in the COACH intern program, Liz enjoys watching individuals grow while creating lasting, meaningful relationships.

Liz is a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (TRS) & Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and brings her Bachelors in Therapeutic Recreation and a Masters in Adaptive Physical Education to the organization as well as teaching certificates in state and nationally-accredited programs.

Appreciating all of the recreational activities offered by the National Ability Center, Liz says, “If it’s outside, I’m game.” She spends her time hiking, biking, water-skiing, wakeboarding, swimming, snowboarding, snowshoeing and camping. Liz also loves to ride her motorcycle and be with her husband and dog.

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Tracy Meier

Program and Education Director

Tracy Meier - Program and Education Director

Home State: Virginia

Tracy Meier refuses to be limited. She believes every challenging situation provides a way to learn, grow and find success through adaptation.

Tracy’s laugh and positive energy have become mainstays at the National Ability Center. She became part of the team in 2002 as a Therapeutic Recreation intern. Now, as the Training and Education Director, as well as the Therapeutic Recreation Internship Supervisor, Tracy is sharing her skills and insights with a new generation.

Tracy loves the benefits found in the multitude of activities available at the National Ability Center and enjoys working with individuals to find their greatest potential.

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Caitlin Christensen

Program Coordinator

Home State: Wyoming

Caitlin grew up in a small town in Wyoming near Jackson Hole. She developed a love for the outdoors at a young age through camping and hiking trips with her parents. Caitlin graduated from the University of Utah in 2013 with a degree in both Psychology, and Parks, Recreation and Tourism.
Caitlin joined the Splore team as an intern in 2012 and since then has progressed to Guide, Trip Leader and now Program Coordinator. Her passion for working with people and sharing the magic of the outdoors are why she has continued to work for Splore.
When she’s not running a trip, Caitlin is usually out hiking, climbing or backcountry skiing somewhere in the Wasatch. Caitlin also enjoys a good cup of coffee and a nice book.

Erik Leirfallom

Alpine Head Coach

Home State: Colorado

Erik comes to the NAC from Colorado where he was born and raised. Before coming to the NAC, Erik most recently worked for the International Paralympic Committee as the Alpine World Cup Race Director. Before that Erik was the Team Summit Colorado Alpine Race Program Director for 4 seasons. Erik was first exposed to Adaptive (Para) alpine in 2006 when hired as a Ski Serviceman and then Coach for the (at the time) US Disabled Ski Team. Erik worked with the US Paralympic Alpine team full time through 2011 season. During that time, Erik was honored to coach at 2 World Championships and the Vancouver Paralympic Games. In 2011, Erik was awarded the International Adaptive coach of the year by USSA.

Erik Began his coaching and ski instruction career at 19 working for Purgatory in Durango Colorado while also attending college at Fort Lewis. By 2005, after 2 college degrees (not ski related!), Erik had decided that the ski industry was where he wanted to work. At that time, Erik was a Ski School Manager, an examiner for PSIA-RM, and the Head Coach/Program director of the local ski team.

In 2009 Erik and is wife Megan left Durango and moved to Frisco Colorado to be closer to family and maybe start their own. Their Son Jon is now 6 years old. Erik loves spending time skiing, biking, camping, canoeing, traveling with the family and is looking forward to further exploring the great state of Utah!

Katie Richens

Military & Groups Program Manager

Katie Richens

Bio Coming Soon!

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Brian Castillo

Ski & Snowboard Program Manager

Home State: 

Wisconsin

Bio coming soon!

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Becky Van Horsen

Moab Program Manager

Home State: California

Becky grew up in Southern California, where her family encouraged her from a very young age to take part in many adventure sports including rock climbing, skiing, and whitewater rafting. In 2002, Becky completed an internship with a Northern California non-profit that provides whitewater rafting trips for people of all abilities. That summer changed her life and she has been working in adaptive rafting ever since. She received her B.A. in Recreation Administration from Humboldt State University in 2010, at which time she started searching for an organization that matched her own passion for adaptive adventure sports.
Becky joined the Splore family in 2012, and now lives and works in Moab, where you can find her enjoying an americano at the local coffee shop, playing with power tools, or cooking delicious meals for her friends.

