Adaptive Sports Foundation

Our staff

The Adaptive Sports Foundation is proud to have such a diverse and experienced staff. The full time staff is dedicated to the ASF’s mission and to providing first class service to our students, families and volunteers.

ASF staff and volunteers celebrate our STRENGTH!

Safety and service
Teamwork
Respect
Empowerment
Nurturing
Growth
Trust
Health and happiness

 

ASF Full Time Staff

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Todd Munn
Executive Director
todd@adaptivesportsfoundation.org

Todd has been pursuing a passion for adaptive sports for over 20 years.  Todd began his career at Shake-A-Leg in Newport, Rhode Island followed by his work at Gaylord Hospital developing the Sports Association, providing over a dozen adaptive sports to athletes with spinal cord injuries, strokes, amputations and visual impairments throughout Connecticut.  He is extremely proud to be a part of the Adaptive Sports Foundation and enjoys time working with students and volunteers.

Todd enjoys the outdoors and adventure and loves to spend time with his family which includes his wife Amy, his children Julia and Braden and their dog Otto. Favorite hobbies include skiing, sailing, hiking, climbing, kayaking, camping, brewing beer and spending time with friends.

Todd’s personal goal is to summit all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4000 ft. mountains and has climbed several mountains in the high peaks regions of the Adirondacks.

 

Cherisse Young
Fundraising & Marketing Director
cherisse@adaptivesportsfoundation.org

Cherisse Young has been with the Adaptive Sports Foundation and Windham Mountain since 1996.  She began as the Fundraising Coodinator under ASF founder, Gwen Allard.  She was promoted to Development Director in 2000 and to Executive Director in 2004.  In 2013, Cherisse decided to step down from the role of Executive Director to give her more time to spend time with her family.  However, she remained with the ASF and is currently serving as the Fundraising & Marketing Director.

Cherisse has been skiing since she was six years old and it was her passion for the sport that initially motivated her to become a ski instructor in high school. Her experiences teaching eventually lead her to her career with the Adaptive Sports Foundation.  Skiing and ski instruction is a family tradition as her husband, Augie is a PSIA-E Adaptive Examiner, her father is a PSIA Alpine Level I Certified ski instructor and her daughter began skiing at the ripe old age of 20 months.  In the off season, Cherisse enjoys spending time on Burden Lake with her husband, daughter, chocolate Labrador Retriever, and her many neighbors and friends.

 

Kim Seevers
Program Development and Grants Director
kim@adaptivesportsfoundation.org

Kim has spent a good bit of her life working through the ranks of the Professional Ski Instructors of America and has served that organization in a number of roles. Kim is an alpine examiner with the Eastern Division of the PSIA and has served as the Education Director for both the PSIA-Eastern Division and at the national level in Lakewood, CO. Kim was recently named the coach of the PSIA-AASI Adaptive National Team.

As an offshoot of her work with the Adaptive Sports Foundation, Kim was lucky to be paired as a guide with ASF Race Team member and visually impaired athlete Staci Mannella. Kim and Staci have been training and racing together for three years and in 2011 were named to the US Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team. The pair is competing with the goal of representing the United States at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

In her spare time, Kim is a prolific reader and quilts as a means of relaxation. She reluctantly admits to two addictions, reality TV and her new iPad.

 

Pam Greene
Program Director
pam@adaptivesportsfoundation.org

Pam has been with the ASF since 2006 and teaching skiing since 1982.  She is a life-long learner who finds every day at ASF is a new learning experience. As Program Director, Pam uses many different skills that she has developed over the years, including teaching, organizing and sometimes even cooking. Pam loves to do anything outside. Skiing is her passion in the winter, and in the summer, her favorite things to do are paddle her kayak, ride her bike, go for a hike, or spend time on a yoga mat. When she’s not outside, Pam likes to be at home with her husband, Rob, and dogs, Bristol and Hanalei.

 

Ginny Scahill
Administrative Director
ginny@adaptivesportsfoundation.org

Ginny started with the ASF a few years after it’s inception. She remembers working with founder Gwen Allard sometimes out of a borrowed room in Town Hall. This was quite a change for her after 15 years at CBS headquarters in New York City. In 1991, she left to raise her family and returned ten years later with new eyes-the eyes of a parent-realizing that all parents are the same in wanting every opportunity for their children. She has always thought of her job as a gift, counting herself blessed to be able to work in an environment surrounded by goodness. She is a long time student in the school of life, currently gaining knowledge and inspiration from all who walk through the ASF doors, most especially from those dearest to her heart, the ASF participants. Once an avid skier, she now gets great satisfaction watching their every day successes on the slopes. While she enjoys spending her work week with the ASF family, nothing gives her greater joy than time spent with her own family.
 
Joanne Grunenthal
Accounting Director
joanne@adaptivesportsfoundation.org
Joanne is a native Long Islander who gave up the ocean for the mountains almost 20 years ago.  She loves crunching numbers and her long time experience keeping books in the financial business brought her to ASF in 2002 where she now heads the Accounting Department. Summer weekends, you will find her running her family owned concession business. While she is proud to successfully manage these two areas, she says her most rewarding job has always been as a mom to her two great kids. While she enjoys time on the slopes, she is particularly fond of warm weather and loves to head south to the beach with her husband and children any chance she gets.
 
