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ASF Board of Trustees Update

WINDHAM, N.Y – At the latest meeting of the Adaptive Sports Foundation Board of Trustees on November 20, four members of the board announced their retirement, and five new members were approved to take their place on the organization’s governing body.

The following trustees have retired from the ASF Board of Trustees:

Dan Gilbert: Dan spent six years on the board and was also a volunteer ski instructor. During his tenure on the board, Dan led the creation and establishment of the Advancement and Development Board, which is dedicated to enhancing philanthropic efforts on behalf of ASF. Along with his wife Elise, they co-chaired ASF’s Chef’s Gala in NYC and provided a major gift that funded building the ASF kitchen and volunteers’ lounge.

Russell Huntington: Russ served as an ASF board member for over 29 years. During that time, he and his wife Lois introduced over 300 pediatric cancer patients to the joys of skiing and snowboarding through the Tomorrow’s Children program they led at Hunter Mountain.

Glen Kunofsky: Glen served for six years on the ASF board. During his tenure he served as chair of the ASF Fundraising Committee, and along with his wife Alison have been generous supporters of the ASF’s Warriors in Motion programming. Glen will be joining the ASF Advancement and Development Board and will continue to stay closely involved in fundraising efforts.

Eileen O’Connor: Eileen served for six years as an ASF board member. As an ASF parent, Eileen and her husband Bill have been generous supporters of the organization’s mission. During her tenure on the board, Eileen served as liaison to the ASF Parents’ Committee.

“We would like to thank Dan, Russell, Glen and Eileen for their inspiring service and generosity throughout the years to the Adaptive Sports Foundation,” Board of Trustee Chairman Vince Passione said of the departing members. “Their dedication to the ASF’s mission of ‘empowering lives through adaptive sports’ has been unparalleled, and we wish them well in retirement.”

At the November meeting of the ASF Board of Trustees, the following nominees were elected as the newest class of trustees:

Anna Fenimore: Anna recently completed a three-year term as a member of the Advancement and Development Board. She is an experienced event planner, fundraiser and, as an ASF parent, she and her husband Jim have been generous supporters of the ASF. Anna is also the founder of the Glorious Glass Art Boutique, where she creates and displays her own unique style of Florida Panhandle-inspired glass mosaics.

Phillip Hsu: Phil is an ASF parent and is now in his 10th year as a volunteer ski instructor at ASF. He brings over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, an important complement to the talents of current members. Phil is actively involved with the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund. Phil is a long-time supporter of ASF programming, not only as an instructor, but also as a member of the ASF Volunteer Committee and by providing information sessions on special needs trusts and other financial planning for families with disabilities.

Stephan Kiratsous: Stephan is also a recent alum of the ASF Advancement and Development Board. As an ASF parent, he and his wife Stacie have been generous supporters of ASF and twice served as co-chairs of our Chef’s Gala in NYC. Stephan has over 20 years of experience with major global investment banks and is EVP/CFO at Delphi Capital Management.

Brian Lee: Brian is Chief Risk Officer at Goldman Sachs and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee, Firmwide Risk Council, Firmwide Asset Liability Committee, Firmwide Enterprise Risk Committee and Firmwide Investment Policy Committee. Brian and his wife Diane maintain a second home in Windham and were introduced to ASF several years ago. In a very short period of time, the Lees have become one of the most generous donor families in ASF history.

Scott Silverman: Scott, his wife Franceen and their four daughters have grown up skiing at Windham Mountain and are committed to representing the Silverman family’s legacy of support and leadership at the Adaptive Sports Foundation, which began with his late father Harvey Silverman, who was the ASF’s first-ever chairperson.

In addition to the new members of the Board of Trustees, the organization welcomes Ron Gutfleish to the ASF Advancement & Development Board. Currently a portfolio manager at Elm Ridge Capital, Ron is an experienced investment manager, having served as portfolio manager and chief investment officer at several major investment management firms. He maintains a second home in Windham and is an avid mountain biker. Ron and his wife Stacey are dedicated to philanthropy and founded a private foundation that provides substantial grants to support higher education and human services.

“We look forward to working with Anna, Phil, Stephan, Brian and Scott on the ASF Board of Trustees and Ron on the A&D Board,” Passione said. “They are joining an organization that truly cares about serving the disabled community, and I know that they are excited about this opportunity to change the lives of our participants.”

The Adaptive Sports Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides profound and life changing experiences for children and adults with physical disabilities, cognitive disabilities and chronic illnesses through outdoor physical activity, education, support and community. If you’d like to donate to the ASF, click here.