 

Eric Bonin

Salt Lake Program Manager

Home State: New Jersey

Eric was born in New Jersey with a passion for adventure, teaching, and the mountains. After graduating from Green Mountain College in 2004 with a B.S. in Adventure Recreation, he ran an adaptive sports program for 4 years. In Vermont, Eric taught skiing, canoeing, sailing and rock climbing to people of all abilities. In April 2011, Eric joined the Splore team.
Eric brings a passion for teaching, the outdoors, and adventure to Splore and holds his AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Certification. When he’s not teaching, you can find him expanding his own comfort zones and enjoying the mountains with his partner, Kristen, and dogs Logan, Pepper and Camber.

Steve Robinson

Sports and Recreation Program Manager

Steve Robinson - Sports and Recreation Program Manager

Home State: Florida

Steve Robinson graduated from Florida State University with a master’s degree in recreation management, and has more than nine years of experience as an outdoor recreation professional.

Steve began his career as the assistant director of outdoor adventure at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he coordinated outdoor excursions such as backpacking, rock climbing and kayaking, as well as educational programs. He also worked as the assistant director of outdoor adventure at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia; and as a backcountry guide in the Blue Ridge Mountains, an adaptive ski instructor and a camp administrator.

Steve first came to the National Ability Center as a sports and recreation intern in the winter of 2006 and then as a full-time ski/snowboard instructor in 2008. He returned in 2014 as the sports and recreation program manager because he believes strongly in the organization’s mission, and wanted to be a part of the continued development of innovative new programs, such as spearheading a progressive rock climbing series and adaptive mountain biking programs

In his free time, you’ll find Steve playing outside on a trail, rock or slope. Or you might find him cheering as the Seminoles make another National Championship run. Go Noles!

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Jess Roising

Competition Program Manager

Jess Roising - Competition Program Manager

Home State: New York

Jess loves athletics and competition, so it was only natural for this Equestrian Programs staff member to transition into the role of Competition Program Manager.

Each day, Jess is excited for the opportunity to foster joy and personal achievement. She works closely with our athletes and coaches to be sure each one receives the training they need and develops skills that not only apply in the midst of competition, but transfer to every day life as well.

Jess says her best moments on the job are when she sees a participant have that ‘eureka moment’, when everything comes together and that individual gets closer to realizing his or her goal.

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Andrea Thompson

Camps and Custom Family Program Manager

Andrea Thompson - Camps and Custom Groups Supervisor

Home State: Michigan

Andrea has been working with our camps and ski and snowboard programs since 2008. After 5 years working as a universal staff member, Andrea took on the full-time role as our Camps and Custom Groups Manager.

Andrea is a certified MANDT instructor.
She is also a PSIA Level 1 adaptive instructor and a TRS/CTRS.

E: andreat@discovernac.org

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Alex Mendelson

Sports & Recreation Supervisor

Alex Mendelson

Bio Coming Soon.

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Suzanne White

Program Administrator

Suzanne grew up in North Carolina and graduated from North Carolina State University in Finance and Accounting. After 5 years in small business, she moved to Honduras and worked with different volunteer organizations to support the local communities. Upon return, she decided to teach middle grades Math and Business. While teaching, she coached High School Cross Country and Soccer. After 5 years, she left education and headed to Europe where she traveled 26 countries over the span of 1 year. Since then, she’s lived in Key West, FL and now Park City. She loves all that Park City has to offer, snow skiing and surprisingly the summers. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, arts and sewing, cooking and exploring Utah.

E: suzannew@discovernac.org

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Sarah Price

Equine Coordinator

A Utah native, Sarah was born in Salt Lake City, but spent most of her childhood traveling with her family, including living on a sailboat in Hawaii. Her parents taught her from a very young age that life is always an adventure.