Caroline Lynch
Volunteer & Warriors in Motion Coordinator  
caroline@adaptivesportsfoundation.org
 
Caroline is Mahopac, New York native, who joined ASF in October 2012.  Shortly after joining the team, she made the full time move to Windham.  Caroline spent most of her childhood winter skiing in the east with her dad & little sister.  Although this did not continue once she went to college, you can still catch her occasionally snowboarding at Windham Mountain during the week.

  • BBA in Business Management: Pace University
  • MS in Sports Business Management: Manhattanville College
  • Red Cross certified Lifeguard

 

Russ Funk
Race Coordinator  

russ@adaptivesportsfoundation.org

Russ has had a lifelong passion for alpine skiing and racing. He grew up at Butternut Basin where he learned to ski and race with Einar Aas. Russ has spent the past 25 years in the ski industry actively teaching, coaching and racing. During his twenty years at Ski Butternut he was the Assistant Snowsports School Director and Race Program Director. For the past five years he has been the Co Director of the Snowsports School, Race Director and Program Administrator at Bousquet Ski Area. During the summer months Russ runs his business Copake Lake Boat & Ski – a marina and water ski school – where amongst other duties, he teaches water skiing. He has volunteered for the Wounded Warriors weekend at Burden Lake for several years which has sparked his interest in becoming part of the Adaptive Sports Foundation.

In his down time Russ enjoys spending time skiing, snowshoeing, cycling & hiking with his partner Cynthia and their “children” Bentley & Benjamin – an English Labrador and a German Shorthaired Pointer.

  • Copake Lake Boat & Ski – Owner, Water Ski School Director
  • Professional Ski Instructors of America: Certified Alpine Level III
  • United States Ski Coaches Association: Alpine Coach Level 100
  • United States Ski Coaches Association: Alpine Official RF1
  • Professional Ski Instructors of America: Past Member Development Team
  • Professional Ski Instructors of America: Past Member Education Staff
  • A.A. Business Administration – Berkshire Community College
  • United States Air Force 1976 – 1987: Jet Fighter Crew Chief; Technical Sergeant

 

Jim Hayes
Assistant Program Director
jimmer@adaptivesportsfoundation.org
 
Jim (a.k.a.: Jimmer) arrived at ASF the spring of 2015 as an apprehensive, expectant, first time father. He brought along with him a strong ski background, which includes being on the educational staff of the Professional Ski Instructors of America for both alpine and adaptive. He grew up skiing at Gore Mt (North Creek, NY) with his parents and brother. North Creek is also where he met and married his beautiful, wife Julie. His adaptive ski teaching started at the Double H Ranch (Lake Luzerne, NY) Winter Adaptive Program which was started by ASF founder (Gwen Allard) and where he is the winter program consultant. Family has always been important to Jimmer whether it be Sunday dinners or celebrating holidays. With the birth of his beautiful, daughter Jemma his new passion is spending as much time as possible with her and hopefully creating many, wonderful family memories of her own!His other interests include working out, fishing, snorkeling, kayaking the Kayaderosseras Creek (in his backyard), boating on the Great Sacandaga Lake, scuba diving, North Creek, Cape Cod and St. Maarten.

  • BS. Marketing and Management with concentration in Finance: Siena College
  • Juris Doctor: Southern New England School of Law
  • Professional Ski Instructors of America – Eastern Division: Adaptive Examiner Training Squad
  • Professional Ski Instructors of America – Eastern Division: Alpine Development Team
  • Professional Ski Instructors of America: Certified Adaptive Level lll
  • Professional Ski Instructors of America: Certified Alpine Level lll
  • International Mountain Bike Association: ICP Level l
  • YMCA Certified Scuba Diver
  • Red Cross: CPR, AED and First Aid Certified (Adult & Children)
 
Chris Brower
Building & Equipment Supervisor
chris@adaptivesportsfoundation.org
 

Chris came to ASF via the normal circuitous route. He is an elementary school teacher by training, a bicycle fabricator and mechanic, ski and snowboard technician, outdoor enthusiast and “people person” by nature. Chris grew up in the southern Adirondacks and took his successful high school hurdling career to Keene State College in New Hampshire. Access to the Green and White Mountains further influenced his love for nature, wild places and steep descents.

Since then Chris has developed a pragmatic relationship with the sports he loves, the equipment required to participate and the “teacher” who wants everyone to get excited about healthy, outside fun. He had to be a mechanic to keep his own equipment working properly and his desire to share the fun led him to “fix” other people’s toys professionally. He has interests ranging from history, music and spa remodeling to biology, nutrition, economics and art.

  • B.S. Keene State College
  • M.Ed College of Saint Rose
  • International Mountain Biking Association: ICP Level 1
  • American Association of Snowboard Instructors:  Certified Level 1