Sarah attended Utah state University where she attained a degree in Animal Sciences with an emphasis in Equine Studies. While at USU, Sarah was Captain of the English Equestrian Team, and very involved within the Equine Science program.

Sarah has been passionate about horses her entire life and is excited about the opportunity to be working in her field, living her dream, and helping the National Ability Center support their mission. When not caring for, or exercising the NAC herd, Sarah can be found adventuring outdoors with her pup, Sam, and friends. When not outside, Sarah is at home in the kitchen making things for her friends and family.

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Carey Cusimano

Development Director

Carey Cusimano - Major Gifts Officer

Home State: Ohio

Carey Cusimano joined the National Ability Center in September of 2015, bringing 20 years of experience within the fields of development and marketing. She enjoys working for an organization who shares her passion for recreation and the outdoors and which is what brought her to Park City over 19 years ago.

Carey earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Bowling Green State University with a focus on International Business from Nantes Atlantique in Nantes, France. Prior working for National Ability Center she was an Independent Consultant and spent over eight years as the VP of Development for the Deer Valley® Music Festival, Utah Symphony/Utah Opera’s summer festival.
In her spare time she enjoys skiing, snowboarding, road biking, hiking, traveling and spending time with family. She is also known for cutting a rug on the dance floor from her many years of dance training in tap, ballet and jazz.

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Carin DeMilo

National Events Manager

Carin Demilo - National Events Manager

Home State: New York

Carin De Milo has been in the event business for over two decades. She has worked on events nationally as well as internationally, from seven Olympics and Paralympics to US Presidential Inaugurations as well as US Tennis Open and the Sundance Film Festival (5 years).   Her expertise includes strategic planning, project management, implementation, problem solving, and troubleshooting. Her passion is being collaborative, resourceful and creative.

Carin is a natural in the event industry. Her warm and enthusiastic personality, along with flawless precision and attention to detail, has helped contribute to her success and client satisfaction. Her commitment to excellence, vision for the mission proves perfection is truly in the details and sets her apart in the industry.

Carin has a Bachelor of Science in Restaurant Management with a concentration in Event Management from Rochester Institute of Technology. In her free time she enjoys yoga and early morning workouts, hiking, snowboarding, paddle boarding, all things outdoors, while remaining dedicated to several local community organizations.

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Janet Fine

GRANTS ADMINISTRATOR

Janet Fine - Grants Administrator

Home State: New Jersey

Janet’s writing talents are invaluable to the pursuits of this organization. She is also a master at listening and problem solving. Her cheerful attitude is contagious and her laughter resounds throughout the building.

Janet advocates for accessibility, because to her it means being free from barriers – both mental and physical. She greatly values being part of a larger mission that strives to make recreation a part of everyone’s life.

Janet also loves horses and participates in the Equestrian Program at the National Ability Center with her daughter.

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Burchie Benton

Events Manager

Home State: Connecticut

Bio coming soon!

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Kristi Brangle

Leadership Development and Talent Manager

Kristi Brangle - Leadership Development and Talent Manager

Home State: California

Kristi Brangle has become an integral part of the National Ability Center. She serves as our Customer Relations Manager. With a number of degrees in Communications, Kristi is well equipped to make sure all our participants, staff, donors and volunteers are well taken care of.

Kristi enjoys the opportunity to meet participants and their families. She loves listening to their stories and feels happy to be part of a team that creates even more wonderful memories for them.

An avid equestrian herself, Kristi especially likes spending time at the Equestrian Center with the horses. She says that horses just have a way of making everything better.

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Cassady Ludvigsen

Reservations and Office Manager

Cassady Clark - Reservations Coordinator

Home State: Vermont

Cassady was introduced to the amazing world of Adaptive Recreation while attending Mount Holyoke College. As a team competitor for her Dressage Team, she sustained a severe concussion, requiring her to take time away from school. During her leave, Cassady discovered a local therapeutic riding program in Vermont. In August 2009, Cassady became a PATH Int’l instructor and continued teaching at a small program in Massachusetts throughout college. Post-graduation, Cassady started work at High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program as an instructor and administrator in the organization. There, she held leadership roles in everything from Marketing, to teaching, to Public Relations, to implementing Medicaid Billing.

Throughout Cassady’s experiences at different Adaptive Recreation organizations, Cassady knew she wanted to commit her time and energy to being a full-time part of a powerful mission – that’s when she found the National Ability Center. In September 2014, Cassady and her now husband, Drew, started driving across country from Vermont to Utah to pursue her goal of being a part of the commitment of excellence that the National Ability Center has to offer.

When she is not working, Cassady loves hiking and camping with her husband and two kitties, watching a ton of Netflix, and Mountain Biking.

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Marlise Cromar

Finance Manager

Marlise Cromar - Finance Manager

Home State: Utah

Marlise loves hiking among the red rocks of southern Utah with her partner, Sandi, and seeking out new hot springs, scenic drives, and national parks wherever their travels take them. She loves watching her two teenage sons play lacrosse (outdoors!) and is grateful to spend spring and fall evenings at the fields watching their games and helping at the scorer’s table.

As much as Marlise loves traveling and being in nature, she equally loves spreadsheets and numbers. She holds a Bachelor of Science in finance and a Master of Accounting (Audit Emphasis) from the University of Utah, has passed the CPA exam, and is in the homestretch for obtaining her CPA license. Her previous professional posts include Audit Staff at EY and Accountant/Office Manager for the law firm Dolowitz Hunnicutt.

Although she spends a lot of time in front of computer screens, tracking the financial ins and outs of the National Ability Center, she loves interacting with people and has spent many years leading retreats, groups, and meditation classes focusing on empowerment, authenticity, and compassion. Being the Finance Manager at NAC is a natural fit for her and brings together many of the things she cares about. Most importantly, she gets to work with and serve amazing people!

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Helen Davies

Lodge Manager

Helen Davies - Lodge Manager

Home: North Wales, Great Britain

Helen moved to Utah 18 months ago with her husband Chris from Maine. While living in Maine Helen and her husband Chris worked as Therapeutic foster parents, using her B Ed in Special Needs and Cert Ed in Outdoor Education, they soon realized that they were here to stay in the US.

From her love of snowboarding, Helen became an instructor and went on the manage and run Sunday River’s ski school in the winter and was a concierge at the resorts hotel in the summer.

Helen came to the National Ability Center as the Mountain Center Front Desk Manager for the winter of 2014 and quickly realized she wanted to stay, she secured a full time job as the front desk receptionist working with the reservation team. In November 2015 Helen became the newly appointed Lodge Manager and has quickly worked to get the place in to shipshape and Bristol fashion, to create a warm and inviting environment for our participants to enjoy their stay with us.

When Helen is not working, you can find her on the slopes snowboarding. Helen also has a large passion for road cycling, which she returns back east to ride from Boston to New York annually, she also enjoys riding in our very own Summit Challenge. When not on the slopes or the roads she can be found paddle boarding with our participants on the Jordanelle Reservoir.

In her word’s “Who wouldn’t want to live and work here.”

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Patrick Refi

Accountant

Patrick Refo

Home State: Pennsylvania

Pat has more than 5 years of experience in Accounting and data analysis.  He joined the National Ability Center in October 2015 from the recommendation from the former Accountant Bart Kotter, and is most grateful for the opportunity to have joined such a wonderful organization.

When Pat is not working you can find him out and about camping, skiing, hiking, disc golfing, ect.  He especially enjoys fishing the vast reservoirs and rivers that the state of Utah offers.

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Zara Guinard

Reservations Coordinator

Zara Guinard

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

Education
Background: Nutritional Sciences/ Dietetics from University of Arizona

Certifications: USAT Level 1 Certified Coach, USA Master Level 1 & 2 Swim Coach

 

Zara was born and raised in Salt Lake City, UT, she was a competitive swimmer and runner in high school before finding triathlon when she went to the University of Arizona. During her time in college she studied abroad in Germany and traveled around the world, she received her degree in Nutritional Sciences/ Dietetics and was Magna Cum Laude. Also while in college, for her 21st birthday she qualified at a race in Miami, FL and so began her career as a professional triathlete. She has traveled for training and competition nationally and internationally, putting 20+ hours of training in a week. She competed as a professional for over 5 years before choosing to transition to a more recreational athlete and direct her passion and energy towards working for the National Ability Center. Zara is also a certified USA Triathlon Level 1 and USA Master Swimming Level 1/ 2 coach. Zara now lives in Park City and enjoys being outdoors exploring the 400+ miles of trails Summit County has to offer.

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Missy Grant

Reservations Coordinator

Home State: Utah

A Utah native, Missy grew up in Logan, not far from the National Ability Center!  She graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health with an emphasis in Epidemiology. There she was on a leadership council for the National Alliance on Mental Illness working to reduce the stigma of mental illnesses. She has worked as a leader at Sundance Kid’s Camp and is also a PSIA Alpine Level 1 Ski Instructor.

 

Missy’s brother Milan was always an example of helping others, while he himself had mental disabilities. Watching him enjoy the outdoors along with her passion for recreation led her to join the National Ability Center. She is excited to be a part of our mission.

 

In her free time, you can find Missy exploring the deserts of Southern Utah, skiing, mountain biking, practicing yoga, or rock climbing.

 

Katie Hobert

Finance & Accounting Director

Home State:
Missouri

Originally from Kansas City, Katie Hobert received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from UMKC and is a licensed CPA. She spent 4 years in public accounting working for the tax department of BKD, LLP where she specialized in wealth planning, family owned businesses and nonprofit clients. After spending the next 5 years as a Controller for a privately owned software company, she felt the itch to return to her passion for nonprofit accounting and joined the National Ability Center team as the Finance and Accounting Director.

When she’s not crunching numbers, Katie enjoys camping with her family all over Utah and renovating their old pop-up camper. She and her husband, Brian, love spending time outdoors and beginning to teach their two young children (Lennon and Frankie) their passion for skiing, snowboarding, fly fishing, hiking, and all things nature. Lennon was born with Prader-Willi syndrome, and Katie is looking forward to her being old enough to join the NAC team and participate in our programs, further empowering her to live life without limits!

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Teo Popa

Executive Assistant

Home State: Utah

Teo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with a minor in Business from the University of Utah and has many years’ experience working in both domestic and foreign non-profit administrations. After graduating college, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova, and upon returning, spent several years working for Utah’s Disability Law Center before joining the National Ability Center as an Executive Assistant.

 

She loves Utah’s unique outdoors and particularly enjoys camping, hiking, rowing, and boating—all with her dog, Koa, of course. She hopes to master horseback riding with the National Ability Center and her hobbies include volunteering with wildlife at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah and carpentry.

 

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Laura Lambert

Program Volunteer Coordinator

Home State: Georgia

Laura first became acquainted with Splore when her son, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, became obsessed with rock climbing when the family moved from Atlanta to Salt Lake City and he started climbing with Splore’s Rock On! program in 2012. She has a background in Bio-medical research working first as a technician in the labs, and then as a client services representative.
Laura joined the Splore team in November 2013 and loves helping others find joy, empowerment, and lifelong memories through outdoor adventures with Splore. She is a trail runner in her off time and loves reading, backpacking, hiking, skiing, kayaking and exploring Utah with her family.

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Lauren Willie

Volunteer Manager

Home State: Utah

Lauren has always had a love for exploring the great outdoors. She has had many adventures that span the globe which have exposed her to new cultures, an appreciation for our global community and meeting new friends. Her most memorable adventure was spending 27 months in remote villages in Cameroon, Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer, where she worked to empower local communities in their health education and development efforts and to discover resources and abilities abundant in their villages.

It’s her passion for empowering individuals and communities and her love of exploring the outdoors that led her to the National Ability Center.

Lauren has a strong background working with volunteers and volunteer programs in many different organizations locally and internationally. She loves the unique talents and skills that volunteers bring to the many programs offered by the National Ability Center. Lauren loves working with volunteers; it’s like making a few hundred new friends each month, whose desire is to serve others and have a great time doing it. Lauren is excited to see all of the NAC programs and the organization grow with volunteers!

 

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Dan Gibbs

Business Development Manager

Dan Gibbs

Home State: 

Dan moved to Utah in 1980 to attend graduate school at the University of Utah where he earned an M.S. in Recreation Management. It didn’t take long for him to discover the amazing beauty and natural resources that mother nature has blessed Utah with.
After a 30 year career in sales at FedEx, Dan left to pursue his goal of giving back to the community. In 2014, Dan began volunteering with Splore and joined the Splore team in March 2015. He also works closely with Salt Lake’s refugee resettlement organizations.
Dan and his wife Nancy have four wonderful children and an amazing granddaughter. On most weekends you can find Dan hiking the trails of the Wasatch.

Jan Drake

Equestrian Resource Manager

Jan Drake - Equestrian Resource Manager

Home State: Missouri

Jan has been involved with the National Ability Center since 2001. She has become not only a familiar face to many at the ranch, but a beloved member of the National Ability Center’s Equestrian Programs. Her passion to provide opportunities for individuals of all abilities through equine assisted activities and therapies is evident.

Jan has a special place in her heart for horses and her perfect day, outside of caring for them at the National Ability Center ranch, is photographing wild horses in the desert.

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Dallas Green

Facilities Maintenance Technician

Dallas Green

Home State: Utah

Dallas was first introduced to the NAC while skiing at PCMR. Dallas passed a lesson on a bi-ski and I was impressed and curious to find out more about the Organization. Next while working at a lodge at Deer Valley he spoke to a Mountain Host about how to get involved, the rest was history!

Like many of the National Ability Center staff members, Dallas loves outdoor recreation and can be found cycling, backpacking, volunteering for Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, motorcycles.

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Jeff Hommel

Equipment & Rental Coordinator

Home State: New York

Jeff can be found in the mountains of Park City, both in winter and summer. His passions fall with mountain biking and road cycling, skiing, and whitewater rafting which is a large part of what started his involvement with the National Ability Center. If he isn’t chasing adventures in nature, you can find him playing a round of golf with friends.

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Jon Serio

Facilities & Capital Manager

Jon Serio

Home State: Rhode Island

We think we have found the source for the term ‘Johnny on the Spot’. Jon is the man who keeps everything up and running at the National Ability Center.

As the Facilities & Capital Manager, Jon wears a lot of hats. His desire to make sure we provide the best amenities to our participants is apparent. His day-to-day achievements can be everything from spearheading the construction of a new accessible ramp at the Mountain Center to overseeing the installation of granted solar panels on our administration building.

When off campus, Jon likes to enjoy the amenities Park City provides, including cycling and skiing.

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Whitney Thompson

Marketing Manager

whitney thompson

Home State: Utah

Having called Park City her home since childhood, Whitney is excited to help grow the mission of the National Ability Center as our Marketing Manager.

Whitney draws from her experiences as an Art Director, Graphic Designer, Account Manager and Copywriter in both Non-profit and For-profit sectors. She also holds a B.A. with Honors in Studio Art from Williams College in Williamstown, MA.

In her spare time, Whitney can be found enjoying the snow and dirt. She is an avid telemark skier and competes around the west in slopestyle mountain biking.

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